The Aunt Lute Anthology of U. S. Women Writers, Vol. 2: The 20th Century

After hanging onto this for a month, I’m finally ready to put it away. Volume two of the terrific anthology of women writers in the U.S. has been slurped up, 1400 pages processed and unknown writers surfaced, although fewer unknowns in this modern volume. Anecdotally, there was much more poetry in this volume than the last which was more fiction and essay heavy.

Things to investigate further:
* Jessie Redmon Fauset (1882-1961), literary editor of The Crisis magazine; prolific writer of Harlem renaissance: there is a confusion (1924), plum bun (1929), Chinaberry tree (1931), Comedy: American Style (1933).
* Mina Loy’s 1924 poem Gertrude Stein: Curie/ of the laboratory/ of vocabulary/ she crushed/ the tonnage/ of consciousness/ congealed to phrases/ to extract/ a radium of the word
* Dorothy Parker’s The Waltz, snarking on the men who can’t dance properly and how they step on her feet but she pretends all is well. Her internal monologue: “Ow! Get off my instep you hulking peasant! What do you think I am, anyway–a gangplank? Ow!
* Martha Gellhorn (1908-1998). Her contribution to the anthology is a terrifically creepy story, Miami-New York, where a woman sits on an airplane and is kissed by a strange man, imagining a vivid future for the two of them.
* May Sarton (1912-1995). Met V Woolf, got dual National Book Award nomination in 1958 for Faithful Are the Wounds (fiction) and In Time Like Air (poetry)
* Ruth Stone (1915-??) won National Book Award for The Next Galaxy (2002); first book: In an Iridescent Time (1959).
* Shirley Jackson (1916-1965), National Book Award for The Haunting of Hill House (1959); autobiographical Life Among the Savages (1953).
* Maxine Hong Kingston’s The Woman Warrior.
* Alice Walker’s The Color Purple