Last Updated on July 29, 2019, by eNotes Editorial. Word Count: 254
When I Am an Old Woman I Shall Wear Purple (1991), edited by Sandra Martz, is a collection of prose, poetry, and photographs that explores the aging process in women in a positive light.
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