List of women writers
This is a list of notable female writers.


  • Eleanor Hallowell Abbott
    Eleanor Hallowell Abbott
    Eleanor Hallowell Abbott , born in Cambridge, Massachusetts, was a nationally recognized American author...

     (1872–1958), American poet, novelist and short story writer.
  • Louise Abeita
    Louise Abeita
    Louise Abeita Chewiwi is a Native American writer, who is an enrolled member of Isleta Pueblo.Abeita was born and raised at Isleta Pueblo, New Mexico, United States. Her father, Diego Abeita , was active in tribal government. Her mother, Lottie Gunn Abeita, was from Laguna Pueblo...

     (born 1926), Native American Isleta Pueblo writer. I am a Pueblo Indian Girl
  • Abiola Abrams
    Abiola Abrams
    Abiola Abrams is an American TV host, internet personality, art filmmaker, and author. She is the author of Dare, a love story retelling of Faust set in the hip hop world and creator of a lifestyle blog and web video series at

     (born 1976), American TV host, art filmmaker and author. Dare
  • Kathy Acker
    Kathy Acker
    Kathy Acker was an American experimental novelist, punk poet, playwright, essayist, postmodernist and sex-positive feminist writer. She was strongly influenced by the Black Mountain School, William S...

     (1947–1997), American novelist, poet, essayist and playwright. Blood and Guts in High School
    Blood and Guts in High School
    Blood and Guts in High School is a novel by Kathy Acker. It was written in the late 1970s and copyrighted in 1978. It traveled a complex and circuitous route to publication in 1984. It remains Acker's most popular and best-selling book. The novel is also considered a metafictional text, which is...

  • Juliette Adam
    Juliette Adam
    Juliette Adam Juliette Adam Juliette Adam (4 October 1836, Verberie (Oise) – 23 August 1936, Callian (Var), also known by her maiden name Juliette Lambert, was a French author and feminist.- Biography :...

     (1836–1936), French author and magazine editor.
  • Abigail Adams
    Abigail Adams
    Abigail Adams was the wife of John Adams, who was the second President of the United States, and the mother of John Quincy Adams, the sixth...

     (1744–1818), former First Lady of the United States
    First Lady of the United States
    First Lady of the United States is the title of the hostess of the White House. Because this position is traditionally filled by the wife of the president of the United States, the title is most often applied to the wife of a sitting president. The current first lady is Michelle Obama.-Current:The...

    , letter writer and diarist.
  • Stephanie Adams (born 1970), American author.
  • Fleur Adcock
    Fleur Adcock
    Kareen Fleur Adcock , CNZM, OBE is a poet and an editor of English and Northern Irish ancestry, who has lived much of her life in England.-Life and career:...

     (born 1935), New Zealand born English poet and editor.
  • Yda Addis (1857–1902), American writer and translator.
  • Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
    Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
    Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie is a Nigerian writer.Her family is of Igbo descent. In 2008 she was awarded a MacArthur Fellowship.-Early life and education:...

     (born 1977), Nigerian novelist and short story writer. Purple Hibiscus
    Purple Hibiscus
    Purple Hibiscus is the first novel by Nigerian author Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie. It was first published by Algonquin Books in 2003. The novel is part of the English Leaving Certificate course in Ireland, the AQA GCSE Higher English and English Literature course, the Advanced Placement course in...

  • Renata Adler
    Renata Adler
    Renata Adler is an American author, journalist and film critic.-Background and education:Adler was born in Milan, Italy, and grew up in Danbury, Connecticut. After gaining a B.A. in philosophy and German from Bryn Mawr, Adler studied for an M.A. in Comparative Literature at Harvard under I. A...

     (born 1938), American author, journalist and film critic.
  • Charlotte Agell
    Charlotte Agell
    Charlotte Agell is a Swedish-born American author for young adults and children who currently lives in Maine. Her second novel, Shift, was featured on the front cover of the Brunswick Times Record in October 2008...

     (born 1959), American novelist and children's writer.
  • Kelli Russell Agodon
    Kelli Russell Agodon
    -Life:She was raised in Seattle, and graduated from the University of Washington, and Pacific Lutheran University with an MFA. She lives in the Kingston, Washington. She is the co-editor of the Crab Creek Review...

     (born 1969), American poet, writer, and editor.
  • Grace Aguilar
    Grace Aguilar
    Grace Aguilar was an English novelist and writer on Jewish history and religion. She was delicate from childhood, and early showed great interest in history, especially Jewish history...

     (1816–1847), English novelist and writer on Jewish history and religion.
  • Freda Ahenakew
    Freda Ahenakew
    Freda Ahenakew, is a Canadian author and academic of Cree descent. She is a sister-in-law to the political activist David Ahenakew.- Biography :...

     (born 1932), Canadian author and academic.
  • Ilse Aichinger
    Ilse Aichinger
    Ilse Aichinger is an Austrian writer noted for her accounts of her persecution by the Nazis because of her Jewish ancestry.- Life :...

     (born 1921), Austrian writer.
  • Ama Ata Aidoo
    Ama Ata Aidoo
    Professor Ama Ata Aidoo, née Christina Ama Aidoo is a Ghanaian author and playwright.-Life:She grew up in a Fante royal household, the daughter of Nana Yaw Fama, chief of Abeadzi Kyiakor, and Maame Abasema. She was sent by her father to the Wesley Girls' High School in Cape Coast from 1961 to 1964...

     (born 1942), Ghana
    Ghana , officially the Republic of Ghana, is a country located in West Africa. It is bordered by Côte d'Ivoire to the west, Burkina Faso to the north, Togo to the east, and the Gulf of Guinea to the south...

    ian author and playwright.
  • Lucy Aikin
    Lucy Aikin
    Lucy Aikin , born at Warrington, England into a distinguished literary family of prominent Unitarians, was a historical writer.-Family and education:...

     (1781–1864), English historical writer.
  • Bella Akhmadulina (born 1937), Russian/Soviet poet.
  • Anna Akhmatova
    Anna Akhmatova
    Anna Andreyevna Gorenko , better known by the pen name Anna Akhmatova , was a Russian and Soviet modernist poet, one of the most acclaimed writers in the Russian canon.Harrington p11...

     (1899–1966), Russian/Soviet poet. Requiem
  • Anna Åkerhjelm
    Anna Åkerhjelm
    Anna Åkerhjelm, née Anna Agriconia, , was a Swedish writer and traveller and the first woman in Sweden to have been ennobled for her own actions .- Biography :...

     (1647–1693), Swedish writer and traveller.
  • Anne-Marie Albiach
    Anne-Marie Albiach
    Anne-Marie Albiach is a contemporary French poet and translator.-Overview:Anne-Marie Albiach's poetry is characterized by, among other things, an inventive use of spacing on the printed page...

     (born 1937), French poet and translator.
  • Jordie Albiston
    Jordie Albiston
    Jordie Albiston is a contemporary Australian poet and academic.Jordie Albiston grew up in Melbourne, and studied flute at the Victorian College of the Arts before completing a PhD in literature. Her first collection of poems, Nervous Arcs, won the Mary Gilmore Award, received runner-up in the Anne...

     (born 1961), Australian poet and academic.
  • Louisa May Alcott
    Louisa May Alcott
    Louisa May Alcott was an American novelist. She is best known for the novel Little Women and its sequels Little Men and Jo's Boys. Little Women was set in the Alcott family home, Orchard House in Concord, Massachusetts, and published in 1868...

     (1832–1888), American novelist. Little Women
    Little Women
    Little Women is a novel by American author Louisa May Alcott . The book was written and set in the Alcott family home, Orchard House, in Concord, Massachusetts. It was published in two volumes in 1868 and 1869...

  • Isabella Macdonald Alden
    Isabella Macdonald Alden
    Isabella Macdonald Alden was an American author, writing under the pseudonym of "Pansy".Alden was born in Rochester, New York to well-educated parents. She was the sixth of seven children, and was initially home-schooled by her father, who also gave her her nickname...

     (1841–1930), American children's writer.
  • Claribel Alegría
    Claribel Alegría
    Clara Isabel Alegría Vides is a Nicaraguan poet, essayist, novelist, and journalist who was a major voice in the literature of contemporary Central America. She writes under the pseudonym Claribel Alegría.-Early life:...

     (born 1924), Nicaraguan-born author and poet.
  • Álfrún Gunnlaugsdóttir
    Álfrún Gunnlaugsdóttir
    Álfrún Gunnlaugsdóttir is an Icelandic writer who was born in Reykjavík on 18 March 1938. After high school, she went to Spain and later worked on her doctoral thesis at Lausanne, Switzerland. She has written five acclaimed novels in Iceland.-External links:*...

     (born 1938), Icelandic novelist.
  • Isabel Allende
    Isabel Allende
    Isabel Allende Llona is a Chilean writer with American citizenship. Allende, whose works sometimes contain aspects of the "magic realist" tradition, is famous for novels such as The House of the Spirits and City of the Beasts , which have been commercially successful...

     (born 1942), Chilean/American novelist. Eva Luna
    Eva Luna
    Eva Luna is a novel written by Chilean novelist Isabel Allende in 1985 and translated from Spanish to English by Margaret Sayers Peden.Eva Luna takes us into the life of the eponymous protagonist, an orphan who grows up in an unidentified country in South America...

    , Daughter of Fortune
    Daughter of Fortune
    Daughter of Fortune is a novel by Isabel Allende, and was chosen as an Oprah's Book Club selection in February 2000...

  • Phyllis Shand Allfrey
    Phyllis Shand Allfrey
    Phyllis Byam Shand Allfrey was a West Indian writer, socialist activist, newspaper editor and politician of the island of Dominica in the Caribbean....

     (1908–1996), West Indian writer. The Orchid House
  • Margery Allingham
    Margery Allingham
    Margery Louise Allingham was an English crime writer, best remembered for her detective stories featuring gentleman sleuth Albert Campion.- Childhood and schooling :...

     (1904–1966), English crime writer. Mystery Mile
    Mystery Mile
    Mystery Mile is a crime novel by Margery Allingham, first published in 1930, in the United Kingdom by Jarrolds Publishing, London, and in the United States by Doubleday, Doran, New York...

    , Sweet Danger
    Sweet Danger
    Sweet Danger is a crime novel by Margery Allingham, first published in October 1933, in the United Kingdom by Heinemann, London and in the United States by Doubleday, New York as Kingdom of Death; later U.S. versions used the title The Fear Sign...

  • Dorothy Allison
    Dorothy Allison
    Dorothy Allison is an American writer, speaker, and member of the Fellowship of Southern Writers.-Early life:Dorothy E. Allison was born on April 11, 1949 in Greenville, South Carolina to Ruth Gibson Allison, who was fifteen at the time. Ruth was a poor and unmarried mother who worked as a...

     (born 1949), American writer and speaker. Trash: Short Stories
    Trash: Short Stories
    Trash: Short Stories by Dorothy Allison, was first published in 1988 by Firebrand Books, later by Penguin and Plume . It won the 1989 Lambda Literary Award for "Best Lesbian Small Press Book" and the Lambda Literary Award "Best Lesbian Fiction"....

    , Cavedweller
    Cavedweller is the second novel from critically acclaimed author Dorothy Allison. Much like her award-winning novel, Bastard Out of Carolina, Cavedweller deals with domestic violence, friendship among women, mother-daughter bonds, and poverty in the small-town South...

  • Julia Álvarez
    Julia Álvarez
    Julia Alvarez is a Dominican-American poet, novelist, and essayist. Born in New York of Dominican descent, she spent the first ten years of her childhood in the Dominican Republic, until her father's involvement in a political rebellion forced her family to flee the country.Alvarez rose to...

     (born 1950), Dominican-American poet, novelist and essayist. How the García Girls Lost Their Accents
    How the García Girls Lost Their Accents
    How the García Girls Lost Their Accents is a 1991 novel written by Dominican-American poet, novelist, and essayist Julia Alvarez. Told in reverse chronological order and narrated from shifting perspectives, the text possesses distinct qualities of a bildungsroman novel...

  • Laurie Halse Anderson
    Laurie Halse Anderson
    Laurie Halse Anderson is an American author who writes for children and young adults.-Career:...

     (born 1961), American author, writes for children and young adults. Speak
    Speak (novel)
    Speak is a 1999 novel by Laurie Halse Anderson about a girl named Melinda Sordino who is an outcast as a high school freshman. It was made into a film of the same name in 2004. The novel was a New York Times and Publishers Weekly bestseller...

    , Twisted
    Twisted (novel)
    Twisted is a 2007 novel by Laurie Halse Anderson about a teenage boy named Tyler Miller. The plot revolves around Tyler's experiences in his community after committing a crime at his high school which earned him a negative reputation...

  • Jessica Anderson
    Jessica Anderson
    Jessica Margaret Queale Anderson was an Australian novelist and short story writer. She won several awards and has been published in Britain and the United States.-Life:...

     (1916–2010), Australian novelist and short story writer. The Impersonators
    The Impersonators
    The Impersonators is a Miles Franklin Award winning novel by Australian author Jessica Anderson. It was published in the United States under the alternative title The Only Daughter....

  • Eliza Frances Andrews
    Eliza Frances Andrews
    Eliza Frances Andrews was a popular Southern writer of the Gilded Age. Her works were published in popular magazines and papers, including the New York World and Godey's Lady's Book....

     (1840-1931), American novelist and Civil War
    American Civil War
    The American Civil War was a civil war fought in the United States of America. In response to the election of Abraham Lincoln as President of the United States, 11 southern slave states declared their secession from the United States and formed the Confederate States of America ; the other 25...

  • Maya Angelou
    Maya Angelou
    Maya Angelou is an American author and poet who has been called "America's most visible black female autobiographer" by scholar Joanne M. Braxton. She is best known for her series of six autobiographical volumes, which focus on her childhood and early adult experiences. The first and most highly...

     (born 1928), American autobiographer and poet. I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings
    I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings
    I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings is the 1969 autobiography about the early years of African-American writer and poet Maya Angelou. The first in a six-volume series, it is a coming-of-age story that illustrates how strength of character and a love of literature can help overcome racism and trauma...

  • Jane Anger
    Jane Anger
    Jane Anger was an English author of the late sixteenth century. The only evidence of her extant is Her Protection for Women, a pamphlet published in London in 1589, of which only one original copy survives...

    , English author of the late sixteenth century.
  • Gloria E. Anzaldúa
    Gloria E. Anzaldúa
    Gloria Evangelina Anzaldúa was considered a leading scholar of Chicano cultural theory and Queer theory. She loosely based her most well-known book Borderlands/La Frontera: The New Mestiza on her life growing up on the Mexican-Texas border and incorporated her lifelong feelings of social and...

     (1942–2004), American author, poet and activist. Borderlands/La Frontera: The New Mestiza
    Borderlands/La Frontera: The New Mestiza
    In the first chapter of Borderlands , Gloria E. Anzaldúa uses striking imagery to illustrate the pain the border has brought to the mestizos by both dividing their culture and fencing them in – trapping them on one side. She then exemplifies the most important reason the deadly border exists: it is...

  • Núria Añó
    Núria Añó
    Núria Añó is a Catalan writer and novelist. She lived in Mollerussa until she was nineteen. She studied Catalan Philology and German Language and today resides in Lleida where she works as both a writer and a translator....

     (born 1973), Catalan writer and novelist.
  • Maria Arbatova
    Maria Arbatova
    Maria Ivanovna Arbatova born July 17, 1957, is a Russian novelist, short story writer, playwright, poet, journalist, talkshow host, politician, and one of Russia's most widely known feminists in the 1990s.-Early life:...

     (born 1957), novelist, short story writer, playwright, poet and journalist
  • Elvia Ardalani
    Elvia Ardalani
    Elvia Ardalani or Elvia García Ardalani, born on June 4, 1963 in Heroica Matamoros Tamaulipas, Mexico, is a Mexican writer, poet, and storyteller...

    , Mexican writer, poet, and storyteller.
  • Hannah Arendt
    Hannah Arendt
    Hannah Arendt was a German American political theorist. She has often been described as a philosopher, although she refused that label on the grounds that philosophy is concerned with "man in the singular." She described herself instead as a political theorist because her work centers on the fact...

     (1906–1975), German Jewish political theorist. The Human Condition
  • Karen Armstrong
    Karen Armstrong
    Karen Armstrong FRSL , is a British author and commentator who is the author of twelve books on comparative religion. A former Roman Catholic nun, she went from a conservative to a more liberal and mystical faith...

     (born 1944), British author of numerous works on comparative religion. A History of God
    A History of God
    A History of God is a best-selling book by Karen Armstrong. It details the history of the three major monotheistic traditions: Judaism, Christianity and Islam. Also included in the book are Buddhism and Hinduism...

  • Kelley Armstrong
    Kelley Armstrong
    Kelley Armstrong is a Canadian author, primarily of fantasy works.She has published sixteen fantasy novels , set in the world of the Women of the Otherworld and the Darkest Powers series, also two crime novels in 2007 and 2009...

     (born 1968), Canadian writer, author of the Women of the Otherworld series
    Women of the Otherworld
    Women of the Otherworld is the name of a fantasy series by Canadian author Kelley Armstrong.The books feature werewolves, witches, necromancers, and vampires struggling to fit as "normal" in today's world...

  • Louise Armstrong
    Louise Armstrong
    Louise Armstrong was a published writer of numerous adult and children books. A staunch feminist and activist, Armstrong had spoken widely for two decades in the United States, Canada, and England, on the subjects of child abuse, incest, women issues, family violence and sexual abuse.Her book,...

     (1937–2008), American author and feminist.
  • Bettina von Arnim
    Bettina von Arnim
    Bettina von Arnim , born Elisabeth Catharina Ludovica Magdalena Brentano, was a German writer and novelist....

     (1785–1859), German writer and novelist.
  • Elizabeth von Arnim
    Elizabeth von Arnim
    Elizabeth von Arnim , born Mary Annette Beauchamp, was an Australian-born British novelist. By marriage she became Gräfin von Arnim-Schlagenthin, and by a second marriage, Countess Russell...

     (1866–1941), Australian-born British novelist. Mr. Skeffington
    Mr. Skeffington
    Mr. Skeffington is a 1944 American drama film directed by Vincent Sherman, based on the novel of the same name by Elizabeth von Arnim.The film stars Bette Davis as a beautiful woman whose many suitors, and self-love, distract her from returning the affections of her husband, Job Skeffington...

  • Elizabeth Arnold
    Elizabeth Arnold (children's writer)
    -Folklore:Having worked for many years as a school science technician and a quality control manager, Elizabeth Arnold came to write The Parsley Parcel, her first novel, out of a love of folklore, and originally with adults in mind rather than children...

     (born 1944), English children's writer
  • Joanne Arnott
    Joanne Arnott
    Joanne Arnott is a Canadian Métis writer.Arnott's works are intimate with an activist slant, exploring the issues faced by a mixed-race girl and woman in poverty, the family, danger, love and childbirth...

     (born 1960), Canadian Métis
    Métis people (Canada)
    The Métis are one of the Aboriginal peoples in Canada who trace their descent to mixed First Nations parentage. The term was historically a catch-all describing the offspring of any such union, but within generations the culture syncretised into what is today a distinct aboriginal group, with...

  • Harriette Arnow (1908–1986), American novelist.
  • Anastasia Ashman (born 1964), American author and cultural producer. Tales from the Expat Harem
    Tales from the Expat Harem
    Tales from the Expat Harem: Foreign Women in Modern Turkey is a nonfiction anthology by 32 expatriate women from seven nations and five continents about their lives in modern Turkey, published by Seal Press in North America and Doğan Kitap in Turkey .Edited by Anastasia M...

  • Francis Leslie Ashton
    Francis Leslie Ashton
    Francis Leslie Ashton was a British writer known for his first novel Breaking of the Seals in 1946 and a kind of sequel Alas, That Great City from 1948. The two novels concern disasters involving objects orbiting the Earth in prehistoric times...

     (1904–1994), British novelist.
  • Margot Asquith
    Margot Asquith
    Margot Asquith, Countess of Oxford and Asquith , born Emma Alice Margaret Tennant, was an Anglo-Scottish socialite, author and wit...

     (1864–1945), English author.
  • Mary Astell
    Mary Astell
    Mary Astell was an English feminist writer and rhetorician. Her advocacy of equal educational opportunities for women has earned her the title "the first English feminist."-Life and career:...

     (1666–1731), English feminist writer.
  • Gertrude Atherton
    Gertrude Atherton
    Gertrude Franklin Horn Atherton was an American writer.-Early Childhood:Gertrude Franklin Horn was born on October 30, 1857 in San Francisco to Thomas Ludovich Horn and his wife, the former Gertrude Franklin...

     (1857–1948), American writer.
  • Eleanor Stackhouse Atkinson
    Eleanor Stackhouse Atkinson
    Eleanor Stackhouse Atkinson was an American author, journalist and teacher.She was born Eleanor Stackhouse in Rensselaer, Indiana, and later married Francis Blake Atkinson, himself also an author. She taught in schools in both Indianapolis and Chicago...

     (1863–1942), American author, journalist and teacher.
  • Kate Atkinson
    Kate Atkinson
    Kate Atkinson MBE is an English author.She was born in York, and studied English Literature at the University of Dundee, gaining her Masters Degree in 1974. She subsequently studied for a doctorate in American Literature. She has often spoken publicly about the fact that she failed at the viva ...

     (born 1951), English novelists. Human Croquet
    Human Croquet
    Human Croquet is the second novel of Kate Atkinson. The book covers the experiences of Isobel Fairfax, including her occasional bouts of time-travelling, while setting out the legacy of a 300 year old family curse.- External links :...

    , Emotionally Weird
    Emotionally Weird
    Emotionally Weird is the third novel by Kate Atkinson published in 2000. The novel begins with chapter one of a murder mystery set in a seaside resort. This tale is later revealed as being written by Euphemia Stuart-Murray as part of a creative writing class at the University of Dundee in 1972...

  • Amelia Atwater-Rhodes
    Amelia Atwater-Rhodes
    Amelia Atwater-Rhodes is an American author of fantasy and young adult literature. She was born in Silver Spring, Maryland and lived most of her life in Concord, Massachusetts. Her debut novel, In the Forests of the Night, was published in 1999, when she was just fourteen years old...

     (born 1984), American novelist.
  • Margaret Atwood
    Margaret Atwood
    Margaret Eleanor Atwood, is a Canadian poet, novelist, literary critic, essayist, and environmental activist. She is among the most-honoured authors of fiction in recent history; she is a winner of the Arthur C...

     (born 1939), Canadian novelist, poet and critic. The Handmaid's Tale
    The Handmaid's Tale
    The Handmaid's Tale is a dystopian novel, a work of science fiction or speculative fiction, written by Canadian author Margaret Atwood and first published by McClelland and Stewart in 1985...

  • Penelope Aubin
    Penelope Aubin
    Penelope Aubin was an English novelist and translator.-Works:* The Stuarts : A Pindarique Ode * The Extasy: A Pindarick Ode to Her Majesty The Queen...

     (ca. 1679–ca. 1731), English novelist and translator.
  • Jean M. Auel
    Jean M. Auel
    Jean Marie Auel is an American writer. She is best known for her Earth's Children books, a series of novels set in prehistoric Europe that explores interactions of Cro-Magnon people with Neanderthals...

     (born 1936), American novelist. Earth's Children
    Earth's Children
    Earth's Children is a series of speculative alternative historical fiction novels written by Jean M. Auel set circa 30,000 years before present. There are six novels in the series...

  • Rose Ausländer
    Rose Ausländer
    Rose Ausländer , maiden name Rosalie Beatrice Scherzer, was a Jewish German- and English language poet. She was born in Bucovina, and lived in U.S.A, Romania, and Germany....

     (1901–1988), Jewish poet.
  • Jane Austen
    Jane Austen
    Jane Austen was an English novelist whose works of romantic fiction, set among the landed gentry, earned her a place as one of the most widely read writers in English literature, her realism and biting social commentary cementing her historical importance among scholars and critics.Austen lived...

     (1775–1817), English novelist. Pride and Prejudice
    Pride and Prejudice
    Pride and Prejudice is a novel by Jane Austen, first published in 1813. The story follows the main character Elizabeth Bennet as she deals with issues of manners, upbringing, morality, education and marriage in the society of the landed gentry of early 19th-century England...

  • Mary Austin (1868–1934), American writer. The Land of Little Rain
    The Land of Little Rain
    The Land of Little Rain is a book written by American writer Mary Hunter Austin. First published in 1903, it contains a series of interrelated lyrical essays about the inhabitants of the American Southwest, both human and otherwise.-Publication history:...

  • Auvaiyar
    The Avvaiyars "respectable women" was the title of more than one poet who was active during different periods of Tamil literature. The Avvaiyar were some of the most famous and important female poets of the Tamil canon. Abithana Chintamani states that there were three female poets titled...

    , name shared by several poets in Tamil literature
    Tamil literature
    Tamil literature refers to the literature in the Tamil language. Tamil literature has a rich and long literary tradition spanning more than two thousand years. The oldest extant works show signs of maturity indicating an even longer period of evolution...

  • Margaret Avison
    Margaret Avison
    Margaret Avison, OC was a Canadian poet who twice won Canada's Governor General's Award and has also won its Griffin Poetry Prize. "Her work has often been praised for the beauty of its language and images."-Life:...

     (1918–2007), Canadian poet, editor and speaker.
  • Marilou Awiakta
    Marilou Awiakta
    Marilou Awiakta is an Eastern Band Cherokee author.She is renowned for writing several books that blend stories, essays and poetry. She graduated from the University of Tennessee in 1958 receiving a B.A. magna cum laude, in both English and French. She worked as a civilian liaison officer and...

     (born 1936), Native American Cherokee
    The Cherokee are a Native American people historically settled in the Southeastern United States . Linguistically, they are part of the Iroquoian language family...



  • Natalie Babbitt
    Natalie Babbitt
    Natalie Babbitt is an American author and illustrator of children's books. Her novels Tuck Everlasting and The Eyes of the Amaryllis have been made into films . Her novel Knee-Knock Rise is a Newbery Honor book.- Life :Natalie Babbitt was born in Dayton, Ohio. Now lives in Providence, Rhode Island...

     (born 1932), US author and illustrator of children's books. Tuck Everlasting
    Tuck Everlasting
    Tuck Everlasting is a fantasy children's novel by Natalie Babbitt. It was published in 1975. The book explores the concept of immortality and the reasons why it might not be as desirable as it appears to be. It has sold over two million copies and has been called a classic of modern children's...

  • Ingeborg Bachmann
    Ingeborg Bachmann
    Ingeborg Bachmann was an Austrian poet and author.-Biography:Bachmann was born in Klagenfurt, in the Austrian state of Carinthia, the daughter of a headmaster. She studied philosophy, psychology, German philology, and law at the universities of Innsbruck, Graz, and Vienna...

     (1926-1973), Austrian poet and author.
  • Albena Bakratcheva
    Albena Bakratcheva
    Albena Bakratcheva is BulgarianAmericanist, best known for her work on American Transcendentalism. Albena Bakratcheva, D.Litt., is Professor of American Studies at the , New Bulgarian University, Sofia.- Degrees :...

     (born 1961), Bulgarian author, best known for her work on American Transcendentalism.
  • Delia Bacon
    Delia Bacon
    Delia Bacon was an American writer of plays and short stories, a sister of the Congregational minister Leonard Bacon...

     (1811–1859), American writer of plays and short stories, best known today for her work on the Shakespeare authorship question
    Shakespeare authorship question
    Image:ShakespeareCandidates1.jpg|thumb|alt=Portraits of Shakespeare and four proposed alternative authors.|Oxford, Bacon, Derby, and Marlowe have each been proposed as the true author...

  • Enid Bagnold
    Enid Bagnold
    Enid Algerine Bagnold, Lady Jones, CBE , known by her maiden name as Enid Bagnold, was a British author and playwright, best known for the 1935 story National Velvet which was filmed in 1944 with Elizabeth Taylor....

     (1889–1981), British author and playwright. National Velvet
    National Velvet
    National Velvet is a novel by Enid Bagnold , first published in 1935.-Plot summary:"National Velvet" is the story of a 14-year-old girl named Velvet Brown, who rides her horse to victory in the Grand National steeplechase...

  • Joanna Baillie
    Joanna Baillie
    Joanna Baillie was a Scottish poet and dramatist. Baillie was very well known during her lifetime and, though a woman, intended her plays not for the closet but for the stage. Admired both for her literary powers and her sweetness of disposition, she hosted a brilliant literary society in her...

     (1762–1851), Scottish poet and dramatist.
  • Beryl Bainbridge
    Beryl Bainbridge
    Dame Beryl Margaret Bainbridge, DBE was an English author from Liverpool. She was primarily known for her psychological novels, often set amongst the English working classes. Bainbridge won the Whitbread Awards prize for best novel in 1977 and 1996; she was nominated five times for the Booker...

     (1932-2010), English novelist.
  • Deb Baker
    Deb Baker
    Deb Baker is an American mystery writer from the Upper Peninsula of Michigan who has created three mystery series.-Biography:Deb Baker writes American mystery fiction. She has written two series under her own name...

     (born 1953), American mystery writer.
  • Dorothy Baker
    Dorothy Baker
    -Early life:She was born Dorothy Dodds on April 21, 1907 in Missoula, Montana and raised in California. Baker attended Whittier College, then transferred to the University of California, Los Angeles, from which she graduated in 1929...

     (1907–1968), American novelist. Young Man with a Horn
  • Faith Baldwin
    Faith Baldwin
    Faith Baldwin was a very successful U.S. author of romance and fiction, publishing some 100 novels, often concentrating on women juggling career and family...

     (1893–1978), was a very successful U.S. author of romance and fiction.
  • Toni Cade Bambara
    Toni Cade Bambara
    Toni Cade Bambara, born Miltona Mirkin Cade was an African-American author, documentary film-maker, social activist and college professor.- Biography :...

     (1939–1995), American author, social activist and college professor.
  • Mary Ellen Bamford
    Mary Ellen Bamford
    Mary Ellen Bamford was an American author from Healdsburg, California.-Bibliography:Her books included:*Up and Down the Brooks. Houghton, Mifflin & Co. *Her Twenty Heathen. Pilgrim Press....

     (1857–1946), American author.
  • Ban Zhao
    Ban Zhao
    Bān Zhāo , courtesy name Huiban , was the first known female Chinese historian. She completed her brother Ban Gu's work as he was imprisoned and executed in the year 92 BCE. because of his association with the family of Empress Dowager Dou. It was said her works could have filled eight volumes...

     (45-116 CE), first female Chinese historian. Lessons for Women
    Lessons for Women
    Lessons for Women , also translated as Admonitions for Women, is a work by the Han Dynasty female intellectual Ban Zhao.-Outline:Lessons for Women outlines the four virtues a woman must abide by, proper virtue, proper speech, proper countenance, and proper conduct. The book itself describes the...

  • Helen Elliott Bandini
    Helen Elliott Bandini
    Helen Elliott Bandini was an American writer, primarily of Californian history.Helen Elliott Bandini was born in Indianapolis and educated in public schools. She came to California in 1874 when her father was president of Indiana Colony, which founded Pasadena, California...

    , American writer, primarily of Californian history.
  • Leslie Esdaile Banks
    Leslie Esdaile Banks
    Leslie Esdaile Banks was an American writer. She wrote in various genres, including African American literature, romance, women's fiction, crime suspense, dark fantasy/horror and non-fiction...

     (born 1959), American author. The Vampire Huntress Legend Series
    The Vampire Huntress Legend Series
    The Vampire Huntress Legend Series is a twelve book series written by Leslie Esdaile Banks under the pen name L.A. Banks. The series centers around a young twenty-something woman named Damali Richards who is a spoken word artist but is also The Neteru, a human who is born every thousand years to...

  • Helen Bannerman
    Helen Bannerman
    Helen Bannerman was the Scottish author of a number of children's books, the most notable being Little Black Sambo. She was born in Edinburgh and, because women were not admitted as students into British Universities, she sat external examinations set by the University of St. Andrews and attained...

     (1862–1946), Scottish children's writer. Little Black Sambo
    Little Black Sambo
    The Story of Little Black Sambo is a children's book written and illustrated by Helen Bannerman, and first published by Grant Richards in October 1899 as one in a series of small-format books called The Dumpy Books for Children....

  • Agnieszka Baranowska
    Agnieszka Baranowska
    Agnieszka Lipska Baranowska was a Polish playwright and poet.Born on April 16, 1819 in Gostków near Łęczyca in a Polish szlachta family of Lipscy to Jacob Lipski and Marjania Zaluska, she spent her life in the Prussian partition, including the Grand Duchy of Poznań...

     (1819–1890), Polish playwright and poet.
  • Natalya Baranskaya
    Natalya Baranskaya
    Natalya Vladimirovna Baranskaya was a Soviet writer of short stories or novellas. She was born in 1908 in Russia, and graduated in 1929 from Moscow State University with degrees in philology and ethnology. After the war, while she raised two children alone since her husband was killed in 1943, she...

     (1908–2004), Soviet writer. A Week Like Any Other
  • Anna Laetitia Barbauld
    Anna Laetitia Barbauld
    Anna Laetitia Barbauld was a prominent English poet, essayist, literary critic, editor, and children's author.A "woman of letters" who published in multiple genres, Barbauld had a successful writing career at a time when female professional writers were rare...

     (1743–1825), English poet, essayist and children's author. Eighteen Hundred and Eleven
    Eighteen Hundred and Eleven
    Eighteen Hundred and Eleven: A Poem is a poem by Anna Laetitia Barbauld criticizing Britain's participation in the Napoleonic Wars....

  • Nicola Barker
    Nicola Barker
    Nicola Barker is an English novelist and short story writer.Typically she writes about damaged or eccentric people in mundane situations, and has a fondness for bleak, isolated settings. Wide Open and Behindlings are set respectively on the Isle of Sheppey and Canvey Island...

     (born 1966), English novelist and short story writer.
  • Mary Barnard
    Mary Barnard
    Mary Ethel Barnard was an American poet, biographer and Greek-to-English translator. She is known for her clear interpretation of the works of Sappho, a translation which has never gone out of print....

