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Cairns Collection of American Women Writers

Works: 10,739 works in 12,029 publications in 13 languages and 952,857 library holdings
Genres: Fiction  Juvenile works  History  Biographies  Domestic fiction  Political fiction  Criticism, interpretation, etc  Historical fiction  Sources  Autobiographical fiction 
Classifications: PS1017, FIC
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Most widely held works about Cairns Collection of American Women Writers
Most widely held works by Cairns Collection of American Women Writers
Uncle Tom's cabin, or, Life among the lowly by Harriet Beecher Stowe( Book )

168 editions published between 1852 and 2011 in 12 languages and held by 6,809 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A saintly Black man endures the depredations of slavery and the torments of a cruel overseer
The complete poems of Emily Dickinson by Emily Dickinson( Book )

39 editions published between 1890 and 1999 in English and French and held by 4,352 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A chronological arrangement of Dickinson's 1,775 poems
Little house in the big woods by Laura Ingalls Wilder( Book )

3 editions published between 1932 and 2005 in English and Japanese and held by 2,966 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A year in the life of two young girls growing up on the Wisconsin frontier, as they help their mother with the daily chores, enjoy their father's stories and singing, and share special occasions when they get together with relatives or neighbors
Little women by Louisa May Alcott( Book )

41 editions published between 1868 and 2016 in 4 languages and held by 2,814 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The Pulitzer Prize-winning biographer illuminates the world of Little Women and its author. Since its publication in 1868-69, Little Women, perhaps America's most beloved children's classic, has been handed down from mother to daughter for generations. It has been translated into more than fifty languages and inspired six films, four television shows, a Broadway musical, an opera, and a web series. This lavish four-color edition features over 220 curated illustrations, including stills from the films, art by Norman Rockwell, and iconic children's-book illustrations. Renowned Alcott scholar John Matteson brings his expertise to the book, to the March family it creates, and to the Alcott family who inspired it all. Through numerous photographs taken in the Alcott family home expressly for this edition--elder daughter Anna's wedding dress, the Alcott sisters' theater costumes, sister May's art, and Abba Alcott's recipe book--readers discover the extraordinary links between the real and the fictional family. Matteson's annotations evoke the once-used objects and culture of a distant but still-relevant time, situating Alcott's work within the world of art, music and literature that defined and inspired her. The book's rich commentaries bring us back in touch with the books Alcott read, the people she knew, the foods she ate. The introductory essays examine the book's pivotal place in children's literature and tell the captivating story of Alcott herself.--Adapted from book jacket
Mary Chesnut's Civil War by Mary Boykin Chesnut( Book )

1 edition published in 1981 in English and held by 2,785 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

An authorized account of the Civil War, drawn from the diaries of a Southern aristocrat, records the disintegration and final destruction of the Confederacy
Harriet Beecher Stowe by John R Adams( Book )

2 editions published between 1963 and 1989 in English and held by 2,624 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A critical and sympathetic examination of the total literary and cultural significance of Harriet Beecher Stowe, a legend in her own time, who not only championed the abolition of slavery but also women's rights, the protection of children against exploitation, and the temperance movement
Women's diaries of the westward journey by Lillian Schlissel( Book )

1 edition published in 1982 in English and held by 2,572 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Describes the courage of American women who journeyed West between 1840 and 1870
Novels and stories by Zora Neale Hurston( Book )

1 edition published in 1995 in English and held by 2,541 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Part of a two-volume set of works by Zora Neale Hurston, Novels and Stories features the acclaimed 1937 novel Their Eyes Were Watching God-- plus Jonah's Gourd Vine, Moses Man of the Mountain, Seraph on the Suwanee, and selected stories. Includes a newly researched chronology of Hurston's life, detailed notes, and a brief essay on the texts
A long fatal love chase by Louisa May Alcott( Book )

1 edition published in 1995 in English and held by 2,469 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

