Women Who Did

Stories by Men and Women, 1890-1914

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Angelique Richardson - Editor/introduction

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ISBN 9780141441566 | 528 pages | 28 Feb 2006 | Penguin Classics | 5.07 x 7.79in | 18 - AND UP
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An original collection of short stories that capture the spirit of the "new woman" at the turn of the last century

An original collection of short stories that capture the spirit of the “new woman” at the turn of the last century

Daring and dynamic, the “new woman” came to represent the very spirit of an age in flux. Featuring work by authors as diverse as Kate Chopin and Oscar Wilde, Charlotte Perkins Gilman and Thomas Hardy, this anthology looks at society through the eyes of women as they encountered new choices in marriage, motherhood, work, and love. Charting a rebellion that was social, sexual, and literary, with characters ranging from lady detectives and suffragette rebels to femmes fatales, and covering such subjects as adulterous liaisons, the pleasures of the single life, the possibilities of same-sex relationships, and the joys of shopping, Women Who Did shows women breaking free from convention.

Further Reading
Note on the Texts

Oscar Wilde, The Sphinx without a Secret (1888)
Olive Schreiner, The Buddhist Priest’s Wife(written 1892)
Mona Caird, The Yellow Drawing Room (1892)
Charlotte Perkins Gilman, The Yellow Wallpaper (1892)
George Egerton, A Cross Line (1893)
Kate Chopin, Désirée’s Baby (1893)
Borgia Smudgiton (Owen Seaman), She-Notes (1894)
Thomas Hardy, An Imaginative Woman (1894)
George Egerton, Virgin Soil (1894)
Sarah Grand, The Undefinable (1894)
Kate Chopin, The Story of an Hour (1894)
Ella D’Arcy, The Pleasure-Pilgrim (1895)
Willa Cather, Tommy, the Unsentimental (1896)
Alice Meynell, A Woman in Grey (1896)
Rudolph Dircks, Ellen (1896)
George Egerton, A Nocturne (1897)
Kate Chopin, Miss McEnders (1897)
Kate Chopin, A Pair of Silk Stockings (1897)
Clarence Rook, The Stir Outside of the Café Royal (1898)
Sarah Grand, When the Door Opened— (1898)
Kate Chopin, The Storm (1898)
Sarah Grand, A New Sensation (1899)
Kate Chopin, An Egyptian Cigarette (1900)
Pauline Hopkins, Talma Gordon (1900)
George Gissing, A Daughter of the Lodge (1901)
Zitkala-Ša, A Warrior’s Daughter (1902)
George Moore, The Wedding Feast (1903)
Edith Wharton, The Reckoning (1904)
Virginia Woolf, Phyllis and Rosamond (1906)
Katherine Mansfield, Leves Amores (1907)
Katherine Mansfield, The Tiredness of Rosabel (1908)
Evelyn Sharp, Filling the War Chest (1908)
Evelyn Sharp, The Game that wasn’t Cricket (1910)
Charlotte Perkins Gilman, Turned (1911)
Katherine Mansfield, The Advanced Lady (1911)
Gertrude Colmore, George Lloyd (1913)
Gertrude Colmore, The Woman in the Corner (1913)
Mary Samuel Daniel, Jimmy’s Afternoon (1913)
Saki (Hector Hugh Munro), The Schartz-Metterklume Method (1914)
Charlotte Perkins Gilman, If I were a Man (1914)

Appendix I Sarah Grand, In Search of a Sunject (1928)
Appendix 2 Charlotte Perkins Gilman, Why I wrote ‘The Yellow Wallpaper’? (1913)
Biographical Notes