     (1909–2001), American poet, biographer and Greek-to-English translator.
  • Djuna Barnes
    Djuna Barnes
    Djuna Barnes was an American writer who played an important part in the development of 20th century English language modernist writing and was one of the key figures in 1920s and '30s bohemian Paris after filling a similar role in the Greenwich Village of the teens...

     (June 12, 1892–June 18, 1982), American writer. Ladies Almanack
    Ladies Almanack
    Ladies Almanack, or Ladies Almanack: showing their Signs and their Tides; their Moons and their Changes; the Seasons as it is with them; their Eclipses and Equinoxes; as well as a full Record of diurnal and nocturnal Distempers, written & illustrated by a lady of fashion, written by Djuna Barnes in...

    , Nightwood
    Nightwood is a 1936 novel by Djuna Barnes first published in London by Faber and Faber. An edition published in the United States in 1937 by Harcourt, Brace included an introduction by T. S. Eliot.....

  • Margaret Ayer Barnes
    Margaret Ayer Barnes
    Margaret Ayer Barnes was an American playwright, novelist, and short-story writer....

     (1886–1967), Pulitzer Prize
    Pulitzer Prize
    The Pulitzer Prize is a U.S. award for achievements in newspaper and online journalism, literature and musical composition. It was established by American publisher Joseph Pulitzer and is administered by Columbia University in New York City...

     winning American author. Years of Grace
    Years of Grace
    Years of Grace is a 1930 novel by Margaret Ayer Barnes. It won the Pulitzer Prize for the Novel in 1931. Despite this, it is not her most well-known work; that honor belongs to Dishonored Lady, a play she co-wrote with Edward Sheldon, which was adapted twice into film .Barnes' alma mater, Bryn Mawr...

  • Amelia Edith Huddleston Barr
    Amelia Edith Huddleston Barr
    Amelia Edith Barr in Ulverston, Lancashire, England, died March 10, 1919) was a British American novelist.-Biography:...

     (1831–1919), British American novelist.
  • Lynne Barrett
    Lynne Barrett
    Lynne Barrett is an American writer and editor, best known for her short stories.-Background:Born and raised in New Jersey, she received a B.A. in English Composition from Mount Holyoke College and her M.F.A...

    , American writer and editor, best known for her short stories.
  • Allie Bates
    Allie Bates
    Allie Bates is an American award-winning short story writer who has also written Romance and Science Fiction novels and screenplays. She is also an English teacher and freelance editor.-Biography:...

     (born 1957), American writer.
  • Carol S. Batey
    Carol S. Batey
    Dr. Carol S. Batey was born in Nashville, Tennessee on September 11, 1955. At the age of 49, she decided to change her life after 21 years of marriage. By the age of 54, she was a professional model contracted to a major modeling agency...

     (born 1955), American writer.
  • Vicki Baum
    Vicki Baum
    Hedwig Baum was an Austrian writer. She is known for Menschen im Hotel , one of her first international successes....

     (1888–1960), Austrian novelist.
  • Simone de Beauvoir
    Simone de Beauvoir
    Simone-Ernestine-Lucie-Marie Bertrand de Beauvoir, often shortened to Simone de Beauvoir , was a French existentialist philosopher, public intellectual, and social theorist. She wrote novels, essays, biographies, an autobiography in several volumes, and monographs on philosophy, politics, and...

     (1908–1986), French author and philosopher. She Came to Stay
    She Came to Stay
    She Came to Stay is a novel written by French author Simone de Beauvoir first published in 1943. The novel is a fictional account of her and Jean-Paul Sartre's relationship with Olga Kosakiewicz and Wanda Kosakiewicz.-Plot:...

    , The Mandarins
    The Mandarins
    The Mandarins is a 1954 roman-à-clef by Simone de Beauvoir. Beauvoir was awarded the Prix Goncourt prize in 1954 for The Mandarins. It was first published in English in 1957....

  • Margaret Bechard
    Margaret Bechard
    Margaret Bechard is an American author of contemporary science fiction for children and young adults.-Biography:Bechard was born in 1953 in Chico, California. She received her bachelor’s degree in English literature from Reed College in 1976. She is married to Lee Boekelheide and they have three...

     (born 1953), U.S. children's writer.
  • Béatrix Beck
    Béatrix Beck
    Béatrix Beck was a French writer from Belgian origin.She was born at Villars-sur-Ollon, Switzerland, the daughter of the poet Christian Beck. After several jobs, she became the secretary of André Gide, he encouraged her to write about her experiences: her mother's suicide, the war, her poverty, etc...

     (1914–2008), French novelist. The Passionate Heart
  • Patricia Beer
    Patricia Beer
    Patricia Beer was an English poet and critic.She was born in Exmouth, Devon into a family of Plymouth Brethren. She moved away from her religious background as a young adult, becoming a teacher and academic...

     (1919–1999), English poet and critic.
  • Mrs. Beeton (1836–1865), English domestic author. Mrs Beeton's Book of Household Management
    Mrs Beeton's Book of Household Management
    Mrs Beeton's Book of Household Management was a guide to all aspects of running a household in Victorian Britain, edited by Isabella Beeton. It was originally entitled "Beeton's Book of Household Management", in line with the other guide-books published by Beeton.Previously published as a part...

  • Aphra Behn
    Aphra Behn
    Aphra Behn was a prolific dramatist of the English Restoration and was one of the first English professional female writers. Her writing contributed to the amatory fiction genre of British literature.-Early life:...

     (1640–1689), British playwright, poet and novelist. The Rover
    The Rover (play)
    The Rover or The Banish'd Cavaliers is a play in two parts written by the English author Aphra Behn.Having famously worked as a spy for Charles II against the Dutch, Behn's meager incomes was lost when the king refused to pay her expenses. She turned to writing for an income.The Rover premiered...

  • Gioconda Belli
    Gioconda Belli
    Gioconda Belli is an author, novelist and renowned Nicaraguan poet.-Early life:Gioconda Belli, of Northern Italian descent, was an active participant in the Sandinista struggle against the Somoza dictatorship, and her work for the movement led to her being forced into exile in Mexico in 1975...

     (born 1948), Nicaraguan revolutionary and writer, designated among the 100 most important poets of the 20th century.
  • Victoria Benedictsson
    Victoria Benedictsson
    Victoria Benedictsson was a Swedish author. She was born as Victoria Maria Bruzelius in Domme, a village in the province of Skåne. She wrote under the pen name Ernst Ahlgren....

     (1850–1888), Swedish author.
  • Elizabeth Benger
    Elizabeth Benger
    Elizabeth Ogilvy Benger was an English biographer, novelist and poet.-Background:...

     (1775-1827), English novelist and biographer
  • Nina Berberova
    Nina Berberova
    Nina Nikolayevna Berberova was a Russian writer who chronicled the lives of Russian exiles in Paris in her short stories and novels. She visited post-Soviet Russia and died in Philadelphia.-Biographical Sketch:...

     (1901–1993), Soviet/Russian writer. The Tattered Cloak
  • Juliana Berners
    Juliana Berners
    Juliana Berners , English writer on heraldry, hawking and hunting, is said to have been prioress of Sopwell nunnery near St Albans...

     (14th/15th century), English writer on heraldry, hawking and hunting. The Book of Saint Albans
    The Book of Saint Albans
    The Book of Saint Albans or The Boke of Saint Albans was the last of 8 books printed by the St Albans Press in England in 1486.It contains three essays, on hawking, hunting, and heraldry...

  • Bertice Berry
    Bertice Berry
    Dr. Bertice Berry is an American sociologist, author, lecturer, and educator.Berry grew up in Wilmington, Delaware. She graduated magna cum laude from Jacksonville University in Florida, and earned a Ph.D. in sociology from Kent State University in Ohio, at the age of 26.She later worked as an...

     (born 1960), American sociologist, author, lecturer, and educator.
  • Betty Berzon
    Betty Berzon
    Betty Berzon was an American author and psychotherapist known for her work with the gay and lesbian communities.Berzon was among the first psychotherapists to assist gay and lesbian clients...

     (1928–2006), American author.
  • Annie Besant
    Annie Besant
    Annie Besant was a prominent British Theosophist, women's rights activist, writer and orator and supporter of Irish and Indian self rule.She was married at 19 to Frank Besant but separated from him over religious differences. She then became a prominent speaker for the National Secular Society ...

     (1847–1933), English author, theosophist
    Theosophy, in its modern presentation, is a spiritual philosophy developed since the late 19th century. Its major themes were originally described mainly by Helena Blavatsky , co-founder of the Theosophical Society...

     and activist. The Ancient Wisdom
    The Ancient Wisdom
    The Ancient Wisdom is a book by Annie Besant published in 1898.In this book, Besant introduces and explains the Physical plane, Astral plane, Mental plane and other planes of existence....

    , Thought Forms
    Thought Forms
    Thought-Forms is a book by Annie Besant and C.W. Leadbeater, which is a study on the nature and power of thoughts. It has been translated into more than five languages....

  • Elizabeth Bibesco
    Elizabeth Bibesco
    Elizabeth, Princess Bibesco was an English writer active between 1921 and 1940. A final posthumous collection of her stories, poems and aphorisms was published under the title Haven in 1951, with a preface by Elizabeth Bowen.-Childhood and youth:Elizabeth Charlotte Lucy was the first child of...

     (1897–1945), English writer.
  • Marthe Bibesco
    Marthe Bibesco
    Marthe, Princess Bibesco was a Romanian-French writer of the Belle Époque...

     (1886–1973), Romanian-French writer.
  • Isabella Bird
    Isabella Bird
    Isabella Lucy Bird was a nineteenth-century English explorer, writer, and a natural historian.-Early life:Bird was born in Boroughbridge in 1831 and grew up in Tattenhall, Cheshire...

     (1831–1904) 19th-century English traveler and writer.
  • Anne Bishop
    Anne Bishop
    Anne Bishop is an American fantasy writer. Her most noted work is The Black Jewels trilogy. She lives in upstate New York. She won the Crawford Award in 2000 for the first three novels in her The Black Jewels series: Daughter of the Blood, Heir to the Shadows, and Queen of the Darkness.-The Black...

    , American fantasy novelist. The Black Jewels series
  • Elizabeth Bishop
    Elizabeth Bishop
    Elizabeth Bishop was an American poet and short-story writer. She was the Poet Laureate of the United States from 1949 to 1950, a Pulitzer Prize winner in 1956 and a National Book Award Winner for Poetry in 1970. Elizabeth Bishop House is an artists' retreat in Great Village, Nova Scotia...

     (1911–1979), Pulitzer Prize
    Pulitzer Prize
    The Pulitzer Prize is a U.S. award for achievements in newspaper and online journalism, literature and musical composition. It was established by American publisher Joseph Pulitzer and is administered by Columbia University in New York City...

     winning American poet and writer.
  • Malorie Blackman
    Malorie Blackman
    Malorie Blackman OBE is an author of literature and television drama for children and young adults. She has used science fiction to explore social and ethical issues. Her critically and popularly acclaimed Noughts & Crosses series uses the setting of a fictional dystopia to explore racism...

    , author of literature and television drama for children and young adults. Noughts & Crosses series
    Noughts & Crosses (novel series)
    The Noughts & Crosses series by Malorie Blackman is a critically acclaimed series of young adult novels, including a novella, set in a fictional, racist dystopia.-Noughts & Crosses:...

  • Neltje Blanchan
    Neltje Blanchan
    Neltje Blanchan De Graff Doubleday was a United States scientific historian and nature writer who wrote books on gardening and birds under the pen name Neltje Blanchan...

     (1865–1918), American nature writer. Bird Neighbors
    Bird Neighbors
    Bird Neighbors is a book published in 1897 by Neltje Blanchan. After that, this book is also published by the Project Gutenberg Literary Archive Foundation in 1999....

  • Countess of Blessington (1789–1849), Irish novelist.
  • Karen Blixen
    Karen Blixen
    Baroness Karen von Blixen-Finecke , , née Karen Christenze Dinesen, was a Danish author also known by her pen name Isak Dinesen. She also wrote under the pen names Osceola and Pierre Andrézel...

     (1885–1962), Danish writer. Out of Africa
    Out of Africa
    Out of Africa is a 1985 romantic drama film directed and produced by Sydney Pollack, and starring Robert Redford and Meryl Streep. The film is based loosely on the autobiographical book Out of Africa written by Isak Dinesen , which was published in 1937, with additional material from Dinesen's book...

  • Francesca Lia Block
    Francesca Lia Block
    Francesca Lia Block is the author of adult and young adult fiction, short stories, screenplays and poetry, most famously the Weetzie Bat series. Block wrote her first book, Weetzie Bat, while a student at UC Berkeley; it was published in 1989 by Harper Collins. She is known for her use of imagery,...

     (born 1962), American author. Weetzie Bat series
    Weetzie Bat
    Weetzie Bat is a young adult novel, the first written by American author Francesca Lia Block, originally published in 1989. It is the first in her Dangerous Angels series....

  • Amelia Bloomer
    Amelia Bloomer
    Amelia Jenks Bloomer was an American women's rights and temperance advocate. Even though she did not create the women's clothing reform style known as bloomers, her name became associated with it because of her early and strong advocacy.-Early life:Bloomer came from a family of modest means and...

     (1818–1894), American writer, women's rights and temperance advocate.
  • Judy Blume
    Judy Blume
    Judy Blume is an American author. She has written many novels for children and young adults which have exceeded sales of 80 million and been translated into 31 languages...

     (born Judy Sussman on February 12, 1938), American novelist. Forever
    Forever (novel)
    Forever... is a 1975 novel by Judy Blume dealing with teenage sexuality. Because of the novel's content it has been the frequent target of censors and appears on the American Library Association list of the 100 Most Frequently Challenged Books of 1990–2000 at number seven.-Plot...

    , Tiger Eyes
    Tiger Eyes
    Tiger Eyes is a young adult novel written by Judy Blume in 1981 about a young girl attempting to cope with the murder of her father.-Plot summary:...

  • Louise Bogan
    Louise Bogan
    Louise Bogan was an American poet. She was appointed the fourth Poet Laureate to the Library of Congress in 1945.-Early years:...

     (1897–1970), American poet.
  • Eavan Boland
    Eavan Boland
    -Biography:Boland's father, Frederick Boland, was a career diplomat and her mother, Frances Kelly, was a noted post-expressionist painter. She was born in Dublin in 1944. At the age of six, Boland's father was appointed Irish Ambassador to the United Kingdom; the family followed him to London,...

     (born 1944), Irish poet.
  • Sarah Knowles Bolton
    Sarah Knowles Bolton
    Sarah Knowles Bolton was an american person.-Biography:She was born in Farmington, Connecticut to parents John Segar Knowles and Mary Elizabeth Miller Knowles. At age 11 she met the writer Harriet Beecher Stowe. In 1866 she married Charles E. Bolton, a merchant and philanthropist...

     (1841–1916), American writer.
  • María Luisa Bombal
    María Luisa Bombal
    María Luisa Bombal Anthes was a Chilean author. Daughter of Martín Bombal Videla and Blanca Anthes Precht...

     (1910–1980), Chilean author.
  • Erma Bombeck
    Erma Bombeck
    Erma Louise Bombeck was an American humorist who achieved great popularity for her newspaper column that described suburban home life from the mid-1960s until the late 1990s...

     (1927–1996), American Humorist.
  • Tanella Boni
    Tanella Boni
    Tannella Boni is an Ivorian poet and novelist.Born in Abidjan, Tanella Boni did her advanced studies in Toulouse, France, and the University of Paris...

    , Ivorian poet and novelist.
  • Geraldine Bonner
    Geraldine Bonner
    Geraldine Bonner was an American author, born on Staten Island, New York. As a child, she moved to Colorado where she lived in mining camps. After moving to San Francisco, California, she worked at a newspaper, the Argonaut, in 1887, and subsequently...

     (1870–1930), American author.
  • Marita Bonner
    Marita Bonner
    Marita Bonner was an African American writer, essayist, and playwright who is commonly associated with the Harlem Renaissance. She was also known as Marita Occomy, Marita Odette Bonner, Marita Odette Bonner Occomy, Marita Bonner Occomy, Joseph Maree Andrew.- Life :Marita Bonner was born in Boston...

     (1899–1971), American writer, essayist and playwright
    A playwright, also called a dramatist, is a person who writes plays.The term is not a variant spelling of "playwrite", but something quite distinct: the word wright is an archaic English term for a craftsman or builder...

    , commonly associated with the Harlem Renaissance
    Harlem Renaissance
    The Harlem Renaissance was a cultural movement that spanned the 1920s and 1930s. At the time, it was known as the "New Negro Movement", named after the 1925 anthology by Alain Locke...

  • Gertrude Bonnin (Zitkala-Sa)
    Gertrude Simmons Bonnin , better known by her pen name, Zitkala-Sa , was a Yankton Dakota writer, editor, musician, teacher and political activist. She published in national magazines. With William F...

     (1876–1938), Native American writer, editor, musician, teacher and political activist.
  • Mary Everest Boole
    Mary Everest Boole
    Mary Everest Boole was a self-taught mathematician who is best known as an author of didactic works on mathematics, such as Philosophy and Fun of Algebra, and as the wife of fellow mathematician George Boole...

     (1832–1916), English writer.
  • Frances Boothby
    Frances Boothby
    Frances Boothby , playwright, was the first woman to have a play produced in London: her tragicomedy, Marcelia, or, The Treacherous Friend, was performed by the King's Company at the Theatre Royal in 1669 . The plot involves romantic difficulties and deceit. It is her only work extant, and little...

     (fl. ca. 1669–70), British playwright.
  • Alice Borchardt
    Alice Borchardt
    Alice Borchardt was a writer of historical fiction, fantasy, and horror. She lived in Houston and was sister of Anne Rice and aunt to Christopher Rice. Alice Borchardt shared a childhood of storytelling with her sister in New Orleans...

     (1939–2007), American writer of historical fiction, fantasy, and horror. The Silver Wolf
    The Silver Wolf
    The Silver Wolf is a novel by Alice Borchardt and published by Ballantine Books in 1993. It is the first in the Silver Wolf Trilogy.-Plot summary:...

    , The Dragon Queen
    The Dragon Queen
    The Dragon Queen is a 2001 fantasy novel by Alice Borchardt based around the legend of King Arthur. The story is set in the Dark Ages and follows a young girl called Guinevere who has inherited magical powers....

  • Phyllis Bottome
    Phyllis Bottome
    Phyllis Forbes Dennis was a British novelist and short story writer who wrote under her birth name, Phyllis Bottome . She was born in Rochester, Kent to an American clergyman, Rev...

     (1884–1963), British novelist and short story writer. The Mortal Storm
    The Mortal Storm
    The Mortal Storm is a drama film from MGM starring Margaret Sullavan and James Stewart, and directed by Frank Borzage.-Production background:...

    , Danger Signal
    Danger Signal
    Danger Signal is a 1945 film noir starring Faye Emerson and Zachary Scott. It was adapted from the novel of the same name by Phyllis Bottome.-Plot:...

  • Jane Bowdler
    Jane Bowdler
    Jane Bowdler was a poet and essayist-Family:Jane was the eldest daughter of Thomas Bowdler of Bath, Somerset and his wife Elizabeth Stuart Bowdler, née Cotton , a religious writer...

     (1743-1784), English poet and essayist
  • Elizabeth Bowen
    Elizabeth Bowen
    Elizabeth Dorothea Cole Bowen, CBE was an Irish novelist and short story writer.-Life:Elizabeth Bowen was born on 7 June 1899 at 15 Herbert Place in Dublin, Ireland and was baptized in the nearby St Stephen's Church on Upper Mount Street...

     (1899–1973), Anglo-Irish
    Anglo-Irish was a term used primarily in the 19th and early 20th centuries to identify a privileged social class in Ireland, whose members were the descendants and successors of the Protestant Ascendancy, mostly belonging to the Church of Ireland, which was the established church of Ireland until...

     novelist and short story writer. The Death of the Heart
    The Death of the Heart
    The Death of the Heart is a 1938 novel by Elizabeth Bowen set between the two world wars. It is about a sixteen year old orphan, Portia Quayne, who moves to London to live with her half-brother Thomas and falls in love with Eddie, a friend of her sister-in-law.-Plot summary:At the beginning of the...

    , The Heat of the Day
    The Heat of the Day
    The Heat of the Day is a novel written by Elizabeth Bowen, first published in 1948 in Great Britain, and in 1949 in the United States of America....

  • Jane Bowles
    Jane Bowles
    Jane Bowles, born Jane Sydney Auer , was an American writer and playwright.-Early life:Born into a Jewish family in New York, Jane Bowles spent her childhood in Woodmere, New York, on Long Island. She developed tuberculous arthritis of the knee as a teenager and her mother took her to Switzerland...

     (1917–1973), American writer and playwright. Two Serious Ladies
    Two Serious Ladies
    Two Serious Ladies is a 1943 novel by the American writer Jane Bowles....

  • Mary Bowes (1749–1800), English playwright and botanist. The Siege of Jerusalem
  • Kay Boyle
    Kay Boyle
    Kay Boyle was an American writer, educator, and political activist.- Early years :The granddaughter of a publisher, Kay Boyle was born in St. Paul, Minnesota, and grew up in several cities but principally in Cincinnati, Ohio...

     (1902–1992), American writer, educator and political activist.
  • Leigh Brackett
    Leigh Brackett
    Leigh Douglass Brackett was an American author, particularly of science fiction. She was also a screenwriter, known for her work on famous films such as The Big Sleep , Rio Bravo , The Long Goodbye and The Empire Strikes Back .-Life:Leigh Brackett was born and grew up in Los Angeles, California...

     (1915–1978), American science fiction author. The Starmen
    The Starmen
    The Starmen is a science fiction novel by author Leigh Brackett. It was published in 1952 by Gnome Press in an edition of 5,000 copies. It was also published by Ballantine Books in 1976 under the original magazine title of The Starmen of Llyrdis. Ace Books published an abridged edition under the...

    , People of the Talisman
    People of the Talisman
    People of the Talisman is a science fiction novel by Leigh Brackett set on the planet Mars, whose protagonist is Eric John Stark.-Plot introduction:...

  • Mary Elizabeth Braddon
    Mary Elizabeth Braddon
    Mary Elizabeth Braddon was a British Victorian era popular novelist. She is best known for her 1862 sensation novel Lady Audley's Secret.-Life:...

     (1837–1915), English novelist. Lady Audley's Secret
    Lady Audley's Secret
    Lady Audley's Secret is a sensation novel by Mary Elizabeth Braddon published in 1862. It was Braddon's most successful and well known novel. Critic John Sutherland described the work as "the most sensationally successful of all the sensation novels." The plot centers on "accidental bigamy" which...

  • Marion Zimmer Bradley
    Marion Zimmer Bradley
    Marion Eleanor Zimmer Bradley was an American author of fantasy novels such as The Mists of Avalon and the Darkover series. Many critics have noted a feminist perspective in her writing. Her first child, David R...

     (1930–1999), American fantasy and science fiction writer. The Door Through Space
    The Door Through Space
    The Door Through Space is a science fiction novel by Marion Zimmer Bradley. It is not part of her Darkover book series, but Darkover is mentioned in passing in the book; and many Darkover elements appear in the book...

    , The Firebrand
    The Firebrand
    The Firebrand is a 1986 fantasy novel by American author Marion Zimmer Bradley. Set in Ancient Greece and Troy, the novel features characters from Greek mythology, and particularly Homer's Iliad...

  • Anne Bradstreet
    Anne Bradstreet
    Anne Dudley Bradstreet was New England's first published poet. Her work met with a positive reception in both the Old World and the New World.-Biography:...

     (1612–1672), American poet and writer.
  • Shannon Bramer
    Shannon Bramer
    Shannon Bramer is a Canadian poet . Born in Hamilton, Ontario, she attended York University before publishing her first book, suitcases and other poems, which won the Hamilton and Region Arts Council Book Award. Over the next few years, she resided in Guelph, Ontario, where she helped found the...

     (born 1973), Canadian poet.
  • Hannah Brand
    Hannah Brand
    Hannah Brand , actress and playwright, was born in Norwich where she ran a "young Ladies Boarding School, No. 18, St. Giles's Broad-street" with her sister, Mary, until she turned to the stage...

     (1754–1821), English actress and playwright.
  • Giannina Braschi
    Giannina Braschi
    Giannina Braschi is a Puerto Rican writer. She is credited with writing the first Spanglish novel YO-YO BOING! and the poetry trilogy Empire of Dreams , which chronicles the Latin American immigrant's experiences in the United States...

    , author. "Empire of Dreams", "Yo-Yo Boing!"
  • Ann Brashares
    Ann Brashares
    Ann Brashares is an American writer of young adult fiction. She is best known as the author of The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants series of books....

    , author of The Sisterhood of the Travelling Pants series
  • Lily Braun
    Lily Braun
    Lily Braun , born Amalie von Kretschmann, was a German feminist writer.- Life account :She was the daughter of the Prussian general Hans von Kretschmann...

     (1865–1916), German feminist writer.
  • Libba Bray
    Libba Bray
    Libba Bray is an author of young adult novels, including the books A Great and Terrible Beauty, Rebel Angels, The Sweet Far Thing and Going Bovine....

     (born 1964), American author of young adult novels. The Sweet Far Thing
    The Sweet Far Thing
    The Sweet Far Thing is a novel by Libba Bray that was released on December 26, 2007. It is the sequel to the best-selling A Great and Terrible Beauty and Rebel Angels....

    , Going Bovine
    Going Bovine
    Going Bovine is a 2009 surreal dark comedy novel by Libba Bray. It follows the experiences of high school junior Cameron Smith as he suffers from transmissible spongiform encephalopathy.-Plot summary:...

  • Angela Brazil
    Angela Brazil
    Angela Brazil was one of the first British writers of "modern schoolgirls' stories", written from the characters' point of view and intended primarily as entertainment rather than moral instruction. In the first half of the twentieth century she published nearly 50 books of girls' fiction, the...

     (1868–1947), British writer.
  • Fredrika Bremer
    Fredrika Bremer
    Fredrika Bremer was a Swedish writer and a feminist activist. She had a large influence on the social development in Sweden, especially in feminist issues.-Background:...

     (1801–1865), Swedish writer and feminist activist.
  • Martha Wadsworth Brewster
    Martha Wadsworth Brewster
    Martha Wadsworth Brewster was an 18th-century American poet and writer. She is one of only four colonial women who published volumes of their verse before the American Revolution and was the first American-born woman to publish under her own name.-Early life:She was born on April 1, 1710 in...

     (1710–1757), American poet and writer.
  • Mary Chavelita Dunne Bright (1859–1945), "New Woman
    New Woman
    The New Woman was a feminist ideal that emerged in the late 19th century. The New Woman pushed the limits set by male-dominated society, especially as modeled in the plays of Norwegian Henrik Ibsen . "The New Woman sprang fully armed from Ibsen's brain," according to a joke by Max Beerbohm...

    " writer and feminist.
  • Vera Brittain
    Vera Brittain
    Vera Mary Brittain was a British writer, feminist and pacifist, best remembered as the author of the best-selling 1933 memoir Testament of Youth, recounting her experiences during World War I and the beginning of her journey towards pacifism.-Life:Born in Newcastle-under-Lyme, Brittain was the...

     (1893–1970), English writer, feminist and pacifist. Testament of Youth
    Testament of Youth
    Testament of Youth is the first installment, covering 1900–1925, in the memoir of Vera Brittain . It was published in 1933. Brittain's memoir continues with Testament of Experience, published in 1957, and encompassing the years 1925–1950...

  • Ivana Brlić-Mažuranić
    Ivana Brlic-Mažuranic
    Ivana Brlić-Mažuranić was a Croatian writer. Within her native land, as well as internationally, she has been praised as the best Croatian writer for children.-Life:She was born on April 18, 1874 in Ogulin into a well-known Croatian family of Mažuranić...

     (1874–1938), Croatian children's writer, nominated for the Nobel Prize in Literature four times. Croatian Tales of Long Ago
    Croatian Tales of Long Ago
    Croatian Tales of Long Ago , is a short story collection written by the acclaimed children's author Ivana Brlić-Mažuranić , originally published in 1916 in Zagreb by the Matica hrvatska publishing house...

    , The Marvelous Adventures and Misadventures of Hlapić the Apprentice
  • Anne Brontë
    Anne Brontë
    Anne Brontë was a British novelist and poet, the youngest member of the Brontë literary family.The daughter of a poor Irish clergyman in the Church of England, Anne Brontë lived most of her life with her family at the parish of Haworth on the Yorkshire moors. For a couple of years she went to a...

     (1820–1849), English novelist and poet. The Tenant of Wildfell Hall
    The Tenant of Wildfell Hall
    The Tenant of Wildfell Hall is the second and final novel by English author Anne Brontë, published in 1848 under the pseudonym Acton Bell...

    , Agnes Grey
    Agnes Grey
    Agnes Grey is the debut novel of English author Anne Brontë, first published in December 1847, and republished in a second edition in 1850. The novel follows Agnes Grey, a governess, as she works in several bourgeois families. Scholarship and comments by Anne's sister Charlotte Brontë suggest the...

  • Charlotte Brontë
    Charlotte Brontë
    Charlotte Brontë was an English novelist and poet, the eldest of the three Brontë sisters who survived into adulthood, whose novels are English literature standards...

     (1816–1855), English novelist and poet. Jane Eyre
    Jane Eyre
    Jane Eyre is a novel by English writer Charlotte Brontë. It was published in London, England, in 1847 by Smith, Elder & Co. with the title Jane Eyre. An Autobiography under the pen name "Currer Bell." The first American edition was released the following year by Harper & Brothers of New York...

    , Villette
    -Places:Villette or La Villette is the name or part of the name of several places in Europe:-France:*Villette, in the Meurthe-et-Moselle département*Villette, in the Yvelines département*Villette-d'Anthon, in the Isère département...

    , Shirley
    Shirley may refer to:*Shirley , either a given name or a surname-Places:United Kingdom*Shirley, Derbyshire, England*Shirley, Southampton, a district of Southampton, England...

  • Emily Brontë
    Emily Brontë
    Emily Jane Brontë 30 July 1818 – 19 December 1848) was an English novelist and poet, best remembered for her only novel, Wuthering Heights, now considered a classic of English literature. Emily was the third eldest of the four surviving Brontë siblings, between the youngest Anne and her brother...

     (1818–1848), English novelist and poet. Wuthering Heights
    Wuthering Heights
    Wuthering Heights is a novel by Emily Brontë published in 1847. It was her only novel and written between December 1845 and July 1846. It remained unpublished until July 1847 and was not printed until December after the success of her sister Charlotte Brontë's novel Jane Eyre...

  • Frances Brooke
    Frances Brooke
    Frances Moore Brooke was an English novelist, essayist, playwright and translator.-Biography:Brooke was born in, Claypole, Lincolnshire, the daughter of a clergyman. By the late 1740s, she had moved to London, where she embarked on her career as a poet and playwright...

     (1723–1789), English novelist, essayist, playwright and translator.
  • Anita Brookner
    Anita Brookner
    Anita Brookner CBE is an English language novelist and art historian who was born in Herne Hill, a suburb of London.-Early life and education:...

     (born 1928), English novelist and art historian. Hotel du Lac
    Hotel du Lac
    Hotel du Lac is a 1984 Booker Prize winning novel by English writer Anita Brookner.-Plot:Romantic novelist Edith Hope is staying in a hotel on the shores of Lake Geneva, where her friends have advised her to retreat following an unfortunate incident...

  • Geraldine Brooks (born 1955), Pulitzer Prize
    Pulitzer Prize for Fiction
    The Pulitzer Prize for Fiction has been awarded for distinguished fiction by an American author, preferably dealing with American life. It originated as the Pulitzer Prize for the Novel, which was awarded between 1918 and 1947.-1910s:...

     winning author of March
    March (novel)
    March is a novel by Geraldine Brooks. It is a parallel novel that retells Louisa May Alcott's novel Little Women from the point of view of Alcott's protagonists' absent father. Brooks has inserted the novel into the classic tale, revealing the events surrounding March's absence during the American...

  • Gwendolyn Brooks
    Gwendolyn Brooks
    Gwendolyn Elizabeth Brooks was an American poet. She was appointed Poet Laureate of Illinois in 1968 and Poet Laureate Consultant in Poetry to the Library of Congress in 1985.-Biography:...

     (1917–2000), American writer. Annie Allen
    Annie Allen
    Annie Allen is a book of poetry published by noted poet Gwendolyn Brooks which was published in 1949, and for which she received the Pulitzer Prize. This made her the first African American writer to ever receive a Pulitzer Prize....

    , We Real Cool
    We Real Cool
    "We Real Cool" is a poem written in 1959 by poet Gwendolyn Brooks and published in her 1960 book The Bean Eaters, her third collection of poetry....

  • Rhoda Broughton
    Rhoda Broughton
    Rhoda Broughton was a novelist.-Life:Rhoda Broughton was born in Denbigh in North Wales on 29 November 1840. She was the daughter of the Rev. Delves Broughton youngest son of the Rev. Sir Henry Delves-Broughton, 8th baronet. She developed a taste for literature, especially poetry, as a young girl...

     (1840–1920), English novelist.
  • Pat Brown (criminal profiler)
    Pat Brown (criminal profiler)
    -Biography:Brown was born in New Jersey and moved with her family to Virginia at age 9. She has lived in Maryland since 1982.-Education:In 1981, she graduated with a liberal arts degree from the University of the State of New York...

     (born 1955), True crime author, criminal profiler.
  • Rebecca Brown
    Rebecca Brown (author)
    Rebecca Brown is an American lesbian author whose work has contributed significantly to contemporary gay and lesbian literature.-Biography:Brown is from Seattle, was the first writer in residence at Richard Hugo House, co-founder of the Jack Straw Writers Program and now serves as the creative...

     (born 1956), American author.
  • Elizabeth Barrett Browning
    Elizabeth Barrett Browning
    Elizabeth Barrett Browning was one of the most prominent poets of the Victorian era. Her poetry was widely popular in both England and the United States during her lifetime. A collection of her last poems was published by her husband, Robert Browning, shortly after her death.-Early life:Members...

