The Oxford Book of Modern Women's Stories
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The Oxford Book of Modern Women's Stories

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Some of the greatest short stories of the twentieth century have been written by women, yet they are consistently under represented in fiction anthologies. The Oxford Book of Modern Women's Stories aims to redress the balance by bringing together some of the best women's writing from such acclaimed practitioners as Katherine Mansfield and Edith Wharton and more recent work...more
Paperback, 544 pages
Published December 7th 1995 by Oxford University Press, USA (first published September 29th 1994)
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The writing is accessible, but there is quite a lot to digest in these stories. It depends how much you want to pick from each plate.

As the editor explains, the collection is all-female simply to redress a gender imbalance in earlier short story anthologies. While the authors write 'as women' - from life as experienced by a woman - their style and subject matter has little to do with gender. Here are a few of the stories that had most impact on me.

Willa Cather's Paul's case describes a nervy bo...more
A great collection, interesting, and fun. Some good new authors.
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