An Englishwoman falls for an older man who takes her to France where she discovers he is already married. When she leaves him, he pursues her and confines her to a lunatic asylum in Germany. But she will escape. The novel was written in 1866 and was rejected by the publisher as too sensational
Barracoon : the story of the last "black cargo" by Zora Neale Hurston( Book )

1 edition published in 2018 in English and held by 2,358 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"In 1927, Zora Neale Hurston went to Plateau, Alabama, just outside Mobile, to interview eighty-six-year-old Cudjo Lewis. Of the millions of men, women, and children transported from Africa to America as slaves, Cudjo was then the only person alive to tell the story of this integral part of the nation's history. Hurston was there to record Cudjo's firsthand account of the raid that led to his capture and bondage fifty years after the Atlantic slave trade was outlawed in the United States. In 1931, Hurston returned to Plateau, the African-centric community three miles from Mobile founded by Cudjo and other former slaves from his ship. Spending more than three months there, she talked in depth with Cudjo about the details of his life. During those weeks, the young writer and the elderly formerly enslaved man ate peaches and watermelon that grew in the backyard and talked about Cudjo's past--memories from his childhood in Africa, the horrors of being captured and held in a barracoon for selection by American slavers, the harrowing experience of the Middle Passage packed with more than 100 other souls aboard the Clotilda, and the years he spent in slavery until the end of the Civil War. Based on those interviews, featuring Cudjo's unique vernacular, and written from Hurston's perspective with the compassion and singular style that have made her one of the preeminent American authors of the twentieth-century, Barracoon masterfully illustrates the tragedy of slavery and of one life forever defined by it. Offering insight into the pernicious legacy that continues to haunt us all, black and white, this poignant and powerful work is an invaluable contribution to our shared history and culture."--Publisher's website
The inheritance by Louisa May Alcott( Book )

2 editions published between 1997 and 1998 in English and held by 2,305 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The tale of Edith Adelon, an impoverished Italian orphan who innocently wields the charms of virtue, beauty, and loyalty to win her true birthright
Harriet Beecher Stowe : a life by Joan D Hedrick( Book )

1 edition published in 1994 in English and held by 2,192 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Up to this year I have always felt that I had no particular call to meddle with this subject ... But I feel now that the time is come when even a woman or a child who can speak a word for freedom and humanity is bound to speak." Thus did Harriet Beecher Stowe announce her decision to begin work on what would become one of the most influential novels ever written. The subject she had hesitated to "meddle with" was slavery, and the novel, of course, was Uncle Tom's Cabin. Still debated today for its portrayal of African Americans and its unresolved place in the literary canon, Stowe's best-known work was first published in weekly installments from June 5, 1851 to April 1, 1852. It caused such a stir in both the North and South, and even in Great Britain, that when Stowe met President Lincoln in 1862 he is said to have greeted her with the words, "So you are the little woman who wrote the book that created this great war!" In this landmark book, the first full-scale biography of Harriet Beecher Stowe in over fifty years, Joan D. Hedrick tells the absorbing story of this gifted, complex, and contradictory woman. Hedrick takes readers into the multi-layered world of nineteenth-century morals and mores, exploring the influence of then-popular ideas of "true womanhood" on Stowe's upbringing as a member of the outspoken Beecher clan, and her eventful life as a writer and shaper of public opinion who was also a mother of seven. It offers a lively record of the flourishing parlor societies that launched and sustained Stowe throughout the 44 years of her career, and the harsh physical realities that governed so many women's lives. The epidemics, high infant mortality, and often disastrous medical practices of the day are portrayed in moving detail, against the backdrop of western expansion, the great social upheaval accompanying the abolitionist movement, and the entry of women into public life. Here are Stowe's public triumphs, both before and after the Civil War, and the private tragedies that included the death of her beloved eighteen month old son, the drowning of another son, and the alcohol and morphine addictions of two of her other children. The daughter, sister, and wife of prominent ministers; Stowe channeled her anguish and her ambition into a socially acceptable anger on behalf of others, transforming her private experience into powerful narratives that moved a nation. Magisterial in its breadth and rich in detail, this definitive portrait explores the full measure of Harriet Beecher Stowe's life and her contribution to American literature. Perceptive and engaging, it illuminates the career of a major writer during the transition of literature from an amateur pastime to a profession, and offers a fascinating look at the pains, pleasures, and accomplishments of women's lives in the last century
Emily Dickinson : a collection of critical essays by Richard B Sewall( Book )