     (1806–1861), English poet. Aurora Leigh
    Aurora Leigh
    Aurora Leigh is an eponymous epic novel/poem by Elizabeth Barrett Browning. The poem is written in blank verse and encompasses nine books . It is a first person narration, from the point of view of Aurora; its other heroine, Marian Erle, is an abused self-taught child of itinerant parents...

  • Mary Brunton
    Mary Brunton
    Mary Brunton was a Scottish novelist.-Life:Mary was the daughter of Colonel Thomas Balfour of Elwick, a British Army officer and Frances Ligonier, daughter of Colonel Francis Ligonier and sister of the second earl of Ligonier. She was born on 1 November 1778 on Burray in the Orkney Islands...

     (1778-1818), Scottish novelist.
  • Maria Elizabeth Budden
    Maria Elizabeth Budden
    Maria Elizabeth Budden, was a novelist, translator and writer of didactic children's books, who frequently signed her work "M. E. B." or "a mother"....

     (c. 1780-1832), English novelist, translator, and children's writer.
  • Pearl S. Buck
    Pearl S. Buck
    Pearl Sydenstricker Buck also known by her Chinese name Sai Zhenzhu , was an American writer who spent most of her time until 1934 in China. Her novel The Good Earth was the best-selling fiction book in the U.S. in 1931 and 1932, and won the Pulitzer Prize in 1932...

     (1892–1973), Pulitzer Prize
    Pulitzer Prize
    The Pulitzer Prize is a U.S. award for achievements in newspaper and online journalism, literature and musical composition. It was established by American publisher Joseph Pulitzer and is administered by Columbia University in New York City...

     winning American author. The Good Earth
    The Good Earth
    The Good Earth is a novel by Pearl S. Buck published in 1931 and awarded the Pulitzer Prize for the Novel in 1932. The best selling novel in the United States in both 1931 and 1932, it was an influential factor in Buck winning the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1938...

  • Buffalo Bird Woman
    Buffalo Bird Woman
    Buffalo Bird Woman was a Mandan ]Hidatsa who experienced the traditional life of her people in what is now the Fort Berthold Reservation in North Dakota. Her Hidatsa name was Maxidiwiac. She learned and practiced traditional Hidatsa skills such as gardening, the preparation of food, weaving and...

     (1839–1932), Native American Hidatsa
    The Hidatsa are a Siouan people, a part of the Three Affiliated Tribes. The Hidatsa's autonym is Hiraacá. According to the tribal tradition, the word hiraacá derives from the word "willow"; however, the etymology is not transparent and the similarity to mirahací ‘willows’ inconclusive...

  • Frances Hodgson Burnett
    Frances Hodgson Burnett
    Frances Eliza Hodgson Burnett was an English playwright and author. She is best known for her children's stories, in particular The Secret Garden , A Little Princess, and Little Lord Fauntleroy.Born Frances Eliza Hodgson, she lived in Cheetham Hill, Manchester...

     (1849–1924), English playwright and children's writer. The Secret Garden
    The Secret Garden
    The Secret Garden is a novel by Frances Hodgson Burnett. It was initially published in serial format starting in the autumn of 1910, and was first published in its entirety in 1911. It is now one of Burnett's most popular novels, and is considered to be a classic of English children's...

  • Frances Burney (1752–1840), English novelist, diarist, letter-writer and playwright. Evelina
    Evelina or the History of a Young Lady's Entrance into the World is a novel written by English author Frances Burney and first published in 1778...

  • Frances Burney
    Frances Burney (1776–1828)
    Frances Burney was a playwright and governess.-Family and life:Frances Burney was the niece of the novelists Frances Burney and Sarah Burney, and the granddaughter of the musicologist Charles Burney...

     (1776–1828), English governess and author of closet drama.
  • Sarah Burney
    Sarah Burney
    Sarah Harriet Burney was an English novelist, the daughter of musicologist and composer Charles Burney, and half-sister of the novelist and diarist Frances Burney .- Life :Sarah Burney's mother, Elizabeth Allen, was the second wife of...

     (1772–1844), English novelist.
  • Olivia Ward Bush
    Olivia Ward Bush
    Olivia Ward Bush Banks was an American author, poet and journalist of African American and Montaukett Native American descent. Ward celebrated both of her heritages in her poetry and writing...

     (1869–1944), American author, poet and journalist.
  • Sharon Butala
    Sharon Butala
    Sharon Butala is a Canadian novelist who lives in Eastend, Saskatchewan.In 2001, she was made an Officer of the Order of Canada...

     (born 1940), Canadian novelist.
  • Octavia Butler (1947–2006), American science fiction writer. Patternist series
    Patternist series
    The Patternist series is a group of science fiction novels by Octavia E. Butler that detail a secret history continuing into from the Ancient Egyptian period to the far future that involves telepathic mind control and an extraterrestrial plague...

    , Lilith's Brood
  • Susan Bulkeley Butler
    Susan Bulkeley Butler
    Susan Bulkeley Butler is the founder and CEO of the Susan Bulkeley Butler Institute for the Development of Women Leaders in Tucson, Arizona, and the author of the book Become the CEO of You, Inc. ....

    , American motivational author.
  • Anna Bunina
    Anna Bunina
    Anna Petrovna Bunina was a Russian poet. She was the first major Russian woman writer, and the first Russian woman to make a living solely from literary work. She was an ancestor of Nobel Prize winner Ivan Bunin.-Biography:...

     (1774-1829), Russian poet.
  • Mary Butts
    Mary Butts
    Mary Frances Butts was a British modernist writer. Her work found recognition in important literary magazines such as The Bookman and The Little Review, as well as from some of her fellow modernists, T. S. Eliot, H.D. and Bryher...

     (1890–1937), British modernist
    Modernism, in its broadest definition, is modern thought, character, or practice. More specifically, the term describes the modernist movement, its set of cultural tendencies and array of associated cultural movements, originally arising from wide-scale and far-reaching changes to Western society...

  • A. S. Byatt
    A. S. Byatt
    Dame Antonia Susan Duffy, DBE is an English novelist, poet and Booker Prize winner...

     (born 1936), English novelist and poet. Possession: A Romance
    Possession: A Romance
    Possession: A Romance is a 1990 bestselling novel by British writer A. S. Byatt. It is a winner of the Man Booker Prize.Part historical as well as contemporary fiction, the title Possession refers to issues of ownership and independence between lovers, the practice of collecting historically...

    , Angels & Insects
    Angels & Insects
    Angels & Insects is a 1995 romance drama film directed by Philip Haas. It was written by Philip and Belinda Haas with A. S. Byatt after her novella Morpho Eugenia.-Plot:...


  • Meg Cabot
    Meg Cabot
    Meg Cabot is anAmerican author of romantic and paranormal fiction for teens and adults and used to write under several pen names, but now writes exclusively under her real name, Meg Cabot...

     (born 1967), American author. The Princess Diaries
    The Princess Diaries
    The Princess Diaries is a series of epistolary novels by Meg Cabot in the chick-lit and young-adult fiction genre, and the title of the first volume, published in 2000....

  • Caroline Caddy
    Caroline Caddy
    -Biography:Born in Western Australia of an Australian mother and an American father, Caroline Mavis Caddy spent part of her childhood in the United States of America and Japan. She returned to Western Australia where she finished high school, and later worked as a dental nurse with the Road Dental...

     (born 1944), Australian poet.
  • Florence Caddy
    Florence Caddy
    Florence Caddy was an English writer.She was born in Middlesex, England 1837, as Florence Tompson. She married John Turner Caddy in 1857 in London and had five children, John Francis in 1857, Florence in 1863, Arnold in 1866, Hermione Helena in 1869 and Adrian in 1879...

     (1837–1923), English writer.
  • Mona Caird
    Mona Caird
    Mona Caird was a Scottish novelist and essayist whose feminist views sparked controversy in the late 19th century...

     (1854?-1932), Scottish novelist and essayist.
  • Hortense Calisher
    Hortense Calisher
    Hortense Calisher was an American writer of fiction.-Personal life:Born in New York City, New York, and a graduate of Hunter College High School and Barnard College , Calisher was the daughter of a young German Jewish immigrant mother and a somewhat older Jewish father from Virginia whose family...

     (1911–2009), American writer.
  • Maria Callcott
    Maria Callcott
    Maria Graham , later Maria, Lady Callcott , was a British writer of travel books and children's books, and also an accomplished illustrator....

     (1785–1842), English author of children's books and travel writings.
  • Bebe Moore Campbell
    Bebe Moore Campbell
    Bebe Moore Campbell , was the author of three New York Times bestsellers, Brothers and Sisters, Singing in the Comeback Choir, and What You Owe Me, which was also a Los Angeles Times "Best Book of 2001"...

     (1950–2006), American novelist.
  • Marion May Campbell
    Marion May Campbell
    Marion May Campbell is a contemporary Australian novelist and academic.Born in Sydney, New South Wales, Campbell earned a BA in French Literature studying first at the University of New South Wales and completing her degree at the University of Western Australia...

     (born 1948), Australian novelist and academic.
  • Dorothy Canfield (1879–1958), American author. Understood Betsy
    Understood Betsy
    Understood Betsy is a 1916 novel for children by Dorothy Canfield Fisher.-Plot Summary:The story tells of Elizabeth Ann, a 9-year-old orphan who goes from a sheltered existence with her father's aunt Harriet and cousin Frances in the city, to living on a Vermont farm with her mother's family, the...

  • Minna Canth
    Minna Canth
    Minna Canth was a Finnish writer and social activist. Canth began to write while managing her family draper's shop and living as a widow raising seven children...

     (1844–1897), Finnish writer and social activist.
  • Lan Cao
    Lan Cao
    Lan Cao is the author of the 1997 novel Monkey Bridge and is a professor of law at the College of William and Mary.Cao was born in Vietnam and experienced the Vietnam War as a civilian. She moved to the United States when she was 13. Cao received her B.A. in political science from Mount Holyoke...

     (born 1961), Vietnamese American writer.
  • Jacqueline Carey
    Jacqueline Carey
    Jacqueline Carey is an author and novelist, primarily of fantasy fiction.-Life:She attended Lake Forest College, receiving B.A.'s in psychology and English literature. During college, she spent 6 months working in a bookstore in London as part of a work exchange program. While there, she decided...

     (born 1964), American fantasy novelist. Kushiel's Legacy
    Kushiel's Legacy
    Kushiel's Legacy is a series of fantasy novels by Jacqueline Carey, comprising the Phèdre Trilogy and the Imriel Trilogy...

  • Rosa Nouchette Carey
    Rosa Nouchette Carey
    Rosa Nouchette Carey was an English children's novelist.-Life:Born in Stratford-le-Bow, Rosa was the sixth of the seven children of William Henry Carey , shipbroker, and his wife, Maria Jane , daughter of Edward J. Wooddill. She was brought up in London at Tryons Road, Hackney, Middlesex and in...

     (1840-1909), English novelist and children's writer
  • Leonora Carrington
    Leonora Carrington
    Leonora Carrington OBE was a British-born Mexican artist, a surrealist painter and a novelist. She lived most of her life in Mexico City.-Early life:...

     (born 1917), British-born Mexican artist, surrealist painter and novelist.
  • Angela Carter
    Angela Carter
    Angela Carter was an English novelist and journalist, known for her feminist, magical realism, and picaresque works...

     (1940–1992), English novelist and journalist. Nights at the Circus
    Nights at the Circus
    Nights at the Circus is a novel by Angela Carter, first published in 1984 and that year's winner of the James Tait Black Memorial Prize for fiction. The novel focuses on the life and exploits of Fevvers, a woman who is – or so she would have people believe – a Cockney virgin, hatched from an egg...

    , The Bloody Chamber
    The Bloody Chamber
    The Bloody Chamber is a collection of short fiction by Angela Carter. It was first published in the United Kingdom in 1979 by Gollancz and won the Cheltenham Festival Literary Prize. All of the stories share a common theme of being closely based upon fairytales or folk tales...

  • Elizabeth Cary
    Elizabeth Tanfield Cary
    Elizabeth Cary, Lady Falkland , née Tanfield, was an English poet, translator, and dramatist. Precocious and studious, she was known from a young age for her learning and knowledge of languages.-Life:...

     (1585–1639), English playwright. The Tragedy of Mariam
    The Tragedy of Mariam
    The Tragedy of Mariam, the Fair Queen of Jewry is a Jacobean era closet drama written by Elizabeth Tanfield Cary, and first published in 1613. The play is the first work by a woman that was published under her own name. The play received only marginal attention until the 1970's, when feminist...

  • Kathryn Casey
    Kathryn Casey
    Kathryn Casey is a true crime writer, novelist and journalist. Author Ann Rule has called Casey "one of the best in the true crime genre."-Early life and education:Born in Wisconsin, Casey settled in Texas with her family in 1980...

    , American true crime author, novelist and journalist.
  • P.C. Cast (1960), American author. House of Night
  • Rosario Castellanos
    Rosario Castellanos
    Rosario Castellanos was a Mexican poet and author. Along with the other members of the Generation of 1950 , she was one of Mexico's most important literary voices in the last century...

     (1925–1974), Mexican poet and author.
  • Ana Castillo
    Ana Castillo
    Ana Castillo is a Mexican-American Chicana novelist, poet, short story writer, and essayist.- Life and career :Castillo was born and raised in an inner city barrio of Chicago, Illinois. After completing undergraduate studies, she immediately began teaching college courses...

    (born 1953), Mexican-American novelist, poet, short story writer and essayist.
  • Rosalía de Castro
    Rosalía de Castro
    María Rosalía Rita de Castro , was a Galician romanticist writer and poet.Writing in the Galician language, after the Séculos Escuros , she became an important figure of the Galician romantic movement, known today as the Rexurdimento , along with Manuel Curros Enríquez and Eduardo Pondal...

     (1837–1885), Galician
    Galician language
    Galician is a language of the Western Ibero-Romance branch, spoken in Galicia, an autonomous community located in northwestern Spain, where it is co-official with Castilian Spanish, as well as in border zones of the neighbouring territories of Asturias and Castile and León.Modern Galician and...

     writer and poet.
  • Willa Cather
    Willa Cather
    Willa Seibert Cather was an American author who achieved recognition for her novels of frontier life on the Great Plains, in works such as O Pioneers!, My Ántonia, and The Song of the Lark. In 1923 she was awarded the Pulitzer Prize for One of Ours , a novel set during World War I...

     (1873–1947), Pulitzer Prize
    Pulitzer Prize
    The Pulitzer Prize is a U.S. award for achievements in newspaper and online journalism, literature and musical composition. It was established by American publisher Joseph Pulitzer and is administered by Columbia University in New York City...

     winning American author. My Ántonia
    My Ántonia
    My Ántonia |accent]] on the first syllable of "Ántonia"), first published 1918, is considered one of the greatest novels by American writer Willa Cather...

    , O Pioneers!
    O Pioneers!
    O Pioneers! is a 1913 novel by American author Willa Cather. It was written in part when Cather was living in Cherry Valley, New York, with Isabelle McClung and was completed at the McClungs' home in Pittsburgh...

  • Jane Cavendish (1620/21–1669), English poet and playwright.
  • Margaret Cavendish
    Margaret Cavendish
    Margaret Cavendish, Duchess of Newcastle-upon-Tyne was an English aristocrat, a prolific writer, and a scientist. Born Margaret Lucas, she was the youngest sister of prominent royalists Sir John Lucas and Sir Charles Lucas...

     (1623–1673), English poet, philosopher, essayist, playwright, and writer of fiction. The Blazing World
    The Blazing World
    The Description of a New World, Called The Blazing-World, better known as The Blazing World, is a 1666 work of prose fiction by English writer Margaret Cavendish, the Duchess of Newcastle....

  • Susannah Centlivre (1667–1723), English playwright and poet.
  • Theresa Hak Kyung Cha
    Theresa Hak Kyung Cha
    Theresa Hak Kyung Cha was an Korean American novelist and artist most famous for her 1982 work, Dictee....

     (1951–1982), American novelist and artist. Dictee
    Dictee is the best known written work of the artist Theresa Hak Kyung Cha. The book focuses on several women, the Korean revolutionary Yu Guan Soon, Joan of Arc, Demeter and Persephone, Cha's mother Hyun Soon Huo, and Cha herself, who are linked by their struggles and the way that nations have...

  • Diana Chang
    Diana Chang
    Diana Chang is a Chinese American novelist and poet. She is best known for her novel The Frontiers of Love, one of the earliest novels by an Asian American woman...

     (born 1934), Chinese American novelist and poet.
  • Charlotte Charke
    Charlotte Charke
    Charlotte Charke was an English actress, playwright, novelist, autobiographer, and noted transvestite. She acted on the stage from the age of 17, mainly in breeches roles, and took to wearing male clothing off the stage...

     (1713–1760), English actress, playwright, novelist, and autobiographer.
  • Lidia Charskaya
    Lidia Charskaya
    Lidia Alekseyevna Charskaya , January 31, 1875 – March 18, 1938, was a Russian writer and actress. Charskaya was her pseudonym; her real last name was Churilova.-Biography:...

     (1875-1938), popular Russian novelist
  • Daína Chaviano
    Daína Chaviano
    Daina Chaviano is a Cuban writer.She is considered one of the three most important female fantasy and science fiction writers in the Spanish language, along with Angélica Gorodischer and Elia Barceló , forming the so-called “feminine trinity of science fiction in Latin America.”In Cuba, she...

     (born 1960) Cuban writer. The Island of Eternal Love
    The Island of Eternal Love
    The Island of Eternal Love is a novel by Cuban author Daína Chaviano.The plot is a family saga that takes place along two parallel lines: one during our time and another that begins in the 1850s....

  • Ying Chen (born 1961), Chinese Canadian author.
  • C. J. Cherryh
    C. J. Cherryh
    Carolyn Janice Cherry , better known by the pen name C. J. Cherryh, is a United States science fiction and fantasy author...

     (born 1942), American sci-fi and fantasy author. Downbelow Station
    Downbelow Station
    Downbelow Station is a science fiction novel written by C. J. Cherryh and published in 1981 by DAW Books. It won the Hugo Award in 1982, was shortlisted for a Locus Award that same year, and was named by Locus Magazine as one of the top 50 science fiction novels of all time in 1987.The book is set...

    , Cyteen
    Cyteen is a Hugo Award-winning science fiction novel by C. J. Cherryh set in her Alliance-Union universe. The murder of a major Union politician and scientist has deep, long-lasting repercussions....

  • Lydia Maria Child (1802–1880), American poet, novelist and journalist. Over the River and through the Woods
    Over the River and through the Woods
    "Over the River and through the Woods" is a Thanksgiving song by Lydia Maria Child. Written originally as a poem, it appeared in her Flowers for Children, Volume 2, in 1844. The title of the poem is, "A Boy's Thanksgiving Day". It celebrates her childhood memories of visiting her Grandfather's House...

  • Mei Chin
    Mei Chin
    Mei Chin is a fiction and food writer living in Dublin.Her short stories have appeared in Fiction and Bomb Magazine and are characterized by a combination of the fantastic and the mundane.She won the James Beard Foundation's M.F.K...

     (born 1977), American writer and food critic.
  • Paulina Chiziane
    Paulina Chiziane
    Paulina "Poulli" Chiziane is an author of novels and short stories in the Portuguese language. She studied at Eduardo Mondlane University, Maputo. She was born to a Protestant family that moved from Gaza to the capital Maputo during the writer's early childhood...

     (born 1955), Mozambique
    Mozambique, officially the Republic of Mozambique , is a country in southeastern Africa bordered by the Indian Ocean to the east, Tanzania to the north, Malawi and Zambia to the northwest, Zimbabwe to the west and Swaziland and South Africa to the southwest...

    an novelist and short story writer.
  • Joanna Chmielewska
    Joanna Chmielewska
    Joanna Chmielewska is the pen name of Irena Kühn , a Polish writer and screenplay author. Her work is often described as "ironic detective stories"...

     (born 1932) Polish writer.
  • Pema Chodron
    Pema Chödrön
    Pema Chödrön is a notable American figure in Tibetan Buddhism. A disciple of Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche, she is an ordained nun, author, and teacher in the Shambhala Buddhist lineage which Trungpa founded....

     (born 1936?), American Buddhist author.
  • Kate Chopin
    Kate Chopin
    Kate Chopin, born Katherine O'Flaherty , was an American author of short stories and novels. She is now considered by some to have been a forerunner of feminist authors of the 20th century....

     (1851–1904), American novelist and short story writer. The Awakening
    The Awakening (novel)
    The Awakening is a novel by Kate Chopin, first published in 1899 . Set in New Orleans and the Southern Louisiana coast at the end of the nineteenth century, the plot centers around Edna Pontellier and her struggle to reconcile her increasingly unorthodox views on femininity and motherhood with the...

  • Agatha Christie
    Agatha Christie
    Dame Agatha Christie DBE was a British crime writer of novels, short stories, and plays. She also wrote romances under the name Mary Westmacott, but she is best remembered for her 66 detective novels and 14 short story collections , and her successful West End plays.According to...

     (1890–1976), British crime writer. The Mousetrap
    The Mousetrap
    The Mousetrap is a murder mystery play by Agatha Christie. The Mousetrap opened in the West End of London in 1952, and has been running continuously since then. It has the longest initial run of any play in history, with over 24,500 performances so far. It is the longest running show of the modern...

    , The Seven Dials Mystery
    The Seven Dials Mystery
    The Seven Dials Mystery is a work of detective fiction by Agatha Christie and first published in the UK by William Collins & Sons on January 24, 1929 and in the US by Dodd, Mead and Company later in the same year...

  • Lady Mary Chudleigh
    Lady Mary Chudleigh
    Mary Chudleigh was part of an intellectual circle that included Mary Astell, Elizabeth Thomas, Judith Drake, Elizabeth Elstob, Lady Mary Wortley Montagu, and John Norris...

     (1656–1710), English poet, essayist and writer. The Ladies' Defence
    The Ladies' Defence
    The Ladies' Defence, Or, a Dialogue Between Sir John Brute, Sir William Loveall, Melissa, and a Parson, is an essay in verse published by Lady Mary Chudleigh in 1701. The piece was written in response to a wedding sermon, The Bride-Woman's Counselor, published by the minister John Sprint in 1700...

  • Lydia Chukovskaya
    Lydia Chukovskaya
    Lydia Korneievna Chukovskaya was a Soviet writer and poet. Her deeply personal writings reflect the human cost of Soviet totalitarianism, and she devoted much of her career to defending dissidents such as Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn and Andrei Sakharov...

     (1907–1996), Soviet/Russian writer. Sofia Petrovna
    Sofia Petrovna
    Sofia Petrovna is a novella by Russian author Lydia Chukovskaya, written in the late 1930s in the Soviet Union. It is notable as one of the few surviving accounts of the Great Purge actually written during the purge era.-Synopsis:...

  • Ismat Chughtai
    Ismat Chughtai
    Ismat Chughtai 1 was an eminent Urdu writer, known for her indomitable spirit and a fierce feminist ideology. She was considered the grand dame of Urdu fiction, as one of the four pillars of modern Urdu short story, the other three being Saadat Hasan Manto, Krishan Chander, and Rajinder Singh Bedi...

     (1915–1991), India
    India , officially the Republic of India , is a country in South Asia. It is the seventh-largest country by geographical area, the second-most populous country with over 1.2 billion people, and the most populous democracy in the world...

    n Urdu
    Urdu is a register of the Hindustani language that is identified with Muslims in South Asia. It belongs to the Indo-European family. Urdu is the national language and lingua franca of Pakistan. It is also widely spoken in some regions of India, where it is one of the 22 scheduled languages and an...

  • Caryl Churchill
    Caryl Churchill
    Caryl Churchill is an English dramatist known for her use of non-naturalistic techniques and feminist themes, the abuses of power, and sexual politics. She is acknowledged as a major playwright in the English language and a leading female writer...

     (born 1938), English playwright. A Mouthful of Birds
    A Mouthful of Birds
    A Mouthful of Birds is a 1986 play with dance by Caryl Churchill and David Lan, with choreography by Ian Spink. Drawing its themes from The Bacchae of Euripides, it is a meditation on possession, madness and female violence.-Synopsis:...

  • Sandra Cisneros
    Sandra Cisneros
    Sandra Cisneros is an American writer best known for her acclaimed first novel The House on Mango Street and her subsequent short story collection Woman Hollering Creek and Other Stories...

     (born 1954), American novelist and short story writer. The House on Mango Street
    The House on Mango Street
    The House on Mango Street is a coming-of-age novel by Mexican-American writer Sandra Cisneros, published in 1984. It deals with a young Latina girl, Esperanza Cordero, growing up in Chicago with Chicanos and Puerto Ricans. Esperanza is determined to "say goodbye" to her impoverished Latino...

    , Woman Hollering Creek and Other Stories
    Woman Hollering Creek and Other Stories
    Woman Hollering Creek and Other Stories is a book of short stories published in 1991 by San Antonio-based Mexican-American writer Sandra Cisneros...

  • Mary Higgins Clark
    Mary Higgins Clark
    Mary Theresa Eleanor Higgins Clark Conheeney , known professionally as Mary Higgins Clark, is an American author of suspense novels...

     (born 1927), American suspense novelist. A Stranger is Watching
    A Stranger Is Watching
    A Stranger Is Watching is a suspense novel by Mary Higgins Clark.-Plot summary:The main characters in the novel are Steve Peterson...

    , A Cry in the Night
  • Beverly Cleary
    Beverly Cleary
    Beverly Cleary is an American author. Educated at colleges in California and Washington, she worked as a librarian before writing children's books. Cleary has written more than 30 books for young adults and children. Some of her best-known characters are Henry Huggins, Ribsy, Beatrice Quimby, her...

     (born 1916), American author. The Mouse and the Motorcycle
    The Mouse and the Motorcycle
    The Mouse and the Motorcycle is a children's novel written by Beverly Cleary and published in 1965.- Plot summary :Ralph is a mouse who lives in the run-down Mountain View Inn, a battered resort hotel in the Sierra Nevada of California. Ralph longs for a life of danger and speed, wishing to get...

  • Kate McPhelim Cleary
    Kate McPhelim Cleary
    Kate McPhelim Cleary was a noted 19th century American author.- Biography :Kate McPhelim was born in Richibucto, New Brunswick, Canada, the daughter of Irish immigrants James McPhelim and Margaret Kelly. Kate’s father died when she was two years old, leaving her mother Margaret Kelly McPhelim to...

     (1863–1905), Feminist author.
  • Antoinette Henriette Clémence Robert
    Antoinette Henriette Clémence Robert
    -External links:...

     (1797-1872), French novelist, playwright, et al.
  • Michelle Cliff
    Michelle Cliff
    Michelle Cliff is a Jamaican-American author whose notable works include No Telephone to Heaven, Abeng and Free Enterprise.Cliff also has written short stories, prose poems and works of literary criticism...

     (born 1946), Jamaica
    Jamaica is an island nation of the Greater Antilles, in length, up to in width and 10,990 square kilometres in area. It is situated in the Caribbean Sea, about south of Cuba, and west of Hispaniola, the island harbouring the nation-states Haiti and the Dominican Republic...

    United States
    The United States of America is a federal constitutional republic comprising fifty states and a federal district...

     author. No Telephone to Heaven
    No Telephone to Heaven
    No Telephone to Heaven, the sequel to Abeng, is the second novel published by Jamaican-American author Michelle Cliff. The novel continues the story of Clare Savage, Cliff’s semi-autobiographical character from Abeng, through a set of flashbacks that recount Clare’s adolescence and young adulthood...

  • Lucille Clifton
    Lucille Clifton
    Lucille Clifton was an American writer and educator from Buffalo, New York. From 1979–1985 she was Poet Laureate of Maryland...

     (1936–2010), American poet, writer and educator.
  • Catherine Clive (1711–1785), English actress and dramatist.
  • Wendy Coakley-Thompson
    Wendy Coakley-Thompson
    Wendy Coakley-Thompson , is a mainstream fiction author. Coakley-Thompson's work is part of emerging millennial contemporary African American literature...

     (born 1966), American novelist. What You Won't Do for Love
  • Wanda Coleman
    Wanda Coleman
    Wanda Coleman is an American poet. She is known as "the L.A. Blueswoman," and "the unofficial poet laureate of Los Angeles."-Biography:...

     (born 1946), American Poet.
  • Mary Elizabeth Coleridge
    Mary Elizabeth Coleridge
    Mary Elizabeth Coleridge was a British novelist and poet, who also wrote essays and reviews. She taught at the London Working Women's College for twelve years from 1895 to 1907...

     (1861–1907), English novelist and poet.
  • Colette
    Colette was the surname of the French novelist and performer Sidonie-Gabrielle Colette . She is best known for her novel Gigi, upon which Lerner and Loewe based the stage and film musical comedies of the same title.-Early life and marriage:Colette was born to retired military officer Jules-Joseph...

     (1873–1954), French novelist. Gigi
    Gigi is a 1944 novella by French writer Colette. The plot focuses on a young Parisian girl being groomed for a career as a courtesan and her relationship with the wealthy cultured man named Gaston who falls in love with her and eventually marries her....

  • Mary Colum
    Mary Colum
    Mary Colum was an Irish literary critic and author.Mary Gunning Maguire was born in Collooney, County Sligo, daughter of Charles Maguire, Constable and Catherine Gunning who died in 1895 to be reared by her grandmother Catherine in Ballisodare, Co. Sligo. She attended boarding school in St...

     (1884–1957), Irish literary critic and author.
  • Anne Compton
    Anne Compton
    -Biography:Compton was born and raised in the farming community of Bangor, Prince Edward Island. She received her Bachelor of Arts from the University of Prince Edward Island, her Masters from York University and finally her PhD from the University of New Brunswick. Dr...

     (born 1947), Canadian poet, critic, and anthologist.
  • Marvel Cooke
    Marvel Cooke
    Marvel Cooke was an American journalist, writer, and civil rights activist. She was the first African American woman to work at a mainstream white-owned newspaper....

     (1903–2000), American journalist and writer.
  • Eliza Cook
    Eliza Cook
    Eliza Cook was an English author, Chartist poet and writer born in London Road, Southwark.- Background :...

     (1818–1889), English poet.
  • Elizabeth Cook-Lynn
    Elizabeth Cook-Lynn
    Elizabeth Cook-Lynn is a Crow Creek Lakota Sioux editor, essayist, poet, novelist, and academic, whose trenchant views on Native American politics, particularly tribal sovereignty, have caused controversy....

    (born 1930), Crow Creek
    Crow Creek Reservation
    The Crow Creek Indian Reservation is located in parts of Buffalo, Hughes, and Hyde counties on the east bank of the Missouri River in central South Dakota in the United States. It has a land area of 421.658 sq mi and a 2000 census population of 2,225 persons...

     Lakota Sioux
    The Sioux are Native American and First Nations people in North America. The term can refer to any ethnic group within the Great Sioux Nation or any of the nation's many language dialects...

     editor, essayist, poet, novelist, and academic. Wíčazo Ša Review
    Wicazo sa review
    The Wíčazo Ša Review is a bi-annual interdisciplinary journal of Native American Studies. Dedicated to the mission of assisting Indigenous peoples across the Americas, the Wíčazo Ša Review compiles inquiries into the Indigenous past and its integral relationship to the present...

  • Esther Copley
    Esther Copley
    Esther Copley was an English religious tractarian and children's writer.-Life:...

     (1786-1851), English religious and children's writer.
  • Cornificia
    Cornificia was a Roman poet and writer of epigrams of the 1st century BC.-Life:Cornificia belongs to the last generation of the Roman Republic....

     (c. 85 BC – c. 40 BC), Roman poet and writer of epigrams.
  • Caroline Cornwallis
    Caroline Cornwallis
    Caroline Frances Cornwallis was an English feminist writer. Her father, William Cornwallis, belonged to the junior branch of the better known military and naval family. The daughter of a Kent rector who had been an Oxford fellow, Caroline read voraciously on both religious and secular matters...

  • Patricia Cornwell
    Patricia Cornwell
    Patricia Cornwell is a contemporary American crime writer. She is widely known for writing a popular series of novels featuring the heroine Dr. Kay Scarpetta, a medical examiner.-Early life:...

     (born 1956), American crime writer. Body of Evidence
    Body of Evidence (novel)
    Body of Evidence is a crime fiction novel by Patricia Cornwell. It is the second book in the Dr. Kay Scarpetta series.-Plot summary:Kay Scarpetta, chief medical examiner of Virginia, gets involved in the case of a brutal stabbing death in Richmond of romance writer Beryl Madison...

    , Cruel and Unusual
    Cruel and Unusual (novel)
    Cruel and Unusual is a crime fiction novel by Patricia Cornwell. It is the fourth book in the Dr. Kay Scarpetta series.-Plot summary:Virginia Chief Medical Examiner Kay Scarpetta is called in to autopsy the body of convicted murderer Ronnie Waddell after his execution...

  • Anita Cornwell
    Anita Cornwell
    Anita Cornwell is an American author.In 1983 she wrote the first collection of essays by an African American lesbian, Black Lesbian in White America.-Biography:...

     (born 1923), American author.
  • Jayne Cortez
    Jayne Cortez
    Jayne Cortez is an American poet, and performance artist.-Biography:She grew up in California. She is the author of ten books of poems and performer of her poetry with music on nine recordings. Her voice is celebrated for its political, surrealistic, dynamic innovations in lyricism, and visceral...

     (born 1936), American poet and performance artist.
  • Arlette Cousture
    Arlette Cousture
    Arlette Cousture, is a Canadian writer.Cousture was born in Saint-Lambert, Quebec.In 1998, she was made an Officer of the Order of Canada.-External links:* at The Canadian Encyclopedia...

     (born 1948), Canadian writer.
  • Margaret Craven (1901–1980), I Heard the Owl Call My Name
    I Heard the Owl Call My Name
    I Heard the Owl Call My Name is a best-selling 1960s book by Margaret Craven. The book tells the story of a young Anglican vicar named Mark Brian who has not long to live, and who learns about the meaning of life when he is sent to a First Nations parish in British Columbia.-Publication:First...

