A Woman Alone: Autobiographical Writings - Chapter 1, Beginnings, South Africa, 1937-1964 Summary & Analysis

This Study Guide consists of approximately 22 pages of chapter summaries, quotes, character analysis, themes, and more - everything you need to sharpen your knowledge of A Woman Alone.
This section contains 1,160 words
(approx. 3 pages at 400 words per page)
Buy the A Woman Alone: Autobiographical Writings Study Guide

A Woman Alone is divided into chapters according to three time periods in Bessie Head's life. However, each chapter contains a number of short writings of different genres. They are grouped together by period, not by subject matter or genre type. The first chapter is relatively short, so all the pieces are summarized under the Chapter 1 heading.

In "Notes from a quiet backwater I", Head notes that she grows up knowing none of her relatives, knowing only herself. She is born in a mental hospital in 1937 merely because her father is black and her mother is white. About her father, she knows only that he worked in the family stables and cared for racehorses. At birth, Head is given to a black foster mother that she accepts as her mother but at thirteen the woman becomes impoverished...

(read more from the Chapter 1, Beginnings, South Africa, 1937-1964 Summary)

This section contains 1,160 words
(approx. 3 pages at 400 words per page)
Buy the A Woman Alone: Autobiographical Writings Study Guide
Copyrights
BookRags
A Woman Alone: Autobiographical Writings from BookRags. (c)2014 BookRags, Inc. All rights reserved.