Deborah G. Felder

A Bookshelf of Our Own

Works That Changed Women`s Lives
Pages: 320
ISBN: 0806527420

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Jane Eyre, Scarlett O’Hara, Hester Prynne, Lily Bart, Anne Frank. These are among the most fascinating and unforgettable figures, fictional and real, in literary history. In The Women’s Bookshelf, distinguished author Deborah G. Felder surveys the literary spectrum and selects the fifty most important and admired books by and about women.True classics that have defined and shaped our experiences from the Middle Ages to the present day.

Part reference book, part popular culture guide, The Women’s Bookshelf provides thoughtful analysis of each literary treasure, placing it within its historical context and tracing the life and influences of its author. With impeccable research and an engaging, accessible style, Felder brings each work to life, beginning with The Tale of Genji by Shikibu Murasaki, an 11th-century masterpiece widely believed to be one of the world’s first novels. Among the other stellar books on this wide-ranging, multicultural list are Emma by Jane Austen, The Woman Warrior by Maxine Hong Kingston, and Beloved by Toni Morrison, as well as classics by such literary powerhouses as Virginia Woolf, Adrienne Rich, Edith Wharton, Kate Chopin, Grace Paley, Zora Neale Hurston, and Mary Wollstonecraft.

Any best of list is certain to provoke controversy and debate, but few will disagree that these selections are among the finest works of literature ever produced. This collection of perceptive, insightful essays comprises an invaluable resource for libraries and reading groups, an essential primer for any literary enthusiast, and a provocative look at our past and present.


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