Civil War women : the Civil War seen through women's eyes in stories by Louisa May Alcott, Kate Chopin, Eudora Welty, and other great women writers, edited by Frank McSherry, Jr., Charles G. Waugh, and Martin Greenberg, pub. 1990, 175 p. The 10 short stories in the anthology are linked by their female authorship and by their common subject matter, the Civil War. As the introduction to the compilation states, the stories are also similar thematically, each focusing on the strength of women who, while not on the battlefield, nonetheless played active roles in supporting the war effort, either by helping the troops or by keeping life going as best they could back home. Some of the stories were written during the war, others much later. Writers represented include well-known names and some that will be considered ``finds.'' Eudora Welty's ``The Burning,'' the last story in the book, is the best, but that's no surprise: nothing can compare with the gutsy dignity of a Welty story.
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