A Story Larger than My Own: Women Writers Look Back on Their by Janet Burroway

By Janet Burroway

In 1955, Maxine Kumin submitted a poem to the Saturday night publish. “Lines on a Half-Painted House made it into the magazine—but now not prior to Kumin used to be requested to provide, through her husband’s business enterprise, verification that the poem used to be her unique work.

Kumin, who went directly to win the Pulitzer Prize for poetry, used to be a part of a groundbreaking iteration of girls writers who got here of age in the course of the midcentury feminist circulation. through difficult the established order and eventually discovering good fortune for themselves, they cleared the path for destiny generations of writers. In A tale better than My Own, Janet Burroway brings jointly Kumin, Julia Alvarez, Jane Smiley, Erica Jong, and fifteen different entire girls of this new release to mirror on their writing lives.

The essays and poems featured during this assortment illustrate that even writers who in achieving serious and advertisement luck event a well-known trend of highs and lows over the process their careers. in addition to good fortune comes the strain to maintain it, in addition to a relentless look for subject material, all too widespread crises of self belief, the demanding situations of a altering publishing scene, and the trouble of mixing writing with the standard stuff of life—family, marriage, jobs. The participants, all now over the age of sixty, additionally confront the results of getting older, with its paradoxical duality of recent obstacles and newfound freedom.

Taken jointly, those tales supply suggestion from adventure to writers in any respect phases in their careers and function a collective memoir of a really striking iteration of women.

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