The 34 writers included in this impressive anthology originally published their fiction, nonfiction, poetry, and occasional writings during the settlement years of the American frontier. All of the women were professional authors at a time when women generally had difficulty finding publishers. Their abilities reinforced their physical isolation yet offered them outlets not available to most women and men. Miller, who lives in Arizona and has degrees in history, anthropology, and geology, has done a particularly fine job of finding voices that aren't often represented in frontier literatureDwomen of Native American, Hispanic, Chinese, and Anglo ethnicity are included. Each selection is preceded by a brief biographical and historical reference establishing context. Miller's admiration and respect for each author is evident. Recommended for women's studies, American studies, and frontier literature collections in academic and public libraries.DPam Kingsbury, Florence, AL
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"This book deserves a place alongside other compilations of women's experience of the early days out West." --Cindy Bellinger, Enchantment Sept. 2008 "This useful and accessible collection has great appeal for general readers with an interest in western, nineteenth-century, or women's history. Moreover, college and high school instructors will find it a welcome source and textbook." --Jennifer L. Jenkins, Journal of Arizona History j "Not simply paeans to the West, the selections examine substantive social, political, and racial themes and explore issues of identity, marriage, and autonomy." --J. K. Weinstein, Choice "The frontier and American women are intertwined in the collected pieces through the issues of race, the clash of indigenous and invading or intermingling cultures. The feminine voice is heard throughout--voices rich in detail and less impaired by territorial imperative." --David B. Broad, Journal of the West "... A testament to the adage 'you can't keep a good book down.'" -- The Journal of Arizona History, Vol. 49, No. 3, Autumn 2008 "The editor posses a sure grasp of the sorts of topics and themes that are likely to interest contemporary readers with a literary bent...A lot of the frontier women's fiction reprinted in Miller's compendium is fetching and not easy to find... Nor will the reader want to overlook Sharlot Mabridth Halls' (d. 1913) "The Fruit of the Yucca Tree" (1905), a thematic amalgam of Bret Harte's early Western scenes and Jack London's droll forebodings. Enchanting stories like these not only indicate the richness of Miller's selections, but offer readers plenty of food for thought about the imaginative life of their frontier authors."-- Chiron Review, No. 85, Winter 2008 --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.See all Product Description