No Rooms of Their Own: Women Writers in Early California

No Rooms of Their Own has enjoyed wide popularity. In its third edition, it has gone through several printings. More important, it has had a major impact on the literary history of California, especially as written by women in the nineteenth century. The widespread popularity of the book has prompted other scholars to delve into the lives of these fifteen women whose work is highlighted in the anthology. Separate biographies have since been issued for three of the women, and other related scholarly research has been published in journals and anthologies. And because the book has increased awareness about nineteenth century California literature, ordinary people whose ancestors came early to California are scouting basements, attics and old library bookshelves for other manuscripts that will further enrich our understanding of the wonders, disappointments and challenges that were California in earlier centuries.


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