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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