Writing Red: An Anthology of American Women Writers, 1930-1940

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Charlotte Nekola, Paula Rabinowitz
Feminist Press at CUNY, 1987 - Literary Criticism - 349 pages
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This comprehensive collection of fiction, poetry, and reportage lays to rest the charge that feminism disappeared after 1920. Among the 36 writers are Muriel Rukeyser, Margaret Walker, Josephine Herbst, Tillie Olsen, Tess Slesinger, Agnes Smedley, and Meridel Le Sueur. Others will be new to readers, including many working-class black and white women. Throughout, as Toni Morrison writes, the anthology is "peopled with questioning, caring, socially committed women writers." Library Journal says "This volume excavates the stories, poems, and reportage of women writers whose work originally appeared in now-defunct Left journals. This essential collection should inspire."
  

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Womens Short Fiction of the 1930s
19
AGNES SMEDLEY
30
MERIDEL LE SUEUR
36
RUTH McKENNEY
39
LEANE ZUGSMITH
46
EDITH MANUEL DURHAM
52
LUCILLE BOEHM
67
MARITA BONNER
70
JOY DAVIDMAN
174
TwentiethCentury Americanism
175
Prayer Against Indifference
178
TILLIE OLSEN
179
FLORENCE REECE
182
AUNT MOLLY JACKSON
184
The Hungry Blues
185
REPORTAGE THEORY AND ANALYSIS
187

RAMONA LOWE
79
ELIZABETH THOMAS
84
ELEANOR CLARK
89
JOSEPHINE HERBST
96
TESS SLESINGER
106
POETRY
125
Women Poetry and the Literary Politics of the 1930s
127
MURIEL RUKEYSER
135
Absalom
139
More of a Corpse Than a Woman
142
A Turning Wind
143
GENEVIEVE TAGGARD
147
Return of the Native
148
To My Mother
149
Silence in Mallorca
150
Proud Day
152
Autumn Song for Guitar
153
Creative Effort
154
Ode in Time of Crisis
155
JOSEPHINE W JOHNSON
157
He Who Shall Turn
158
Ice Winter
159
MARGARET WALKER
161
Dark Blood
163
Lineage
164
GLADYS CASELY HAYFORD
165
KATHLEEN TANKERSLEY YOUNG
167
LUCIA TRENT
168
Lady in a Limousine
169
Parade the Narrow Turrets
170
RUTH LECHLITNER
171
SUSAN MCMILLAN SHEPHERD
172
MARY LEDUC GIBBONS
173
Political Women Journalists and the 1930s
189
JOSEPHINE HERBST
199
AGNES SMEDLEY
203
ANNA LOUISE STRONG
215
Front TrenchesNorthwest
224
ELLA WINTER
228
RUTH GRUBER
236
TILLIE OLSEN
245
VIVIAN DAHL
252
ELAINE ELLIS
255
MARY GUIMES LEAR
258
ELLA FORD
264
ANONYMOUS
270
A True Story by a Negro Worker of the North
272
No More Helling A True Story by a Working Woman
274
MOLLIE V LEWIS
276
DOROTHY DAY
279
THYRA J EDWARDS
282
MARY HEATON VORSE
285
HardBoiled
291
MYRA PAGE
293
Water
296
MERIDEL LE SUEUR
299
MARY INMAN
304
The Pivot of the System
308
The Code of a Class
312
REBECCA PITTS
316
GRACE HUTCHINS
329
The Double Burden
335
Contributors
341
Acknowledgments
347
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Paula Rabinowitz is professor of English at the University of Minnesota. Her books include "Black & White & Noir: America's Pulp Modernism," and she is the coeditor of "Habits of Being," a four-volume series on clothing and identity.

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