“It is not often that a reader wants to kick off her shoes, settle down in a comfortable chair, and enjoy a work of meticulous literary scholarship. But Annis Pratt’s Archetypal Patterns in Women’s Fiction encourages just that.
Partly it is a matter of style: Pratt writes with an elegant lucidity. Her prose soars and sails, carrying the reader happily along. Partly it is a matter of substance: Pratt assesses how for 300 years women have maintained their own tradition of writing fiction. She invites us to share in the celebration of that accomplishment.”