Category: women in literature

Jodi Picoult (b. 1966) is a prolific novelist,…

Jodi
Picoult
(b. 1966) is a prolific novelist, with a writing career spanning almost
three decades. Her novels have been translated into 34 languages and 14 million
copies have been published worldwide.

She studied at Princeton and Harvard, after which she started writing for
DC Comics, particularly the Wonder Woman series.
She has written almost 30 novels and has won numerous prizes, such as Waterstone’s
Author of the Year or the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Romance Writers
of America.

Jessie Redmon Fauset (1882-1961) was an author…

Jessie
Redmon Fauset
(1882-1961) was an author and journalist
whose work helped portray a real image of African-American life in the 1920s.
Her four novels, which focus on the African-American middle class, are significant
representatives of the Harlem Renaissance.

In addition to her own literary work, she helped
discover and promote other black writers, such as Langston Hughes or Claude
McKay. She worked as the literary editor of an NAACP magazine, The Crisis, for seven years.

Ama Ata Aidoo (b.1942) is a poet and playwrigh…

Ama Ata Aidoo
(b.1942) is a
poet and playwright from Ghana. She has previously served as the Minister of
Education in her country.

Her first play, The Dilemma of a Ghost, was published in 1964, and made her the
first published African female dramatist. Her novels frequently feature strong
female characters who break common societal stereotypes. In 2000 she founded
the Mbaasem Foundation, which supports African women writers.

Vita Sackville-West (1892-1962) was an English…

Vita Sackville-West
(1892-1962) was
an English author and garden designer. She is known for her award-winning
poetry and novels, as well as for extended correspondence with Virginia Woolf,
with whom she had a well-documented love affair.

She
wrote a number of novels of great commercial success, as well as numerous volumes
of poetry. She was awarded the Hawthornden Prize for Imaginative Literature on
two occasions. The androgynous protagonist of Virginia Woolf’s popular novel Orlando was inspired by Sackville-West.

Mercedes de Acosta (1893-1968) was an American…

Mercedes de
Acosta
(1893-1968)
was an American poet and playwright of Spanish origin. Although unsuccessful in
her writing career, she is remembered for living as openly gay despite societal
prejudices.

She was involved with
a number of Broadway and Hollywood actresses, and never attempted to keep her
sexuality a secret. She was also a strong promoter of liberal causes and
women’s rights, and supported the Republican government during the Spanish
Civil War.

Lesya Ukrainka (1871-1913) is one of the most …

Lesya
Ukrainka
(1871-1913)
is one of the most significant writers in Ukrainian literature. She is known
for her poetry and plays, as well as for her feminist activism.

She was highly
educated from a young age and could speak ten languages. Her poetry had strong
political connotations, especially regarding Ukraine’s fight for independence
from the Russian Empire.

Rosalía de Castro (1837-1885) is a significant…

Rosalía de
Castro
(1837-1885)
is a significant figure in the Romantic Movement in her native Galicia. She
wrote in Galician in addition to Spanish, in a gesture of defiance against
stereotypes of the minority language.

She published numerous
volumes of poetry and is considered one of the most significant Spanish writers
of the nineteenth century. Her work focused heavily on Galician history,
society and language, fighting against the notion that it was a lesser tongue,
unfit for literature.

Lydia Maria Child (1802-1880) was a journalist…

Lydia Maria
Child
(1802-1880)
was a journalist and novelist, as well as an activist for women’s rights,
Native American rights, and abolitionism. She fought against white supremacy
and patriarchal society her entire life.

She believed that women’s rights were closely
tied with African American rights, as both groups were oppressed and no real
progress could be achieved unless both issues were dealt with. Her writings in
support of the abolitionist movement included the book An Appeal in the Favor of that Class of Americans Called Africans and
the publication National Anti-Slavery
Standard.
Her fictional book Hobomok,
which portrayed a relationship between a Native American and a white woman, was
scandalous at the time of its publication.

Karen Joy Fowler (b. 1950) is an author workin…

Karen Joy
Fowler
(b. 1950)
is an author working mostly in the genres of fantasy and science fiction. She
is best known for her bestselling 2004 novel The Jane Austen Book Club.

Her first novel was
published in 1991 and received great critical acclaim. Throughout her career
she won the Nebula Award, as well as the World Fantasy Award, twice and three
times respectively, along with other honours such as the PEN/Faulkner Award for
Fiction.

Lisa Appignanesi (b. 1946) is a British-Canadi…

Lisa Appignanesi (b. 1946) is a
British-Canadian novelist. She has served as the President of English PEN and
is currently Chair of the Royal Society of Literature.

Among her works are Memory and Desire and Freud’s Women, studies of Freud’s ideas
in relation to women, as well as Mad, Bad
and Sad : A History of Women and the Mind Doctors.
The latter won the
2009 Award for the Public Understanding of Science from the British Medical
Association.