Alavez states she, “...served as a writer-in-residence for the Kentucky Arts Commission.” and then proceeded to begin teaching to teach english at the California State University (Alvarez [Page 333]). Next, she left California University to return to Middlebury College in Vermont and remained there for 28 years until retiring to focus on her writing career (Weekly). Alvarez started her writing career publishing her first novel, How the Garcia Girls Lost Their Accents, in 1991. The story explained untold stories of the living condition in the Dominican Republic that were unknown to the rest of the world allowing it to become extremely popular in the United States. Continuing her literature career, Alvarez publishes the sequel In The Time of The Butterflies in 1994.
The Lottery Shirley Jackson was a short story writer and novelist; however, she was also a loner and an introvert. Shirley was born on December 14, 1916 in San Francisco, CA. Jackson and her family moved East when she was 17, were she attended Rochester University. After doing a year, she dropped out of school, stayed at home for a year and began practicing on her writing. Jackson entered Syracuse University in 1937, where she met her future husband.
Linda pastan was born and raised in New York , May 27, 1932. ( “The Extraordinary Power Of The Ordinary” The Mezzo Cammin ). Linda Pastan became a poet and a writer at a very young age, at the age of 12 she was already sending work to “The New Yorker” ( “The Extraordinary Power Of The Ordinary” The Mezzo Cammin ) . Although Pastan’s father prefered for her to be a doctor and not a poet , Linda attended Radcliffe college and graduated in 1954, she also received a masters degree in 1957 ( “The Navarrete 3 Extraordinary Power Of The Ordinary” The Mezzo Cammin ). Pastans most recent collection is, Insomnia, this collection appeared at the beginning of fall and Since 1987, her poems,books,and stories have appeared on “The Paris Review” ( “The Extraordinary Power Of The Ordinary” The Mezzo Cammin ) .
Feminism is a movement that’s purpose is to end sexism, sexist exploitation, and oppression as defined in Feminism Is For Everybody by bell hooks. Gloria Jean Watkins, better known as bell hooks, is an American writer, teacher, and cultural critic. Born September 25, 1952, in Hopkinsville, Kentucky, she attended racially segregated public schools as a child and later attended Stanford University on scholarship where she attained her bachelor’s degree. Following her graduation from Stanford, she earned a Master’s degree from The University of Wisconsin at Madison and a Ph.D. from the University of California-Santa Cruz. Having published over 30 books on topics such as ‘masculinity and patriarchy’ and ‘feminist consciousness and community creation,’ bell hooks is among one of the leading public intellectuals of her generations.
Sylvia Plath was an American author and poet born in Boston, Massachusetts on October 27, 1932. She is most recognised for her only novel The Bell Jar, and became the first person to receive a post-mortem Pulitzer Prize. Plath began writing by keeping a journal at a young age, after publishing several entries she won a scholarship to Smith College in 1950 (“Sylvia Plath Biography”). While studying, Sylvia Plath was accepted as a guest editor at Mademoiselle magazine in New York. Despite the successful career, Plath’s personal life was not as positive.
Katherine Anne Porter was born on May 15, 1890 and died September 18, 1980. Porter was known to be an amazing writer and author in the mid to late 1900s. Known for her smart and clever insight, many of her short stories deal with dark themes such as betrayal, and death. Born and raised in Indian Creek, Texas, she had a short marriage to her first husband, John, and left him to pursue an acting career. “First she moved to Chicago, where she was a journalist and movie extra; then Denver, Colorado, where she worked as a drama critic for the Rocky Mountain News; and then New York City” (LitFinder par.
Gina Rodeghero 11/22/2015 Journalist Profile News 108 Ida Tarbell and the take down of John Rockefeller Ida Minerva Tarbell was born on November 5, 1857 in Erie County, Pennsylvania. She attended Allegheny College and was the only woman in her graduating class. She studied biology in the beginning but then had a growing interest in writing. (The Biography.com editors, "Ida Tarbell Biography") She was a muckraker, and an investigative reporter, she was also one of the pioneers in the field of journalism. Tarbell had a concern about the monopolies due to the experiences she had as a child.
In regards to Maya Angelou’s life she said, “If we lose love and self respect for each other, this is how we finally die”("Maya Angelou Quotes" 2018). This was seen throughout her body of work. Maya was known for her eye catching work and the effort she put forth into it. She became known by writers and professionals, and was seen to be involved in the civil rights movement ( “Maya Angelou is born.” 2018). Maya Angelou has celebrated her diversity in life and work through poetry using clear repetition and symbolism.
Little Women, written by Louisa May Alcott, was brilliant and outstanding in the meaning of pure literature. It’s setting was held in a small town during the period of the Civil War, roughly, between the years of 1861 to 1876. Many critiques and the author herself said that Little Women is based on Louisa’s life, and that Jo was based off of herself. While the book carried on with a dull writing and an overall, overused plot, it brought back morals and teachings that I could never forget again. It consisted of fully, well analyzed, and real characters, a well constructed and thought of plot, and the writing, as a whole, was inordinate and thoughtful; but like all literature works, it lacked some qualities and assets.
Research reveals that even before the United States was a nation, black women found ways to express themselves through the written word. Writing efforts of black women have begun with Lucy Terry’s work Bars Fight, and continued with Phyllis Wheatley’s Poems on Various Subjects, Religious and Moral which was published 1733 (Nellie McKay, 152-153). Dorothy West is one of the greatest African American writers and being a prolific writer has written passionately on various themes and subjects. Lawrence Rodgers in his review on African American literature has expressed his views on Dorothy West’s novel, The Living Is Easy. In his point of view West’s first novel is easily identified as a satiric picture of Boston’s counterfeit bourgeois, its black middle class and as a novel that indicts black society arterially modeled on false white values (162).