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Women Writers Collection (103 Books)


Women Writers Collection is a collection of the most influential works by women written in English from the seventeenth century through the nineteenth century. Many of these titles are considered to be part of the canon of today’s feminism movement.

 
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Development a Novel

By: W. Bryher (Annie Winifred Ellerman)

Fiction

Preface: [to Bryher's Development] BY AMY LOWELL. Date:1920. THIS is a singular book; in many ways, a remarkable book. To any one interested in the reasons why of personality (as I confess myself to be), it cannot fail to provoke attention. The autobiographic novel has an illustrious ancestry, the autobiography masquerading as novel is almost as numerous a clan. Is Development the granddaughter of Jane Eyre or of Obermann? If the former, Nancy is a finely conceived chara...

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Faith and Unfaith

By: Molly Bawn Phyllis and Airy Fairy Lillian

Fiction

Excerpt: ? heap of dust alone remains of thee: 'Tis all thou art, and all the proud shall be! ---POPE. IN an upper chamber, through the closed blinds of which the sun is vainly striving to enter, Reginald Branscombe, fifth Earl of Sartoris, lies dead. The sheet is reverently drawn across the motionless limbs; the once restless, now quiet, face is hidden; all around is wrapt in solemn unutterable silence,--the silence that belongs to death alone! A sense of oppressive c...

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Female Advocate

By: Sarah Fyge Egerton

Fiction

Excerpt: Early feminist vase apparently written by fourteen-year-old Sarah Fyge. Defends women's rational powers because they are not earthly like Adam or ambitious. Cites examples of heroic women or women who have sacrificed for their husbands. Female Advocate or, an Answer to a Late Satyr Against the Pride, Lust and Inconstancy, &c. of Woman. Written by a Lady in Vindication of her Sex. Licens'd, June 2. 1686. R. P. London: Printed by H. C. for John Taylor, at the Glob...

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Flower of Youth : Poems in War Time

By: Katharine Tynan

Fiction

Excerpt: JOINING THE COLOURS (WEST KENTS, DUBLIN, August 1914). THERE they go marching all in step so gay! // Smooth-cheeked and golden, food for shells and guns. // Blithely they go as to a wedding day, // The mothers' sons.

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Flush : A Biography

By: Virginia Woolf

Fiction

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For the Most Honorable States Sitting at White-Hall

By: Lady Eleanor

Fiction

Excerpt: The words of Amos, &c. and the Lord shall roar from Zion, and utter his voyce from Jerusalem; and the dwelling places of the Shepherds shall perish, and Carmel shall wither: Thus saith the Lord, for three transgressions and for four, &c. And will cut off the inhabitants of B. and the Scepter shall perish of Beth. Thus saith the Lord, for three transgressions and for four, &c. Together with Divisions character, viz. By the same token, saith the Lord Sabbath; When...

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Freedom

By: Mary Eliza Robbins

Fiction

Excerpt: FREEDOM. BY MARY ELIZA ROBBINS. Not until the question, What is a Man? Is satisfactorily answered, can the claims of each individual to entire freedom be firmly established. Admitting the prevalent notions of man's nature, what is liberty that he should desire it? But once believe man to be an incarnation of the divine Mind, the Word made flesh, and liberty becomes at once a necessary element for the soul to be in. It is the only conductor through which soul wil...

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Glimpses of Life and Manners in Persia

By: Lady Sheil

Fiction

Preface: SIR JOHN MALCOLM, Sir John M'Donald, Sir Robert Porter, Mr. Morier, and Mr. Fraser, have nearly exhausted the subject of Persia. The histories, the travels, and the novels of these distinguished writers have made the world acquainted with the literature, the geography, the commerce, and the antiquities of that country. The present volume is simply an attempt to describe the manners and the tone of feeling and society at the present day. There seemed at one momen...

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Gray Wolf's Daughter

By: Angel De Cora (Hinook-Mahiwi-Kilinaka)

Fiction

Excerpt: The fire was burning steadily, but the mother stirred it with a stick to a brighter flame. It snapped and crackled and sent a myriad of sparks flying upward through the opening at the top of the lodge. This roused the daughter a little as she sat gazing into the fire. Her mind had been wandering here and there to this and that one of her associates-to one who had been to school, to another who had staid at home and was a thorough Indian, comparing the life of th...

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Great Work of an Indian

By: Ora Eddleman Reed

Fiction

Excerpt: The supreme court of the United States has recently rendered a judgment against the United States, in favor of the Cherokee Indians, for about five million dollars, which will go to Indian Territory and be distributed per capita to over 30,000 people. This is the greatest claim ever collected by individuals against the United States through the court of claims. It has been a notable suit and its success is conceded to be due to Robert L. Owen, a Cherokee Indian,...