  • Hélisenne de Crenne
    Hélisenne de Crenne
    Hélisenne de Crenne was the pseudonym of Marguerite Briet , a French novelist, epistolary writer and translator during the Renaissance.-Life:...

     (1510–1552), French novelist, epistolary writer and translator.
  • M. T. C. Cronin
    M. T. C. Cronin
    M. T. C. Cronin is a contemporary Australian poet, lawyer and academic.Cronin Lives in Conondale, Queensland, Australia on an organic farm specializing in fresh Spanish produce...

     (born 1963), Australian writer.
  • Elsa Cross
    Elsa Cross
    Elsa Cross, , is a contemporary Spanish-language Mexican writer perhaps best known for her poetry. She has also published translations, philosophical essays and is known as an authority on Indian philosophy....

     (born 1946), Mexican poet and essayist.
  • Catherine Crowe
    Catherine Crowe
    Catherine Ann Crowe, née Stevens, , was an English novelist, story writer and playwright.-Life:...

     (1800–1876), English dramatist, novelist, and author of children's books.
  • Sor Juana Inés de la Cruz (1651–1695), Mexican poet and playwright.
  • Maria Susanna Cummins
    Maria Susanna Cummins
    -Biography:Maria Susanna Cummins was born in Salem, Massachusetts, on April 9, 1827. She was the daughter of Honorable David Cummins and Maria F. Kittredge, and was the eldest of four children from that marriage. The Cummins family resided in the neighborhood of Dorchester in Boston, Massachusetts....

     (1827–1866), American novelist. The Lamplighter
    The Lamplighter
    The Lamplighter is a sentimental novel written by Maria Susanna Cummins published on March 1, 1854. The Lamplighter was Cummins's first novel and was an immediate best-seller, selling 20,000 copies in twenty days. The work sold 40,000 in eight weeks, and within five months it had sold 65,000...

  • Isabella Valancy Crawford
    Isabella Valancy Crawford
    Isabella Valancy Crawford was an Irish-born Canadian writer and poet. She was one of the first Canadians to make a living as a freelance writer....

     (1850–1887), Canadian poet.
  • Dymphna Cusack
    Dymphna Cusack
    Dymphna Cusack AM was an Australian author.Born in West Wyalong, New South Wales, Dymphna Cusack was educated at St Ursula's College, and graduated from Sydney University with an honours degree in Arts and a diploma in Education...

     (1902—1981), Australian author. Come In Spinner
    Come In Spinner
    Come In Spinner is an Australian novel by Dymphna Cusack and Florence James, originally published in 1951, and set in Sydney, Australia at the end of the second World War.The title refers to a phrase used in the Australian gambling game of two-up....

  • Julie E. Czerneda
    Julie E. Czerneda
    Julie E. Czerneda is a Canadian science fiction and fantasy author. She has written at least 9 SF novels, including the Prix Aurora winner In the Company of Others, a number of short stories; and has edited several anthologies....

     (born 1955), Canadian sci-fi and fantasy author.
  • Mary Crow Dog
    Mary Crow Dog
    Mary Brave Bird, also known as Mary Brave Woman Olguin and Mary Crow Dog is a Brulé Lakota writer and activist who was a member of the American Indian Movement during the 1970s and participated in some of their most publicized events, including the Wounded Knee Incident when she was 20 years...

     (born 1953), Native American writer and activist. Lakota Woman
    Lakota Woman
    Lakota Woman is a memoir by Mary Brave Bird, formerly Mary Crow Dog, a Sicangu Lakota. Reared on the Rosebud Indian Reservation in South Dakota, she describes her childhood and young adulthood, which included many historical events associated with the American Indian Movement.Lakota Woman describes...


  • H.D. (Hilda Doolittle)
    H.D. was an American poet, novelist and memoirist known for her association with the early 20th century avant-garde Imagist group of poets such as Ezra Pound and Richard Aldington...

     (1886–1961), American poet, novelist and memoirist
  • Jordan Dane
    Jordan Dane
    Jordan Dane is a romantic thriller Young-adult fiction novelist. She sold her first three-book series in auction to Avon/HarperCollins in June 2006 and another three-book thriller series in May 2007...

     (born 1953), American thriller writer
  • Edwidge Danticat (born 1969), Haitian-American novelist. Breath, Eyes, Memory
    Breath, Eyes, Memory
    Breath, Eyes, Memory is Edwidge Danticat's acclaimed 1994 novel, and was chosen as an Oprah Book Club Selection in May 1998.-Plot introduction:...

  • Cecilia Dart-Thornton
    Cecilia Dart-Thornton
    Cecilia Dart-Thornton is an Australian author of fantasy novels, most notably the Bitterbynde Trilogy.-Biography:Cecilia Dart-Thornton was born and raised in Melbourne, Australia, graduating from Monash University with a Bachelor of Arts degree in sociology. She became a schoolteacher before...

     (born tktk), Australian fantasy novelist and short story writer. Bitterbynde
    The Bitterbynde is a fantasy trilogy by Australian writer Cecilia Dart-Thornton. It comprises The Ill-Made Mute, The Lady of the Sorrows, and The Battle of Evernight....

  • Amma Darko
    Amma Darko
    Amma Darko is an African novelist.She was born in Koforidua, Ghana, and grew up in Accra. She studied in Kumasi, where she received her diploma in 1980. Then she worked for the Science and Technology Center in Kumasi. During the eighties, she lived and worked for some time in Germany. She has...

     (born 1956), Ghanaian novelist.
  • Marie Darrieussecq
    Marie Darrieussecq
    Marie Darrieussecq is a French Basque writer.-Biography:Marie Darrieussecq was born on January 3, 1969...

     (born 1969), French-Basque novelist.
  • Helen Darville
    Helen Darville
    Helen Dale , also known as Helen Darville and Helen Demidenko, is an Australian writer and lawyer.While studying English literature at the University of Queensland in Brisbane, she wrote The Hand that Signed the Paper, a novel about a Ukrainian family who become both bystanders and perpetrators...

     (Helen Dale, Helen Demidenko) (born 1972), Australian journalist and novelist.
  • Kamala Das
    Kamala Das
    Kamala Suraiyya was a major Indian English poet and literateur and at the same time a leading Malayalam author from Kerala state, South India...

     (born 1932), poet and short story writer.
  • Madame d'Aulnoy
    Madame d'Aulnoy
    Marie-Catherine Le Jumel de Barneville, Baroness d'Aulnoy , also known as Countess d'Aulnoy, was a French writer known for her fairy tales...

     (1650/51/54-1705), French fairy tale writer.
  • Marcia Davenport
    Marcia Davenport
    Marcia Davenport was an American author and music critic. She was born Marcia Glick in New York City on June 9, 1903, the daughter of Bernard Glick and the opera singer Alma Gluck, and she became the stepdaughter of violinist Efrem Zimbalist when Alma Gluck remarried.Davenport traveled extensively...

     (1903–1996), American novelist, biographer and memoirist. The Valley of Decision
    The Valley of Decision (novel)
    The Valley of Decision is an historical novel by the American writer Marcia Davenport . It was a national bestseller in the 1940s and adapted into a film, The Valley of Decision, in 1945....

    , My Brother's Keeper
    My Brother's Keeper (novel)
    My Brother's Keeper is a novel by Marcia Davenport based on the true story of the Collyer brothers. Published in 1954 by Charles Scribner, it was a Book-of-the-Month Club selection and was later reprinted as a 1956 Cardinal paperback with a cover painting by Tom Dunn.Inspired by the 1947 New York...

  • Henriette Davidis
    Henriette Davidis
    Henriette Davidis is the most famous classic cookbook author in Germany, and the German cuisine culture is decisively marked by her contributions. Additionally, in her work Die Hausfrau she also discussed other areas of household management, from bookkeeping to animal husbandry...

     (1801–1876), German cookbook writer.
  • Angela Davis
    Angela Davis
    Angela Davis is an American political activist, scholar, and author. Davis was most politically active during the late 1960s through the 1970s and was associated with the Communist Party USA, the Civil Rights Movement and the Black Panther Party...

     (born 1944), American philosopher and political activist.
  • Dorothy Salisbury Davis
    Dorothy Salisbury Davis
    Dorothy Salisbury Davis is an American crime fiction writer.She was an adopted child, raised in Illinois. She worked in Chicago in advertising as a research librarian and as an editor of The Merchandiser, prior to taking up fiction writing.She was married to Harry Davis, the character actor,from...

     (born 1916), American mystery novelist.
  • Rebecca Harding Davis
    Rebecca Harding Davis
    Rebecca Blaine Harding Davis was an American author and journalist. She is deemed a pioneer of literary realism in American literature. She graduated valedictorian from Washington Female Seminary in Pennsylvania...

     (1831–1910), American journalist and novelist. Life in the Iron Mills
    Life in the Iron Mills
    Life in the Iron Mills; or, the Korl Woman is a short story written by Rebecca Harding Davis in 1861, set in the factory world of the nineteenth century. It is one of the earliest American realist works, and is an important text for those who study labor and women's issues...

  • Mary Davys
    Mary Davys
    -Life account:Born in Ireland, she married Peter Davys, master of the free school of St Patrick's, Dublin, and had two daughters both of whom seem to have died in infancy...

     (1674–1732), Irish novelist and playwright.
  • Laura Day
    Laura Day
    Laura Day, is the author of several self-help books, focusing on intuition. She also gives financial advise as an "intuitionist". She resides in New York City.-Career:...

     (born 1959), American writer of self-help books.
  • Maria Dąbrowska
    Maria Dabrowska
    Maria Dąbrowska was a Polish writer.Dąbrowska was a member of the impoverished landed gentry. Interested both in literature and politics, she set herself up to help people born into poor circumstances. She studied sociology, philosophy, and natural sciences in Lausanne and Brussels and moved to...

     (1889–1965) Polish writer
  • Shobha De
    Shobha De
    Shobha Rajadhyaksha known as Shobhaa Dé , Previously Shobha Kilachand is an Indian columnist and novelist.-Early life:...

     (born 1947), Indian journalist and novelist. Starry Nights
    Starry Nights
    Starry Nights was Shobha De's second novel. It is said that the novels' characters, Aasha Rani and her lover Akshay, were based on the real life love-affairs of Amitabh Bachchan with Rekha Ganesan and Dharmendra Singh Deol with Hema Malini...

  • Aurora de Albornoz
    Aurora de Albornoz
    Aurora de Albornoz was born in Luarca, Asturias, Spain. As a youth, she lived in Luarca with her parents, sister, and extended family, throughout the Spanish Civil War from 1936 to 1939— an event that inspired her later poetry.- Early life :Her family was a noted family of poets and...

     (1926–1990), Spanish poet.
  • Pamela Dean
    Pamela Dean
    Pamela Dean Dyer-Bennet is an American fantasy author whose most notable book is Tam Lin, based on the Child Ballad of the same name, in which the Scottish fairy story is set on a midwestern college campus loosely based on her alma mater, Carleton College in Minnesota.She was a member of the...

     (born 1953), American novelist. Tam Lin
    Tam Lin (novel)
    Tam Lin is a 1991 contemporary fantasy novel by United States author Pamela Dean, who based it on the traditional Scottish border ballad "Tam Lin".-Plot introduction:The protagonist of Tam Lin is Janet Carter...

  • Kathryn Deans
    Kathryn Deans
    Kathryn Deans is an Australian children's fantasy author. She was raised in the Dandenong Ranges near Melbourne in Australia.-Works:* All The Flowers Of Babylon, in issue 25/26 of the Speculative Fiction magazine Aurealis...

     (born tktk), Australian children's writer.
  • Françoise d'Eaubonne
    Françoise d'Eaubonne
    Françoise d'Eaubonne was a French feminist, who introduced the term ecofeminism in 1974....

     (1920–2005), French feminist essayist and science fiction novelist. ecofeminism
    Ecofeminism is a social and political movement which points to the existence of considerable common ground between environmentalism and feminism, with some currents linking deep ecology and feminism...

  • E. M. Delafield
    E. M. Delafield
    Edmée Elizabeth Monica Dashwood, née de la Pasture , commonly known as E. M. Delafield, was a prolific English author. She is best-known for her largely autobiographical Diary of a Provincial Lady, which took the form of a journal of the life of an upper-middle class Englishwoman living mostly in a...

     (1890–1943), English novelist and memoirist.
  • Lucy Delaney
    Lucy Delaney
    Lucy Ann Delaney, born Lucy Berry , was an African-American author, former slave, and activist, notable for her 1891 narrative From the Darkness Cometh the Light, or, Struggles for Freedom...

     (c. 1830-c. 1890), American memoirist.
  • Ella Cara Deloria
    Ella Cara Deloria
    Ella Cara Deloria , also called Ąnpétu Wašté Wįn , was an educator, anthropologist, ethnographer, linguist, and novelist of Yankton Sioux background...

     (1888–1971), American ethnographer, Sioux oral historian and novelist.
  • Enid Derham
    Enid Derham
    Enid Derham was an Australian poet and academic.-Life:Derham was born in Hawthorn, Melbourne, Victoria, the eldest daughter of Thomas Plumley Derham, solicitor, and his wife Ellen Hyde, née Hodgson, of Melbourne. Derham was educated at Hessle College, Camberwell, then at Presbyterian Ladies'...

     (1882–1941), Australian poet.
  • Anita Desai
    Anita Desai
    Anita Mazumdar Desai is an Indian novelist and Emeritus John E. Burchard Professor of Humanities at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology...

     (born 1937), Indian novelist. In Custody
  • Kiran Desai
    Kiran Desai
    Kiran Desai is an Indian author who is a citizen of India and a permanent resident of the United States. Her novel The Inheritance of Loss won the 2006 Man Booker Prize and the National Book Critics Circle Fiction Award...

     (botn 1971), Indian novelist. The Inheritance of Loss
    The Inheritance of Loss
    The Inheritance of Loss is the second novel by Indian author Kiran Desai. It was first published in 2006. It won a number of awards, including the Man Booker Prize for that year, the National Book Critics Circle Fiction Award in 2007, and the 2006 Vodafone Crossword Book Award.It was written over a...

  • Marceline Desbordes-Valmore
    Marceline Desbordes-Valmore
    Marceline Desbordes-Valmore was a French poet.She was born in Douai. Following the French Revolution, her family emigrated to Guadeloupe. In 1817 she married her second husband, the actor Prosper Lanchantin-Valmore....

     (1786–1859), French poet.
  • Antoinette du Ligier de la Garde Deshoulières
    Antoinette du Ligier de la Garde Deshoulières
    Antoinette Du Ligier de la Garde Deshoulières was a French poet born in Paris. She was the daughter of Melchior du Ligier, sieur de la Garde, maitre d'hôtel to the queens Marie de Medici and Anne of Austria....

     (1638–1694), French poet.
  • Mahasweta Devi
    Mahasweta Devi
    Mahasweta Devi is an Indian social activist and writer.- Biography :Mahasweta Devi was born in 1926 in Dhaka, to literary parents in a Hindu Brahmin family. Her father Manish Ghatak was a well known poet and novelist of the Kallol era, who used the pseudonym Jubanashwa...

     (born 1926), Bengali-Indian journalist and novelist.
  • Ashapoorna Devi
    Ashapoorna Devi
    Ashapoorna Devi , also Ashapurna Debi or Asha Purna Devi, is a prominent Bengali novelist and poet. She was born in 8 January 1909. She has been widely honoured with a number of prizes and awards...

     (1909–1995), Bengali novelist and poet.
  • Caroline Dexter
    Caroline Dexter
    Caroline Dexter was an English-Australian writer and feminist.Dexter was born Nottingham, England; she was educated privately in England and Paris. In 1843 she married the painter, William Dexter, be migrated to Australia aboard the Bank of England arriving in Sydney in 1852, and she arrived in...

     (1819–1884), English-Australian feminist journalist.
  • Kate DiCamillo
    Kate DiCamillo
    Katrina Elizabeth "Kate" DiCamillo is an American children's author. She is known for the Newbery Medal-winning book The Tale of Despereaux, the Newbery Honor book Because of Winn-Dixie, and the Mercy Watson series, plus numerous other award-winning and honored books.-Early life:Born in...

     (1964- ), American children's author.
  • Emily Dickinson
    Emily Dickinson
    Emily Elizabeth Dickinson was an American poet. Born in Amherst, Massachusetts, to a successful family with strong community ties, she lived a mostly introverted and reclusive life...

     (1830–1886), American poet.
  • Joan Didion
    Joan Didion
    Joan Didion is an American author best known for her novels and her literary journalism. Her novels and essays explore the disintegration of American morals and cultural chaos, where the overriding theme is individual and social fragmentation...

    (born 1934), American journalist, essayist and novelist.
  • Annie Dillard
    Annie Dillard
    Annie Dillard is an American author, best known for her narrative prose in both fiction and non-fiction. She has published works of poetry, essays, prose, and literary criticism, as well as two novels and one memoir. Her 1974 work Pilgrim at Tinker Creek won the 1974 Pulitzer Prize for General...

     (born 1945), American nonfiction writer, poet, essayist and novelist. Pilgrim at Tinker Creek
    Pilgrim at Tinker Creek
    Pilgrim at Tinker Creek is a 1974 nonfiction narrative book by American author Annie Dillard. It won the Pulitzer Prize in 1975, and has continued to receive acclaim from both critics and writers. In 1999 it was listed in Modern Library' 100 Best Nonfiction Books.The book is about Dillard's...

  • Isak Dinesen (1885–1962), Danish novelist. Out of Africa
    Out of Africa
    Out of Africa is a 1985 romantic drama film directed and produced by Sydney Pollack, and starring Robert Redford and Meryl Streep. The film is based loosely on the autobiographical book Out of Africa written by Isak Dinesen , which was published in 1937, with additional material from Dinesen's book...

  • Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni
    Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni
    Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni is an Indian-American author, poet, and the Betty and Gene McDavid Professor of Writing at the University of Houston Creative Writing Program....

     (born 1956). Indian-American poet, novelist and short story writer. The Mistress of Spices
  • Lady Florence Dixie
    Lady Florence Dixie
    Lady Florence Caroline Dixie , before her marriage Lady Florence Douglas, was a British traveller, war correspondent, writer and feminist.-Early life:...

     (1855–1905), Scottish feminist travel writer, war correspondent and novelist.
  • Assia Djebar
    Assia Djebar
    Assia Djebar is the pen-name of Fatima-Zohra Imalayen , an Algerian novelist, translator and filmmaker. Most of her works deal with obstacles faced by women, and she is noted for her feminist stance. Djebar is considered to be one of North Africa's pre-eminent and most influential writers...

     (born 1936), Algerian novelist, translator and filmmaker.
  • Valentina Dmitryeva
    Valentina Dmitryeva
    Valentina Iovovna Dmitryeva was a Russian/Soviet writer, teacher, medical doctor and revolutionary.-Early life:...

     (1859-1947), Russian/Soviet writer. Hveska, the Doctor's Watchman
  • Rosemary Dobson
    Rosemary Dobson
    Rosemary de Brissac Dobson AO is an award winning Australian poet, who is also significant as an illustrator, editor and anthologist...

     (born 1920), Australian poet.
  • Mary Mapes Dodge
    Mary Mapes Dodge
    Mary Mapes Dodge was an American children's writer and editor, best known for her novel Hans Brinker.-Biography:...

     (1831–1905), American children's writer. Hans Brinker, or the Silver Skates
  • Berlie Doherty
    Berlie Doherty
    Berlie Doherty is an English novelist, poet, playwright and screenwriter. She is best known for her children's books, for which she has twice won the Carnegie Medal...

     (born 1943), English novelist, poet, playwright, screenwriter and children's writer.
  • Hilde Domin
    Hilde Domin
    Hilde Domin , whose real name was Hilde Palm , was a German lyric poet and writer. She was amongst the most important German-language poets of her time.-Biography:...

     (1909–2006), German poet.
  • Emma Donoghue
    Emma Donoghue
    Emma Donoghue is an Irish-born playwright, literary historian and novelist now living in Canada. Her 2010 novel Room was a finalist for the Man Booker Prize and an international bestseller. Donoghue's 1995 novel Hood won the Stonewall Book Award and Slammerkin won the Ferro-Grumley Award for...

     (born 1969), Irish-Canadian novelist. Hood
    Hood (novel)
    Hood is a novel written by Irish author Emma Donoghue in 1995. The book was the recipient of the 1997 Stonewall Book Award and is heavily influenced by James Joyce's Ulysses....

  • Lyubov Dostoyevskaya
    Lyubov Dostoyevskaya
    Lyubov Fyodorovna Dostoyevskaya was a Russian writer, memoirist and a second daughter of famous writer Fyodor Dostoyevsky and his wife Anna. Their first, Sofiya, was born in 1868 and died the same year.Dostoyevskaya was a nervous child and cried a lot...

     (1869–1926), Russian writer. The Emigrant
  • O. Douglas
    O. Douglas
    O. Douglas is the pen name of Anna Masterton Buchan , a Scottish novelist.She was born in Perth, Scotland, the daughter of the Reverend John Buchan and Helen Masterton. She was the younger sister of John Buchan, the renowned statesman and author...

    , pen name of Anna Buchan (1877–1948), Scottish novelist.
  • Maro Douka
    Maro Douka
    Maro Douka is an acclaimed Greek novelist. She has lived in Athens since 1966 and she studied History and Archaeology at the University of Athens...

     (born 1947), Greek novelist.
  • Sara Douglass (Sara Warneke) (born 1957), Australian fantasy novelist. The Axis Trilogy
  • Rita Dove
    Rita Dove
    Rita Frances Dove is an American poet and author. From 1993-1995 she served as Poet Laureate Consultant in Poetry to the Library of Congress, a position now popularly known as "U.S. Poet Laureate"...

     (born 1952), American poet. Thomas and Beulah
    Thomas and Beulah
    Thomas and Beulah is a book of poems by American poet Rita Dove that tells the semi-fictionalized chronological story of her maternal grandparents, the focus being on her grandfather in the first half and her grandmother in the second...

  • Unity Dow
    Unity Dow
    Unity Dow is a judge, human rights activist, and writer from Botswana. She came from a rural background that tended toward traditional values of the African kind...

     (born 1959), Botswana human rights activist and novelist.
  • Margaret Drabble (born 1939), English novelist and biographer. The Millstone
    The Millstone (novel)
    The Millstone is a novel by Margaret Drabble, first published in 1965.It is about an unmarried, young academic who becomes pregnant after a one-night stand and, against all odds, decides to give birth to her child and raise it herself.-Plot summary:...

  • Judith Drake
    Judith Drake
    Judith Drake was an English intellectual and author who was active in the last decade of the 17th century. She was part of a circle of intellectuals, authors, and philosophers which included Mary Astell, Lady Mary Chudleigh, Elizabeth Thomas, Elizabeth Elstob, Lady Mary Wortley Montagu, and John...

     (late 17th century), English feminist essayist.
  • Annette von Droste-Hülshoff
    Annette von Droste-Hülshoff
    Anna Elisabeth von Droste-Hülshoff, known as Annette von Droste-Hülshoff , was a 19th century German author, and one of the most important German poets.-Biography:...

     (1797–1848), German poet.
  • Marilyn Dumont
    Marilyn Dumont
    Marilyn Dumont is a Canadian poet of Cree/Métis descent.Born in northeastern Alberta, she is a descendant of Gabriel Dumont. An educator and writer, Dumont holds an MFA from the University of British Columbia. Her work is widely anthologized....

     (born 1955), First Nations Canadian poet.
  • Sarah Dunant
    Sarah Dunant
    Sarah Dunant is the author of many international bestsellers, most recently Sacred Hearts, the completion of her Italian historical trilogy....

     (born 1950), English genre novelist. The Birth of Venus
    The Birth of Venus (Dunant)
    The Birth of Venus: A Novel is a 2003 novel by Sarah Dunant, a bestselling British author. The plot is one of passion, politics, and danger. The story is set in the turbulent late 15th century in Florence, Italy. It features a young Florentine girl, Alessandra Cecchi, who is drawn to a young...

  • Alice Dunbar-Nelson (1875–1935), American poet, journalist and political activist.
  • Lois Duncan
    Lois Duncan
    Duncan is best known for her novels of suspense for teenagers. Some of her works have been adapted for the screen, the most famous example being the 1997 film I Know What You Did Last Summer, adapted from her novel of the same title...

     (born 1934), American young adult thriller writer. I Know What You Did Last Summer
  • Elaine Dundy
    Elaine Dundy
    Elaine Dundy was an American novelist, biographer, journalist, actress and playwright.-Early life:Born Elaine Rita Brimberg in New York City, of Latvian maternal descent, her Polish father was an office furniture manufacturer and a violent bully...

     (1931–2008), American journalist, novelist and biographer.
  • Dương Thu Hương
    Duong Thu Huong
    Dương Thu Hương is a Vietnamese author and political dissident. Formerly a member of Vietnam's Communist party, she was expelled from the party in 1989, and has been denied the right to travel abroad, and was temporarily imprisoned for her writings and outspoken criticism of corruption in the...

     (born 1947), Vietnamese dissident and novelist. Paradise of the Blind
    Paradise of the Blind
    Paradise of the Blind is a novel by Duong Thu Huong, published in 1988. It was the first Vietnamese novel published in English in the United States . It is now banned in Vietnam because of the political view and potential bias of the novel....

  • Mary Durack
    Mary Durack
    Dame Mary Durack AC DBE was an Australian author and historian. She wrote Kings in Grass Castles and Keep Him My Country.-Childhood:...

     (1913–1994), Australian historical novelist and children's writer.
  • Claire de Duras
    Claire de Duras
    Claire, Duchess of Duras was a French writer best known for her 1823 novel called Ourika, which examines issues of racial and sexual equality, and which inspired the 1969 John Fowles novel The French Lieutenant's Woman.-Biography:Claire de Duras left her native France for London during the French...

     (1777–1828), French novelist. Ourika
    Ourika is an 1823 novel by Claire de Duras, originally published anonymously.-Overview:The story is based on a few bare bones of historical facts, and was committed to the page by Claire de Duras. She only did so to prevent any possible plagiarism, as she recounted the story — with much...

  • Marguerite Duras
    Marguerite Duras
    Marguerite Donnadieu, better known as Marguerite Duras was a French writer and film director.-Background:...

     (Marguerite Donnadieu) (1914–1996), French novelist, playwright and screenwriter. L'Amant, Hiroshima mon amour
    Hiroshima Mon Amour
    Hiroshima mon amour is an acclaimed 1959 drama film directed by French film director Alain Resnais, with a screenplay by Marguerite Duras. It is the documentation of an intensely personal conversation between a French-Japanese couple about memory and forgetfulness...

  • Guerguina Dvoretzka
    Guerguina Dvoretzka
    Guerguina Dvoretzka is a Bulgarian poet and journalist who was born in Sofia. Dvoretzka graduated from the French Language School in Sofia, and graduated with graduate degree in Bulgarian Philology from Sofia University. Dvoretzka is a journalist at the Bulgarian National Radio. As early as 1990,...

    , Bulgarian poet and journalist.


  • Edith Maude Eaton
    Edith Maude Eaton
    Sui Sin Far was an author known for her writing about Chinese people in North America and the Chinese American experience...

    , a.k.a. Sui Sin Far (1865–1914), Chinese-English-Canadian novelist.
  • Winnifred Eaton
    Winnifred Eaton
    Winnifred Eaton, was a Canadian author. Although she was of Chinese-British ancestry, she published under the Japanese pseudonym, Onoto Watanna.- Biography :...

    , a.k.a. Watanna Onoto (1875–1954), Chinese-English-Canadian-American novelist and short story writer.
  • Marie von Ebner-Eschenbach
    Marie von Ebner-Eschenbach
    Baroness Marie von Ebner-Eschenbach was an Austrian writer. Noted for her excellent psychological novels, she is regarded—together with Ferdinand von Saar—as one of the most important German-language writers of the latter portion of the 19th century.She was born at the castle of Dubský...

     (1830–1916), Austrian novelist.
  • Leigh Eddings (1939–2007), American fantasy novelist.
  • Maria Edgeworth
    Maria Edgeworth
    Maria Edgeworth was a prolific Anglo-Irish writer of adults' and children's literature. She was one of the first realist writers in children's literature and was a significant figure in the evolution of the novel in Europe...

     (1767–1849), English-Irish novelist. Castle Rackrent
    Castle Rackrent
    Castle Rackrent, a short novel by Maria Edgeworth published in 1800, is often regarded as the first historical novel, the first regional novel in English, the first Anglo-Irish novel, the first Big House novel and the first saga novel....

  • Barbara Ehrenreich
    Barbara Ehrenreich
    -Early life:Ehrenreich was born Barbara Alexander to Isabelle Oxley and Ben Howes Alexander in Butte, Montana, which she describes as then being "a bustling, brawling, blue collar mining town."...

     (born 1941), American feminist, socialist and political activist.
  • Marianne Ehrenström
    Marianne Ehrenström
    Marianne Ehrenström, née Pollet , was a Swedish writer, singer, painter, pianist, culture personality, memorialist, principal and lady-in-waiting...

     (1773–1867), Swedish writer.
  • George Eliot
    George Eliot
    Mary Anne Evans , better known by her pen name George Eliot, was an English novelist, journalist and translator, and one of the leading writers of the Victorian era...

     (Marian Evans) (1819–1880), English novelist and poet. The Mill on the Floss
    The Mill on the Floss
    The Mill on the Floss is a novel by George Eliot , first published in three volumes in 1860 by William Blackwood. The first American edition was by Thomas Y...

    , Silas Marner
    Silas Marner
    Silas Marner: The Weaver of Raveloe is a dramatic novel by George Eliot. Her third novel, it was first published in 1861. An outwardly simple tale of a reclusive weaver, in its strong realism it represents one of Eliot's most sophisticated treatments of her attitude to religion.-Plot summary:The...

    , Middlemarch
    Middlemarch: A Study of Provincial Life is a novel by George Eliot, the pen name of Mary Anne Evans, later Marian Evans. It is her seventh novel, begun in 1869 and then put aside during the final illness of Thornton Lewes, the son of her companion George Henry Lewes...

  • Elizabeth Elstob
    Elizabeth Elstob
    Elizabeth Elstob , the 'Saxon Nymph,' was born and brought up in the Quayside area of Newcastle upon Tyne, and, like Mary Astell of Newcastle, is nowadays regarded as one of the first English feminists...

     (1683–1756), English feminist scholar and translator.
  • Diamela Eltit
    Diamela Eltit
    Diamela Eltit is a writer and a Spanish professor from Chile. She currently holds a teaching appointment at New York University, where she teaches creative writing....

     (born 1949), Chilean novelist.
  • Buchi Emecheta
    Buchi Emecheta
    Dr Buchi Emecheta is an African novelist who has published over 20 books, including Second-Class Citizen , The Bride Price , The Slave Girl and The Joys of Motherhood...

     (born 1944), Nigerian novelist. The Bride Price
    The Bride Price
    The Bride Price is a 1976 novel by Nigerian writer Buchi Emecheta...

  • Carol Emshwiller
    Carol Emshwiller
    Carol Emshwiller is an American writer of avant garde short stories and science fiction who has won prizes ranging from the Nebula Award to the Philip K. Dick Award. Ursula K...

     (born 1921), American novelist and short story writer.
  • Isobel English
    Isobel English
    June Guesdon Braybrooke , better known by her pen name Isobel English, was an English writer.-Life:...

     (1920-1994), English novelist. Every Eye
    Every Eye
    Every Eye is a 1956 novel by the British author Isobel English. The novel describes the life of a girl who eventually marries a younger man and travels with him to the Spanish island of Ibiza...

  • Enchi Fumiko
    Enchi Fumiko
    was the pen-name of Fumi Ueda, one of the most prominent Japanese women writers in the Shōwa period of Japan.-Early life:Fumiko Enchi was born in the Asakusa district of downtown Tokyo, as the daughter of distinguished philologist and linguist Kazutoshi Ueda...

     (Fumi Ueda) (1905–1986), Japanese playwright, novelist and short story writer.
  • Marian Engel
    Marian Engel
    Marian Engel, OC, née Marian Ruth Passmore was an award-winning Canadian novelist.-Summary:Born May 24, 1933 in Toronto, Ontario, to teacher parents Frederick Searle and Mary Elizabeth Passmore...

     (1933–1985), Canadian novelist.
  • Nora Ephron
    Nora Ephron
    Nora Ephron is an American film director, producer, screenwriter, novelist, playwright, journalist, author, and blogger.She is best known for her romantic comedies and is a triple nominee for the Academy Award for Writing Original Screenplay; for Silkwood, When Harry Met Sally... and Sleepless in...

     (born 1941), American film director, producer, screenwriter, novelist, and blogger.
  • Louise Erdrich
    Louise Erdrich
    Karen Louise Erdrich, known as Louise Erdrich, is an author of novels, poetry, and children's books featuring Native American heritage. She is widely acclaimed as one of the most significant writers of the second wave of what critic Kenneth Lincoln has called the Native American Renaissance...

     (born 1954), American novelist, poet and children's writer.
  • Anastasia Eristavi-Khoshtaria
    Anastasia Eristavi-Khoshtaria
    thumb|Anastasia Eristavi-KhoshtariaAnastasia Eristavi-Khoshtaria was a Georgian woman novelist.She was born into an aristocratic family in Gori, Georgia, then part of Imperial Russia...

     (1868–1951), Georgian novelist.
  • Laura Esquivel
    Laura Esquivel
    Laura Esquivel is a Mexican author making a noted contribution to Latin-American literature. She was born the third of four children of Julio César Esquivel, a telegraph operator, and Josefa Valdés.-Literary career:...

     (born 1950), Mexican novelist. Como agua para chocolate (Like Water for Chocolate
    Like Water for Chocolate
    Like Water for Chocolate is a popular novel published in 1989 by first-time Mexican novelist Laura Esquivel.The novel follows the story of a young girl named Tita who longs her entire life to marry her lover, Pedro, but can never have him because of her mother's upholding of the family tradition...