1 edition published in 1963 in English and held by 2,141 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Theme of the collection of critical essays is to help the reader see why Emily Dickinson is not only a great woman poet and a great American poet, but also, one of the greatest lyric poets of all time
My wars are laid away in books : the life of Emily Dickinson by Alfred Habegger( Book )

1 edition published in 2001 in English and held by 2,127 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Alfred Habegger presents the first thorough account of Dickinson's growth - a story of genius in the process of formation and then in the act of overwhelming production."
Emily Dickinson by Paul J Ferlazzo( Book )

1 edition published in 1976 in English and held by 2,075 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Counters myths about Emily Dickinson with the known facts of her life, interweaves commentaries on her poetry with discussions of the era in which she lived and influences on her mental development, and assesses her impact on modern writing
The bondwoman's narrative by Hannah Crafts( Book )

1 edition published in 2002 in English and held by 2,011 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

When her master is betrothed to a woman who conceals a tragic secret, Hannah Crafts, a young slave on a wealthy North Carolina plantation, runs away in a bid for her freedom up North. Pursued by slave hunters, imprisoned by a mysterious and cruel captor, held by sympathetic strangers, and forced to serve a demanding new mistress, she finally makes her way to freedom in New Jersey. An unprecedented historical and literary event, this tale written in the 1850s is the only known novel by a female African American slave, and quite possibly the first novel written by a black woman anywhere. A work recently uncovered by renowned scholar, Henry Louis Gates, Jr., it is a stirring, page-turning story of "passing" and the adventures of a young slave as she makes her way to freedom. When Professor Gates saw that modest listing in an auction catalogue for African American artifacts, he immediately knew he could be on the verge of a major discovery. After exhaustively researching the hand-written manuscript's authenticity, he found that his instincts were right. He had purchased a genuine autobiographical novel by a female slave who called herself- and her story's main character- Hannah Crafts. Presented here unaltered and under its author's original title, The Bondswoman's Narrative tells of a self-educated young house slave who knows her life is limited by the brutalities of her society, but never suspects that the freedom of her plantation's beautiful new mistress is also at risk ... or that a devastating secret will force them both to flee from slave hunters with another powerful, determined enemy at their heels. Together with Professor Gates's brilliant introduction- which includes the story of his search for the real Hannah Crafts, the biographical facts that laid the groundwork for her novel, and a fascinating look at other slave narratives of the time- The Bondwoman's Narrative offers a unique and unforgettable reading experience. In it, a voice that has never been heard rings out, and an undiscovered story at the heart of the American experience is finally told
Caddie Woodlawn by Carol Ryrie Brink( Book )

3 editions published between 1935 and 1973 in English and held by 1,993 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The adventures of an eleven-year-old tomboy growing up on the Wisconsin frontier in the mid-nineteenth century
The Oxford companion to women's writing in the United States( Book )

