Volume one of The Essential Anthology of Literature by Women includes fiction and nonfiction from dozens of the world's most influential writers and thinkers from the colonial to the modern period. In this volume are the recognized classics of women's literature as well as the forgotten masterpieces that shaped and defined the future for all genders--in the literary world and beyond. Some of these works delve into serious issues of their time, while others demonstrate the brilliant possibilities within the prose form. New to this edition are classic stories by Gertrude Stein and Virginia Woolf and groundbreaking essays from Olympe de Gouges, Bibi Khānoom Astarābādi and Djuna Barnes.
This collection epitomizes the vibrant variety of thought and style that guided literature--and life--for women throughout the world.
Included in this volume are works by Abigail Adams, Louisa May Alcott, Bibi Khānoom Astarābādi, Djuna Barnes, Willa Cather, Kate Chopin, Rebecca Harding Davis, Maria Edgeworth, George Eliot, Mary E. Wilkins Freeman, Matilda Joslyn Gage, Charlotte Perkins Gilman, Susan Glaspell, Olympe de Gouges, Harriet Jacobs, Sarah Orne Jewett, Katherine Mansfield, Judith Sargent Murray, Emilia Pardo Bazán, Mary Shelley, Gertrude Stein, Harriet Beecher Stowe, Sui Sin Far, Sojourner Truth, Edith Warton, Harriet E. Wilson, Mary Wollstonecraft, Virginia Woolf, and Zitkala-Ša.