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May Your Days Be Merry and Bright: Christmas Stories by Women
From Louisa May Alcott and Willa Cather, to Grace Paley and Ntozake Shange, this unique collection of Christmas stories spans over 100 years -- and includes some of the best short fiction ever written by American women.
Published November 5th 1991 by Signet
(first published January 1st 1988)
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Most of these are snippets pulled from famous authors' larger works (novels or short story collections), packaged together to reflect a Christmas theme. The majority of the stories were just so-so for me or I was already familiar with them from the original text (as with the Christmas conversation from Alcott's Little Women). The ones that peaked my interest the most were the selections from Pearl S. Buck and Alice Childress. Will look into finding the original books their pieces came from.
This book has Christmas short stories by many women authors, some such as Pearl Buck and Edna Ferber well-known. Many of the stories, especially the 19th century ones are a little too sentimental for modern tastes, but an interesting one is Merry Christmas, Marge, by Alice Childress, written in the 50's. The narrator is a black woman, lamenting that there won't be "peace on earth" until her children can to school with white children, until she can rent any apartment she can afford and until some ...more
Susan H. Koppelman (b. 1940) is a feminist literary historian and anthologist. The PCA/ACA's Susan Koppelman Award for Feminist Studies in Popular and American Culture is given in her honor.