Nineteenth-Century Stories by Women
An Anthology
  • Publication Date: May 31, 1995
  • ISBN: 9781551110004 / 1551110008
  • 504 pages; 5½" x 8½"

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Nineteenth-Century Stories by Women

An Anthology

  • Publication Date: May 31, 1995
  • ISBN: 9781551110004 / 1551110008
  • 504 pages; 5½" x 8½"

“The female novelist of the nineteenth century may have frequently encountered opposition and interference from the male literary establishment, but the female short story writer, working in a genre that was seen as less serious and less profitable, found her work to be actively encouraged.” — from the Introduction.

During the nineteenth century women writers finally began to be as popular—and as respected—as their male counterparts. We are all familiar with the novels of Jane Austen, Mary Shelley, Elizabeth Gaskell, George Eliot and the Bröntes. Less familiar is the short fiction of the period; yet a great many nineteenth-century stories by women—both famous and obscure—retain in full measure their power to fascinate and to entertain. For this anthology Glennis Stephenson brings together stories by both British and North American writers; by such established luminaries as Shelley, Gaskell and Kate Chopin; and by lesser-known writers such as the Anglo-Indian writer Flora Steel, the Afro-American Alice Dunbar Nelson and the Canadian Annie Howells Frèchette. The result is an anthology that will be as interesting to the general reader as it will be useful to the student. Stephenson provides background information on all authors, together with a general introduction.


Louisa May Alcott / A Whisper in the Dark
Mary Elizabeth Braddon / Good Lady Ducayne
Kate Chopin / The Storm
Isabella Valancy Crawford / Extradited
Ella D’Arcy / The Pleasure-Pilgrim
Rebecca Harding Davis / Anne
Alice Dunbar-Nelson / Sister Josepha
George Egerton / Gone Under
Annie Howells Frechette / A Widow in the Wilderness
Mary Wilkins Freeman / A New England Nun
Elizabeth Gaskell / Lizzie Leigh
Elizabeth Gaskell / The Old Nurse’s Story
Charlotte Perkins Gilman / The Yellow Wallpaper
Sarah Orne Jewett / A White Heron
Vernon Lee / Dionea
L.M. Montgomery / The Red Room
Margaret Oliphant / A Story of a Wedding Tour
Mary Shelley / The Parvenue
Harriet Prescott Spofford / Circumstance
Flora Annie Steel / Mussumât Kirpo’s Doll
Constance Fenimore Woolson / Felipa

Further Reading

Glennis Stephenson a professor in the English Department at the University of Alberta, is the author of Elizabeth Barrett Browning and the Poetry of Love, and with Shirley Neuman, the editor of ReImagining Women: Representations of Women in Culture. She is also the editor of the Victorian Review.