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Women As Writers

“Weaving the Stories of Women’s Lives” is the theme this year of Women’s History Month, which is observed in March. This year is also the 35th anniversary of the Women’s History Movement and the National Women’s History Project, which promotes Women’s History Month.

It seems the perfect time for reading and teaching about the work of women writers — without whom women’s stories most likely would be written out of history altogether.

A number of books available at document the lives and work of women writers. Among them are:

Breaking the Rule of Cool: Interviewing and Reading Women Beat Writers, by Nancy M. Grace and Ronna C. Johnson, $19.80 (List Price: $22), University of Mississippi Press, April 2004, ISBN: 9781578066544 pp. 224.

Women of the Beat Generation made significant contributions to the culture. This book brings together interviews, essays and biographical sketches that spotlight the work of nine of the best known women  Beat writers:  Diane di Prima, ruth weiss, Joyce Johnson, Hettie Jones, Joanne Kyger, Brenda Frazer (Bonnie Bremser), Janine Pommy Vega, Anne Waldman and Ann Charters.

Domesticity with a Difference: The Nonfiction of Catharine Beecher, Sarah J. Hale, Fanny Fern, and Margaret Fuller, by Nicole Tonkovich,  $45, (List price: $50), University of Mississippi Press, July 2010, ISBN: 9780878059935, pp. 232.

This study looks at the nonfiction written by four 19th century women who prescribed a genteel ideal of domesticity, even as they carved out professional roles for themselves. Beecher, for instance, was an educator and author of works on religion, health and domestic science. Hale was a writer and the editor of a popular women’s magazine, Godey’s Lady’s Book. The study finds that the four women’s  writings helped to change the roles of women inside and outside the home.

Friendship and Sympathy: Communities of Southern Women Writers, by Rosemary M. Magee,

$22.50 (List Price: $25),  University of Mississippi Press, January 1992, ISBN: 9780878055456, pp. 360.

This anthology documents relationships and interactions among women writers of the South through essays, reviews, speeches and interviews. Among those whose connections in this circle of friendship and admiration are explored are Katherine Anne Porter, Eudora Welty, Zora Neale Hurston, Flannery O’Connor, Anne Tyler, Alice Walker and Josephine Humphreys.

We also recommend the “Conversations With” series from the University of Mississippi Press, which features collections of interviews with select authors.  Women in the series of more than 300 books include Elizabeth Bishop, Gwendolyn Brooks, M.F.K. Fisher, Nikki Giovanni, Lillian Hellman, Erica Jong, Audre Lorde, Toni Morrison, Gloria Naylor, Joyce Carol Oates, Flannery O’Connor, Grace Paley, Susan Sontag, Margaret Walker and Eudora Welty.

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