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A Jury of Her Peers: American Women Writers from Anne Bradstreet to Annie Proulx
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SOMETIMES A PEN IS JUST A PEN
Jennifer Cognard-Black


Review of A Jury of Her Peers: American Women Writers from Anne Bradstreet to Annie Proulx
By Elaine Showalter
Knopf

Authors breed books. Like mothers, they grow and nurture their creations. Yet the word author is derived from the Latin auctor and actually means a male begetter, or father. As authors Sarah Gilbert and Susan Gubar famously claimed in their 1979 book Madwoman in the Attic, a study of Victorian women writers, a “pen is in some sense…
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Catherine
Feb 25, 2009 rated it really liked it
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One of the more comprehensive books of its kind. I have a more mixed reaction to it than the 4 stars indicates but I think it's an important work and well worth reading. On the plus side, Showalter introduces readers to women writers that I for one have never run across before. There are short biographies and descriptions of their work, which are also useful. The book design is also quite outstanding, and it supports Showalter's style so well that reading this book is a pleasure, despite its siz ...more
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