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Writing a Woman's Life

Carolyn G. Heilbrun, Katha Pollitt (Introduction by)


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Paperback (9/2/1989)


"A provocative study that should be in every writer's library."—Washington Post

In this modern classic, Carolyn G. Heilbrun builds an eloquent argument demonstrating that writers conform all too often to society's expectations of what women should be like at the expense of the truth of the female experience. Drawing on the careers of celebrated authors including Virginia Woolf, George Sand, and Dorothy Sayers, Heilbrun illustrates the struggle these writers undertook in both work and life to break away from traditional "male" scripts for women's roles.

W. W. Norton & Company, 9780393331646, 160pp.

Publication Date: August 17, 2008

About the Author

Carolyn G. Heilbrun (1926–2003) was a professor of English at Columbia University. A force in literary and feminist theory, she also wrote mysteries under the pen name Amanda Cross.