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Primary Sources


Glaspell, Susan. Trifles . New York: Cambridge University Press, 1987. Trifles is a play based
upon the short story A Jury of Her Peers. The play Trifles online

Fiction on Quilts

Alcott, Louisa May. Patty's Patchwork. Aunt Jo's Scrap Bag . Boston: Roberts Brothers,1889.
general information on Louisa May Alcott

Fisher, Dorothy Canfield. The Bedquilt. Women and Fiction 2: Short Stories by and about Women . Ed. Susan Cahill. New York: New American, 1978. 35-43.
general information on Dorothy C. Fisher

Freeman, Mary Wilkins. A Quilting Party in Our Village. (1898). The people of our neighborhood. New York: Doubleday & McClure Co., 1898.
online text of short story

Glaspell, Susan. A Jury of Her Peers. (1917). The best American short stories of the century . John Updike, Ed. Boston : Houghton Mifflin, 1999.
Jury of Her Peers online

Hall, Eliza Calvert. Aunt Jane of Kentucky . Boston: Little, 1907.
excerpts of the text

Macheski, Cecilia, Ed. Quilt Stories . Lexington: U P of Kentucky, 1994.
book review

Mason, Bobbie Ann. Love Life. (1984). Love Life: Stories . Boston : Houghton Mifflin, 1999.
Call Number: PS 3563 .A7877 L68 1989

McPherson, Sandra. The God of Indeterminacy. Urbana: U of Illinois P, 1993.
interview with SPARK
look for poems and quilts on this page

Morrison, Toni. Beloved . New York: Penguin Group, 1988.
Call Number: PS 3563 .O8749 B4 1988b

Otto, Whitney. How to Make an American Quilt . New York: Ballantine Books, 1992.
interview with Otto

Stephens, Ann S. The Quilting Party (1850) ?

Stowe, Harriet Beecher. Uncle Tom's Cabin or Life among the Lowly . Ann Douglas, Ed. New York: Penguin Group, 1986.
online text

---. The Minister's Wooing, Hartford: Stowe-Day Foundation, 1990.
online text

Toomer, Jean. Cane . New York: Liveright, 1993. (There is also a Norton Critical edition which can be helpful).
online biography

Walker, Alice. Everyday Use. Ed. Barbara T. Christian. New Brunswick: Rutgers UP, 1994.
online text

---. The Color Purple . New York: Washington Square Press, 1982. A reprint edition is available through Pocket Books.
pocket books site

Film on Gee's Bend and on Quilters

From Fields of Promise , Produced, written and directed by John DiJulio, Bruce Kuertin, and
M.G. Trend, 1993, Media Production Group, AU, web site

Hearts and Hands: A Social History of Nineteenth Century Women and Their Quilts . Producer Pat Ferrero and Julie Silber. Ferrero Films, 1987. Videocassette. (This is available at the RBD library). web site

How to Make an American Quilt . Dir. Jocelyn Moorhouse. With Winona Ryder, Maya Angelou,, Alfrey Woodard, and Anne Bancroft. Universal Studios, 1995.

The Quilts of Gee's Bend. Dirs. Vanessa Vadim and Matt Arnett. Tinwood Media, 2001

Images: Quilters and Quilts

Beardsley, John et al. The Quilts of Gee's Bend . Atlanta: Tinwood Books, 2002.

---. Gee's Bend: The Women and Their Quilts . Atlanta: Tinwood Books, 2002.
tinwood web site

Freeman, Roland. A Communion of the Spirits: African American Quilters, Preservers, and their Stories . Nashville: Rutledge Hill Press, 1996.

Primary Literature on Collecting, Consumption, or Museum Culture

Browning, Robert. My Last Duchess, in The Norton Anthology of World Literature . Volume II, NY: W.W. Norton &Co., 1995.
online text

Byatt, A.S. Possession . New York: Random House, 1990.

Keats, John. Ode on a Grecian Urn, in The Norton Anthology of World Masterpieces . Maynard Mack, ed. Volume II. NY: W.W. Norton, & Co., 1995.
online text

Mukherjee, Bharati, The Holder of the World . NY: Ballantine Books, 1993.

Walker, Alice. Ninety Fifty-Five in You Can't Keep a Good Woman Down . New York: Harcourt Brace Jovanovich, 1980.
Call Number: PS 3573 .A425 Y6

---. Interview in Roland Freeman, A Communion of the Spirits: African American Quilters, Preservers, and their Stories . Nashville: Rutledge Hill Press, 1996.
Call Number: TT 835 .F744 1996


Clifton, Lucille. Quilting: Poems, 1987-1990 . Brockport, NY: BOA Editions, 1991.
Call Number: PS 3553 .L45 Q55 1991 biographical information

Dunbar, Paul Laurence. The Quilting. The Collected Poetry . Joanne M. Braxton, editor.Charlottesville: University of Virginia Press, 1993.
digital text collection

Giovanni, Nikki. Quilting the Black Eyed Pea: Poems and not quite poems . New York: William Morrow, 2002.
Giovanni's commercial web site

Levin, Larry. The Quilt. The Morrow Anthology of Younger American Poets . Eds. David Smith and David Bottoms. New York: Quill, 1985. 398-399.
Call Number: PS 615 .M64 1985

Smith, Dave. On a Quilt in the Bennington College Library. Cuba Night . New York: Morrow, 1990. 75-76.
biographical information

Smock, Frederick, The American Voice Anthology of Poetry . Lexington: University of Kentucky Press, 1998. (several poems on textile/text and the AIDS quilt)
book information

Oral Histories, Personal Essays, and Interviews

Bell-Scott, Patricia, et al. Black Women Write about Mothers and Daughters . Boston: Beacon
Press, 1991.

Callahan, Nancy. The Freedom Quilting Bee . Tuscaloosa: University of Alabama Press, 1987.
web site on the quilting bee

Farley, Harriet, The Patchwork Quilt, in Benita Eisler, ed. The Lowell Offering: Writings by New England Mill Women (1840-1856) . NY: Lippincott, 1977. (First Published in the Lowell Offering 5 (1845): 201-203
Call Number: HD6073.T42 U54

Freeman, Roland. Communion of the Spirits: African American Quilters, Preservers, and their Stories . Nashville: Rutledge Hill Press, 1996.

Moehringer, J. R. Crossing Over, Photos by Clarence Williams,
online text

Walker, Alice. Interview. In Roland Freeman, A Communion of the Spirits: African American Quilters, Preservers, and their Stories . Nashville: Rutledge Hill Press, 1996, 149-155.

Warner, Pecolia, Pecolia Warner, oral history collected by William Ferris, in Ferris, William, ed. Afro-American Folk Art and Crafts , Boston: G.K. Hall & Co. 1983.
web site on Ferris
one of Warner's quilts

Quilt images courtesy of Tinwood Media | All other photographs courtesy Jim Peppler, 1966, all rights reserved