Sunday, March 8, 2020

Literature by Women Authors

Old books by (mostly) dead ladies
In celebration of today being International Women’s Day, below is a list of all the fiction (or in a few cases, literary nonfiction) authored by women that has been reviewed at Old Books by Dead Guys. In keeping with the recurring interests of this blog, the list is heavy on writers of the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, but it does reach as far back as 1666 (Margaret Cavendish) and also includes a few authors who are still alive and writing today (like Margaret Atwood). Click on the titles or cover images below to read the complete reviews.

(To keep the list from getting too unruly, it does not include the many recent nonfiction books by women historians, literary scholars, and art critics that Old Books by Dead Guys has reviewed.)


Alcott, Louisa May (1832-1888, American)
  • “Lost in a Pyramid, or The Mummy’s Curse” in The Mummy Megapack (2012) - 5 stars
Ashe, Elizabeth (?)
Atwood, Margaret (1939-, Canadian)
Beaumont, Mary (1849-1910, English)
Bechdel, Alison (1960-, American) 
Bolton, Sarah Knowles (1841-1916, American)
Bremer, Frederika (1801-1865, Swedish)
Brontë, Emily (1818-1848, English) 
Buck, Pearl S. (1892-1973, American, raised in China)
Burnett, Frances Hodgson (1849-1924, American, born in England)
Butler, Katherine (?)
Campbell, Grace (1895-1963, Canadian)
Cather, Willa (1873-1947, American)
Cavendish, Margaret, Duchess of Newcastle (1623-1673, English) 
Champney, Lizzie W. (1850-1922, American)
Chopin, Kate (1850-1904, American) 
Comer, Cornelia A. P. (1865-1929, American)
Corelli, Marie (1855-1924, English)
Crawford, Meriah L. (?, American)
Davis, Rebecca Harding (1831-1910, American)
de la Roche, Mazo (1879-1961, Canadian) 
Dodd, Anna Bowman (1858-1929, American)
Doty, Madeleine Z. (1877-1963, American)
Edwards, Amelia B. (1831-1892, English)
Eliot, George (1819-1880, English) 
Fairfax, Lina Redwood (?, American)
Ferber, Edna (1885-1986, American)
Floyd, Margaret (?, American)
Foote, Mary Hallock (1847-1938, American)
Fox, Janet (1940-2009, American)
Freeman, Mary E. Wilkins
Gale, Zona (1874-1938, American) 
Gerould, Katharine Fullerton (1879-1944, American)
Gilman, Charlotte Perkins (1860-1935, American) 
Green, Anna Katherine (1846-1935, American) 
Haldeman-Julius, Marcet (1887-1941, American) 
  • Dust (1921) with Emanuel Haldeman-Julius - 5 stars
Hale, Lucretia P. (1820-1900, American)
Harraden, Beatrice (1864-1936, English)
Hoffman, Nina Kiriki (1955-, American)
Humphrey, Zephine (1874-1956, American)

Jacobi, Mari Putnam, MD (1842-1906, American, born in England)
Jewett, Sarah Orne (1849-1909, American) 
Johnson, E. Pauline (1861-1913, Canadian, Mohawk Nation) 
Johnson, Virginia W. (?, American)
Lagerlöf, Selma (1858-1940, Swedish) 
Lane, Mary E. Bradley (?, American) 
Le Guin, Ursula K. (1929-2018, American)
Lerner, Mary (1882-1938, American)
London, Charmian Kittredge (1871-1955, American) 
Lynn, Margaret (?)
Martin, Leonide (?, American) 
McCarter, Margaret Hill (1860-1938, American) 
Middleton, Jessie Adelaide (1864-1933, English)
Miller, Madeline (1978-, American) 
Mitford, Mary Russell (1787-1855, English)
Montague, Margaret Prescott (1878-1955, American)
Nalkowska, Zofia (1884-1954, Poland)
Nesbit, E. (1858-1924, English)
Orczy, Baroness Emma (1865-1947, English, born in Hungary)
Ouida (1839-1908, English)
Pardo Bazán, Emilia (1851-1921, Spanish)
Phelps, Elizabeth Stuart (1844-1911, American)
Pickthall, Marjorie (1883-1922, Canadian, born in England)
Pirkis, Catherine Louisa (1839-1910, English)
Porter, Katherine Anne (1890-1980, American) 

Quick, Dorothy (1900-1962, American)
Rand, Ayn (1905-1982, Russian-American) 
Ringwood, Gwen (1910-1984, Canadian, born in the USA)
Robert, Clémence (1797-1872, French)
Robinson, A. Mary F. (1857-1944, English)
Roy, Gabrielle (1909-1983, Canadian)
Rush, Kristine Kathryn (1960-, American)
Sandars, Mary Frances (1864-1934, ?) 
Sayers, Dorothy L. (1893-1957, English)
Schayer, Julia (1842-1928, American)
Sedgwick, Anne Douglas (1873-1935, English, born in America)
Shelley, Mary (1797-1851, English) 
Sherwood, Margaret (1864-1955, American)
Shinn, Milicent Washburn (1858-1940, American)
Spofford, Harriet Prescott (1835-1921, American)
Stockton, Louise (1839-?, American)
Stoddard, Elizabeth D. B. (1823-1902, American)
Stone, Amy Wentworth (?)
Stretton, Hesba  (1832-1911, English)
Strunsky, Anna (1877-1964, American, born in Russia) 
Styrett, Nyetta (1865-1943, English)
Thaxter, Celia (1835-1894, American)
Tinckner, Mary Agnes (1833-1907, American)
Undset, Sigrid (1882-1949, Norwegian, born in Denmark) 
  • Jenny (1911) - 2.5 stars
Voynich, Ethel Lilian (1864-1960, Irish)
Waterhouse, Anna (?)
Wharton, Edith (1862-1937, American) 
Wilson, Ethel (1888-1980, Canadian, born in South Africa)
Woolson, Constance Fenimore (1840-1894, American)


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