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By Janet Burroway

In 1955, Maxine Kumin submitted a poem to the Saturday night publish. “Lines on a Half-Painted House made it into the magazine—but no longer ahead of Kumin used to be requested to provide, through her husband’s organization, verification that the poem was once her unique work.

Kumin, who went directly to win the Pulitzer Prize for poetry, used to be a part of a groundbreaking new release of ladies writers who got here of age throughout the midcentury feminist circulation. through not easy the established order and eventually discovering luck for themselves, they prepared the ground for destiny generations of writers. In A tale greater than My Own, Janet Burroway brings jointly Kumin, Julia Alvarez, Jane Smiley, Erica Jong, and fifteen different finished ladies of this new release to mirror on their writing lives.

The essays and poems featured during this assortment illustrate that even writers who in attaining severe and advertisement luck event a well-known trend of highs and lows over the process their careers. besides luck comes the strain to maintain it, in addition to a relentless look for material, all too common crises of self belief, the demanding situations of a altering publishing scene, and the trouble of mixing writing with the normal stuff of life—family, marriage, jobs. The participants, all now over the age of sixty, additionally confront the results of getting older, with its paradoxical duality of latest boundaries and newfound freedom.

Taken jointly, those tales provide suggestion from adventure to writers in any respect phases in their careers and function a collective memoir of a really extraordinary iteration of women.

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