American women writers, 1900-1945 : a bio-bibliographical critical sourcebook

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CLP - Main Library Second Floor - Closed Reference (Please ask for assistance) r PS151.A45 2000
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Call Number  r PS151.A45 2000

Women writers have been traditionally excluded from literary canons and not until recently have scholars begun to rediscover or discover for the first time neglected women writers and their works. This reference includes alphabetically arranged entries on 58 American women authors who wrote between 1900 and 1945. Each entry is written by an expert contributor and discusses a particular author's biography, her major works and themes, and the critical response to her writings. The entries close with extensive primary and secondary bibliographies, and the volume concludes with a list of works for further reading.

The period surveyed by this reference is rich and diverse. Modernism and the Harlem Renaissance, two major artistic movements, occurred between 1900 and 1945, and the entries included here demonstrate the significant contributions women made to these movements. The volume as a whole strives to reflect the diversity of American culture and includes entries for African American, Native American, Mexican American, and Chinese American women. It includes well known writers such as Willa Cather and Eudora Welty, along with more neglected ones such as Anita Scott Coleman and Sui Sin Far.

Published Reviews
Booklist Review: "This reference book profiles 58 American women writers who published their significant works between 1900 and 1945. The entries are arranged alphabetically by author's last name, except for tribal or ethnic names where the significant part of the name is first. The list of subjects ranges from Bess Streeter Aldrich (1881^-1954) through Zitkala-sa. With the exception of Eudora Welty, all are deceased. The information is arranged in four sections: "Biography," "Major Works and Themes," "Critical Reception," and "Bibliography." Articles are written by academic specialists and vary in length from four pages to ten for Kay Boyle, Willa Cather, H. D., Nella Larsen, and Gertude Stein. The biographical information is brief and includes the most basic details, while the overview of the major works and themes is quite substantive and will be very useful for research. "Critical Reception" considers reactions both at the time of publication and today. Reference aids such as a selected bibliography of general works on women writers, an index, and information concerning the contributors are included. Though there are many other resources available on American women writers, this book will be a valuable tool for research because it balances coverage of the prominent and the lesser known. Several women who flourished during their lifetimes but have now fallen into obscurity are profiled, as are a number who have been largely ignored. Recommended for academic and larger public libraries."
From Booklist, Copyright (c) American Library Association. Used with permission.
Additional Information
Subjects American literature -- Women authors -- Bio-bibliography -- Dictionaries.
Women and literature -- United States -- History -- 20th century -- Dictionaries.
American literature -- 20th century -- Bio-bibliography -- Dictionaries.
Authors, American -- 20th century -- Biography -- Dictionaries.
Women authors, American -- Biography -- Dictionaries.
American literature -- Women authors -- Dictionaries.
American literature -- 20th century -- Dictionaries.
Publisher Westport, Conn. :Greenwood Press,2000
Contributors Champion, Laurie.
Nelson, Emmanuel S. (Emmanuel Sampath), 1954-
Language English
Description xiv, 407 pages ; 24 cm
Bibliography Notes Includes bibliographical references (pages [389]-393) and index.
ISBN 0313309434 (alk. paper)
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