Women Writers (Women in the Arts) (1ST)


Women Writers (Women in the Arts) (1ST)

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  • 製本 Hardcover:ハードカバー版/ページ数 128 p.
  • 言語 ENG,ENG
  • 商品コード 9780789206978
  • DDC分類 809.89287

Full Description

Professional writing has traditionally been a male occupation, but despite restrictions exceptional women produced important and influential poetry, stories, novels, and plays. From ancient Sumerian priestess Enheduanna's poetic praises for her patron goddess, Inanna, to 19th-century English novelist Jane Austen's witty romances that quietly challenged social convention, and from Beatrix Potter's whimsical and timelessly popular animal tales to Harlem Renaissance writer Zora Neale Hurston's vivid and powerful portrayals of the African-American experience, the written word has been an effective way for women to express their own perspective on such universal themes as love, relationships, faith, death, and the meaning of life. This illustrated collection of biographies reaches across the boundaries of place, time, race, and social status to bring together the diverse, encouraging stories behind 18 extraordinary voices. Each female writer's life and work are surveyed in-depth, from her childhood perceptions and early interest in writing through the personal and social challenges she faced as a woman struggling for literary success.Accompanying the text, author and illustrator Rebecca Hazell has created expressive watercolour and gouache portraits inspired by the artistic style of the historical period in which each writer lived. Enhanced by a bibliography for further reading and research, this text should be an ideal classroom reference, as well as the perfect inspirational gift book for any budding writer. The writers profiled are: Jane Austen; Elizabeth Bishop; Charlotte Bronte; Agatha Christie; Anita Desai; Isak Dineson; Enheduanna; Lillian Hellman; Zora Neale Hurston; Ursula K. Le Guin; Gabriela Mistral; Toni Morrison; Lady Murasaki Shikibu; Beatrix Potter; George Sand; Edith Jones Wharton; Laura Ingalls Wilder; and Zitkala-Sa.

Table of Contents

Introduction                                       8  (9)
For almost a century, Beatrix Potter's 11 (6)
stories, featuring characters like Peter
Rabbit and Jemima Puddleduck, have been among
the most beloved children's books ever written
Helen Beatrix Potter
Laura Ingalls Wilder's ever-popular series of 17 (4)
books, from The Little House in the Big Woods
to Those Happy Golden Years, vividly portrays
the challenging and rewarding life of a
pioneer family, as seen through the eyes of a
Laura Elizabeth Ingalls Wilder
The first novel in history, Lady Murasaki's 23 (6)
great romance, Tale of Genji, also shaped the
literature of Japan
Lady Murasaki Shikibu
From Pride and Prejudice to Persuasion, Jane 29 (6)
Austen's insightful romantic comedies are
some of the most popular novels ever written
Jane Austen
Beginning with her first novel, Indiana, 35 (6)
George Sand's many novels revolutionized both
French literature and the way women looked at
love and at themselves
George Sand
Jane Eyre, Charlotte Bronte's 41 (6)
semi-autobiographical novel, was a passionate
cry for love and justice. It has become a
classic for young readers
Charlotte Bronte
Pulitzer Prize-winner Edith Wharton wrote not 47 (4)
only great novels like The Age of Innocence
and Ethan Frome, but also plays, short
stories, poems, and even ghost stories
Edith Jones Wharton
Isak Dinesen, whose spellbinding short 53 (6)
stories and memoirs, including Seven Gothic
Tales and Out of Africa, captured the
imagination of readers around the world, was
twice nominated for the Nobel Prize in
Isak Dinesen
The first Native American to write her own 59 (6)
stories without the aid of a translator or
transcriber, Zitkala-Sa is being
rediscovered. Her gentle books, like Old
Indian Legends, are still in print and have
preserved Native American lore and traditions
that otherwise would have been lost
The best-selling female author, Agatha 65 (6)
Christie wrote more than seventy classic
murder mysteries that have entertained
millions, young and old, all around the world
Agatha Christie
Zora Neale Hurston's novels, like Joshua's 71 (6)
Gourd Vine, as well as her books on black
folklore, showed the richness and vitality of
the black experience in a time when racial
prejudice almost entirely excluded
African-American women from being published
Zora Neale Hurston
Lillian Hellman's dynamic plays, such as The 77 (6)
Little Foxes, movies, such as Watch on the
Rhine, and memoirs, such as Pentimento, made
her a popular and award-winning American icon
Lillian Hellman
A celebrated poet and Pulitzer Prize-winner, 83 (6)
Elizabeth Bishop chose quality over quantity,
producing only a few volumes, like North and
South-A Cold Spring, in her lifetime
Elizabeth Bishop
The first African American to receive the 89 (6)
Nobel Prize in Literature, Toni Morrison has
chronicled black experience in such searing
novels as Beloved and Jazz
Toni Morrison
Award-winning novelist Anita Desai is among 95 (4)
the best of a new generation of writers from
India who write in English With novels like
Fire on the Mountain and Fasting, Feasting,
she fosters understanding between East and
Anita Desai
The earliest known author in history, whose 101(6)
words were preserved for thousands of years
after her death by generations of scribes,
the Sumerian priestess Enheduanna's
passionate poems of devotion are now being
rediscovered and translated
The first South American to receive the Nobel 107(6)
Prize in Literature, Chilean poet Gabriela
Mistral is regarded almost as a saint across
that continent. She is now being rediscovered
in North America through such volumes as
Ternura (Tenderness)
Gabriela Mistral
Ursula Le Guin's many award-winning novels 113(5)
range from fantasy and science fiction to
mainstream fiction. Having elevated fantasy
and science fiction to new heights, she is
considered to be one of the finest authors in
America today
Ursula K. Le Guin
Bibliography 118(7)
Glossary 125(2)
Index 127