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Excerpts from the private diaries of women, known and unknown, among them Louisa May Alcott, Sophie Tolstoy, George Eliot, Anais Nïn.
“To read this book is to experience an excitement, a warm recognitiion, and a dizzingly expanded sense of possibilities. . . . These are revelations indeed. For the first time, consciously and all in one place, editors Moffat and Painter have assembled evidence of the full human range of passions, achievements, and insights in women . . . a great encouragement and stimulus to any woman who hopes her own life will be full, deep, and wide.” —Annie Gottleib, Viva
“Two California women took on the formidable task of selecting and editing (this) compilation, and have produced one of the most exciting and moving collections of women’s writing I have yet read. Mary Jane Moffat and Charlotte Painter are both teachers and themselves intelligent writers, as is evident in their own comments dispersed throughout . . . and in Moffat’s Foreword and Painter’s Afterword. . . . The women represented here explore their feelings honestly, humorously, painfully, wisely.” —Ann Morrissett Davidon, The Nation