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Kate Chopin (1851-1904): The Story of an Hour Edith Wharton (1862-1937): The Other Two Willa Cather (1873-1947): A Wagner Matinée Colette (1873-1947): The Secret Woman Gertrude Stein (1874-1946): Miss Furr and Miss Skeene Virginia Woolf (1882-1941): The New Dress Contents Katherine Mansfield (1888-1923): The Garden Party Katherine Anne Porter (1890-1980): Rope Kay Boyle (1902-1992) Kate Chopin (1851-1904): The Story of an Hour Edith Wharton (1862-1937): The Other Two Willa Cather (1873-1947): A Wagner Matinée Colette (1873-1947): The Secret Woman Gertrude Stein (1874-1946): Miss Furr and Miss Skeene Virginia Woolf (1882-1941): The New Dress Contents Katherine Mansfield (1888-1923): The Garden Party Katherine Anne Porter (1890-1980): Rope Kay Boyle (1902-1992): Winter Night Eudora Welty (1909-2001): A Worn Path Hortense Calisher (1911- ): The Scream on Fifty-Seventh Street Ann Petry (1911-1997): Like a Winding Sheet Mary Lavin (1912-1996): In a Café Tillie Olsen (1913- ): I Stand Here Ironing Maeve Brennan (1917-1993): The Eldest Child Carson McCullers (1917-1967): Wunderkind Doris Lessing (1919- ): To Room Nineteen Grace Paley (1922- ): An Interest in Life Flannery O'Connor (1925-1964): Revelation Jean Stubbs (1926- ): Cousin Lewis Edna O'Brien (1930- ): A Journey Alice Munro (1931- ): The Office Joyce Carol Oates (1938- ): In the Region of Ice Margaret Drabble (1939- ): The Gifts of War Julie Hayden (1939-1981): Day-Old Baby Rats Alice Walker (1944- ): Everyday Use


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Kate Chopin (1851-1904): The Story of an Hour Edith Wharton (1862-1937): The Other Two Willa Cather (1873-1947): A Wagner Matinée Colette (1873-1947): The Secret Woman Gertrude Stein (1874-1946): Miss Furr and Miss Skeene Virginia Woolf (1882-1941): The New Dress Contents Katherine Mansfield (1888-1923): The Garden Party Katherine Anne Porter (1890-1980): Rope Kay Boyle (1902-1992) Kate Chopin (1851-1904): The Story of an Hour Edith Wharton (1862-1937): The Other Two Willa Cather (1873-1947): A Wagner Matinée Colette (1873-1947): The Secret Woman Gertrude Stein (1874-1946): Miss Furr and Miss Skeene Virginia Woolf (1882-1941): The New Dress Contents Katherine Mansfield (1888-1923): The Garden Party Katherine Anne Porter (1890-1980): Rope Kay Boyle (1902-1992): Winter Night Eudora Welty (1909-2001): A Worn Path Hortense Calisher (1911- ): The Scream on Fifty-Seventh Street Ann Petry (1911-1997): Like a Winding Sheet Mary Lavin (1912-1996): In a Café Tillie Olsen (1913- ): I Stand Here Ironing Maeve Brennan (1917-1993): The Eldest Child Carson McCullers (1917-1967): Wunderkind Doris Lessing (1919- ): To Room Nineteen Grace Paley (1922- ): An Interest in Life Flannery O'Connor (1925-1964): Revelation Jean Stubbs (1926- ): Cousin Lewis Edna O'Brien (1930- ): A Journey Alice Munro (1931- ): The Office Joyce Carol Oates (1938- ): In the Region of Ice Margaret Drabble (1939- ): The Gifts of War Julie Hayden (1939-1981): Day-Old Baby Rats Alice Walker (1944- ): Everyday Use

