The Oxford Guide to British Women Writers

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British literary history teems with accomplished women writers, boasting the likes of Jane Austen and George Eliot, Charlotte and Emily Bronte, Maria Edgeworth and Fanny Burney, Mary Wollstonecraft and Annie Besant, Fay Weldon and Iris Murdoch, Margaret Drabble and A.S. Byatt, and so on. The Oxford Guide to British Women Writers provides in a single volume an accessible and stimulating guide to over four hundred British women writers, ranging from medieval mystics such as Julian of Norwich to modern novelists such as Anita Brookner and Edna O'Brien.
Shattock includes novelists, poets, and playwrights, together with mystics, diarists, travel writers, scientists--even mystery writers such as Agatha Christie, Ngaio Marsh, and P.D. James. A number of non-British writers who have influenced British literature also appear, including Anne Bradstreet, Sylvia Plath, Nadine Gordimer, Ruth Prawer Jhabvala, Doris Lessing, and Katherine Mansfield. Arranged alphabetically, the entries provide a brief outline of each woman's life, her major publications, contemporary critical reception, and an evaluation of significant features of her work, together with suggestions for further reading. In addition, the Guide features subject entries and provides an extensive general bibliography on women's writing.
Concise, informative and well-organized, The Oxford Guide to British Women Writers will be an invaluable handbook for everyone interested in women's writing.

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Joanne Shattock is a Senior Lecturer at the University of Leicester.

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`The Oxford Guide to British Women Writers is a valuable entry point for the general reader and specialist alike who want to explore the world of women writers'
Waterloo Record

`a strictly factual biograhical dictionary of over 400 entries, all written by the same author ... I could detect no axe-grinding or feminist slant and whenever I checked the information it proved to be strictly accurate ... this is a pioneering effort by a hard-working scholar'
Sunday Telegraph

'an epic feat' New Stateman and Society

'With the growing spotlight on women's writing, the time is absolutely right for the publication of Joanne Shattock's absorbing guide to British women writers. Each entry provides details of the writer's contemporary critical reception, an evaluation of the significant features of her work and
suggestions for further reading.'
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`if you pick it up and dip in, you are almost bound to find something fascinating.Evening Star

'This is a concise, informative and well organised volume.'
Neil Jordan, Manchester Central Library, Language and Literature

'It is a well written and attractively presented volume, and will no doubt fulful Joanne Shattock's aim of stimulating further interest in British women's writing.'
Michael Silverman, Antiquarian Book Monthly, January 1994

'This very useful beginner's guide should stimulate the rediscovery of women's writing in the next generation.'
Mary Malin, Scottish Home and Country, March 1994

'provides a stimulating guide to the widest range of British women's writing, from the earliest times to the present'
Fife Free Press

'provides a stimulating guide to the widest range of British women's writing, from the earliest times to the present'
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