Ann Veronica

Ann Veronica

H. G. Wells

Ann Veronica describes the rebellion of Ann Veronica Stanley against her middle-class father’s stern patriarchal rule. The novel created a sensation when published in the fall of 1909 because of the feminist sensibilities of the heroine and also because of the affair Wells was having with Amber Reeves, the woman who inspired the novel’s eponymous character. Although the novel now seems very tame, Ann Veronica was considered…

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Ann Vickers

Ann Vickers

Sinclair Lewis

Ann Vickers follows the heroine, from tomboy school girl in the late 19th century American Midwest, through college, and into her forties. It charts her postgraduate suffragist phase in the early 20th century. As a suffragist, she is imprisoned, and her experiences there lead her to become interested in social work and prison reform. As a social worker in a settlement house in the First World War, she has her first…

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The Awakening and Selected Short Stories

Kate Chopin

The Awakening centers on Edna Pontellier and her struggle to reconcile her increasingly unorthodox views on femininity and motherhood with the prevailing social attitudes of the turn-of-the-century American South. It is one of the earliest American novels that focuses on women’s issues without condescension. It is also widely seen as a landmark…

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Orlando, A Biography

Orlando, A Biography

Virginia Woolf

Orlando: A Biography is a high-spirited romp inspired by the tumultuous family history of Woolf’s close friend, the aristocratic poet and novelist Vita Sackville-West. It is arguably one of Woolf’s most popular and accessible novels: a history of English literature in satiric form. The book describes the adventures of a poet who changes sex from man to woman and lives for centuries, meeting the key figures of English literary history. Considered…

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Unveiling a Parallel, A Romance

Unveiling a Parallel, A Romance

Alice Ilgenfritz Jones and Ella Merchant

Unveiling a Parallel: A Romance, is a feminist science fiction and utopian novel published in 1893. The unnamed narrator, a man, arrives at Mars after a flight by ‘aeroplane.’ Mars is much like Earth, and inhabited by Earth-like flora and fauna. Where it differs is in the social roles of the genders. Women occupy a place of equality; they have their own social clubs, take lovers, have children out of wedlock, and can even propose…

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The Yellow Wallpaper

The Yellow Wallpaper

Charlotte Perkins Gilman

The Yellow Wallpaper is a 6,000-word short story by the American writer Charlotte Perkins Gilman, first published in January 1892 in The New England Magazine. It is regarded as an important early work of American feminist literature, illustrating attitudes in the 19th century toward women’s physical and mental health. The story details the unreliable narrator’s descent into madness. Her antagonist husband, John, believes that it…

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