  • Clarissa Pinkola Estés
    Clarissa Pinkola Estés
    Clarissa Pinkola Estés is an American poet, post-trauma specialist and Jungian psychoanalyst.-Biography:Similar to William Carlos Williams and other poets who also worked in the health or other professions in tandem, Estés is a poet who uses her poems throughout her psychoanalytic books,...

     (born 1945), American poet.
  • Eleanor Estes
    Eleanor Estes
    Eleanor Estes was an American children's author.She was born in West Haven, Connecticut as Eleanor Ruth Rosenfield.She worked as a children's librarian in New Haven, Connecticut, and New York....

     (1906–1988), American children's writer. The Moffats
    The Moffats
    The Moffats is a children's novel by the American author Eleanor Estes.First published in 1941, it tells the story of a fatherless family in Cranbury, Connecticut: Mama, Sylvie, Joey, Janey and Rufus. Of these, Janey and Rufus tend to be the focus of the stories, which are episodic in nature...

    , Ginger Pye
    Ginger Pye
    Ginger Pye is a book by Eleanor Estes, originally published in 1951. Ginger Pye won the Newbery Medal for excellence in American children's literature in 1952.-Plot summary:...

  • Janet Evanovich
    Janet Evanovich
    Janet Evanovich is an American writer. She began her career writing short contemporary romance novels under the pen name Steffie Hall, but gained fame authoring a series of contemporary mysteries featuring Stephanie Plum, a lingerie buyer from Trenton, New Jersey, who becomes a bounty hunter to...

     (born 1943), American novelist. Stephanie Plum
    Stephanie Plum
    Stephanie Plum is a fictional character and the protagonist in a series of novels written by Janet Evanovich. She is a spunky combination of Nancy Drew and Dirty Harry, and - although a female bounty hunter - is the opposite of Domino Harvey...

  • Augusta Jane Evans
    Augusta Jane Evans
    Augusta Jane Wilson, or Augusta Evans Wilson, was an American Southern author and one of the pillars of Southern literature. She wrote nine novels: Inez , Beulah , Macaria , St. Elmo , Vashti , Infelice , At the Mercy of Tiberius , A Speckled Bird , and Devota...

     (1835–1909), American novelist.
  • Mari Evans
    Mari Evans
    Mari Evans is an African-American poet, living in Indianapolis.-Education and Employment:Evans attended the University of Toledo where she majored in fashion design in 1939. The fashion design major did not hold her interest and she left the University of Toledo without a degree...

     (born 1923), American poet, playwright and children's writer.
  • Matilda Jane Evans
    Matilda Jane Evans
    Matilda Jane Evans was an Australian novelist, who wrote under the pseudonym Maud Jean Franc....

     (Maud Jean Franc) (1827–1886), Australian novelist.


  • Diane Fahey
    Diane Fahey
    Diane Mary Fahey is an Australian poet. She was born Diane Mary Brotheridge in Melbourne, Australia and currently lives in the Barwon Heads area, near Geelong....

     (born 1945), Australian poet.
  • Diane Fanning
    Diane Fanning
    -Early life and education:Fanning was born Diane Lynn Butcher in Baltimore, Maryland. She attended Perry Hall High School, then Lynchburg College in Virginia, where she majored in chemistry.-Career:...

     American true crime author and novelist.
  • Ursula Fanthorpe
    U. A. Fanthorpe
    Ursula Askham Fanthorpe, CBE, FRSL was an English poet. She published as UA Fanthorpe.-Early life:She was educated in Surrey and at St Anne's College, Oxford, where she received a first-class degree in English language and literature, and subsequently taught English at Cheltenham Ladies' College...

     (born 1929), English poet.
  • Nancy Farmer
    Nancy Farmer (author)
    Nancy Farmer is a prominent children's book author from the United States.Farmer was born in Phoenix, Arizona. She earned her B.A. at Reed College and later studied chemistry and entomology at the University of California, Berkeley...

     (born 1941), American young adult and children's novelist. The Ear, the Eye and the Arm
    The Ear, the Eye and the Arm
    The Ear, the Eye, and the Arm is a Newbery Honor book written by Nancy Farmer. It takes place in Zimbabwe in the year 2194.The book combines elements of science-fiction, Afrofuturism and African culture, and depicts the struggle of a notorious general's three children to escape from their...

  • Penelope Farmer
    Penelope Farmer
    -Life:She was born as a fraternal twin in Westerham, Kent, on 14 June 1939 to Hugh Robert MacDonald and Penelope Boothby Farmer. After attending a boarding school, she read history at St Anne's College, Oxford and did postgraduate work at Bedford College, University of London.Information about...

     (born 1939), English children's novelist, Charlotte Sometimes
  • Margaretta Faugères
    Margaretta Faugères
    Margaretta Bleecker Faugères was the daughter of Ann Eliza Bleecker. She was an American playwright, poet and political activist.-Childhood:...

     (1771–1801) American poet
  • Jesse Redmon Fauset (1882–1961), American poet, essayist and novelist. Plum Bun
    Plum Bun
    Plum Bun: A Novel Without a Moral is a novel by Jessie Redmon Fauset first published in 1928. Written by an African American woman who, during the 1920s, was for many years the literary editor of The Crisis, it is often seen as an important contribution to the movement that has come to be known as...

  • Else Feldmann
    Else Feldmann
    Else Feldmann was an Austrian writer, playwright, poet, socialist journalist, and victim of the Holocaust....

     (1884–1942), Austrian playwright, poet and novelist.
  • Edna Ferber
    Edna Ferber
    Edna Ferber was an American novelist, short story writer and playwright. Her novels were especially popular and included the Pulitzer Prize-winning So Big , Show Boat , and Giant .-Early years:Ferber was born August 15, 1885, in Kalamazoo, Michigan,...

     (1885–1968), American novelist and playwright. Show Boat
    Show Boat (novel)
    Show Boat is a 1926 novel by American author and dramatist Edna Ferber. It chronicles the lives of three generations of performers on the Cotton Blossom, a floating theater that travels between small towns on the banks of the Mississippi, from the 1880s to the 1920s...

  • Charlene "Charlie" Fern
    Charlie Fern
    Charlene "Charlie" Fern is an American speechwriter and journalist who served as First Lady Laura Bush's personal speechwriter for six years, first at the Texas Governor's Mansion, then at the White House, until 2002. Fern's speeches included the first Presidential radio address delivered by a U.S...

     (born 1968), American speechwriter to Laura Bush
    Laura Bush
    Laura Lane Welch Bush is the wife of the 43rd President of the United States, George W. Bush. She was the First Lady of the United States from January 20, 2001, to January 20, 2009. She has held a love of books and reading since childhood and her life and education have reflected that interest...

  • Fanny Fern
    Fanny Fern
    Fanny Fern, born Sara Willis , was an American writer and the first woman to have a regular newspaper column. She was also a humorist, novelist, and author of children's stories in the 1850s-1870s. Fern's great popularity has been attributed to her conversational style and sense of what mattered to...

     (1811–1872), American columnist, humorist, novelist, and children's writer. Ruth Hall
    Ruth Hall
    Ruth Hall: a Domestic Tale of the Present Time is a roman à clef by Fanny Fern , a popular 19th-century newspaper writer. Following on her meteoric rise to fame as a columnist, she signed a contract in February 1854 to write a full-length novel...

  • Roberta Fernández
    Roberta Fernández
    Roberta Fernández is a Tejana novelist, scholar, critic and arts advocate. She is known for her novel Intaglio and for her work editing several award-winning women writers. She was a professor in in Romance Languages & Literatures and Women's Studies at the University of Georgia.-Early life and...

    , American novelist, scholar, critic and arts advocate.
  • Renée Ferrer de Arréllaga
    Renée Ferrer de Arréllaga
    Renée Ferrer de Arréllaga, is a contemporary Paraguayan poet and novelist. She is Secretary General of the Board of Governors of the twenty-member Academia Paraguaya de la Lengua Española...

     (born 1944), Paraguayan poet and novelist.
  • Rachel Field
    Rachel Field
    Rachel Lyman Field was an American novelist, poet, and author of children's fiction. She is best known for her Newbery Medal–winning novel for young adults, Hitty, Her First Hundred Years, published in 1929. She won the Lewis Carroll Shelf Award twice...

     (1894–1942), American novelist, poet, and children's writer. Hitty, Her First Hundred Years
    Hitty, Her First Hundred Years
    Hitty, Her First Hundred Years is a children's novel written by Rachel Field and published in 1929. It won the Newbery Medal for excellence in American children's literature in 1930....

  • Helen Fielding
    Helen Fielding
    Helen Fielding is an English novelist and screenwriter, best known as the creator of the fictional character Bridget Jones, a sequence of novels and films that chronicle the life of a thirtysomething single woman in London as she tries to make sense of life and love.Her novels Bridget Jones's...

     (born 1958), English novelist. Bridget Jones's Diary
    Bridget Jones's Diary
    Bridget Jones's Diary is a 1996 novel by Helen Fielding. Written in the form of a personal diary, the novel chronicles a year in the life of Bridget Jones, a thirty-something single working woman living in London. She writes about her career, self-image, vices, family, friends, and romantic...

  • Sarah Fielding
    Sarah Fielding
    Sarah Fielding was a British author and sister of the novelist Henry Fielding. She was the author of The Governess, or The Little Female Academy , which was the first novel in English written especially for children , and had earlier achieved success with her novel The Adventures of David Simple...

     (1710–1768), English novelist.
  • Sia Figiel
    Sia Figiel
    Sia Figiel is a contemporary Samoan novelist, poet, and painter.Sia Figiel grew up amidst the traditional Samoan singing and poetry which heavily influenced her writing. Her formal schooling was conducted in Samoa and New Zealand where she also began a BA which was completed at Whitworth College...

     (born 1967), Samoan poet and novelist.
  • Adelaide Filleul (1761–1836), French novelist.
  • Anne Finch (1661–1720), English poet.
  • M.F.K. Fisher (1908–1992), American food writer.
  • Penelope Fitzgerald
    Penelope Fitzgerald
    Penelope Fitzgerald was a Booker Prize-winning English novelist, poet, essayist and biographer. In 2008, The Times included her in a list of "The 50 greatest British writers since 1945".-Early life:...

     (1916–2000), English novelist, poet, essayist and biographer.
  • Louise Fitzhugh
    Louise Fitzhugh
    Louise Fitzhugh was an American author and illustrator of young adult and children's literature.Her work includes Harriet the Spy, its sequels The Long Secret and Sport, and Nobody's Family is Going to Change.-Early life:Born in Memphis, Tennessee, she soon experienced her parents' divorce, from...

     (1928–1974), American author and illustrator of children's books. Harriet the Spy
    Harriet the Spy
    Harriet the Spy is a children's novel by Louise Fitzhugh published in 1964. It won the Sequoyah Book Award and the New York Times Outstanding Book Award in 1964.-Plot summary:...

  • Fannie Flagg
    Fannie Flagg
    Patricia Neal , known professionally as Fannie Flagg, is an American actress, comedienne and author. She is perhaps best-known for the 1988 novel Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Cafe, which was adapted into the 1991 movie Fried Green Tomatoes; Flagg was nominated for an Academy Award for...

     (born 1944), American screenwriter and novelist. Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Cafe
    Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Cafe
    Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Cafe is a 1987 novel by Fannie Flagg. It was adapted into the film Fried Green Tomatoes, which was released in 1991.-Plot:...

  • Lynn Flewelling
    Lynn Flewelling
    Lynn Flewelling is a fantasy fiction author, best known for two internationally acclaimed fantasy series: the Nightrunner books and Tamír Triad.-Biography:...

     (born 1958), American novelist. Nightrunner
  • Winifred Foley
    Winifred Foley
    Winifred Mary Foley was an English writer.-Forest life:...

     (1914-2009), English autobiographer
  • Mary Hallock Foote
    Mary Hallock Foote
    Mary Hallock Foote was an American author and illustrator. She is best known for her illustrated short stories and novels portraying life in the mining communities of the turn-of-the-century American West.-Overview:...

     (1847–1938), American novelist.
  • Jolán Földes
    Jolán Földes
    Jolán Földes was a Hungarian author. Her most famous novel is the Street of the Fishing Cat....

     (1902–1963), Hungarian novelist.
  • Esther Forbes
    Esther Forbes
    Esther Louise Forbes was an American novelist, historian andchildren's writer who received the Pulitzer Prize and the Newbery Medal.-Life:...

     (1891–1967), American novelist and children's writer. Johnny Tremain
    Johnny Tremain
    Johnny Tremain is a 1944 children's novel by Esther Forbes set in Boston prior to and during the outbreak of the American Revolution. The novel's themes include apprenticeship, courtship, sacrifice, human rights, and the growing tension between Whigs and Tories as conflict nears...

  • Olga Forsh
    Olga Forsh
    -Early life:Forsh was born in the fortress at Gunib, in Dagestan, the daughter of a major general in the Russian Imperial Army. Her father met her mother, Nina Shakhetdinova, an Azerbaijanian, while he was stationed in the Caucasus. Nina died when Olga was very young...

     (1873-1961), Russian/Soviet writer. Palace and Prison
  • Margaret Forster
    Margaret Forster
    Margaret Forster is a British author. She was born in Carlisle, England, where she attended Carlisle and County High School for Girls , and then won an Open Scholarship to read modern history at Somerville College, Oxford, from where she graduated in 1960.After a short period as a teacher at...

     (born 1938), English novelist and biographer.
  • Hannah Webster Foster
    Hannah Webster Foster
    Hannah Webster Foster was an American novelist.Her epistolary novel, The Coquette; or, The History of Eliza Wharton, was published anonymously in 1797. Although it sold well in the 1790s, it was not until 1866 that her name appeared on the title page...

     (1758–1840), American novelist.
  • Karen Joy Fowler
    Karen Joy Fowler
    Karen Joy Fowler is an American author of science fiction, fantasy, and literary fiction. Her work often centers on the nineteenth century, the lives of women, and alienation....

     (born 1950), American novelist and short story writer.
  • Janet Frame
    Janet Frame
    Janet Paterson Frame, ONZ, CBE was a New Zealand author. She wrote eleven novels, four collections of short stories, a book of poetry, an edition of juvenile fiction, and three volumes of autobiography during her lifetime. Since her death, a twelfth novel, a second volume of poetry, and a handful...

     (August 28, 1924 - January 29, 2004), New Zealand novelist also known for her autobiography.
  • Marie de France
    Marie de France
    Marie de France was a medieval poet who was probably born in France and lived in England during the late 12th century. She lived and wrote at an undisclosed court, but was almost certainly at least known about at the royal court of King Henry II of England...

     (late 12th century), French poet
  • Suzanne Francis
    Suzanne Francis
    Suzanne Francis is an English science fiction and fantasy author. She was born in King's Lynn, Norfolk, and now lives in Dunedin, New Zealand. She has been married twice and has four children....

     (born 1959), English fantasy author.
  • Anne Frank
    Anne Frank
    Annelies Marie "Anne" Frank is one of the most renowned and most discussed Jewish victims of the Holocaust. Acknowledged for the quality of her writing, her diary has become one of the world's most widely read books, and has been the basis for several plays and films.Born in the city of Frankfurt...

     (1929–1945), German diarist. The Diary of a Young Girl
    The Diary of a Young Girl
    The Diary of a Young Girl is a book of the writings from the Dutch language diary kept by Anne Frank while she was in hiding for two years with her family during the Nazi occupation of the Netherlands. The family was apprehended in 1944 and Anne Frank ultimately died of typhus in the Bergen-Belsen...

  • Miles Franklin
    Miles Franklin
    Stella Maria Sarah Miles Franklin, known as Miles Franklin was an Australian writer and feminist who is best known for her novel My Brilliant Career, published in 1901...

     (1879–1954), Australian feminist writer. My Brilliant Career
    My Brilliant Career
    My Brilliant Career is a 1901 novel written by Miles Franklin.It is the first of many novels by Stella Maria Sarah Miles Franklin , one of the major Australian writers of her time. It was written while she was still a teenager, as a romance to amuse her friends...

  • Antonia Fraser
    Antonia Fraser
    Lady Antonia Margaret Caroline Fraser, DBE , née Pakenham, is an Anglo-Irish author of history, novels, biographies and detective fiction, best known as Antonia Fraser...

     (born 1932), English genre novelist and biographer. Mary, Queen of Scots
    Mary, Queen of Scots (1969 book)
    Mary Queen of Scots is a 1969 biography of Mary, Queen of Scots, by Antonia Fraser. A 40th-anniversary edition of the book was published in 2009....

    , Quiet as a Nun
    Quiet as a Nun
    Quiet as a Nun is a thriller novel, written by Antonia Fraser. First published in 1977, it features Fraser's sleuthing heroine Jemima Shore as she revisits the convent where she was schooled following the mysterious death of one of the nuns...

  • Mary Eleanor Wilkins Freeman
    Mary Eleanor Wilkins Freeman
    Mary Eleanor Wilkins Freeman was a prominent 19th century American author.- Biography :She was born in Randolph, Massachusetts, and attended Mount Holyoke College in South Hadley, Massachusetts, for one year, from 1870–71...

     (1852–1930), American novelist and short story writer.
  • Elizabeth Wynne Fremantle
    Elizabeth Wynne Fremantle
    Elizabeth Wynne Fremantle was the main author of the extensive Wynne Diaries and wife of the Royal Navy officer Thomas Fremantle , a close associate of Nelson.-Life:Known in the family as Betsey, she was born Elizabeth Wynne, the second daughter of...

     (1778-1857), English diarist
  • Gayleen Froese
    Gayleen Froese
    Gayleen Froese is a mystery novelist and singer/songwriter from Western Canada. Her first novel, Touch, was published by Edmonton's NeWest Press in 2005. The sequel, "Grayling Cross" was published by NeWest Press in 2011.Froese was educated at Ryerson University in Toronto and currently lives in...

     (born 1972), Canadian mystery novelist and songwriter.
  • Eva Margareta Frölich
    Eva Margareta Frölich
    Eva Margareta Frölich, , was a Swedish mystic, a fortune teller, prophet, visionary and Pietistic writer.-Biography:...

     (1650–1692), Swedish writer.
  • Margaret Fuller
    Margaret Fuller
    Sarah Margaret Fuller Ossoli, commonly known as Margaret Fuller, was an American journalist, critic, and women's rights advocate associated with the American transcendentalism movement. She was the first full-time American female book reviewer in journalism...

     (1810–1850), American feminist journalist.
  • Cornelia Funke
    Cornelia Funke
    Cornelia Funke is a multiple award-winning German author of children's fiction. She was born on 10 December 1958, in Dorsten, North Rhine-Westphalia. Funke is best known for her Inkworld trilogy, with the English translation of the third book, Inkdeath, released on 6 October 2008. Many of her...

     (born 1958), German children's writer. The Thief Lord
    The Thief Lord
    The Thief Lord is a children's novel written by Cornelia Funke. It was published in Germany in 2000 and translated into English by Oliver Latsch in 2002 for The Chicken House, a division of Scholastic publishing company...

    , Inkworld trilogy
    Inkworld trilogy
    The Inkheart trilogy is a series of three fantasy novels written by German author Cornelia Funke, comprising Inkheart , Inkspell , and Inkdeath...

  • Bilkisu Funtuwa
    Bilkisu Funtuwa
    Hajiya Bilkisu Salisu Ahmed Funtuwa is a Nigerian author. She writes novels in Hausa which focus on female Muslim protagonists. She is one of the best known writers of what is known as "Kano market literature" or Littattafan Soyayya — "books of love"...

    , Nigerian novelist.
  • Mary Eliza Fullerton
    Mary Eliza Fullerton
    Mary Eliza Fullerton was an Australian writer.Fullerton was born in Glenmaggie, Victoria, was educated at home by her mother and at the local state school. After leaving school she stayed on her parents property, until she moved to Melbourne in her early twenties. She was active in the women's...

     (1868–1946), Australian feminist poet, short story writer, journalist and novelist.


  • Ekaterine Gabashvili
    Ekaterine Gabashvili
    Ekaterine Gabashvili née Tarkhnishvili was a Georgian female writer and public figure.She was born into an aristocratic family in Gori, Georgia, then part of Imperial Russia. She authored several sentimental novels and stories about the sorrows of village schoolteachers and peasant life. In the...

     (1851–1938), Georgian feminist novelist.
  • Mary Gaitskill
    Mary Gaitskill
    Mary Gaitskill is an American author of essays, short stories and novels. Her work has appeared in The New Yorker, Harper's Magazine, Esquire, The Best American Short Stories , and The O. Henry Prize Stories .-Life:Gaitskill was born in Lexington, Kentucky...

     (born 1954), American essayist, novelist and short story writer.
  • Zona Gale
    Zona Gale
    Zona Gale was an American author and playwright. She became the first woman to win the Pulitzer Prize for drama, in 1921.-Biography:Gale was born in Portage, Wisconsin, which she often used as a setting in her writing...

     (1874–1938), American novelist and playwright.
  • Mavis Gallant
    Mavis Gallant
    Mavis Leslie Gallant, , née Mavis Leslie Young is a Canadian writer.-Biography:An only child, Gallant was born in Montreal, Quebec. Her father died when she was young, and her mother remarried. Gallant received her education at seventeen different public, convent, and French-language boarding...

     (born 1922), Canadian-French short story-writer.
  • Tess Gallagher
    Tess Gallagher
    Tess Gallagher is an American poet, essayist, author and playwright. She attended the University of Washington, where she studied creative writing with Theodore Roethke and later Nelson Bentley as well as David Wagoner and Mark Strand...

     (born 1943), American poet, essayist, novelist, and playwright.
  • Jane Gardam
    Jane Gardam
    Jane Mary Gardam OBE is a British author of children's and adult fiction. She also reviews for the Spectator and the Telegraph, and writes for BBC radio, where her current project is six programmes on the suburbs. She lives in Kent, Wimbledon, and Yorkshire. She has won numerous literary awards,...

     (born 1928), British author of children's and adult fiction.
  • Helen Garner
    Helen Garner
    Helen Garner is an award-winning Australian novelist, short-story writer, screenwriter and journalist.-Life:Garner was born in Geelong, Victoria, the eldest of six children. She attended Manifold Heights State School, Ocean Grove State School and then The Hermitage in Geelong...

     (born 1942), Australian novelist and journalist. The Children's Bach
    The Children's Bach
    The Children's Bach is a chamber opera by the Australian composer Andrew Schultz to a libretto by Glenn Perry, based on the 1984 novella of the same name by Helen Garner...

  • Elizabeth Gaskell
    Elizabeth Gaskell
    Elizabeth Cleghorn Gaskell, née Stevenson , often referred to simply as Mrs Gaskell, was a British novelist and short story writer during the Victorian era...

     (1810–1865), English novelist and biographer. The Life of Charlotte Bronte
    The Life of Charlotte Bronte
    The Life of Charlotte Brontë is the posthumous biography of Charlotte Brontë by fellow novelist Elizabeth Gaskell. Although quite frank in many places, Gaskell suppressed details of Charlotte's love for Constantin Héger, a married man, on the grounds that it would be too great an affront to...

    , North and South
    North and South (1854 novel)
    North and South is an Industrial novel by Elizabeth Gaskell. It first appeared as a twenty-two-part weekly serial from September 1854 to January 1855 in the magazine Household Words. It was published as a book, in two volumes, in 1855....

    , Mary Barton
    Mary Barton
    Mary Barton is the first novel by English author Elizabeth Gaskell, published in 1848. The story is set in the English city of Manchester during the 1830s and 1840s and deals heavily with the difficulties faced by the Victorian lower class.-Plot summary:...

    , Cranford
    Cranford may refer to:*Cranford - a novel by Elizabeth Gaskell*Cranford - a BBC television adaptation of Cranford and other works by Elizabeth GaskellCranford may also refer to the following places:...

  • Whitney Gaskell
    Whitney Gaskell
    Whitney Gaskell is an American author of seven comedic novels published by Bantam Books. She lives in South Florida with her husband, George Gaskell, and their son....

     (born 1972), American novelist.
  • Nathalie Gassel
    Nathalie Gassel
    Nathalie Gassel is a Belgian writer and photographer. Born in Brussels, she is also known as a Muay Thai sportsperson. She contributed to the 1999 work entitled Picturing the Modern Amazon, which was translated by Pierre Samuel and published by New Museum of Contemporary Art in New York City...

     (born 1964), Belgian feminist writer.
  • Pauline Gedge
    Pauline Gedge
    Pauline Gedge is a Canadian novelist best known for her historical fiction trilogies, Lords of the Two Lands and The King’s Men. She also writes science fiction, fantasy and horror. Her 13 novels have sold more than six million copies in 18 languages. -Life and career:Pauline Gedge was born...

     (born 1945), Canadian genre novelist.
  • Elizabeth George
    Elizabeth George
    Susan Elizabeth George is an American author of mystery novels set in Great Britain.Eleven of her novels featuring her lead character Inspector Lynley have been adapted for television by the BBC as The Inspector Lynley Mysteries.-Biography:George was born in Warren, Ohio to Robert Edwin and Anne ...

     (born 1949), American mystery novelist. The Inspector Lynley Mysteries
    The Inspector Lynley Mysteries
    The Inspector Lynley Mysteries is a series of BBC television programmes about Detective Inspector Thomas "Tommy" Lynley, 8th Earl of Asherton of Scotland Yard and Detective Sergeant Barbara Havers...

  • Margaret George
    Margaret George
    Margaret George is an American historian and historical novelist, specializing in epic fictional biographies. She is known for her meticulous research and the large scale of her books. She was born in Nashville, Tennessee. She lives with her husband in Madison, Wisconsin...

     (born 1943), American historical novelist.
  • Kaye Gibbons
    Kaye Gibbons
    Kaye Gibbons is an American novelist. Her 1987 debut, Ellen Foster, received the Sue Kaufman Prize for First Fiction from the American Academy and Institute of Arts and Letters, a Special Citation from the Ernest Hemingway Foundation, and the The Louis D. Rubin, Jr. Prize in Creative Writing from...

     (born 1960), American novelist. Ellen Foster
    Ellen Foster
    Ellen Foster is a 1987 novel by American novelist Kaye Gibbons. It was a selection of Oprah's Book Club in October 1997.-Plot introduction:The novel follows the story of Ellen, the first person narrator, a young white American girl living under unfavorable conditions somewhere in the rural...

  • Stella Gibbons
    Stella Gibbons
    Stella Dorothea Gibbons was an English novelist, journalist, poet, and short-story writer.Her first novel, Cold Comfort Farm, won the Femina Vie Heureuse Prize for 1933...

     (1902–1989), English novelist, journalist and short story writer. Cold Comfort Farm
    Cold Comfort Farm
    Cold Comfort Farm is a comic novel by Stella Gibbons, published in 1932. It parodies the romanticised, sometimes doom-laden accounts of rural life popular at the time, by writers such as Mary Webb...

  • Ellen Gilchrist
    Ellen Gilchrist
    Ellen Gilchrist is an American novelist, short story writer, and poet.-Life:Gilchrist was born in Vicksburg, Mississippi, and spent part of her childhood on a plantation owned by her maternal grandparents. She earned a bachelor of arts degree in philosophy and studied creative writing, especially...

     (born February 20, 1935), American novelist, short story writer, and poet.
  • ElizaBeth Gilligan
    Elizabeth Gilligan
    Elizabeth Gilligan is a fantasy author who lives in San Francisco, California. Her short story Iron Joan was on the preliminary Nebula Award ballot in 2003...

     (born tktk), American fantasy novelist.
  • Charlotte Perkins Gilman
    Charlotte Perkins Gilman
    Charlotte Perkins Gilman was a prominent American sociologist, novelist, writer of short stories, poetry, and nonfiction, and a lecturer for social reform...

     (July 3, 1860 – August 17, 1935), American feminist novelist, writer of short stories, poetry, and non fiction. Herland
    Herland (novel)
    Herland is a utopian novel from 1915, written by feminist Charlotte Perkins Gilman. The book describes an isolated society composed entirely of women who reproduce via parthenogenesis . The result is an ideal social order, free of war, conflict and domination...

  • Nikki Giovanni
    Nikki Giovanni
    Yolande Cornelia "Nikki" Giovanni is an American poet, writer, commentator, activist, and educator. Her primary focus is on the individual and the power one has to make a difference in oneself and in the lives of others. Giovanni’s poetry expresses strong racial pride, respect for family, and her...

    (born June 7, 1943), Grammy-nominated American poet.
  • Diane Glancy
    Diane Glancy
    Diane Glancy was born in 1941 in Kansas City, Missouri. She is a Cherokee poet, author and playwright. Glancy was awarded a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Missouri in 1964, then later continued her education at the University of Central Oklahoma, earning her a Masters degree in English...

     (born 1941), American poet, novelist and playwright.
  • Ellen Glasgow
    Ellen Glasgow
    Ellen Anderson Gholson Glasgow was a Pulitzer Prize-winning American novelist who portrayed the changing world of the contemporary south.-Biography:...

     (1873–1945), American novelist.
  • Susan Glaspell
    Susan Glaspell
    Susan Keating Glaspell was an American Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright, actress, director, novelist, biographer and poet. She was a founding member of the Provincetown Players, one of the most important collaboratives in the development of modern drama in the United States...

     (1876–1948), American novelist and playwright.
  • Louise Glück
    Louise Glück
    Louise Elisabeth Glück is an American poet of Hungarian Jewish heritage. She was appointed Poet Laureate Consultant in Poetry to the Library of Congress in 2003, after serving as a Special Bicentennial Consultant three years prior in 2000....

     (born 1943), American poet.
  • Emma Goldman
    Emma Goldman
    Emma Goldman was an anarchist known for her political activism, writing and speeches. She played a pivotal role in the development of anarchist political philosophy in North America and Europe in the first half of the twentieth century....

     (1869–1940), Lithuanian-American anarchist writer.
  • Allegra Goodman
    Allegra Goodman
    Allegra Goodman is an American author based in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Her most recent novel, The Cookbook Collector, was published in 2010. Goodman wrote and illustrated her first novel at the age of seven. -Early years and family:...

    , American novelist.
  • Gertrudis Gomez de Avellaneda
    Gertrudis Gómez de Avellaneda
    Gertrudis Gómez de Avellaneda y Arteaga was a 19th century Cuban writer.-Life:Gertrudis Gómez de Avellaneda y Arteaga, widely known as la Avellaneda, was born in Santa María de Puerto Príncipe , Cuba...

     (1814–1873), Cuban novelist, playwright and poet. Sab
  • Allegra Goodman
    Allegra Goodman
    Allegra Goodman is an American author based in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Her most recent novel, The Cookbook Collector, was published in 2010. Goodman wrote and illustrated her first novel at the age of seven. -Early years and family:...

    , American novelist.
  • Nadine Gordimer
    Nadine Gordimer
    Nadine Gordimer is a South African writer and political activist. She was awarded the 1991 Nobel Prize in Literature when she was recognised as a woman "who through her magnificent epic writing has – in the words of Alfred Nobel – been of very great benefit to humanity".Her writing has long dealt...

     (born 20 November 1923), South African writer, political activist and Nobel Prize in literature laureate.
  • Catherine Gore
    Catherine Gore
    Catherine Grace Frances Gore was a British novelist and dramatist, daughter of a wine merchant at Retford, where she was born. She is amongst the well-known of the silver fork writers - authors of the Victorian era depicting the gentility and etiquette of high society.-Biography:Gore was born in...

     (1799–1861), British novelist and dramatist.
  • Hiromi Goto
    Hiromi Goto
    Hiromi Goto is a Japanese-Canadian editor, fiction writer, cultural critic, arts advocate, youth organizer, teacher of creative writing and a mother of two children.-Life:...

     (born 1966), Canadian novelist.
  • Olympe de Gouges
    Olympe de Gouges
    Olympe de Gouges , born Marie Gouze, was a French playwright and political activist whose feminist and abolitionist writings reached a large audience....

     (1748–1793), French journalist during the Revolution.
  • Posie Graeme-Evans
    Posie Graeme-Evans
    Posie Graeme-Evans spent her childhood travelling between Europe, Asia and Australia. Having worked extensively in the Australian film and television industries as an editor, director, writer and producer/executive producer, Posie is now a full-time novelist .-Early life:Graeme-Evans is the...

     (born 1952), English-Australian historical novelist and screenwriter.
  • Agnieszka Graff
    Agnieszka Graff
    Agnieszka Graff , is a Polish writer, translator, commentator, feminist and women's and human rights activist. She graduated from Oxford University, Amherst College , and School of Social Sciences at Polish Academy of Sciences. She completed her PhD in English literature in 1999...

     (born 1970), Polish feminist academic writer and essayist.
  • Françoise de Graffigny
    Françoise de Graffigny
    Françoise de Graffigny, née d'Issembourg Du Buisson d'Happoncourt was a French novelist, playwright and salon hostess....

     (1695–1758), French novelist and playwright.
  • Sue Grafton
    Sue Grafton
    Sue Taylor Grafton is a contemporary American author of detective novels. She is best known as the author of the 'alphabet series' featuring private investigator Kinsey Millhone in the fictional city of Santa Teresa, California. The daughter of detective novelist C. W...

     (born 1940), American mystery novelist. Kinsey Millhone
    Kinsey Millhone
    Kinsey Millhone is the name of a fictional private investigator created by Sue Grafton for her "alphabet mysteries" series of novels. Millhone appears in a number of short stories written by Grafton. Grafton's mystery novels featuring Millhone are set in 1980s Santa Teresa, a fictionalized town...

     series ("A" Is for Alibi etc.)
  • Jorie Graham
    Jorie Graham
    Jorie Graham is an American poet. The U.S. Poetry Foundation suggests "She is perhaps the most celebrated poet of the American post-war generation". She replaced poet Seamus Heaney as Boylston Professor at Harvard, becoming the first woman to be appointed to this position...

     (born 1950), American poet.
  • Anna Katharine Green
    Anna Katharine Green
    Anna Katharine Green was an American poet and novelist. She was one of the first writers of detective fiction in America and distinguished herself by writing well plotted, legally accurate stories.-Life and work:...

