By Janet Burroway

ISBN-10: 022601407X

ISBN-13: 9780226014074

ISBN-10: 022601410X

ISBN-13: 9780226014104

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 earlier than Kumin used to be requested to supply, through her husband’s corporation, verification that the poem was once her unique work.

Kumin, who went directly to win the Pulitzer Prize for poetry, used to be a part of a groundbreaking new release of girls writers who got here of age in the course of the midcentury feminist move. by way of hard the established order and eventually discovering luck for themselves, they lead the way for destiny generations of writers. In A tale higher than My Own, Janet Burroway brings jointly Kumin, Julia Alvarez, Jane Smiley, Erica Jong, and fifteen different complete ladies 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 adventure a well-recognized development of highs and lows over the process their careers. in addition to luck comes the strain to maintain it, in addition to a relentless look for subject material, all too common crises of self belief, the demanding situations of a altering publishing scene, and the trouble of mixing writing with the normal stuff of life—family, marriage, jobs. The members, all now over the age of sixty, additionally confront the results of getting older, with its paradoxical duality of latest obstacles and newfound freedom.

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

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