Nineteenth-Century Stories by Women: An Anthology by Glennis Stephenson

By Glennis Stephenson

"The woman novelist of the 19th century can have usually encountered competition and interference from the male literary institution, however the woman brief tale author, operating in a style that was once visible as much less critical and no more ecocnomic, discovered her paintings to be actively encouraged." - from the advent. in the course of the 19th century ladies writers ultimately started to be as popular—and as respected—as their male opposite numbers. we're all accustomed to the novels of Jane Austen, Mary Shelley, Elizabeth Gaskell, George Eliot and the Br?ntes. much less commonly used is the quick fiction of the interval; but an outstanding many nineteenth-century tales by means of women—both well-known and obscure—retain in complete degree their strength to fascinate and to entertain. For this anthology Glennis Stephenson brings jointly tales via either British and North American writers; through such proven luminaries as Shelley, Gaskell and Kate Chopin; and via lesser-known writers reminiscent of the Anglo-Indian author plant life metal, the Afro-American Alice Dunbar Nelson and the Canadian Annie Howells Fr?chette. the result's an anthology that may be as attention-grabbing to the overall reader because it should be worthwhile to the coed. Stephenson offers historical past info on all authors, including a normal creation.

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Rosemary Jackson. New York: Feminist P, 1989. Scudder, Horace, ed. Masterpieces of American Literature. 1891. New York: Books for Libraries P, 1970. Page 22 Page 23 A Whisper in the Dark Louisa May Alcott (18321888) As we rolled along, I scanned my companion covertly, and saw much to interest a girl of seventeen. My uncle was a handsome man, with all the polish of foreign life fresh upon him; yet it was neither comeliness nor graceful ease which most attracted me; for even my inexperienced eye caught glimpses of something stern and sombre below those external charms, and my long scrutiny showed me the keenest eye, the hardest mouth, the subtlest smile I ever saw, a face which in repose wore the look which comes to those who have led lives of pleasure and learned their emptiness.

Ed. John Thurston. Ottawa: U of Ottawa P, 1991. Salmonson, Jessica Amanda, ed. What Did Miss Darrington See? An Anthology of Feminist Supernatural Fiction. Intro. Rosemary Jackson. New York: Feminist P, 1989. Scudder, Horace, ed. Masterpieces of American Literature. 1891. New York: Books for Libraries P, 1970. Page 22 Page 23 A Whisper in the Dark Louisa May Alcott (18321888) As we rolled along, I scanned my companion covertly, and saw much to interest a girl of seventeen. My uncle was a handsome man, with all the polish of foreign life fresh upon him; yet it was neither comeliness nor graceful ease which most attracted me; for even my inexperienced eye caught glimpses of something stern and sombre below those external charms, and my long scrutiny showed me the keenest eye, the hardest mouth, the subtlest smile I ever saw, a face which in repose wore the look which comes to those who have led lives of pleasure and learned their emptiness.

Carole Gerson has even found that women produced 70 percent of the fiction for the Canadian periodical The Literary Garland (McMullen 58). During the first part of the nineteenth century, there was, admittedly, a price that had to be paid by the women who entered the literary market: they were expected to produce stories based in the feminine and domestic sphere. The degree to which critics and readers could dictate the type of fiction they produced is strikingly demonstrated by the case of Lydia Maria Child, author of the highly successful Hobomok, A Tale of Early Times (1824) and founder and editor of the popular American magazine, The Juvenile Miscellany.

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