     (1846–1935), American mystery novelist. Marked "Personal"
  • Gael Greene
    Gael Greene
    Gael Greene is an American restaurant critic, author and novelist. She became New York magazine's restaurant critic in fall, 1968 at a time when most New Yorkers were unsophisticated about food and there were few chefs anyone knew by name. She was a passionate early "foodie" before that word was...

     (born tktk), American food critic.
  • Lady Gregory (1852–1932), Irish folklore revivalist and playwright.
  • Elizabeth Griffith
    Elizabeth Griffith
    Elizabeth Griffith , sometimes also credited Elizabeth Griffiths, was an 18th-century Irish dramatist, fiction writer, essayist and actress, best known for her edition of Shakespeare's comedies published in 1775.- Biography :Griffith was born in Glamorgan, Glamorganshire, Wales to Dublin theatre...

     (c. 1727–1793), Irish dramatist, fiction writer, essayist, and actress.
  • Martha Grimes
    Martha Grimes
    Martha Grimes is an American author of detective fiction.She was born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, to William Dermit Grimes, Pittsburgh's city solicitor, and to June Dunnington, who owned the Mountain Lake Hotel in Western Maryland where Martha and her brother spent much of their childhood. Grimes...

     (born 1931), American mystery novelist. Richard Jury
    Richard Jury
    Richard Jury is a fictional Scotland Yard detective who stars in a series of mystery novels written by Martha Grimes.Initially a chief inspector, later a superintendent, Jury is invariably assisted in his cases by Melrose Plant, a British aristocrat who has given up his titles, and his...

  • Charlotte Forten Grimké
    Charlotte Forten Grimké
    Charlotte Louise Bridges Forten Grimké was an African-American anti-slavery activist, poet, and educator.-Biography:...

     (1837–1914), American anti-slavery activist and poet.
  • Angelina Weld Grimke
    Angelina Weld Grimke
    Angelina Weld Grimké was an African-American journalist, teacher, playwright and poet who was part of the Harlem Renaissance and was one of the first African-American women to have a play performed.- Biography :...

     (1880–1958), American journalist and poet.
  • Claudine Guérin de Tencin
    Claudine Guérin de Tencin
    Claudine Alexandrine Guérin de Tencin was a French salonist and author. She was the mother of Jean le Rond d'Alembert, philosophe and contributor to the Encyclopédie.- Early life :...

     (1682–1749), French literary patron and novelist.
  • Guðrún Helgadóttir
    Guðrún Helgadóttir
    Guðrún Helgadóttir is a prominent writer of children's literature in Iceland. She was born in Hafnarfjörður on September 7, 1935. Her first book, Jón Oddur og Jón Bjarni, appeared in 1974 when she worked at the National Health and Insurance Office. It concerned scheming twins and several more...

     (born 1935), Icelandic children's writer.
  • Judith Guest
    Judith Guest
    Judith Guest is an American novelist and screenwriter. She was born in Detroit, Michigan and is the great-niece of Poet Laureate Edgar Guest .- Work :...

     (born 1936), American novelist and screenwriter. Ordinary People
    Ordinary People (novel)
    Ordinary People is Judith Guest's first novel. Published in 1976, it tells the story of a year in the life of the Jarretts, an affluent suburban family trying to cope with the aftermath of two traumatic events....

  • Eileen Gunn
    Eileen Gunn
    Eileen Gunn is a science fiction author and editor based in Seattle, Washington, who began publishing in 1978....

     (born 1945), American short story writer and editor.
  • Elizabeth Gunn (born tktk), American mystery novelist.
  • Elena Guro
    Elena Guro
    Elena Genrikhovna Guro was a Russian Futurist painter, playwright, poet, and writer of fiction.-Early life:Guro was born in St. Petersburg on January 10, 1877. Her father was Genrikh Stepanovich Guro, an officer in the Imperial Russian Army of French descent. Her mother Anna Mikhailovna...

     (1877-1913), Russian Futurist
    Russian Futurism
    Russian Futurism is the term used to denote a group of Russian poets and artists who adopted the principles of Filippo Marinetti's "Manifesto of Futurism"...

     writer. The Little Camels of the Sky
  • Emma Jane Guyton
    Emma Jane Guyton
    Emma Jane Guyton or Worboise , was an English novelist and editor.Guyton was born Emma Jane Worboys in Birmingham on 20 April 1825 to George Baddeley Worboys , a gunsmith, and his wife, Maria Lane . She was a lifelong Congregationalist. She attended boarding school and may have worked as a governess...

     (1825-1887), English novelist and editor


  • Maria Hack
    Maria Hack
    -Life and family:Maria was born to John Barton and his wife Maria Done in Carlisle on 16 February 1777. Both her parents were Quakers. The family moved to London before Maria's mother died. Her father married again to Elizabeth Horne of Tottenham, with whose family Mary lived after her father's...

     (1777-1844), English children's writer
  • Jessica Hagedorn
    Jessica Hagedorn
    Jessica Tarahata Hagedorn is a Filipino-American playwright, writer, poet, storyteller, musician, and multimedia performance artist.-Biography:...

     (born 1949), Filipino American poet, playwright and novelist.
  • Elizabeth Forsythe Hailey
    Elizabeth Forsythe Hailey
    Elizabeth Forsythe Hailey is an American journalist and playwright.-Career:She studied at the Sorbonne in Paris and received her Bachelor's Degree from Hollins College, now Hollins University in Roanoke, Virginia in 1960. In the same year she married Oliver Hailey, a playwright and the father of...

     (born 1938), American novelist and playwright.
  • Radclyffe Hall
    Radclyffe Hall
    Radclyffe Hall was an English poet and author, best known for the lesbian classic The Well of Loneliness.- Life :...

     (1880–1943), English novelist.
  • Gisèle Halimi
    Gisèle Halimi
    Gisèle Halimi, born Zeiza Gisèle Élise Taïeb in 1927, is a French-Tunisian lawyer, feminist activist, and essayist.-Career:Born in La Goulette, to a Jewish mother and father, she was educated at a French lycée in Tunis, and then attended the University of Paris, graduating in law and philosophy...

     (born 1927), French-Tunisian feminist essayist.
  • Anne, Lady Halkett (1623–1699), English memoirist and religious essayist.
  • Marion Rose Halpenny
    Marion Rose Halpenny
    Marion Rose Halpenny is an equestrian writer and horsewoman, born in Lincoln, Lincolnshire, and known as the Lincolnshire turf authoress, who has written a number of articles and books on racing, but is mainly known for her pioneering book British Racing and Racecourses, which was the first book of...

     English Equestrian Writer and author of the pioneering book British Racing and Racecourses
    British Racing and Racecourses
    British Racing and Racecourses published in 1971 with a first print run of 10,000, was written by the female equestrian writer, Marion Rose Halpenny, and was the first book with general all round racecourse information, precise definitions of terms used to describe track surfaces, with plans of...

  • Virginia Hamilton
    Virginia Hamilton
    Virginia Esther Hamilton was an award-winning author of children's books. She wrote 41 books, including M. C. Higgins, the Great, for which she won the National Book Award in 1974 and the 1975 Newbery Medal....

     (1936–2002), American children's novelist. M. C. Higgins, the Great
    M. C. Higgins, the Great
    M. C. Higgins, the Great is a book by Virginia Hamilton that won the Newbery Medal for excellence in American children's literature in 1975. It also won the National Book Award, and the Boston Globe-Horn Book Award, the only book to do that. It is a coming of age novel; it covers three eventful...

  • Judith Hand
    Judith Hand
    Judith L. Hand is an evolutionary biologist, animal behaviorist , novelist, and pioneer in the emerging field of peace ethology. She writes on a variety of topics related to ethology, including the biological and evolutionary roots of war, gender differences in conflict resolution, empowering...

     (born 1940), American novelist, essayist, and screenwriter.
  • Sophie Hannah
    Sophie Hannah
    Sophie Hannah is an English-born poet and novelist. From 1997 to 1999 she was Fellow Commoner in Creative Arts at Trinity College, Cambridge, and between 1999 and 2001 she was a junior research fellow of Wolfson College, Oxford...

     (born 1971), English poet and novelist. Little Face, Hurting Distance, The Point of Rescue.
  • Lorraine Hansberry
    Lorraine Hansberry
    Lorraine Hansberry was an African American playwright and author of political speeches, letters, and essays...

     (1930–1965), American playwright. A Raisin in the Sun
    A Raisin in the Sun
    A Raisin in the Sun is a play by Lorraine Hansberry that debuted on Broadway in 1959. The title comes from the poem "Harlem" by Langston Hughes...

  • Thea von Harbou
    Thea von Harbou
    Thea Gabriele von Harbou was a German actress, author and film director of Prussian aristocratic origin. She was born in Tauperlitz in the Kingdom of Bavaria.-Early work:...

     (1888–1954), German novelist and screenwriter.
  • Joy Harjo
    Joy Harjo
    Joy Harjo is a Native American poet, musician, and author of ancestry. Known primarily as a poet, Harjo has also taught at the college level, played alto saxophone with a band called Poetic Justice, edited literary journals, and written screenplays. She is a member of the Muscogee Nation and...

     (born 1951), American poet.
  • Frances Harper
    Frances Harper
    Frances Ellen Watkins Harper was an African American abolitionist and poet. Born free in Baltimore, Maryland, she had a long and prolific career, publishing her first book of poetry at twenty and her first novel, the widely praised Iola Leroy, at age 67.-Life and works:Frances Ellen Watkins was...

     (1825–1911), American poet and novelist. Iola Leroy
    Iola Leroy
    Iola Leroy or, Shadows Uplifted, an 1892 novel by Frances Harper, is one of the first novels published by an African-American woman.-Plot introduction:...

  • Gwen Harwood
    Gwen Harwood
    Gwen Harwood AO , née Gwendoline Nessie Foster, was an Australian poet and librettist. Gwen Harwood is regarded as one of Australia's finest poets, publishing over 420 works, including 386 poems and 13 librettos. She won numerous poetry awards and prizes...

     (1920–1995), Australian poet and librettist.
  • Marlen Haushofer
    Marlen Haushofer
    Marlen Haushofer née Marie Helene Frauendorfer was an Austrian author, most famous for her only novel translated into English, The Wall. Haushofer was born in Frauenstein in Upper Austria. She attended Catholic boarding school in Linz, and went on to study German literature in Vienna, as well as...

     (1920–1970), Austrian novelist and children's author.
  • Eliza Haywood
    Eliza Haywood
    Eliza Haywood , born Elizabeth Fowler, was an English writer, actress and publisher. Since the 1980s, Eliza Haywood’s literary works have been gaining in recognition and interest...

     (1693–1756), English novelist, playwright, essayist, poet, and translator.
  • Shirley Hazzard
    Shirley Hazzard
    Shirley Hazzard is an Australian author of fiction and nonfiction. She was born in Australia, but holds citizenship in Great Britain and the United States...

     (born 1931), American novelist, non-fiction and short-story writer.
  • Bessie Head
    Bessie Head
    Bessie Emery Head is usually considered Botswana's most influential writer.-Biography:Bessie Emery Head was born in Pietermaritzburg, South Africa, the child of a wealthy white South African woman and a black servant when interracial relationships were illegal in South Africa...

     (1937–1986), Botswanan novelist, journalist and short story writer.
  • Anne Hébert
    Anne Hébert
    Anne Hébert, CC, OQ , was a Canadian author and poet. She is a descendant of famed French-Canadian historian Francois-Xavier Garneau, "and has carried on the family literary tradition spectacularly."...

     (1916–2000), Canadian poet and novelist. Kamouraska
  • Allison Hedge Coke
    Allison Hedge Coke
    Allison Adelle Hedge Coke is an American Book Award-winning American/Canadian poet of mixed Wendat/Huron/Metis/Tsalagi/ Creek/French Canadian/Portuguese/Irish/Scot/English ancestry.-Background:...

     (born 1958), American poet and writer.
  • Ursula Hegi
    Ursula Hegi
    Ursula Hegi is a German-born American writer.She was born Ursula Koch in 1946 in Düsseldorf, Germany, a city that was heavily bombed during World War II. Her perception growing up was that the war was avoided as a topic of discussion despite its evidence everywhere, and The Holocaust was a...

     (born 1946), German American novelist.
  • Lillian Hellman
    Lillian Hellman
    Lillian Florence "Lily" Hellman was an American playwright, linked throughout her life with many left-wing causes...

     (1905–1984), American playwright.
  • Felicia Hemans
    Felicia Hemans
    -Ancestry:Felicia Heman's paternal grandfather was George Browne of Passage, co. Cork, Ireland; her maternal grandparents were Elizabeth Haydock Wagner of Lancashire and Benedict Paul Wagner , wine importer at 9 Wolstenholme Square, Liverpool. Family legend gave the Wagners a Venetian origin;...

     (1793–1835), English-Welsh poet.
  • Beth Henley
    Beth Henley
    Elizabeth Becker "Beth" Henley is an American dramatist and actress. She writes primarily about women's issues and family in the Southern United States. She is also a screenwriter who has written many film adaptations of her plays...

     (born 1952), American playwright and screenwriter.
  • Mary Sidney Herbert
    Mary Sidney
    Mary Herbert , Countess of Pembroke , was one of the first English women to achieve a major reputation for her literary works, poetry, poetic translations and literary patronage.-Family:...

     (1561–1621), English poet, translator, and patron.
  • Karen Hesse
    Karen Hesse
    Karen Hesse is an American author of children's literature and literature for young adults, often with historical settings.-Life:...

     (born 1952), American children's novelist. Out of the Dust
    Out of the Dust
    Out of the Dust is a verse novel written by Karen Hesse. It was the winner of the Newbery Medal in 1998, Scott O'Dell Award, an ALA Notable Children's Book, an ALA "Best book", a School Library Journal "best book of the year", a Booklist "Editors' Choice" award, a Book Links "Lasting Connection", a...

  • Eleanor Hibbert
    Eleanor Hibbert
    Eleanor Hibbert was a British author who wrote under various pen names. Her best-known pseudonyms were Jean Plaidy, Victoria Holt, and Philippa Carr; she also wrote under the names Eleanor Burford, Elbur Ford, Kathleen Kellow, Anne Percival, and Ellalice Tate...

     (1906-1993), English historical novelist (countless pseudonyms). Murder Most Royal
    Murder Most Royal
    Murder Most Royal is an historical fiction novel by Jean Plaidy.This novel focuses on the two of Henry VIII's Howard wives, Anne Boleyn and Catherine Howard. It begins with Anne as a young woman leaving for Brussels and her homecoming to England and her subsequent rise to power in the English court...

  • Patricia Highsmith
    Patricia Highsmith
    Patricia Highsmith was an American novelist and short-story writer most widely known for her psychological thrillers, which led to more than two dozen film adaptations. Her first novel, Strangers on a Train, has been adapted for stage and screen numerous times, notably by Alfred Hitchcock in 1951...

     (1921–1995), American crime novelist and short story writer. Strangers on a Train
  • Hildegard of Bingen
    Hildegard of Bingen
    Blessed Hildegard of Bingen , also known as Saint Hildegard, and Sibyl of the Rhine, was a German writer, composer, philosopher, Christian mystic, Benedictine abbess, visionary, and polymath. Elected a magistra by her fellow nuns in 1136, she founded the monasteries of Rupertsberg in 1150 and...

     (1098–1179), German mystic, playwright and poet. Scivias
    Scivias is an illustrated work by Hildegard von Bingen, completed in 1151 or 1152, describing 26 religious visions she experienced. It is the first of three works that she wrote describing her visions, the others being Liber vitae meritorum and De operatione Dei...

  • Lorna Hill
    Lorna Hill
    Lorna Hill , was a British author of over 40 books for children.-Life and works:...

     (1902-1991), English children's novelist.
  • S. E. Hinton
    S. E. Hinton
    Susan Eloise Hinton is an American author best known for her young adult novel The Outsiders.While still in her teens, Hinton became a household name as the author of The Outsiders, her first and most popular novel, set in Oklahoma in the 1960s. She began writing it in 1965...

     (born 1948), American children's novelist. The Outsiders
    The Outsiders (novel)
    The Outsiders is a coming-of-age novel based in 1965 by S. E. Hinton, first published in 1967 by Viking Press. Hinton was 15 when she started writing the novel, but did most of the work when she was sixteen and a junior in high school. Hinton was 18 when the book was published...

  • Laura Z. Hobson
    Laura Z. Hobson
    Laura Z. Hobson was an American novelist best known for her novel, Gentleman's Agreement.Born Laura Kean Zametkin in New York City, the daughter of Jewish socialist immigrants, she graduated from Cornell University. On July 23, 1930, she married Francis Thayer Hobson, owner of William Morrow and...

     (1900–1986), American novelist.
  • Nina Kiriki Hoffman
    Nina Kiriki Hoffman
    Nina Kiriki Hoffman is an American fantasy, science fiction and horror writer.-Profile:Hoffman started publishing short stories in 1975. Her first nationally published short story appeared in Asimov's Science Fiction magazine in 1983...

     (born 1955), American novelist and short story writer.
  • Barbara Hofland
    Barbara Hofland
    Barbara Hofland was an English writer of some 66 didactic, moral stories for children, and of schoolbooks and poetry.-Life:...

     (1770-1844), English children's writer and poet
  • Linda Hogan
    Linda Hogan (writer)
    Linda K. Hogan is a Native American poet, storyteller, academic, playwright, novelist, environmentalist and writer of short stories.She is currently the Chickasaw Nation's Writer in Residence.-Early life:Linda Hogan is Chickasaw...

     (born 1947), American poet, novelist and short story writer.
  • Winifred Holtby
    Winifred Holtby
    Winifred Holtby was an English novelist and journalist, best known for her novel South Riding.-Life and writings:...

     (1898–1935), English novelist and journalist.
  • Bell Hooks
    Bell hooks
    Gloria Jean Watkins , better known by her pen name bell hooks, is an American author, feminist, and social activist....

     (born 1952), American feminist academic.
  • Pauline Hopkins
    Pauline Hopkins
    Pauline Elizabeth Hopkins was a prominent African-American novelist, journalist, playwright, historian, and editor. She is considered a pioneer in her use of the romantic novel to explore social and racial themes. Her work reflects the influence of W. E. B...

     (1859–1930), American novelist, journalist and playwright.
  • Marya Hornbacher
    Marya Hornbacher
    Marya Justine Hornbacher is an American author and freelance journalist. Her book Wasted: A Memoir of Anorexia and Bulimia, is an autobiographical account of her struggle with eating disorders, written when she was twenty-two. It has been translated into fourteen languages and sold over a million...

     (born 1974), American author and freelance journalist.
  • Janette Turner Hospital
    Janette Turner Hospital
    Janette Turner Hospital is a novelist and short story writer who has lived for most of her adult life in Canada or the U.S., principally Boston , Kingston and Columbia...

     (born 1942), Australian novelist and short story writer.
  • Jeanne Wakatsuki Houston
    Jeanne Wakatsuki Houston
    Jeanne Wakatsuki Houston is an American writer. Her writings are mostly focused on the ethnic diversity of the United States...

    , author of Farewell to Manzanar
    Farewell to Manzanar
    Farewell to Manzanar is a memoir published in 1973 by Jeanne Wakatsuki Houston and James D. Houston. It was adapted in the form of a television movie in 1976 starring Yuki Shimoda, Nobu McCarthy, Pat Morita, and Mako....

  • Ada Verdun Howell
    Ada Verdun Howell
    Ada Verdun Howell was an Australian author and poet. Born in Beaufort, Victoria, on her father's sheep property, she was educated at Ruytons Girls' School. Her sister was the artist Valma Howell. She lived in New York in the latter part of her life where she wrote most of her most famous works...

     (1902–1981), Australian American poet.
  • Mary Howitt
    Mary Howitt
    Mary Howitt was an English poet, and author of the famous poem The Spider and the Fly. She was born Mary Botham at Coleford, in Gloucestershire, the temporary residence of her parents, while her father, Samuel Botham, a prosperous Quaker of Uttoxeter, Staffordshire, was looking after some mining...

     (1799-1888), English poet and children's writer, The Spider and the Fly
    The Spider and the Fly (poem)
    The Spider and the Fly is a poem by Mary Howitt , published in 1829. The first line of the poem is "'Will you walk into my parlor?' said the Spider to the Fly." When Lewis Carroll was readying Alice's Adventures Under Ground for publication he replaced a parody he had made of a negro minstrel song...

  • Fannie Hurst
    Fannie Hurst
    Fannie Hurst was an American novelist. Although her books are not well remembered today, during her lifetime some of her more famous novels were Stardust , Lummox , A President is Born , Back Street , and Imitation of Life...

     (1885–1968), American novelist.
  • Zora Neale Hurston
    Zora Neale Hurston
    Zora Neale Hurston was an American folklorist, anthropologist, and author during the time of the Harlem Renaissance...

     (1891–1960), American novelist.
  • Nancy Huston
    Nancy Huston
    Nancy Louise Huston, OC is a Canadian-born novelist and essayist who writes primarily in French and translates her own works into English.-Biography:...

     (born 1953), Canadian-French novelist and essayist.
  • Lucy Hutchinson
    Lucy Hutchinson
    Mrs. Lucy Hutchinson was an English biographer as well as the first translator into English of the complete text of Lucretius's De Rerum Natura during the years of the interregnum .-Biography:...

     (1620–1681), English biographer.
  • Elspeth Huxley
    Elspeth Huxley
    Elspeth Joscelin Huxley CBE was a polymath, writer, journalist, broadcaster, magistrate, environmentalist, farmer, and government advisor. She wrote 30 books; but she is best known for her lyrical books The Flame Trees of Thika and The Mottled Lizard which were based on her experiences growing up...

     (1907–1997), English-Kenyan memoirist and journalist.


  • Nilima Ibrahim
    Nilima Ibrahim
    Nilima Ibrahim was an Indian, East Pakistani, and later Bangladeshi educationist, littérateur and social worker. She is well known for her outstanding scholarship on Bangla literature but even more so for her depiction of raped and tortured women in the 1971 Bangladesh Liberation War in her book...

     (1921–2002), Bangladeshi writer (details missing).
  • Elizabeth Inchbald
    Elizabeth Inchbald
    Elizabeth Inchbald was an English novelist, actress, and dramatist.- Life :Born on 15 October 1753 at Standingfield, near Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk, Elizabeth was the eighth of the nine children of John Simpson , a farmer, and his wife Mary, née Rushbrook. The family, like several others in the...

     (1753–1821), English novelist, actress, and dramatist.
  • Laura Ingalls Wilder
    Laura Ingalls Wilder
    Laura Elizabeth Ingalls Wilder was an American author who wrote the Little House series of books based on her childhood in a pioneer family...

     (1867–1957), American novelist. Little House on the Prairie
    Little House on the Prairie
    Little House is a series of children's books by Laura Ingalls Wilder that was published originally between 1932 and 1943, with four additional books published posthumously, in 1962, 1971, 1974 and 2006.-History:...

  • Ingibjörg Haraldsdóttir
    Ingibjörg Haraldsdóttir
    Ingibjörg Haraldsdóttir is an Icelandic poet and translator. She lived in Cuba from 1970 to 1975 and also lived in the U.S.S.R. for a time. She has had six books of poetry published. In translations she is most known for her work translating Russian and Spanish works. She was born in Reykjavík and...

     (born 1942), Icelandic poet.
  • Sylvia Iparraguirre
    Sylvia Iparraguirre
    Sylvia Iparraguirre is an Argentine novelist and human rights activist. Her novel Tierra del Fuego: Una Biografia del Fin del Mundo won the 1999 Sor Juana Inés de la Cruz Prize for women writers in Spanish...

     (born 1947), Argentine novelist.
  • Molly Ivins
    Molly Ivins
    Mary Tyler "Molly" Ivins was an American newspaper columnist, populist, political commentator, humorist and author.-Early life and education:Ivins was born in Monterey, California, and raised in Houston, Texas...

     (born 1944), American columnist.
  • Rachel Ingalls
    Rachel Ingalls
    Rachel Holmes Ingalls is an American-born author who has lived in the United Kingdom, since 1965. She won the 1970 Authors' Club First Novel Award for Theft. Her novel Mrs...

    , American novelist, Mrs. Caliban
    Mrs. Caliban
    Mrs. Caliban is a 1982 novel by Rachel Ingalls. The plot concerns a lonely housewife who finds companionship with a character who may or may not be a figment of her imagination, an amphibious biped named Larry....



  • Helen Hunt Jackson
    Helen Hunt Jackson
    Helen Maria Hunt Jackson, born Helen Fiske , was a United States writer who became an activist on behalf of improved treatment of Native Americans by the U.S. government. She detailed the adverse effects of government actions in her history A Century of Dishonor...

     (1830–1885), American novelist. Ramona
    Ramona is a 1884 United States historical novel written by Helen Hunt Jackson. It is the story of a Scots-Native American orphan girl in Southern California, who suffers racial discrimination and hardship. Originally serialized in the Christian Union on a weekly basis, the novel became immensely...

  • Shelley Jackson
    Shelley Jackson
    Shelley Jackson is a writer and artist known for her cross-genre experiments, including her groundbreaking work of hyperfiction, Patchwork Girl...

     (born 1963), Filipino American novelist, short story writer and essayist. Patchwork Girl (hypertext)
    Patchwork Girl (hypertext)
    Patchwork Girl is a work of electronic literature by American author Shelley Jackson. It was written in Storyspace and published by Eastgate Systems in 1995...

  • Shirley Jackson
    Shirley Jackson
    Shirley Jackson was an American author. A popular writer in her time, her work has received increasing attention from literary critics in recent years...

     (1916–1965), American novelist and short story writer. "The Lottery
    The Lottery
    "The Lottery" is a short story by Shirley Jackson, first published in the June 26, 1948, issue of The New Yorker. Written the same month it was published, it is ranked today as "one of the most famous short stories in the history of American literature"....

  • Harriet Jacobs (1813–1897), American memoir writer. Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl
    Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl
    Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl is a book that was published in 1861 by Harriet Jacobs, using the pen name "Linda Brent". While on one level it chronicles the experiences of Harriet Jacobs as a slave, and the various humiliations she had to endure in that unhappy state, it also deals with...

  • Frances Jacson
    Frances Jacson
    Frances Margaretta Jacson was an English novelist.-Family commitments:...

     (1754-1842), English novelist.
  • Rona Jaffe
    Rona Jaffe
    Rona Jaffe was a popular American novelist, publishing numerous works from 1958-2003. She may have been best known for her controversial novel, Mazes and Monsters...

     (1932–2005), American novelist. The Best of Everything
    The Best of Everything
    The Best of Everything is the first novel by Rona Jaffe. It is the story of five young employees of a New York publishing company.-Adaptions:...

  • Svava Jakobsdóttir
    Svava Jakobsdóttir
    Svava Jakobsdóttir was one of Iceland's foremost 20th Century authors and feminist politicians. As a writer her work was characterized by "unique brand of surreal feminism." Her father Jakob Jónsson was a Lutheran minister...

     (1930–2004), Icelandic playwright and short story writer.
  • Alice James
    Alice James
    Alice James was a U.S. diarist. The only daughter of Henry James, Sr. and sister of philosopher William James and novelist Henry James, she is known mainly for the posthumously published diary that she kept in her final years.-Life:Born into a wealthy and intellectually active family, Alice James...

     (1848–1892), American diarist.
  • P. D. James
    P. D. James
    Phyllis Dorothy James, Baroness James of Holland Park, OBE, FRSA, FRSL , commonly known as P. D. James, is an English crime writer and Conservative life peer in the House of Lords, most famous for a series of detective novels starring policeman and poet Adam Dalgliesh.-Life and career:James...

     (born 1920), English mystery novelist. Cover Her Face
    Cover Her Face (novel)
    Cover Her Face is the debut 1962 crime novel of P. D. James. It details the investigations by her poetry-writing detective Adam Dalgliesh into the death of a young, ambitious maid, surrounded by a family which has reasons to want her gone - or dead....

  • Elizabeth Janeway
    Elizabeth Janeway
    Elizabeth Janeway was an American author and critic.Born Elizabeth Ames Hall in Brooklyn, New York, her naval architect father and homemaker mother fell on hard times during the Depression, leading her to end her Swarthmore College education and help support the family by creating bargain basement...

     (1913–2005), American novelist.
  • Éva Janikovszky
    Éva Janikovszky
    Éva Janikovszky was a Hungarian writer.She wrote novels for both children and adults, but she is primarily known for her children's books, translated into 35 languages. Her first book was published in 1957...

    , Hungarian author of children's books.
  • Tama Janowitz
    Tama Janowitz
    Tama Janowitz is an American novelist and a short story writer. The 2005 September/October issue of Pages magazine listed her as one of the four "brat pack" authors, along with Bret Easton Ellis, Mark Lindquist and Jay McInerney.-Life:Her parents, a psychiatrist father, Julian Janowitz, and...

     (born 1957), American novelist, short story writer and screenwriter. Slaves of New York
    Slaves of New York
    Slaves of New York is a 1989 comedy-drama Merchant Ivory Productions film. It was directed byJames Ivory, produced by Ismail Merchant, and starred Bernadette Peters, Adam Coleman Howard, Chris Sarandon, Mary Beth Hurt, Mercedes Ruehl, Madeleine Potter, and Steve Buscemi.Based on the stories Slaves...

  • Gish Jen
    Gish Jen
    Gish Jen is a contemporary American writer.-Background:...

    , (born 1956 in Long Island, New York) is a contemporary American writer.
  • Sarah Orne Jewett
    Sarah Orne Jewett
    Sarah Orne Jewett was an American novelist and short story writer, best known for her local color works set in or near South Berwick, Maine, on the border of New Hampshire, which in her day was a declining New England seaport.-Biography:Jewett's family had been residents of New England for many...

     (1849–1909), American novelist and short story writer.
  • Geraldine Jewsbury
    Geraldine Jewsbury
    Geraldine Endsor Jewsbury was an English novelist and woman of letters.-Life and family:Jewsbury was born in Measham, then in Derbyshire, now in Leicestershire. She was the daughter of Thomas Jewsbury , a cotton manufacturer and merchant, and his wife Maria, née Smith,...

     (1812-1880), English novelist
  • Ruth Prawer Jhabvala
    Ruth Prawer Jhabvala
    Ruth Prawer Jhabvala, CBE is a Booker prize-winning novelist, short story writer, and two-time Academy Award-winning screenwriter. She is perhaps best known for her long collaboration with Merchant Ivory Productions, made up of director James Ivory and the late producer Ismail Merchant...

     (born 1927), German-English-Indian-American novelist and screenwriter. Heat and Dust
    Heat and Dust
    Heat and Dust is a novel by Ruth Prawer Jhabvala which won the Booker Prize in 1975. It is said to be based on an idea by another writer, but this writer is un-named.-Plot summary:...

    , A Room with a View
    A Room with a View (film)
    A Room with a View is a 1985 British drama film directed by James Ivory and produced by Ismail Merchant. The film is a close adaptation of E. M...

    , Howards End
    Howards End (film)
    Howards End is a 1992 film based upon the novel of the same title by E. M. Forster , a story of class relations in turn-of-the-20th-century England...

  • Rita Joe
    Rita Joe
    Rita Joe, was a Mi'kmaq-Canadian poet and song writer, called the Poet Laureate of the Mi'kmaq people....

     (born 1932), Canadian poet.
  • Georgia Douglas Johnson
    Georgia Douglas Johnson
    Georgia Blanche Douglas Camp Johnson better known as Georgia Douglas Johnson was an American poet and a member of the Harlem Renaissance.-Early life and education:...

     (1877–1966), American poet.
  • Helene Johnson
    Helene Johnson
    Helen Johnson, who was better known as Helene Johnson was an African American poet during the Harlem Renaissance. She was also a cousin of author Dorothy West.She spent her early years at her grandfather’s house in Boston...

     (1906–1995), American poet.
  • Pauline Johnson
    Pauline Johnson
    Emily Pauline Johnson , commonly known as E. Pauline Johnson or just Pauline Johnson, was a Canadian writer and performer popular in the late 19th century...

     (1861–1913), Canadian poet.
  • Mary Johnston
    Mary Johnston
    Mary Johnston was an American novelist and women's rights advocate.The daughter of an American Civil War soldier who became a successful lawyer, Mary Johnston was born in the small town of Buchanan, Virginia. A small and frail girl, she was educated at home by family and tutors...

     (1870–1936), American novelist.
  • Diana Wynne Jones
    Diana Wynne Jones
    Diana Wynne Jones was a British writer, principally of fantasy novels for children and adults, as well as a small amount of non-fiction...

     (born 1934), British novelist, primarily of fantasy.
  • Sandy Jones
    Sandy Jones
    Sandy Jones, , is an American pregnancy and parenting expert. Her newest book, co-authored with her daughter, Marcie Jones, Great Expectations: Your All-in-One Resource for Pregnancy & Childbirth was published by Sterling Publishing...

     birthdate missing. American parenting writer.
  • Erica Jong
    Erica Jong
    Erica Jong is an American author and teacher best known for her fiction and poetry.-Career:A 1963 graduate of Barnard College, and with an M.A...

     (born 1942), American novelist. Fear of Flying
    Fear of Flying (novel)
    Fear of Flying is a 1973 novel by Erica Jong, which became famously controversial for its attitudes towards female sexuality, and figured in the development of second-wave feminism....

  • Ingrid Jonker
    Ingrid Jonker
    Ingrid Jonker , was a South African poet. Although she wrote in Afrikaans, her poems have been widely translated into other languages...

     (1933–1965), South African poet.
  • June Jordan
    June Jordan
    June Millicent Jordan was a Caribbean American poet, novelist, journalist, biographer, dramatist, teacher and committed activist...

     (1936–2002), American poet, essayist, journalist, novelist, librettist and autobiography writer.
  • Irena Jordanova
    Irena Jordanova
    Irena Jordanova is a Macedonian writer. She graduated from Ss. Cyril and Methodius University of Skopje, the Department of World and Comparative Literature. She lives in Skopje with her partner and her son....