30 review for Women and Fiction: Short Stories By and About Women

  1. 5 out of 5

    Tracy Towley

    For a person who claims not to like short stories, I've read an awful lot of short story collections this year. This was by far the best of them. I don't know where I got this book from, but I have definitely known for awhile that I need to read more women authors, especially considering my Philip Roth obsession. The worst story in this book was easily Miss Furr and Miss Skeene by Gertrude Stein. Here's a sample paragraph : "To be regularly gay was to do every day the gay that they did every day. For a person who claims not to like short stories, I've read an awful lot of short story collections this year. This was by far the best of them. I don't know where I got this book from, but I have definitely known for awhile that I need to read more women authors, especially considering my Philip Roth obsession. The worst story in this book was easily Miss Furr and Miss Skeene by Gertrude Stein. Here's a sample paragraph : "To be regularly gay was to do every day the gay that they did every day. To be regularly gay was to end every day at the same time after they had been regularly gay. They were regularly gay. They were gay every day. They ended every day in the same way, at the same time, and they had been every day regularly gay." The entire story was like this. Sentences full of how gay they were, every day, in every way. Over and over again. The best was Winter Night by Kay Boyle. Of course I don't remember anything about it. Other authors in this collection that have been added to my watch list are : Doris Lessing Grace Paley Alice Munro

  2. 5 out of 5

    Jenny

    Some of the stories are four stars, most three, and some two. As a collection, it's just average. I got tired of the same types of stories about women. The editor, Susan Cahill, obviously had a vision in mind when she put the anthology together. It's just that I would have liked more variety. I want stories about women who aren't all oppressed in some way, stories where the women are actually happy, stories where mothers enjoy being mothers. I know the collection was published during or just aft Some of the stories are four stars, most three, and some two. As a collection, it's just average. I got tired of the same types of stories about women. The editor, Susan Cahill, obviously had a vision in mind when she put the anthology together. It's just that I would have liked more variety. I want stories about women who aren't all oppressed in some way, stories where the women are actually happy, stories where mothers enjoy being mothers. I know the collection was published during or just after the second wave of feminism in America, so Cahill's point of reference is obviously very different than mine, but I've read stories where women aren't depressed and held down that were published before the 80s, so I think she could have found some. But oh well. It's a good collection with some excellent stories in it. Not an excellent collection. Recommended to fans of a feminist slant on women's literature and to fans of the individual authors.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Lindsay

    Okay, so I haven't actually read this book. I put it on Good Reads because it was the only anthology that I could find that had the portrait "Miss Furr and Miss Skeene" by Gertrude Stein. What is amazing about "Miss Furr and Miss Skeene" is that it is really the first text that uses the word "gay" to mean homosexual. Stein was a Lesbian herself, and by using the word "gay" over and over again in this portrait, she transformed the meaning of the word to describe her own sexual orientation. It was Okay, so I haven't actually read this book. I put it on Good Reads because it was the only anthology that I could find that had the portrait "Miss Furr and Miss Skeene" by Gertrude Stein. What is amazing about "Miss Furr and Miss Skeene" is that it is really the first text that uses the word "gay" to mean homosexual. Stein was a Lesbian herself, and by using the word "gay" over and over again in this portrait, she transformed the meaning of the word to describe her own sexual orientation. It was this portrait and Lolita that really sold me on the Modernist movement. I think it amazing that one person could change the meaning of a word, just by using it in an obscure short story! What a feat! And besides the cultural impact it had, this story is revolutionary just for its literary value. It is beautiful! I love the questions she asks about the English language with the style of her writing.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Joy

    I just finished this collection of short stories and they were excellent. Susan Cahill edited the collection and makes it very clear that this book is not about feminism, it is simply stories about the lives of women in many of their roles: mother, daughter, lover, wife, professional, etc. While I found this distinction annoying, particularly because many of the stories clearly illustrate feminist beliefs and principles, the collection is wonderful nonetheless. Many authors are represented here I just finished this collection of short stories and they were excellent. Susan Cahill edited the collection and makes it very clear that this book is not about feminism, it is simply stories about the lives of women in many of their roles: mother, daughter, lover, wife, professional, etc. While I found this distinction annoying, particularly because many of the stories clearly illustrate feminist beliefs and principles, the collection is wonderful nonetheless. Many authors are represented here such as Virginia Woolf, Gertrude Stein, Alice Walker, Joyce Carol Oates and many, many more so the reader gets to experience a variety of writing styles, women characters and many, many facets of women dealing with their day-to-day lives. I think that reading this collection will also encourage me to pick up other stories and books by these authors.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Helen Hagemann