1 edition published in 1995 in English and held by 1,966 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Here is a gold mine of information about women's writing, women's history, and women's concerns - 771 entries, ranging from short biographies to extensive essays. The Oxford Companion to Women's Writing in the United States provides a comprehensive, authoritative, and highly informative survey of women writers and their work as it also illuminates the issues that fired their imaginations. The volume boasts contributions by many of today's well-known cultural and literary critics, including Susan Faludi writing on backlash, Deborah Tannen on communication between the sexes, Jane Gallop on Lacanian psychoanalysis, Sidonie Smith on autobiography, Trudier Harris on passing, Nancy Armstrong on daughters, and Rachel Blau DuPlessis on poetry. There are over four hundred biographical profiles of not only important poets, novelists, and playwrights (including such contemporary figures as Wendy Wasserstein, Louise Erdrich, Anne Tyler, Amy Tan, Alice Walker, Annie Dillard, Joyce Carol Oates, Adrienne Rich, Toni Morrison, and Tama Janowitz), but also of women writers who have made important contributions in other fields - Margaret Mead, Betty Friedan, Rachel Carson, and Susan B. Anthony. Perhaps most important, there is extensive coverage of the many personal, cultural, and historical issues that have been explored by, and have influenced the lives and productivity of, women writers: race and racism, violence and sexual harassment, health, AIDS, the Civil War, the women's movement, and much more. There is also coverage of the publishing world (women's bookstores and presses), the art and practice of writing, and contemporary literary criticism (including deconstruction, black feminism, and lesbianliterary theory)
Prairie fires : the American dreams of Laura Ingalls Wilder by Caroline Fraser( Book )

1 edition published in 2017 in English and held by 1,964 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Millions of readers of Little House on the Prairie believe they know Laura Ingalls--the pioneer girl who survived blizzards and near-starvation on the Great Plains, and the woman who wrote the famous autobiographical books. But the true saga of her life has never been fully told. Now, drawing on unpublished manuscripts, letters, diaries, and land and financial records, Caroline Fraser--the editor of the Library of America edition of the Little House series--masterfully fills in the gaps in Wilder's biography. Revealing the grown-up story behind the most influential childhood epic of pioneer life, she also chronicles Wilder's tumultuous relationship with her journalist daughter, Rose Wilder Lane, setting the record straight regarding charges of ghostwriting that have swirled around the books. The Little House books, for all the hardships they describe, are paeans to the pioneer spirit, portraying it as triumphant against all odds. But Wilder's real life was harder and grittier than that, a story of relentless struggle, rootlessness, and poverty. It was only in her sixties, after losing nearly everything in the Great Depression, that she turned to children's books, recasting her hardscrabble childhood as a celebratory vision of homesteading - and achieving fame and fortune in the process, in one of the most astonishing rags-to-riches episodes in American letters. Spanning nearly a century of epochal change, from the Indian Wars to the Dust Bowl, Wilder's dramatic life provides a unique perspective on American history and our national mythology of self-reliance. With fresh insights and new discoveries, Prairie Fires reveals the complex woman whose classic stories grip us to this day. -- from dust jacket
The yellow wallpaper by Charlotte Perkins Gilman( Book )

6 editions published between 1899 and 2004 in English and held by 1,908 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"First published in 1892, "The Yellow Wallpaper" is written as the secret journal of a woman who, failing to relish the joys of marriage and motherhood, is sentenced to a country rest cure. Though she longs to write, her husband and doctor forbid it, prescribing instead complete passivity. In the involuntary confinement of her bedroom, the hero creates a reality of her own beyond the hypnotic pattern of the faded yellow wallpaper--a pattern that has come to symbolize her own imprisonment. Narrated with superb psychological and dramatic precision, "The Yellow Wallpaper" stands out not only for the imaginative authenticity with which it depicts one woman's descent into insanity, but also for the power of its testimony to the importance of freedom and self-empowerment for women."--Goodreads
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Little house in the big woods
The complete poems of Emily DickinsonLittle house in the big woodsLittle womenMary Chesnut's Civil WarHarriet Beecher StoweWomen's diaries of the westward journeyNovels and storiesA long fatal love chase
Alternative Names
Cairns Collection of American Literature by Women Authors Who Flourished Before 1901

Cairns Collection of American Women Writers Before 1920

University of Wisconsin--Madison. Libraries. Department of Special Collections. Cairns Collection of American Women Writers

William B. Cairns Collection of American Women Writers 1650-1940