The Woman Within: An Autobiography

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University of Virginia Press, 1994 - Biography & Autobiography - 319 pages
Long out of print and now brought back with a substantial and provocative feminist introduction, The Woman Within is a haunting and carefully crafted revelation of a major novelist's inner life. Placed in the context of current discussions of women's autobiography, the Ellen Glasgow who worked on The Woman Within from around 1934 until her death in 1945 speaks strongly - and surprisingly sympathetically - to readers today.
 

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Contents

Feel
3
Observe
12
Early Joy
26
Become a Writer
36
Impressions and Illusions
51
Early Sorrow
61
Youth and the World 7 The Search for Truth
77
The Search for Art
94
Miracleor Illusion?
153
The Impenetrable Wall
169
The Search for Reality
171
Heartbreak and Beyond
185
England and America
196
Fata Morgana
213
On Falling Out of Love
230
England Again
251

My First Book
105
On Not Taking Advice
115
Alone in London
117
James Branch Cabell
129
The Shadow of the Wall
137
Wanderings
145
Rootless Years
267
Present Tense
282
A Dull Note for Genealogists
297
Textual Notes
311
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About the author (1994)

Ellen Anderson Gholson Glasgow (April 22, 1873 -November 21, 1945) was an American novelist who portrayed the changing world of the contemporary south. Glasgow was born in Richmond, Virginia, of a mother who traced her ancestry to the Cavalier settlers of Tidewater Virginia and a father who descended from the Scotch-Irish of the Shenandoah Valley. She was a writer whose divided background helps explain her ability to combine romantic sensibility with tough-minded realism. For the Virginia Edition of her works, published by Scribner in 1938 and now out of print, she chose 12 of her 18 novels and divided them into two main groups. What she called "novels of character and comedies of manners" consist of five works: The Battle-Ground (1902); The Deliverance (1904); They Stooped to Folly (1929); Virginia (1913); and Barren Ground (1925). The remaining seven novels she grouped under the heading "social history in the form of fiction." Covering almost 100 years of life in the Old Dominion, they are perhaps better read in historical sequence rather than the order in which they were originally published: The Miller of Old Church (1911); The Romantic Comedians (1926); The Voice of the People (1900); The Romance of a Plain Man (1909); Life and Gabriella (1916); The Sheltered Life (1932); and Vein of Iron (1935). The new prefaces that she wrote for each volume of the Virginia Edition form a valuable record of her literary growth and a treatise on novel writing that compares favorably with the prefaces that Henry James wrote for the New York Edition of his works. With the addition of an introduction to the one novel she published subsequently, the Pulitzer Prize-winning In This Our Life (1941), these prefaces were brought together and published as A Certain Measure (1943). The Woman Within (1954), her own story of her inner life, parallels her fiction in its account of a courageous woman who refused to become a victim of the outmoded codes of chivalry and male domination that characterized the Old South of her heritage. She remains a transitional figure of considerable importance in the literary history of America.

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