    Some great stories in this anthology: short stories by and about women. Mostly well-known writers like Katharine Mansfield, Flannery O'Connor, Alice Walker, Alice Munro, Joyce Carol Oates, Gertrude Stein, Edith Wharton, Doris Lessing, Virginia Woolf and Kate Chopin. New writers that I have only just discovered are going to lead me to their other works; Grace Paley had me hooked straight away with her first line in An Interest in Life 'My husband gave me a broom one Christmas.' I studied Alice Some great stories in this anthology: short stories by and about women. Mostly well-known writers like Katharine Mansfield, Flannery O'Connor, Alice Walker, Alice Munro, Joyce Carol Oates, Gertrude Stein, Edith Wharton, Doris Lessing, Virginia Woolf and Kate Chopin. New writers that I have only just discovered are going to lead me to their other works; Grace Paley had me hooked straight away with her first line in An Interest in Life 'My husband gave me a broom one Christmas.' I studied Alice Munro's story - The Office at university, such a long time ago. So, it was especially interesting to revisit and take in the significance of a story well-told and especially how one can empathise with the woman's need, as a writer, to have a room of one's own . However, the landlord in Munro's story is not someone you want to meet. Helen Hagemann

  6. 4 out of 5

    Catherine

    An excellent compilation of female authors. The short story format made it easy to get a feel for a writer's style without being overwhelmed. The collection features many women who aren't well known, as well as some women already in the accepted cannon (e.g. Virginia Woolf). It was helpful for discovering some new women with intriguing perspectives. The pink cover and loopy script are a bit kitschy for my taste, but ya win some, ya lose some. An excellent compilation of female authors. The short story format made it easy to get a feel for a writer's style without being overwhelmed. The collection features many women who aren't well known, as well as some women already in the accepted cannon (e.g. Virginia Woolf). It was helpful for discovering some new women with intriguing perspectives. The pink cover and loopy script are a bit kitschy for my taste, but ya win some, ya lose some.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Zeynep Beyza

    26 short stories by and about women. The stories, as the subtitle states, are all by and about women. They take place between late 19th century until 1975, when the book was published. So we see a lot differences in life style and the perception of women by the society among the stories. Reading this book almost felt like being in a time machine. My favourite stories were the ones written by Tillie Olsen, Doris Lessing and Alice Munro.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Jenny Yates

    This is a great anthology of women’s fiction, with lots of classic work. They range from Kate Chopin’s intense “Story of an Hour” to Alice Walker’s sixties-flavored “Everyday Use”. In between there’s Willa Cather, Edith Wharton, Colette, Virginia Woolf, Eudora Welty, Tillie Olsen, Doris Lessing, Grace Paley, Flannery O’Connor, Margaret Drabble, and more. How could you go wrong?

  9. 4 out of 5

    Angie

    Really great book because it's a reader of women writers. Doris Lessing especially opened my eyes with her writing. The book is a collection of short stories, and each author has a 1-2 page bio prefacing the short story. Great format for reading! Really great book because it's a reader of women writers. Doris Lessing especially opened my eyes with her writing. The book is a collection of short stories, and each author has a 1-2 page bio prefacing the short story. Great format for reading!

  10. 4 out of 5

    Jackie Summers

    A wonderful and varied collection showing many aspects and social levels of women. While older stories, many read as they could have be written recently, some stories I found myself skimming, some I just enjoyed but there were a handful that I loved and plan to find more by the authors.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Kristen

    One of my favorite anthologies of all time - with stories from legendary writers like Kate Chopin, Gertrude Stein, Katherine Anne Porter, Edith Wharton, etc, etc

  12. 4 out of 5

    Supriya

    Need inspiration? What better than this book of shorts written by women. Aah. GREAT!!!

