Forgotten Women in Literature

Whilst researching another Forgotten Women Writer’s month, I have come across a wealth of fascinating articles and book lists of those novels which critics and the like believe have been unjustly forgotten, or lost to the annals of time.  I thought that I would make a long list of these books, to see how many I have read, and to compare my score with yours.  This list is, of course, subjective, and I have left off the likes of Jeannette Winterson and Nancy Mitford, but if you have any more to add, please do in the comments section!  NB. I have placed asterisks beside the ones which I have read.

  1. Woman at Point Zero by Nawal El Saadawi
  2. The Living is Easy by Dorothy West 7519391
  3. So Long a Letter by Mariama Ba
  4. Summer Will Show by Sylvia Townsend Warner *
  5. The Dud Avocado by Elaine Dundy *
  6. So Big by Edna Ferber
  7. Face of an Angel by Denise Chavez
  8. Almanac of the Dead by Leslie Marmon Silko
  9. Nightwood by Djuna Barnes *
  10. The Bread Givers by Anzia Yezierska
  11. Passing by Nella Larsen *
  12. The Passion According to GH by Clarice Lispector

    The authors:

  13. Liz Thiel
  14. Elaine Lomax
  15. Bridget Carrington
  16. Mary Sebag-Montefiore
  17. Susan Ferrier
  18. Elizabeth Hamilton
  19. Bette Howland
  20. Mary Brunton
  21. Catherine Sinclair
  22. Vera Caspary
  23. Helen Eustis
  24. Charlotte Armstrong
  25. Elisabeth Sanxay Holding 

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    Bette Howland

 

How many have you read?  Are you inspired to look into these authors, or any of the titles mentioned?  Which is your favourite book written by a ‘Forgotten Woman’?

Please find below a list of some interesting articles about forgotten women writers:
– Salon: ‘What Will It Take to Bring Them Back?’
– LitHub: ‘Bette Howland: The Tale of a Forgotten Genius
– National Library of Scotland: ‘Jane Austen’s Scottish Sisters
– New Statesman: ‘The lady vanishes: what happens to the women forgotten by literary history?
– New York Times: ‘Forgotten female crime writers

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One thought on “Forgotten Women in Literature

  1. I would always add Dorothy Parker’s short stories, because (although she is well known and quoted for her witticisms and doggerel poetry and scathing reviews) her talent at writing poignant stories is hugely underrated.

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