Early American Women Writers, The Meridian Anthology of: 1650-1865

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9780452010758: Early American Women Writers, The Meridian Anthology of: 1650-1865
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Gathers poetry, letters, speeches, fiction, nonfiction, and memoirs by twenty-four writers, including Harriet Beecher Stowe, Elizabeth Cady Stanton, and Sojourner Truth

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This collection of writings edited by Rogers ( The World of Female Difficulties ) offers a fascinating view of women's roles, responsibilities and attitudes throughout the first two centuries of America's history. The women see their own struggles for recognition, equality and power reflected in, first, the Colonies' war for independence, and later, blacks' and abolitionists' fight against slavery. The volume opens with the spiritual poetry of Puritan Anne Dudley Bradstreet; other selections include Abigail Smith Adams's lively letters to her husband; an excerpt from the first American bestseller, Susanna Haswell Rowson's Charlotte Temple ; Harriet Beecher Stowe's reminiscences of the black female preacher Sojourner Truth; and feminist writings by Southern abolitionist Sarah Moore Grimke. During the 19th century, Elizabeth Cady Stanton and others began to openly question male domination: " . . . so long as our present false marriage relation continues, which in most cases is nothing more nor less than legalized prostitution, woman can have no self-respect, and of course man will have none for her," Stanton declares in an 1857 letter to Susan B. Anthony.
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Rogers's excellent collection offers fiction, poetry, autobiography, letters, and essays by a fascinating variety of women, some well known--Abigail Adams, Sojourner Truth, Sarah Moore Grimke--and some who will be known only to a small number of today's readers--Caroline Stansbury Kirkland, Catharine Maria Sedgwick, Fanny Fern. The anthology includes some real gems, such as excerpts from Susanna Haswell Rowson's moral, sentimental novel Charlotte Temple . Each selection is preceded by a brief biographical notice and short bibliography. These writers were all well known, and widely published, in their lifetimes; many of their works are today available only in library special collections. They deserve to be better known and more accessible. This anthology will be welcome in all women's studies collections. See also Modern American Women Writers , reviewed this issue, p. 70.--Ed.
- Mary Margaret Benson, Linfield Coll. Lib., McMinnville, Ore.
Copyright 1991 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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