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A Jury of Her Peers
American Women Writers from Anne Bradstreet to Annie Proulx
Elaine Showalter
Alfred A. Knopf, $30, 608 pp.

Who are your peers? Or, more precisely, whom do you consider your peers? And are they the same folks you would want to sit in judgment of you on a jury? These provocative questions animate Elaine Showalter’s survey of American women writers, A Jury of Her Peers. Showalter takes her title from a 1917 short story by Susan Glaspell in which a farm woman is accused of...

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Melissa M. Matthes teaches in the Government/Humanities Department of the U.S. Coast Guard Academy.