Eve Bites Back: An Alternative History of English Literature

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ONEWorld Publications
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5.9 X 9.3 X 0.9 inches | 1.1 pounds

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About the Author
Anna Beer is a cultural historian and biographer. She is author of Sounds and Sweet Airs: The Forgotten Women of Classical Music and Patriot or Traitor: The Life and Death of Sir Walter Ralegh, as well as biographies of Bess Throckmorton, William Shakespeare and John Milton. She is a Visiting Fellow at Kellogg College, University of Oxford.
'A smart, funny and highly readable journey through the lives of women writers and the challenges they and their works face. It's an informative, enthusiastic and rightly enraging tour de force.'--A.L. Kennedy
'A totally absorbing and enlightening tour through the work of eight significant women authors - with one of the funniest introductory chapters ever.'--Sarah Bakewell
'Startling stories and facts on every page. Written with a clear and authoritative voice, this is both a very entertaining and very important book about the many obstacles that women have overcome to be writers, and the long struggles even the most gifted and well-connected women authors have encountered in order to be taken seriously.'--Yasmin Khan, associate professor of history, University of Oxford
'Writing with energy, wit and at times barely suppressed fury, Anna Beer brings to life the struggle to be heard of eight women writers over 500 years. Her subtle literary excavations are both informative and a gripping read.'--David Goodhart, founder editor of Prospect and author of Head, Hand, Heart: The Struggle for Dignity and Status in the 21st Century
Anna Beer is one of those very rare writers who are able to combine rigorous research with a gripping and thoroughly accessible style. This is an ambitious, authoritative, feisty book and a worthy successor to her inspirational Sounds and Sweet Airs: the Forgotten Women of Classical Music.--Kate Kennedy, author of Dweller in Shadows
'Essential reading.'--Claire Tomalin
'A delightful, and challenging read.'--New York Journal of Books
'A thorough, wide-reaching overview of women's literary accomplishments viewed through a fresh, modern lens ... Eve Bites Back is an exemplary work of literary criticism.'--Foreword Reviews
'Eve Bites Back ... is shaped by the same principles [as Beer's earlier work] - feminist indignation, certainly, but also a drive to share ideas and observations about a diverse body of achievement, emerging from historical periods radically different from our own ... invigorating.'--Dinah Birch, TLS