A group of their own : college writing courses and American women writers, 1880-1940

Adams, Katherine H., 1954-

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  • Creator Katherine H. Adams
  • Format Books
  • Publication Albany : State University of New York Press, [2001] ©2001
  • Physical Details
    • xix, 220 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
  • ISBNs 9780791449356, 0791449351, 9780791449363, 079144936X
  • OCLC ocm45052611


  • "A Group of Their Own is the story of the first generations of women who went to college to learn to be writers and then launched their careers writing poetry and prose. This unprecedented group included Elizabeth Bishop, Ruby Black, Pearl Buck, Emma Bugbee, Willa Cather, Zona Gale, Mildred Gilman, Zora Neale Hurston, Mary McCarthy, Marianne Moore, Eudora Welty, and Margaret Walker." "This group was all about firsts. These women were among the first to attend college where they took a new array of writing classes in which students worked together in a workshop environment and extended this model of collaboration to campus clubs and publications. When they left college, they continued their new working methods by initiating and joining in a variety of activities such as mentorships, clubs, community theaters, and summer writing workshops. This expanded experience enabled them to move outside the restricted definitions of women's career paths and writing projects, ultimately changing the definition of American writer and American writing."--BOOK JACKET.


  • Includes bibliographical references (pages 187-204) and index.


  • Ch. 1. Before 1880, Through Excuses Only -- Ch. 2. The College Literature and Writing Class -- Ch. 3. Teachers and Students -- Ch. 4. A Writing Career as Subject -- Ch. 5. Continuing the Groups -- Ch. 6. Redefinitions of Women Writers
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