A Day at a Time: The Diary Literature of American Women from 1764 to the Present

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Margo Culley
Feminist Press at CUNY, 1985 - Biography & Autobiography - 341 pages
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This portrait of American women reveals the remarkable strengths and resources of ordinary women. Excerpts from 29 diaries include miniatures of the daily life of New England families in the late 1700s, overviews of the great expansion westward, and devastating portraits of the brutal politics of the 1960s and 1970s. The book also contains a bibliography of hundreds of women's diaries.
  

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Contents

III
29
IV
36
V
49
VI
56
VII
69
VIII
79
IX
89
X
94
XIX
187
XX
204
XXI
208
XXII
212
XXIII
223
XXIV
226
XXV
248
XXVI
256

XI
105
XII
111
XIII
125
XIV
128
XV
143
XVI
149
XVII
165
XVIII
179
XXVII
272
XXVIII
279
XXIX
290
XXX
292
XXXI
305
XXXII
311
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Page 13 - One of the last things she said to me was to make a correction in the sentence of March 4th "moral discords and nervous horrors." This dictation of March 4th was rushing about in her brain all day, and although she was very weak and it tired her much to dictate, she could not get her head quiet until she had it written : then she was relieved.
Page 8 - The record of a woman's life, written down day by day, without any attempt at concealment, as if no one in the world were ever to read it, yet with the purpose of being read...
Page 3 - It is only relatively recently (roughly in the last one hundred years) that the content of the diary has been a record of private thoughts and feelings to be kept hidden from others

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Margo Culley is Professor of English at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst. She is the editor of American Women s Autobiography: Fea(s)ts of Memory and A Day at a Time: Diary Literature of American Women, and co-editor of Women s Personal Narratives: Essays in Criticism and Pedagogy and Gendered Subjects: The Dynamics of Feminist Teaching. She teaches courses in American studies, women s studies, and ethnic studies.

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