  13. 5 out of 5

    Audrey

    Sensational collection about women, for women and by women.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Ronald Wise

    A collection of twenty-six short stories focusing on the roles and experiences of women in the US and UK. Published in the seventies and with some of them written much earlier, the variety of women seemed very limited in contrast to societal changes that have occurred since. There were some great standards I’ve read in other anthologies: “The Other Two” by Edith Wharton; “A Worn Path” by Eudora Welty; “Revelation” by Flannery O’Connor; and “Everyday Use” by Alice Walker. And then some powerful sto A collection of twenty-six short stories focusing on the roles and experiences of women in the US and UK. Published in the seventies and with some of them written much earlier, the variety of women seemed very limited in contrast to societal changes that have occurred since. There were some great standards I’ve read in other anthologies: “The Other Two” by Edith Wharton; “A Worn Path” by Eudora Welty; “Revelation” by Flannery O’Connor; and “Everyday Use” by Alice Walker. And then some powerful stories I enjoyed for the first time: “A Wagner Matinee” by Willa Cather; “Rope” by Katherine Anne Porter; “The Scream on Fifty-Seventh Street” by Hortense Calisher; “Like a Winding Sheet” by Ann Petry; “To Room Nineteen” by Doris Lessing; and “In a Region of Ice” by Joyce Carol Oates. The most outstanding was “The Gifts of War” by Margaret Drabble, who was a new discovery. She has been quite busy in the forty-some years since this collection was published, and I look forward to reading more of her work.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Shelby

    Very narrow collection of women writers, but I enjoyed most of the stories.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Amanda

    A couple of the stories were very good (I’ll always love Alice Walker), most were forgettable, and a few were dreck.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Jeff Hobbs

    Read so far: The story of an hour / Kate Chopin --3 The other two / Edith Wharton --3 A Wagner matinee / Willa Cather --4 The secret woman / Sidonie-Gabrielle Colette --3 *Miss Furr and Miss Skeene / Gertrude Stein -- *The new dress / Virginia Woolf -- The garden party / Katherine Mansfield --4 *Rope / Katherine Anne Porter -- Winter night / Kay Boyle --3 *A worn path / Eudora Welty -- *The scream on Fifty-seventh Street / Hortense Calisher -- *Like a winding sheet / Ann Petry -- *In a cafe / Mary Lavin -- *I Read so far: The story of an hour / Kate Chopin --3 The other two / Edith Wharton --3 A Wagner matinee / Willa Cather --4 The secret woman / Sidonie-Gabrielle Colette --3 *Miss Furr and Miss Skeene / Gertrude Stein -- *The new dress / Virginia Woolf -- The garden party / Katherine Mansfield --4 *Rope / Katherine Anne Porter -- Winter night / Kay Boyle --3 *A worn path / Eudora Welty -- *The scream on Fifty-seventh Street / Hortense Calisher -- *Like a winding sheet / Ann Petry -- *In a cafe / Mary Lavin -- *I stand here ironing / Tillie Olsen -- *The eldest child / Maeve Brennan -- *Wunderkind / Carson McCullers -- *To room nineteen / Doris Lessing -- *An interest in life / Grace Paley -- *Revelation / Flannery O'Connor -- *Cousin Lewis / Jean Stubbs -- *A journey / Edna O'Brien -- *The office / Alice Munro -- *In a region of ice / Joyce Carol Oates -- The gifts of war / Margaret Drabble --3 Day-old baby rats / Julie Hayden -- Everyday use / Alice Walker --3

  18. 5 out of 5

    Shaleen

    This is an excellent intro to literature in the form of short stories. It's great because the short stories introduce you to the authors' writing styles, but you're not on the hook for a full length feature. I agree with some of the reviews...the Gertrude Stein piece was my least favorite, and it may be a bit outdated, but these authors and pieces are classic, and excellent for the most part. A sequel with modern pieces would be most appropriate. It definitely introduces the best or most importa This is an excellent intro to literature in the form of short stories. It's great because the short stories introduce you to the authors' writing styles, but you're not on the hook for a full length feature. I agree with some of the reviews...the Gertrude Stein piece was my least favorite, and it may be a bit outdated, but these authors and pieces are classic, and excellent for the most part. A sequel with modern pieces would be most appropriate. It definitely introduces the best or most important of early female short story fiction, and I left with a new appreciation of it. Now I have a direction to go in when exploring fiction authors further, for instance, I will never buy a Gertrude Stein book! But really, I now have a much larger list of who to check out.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Patrick

