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Maverick Autobiographies
Women Writers and the American West, 1900-1936 
by Cathryn Halverson
 
In contrast to the traditional frontiers and pioneers focus of western studies, Maverick Autobiographies looks at women writers who came not to but from the West.

Telling three larger-than-life stories, Cathryn Halverson offers an alternative history of American women's autobiography and a new view of western women's literature. Mary MacLane, Opal Whiteley, and Juanita Harrison, she argues, rewrote frontier myths to make a space for themselves as female iconoclasts from the West. Creating an ardent readership for western women's "naked" desires, they became best-selling celebrity authors. After their intense early fame, though, they virtually disappeared. Halverson examines why, and brings their texts back to light through a richly textured weaving of biography, literary analysis, and cultural history--in the process, urging us to reformulate our notions of what it means to be a "western writer.".


Maverick Autobiographies
Maverick Autobiographies
Women Writers and the American West, 1900-1936
by Cathryn Halverson
The University of Wisconsin Press, 2004.
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