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A fine collection of classic novels, short stories, poems, and essays from distinguished women writers.  Women writers have been making their voices heard for centuries, but their works were not always taken seriously. Over time, as women gained more social and political freedom, these works have reemerged as subjects that are considered to be worthy of closer study. Classi A fine collection of classic novels, short stories, poems, and essays from distinguished women writers.  Women writers have been making their voices heard for centuries, but their works were not always taken seriously. Over time, as women gained more social and political freedom, these works have reemerged as subjects that are considered to be worthy of closer study. Classic Works from Women Writers is a collection of more than thirty novels, short stories, poems, and essays by prominent and lesser-known female writers since the 17th century. Included in this volume are groundbreaking works such as Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein; Agatha Christie’s The Mysterious Affair at Styles, the first Hercule Poirot novel; Charlotte Perkins Gilman’s short story “The Yellow Wallpaper” and her follow-up essay; and poetry from the likes of Christina Rossetti, Amy Lowell, and Sara Teasdale. The words of these authors offer a multitude of perspectives on different issues that affect not only women but the wider world as well.  


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A fine collection of classic novels, short stories, poems, and essays from distinguished women writers.  Women writers have been making their voices heard for centuries, but their works were not always taken seriously. Over time, as women gained more social and political freedom, these works have reemerged as subjects that are considered to be worthy of closer study. Classi A fine collection of classic novels, short stories, poems, and essays from distinguished women writers.  Women writers have been making their voices heard for centuries, but their works were not always taken seriously. Over time, as women gained more social and political freedom, these works have reemerged as subjects that are considered to be worthy of closer study. Classic Works from Women Writers is a collection of more than thirty novels, short stories, poems, and essays by prominent and lesser-known female writers since the 17th century. Included in this volume are groundbreaking works such as Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein; Agatha Christie’s The Mysterious Affair at Styles, the first Hercule Poirot novel; Charlotte Perkins Gilman’s short story “The Yellow Wallpaper” and her follow-up essay; and poetry from the likes of Christina Rossetti, Amy Lowell, and Sara Teasdale. The words of these authors offer a multitude of perspectives on different issues that affect not only women but the wider world as well.  

50 review for Classic Works from Women Writers

  1. 4 out of 5

    LibbyZally

    Whew what a collection. Some of these are really dense. Agatha Christie,However, I did enjoy my first story of hers, “A Mysterious Affair at Styles”. Secondly, “Cousin Phillis” is a sweet tale of first love. “Frankenstein” I was really excited about but made it to Chapter four. Am I the only one who detested “Frankenstein”? I was ready for someone to tell a joke. I enjoyed reading “Luella Miller, I was not expecting a horror in this collection. “Xingu” was actually pretty comical. I love the Bro Whew what a collection. Some of these are really dense. Agatha Christie,However, I did enjoy my first story of hers, “A Mysterious Affair at Styles”. Secondly, “Cousin Phillis” is a sweet tale of first love. “Frankenstein” I was really excited about but made it to Chapter four. Am I the only one who detested “Frankenstein”? I was ready for someone to tell a joke. I enjoyed reading “Luella Miller, I was not expecting a horror in this collection. “Xingu” was actually pretty comical. I love the Bronte Sisters. Such diverse range of style, really balances them out. There are so many!

  2. 5 out of 5

    Teresita

    Pretty extensive collection. Nice and easy to read. It does include whole books in there such as Frankenstein as well as poems and letters which are nice. I skipped some because I had already read them. I think it would've been nice to learn a bit more about the authors in the foreword or before each section.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Christine

    A broad selection of works from "the most distinct and artistically accomplished voices to emerge in Anglophone literature between the seventeenth and twentieth centuries." (vii) Which does narrow the focus considerably. I'd love to read the edition that uses women authors from around the world. I didn't realize that wasn't what this was until I finished it. I really enjoyed it, but it's definitely not a culturally or ethnically diverse publication. It was much more stylistically diverse than I A broad selection of works from "the most distinct and artistically accomplished voices to emerge in Anglophone literature between the seventeenth and twentieth centuries." (vii) Which does narrow the focus considerably. I'd love to read the edition that uses women authors from around the world. I didn't realize that wasn't what this was until I finished it. I really enjoyed it, but it's definitely not a culturally or ethnically diverse publication. It was much more stylistically diverse than I was expecting though. Poetry and letters are interspersed among short stories and a couple full novels; Frankenstein is 150 pages and The Voyage Out is nearly 300. Gertrude Stein's Tender Buttons lets you flex your interpretive chops against her "verbal cubism," while Edith Wharton loads up sassy social commentary and Ellen Glasgow wraps you in creeping dread. There's the standard low-grade racism you get in works written in the late 1800's - early 1900's, which is where most of these hail from, but beyond that little to warn about in terms of content. It's an enjoyable read and gives you a solid base from which to further your exploration of women writers. Sadly, you'll need to do more footwork if you want your horizons to include female authors who aren't white.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Christine

    I loved this collection of short stories, novels, letters and poetry by women writers ...I don't want it to end! I loved the fact that the poetry and prose is interspersed throughout. I am going back over some parts of the book to lest I forget! The introduction is excellent. I went back several times to reread about each author and her writing before reading a new piece and often during my reading! It is also such a beautiful bound collection and edition! I recommend it highly! If your library I loved this collection of short stories, novels, letters and poetry by women writers ...I don't want it to end! I loved the fact that the poetry and prose is interspersed throughout. I am going back over some parts of the book to lest I forget! The introduction is excellent. I went back several times to reread about each author and her writing before reading a new piece and often during my reading! It is also such a beautiful bound collection and edition! I recommend it highly! If your library doesn't already own a copy, make sure they order one!

  5. 4 out of 5

    Cindi

    This is a really interesting collection of short stories, poetry, essays and commentary by female authors through the years. I was a bit disappointed to see Shirley Jackson not included, but maybe she's too new to be considered classic. Was a bit surprised to see Frankenstein in this collection - I feel like maybe there could have been another selection, as Frankenstein seems to be in EVERY collection lately.

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    Layne Percival

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