A Day at a Time
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MARGO CULLEY teaches English and women’s studies at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst.

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A Day at a Time

The Diary Literature of American Women from 1764 to the Present
Edited by Margo Culley

Introduction by Margo Culley

This portrait of American women reveals the remarkable strengths and resources of ordinary women. Excerpts from 29 diaries include miniatures of the daily life of New England families in the late 1700s, overviews of the great expansion westward, and devastating portraits of the brutal politics of the 1960s and 1970s. The book also contains a bibliography of hundreds of women’s diaries.

"This anthology paints a richly textured portrait of the lives of average women [that's] . . . as moving and engrossing as almost any novel."


"A Day at a Time is a tantalizingly wonderful book, wonderful because the spectrum of women's lives it gives us from the eighteenth century on is so rich, various, and deeply moving; tantalizing because it is a sampler and the reader longs to know more. What dazzling material is here! How it makes one dream and in that waking dream think with awe of the wisdom and skill with which these women came to terms with their lives by recounting something of the triumph and struggle as it was experienced day by day. The book is a revelation. It cannot be laid aside while reading; it cannot be forgotten once it has been read. These women will live, and will live forever."

—May Sarton

"A valuable reference work. . . . In A Day at a Time we hear a broad range of voices."

The New York Times Book Review

"A creative work of art."

Women's Studies Review

"In the classroom or in the livingroom, this is a book to be savored."

—Annette Kolodny, author of The Land Before Her and The Lay of the Land

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