Elaine Showalter, a professor emerita at Princeton University, is the author of numerous books, including the groundbreaking "A Literature of Their Own: British Women Novelists from Bronte to Lessing." A frequent radio and TV commentator in the United Kingdom, she has chaired the Man Booker International prize jury and judged the National Book Awards and the Orange Prize. She divides her time between Washington, D.C., and London.
"[A] remarkable book. . . . [Showalter's] approach . . . is unifying and magnanimous. She brings a perspective to changing literary culture that makes criticism seem not only understandable but also healthy and invigorating, making the work timeless in its ability to weather readers' changing priorities. . . . "A Jury of Her Peers" does an enormous service, house a drop-dead reading list and gives the reader a fluid framework for the great (much of it still undiscovered) wealth of writing by women in this country."-Susan Salter Reynolds, "Los Angeles Times""A breathtaking overview of the intersections of gender and genre in American letters. . . . Showalter's desire is to move beyond stockpiling the poetry, plays and fiction of American women to a place of thoughtful and active critique. Instead of simply asking, 'Remember these writers?' she further queries, 'And are these writers any good?' Showalter refuses to be either an unthinking cheerleader or an apolitical critic. . . . With its frank assessments, impressive research and expansive scope, "A Jury of Her Peers" belongs on the shelf of any reader interested in the development of women's writing in America."-Jennifer Cognard-Black, "Ms. Magazine""""By covering the lives and careers of hundreds of American women writers of all backgrounds, this survey is ambitious and galvanizing. . . . the first guide and history ever attempted by one scholar working solo. . . . Showalter's Baedeker showcases the rise and fall of styles and genres. Lives and careers of superstars . . . are put into high relief. The voices of several hundred other authors . . . sing out in a monumental choral orchestrated by Showalter ("A Literature of Their Own"), a groundbreaking feminist scholar at Princeton."-"Publishers Weekly," starred review "Elaine Showalter's case for nearly four centuries of American women's writing unfolds in a narrative as gripping as a favorite novel. Smartly paced and peppered wit