Women and Literature

Because the widespread education of women was not common until the nineteenth century, the arena of British and American literature was once largely male dominated: the role of women was most often to inspire rather than to create. Since then, however, the literary contributions of women have become increasingly important. More and more women have become storytellers, poets and prophets, the authors of dreams and ideas--the voices to whom we listen.

We have compiled a selection of women authors for you. If they are not already old friends, we hope that they may become new ones. We also hope you will add your favorites to our list!

Louisa May Alcott

Maya Angelou

Jane Austen

Elizabeth Bishop

Emily Bronte

Elizabeth Barrett Browning

Willa Cather

Emily Dickinson

Edna St.Vincent Millay

Karoline von Günderrode

Carson McCullers

Marge Piercy

Sylvia Plath

Harriet Beecher Stowe

Virginia Woolf

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