    Any anthology with a more than 50% hit rate counts as a success for me. I don't think it's possible to hit that 100%--at least not for me--for with all the different authors and styles contained within one collection there's bound to be something that hits a sour note. But this anthology, a second-hand fluke, has a hit rate up above 80%. Which means delightful story after delightful story, from authors I'd read before, authors I'd only heard of, and authors whose names were unfamiliar. Which mea Any anthology with a more than 50% hit rate counts as a success for me. I don't think it's possible to hit that 100%--at least not for me--for with all the different authors and styles contained within one collection there's bound to be something that hits a sour note. But this anthology, a second-hand fluke, has a hit rate up above 80%. Which means delightful story after delightful story, from authors I'd read before, authors I'd only heard of, and authors whose names were unfamiliar. Which means it's pointed me in the direction of more things to read--always the true purpose of an anthology, for me.

  20. 5 out of 5

    hipcait

    This is a solid collection, if a bit outdated. The collection also tends to be a bit lopsided, with some really heavy hitters by writers like Flannery O'Connor and some really weak stories that just seem like a waste of pages. However, it might be a good companion to a newer collection of short fiction by women. This is a solid collection, if a bit outdated. The collection also tends to be a bit lopsided, with some really heavy hitters by writers like Flannery O'Connor and some really weak stories that just seem like a waste of pages. However, it might be a good companion to a newer collection of short fiction by women.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Suzi

    Twenty-six short stories each written by a woman about women. I could relate in various degrees to each woman's experience and perspective. Enabled me to look at myself and realize that I'm not the first to have similar thoughts and experiences that are unique to a woman. Twenty-six short stories each written by a woman about women. I could relate in various degrees to each woman's experience and perspective. Enabled me to look at myself and realize that I'm not the first to have similar thoughts and experiences that are unique to a woman.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Ms. Chedwick

    This is my favorite collection of short stories by women authors. Jean Stubbs amazes with the story Cousin Kevin which is very unusual.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Julianne

    I really enjoyed getting a taste of so many great women authors. This was such an enjoyable read with regards to its being "high literature," but also a beautiful variety. I really enjoyed getting a taste of so many great women authors. This was such an enjoyable read with regards to its being "high literature," but also a beautiful variety.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Katie

    Had to read some stories from it for school. Some of them are ok... others are just repetitive in my opinion.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Bill

    excellent---discovered writings of Roddy DOYLE...PODCAST of "Christmas Eve excellent---discovered writings of Roddy DOYLE...PODCAST of "Christmas Eve

  26. 4 out of 5

    Elise

    Short stories are always hard to consume quickly, but this compilation was even more difficult. So many of the stories dealt with tales of the oppressed.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Deviki

    Some of the stories were good but i didn't find them as insipiring as i thought it should....atleast it was like for me .... Some of the stories were good but i didn't find them as insipiring as i thought it should....atleast it was like for me ....

  28. 5 out of 5

    Eryn

    Initially checked this book out because of Julie Hayden's story which was read by Lorrie Moore in the New Yorker Fiction Podcast. I was very impressed by her story and wanted to read it for my self. Initially checked this book out because of Julie Hayden's story which was read by Lorrie Moore in the New Yorker Fiction Podcast. I was very impressed by her story and wanted to read it for my self.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Sophia Ciocca

    often difficult, but worth it. Many of these stories will stick with me for quite a while, I believe.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Gabriel

    Great collection. Doris Lessing's "To room nineteen", and Joyce Carol Oates' "In the Region of Ice" really touched me. Now I count them as some of my favorite short stories of all time. Great collection. Doris Lessing's "To room nineteen", and Joyce Carol Oates' "In the Region of Ice" really touched me. Now I count them as some of my favorite short stories of all time.

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