     (born 1980), Macedonian author.
  • Heidi Julavits
    Heidi Julavits
    Heidi Suzanne Julavits is an American author and co-editor of The Believer magazine. She has been published in The Best Creative Nonfiction Vol. 2, Esquire, Story, Zoetrope All-Story, and McSweeney’s Quarterly...

     birthdate missing. American journalist and novelist.
  • Julian of Norwich
    Julian of Norwich
    Julian of Norwich is regarded as one of the most important English mystics. She is venerated in the Anglican and Lutheran churches, but has never been canonized, or officially beatified, by the Catholic Church, probably because so little is known of her life aside from her writings, including the...

     (1342–1416), English mystic.
  • Miranda July
    Miranda July
    Miranda July is a performing artist, writer, actress and film director. Born Miranda Jennifer Grossinger, she works under the surname of "July," which can be traced to a character from a "girlzine" Miranda created with high school friend Johanna Fateman, called Snarla.- Background :Miranda...

     (born 1974), American writer and performance artist.
  • Susannah Willard Johnson
    Susannah Willard Johnson
    Susannah Willard Johnson was an Anglo-American woman who was captured with her family during an Abenaki Indian raid on Charlestown, New Hampshire in August 1754, immediately prior to the breakout of the French and Indian War...

     (1729–1810), American memoirist.


  • Annie Keary
    Annie Keary
    Anna Maria Keary was an English novelist, poet and children's writer.-Life:Born at the rectory in Bilston, now called Bilton-in-Ainsty, Yorkshire, Annie was the daughter of a former army chaplain, William Keary, who came from County Galway in Ireland, and his wife, Lucy Plumer, of Bilton Hall....

     (1825-1879), English novelist and poet
  • Helen Keller
    Helen Keller
    Helen Adams Keller was an American author, political activist, and lecturer. She was the first deafblind person to earn a Bachelor of Arts degree....

     (1880–1968), American lecturer, essayist, and autobiography writer. Light in my Darkness
    Light in my Darkness
    Light in My Darkness is a book, originally published in 1927 as My Religion, written by Helen Keller when she was 47 years old. The book was written as a tribute to Emanuel Swedenborg whom Helen regarded as "one of the noblest champions true Christianity has ever known." This book is regarded as...

  • Margery Kempe
    Margery Kempe
    Margery Kempe is known for dictating The Book of Margery Kempe, a work considered by some to be the first autobiography in the English language. This book chronicles, to some extent, her extensive pilgrimages to various holy sites in Europe and Asia, as well as her mystical conversations with God...

     (c. 1373–1438), English autobiography writer.
  • Margaret Kennedy
    Margaret Kennedy
    Margaret Kennedy was an English novelist and playwright.-Family and education:Margaret Kennedy was born in Hyde Park Gate, London, the eldest of the four children of Charles Moore Kennedy , a barrister, and his wife Ellinor Edith Marwood...

     (1896-1967), English novelist. The Constant Nymph
  • Irmgard Keun
    Irmgard Keun
    Irmgard Keun was a German author noteworthy both for her portrayals of life in the Weimar Republic as well as the early years of the Nazi Germany era.-Biography:...

     (1905–1982), German novelist.
  • Nadezhda Khvoshchinskaya
    Nadezhda Khvoshchinskaya
    Nadezhda Dmitryevna Khvoshchinskaya , May 20, 1824 – June 8, 1889, was a Russian novelist, poet, literary critic and translator. Her married name was Zayonchkovskaya. She published much of her work under the pseudonym V. Krestovsky...

     (1824-1889), Russian novelist. The Boarding School Girl
  • Sue Monk Kidd
    Sue Monk Kidd
    Sue Monk Kidd is a writer from the Southern United States, best known for her novel, The Secret Life of Bees.- Biography :Kidd, who was born in Sylvester, Georgia, graduated from Texas Christian University with a B.S...

     (born 1948), American writer. The Secret Life of Bees
    The Secret Life of Bees
    This is about the 2002 Sue Monk Kidd novel. For the 2008 film, see Secret Life of Bees The Secret Life of Bees is a 2002 historical novel by American author Sue Monk Kidd. It received much critical acclaim and was a New York Times bestseller...

  • Anne Killigrew
    Anne Killigrew
    Anne Killigrew was an English poet. Born in London, Killigrew is perhaps best known as the subject of a famous elegy by the poet John Dryden entitled To The Pious Memory of the Accomplish'd Young Lady Mrs. Anne Killigrew . She was however a skilful poet in her own right, and her Poems were...

     (1660–1685), English poet.
  • Dorothy Kilner
    Dorothy Kilner
    Dorothy Kilner was a prolific English writer of children's books during the late 18th century.-Life:...

     (1755-1836), English children's writer.
  • Ronyoung Kim
    Ronyoung Kim
    Ronyoung Kim , aka Kim Ronyoung, was the pen name of Gloria Hahn, a Korean American writer. She was born and raised to Korean immigrants in Los Angeles's Koreatown and died not long after finishing Clay Walls , a Pulitzer Prize-nominated novel about a Korean family that leaves Japanese-occupied...

     (March 28, 1926 – February 1987)
  • Jamaica Kincaid
    Jamaica Kincaid
    Jamaica Kincaid is a Caribbean novelist, gardener, and gardening writer. She was born in the city of St. John's on the island of Antigua in the nation of Antigua and Barbuda...

     (born 1949), Antiguan American novelist. Annie John
    Annie John
    Annie John, a novel written by Jamaica Kincaid in 1985, details the growth of a girl in Antigua, an island in the Caribbean. It covers issues as diverse as mother-daughter relationships, lesbianism, racism, clinical depression, education, and the struggle between medicine based on "scientific fact"...

  • Grace King
    Grace King
    Grace Elizabeth King was an American author of Louisiana stories, history, and biography, and a leader in historical and literary activities.-Biography:...

     (1852–1932), American short story writer and historian.
  • Tabitha King
    Tabitha King
    Tabitha King is an American author and activist. She is married to writer Stephen King.-Family:King met her husband, author Stephen King, in college through her work-study job in the Fogler Library. Their daughter Naomi Rachel was born in 1970. They married on January 2, 1971...

     (born 1949), American novelist.
  • Barbara Kingsolver
    Barbara Kingsolver
    Barbara Kingsolver is an American novelist, essayist and poet. She was raised in rural Kentucky and lived briefly in the former Republic of Congo in her early childhood. Kingsolver earned degrees in biology at DePauw University and the University of Arizona and worked as a freelance writer before...

     (born 1955), American novelist, poet, short story writer and essayist.
  • Anne Knight
    Anne Knight (children's writer)
    For this author's namesake, the social reformer, see Anne Knight.Anne Knight was a Quaker children's writer and educationalist.-Life:...

     (1792-1860), English children's writer.
  • Maxine Hong Kingston
    Maxine Hong Kingston
    Maxine Hong Kingston is a Chinese American author and Professor Emeritus at the University of California, Berkeley, where she graduated with a BA in English in 1962. Kingston has written three novels and several works of non-fiction about the experiences of Chinese immigrants living in the United...

     (born 1940), Chinese American novelist and academic.
  • Carolyn Kizer
    Carolyn Kizer
    Carolyn Ashley Kizer is a Pulitzer Prize-winning American poet of the Pacific Northwest whose works reflect her feminism.-Life and work:...

     (born 1925), American poet.
  • Alexandra Kollontai
    Alexandra Kollontai
    Alexandra Mikhailovna Kollontai was a Russian Communist revolutionary, first as a member of the Mensheviks, then from 1914 on as a Bolshevik. In 1919 she became the first female government minister in Europe...

     (1872–1952), Russian/Soviet writer and important political figure. A Great Love
  • Maria Konopnicka
    Maria Konopnicka
    Maria Konopnicka nee Wasiłowska , was a Polish poet, novelist, writer for children and youth, a translator, journalist and critic, as well as an activist for women's rights and Polish independence.Maria Konopnicka also composed a poem about the execution of the Irish patriot, Robert...

     (1842–1910)Polish novelist, poet, translator and essayst
  • Lina Kostenko
    Lina Kostenko
    Lina Kostenko is a Ukrainian poet and writer, recipient of the Shevchenko Award . Kostenko is a leading representative of Ukrainian poets of the sixties known as Shestydesiantnyky . This group started publishing during the 1950s and reached its apex during the early 1960s...

     (born 1930), Ukrainian poet.
  • Elizabeth Kostova
    Elizabeth Kostova
    Elizabeth Johnson Kostova is an American author best known for her debut novel The Historian.-Early life:Elizabeth Z. Johnson was born in New London, Connecticut and raised in Knoxville, Tennessee where she graduated from the Webb School of Knoxville...

     (born 1964), American novelist. The Historian
    The Historian
    The Historian interweaves the history and folklore of Vlad Ţepeş, a 15th-century prince of Wallachia known as "Vlad the Impaler", and his fictional equivalent Count Dracula together with the story of Paul, a professor; his 16-year-old daughter; and their quest for Vlad's tomb...

  • Sofia Kovalevskaya
    Sofia Kovalevskaya
    Sofia Vasilyevna Kovalevskaya , was the first major Russian female mathematician, responsible for important original contributions to analysis, differential equations and mechanics, and the first woman appointed to a full professorship in Northern Europe.She was also one of the first females to...

     (1859–1891), Russian writer and major mathematician. Nihilist Girl
  • Hanna Krall
    Hanna Krall
    Hanna Krall is a Polish writer.-Childhood:Krall is of Jewish origin. During World War II she lost some of her close relatives. She survived the war only because she was hidden from the Nazis.-Journalism:...

     (born 1937) Polish writer, novelist, journalist
  • Julia Kristeva
    Julia Kristeva
    Julia Kristeva is a Bulgarian-French philosopher, literary critic, psychoanalyst, sociologist, feminist, and, most recently, novelist, who has lived in France since the mid-1960s. She is now a Professor at the University Paris Diderot...

     (born 1941), Bulgarian-French critic, philosopher and novelist.
  • Uma Krishnaswami
    Uma Krishnaswami
    Uma Krishnaswami is an author of picture books and novels for children, and a writing teacher. She is “recognized as a major voice in the expanding of international and multicultural young adult fiction and children’s literature.”-Biography:...

     (born 1956) Children's writer.
  • Kristín Marja Baldursdóttir
    Kristín Marja Baldursdóttir
    Kristín Marja Baldursdóttir is an Icelandic writer born on January 21, 1949 in Hafnarfjörður. She received her degree in 1991 from the University of Iceland in the fields of German and Icelandic. Her first novel Mávahlátur became a play and film...

     (born 1949), Icelandic novelist.
  • Agota Kristof
    Agota Kristof
    Ágota Kristóf was a Hungarian writer, who lived in Switzerland and wrote in French. Kristof received the European prize for French literature for The Notebook . She won the 2001 Gottfried Keller Award in Switzerland and the Austrian State Prize for European Literature in 2008.- Biography :Kristof...

     (born 1935), Hungarian-Swiss novelist.
  • Maxine Kumin
    Maxine Kumin
    Maxine Kumin is an American poet and author. She was appointed Poet Laureate Consultant in Poetry to the Library of Congress in 1981-1982.-Early years:...

     (born 1925), American poet and children's novelist.
  • Jean Kwok
    Jean Kwok
    Jean Kwok is a contemporary Chinese American writer and the author of the national bestseller Girl in Translation.-Biography:Jean Kwok was born in Hong Kong and immigrated to Brooklyn, New York when she was five years old. While living in a roach-infested apartment without central heating, she...

     birthdate missing, Chinese American novelist.


  • Mercedes Lackey
    Mercedes Lackey
    Mercedes "Misty" Lackey is a best-selling American author of fantasy novels. Many of her novels and trilogies are interlinked and set in the world of Velgarth, mostly in and around the country of Valdemar...

     (born 1950), American fantasy novelist.
  • Madame de La Fayette (1634–1693), French novelist. La Princesse de Clèves
    La Princesse de Clèves
    La Princesse de Clèves is a French novel which was published anonymously in March 1678. It is regarded by many as the beginning of the modern tradition of the psychological novel, and as a great classic work. Its author is generally held to be Madame de La Fayette.The action takes place between...

  • Selma Lagerlöf
    Selma Lagerlöf
    Selma Ottilia Lovisa Lagerlöf was a Swedish author. She was the first female writer to win the Nobel Prize in Literature, and most widely known for her children's book Nils Holgerssons underbara resa genom Sverige ....

     (1858–1940), Swedish novelist and children's novelist, and 1909 Nobel Prize in Literature
    Nobel Prize in Literature
    Since 1901, the Nobel Prize in Literature has been awarded annually to an author from any country who has, in the words from the will of Alfred Nobel, produced "in the field of literature the most outstanding work in an ideal direction"...

  • Sinikka Laine
    Sinikka Laine
    Sinikka Laine-Törmänen is a Finnish author primarily of Young-adult fiction. Her first novel Ohari was published in 1982....

     (born 1945), Finnish writer of young adult literature.
  • Jhumpa Lahiri
    Jhumpa Lahiri
    Jhumpa Lahiri is a Bengali American author. Lahiri's debut short story collection, Interpreter of Maladies , won the 2000 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction, and her first novel, The Namesake , was adapted into the popular film of the same name. She was born Nilanjana Sudeshna, which she says are both...

     (born 1967), Bengali American short story writer and novelist. The Namesake
    The Namesake
    The Namesake is the second book by author Jhumpa Lahiri. It was originally a novella published in The New Yorker and was later expanded to a full length novel. It explores many of the same emotional and cultural themes as her Pulitzer Prize-winning short story collection Interpreter of Maladies...

  • Laila Lalami
    Laila Lalami
    Laila Lalami is a Moroccan American novelist and essayist.Lalami was born and raised in Rabat, Morocco, where she earned her B.A. in English from Université Mohammed V. In 1991, she received a British Council fellowship to study in England, and she went on to complete a M.A. in Linguistics at...

     (born 1968), Moroccan American journalist, essayist and novelist. Hope and Other Dangerous Pursuits
    Hope and Other Dangerous Pursuits
    Hope and Other Dangerous Pursuits is a 2005 novel by Moroccan American author Laila Lalami. First published in the US, it offers a wider view of the immigration phenomenon from North Africa to Europe.-Plot summary:...

  • Lalleshvari (1320–1392), Kashmiri poet.
  • Alice Elinor Lambert
    Alice Elinor Lambert
    Alice Elinor Lambert was an American romance writer.In the 1930s, she self-published with Vanguard Press at least three romance novels: Hospital Nocture, Women Are Like That, and Lost Fragrance, all later re-published by Dell Romance. In 1904, she enjoyed a brief summer romance with Canadian...

     (1886–1981), American romance novelist.
  • Anne Lamott
    Anne Lamott
    Anne Lamott is a novelist and non-fiction writer. She is also a political activist, public speaker and writing teacher. Based in the San Francisco Bay Area, her nonfiction works are largely autobiographical...

     (born 10 April 1954, in San Francisco) a political activist, progressive and author of several novels and works of non-fiction.
  • Leena Lander
    Leena Lander
    Leena Lander is a Finnish author. In 1992 she won the Thanks for the Book Award for Tummien perhosten koti , which was made into a successful Finnish film in 2008. She also won the Pro Finlandia award in 2000.- External links :* *...

     (born 1955), Finnish novelist
  • Margaret Landon
    Margaret Landon
    Margaret Landon was an American writer best remembered for Anna and the King of Siam, her best-selling 1944 novel of the life of Anna Leonowens which eventually sold over a million copies and translated into more than twenty languages...

     (1903–1993), American novelist. Anna and the King of Siam
    Anna and the King of Siam (book)
    Anna and the King of Siam is a 1944 semi-fictionalized biographical novel by Margaret Landon.In the early 1860s, Anna Leonowens, a widow with two young children, was invited to Siam by King Mongkut , who wanted her to teach his children and wives the English language and introduce them to British...

  • Jane Lane
    Jane Lane (author)
    Jane Lane was the pen name of Elaine Kidner Dakers, a British historical novelist and biographer distantly related to the Jane Lane who aided Charles II after his defeat at Worcester. She is best known for her books about the Stuart period and 18th century Scotland, written from a Catholic and...

     historical novelist and biographer.
  • Eve Langley
    Eve Langley
    Eve Langley , born Ethel Jane Langley, was an Australian novelist and poet. Her novels belong to a tradition of Australian women's writing that explores the conflict between being an artist and being a woman.-Life:...

     (1908–1974), Australian novelist.
  • Aemilia Lanyer (1569–1645), English poet.
  • Alda Lara
    Alda Lara
    Alda Ferreira Pires Barreto de Lara Albuquerque, known as Alda Lara . Created a large poetic output in the Portuguese language. Attended Coimbra and Lisbon Universities...

     (1930–1962), Angolan poet.
  • Claudia Lars
    Claudia Lars
    Claudia Lars, born in Armenia, El Salvador on December 20, 1899 as Margarita del Carmen Brannon Vega, was a Salvadoran poet. She died in San Salvador in 1974...

     (1899–1974), Salvadoran (?) poet.
  • Nella Larsen
    Nella Larsen
    Nellallitea 'Nella' Larsen Nellallitea 'Nella' Larsen Nellallitea 'Nella' Larsen (born Nellie Walker (April 13, 1891 – March 30, 1964), was an American novelist of the Harlem Renaissance. She published two novels and a few short stories. Though her literary output was scant, what she wrote earned...

     (1891–1964), American novelist and short story writer.
  • Yulia Latynina
    Yulia Latynina
    Yulia Leonidovna Latynina is a Russian journalist, writer and radio host. She works at the radio station Echo of Moscow. She also writes for Novaya Gazeta and The Moscow Times.-Writer, journalist and radio host:...

     (born 1966), Russian writer. The Insider
    The Insider (Yulia Latynina novel)
    The Insider is the final book of the science fiction literary cycle Empire of Weia by Russian writer Yulia Latynina.This novel was published in 1999 in Olma-Press .-Main characters:...

  • Margaret Laurence
    Margaret Laurence
    Jean Margaret Laurence, CC was a Canadian novelist and short story writer, one of the major figures in Canadian literature.- Early years :...

     (1926–1987), Canadian novelist and short story writer. The Stone Angel
    The Stone Angel
    The Stone Angel, first published in 1964 by McClelland and Stewart, is perhaps the best-known of Margaret Laurence's series of novels set in the fictitious town of Manawaka, Manitoba. In parallel narratives set in the past and the present-day , The Stone Angel tells the story of Hagar Currie Shipley...

  • Mary Lavin
    Mary Lavin
    Mary Josephine Lavin was a noted Irish short story writer and novelist. She is regarded as a pioneering female author in the traditionally male-dominated world of Irish letters. Her subject matter often dealt explicitly with feminist issues and concerns at a time when the primacy of the Roman...

     (1912–1996), Irish novelist and short story writer.
  • Emma Lazarus
    Emma Lazarus
    Lazarus began to be more interested in her Jewish ancestry after reading the George Eliot novel, Daniel Deronda, and as she heard of the Russian pogroms in the early 1880s. This led Lazarus to write articles on the subject. She also began translating the works of Jewish poets into English...

     (1849–1887), Portuguese American poet. The New Colossus
    The New Colossus
    "The New Colossus" is a sonnet by Emma Lazarus , written in 1883 and, in 1903, engraved on a bronze plaque and mounted inside the Statue of Liberty.- History of the poem :...

  • Jane Leade
    Jane Leade
    Jane Ward Leade was a Christian mystic born in Norfolk, England. Her spiritual visions, recorded in a series of publications, were central in the founding and philosophy of the Philadelphian Society in London at the time.-Early life:...

     (1624–1704), English mystic.
  • Louisa Leaman
    Louisa Leaman
    Louisa Leaman is a writer and behaviour expert based in London UK.In 2004 she won a writing competition in the Times Educational Supplement. This led to a publishing deal with Continuum International Publishing. She has since had five books published...

     (born 1976), Education writer.
  • Violette Leduc
    Violette Leduc
    Violette Leduc was a French author.She was born in Arras, Pas de Calais, France, the illegitimate daughter of a servant girl, Berthe. In Valenciennes, the young Violette spent most of her childhood suffering from poor self-esteem, exacerbated by her mother's hostility and overprotectiveness...

     (1907–1972), French novelist.
  • Ursula K. Le Guin
    Ursula K. Le Guin
    Ursula Kroeber Le Guin is an American author. She has written novels, poetry, children's books, essays, and short stories, notably in fantasy and science fiction...

     (born 1929), American science fiction novelist, children's novelist, poet and essayist. Earthsea
    Earthsea is a fictional realm originally created by Ursula K. Le Guin for her short story "The Word of Unbinding", published in 1964. Earthsea became the setting for a further six books, beginning with A Wizard of Earthsea, first published in 1968, and continuing with The Tombs of Atuan, The...

    , Ekumen
    The Hainish Cycle consists of a number of science fiction novels and stories of Ursula K. Le Guin. Most of them are not set on the planet Hain, but have it as a distant background...

  • Harper Lee
    Harper Lee
    Nelle Harper Lee is an American author known for her 1960 Pulitzer-Prize-winning novel To Kill a Mockingbird, which deals with the issues of racism that were observed by the author as a child in her hometown of Monroeville, Alabama...

     (born 1926), American novelist. To Kill a Mockingbird
    To Kill a Mockingbird
    To Kill a Mockingbird is a novel by Harper Lee published in 1960. It was instantly successful, winning the Pulitzer Prize, and has become a classic of modern American literature...

  • Harriet Lee
    Harriet Lee
    Harriet Lee was a novelist and playwright.Born the daughter of actor John Lee, Harriet Lee grew up in an artistic family. In 1786 she published The Errors of Innocence, an epistolary novel...

     (1757–1851), English novelist and playwright.
  • Muna Lee
    Muna Lee (writer)
    This article is about the Puerto Rico-based writer. For the American athlete, see Muna Lee .Muna Lee was an American author and poet who became widely known for her writings that promoted Pan-Americanism and Feminism.Born in Raymond, Mississippi, Lee began her writing career as a well-known lyric...

     (1895–1965), American poet and translator.
  • Sophia Lee
    Sophia Lee
    Sophia Lee was an English novelist and dramatist.She was the daughter of John Lee , actor and theatrical manager, and was born in London...

     (1750–1824), English playwright and novelist.
  • Tanith Lee
    Tanith Lee
    Tanith Lee is a British writer of science fiction, horror and fantasy. She is the author of over 70 novels and 250 short stories, a children's picture book and many poems. She also wrote two episodes of BBC science fiction series Blake's 7...

     (born 1947), British novelist, poet, and screenwriter.
  • Joy Leftow
    Joy Leftow
    Joy Leftow, born in Washington Heights in New York City, is an American poet, fiction writer, and essayist. Leftow's poetry is narrative and lyrical, and each poem tells a complete story...

     birthdate missing. American poet.
  • Tuija Lehtinen
    Tuija Lehtinen
    Tuija Lehtinen is a Finnish writer. She graduated in year 1973 to secondary school graduate in Kuopio. She graduated to candidate of natural sciences in year 1978 from the university of Oulu. Her main object was statistics. Best known novels by Lehtinen belongs to Mirkka-, Laura- and...

     (born 1954), Finnish children's writer and novelist.
  • Leena Lehtolainen
    Leena Lehtolainen
    Leena Katriina Lehtolainen is a Finnish crime novelist. She has written the famous book series about the policewoman Maria Kallio.Her first novel was released when she was only 12 years old...

     (born 1964), Finnish crime writer.
  • Madeleine L'Engle
    Madeleine L'Engle
    Madeleine L'Engle was an American writer best known for her young-adult fiction, particularly the Newbery Medal-winning A Wrinkle in Time and its sequels A Wind in the Door, A Swiftly Tilting Planet, Many Waters, and An Acceptable Time...

     (born 1918), American novelist and children's novelist. A Wrinkle in Time
    A Wrinkle in Time
    A Wrinkle in Time is a science fantasy novel by Madeleine L'Engle, first published in 1962. The story revolves around a young girl whose father, a government scientist, has gone missing after working on a mysterious project called a tesseract. The book won a Newbery Medal, Sequoyah Book Award, and...

  • Sue Lenier
    Sue Lenier
    Susan Jennifer Lenier is an English writer. She published two books of poetry and a number of plays.-Biography:Sue Lenier was born in Birmingham, schooled in Tyneside, and attended Clare College, Cambridge...

     (born 1957), English poet and playwright.
  • Charlotte Lennox
    Charlotte Lennox
    Charlotte Lennox was an English author and poet. She is most famous now as the author of The Female Quixote and for her association with Samuel Johnson, Joshua Reynolds, and Samuel Richardson, but she had a long career and wrote poetry, prose, and drama.-Life:Charlotte Lennox was born in Gibraltar...

     (1720–1804), English novelist, poet, and dramatist.
  • Donna Leon
    Donna Leon
    Donna Leon is the American author of a series of crime novels set in Venice and featuring the fictional hero Commissario Guido Brunetti.Leon has lived in Venice for over 25 years...

     (born 1942), American-Italian mystery novelist.
  • Ellen Lenneck
    Ellen Lenneck
    Ellen Lenneck was the writing pseudonym of Martha Julie Antoinette Helene Weichardt , a German author of novels and novellas...

     (1851–1880), Pseudonym for Helene Weichardt. German author of novels and novellas.
  • Doris Lessing
    Doris Lessing
    Doris May Lessing CH is a British writer. Her novels include The Grass is Singing, The Golden Notebook, and five novels collectively known as Canopus in Argos....

     (born 1919), English-Zimbabwean novelist. Canopus in Argos
    Canopus in Argos
    Canopus in Argos: Archives is a sequence of five science fiction novels by Nobel Prize in Literature-winning author Doris Lessing which portray a number of societies at different stages of development, over a great period of time...

  • Meridel Le Sueur
    Meridel Le Sueur
    Meridel Le Sueur was an American writer associated with the proletarian movement of the 1930s and 1940s...

     (1900–1996), American journalist and novelist.
  • Denise Levertov
    Denise Levertov
    -Early life and influences:Levertov was born and grew up in Ilford, Essex.Couzyn, Jeni Contemporary Women Poets. Bloodaxe, p74 Her mother, Beatrice Spooner-Jones Levertoff, came from a small mining village in North Wales...

     (1923–1997), English American poet and essayist.
  • Aurora Levins Morales
    Aurora Levins Morales
    Aurora Levins Morales is a Puerto Rican Jewish writer and poet. She is significant within Latina feminism as well as other social justice movements.-Early life and education:...

     (born 1954), U.S. Puerto Rican essayist, poet and fiction writer.
  • Janet Lewis
    Janet Lewis
    Janet Loxley Lewis was an American novelist and poet.-Biography:Lewis was born in Chicago, Illinois, and was a graduate of the University of Chicago, where she was a member of a literary circle that included Glenway Wescott, Elizabeth Madox Roberts, and her future husband Yvor Winters...

     (1899–1998), American novelist.
  • Li Qingzhao
    Li Qingzhao
    Li Qingzhao was a Chinese writer and poet of the Song Dynasty, regarded by many as the premier female poet in the Chinese language.-Biography:She was born Li Qingzhao (Traditional Chinese: 李清照; Simplified Chinese: 李清照, pinyin: Lǐ Qīngzhào; Wade-Giles: Li Ch'ing-chao, pseudonym Yi'an Jushi (易安居士...

     (1084–1151), Chinese poet.
  • Rosa Liksom
    Rosa Liksom
    Rosa Liksom—née Anni Ylävaara, January 7, 1958, Ylitornio—is a Finnish writer and artist.She has studied antropology at the Helsinki and Copenhagen and social sciences at the University of Moscow. She won the J. H...

     (born 1958), Finnish short story writer, novelist and children's writer.
  • Suzanne Lilar
    Suzanne Lilar
    Suzanne, Baroness Lilar was a Flemish Belgian essayist, novelist, and playwright writing in French...

     (1901–1992), Belgian playwright, essayist and novelist.
  • Astrid Lindgren
    Astrid Lindgren
    Astrid Anna Emilia Lindgren , 14 November 1907 – 28 January 2002) was a Swedish author and screenwriter who is the world's 25th most translated author and has sold roughly 145 million copies worldwide...

     (1907–2002), Swedish children's novelist. Pippi Longstocking
    Pippi Longstocking
    Pippi Longstocking is a fictional character in a series of children's books by Swedish author Astrid Lindgren, and adapted into multiple films and television series...

  • Elizabeth Linington
    Elizabeth Linington
    Barbara "Elizabeth" Linington was a prolific American novelist. She was awarded runner-up scrolls for best first mystery novel from the Mystery Writers of America for her 1960 novel, Case Pending, which introduced her most popular series character, LAPD Homicide Lieutenant Luis Mendoza...

     (1921–1988), American mystery novelist.
  • Kelly Link
    Kelly Link
    Kelly Link is an American editor and author of short stories. While some of her fiction falls more clearly within genre categories, many of her stories might be described as slipstream or magic realism: a combination of science fiction, fantasy, horror, mystery, and realism...

     (born 1969), American short story writer and editor.
  • Clarice Lispector
    Clarice Lispector
    Clarice Lispector was a Brazilian writer. Acclaimed internationally for her innovative novels and short stories, she was also a journalist...

     (1920–1977), Brazilian novelist. A Paixão segundo G.H.
  • Dorothy Livesay
    Dorothy Livesay
    Dorothy Kathleen May Livesay, was a Canadian poet who twice won the Governor General`s Award in the 1940s, and was "senior woman writer in Canada" during the 1970s and 1980s.-Life:...

     (1909–1996), Canadian poet.
  • Anita Loos
    Anita Loos
    Anita Loos was an American screenwriter, playwright and author.-Early life:Born Corinne Anita Loos in Sisson, California , where her father, R. Beers Loos, had opened a tabloid newspaper for which her mother, Minerva "Minnie" Smith did most of the work of a newspaper publisher...

     (1888–1981), American screenwriter, playwright and novelist. Gentlemen Prefer Blondes (book)
  • Josefina Lopez
    Josefina Lopez
    Josefina Lopez is a Chicana playwright, perhaps best known as the author of the play Real Women Have Curves.-Early life:...

     (born 1969), Chicana playwright,screenwriter and novelist Real Women Have Curves
    Real Women Have Curves
    Real Women Have Curves is a 2002 American movie starring America Ferrera. Directed by Patricia Cardoso and produced by George LaVoo from a screenplay by LaVoo and Josefina Lopez , it debuted at the Sundance Film Festival, where it won the Audience Award in addition to Special Jury Prizes for both...

  • Audre Lorde
    Audre Lorde
    Audre Lorde was a Caribbean-American writer, poet and activist.-Life:...

     (1934–1992), American poet.
  • Emilie Loring
    Emilie Loring
    Emilie Baker Loring was a prolific American romance novelist of the 20th century. She began writing in 1914 at the age of 50 and continued until her death after a long illness in 1951. After her death, her estate was managed by her sons, Selden M. and Robert M...

     (1864–1951), American romance novelist.
  • Isabel Losada
    Isabel Losada
    Isabel Losada is a British writer and former actress, singer, dancer, and television producer. Her four most recent full length books combine humour with a serious look at their subject matters and are true-life accounts of her own experiences...

    , British writer, actress, singer, dancer, and television producer.
  • Amy Lowell
    Amy Lowell
    Amy Lawrence Lowell was an American poet of the imagist school from Brookline, Massachusetts who posthumously won the Pulitzer Prize for Poetry in 1926.- Personal life:...

     (1874–1925), American poet.
  • Lois Lowry
    Lois Lowry
    Lois Lowry is an American author of children's literature. She began her career as a photographer and a freelance journalist during the early 1970s...

     (born 1937), American children's novelist. Number the Stars
    Number the Stars
    Number the Stars is a work of historical fiction about the Holocaust of the Second World War by award-winning author Lois Lowry. The story centers around ten-year-old Annemarie Johansen, who lived in Copenhagen, Denmark, in 1943 and was caught up in the events surrounding the rescue of the Danish...

    , The Giver
    The Giver
    The Giver is a 1993 soft science fiction novel by Lois Lowry. It is set in a society which is at first presented as a utopian society and gradually appears more and more dystopian. The novel follows a boy named Jonas through the twelfth year of his life...

  • Mina Loy
    Mina Loy
    Mina Loy born Mina Gertrude Löwry was an artist, poet, playwright, novelist, Futurist, actress, Christian Scientist, designer of lamps, and bohemian. She was one of the last of the first generation modernists to achieve posthumous recognition. Her poetry was admired by T. S...

     (1882–1966), English poet and artist.
  • Dulce María Loynaz
    Dulce María Loynaz
    Daughter of the famous General Enrique Loynaz del Castillo, a hero of the Cuban Liberation Army and author of Cuban National Anthem lyrics; and sister of poet Enrique Loynaz Muñoz...

     (1902–1997), Cuban poet and novelist.
  • Clare Booth Luce (1903–1987), American editor, playwright and journalist.
  • Jane Lumley
    Jane Lumley
    Jane , Lady Lumley was the first person to translate Euripides into English. She was the eldest child of Henry Fitzalan, 19th Earl of Arundel , patron of the arts, and his first wife, Katherine Grey Fitzalan...

     (1537–1578), English translator.
  • Ulla-Lena Lundberg
    Ulla-Lena Lundberg
    Ulla-Lena Lundberg is a Finland-Swedish author living in Porvoo, Finland. Her Swedish language books have been translated into several languages, including Finnish, Danish, German, Russian and Dutch.-Biography:...

     (born 1947)Finland-Swedish author.
  • Alison Lurie
    Alison Lurie
    Alison Lurie is an American novelist and academic. She won the Pulitzer Prize for her 1984 novel Foreign Affairs. Although better known as a novelist, she has also written numerous non-fiction books and articles, particularly on children's literature and the semiotics of dress.-Personal...

     (born 1926), American novelist and academic. Foreign Affairs
    Foreign Affairs (novel)
    Foreign Affairs is a 1984 novel by Alison Lurie, which concerns itself with American academics in England. The novel won multiple awards, including the 1984 National Book Award and the Pulitzer Prize for fiction in 1985, and was made into a television movie in 1993.-Plot summary:Unmarried...


  • Gwendolyn MacEwen
    Gwendolyn MacEwen
    Gwendolyn Margaret MacEwen was a Canadian poet and novelist. A "sophisticated, wide-ranging and thoughtful writer," she published more than 20 books in her brief life. "A sense of magic and mystery from her own interests in the Gnostics, Ancient Egypt and magic itself, and from her wonderment at...

