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A poetry collection that forces a reinterpretation

I enjoy reviewing books for Literary Ladies Guide (and other sites). In the process of reviewing, I get to think through why a book is important or moves me. The Age of Phillis was a book that changed my views

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The 1930s: ‘Women had the vote, but the old agitation went on’ | Women’s suffrage | The Guardian

Women won voting rights equal to men in Britain in 1928, but that didn’t mean they had attained equality. Per Diana Souhami’s article in The Guardian: “To have legislation is not at all the same as to have the state

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A Good Journalist Understands That Fascism Can Happen Anywhere, Anytime ‹ Literary Hub

In researching the rise of fascism in 1930s Britain, I was surprised to learn that Oswald Mosley, the charismatic founder of the British Union of Fascists (BUF), was initially a fan of Franklin Roosevelt’s New Deal. He formed the BUF

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Tillie Olsen, Author of Tell Me a Riddle | LiteraryLadiesGuide

Since I posted yesterday about Virginia Woolf and how A Room of One’s Own made me think of Tillie Olsen’s Silences, I wanted to post Olsen’s biography from the Literary Ladies site today. I remember being moved by Olsen’s Tell

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A Room of One’s Own and Time to Think

This posting from Literary Ladies is about Virginia Woolf, but I find myself thinking about Tillie Olsen. I think they were from the same era–perhaps Olsen was a little younger. But of very different economic classes. I don’t think that

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The not-so-hidden injuries of class: A Poem, on the Supposition of an Advertisement Appearing in a Morning Paper, of the Publication of a Volume of Poems, by a Servant-Maid 

I ran across this while looking for something else. The language is so delightfully fresh and arch. Elizabeth Hands–died in 1815, and although the Poetry Foundation does not date the poem, her book was published in 1789–so who knows? Perhaps

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Numbers Talk! The 2014 VIDA Count | VIDA: Women in Literary Arts

The 2014 VIDA Count | VIDA: Women in Literary Arts.

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18 Inventions By Women That Changed The World

18 Inventions By Women That Changed The World. This is outside my usual focus of literature/language/performing arts, but who can resist?

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The plight of the overworked writer. Charlotte Bronte: Hands Full | Lapham’s Quarterly

Hands Full | Lapham’s Quarterly.

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