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Haiti

By: Maria Weston Chapman

Fiction

Excerpt: Je renaitrai de mes cendres. THIS second American Republic has a history that would fill volumes; and, as the past is the parent of the present, some knowledge of that history is necessary to a just estimate of the position of Ha?ti as a nation, and to a true understanding of the character of its people. Its history is a warning-a rebuke-a proud, triumphal peal of warlike jubilee-oppression's funeral knell. But here is no room for its resonance. One can only ref...

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Has Christianity Benefited Woman?

By: Elizabeth Cady Stanton

Fiction

Excerpt: The assertion that woman owes all the advantages of her present position to the Christian church, has been repeated so often, that it is accepted as an established truth by those who would be unwilling to admit that all the injustice and degradation she has suffered might be logically traced to the same source. A consideration of woman's position before Christianity, under Christianity, and at the present time, shows that she is not indebted to any form of relig...

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Hawaii's Story by Hawaii's Queen

By: Liliuokalani

Fiction

Excerpt: A SKETCH OF MY CHILDHOOD. THE extinct crater or mountain which forms the background to the city of Honolulu is known as the Punch-Bowl; at its base is situated the Queen's Hospital, so named because of the great interest taken in its erection by Emma, the queen of Kamehameha IV. Funds for the cause were solicited by the reigning sovereigns in person, and the hospital building was completed in 1860. Very near to its site, on Sept. 2, 1838, I was born. My father's...

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How a Kentucky Girl Emancipated Her Slaves

By: Lydia Maria Child

Fiction

Excerpt: It is now about five years since Mattie Griffith, a noble daughter of Kentucky, left her native state because her generous young soul was filled with such deep abhorrence of slavery. She wrote a book, painful in its power, called The Autobiography of a Female Slave; and she herself assured me that every incident it contained had occurred within her own knowledge. She was an orphan, and all the property she had consisted in slaves; but she took the heroic resolut...

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Jacob's Room

By: Virginia Woolf

Fiction

Excerpt: So of course, wrote Betty Flanders, pressing her heels rather deeper in the sand, there was nothing for it but to leave. Slowly welling from the point of her gold nib, pale blue ink dissolved the full stop; for there her pen stuck; her eyes fixed, and tears slowly filled them. The entire bay quivered; the lighthouse wobbled; and she had the illusion that the mast of Mr. Connor's little yacht was bending like a wax candle in the sun. She winked quickly. Accidents...

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Katherine Pettus, Plaintiff in Chancery

By: Katherine Pettus

Fiction

Excerpt: Pettus tried to sue Bancroft for 23 years for an orphan's portion left by her father, Thomas Bancroft. Bancroft was jailed for denying Pettus her portion. Petters asks for relief fram debts since she cannot procure her inheritance. She filed a bill for the Relief of Creditors and Poor Prisoners. The Plaintiffe a poore Widow, oppressed in an extraordinary manner by the power of the Defendent and her friends in this suit in Chancery, now of 23 yeares continuance, ...

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Lest We Forget : A War Anthology

By: H.B. Elliot

Fiction

Excerpt: THE ROLL OF HONOUR. YOUR faces haunt me from the printed pages, The roll call of our valiant English dead; What woman's hands, I wonder, clung in parting? What woman's heart breaks now the shot is sped? We speak of Glory and the Cause you died for, We lay our homage on your bloodstained grave, Will Glory help to ease the women's anguish Or solace them for these dear dead they gave?

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Letter to a Friend

By: Susan C. Cabot

Fiction

Excerpt: Appeal to a friend who feels she is too busy with local concerns to protest against slavery. Cabot argues that as a Christian, one must be concerned with the welfare of those who are far off, as well as those who are near. LETTER TO A FRIEND. I CANNOT feel satisfied without having a few more words with you upon the subject we were discussing last evening. You said, in reply to some of the remarks I made upon the necessity of our doing all we could for the slaves...

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Letters on Sweden, Norway, And Denmark

By: Mary Wollstonecraft

Fiction

Introduction: Mary Wollstonecraft was born on the 27th of April, 1759. Her father--a quick-tempered and unsettled man, capable of beating wife, or child, or dog--was the son of a manufacturer who made money in Spitalfields, when Spitalfields was prosperous. Her mother was a rigorous Irishwoman, of the Dixons of Ballyshannon. Edward John Wollstonecraft--of whose children, besides Mary, the second child, three sons and two daughters lived to be men and women--in course of ...

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Life Among the Paiutes : Their Wrongs and Claims

By: Sarah Winnemucca Hopkins

Fiction

Excerpt: EDITOR'S PREFACE. MY editing has consisted in copying the original manuscript in correct orthography and punctuation, with occasional emendations by the author, of a book which is an heroic act on the part of the writer. Mrs. Hopkins came to the East from the Pacific coast with the courageous purpose of telling in detail to the mass of our people, extenuating nothing and setting down naught in malice, the story of her people's trials. Finding that in extemporane...

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