Now in paperback, this is the landmark critical study of the nineteenth-century New England local color school of literature. Mapping out the literary history of what was exclusively a women's tradition, Josephine Donovan describes its evolution through the careers of several well-known, but for the most part unjustly overlooked, writers. This group, which is centered around Annie Adams Fields, includes Harriet Beecher Stowe, Sarah Orne Jewett, Rose Terry Cooke, Elizabeth Stuart Phelps, and Mary E. Wilkins Freeman. Discussing their work in detail, Dr. Donovan shows how each writer rejected romantic stereotypes and depicted strong women in realistic settings, thereby calling attention to the issues of female solidarity, sexist oppression, and other real concerns of women's lives. Paperback, 158 pages.