The Norton Book of Women's Lives

Phyllis Rose (Editor)


"This remarkable and wide-ranging collection, full of surprises, should encourage any woman who is trying to survive in a man's world, and enlighten any man who sincerely wants to understand contemporary women." —Alison Lurie

"This magnificent, handsome, handful of an anthology . . ."* includes sixty-one substantial selections from the twentieth-century literature of women's lives: autobiographies, journals, and memoirs. "As varied in humanity as in geography,"** the women whose life stories are collected here include the famous—Maya Angelou, Maxine Hong Kingston, Anne Frank, Virginia Woolf—and the surprising—Emma Mashinini, a black South African labor organizer; Onnie Lee Logan, an Alabama "granny" midwife; Sara Suleri, an expatriate in America who reflects hilariously on the language of food in her native Pakistan.

"Destined to become a classic,"‡ this treasury of women's lives, brimming with intelligence, passion, wit, and determination, is a celebration of life itself.

*Hungry Mind Review

**Washington Post Book World

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Book Details

  • Paperback
  • April 1995
  • ISBN 978-0-393-31290-4
  • 5.5 × 9 in / 832 pages
  • Sales Territory: Worldwide including Canada, but excluding the British Commonwealth.

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“This is a book to be marooned with on a desert island. . . . A nourishing anthology . . . that covers an exhilarating range of experience.” — Elle

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