Revelations of Self

American Women in Autobiography

Edited by Lois J. Fowler & David H. Fowler

Subjects: American Literature, Autobigraphy
Paperback : 9780791403747, 277 pages, July 1990
Hardcover : 9780791403730, 277 pages, July 1990

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Table of contents



Anna Cora Mowatt (1819–1870)

1 Autobiography of an Actress, or Eight Years on the Stage

Elizabeth Cady Stanton (1815–1902)

2 Eighty Years and More

Linda Brent (1813–1897)

3 Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl

Mary Antin (1881–1949)

4 The Promised Land

Margaret Sanger (1879–1966)

5 An Autobiography



These autobiographies illustrate the emergence of American women from their traditional position of dependence and legal and social inequality. Here are five women of the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries: Anna Cora Mowatt, a well-known playwright and popular actress; Elizabeth Cady Stanton, a prominent leader of the first women's rights movement; Harriet Jacobs, an escaped slave; Mary Antin, a Russian Jew who emigrated with her family to the United States in the late nineteenth century; and Margaret Sanger, founder of the birth control movement in the United States. An introduction and notes accompany each autobiography.

At Carnegie Mellon University, Lois J. Fowler is Professor of English and David H. Fowler is Professor of History.