     (1941–1987), Canadian novelist and poet.
  • Serena Mackesy
    Serena Mackesy
    -Life and education:Serena Mackesy is the daughter of the Scots-born Oxford military historian Piers Mackesy. She is also the granddaughter on her mother's side of the novelist Margaret Kennedy and on her father's side of Leonora Mackesy , who wrote Harlequin romances as Leonora Starr and Dorothy...

     (born 1960s), English novelist and journalist
  • Mary Mackey
    Mary Mackey
    -Biography:Mackey was born in Indianapolis, Indiana. Her father was a physician. Her mother worked as a chemist in the Mead Johnson laboratories during World War II...

     (born 1945), American novelist, poet and academic.
  • Patricia MacLachlan
    Patricia MacLachlan
    Patricia MacLachlan is a bestselling U.S. children's author, best known for winning the 1986 Newbery Medal for her book Sarah, Plain and Tall. The book was later turned into a TV movie starring Glenn Close and Christopher Walken.MacLachlan was born in Cheyenne, Wyoming. She lived in Wyoming and...

     birthdate missing. American children's novelist. Sarah, Plain and Tall
    Sarah, Plain and Tall
    Sarah, Plain and Tall is a children's book written by Patricia MacLachlan, and the winner of the 1986 Newbery Medal and the 1986 Scott O'Dell Award for Historical Fiction. It explores themes of loneliness, abandonment, and coping with change....

  • Mary MacLane
    Mary MacLane
    Mary MacLane was a controversial Canadian-born American writer whose frank memoirs helped usher in the confessional style of autobiographical writing...

     (1881–1929), controversial Canadian-American writer.
  • Charlotte MacLeod
    Charlotte MacLeod
    - Life and work :Born in Bath, New Brunswick, Canada, in 1922, Charlotte MacLeod emigrated to the United States in 1923, and became a naturalized U.S. citizen in 1951. She attended the Art Institute of Boston. During the late 1940s and early 1950s, she worked as a copy writer for Stop and Shop...

     (1922–2005), Canadian/American novelist and mystery writer.
  • Rosie Malek-Yonan
    Rosie Malek-Yonan
    Rosie Malek-Yonan is an Assyrian actress, author, director, public figure and human rights activist.-Early life:Born in Tehran, Iran, Rosie Malek-Yonan is a descendant of one of the oldest and most prominent Assyrian families, tracing her Assyrian roots back nearly 11 centuries...

     birthdate missing. Assyrian novelist, actor and filmmaker.
  • Gitta Mallasz
    Gitta Mallasz
    Gitta Mallasz was a graphic designer and an artist, but is today best known for her transcription of a series of extraordinary spiritual instructions she was one of the recipients in Hungary during World War II...

    , Hungarian author of esoteric dialogues.
  • Françoise Mallet-Joris
    Françoise Mallet-Joris
    Françoise Mallet-Joris is the nom de plume of Françoise Lilar.She was born in Antwerp, the daughter of the writer Suzanne Lilar and the Belgian Minister of Justice and Minister of State Albert Lilar, and the sister of the 18th century art historian Marie Fredericq-Lilar...

     (born 1930), Belgian-French novelist and essayist.
  • Nathalie Mallet
    Nathalie Mallet
    Nathalie Mallet is a Canadian mystery, science fiction and fantasy writer. She grew up in Shippagan, New Brunswick, but now resides in Prince George, British Columbia....

     Canadian science fiction, fantasy writer.
  • Delarivier Manley
    Delarivier Manley
    Delarivier Manley was an English novelist of amatory fiction, playwright, and political pamphleteer...

     (c. 1670–1724), English novelist, playwright, and political pamphleteer.
  • Eeva-Liisa Manner
    Eeva-Liisa Manner
    Eeva-Liisa Manner , Finnish poet, playwright and translator. She was born in Helsinki but spent her youth in Vyborg . Manner started as a poet in 1944...

     (1921–1995), Finnish poet, playwright and translator.
  • Katherine Mansfield
    Katherine Mansfield
    Kathleen Mansfield Beauchamp Murry was a prominent modernist writer of short fiction who was born and brought up in colonial New Zealand and wrote under the pen name of Katherine Mansfield. Mansfield left for Great Britain in 1908 where she encountered Modernist writers such as D.H. Lawrence and...

     (1888–1923), New Zealand-English short story writer.
  • Lee Maracle
    Lee Maracle
    -Early life:Born in Vancouver, British Columbia, she grew up in the neighbouring city of North Vancouver and attended Simon Fraser University. She was one of the first Aboriginal people to be published in the early 1970s.-Career:...

     (born 1950), Canadian poet, novelist and storyteller.
  • Ellen Marriage
    Ellen Marriage
    Ellen Marriage was an English translator from French, notably of Balzac's novels...

     (1865-1946), English translator of Balzac
    Honoré de Balzac
    Honoré de Balzac was a French novelist and playwright. His magnum opus was a sequence of short stories and novels collectively entitled La Comédie humaine, which presents a panorama of French life in the years after the 1815 fall of Napoleon....

    's novels.
  • Ngaio Marsh
    Ngaio Marsh
    Dame Ngaio Marsh DBE , born Edith Ngaio Marsh, was a New Zealand crime writer and theatre director. There is some uncertainty over her birth date as her father neglected to register her birth until 1900...

     (1895–1982), New Zealand mystery writer. Roderick Alleyn
    Roderick Alleyn
    Roderick Alleyn is a fictional character who first appeared in 1934. He is the policeman hero of the 32 detective novels of Ngaio Marsh. Marsh and her gentleman detective belong firmly in the Golden Age of Detective Fiction, although the last Alleyn novel, Light Thickens, was published as late as...

  • Paule Marshall
    Paule Marshall
    Paule Marshall is an American author. She was born Valenza Pauline Burke in Brooklyn to Barbadian parents and educated at Girls High School, Brooklyn College and Hunter College . Early in her career, she wrote poetry, but later returned to prose...

     (born 1929), American novelist.
  • Judi Ann Mason
    Judi Ann Mason
    Judi Ann Mason was an American television writer, producer and playwright.-Background:Mason was born in Bossier City, Louisiana on February 2, 1955. She excelled in English and became interested in playwrighting while in high school...

     (1955–2009) American playwright, screenwriter, journalist, producer "Sister Act 2: Back in the Habit
    Sister Act 2: Back in the Habit
    Sister Act 2: Back In The Habit is a 1993 comedy film starring Whoopi Goldberg. Directed by Bill Duke, and released by Touchstone Pictures, it is the sequel to the successful 1992 film Sister Act...

  • Bobbie Ann Mason
    Bobbie Ann Mason
    Bobbie Ann Mason is an American novelist, short story writer, essayist, and literary critic from Kentucky.With four siblings Mason grew up on her family's dairy farm outside of Mayfield, Kentucky. As a child she loved to read, so her parents, Wilburn and Christina Mason, always made sure she had...

     (born 1940), American novelist, short story writer, essayist, and critic. In Country
    In Country
    In Country is a 1989 American drama film produced and directed by Norman Jewison, starring Bruce Willis and Emily Lloyd. The screenplay by Frank Pierson and Cynthia Cidre was based on the novel by Bobbie Ann Mason. The original music score was composed by James Horner...

  • Daphne du Maurier
    Daphne du Maurier
    Dame Daphne du Maurier, Lady Browning DBE was a British author and playwright.Many of her works have been adapted into films, including the novels Rebecca and Jamaica Inn and the short stories "The Birds" and "Don't Look Now". The first three were directed by Alfred Hitchcock.Her elder sister was...

     (1907–1989), English novelist and short story writer. Rebecca
    Rebecca (novel)
    Rebecca is a novel by Daphne du Maurier. When Rebecca was published in 1938, du Maurier became – to her great surprise – one of the most popular authors of the day. Rebecca is considered to be one of her best works...

  • DeBarra Mayo
    DeBarra Mayo
    DeBarra Mayo is an American health and fitness advocate, writer and media personality. She has epilepsy, which has led her to a career involved with maintaining and enhancing health. She has written regularly on the subject of health and wellness in books, magazines and newspapers, as well as on...

     (born 1953), American bodybuilder and fitness writer.
  • Eleanor Mayo
    Eleanor Mayo
    Eleanor Mayo was an American novelist of the mid twentieth century. She lived most of her life on Mount Desert Island, Maine. She was raised in Southwest Harbor, Maine. She was the life companion of the well known Maine novelist Ruth Moore. Mayo was introduced to Moore in the summer of 1940 by...

     (1920–1981), American novelist.
  • Bunny McBride
    Bunny McBride
    Carol Ann McBride is an American writer, author of a wide range of nonfiction books on subjects ranging from cultural survival and wildlife conservation to Native American themes. Her most recent book is Indians in Eden: Wabanakis and Rusticators on Maine's Mt.Desert Island...

     (born 1950), American writer, journalist, and anthropologist
  • Anne McCaffrey
    Anne McCaffrey
    Anne Inez McCaffrey was an American-born Irish writer, best known for her Dragonriders of Pern series. Over the course of her 46 year career she won a Hugo Award and a Nebula Award...

     (born 1926), American science fiction novelist. Dragonriders of Pern
    Dragonriders of Pern
    Dragonriders of Pern is a science fiction series written primarily by the late American-Irish author Anne McCaffrey, who initiated it in 1967. Beginning 2003, her middle child Todd McCaffrey has written Pern novels, both solo and jointly with Anne. The series comprises 22 novels and several short...

  • Mary McCarthy (author)
    Mary McCarthy (author)
    Mary Therese McCarthy was an American author, critic and political activist.- Early life :Born in Seattle, Washington, to Roy Winfield McCarthy and his wife, the former Therese Preston, McCarthy was orphaned at the age of six when both her parents died in the great flu epidemic of 1918...

     (1912–1989), American novelist, critic and memoir writer.
  • Sharyn McCrumb
    Sharyn McCrumb
    Sharyn McCrumb is an American writer whose books celebrate the history and folklore of Appalachia. McCrumb is the winner of numerous literary awards, and the author of the Elizabeth McPherson series, the Ballad series, and the St...

     (born 1948), American novelist and short story writer.
  • Carson McCullers
    Carson McCullers
    Carson McCullers was an American writer. She wrote novels, short stories, and two plays, as well as essays and some poetry. Her first novel The Heart Is a Lonely Hunter explores the spiritual isolation of misfits and outcasts of the South...

     (1917–1967), American novelist. The Heart Is a Lonely Hunter
    The Heart Is a Lonely Hunter
    The Heart Is a Lonely Hunter is the debut 1940 novel by American author Carson McCullers. Written in Charlotte, North Carolina, in houses on Central Avenue and East Boulevard, it is about a deaf man named John Singer and the people he encounters in a 1930s mill town in the US state of Georgia...

  • Patricia A. McKillip
    Patricia A. McKillip
    Patricia Anne McKillip is an American author of fantasy and science fiction novels. Her novels have been winners of the World Fantasy Award, Locus Award and Mythopoeic Award. In 2008, she was a recipient of the World Fantasy Award for Life Achievement...

     (born 1948), American sci-fi and fantasy writer.
  • Emma McLaughlin
    Emma McLaughlin
    Emma Lanier McLaughlin is an American novelist.-Private life:McLaughlin graduated from New York University's Gallatin School of Individualized Study...

     American novelist.
  • Terry McMillan
    Terry McMillan
    Terry McMillan is an American author. Her interest in books comes from working at a library when she was sixteen. She received her BA in journalism in 1986 at University of California, Berkeley. Her work is characterized by strong female protagonists.Her first book, Mama, was published in 1987...

     (born 1951), American novelist. Waiting to Exhale
    Waiting to Exhale
    Waiting to Exhale is a 1995 romance film starring Whitney Houston and Angela Bassett, directed by Forest Whitaker. The movie was adapted from the 1992 novel of the same name by Terry McMillan. Loretta Devine, Lela Rochon, Dennis Haysbert, Michael Beach, Gregory Hines, Donald Faison and Mykelti...

  • Richelle Mead (born 1976), American novelist. Vampire Academy
    Vampire Academy (series)
    Vampire Academy is a best-selling series of six young-adult paranormal romance novels by American author Richelle Mead. It tells the story of Rose Hathaway, a seventeen-year-old Dhampir girl, who is training to be a bodyguard for her Moroi best friend, Vasilisa "Lissa" Dragomir. In the process of...

  • Fatema Mernissi
    Fatema Mernissi
    Fatema or Fatima Mernissi is a Moroccan feminist writer and sociologist.-Biography:Mernissi was born into a middle-class family in Fes in 1940. She received her primary education in a school established by the nationalist movement, and secondary level education in an all-girls school funded by the...

     (born 1940), Moroccan feminist academic.
  • Grace Metalious (1924–1964), American novelist. Peyton Place
    Peyton Place (novel)
    Peyton Place is a 1956 novel by Grace Metalious. It sold 60,000 copies within the first ten days of its release and remained on the New York Times best seller list for 59 weeks. It was adapted as both a 1957 film and a 1964–69 television series....

  • Stephenie Meyer
    Stephenie Meyer
    Stephenie Meyer is an American author known for her vampire romance series Twilight. The Twilight novels have gained worldwide recognition and sold over 100 million copies globally, with translations into 37 different languages...

     (born 1973), American Novelist of The Host and Twilight Saga
  • Alice Meynell
    Alice Meynell
    Alice Christiana Gertrude Thompson Meynell was an English writer, editor, critic, and suffragist, now remembered mainly as a poet.-Biography:...

     (1847–1922), English feminist essayist, critic and poet.
  • Charlotte Mew
    Charlotte Mew
    Charlotte Mary Mew was an English poet, whose work spans the cusp between Victorian poetry and Modernism.She was born in Bloomsbury, London the daughter of the architect Frederick Mew, who designed Hampstead town hall and Anna Kendall. She attended Lucy Harrison's School for Girls and lectures at...

     (1869–1928), English poet. The Farmer's Bride
    The Farmer's Bride
    The Farmer's Bride is a collection of poetry by Charlotte Mew.Mew's first collection of poems was published in 1916, in chapbook format, by the Poetry Bookshop. In the USA, it was entitled Saturday Market and was not published until 1921...

  • Grace Mildmay
    Grace Mildmay
    Grace Mildmay was an English noblewoman, diarist and medical practitioner. Her autobiography is one of the earliest existing autobiographies of an English woman. Originally from Wiltshire, she married Sir Anthony Mildmay in 1567 and moved to Apethorpe Hall, his father's home in Northamptonshire...

     (1552–1620), English diarist
  • Edna St. Vincent Millay
    Edna St. Vincent Millay
    Edna St. Vincent Millay was an American lyrical poet, playwright and feminist. She received the Pulitzer Prize for Poetry, and was known for her activism and her many love affairs. She used the pseudonym Nancy Boyd for her prose work...

     (1892–1950), American poet.
  • Caroline Pafford Miller (1903–1992), American novelist.
  • Grażyna Miller
    Grazyna Miller
    Grażyna Miller was a poet, born in Poland.She lived in Italy, where she wrote poems and translates publications from Polish into Italian. She was also a literary critic whose work was published by the most prestigious Italian press media...

     (born 1957), Polish poet, writer, translator.
  • Kirsten Miller
    Kirsten Miller
    This is an article about the American writer. For the South African writer of the same name go to Kirsten Miller Kirsten Miller is an American novelist and the creator of the Kiki Strike book series. Her first book in the series, Kiki Strike: Inside the Shadow City, came out in 2006...

     (born 1973), American Novelist. Kiki Strike
    Kiki Strike
    The Kiki Strike series by Kirsten Miller is a series of novels revolving around the adventures of six girls in Manhattan, and currently consists of two books .Five delinquent Girl Scouts,...

  • Anchee Min
    Anchee Min
    Anchee Min is a Chinese-American painter, photographer, musician, and author who lives in San Francisco and Shanghai...

     (born 1957), Chinese American novelist and memoir writer. Red Azalea
    Red Azalea
    Red Azalea is the memoir of Chinese American writer Anchee Min . It was written during the first eight years she spent in the United States, from 1984 to 1992, and tells the story of her life in China.-Story:...

  • Mirabai (1498–1547), Rajasthani mystical poet.
  • Gabriela Mistral
    Gabriela Mistral
    Gabriela Mistral was the pseudonym of Lucila de María del Perpetuo Socorro Godoy Alcayaga, a Chilean poet, educator, diplomat, and feminist who was the first Latin American to win the Nobel Prize in Literature, in 1945...

     (1889–1957), Chilean poet and 1945 Nobel Prize in Literature
    Nobel Prize in Literature
    Since 1901, the Nobel Prize in Literature has been awarded annually to an author from any country who has, in the words from the will of Alfred Nobel, produced "in the field of literature the most outstanding work in an ideal direction"...

    -winner. Sonetos de la Muerte
    Sonetos de la Muerte
    Sonetos de la Muerte is a work by the Chilean poet Gabriela Mistral, first published in 1914. The work was awarded first prize in the Juegos Florales, a national literary contest....

  • Gladys Mitchell
    Gladys Mitchell
    Gladys Mitchell was an English author best known for her creation of Mrs. Bradley, the heroine of numerous detective novels. She also wrote under the pseudonyms Stephen Hockaby and Malcolm Torrie...

     (1901–1983), English mystery novelist.
  • Margaret Mitchell
    Margaret Mitchell
    Margaret Munnerlyn Mitchell was an American author and journalist. Mitchell won the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction in 1937 for her epic American Civil War era novel, Gone with the Wind, which was the only novel by Mitchell published during her lifetime.-Family:Margaret Mitchell was born in Atlanta,...

     (1900–1949), American journalist and novelist. Gone with the Wind
    Gone with the Wind
    The slaves depicted in Gone with the Wind are primarily loyal house servants, such as Mammy, Pork and Uncle Peter, and these slaves stay on with their masters even after the Emancipation Proclamation of 1863 sets them free...

  • Naomi Mitchison
    Naomi Mitchison
    Naomi May Margaret Mitchison, CBE was a Scottish novelist and poet. She was appointed CBE in 1981; she was also entitled to call herself Lady Mitchison, CBE since 5 October 1964 .- Childhood and family background :Naomi Margaret Haldane was...

     (1897–1999), Scottish novelist and poet.
  • Mary Russell Mitford
    Mary Russell Mitford
    Mary Russell Mitford , was an English author and dramatist. She was born at Alresford, Hampshire. Her place in English literature is as the author of Our Village...

     (1787–1855), English novelist and dramatist.
  • Nancy Mitford
    Nancy Mitford
    Nancy Freeman-Mitford, CBE , styled The Hon. Nancy Mitford before her marriage and The Hon. Mrs Peter Rodd thereafter, was an English novelist and biographer, one of the Bright Young People on the London social scene in the inter-war years...

     (1904–1973), English novelist, biographer and letterwriter.
  • Minae Mizumura
    Minae Mizumura
    is a critically acclaimed novelist currently writing in the Japanese language. Educated in the US, she wrote her first published work in the English language, a scholarly essay on the literary criticism of Paul de Man. She is often portrayed as a Japanese novelist who questions the conventional...

    , Japanese novelist, critic, essayist. Educated in the US.
  • Lady Mary Wortley Montagu
    Lady Mary Wortley Montagu
    The Lady Mary Wortley Montagu was an English aristocrat and writer. Montagu is today chiefly remembered for her letters, particularly her letters from Turkey, as wife to the British ambassador, which have been described by Billie Melman as “the very first example of a secular work by a woman about...

     (1689–1762), English poet, essayist, diarist, and letter-writer.
  • Florence Montgomery
    Florence Montgomery
    -Life and works:She was born Florence Harriet Montgomery in Chelsea, London on 17 January 1843, the second of the seven surviving children of Admiral Alexander Leslie Montgomery and his wife Caroline Rose Campbell of Hampton Court, Middlesex. Her father was also an MP. He succeeded to a baronetcy...

     (1843-1923), English children's writer
  • Lucy Maud Montgomery
    Lucy Maud Montgomery
    Lucy Maud Montgomery OBE , called "Maud" by family and friends and publicly known as L.M. Montgomery, was a Canadian author best known for a series of novels beginning with Anne of Green Gables, published in 1908. Anne of Green Gables was an immediate success...

     (1874–1942), Canadian novelist, short story writer and poet. Anne of Green Gables
    Anne of Green Gables
    Anne of Green Gables is a bestselling novel by Canadian author Lucy Maud Montgomery published in 1908. Set in 1878, it was written as fiction for readers of all ages, but in recent decades has been considered a children's book...

  • Ruth Montgomery
    Ruth Montgomery
    Ruth Shick Montgomery was a self-described Christian psychic in the tradition of Jeane Dixon and Edgar Cayce. She was a biographer of Dixon and a protégée of Arthur Ford who claimed he could access the Akashic Records of the Universe.Montgomery initially believed her mission on Earth was to...

     (1912–2001), American journalist, novelist and psychic.
  • Susanna Moodie
    Susanna Moodie
    Susanna Moodie, born Strickland , was an English-born Canadian author who wrote about her experiences as a settler in Canada, which was a British colony at the time.-Biography:...

     (1803–1885), Canadian diarist, novelist, children's novelist and poet.
  • Anne Moody
    Anne Moody
    Anne Moody is an African-American author who has written about her experiences growing up poor and black in rural Mississippi, joining the Civil Rights Movement, and fighting racism against blacks in the United States beginning in the 1960s-Life:Born Essie Mae Moody, she was the oldest of nine...

     (born 1940), American autobiographer. Coming of Age in Mississippi
    Coming of Age in Mississippi
    Coming of Age in Mississippi is a 1968 memoir by Anne Moody about growing up in rural Mississippi in the middle of the 20th century as an African American woman. The book covers Moody's life from childhood until her late 20s, including her involvement in the civil rights movement, which began when...

  • Lorrie Moore
    Lorrie Moore
    Lorrie Moore is an American fiction writer known mainly for her humorous and poignant short stories.-Biography:...

     (born 1957), American short story writer.
  • Marianne Moore
    Marianne Moore
    Marianne Moore was an American Modernist poet and writer noted for her irony and wit.- Life :Moore was born in Kirkwood, Missouri, in the manse of the Presbyterian church where her maternal grandfather, John Riddle Warner, served as pastor. She was the daughter of mechanical engineer and inventor...

     (1887–1972), American poet.
  • Ruth Moore
    Ruth Moore
    Ruth Moore was an important Maine author of the twentieth century. She is best known for her honest portrayals of Maine people and evocative descriptions of the state. Now primarily thought of as a regional writer, Moore was a significant literary figure on the national stage during her career...

     (1903–1989), American novelist, poet and short story writer.
  • Cherrie Moraga
    Cherríe Moraga
    Cherríe L. Moraga is a Chicana writer, feminist activist, poet, essayist, and playwright.-Biography:Moraga was born in Whittier, California. She earned her Bachelor's degree from Immaculate Heart College in Los Angeles, California and her Master's from San Francisco State University in 1980...

     (born 1952) Chicana poet, playwright and essayist.
  • Ann Moray
    Ann Moray
    Ann Moray was a singer and novelist. A native of Wales, Moray married Juan Lopez de Ceballos, a Venezuelan diplomat.While biographical information is difficult to find, according to liner notes on her recording, “The Love Songs of Robert Burns” , she studied music in Vienna. During World War II,...

     (1909–1981), Irish-American novelist and singer.
  • Hannah More
    Hannah More
    Hannah More was an English religious writer, and philanthropist. She can be said to have made three reputations in the course of her long life: as a poet and playwright in the circle of Johnson, Reynolds and Garrick, as a writer on moral and religious subjects, and as a practical...

     (1745–1833), English moralist, poet, and playwright.
  • Jan Morris
    Jan Morris
    Jan Morris CBE is a Welsh nationalist, historian, author and travel writer. She is known particularly for the Pax Britannica trilogy, a history of the British Empire, and for portraits of cities, notably Oxford, Venice, Trieste, Hong Kong, and New York City.With an English mother and Welsh father,...

     (born 1926), Welsh historian and travel writer.
  • Toni Morrison
    Toni Morrison
    Toni Morrison is a Nobel Prize and Pulitzer Prize-winning American novelist, editor, and professor. Her novels are known for their epic themes, vivid dialogue, and richly detailed characters. Among her best known novels are The Bluest Eye, Song of Solomon and Beloved...

     (born 1931), American novelist, children's novelist and 1993 Nobel Prize in Literature
    Nobel Prize in Literature
    Since 1901, the Nobel Prize in Literature has been awarded annually to an author from any country who has, in the words from the will of Alfred Nobel, produced "in the field of literature the most outstanding work in an ideal direction"...

    -winner. Beloved
    Beloved (novel)
    Beloved is a novel by the American writer Toni Morrison, published in 1987. Set in 1873 just after the American Civil War , it is based on the story of the African-American slave, Margaret Garner, who escaped slavery in 1856 in Kentucky by fleeing to Ohio, a free state...

  • Penelope Mortimer
    Penelope Mortimer
    Penelope Ruth Mortimer , was a British journalist, biographer and novelist.-Early life:...

     (1918–1999), Welsh-English novelist.
  • Thylias Moss
    Thylias Moss
    Thylias Moss is an American poet, writer, experimental filmmaker, sound artist and playwright, of African American, Indian, and European heritage, who has published a number of poetry collections, children’s books, essays, and multimedia work she calls poams, products of acts of making, related to...

     (born 1954), American poet, children's novelist and playwright.
  • Julia Moulden
    Julia Moulden
    Julia Moulden is a Canadian author, speaker, speechwriter and communications consultant who is based in Toronto. She has published two books and has written and been featured in several periodicals, newspapers and other media.-Books:...

     (born 1956), Canadian non-fiction writer and speechwriter.
  • Bharati Mukherjee
    Bharati Mukherjee
    Bharati Mukherjee is an award-winning Indian-born American writer. She is currently a professor in the department of English at the University of California, Berkeley.-Background:...

     (born 1940), Indian American novelist and short story writer. Jasmine
    Jasmine (novel)
    Jasmine is a novel by Bharati Mukherjee set in the present about a young Indian woman in the United States who, trying to adapt to the American way of life in order to be able to survive, changes identities several times.-Synopsis:...

  • Herta Müller
    Herta Müller
    Herta Müller is a Romanian-born German novelist, poet and essayist noted for her works depicting the effects of violence, cruelty and terror, usually in the setting of Communist Romania under the repressive Nicolae Ceauşescu regime which she experienced herself...

     (born 1953), Romanian-born German novelist, poet and essayist. Nobel Prize
    Nobel Prize
    The Nobel Prizes are annual international awards bestowed by Scandinavian committees in recognition of cultural and scientific advances. The will of the Swedish chemist Alfred Nobel, the inventor of dynamite, established the prizes in 1895...

  • Alice Munro
    Alice Munro
    Alice Ann Munro is a Canadian short-story writer, the winner of the 2009 Man Booker International Prize for her lifetime body of work, a three-time winner of Canada's Governor General's Award for fiction, and a perennial contender for the Nobel Prize...

     (born 1931), Canadian short story writer. Dance of the Happy Shades
    Dance of the Happy Shades
    Dance of the Happy Shades is a book of short stories by Alice Munro, published by McGraw-Hill Ryerson in 1968. It was her first collection of stories and won the 1968 Governor General's Award for English Fiction...

  • Murasaki Shikibu
    Murasaki Shikibu
    Murasaki Shikibu was a Japanese novelist, poet and lady-in-waiting at the Imperial court during the Heian period. She is best known as the author of The Tale of Genji, written in Japanese between about 1000 and 1012...

     (c. 973 – 1014 or 1025), Japanese novelist and poet. The Tale of Genji
    The Tale of Genji
    is a classic work of Japanese literature attributed to the Japanese noblewoman Murasaki Shikibu in the early 11th century, around the peak of the Heian period. It is sometimes called the world's first novel, the first modern novel, the first psychological novel or the first novel still to be...

  • Iris Murdoch
    Iris Murdoch
    Dame Iris Murdoch DBE was an Irish-born British author and philosopher, best known for her novels about political and social questions of good and evil, sexual relationships, morality, and the power of the unconscious...

     (1919–1999), Irish-English novelist and philosopher. The Sea, the Sea
    The Sea, the Sea
    The Sea, the Sea is the 19th novel by Iris Murdoch. It won the Booker Prize in 1978.-Plot summary:The Sea, the Sea is a tale of the strange obsessions that haunt a self-satisfied playwright and director as he begins to write his memoirs...

  • Mary Noailles Murfree
    Mary Noailles Murfree
    Mary Noailles Murfree was an American fiction writer of novels and short stories who wrote under the pen name Charles Egbert Craddock...

     (1850–1922), American novelist and short story writer.
  • Rosario Murillo
    Rosario Murillo
    Rosario Murillo is a Nicaraguan poet and revolutionary who fought in the Sandinista revolution in 1979. She is also the wife of current President Daniel Ortega and is the First Lady of Nicaragua, a title she also held in 1985 when her husband became President 6 years after the Sandinista National...

     (born 1951), Nicaraguan
    Nicaraguans are people inhabiting in, originating or having significant heritage from Nicaragua. Most Nicaraguans live in Nicaragua, although there is also a significant Nicaraguan diaspora, particularly in Costa Rica and the United States with smaller communities in other countries around the world...

  • C. E. Murphy
    C. E. Murphy
    C. E. Murphy is an American born author that writes in the fantasy and romance genres. She is the author of the Walker Papers series, The Negotiator Trilogy, and the Inheritor's Cycle as well as The Strongbox Chronicles which were written under a pseudonym. She has also written the graphic novel...

     (born 1973), American author.
  • Margaret Murphy
    Margaret Murphy
    - Biography :Murphy was born and brought up in Liverpool where she gained a degree in Environmental Biology at the University of Liverpool and later an MA with Distinction in Writing at Liverpool JMU, a course on which she now lectures...

     British crime novelist, author of The Dispossessed and Now You See Me.
  • Inga Muscio
    Inga Muscio
    Inga Muscio, , is a feminist, anti-racist writer and public speaker.She became famous after the publication of her 1998 Seal Press book Cunt: A Declaration of Independence, which called for women to break down boundaries between themselves and their bodies, and each other.She is also the author of...

     (born 1966), American writer. Cunt: A Declaration of Independence
    Cunt: A Declaration of Independence
    Cunt is a 1998 feminist book by Inga Muscio that called for a breakdown in the boundaries between women and in sexuality. In it, the writer hopes to reverse the negative connotations behind female genital euphemisms. The books traverses such subjects as menstruation, rape, and competition between...

  • Małgorzata Musierowicz (born 1945), Polish writer, author of many stories and novels for children and teenagers.
  • Beverle Graves Myers
    Beverle Graves Myers
    Beverle Graves Myers is an American author of mystery novels and short stories. Her major work is the Baroque Mystery series set in 18th-century Venice, published by Poisoned Pen Press. The novels are traditional mysteries which feature a large cast of characters, a deep sense of time and place,...

     (born 1951), American mystery novelist and short story writer.


  • Bahiyyih Nakhjavani
    Bahiyyih Nakhjavani
    Bahiyyih Nakhjavani is a Persian writer who grew up in Uganda and was educated in the United Kingdom and the United States. She now lives in France where she teaches. She taught European and American literature in Belgium....

    , Persian novelist.
  • Taslima Nasrin
    Taslima Nasrin
    Taslima Nasrin is a Bengali Bangladeshi ex-doctor turned author who has been living in exile since 1994. From a modest literary profile in the late 1980s, she rose to global fame by the end of the 20th century owing to her feminist views and her criticism of Islam in particular and of religion in...

     (born 1962), Bengali doctor, novelist and poet and essayist. Lajja
    Lajja is a novel in Bengali by Taslima Nasrin, a writer of Bangladesh. The word lajja/lôjja means "shame" in Bengali and many other Indic languages. The book was first published in 1993 in the Bengali language, and was subsequently banned in Bangladesh, and a few states of India...

  • Marguerite de Navarre
    Marguerite de Navarre
    Marguerite de Navarre , also known as Marguerite of Angoulême and Margaret of Navarre, was the queen consort of Henry II of Navarre...

     (1492–1549), French poet, playwright and short story writer. Heptameron
    The Heptameron is a collection of 72 short stories written in French by Marguerite of Navarre, published in 1558. It has the form of a frame narrative and was inspired by The Decameron of Giovanni Boccaccio...

  • Gloria Naylor
    Gloria Naylor
    Gloria Naylor is an African American novelist and educator.-Early life:Born in New York, she was the first child to Roosevelt Naylor and Alberta McAlpin. As Naylor grew up, her father was a transit worker and her mother was a telephone operator. When Naylor was young, her mother encouraged her to...

     (born 1950), American novelist. The Women of Brewster Place
    The Women of Brewster Place (novel)
    The Women of Brewster Place, is the first novel by American author Gloria Naylor. It was adapted into the 1989 miniseries The Women of Brewster Place and the 1990 ongoing series Brewster Place by Oprah Winfrey's Harpo Productions; it won the National Book Award in 1983...

  • Irène Némirovsky
    Irène Némirovsky
    Irène Némirovsky was a French novelist who died at the age of 39 in Auschwitz, Nazi Germany occupied Poland. She was killed by the Nazis for being classified as a Jew under the racial laws, which did not take into account her conversion to Roman Catholicism.-Biography:Irène Némirovsky was born in...

     (1903–1942), Ukrainian-French novelist.
  • E. Nesbit
    E. Nesbit
    Edith Nesbit was an English author and poet whose children's works were published under the name of E. Nesbit. She wrote or collaborated on over 60 books of fiction for children, several of which have been adapted for film and television...

     (1858–1924), English children's novelist and short story writer. Five Children and It
    Five Children and It
    Five Children and It is a children's novel by English author Edith Nesbit, first published in 1902; it was expanded from a series of stories published in the Strand Magazine in 1900 under the general title The Psammead, or the Gifts. It is the first of a trilogy...

  • Aimee Nezhukumatathil
    Aimee Nezhukumatathil
    Aimee Nezhukumatathil is an Asian American poet, best known for her jovial and accessible reading style and lush descriptions of exotic foods and landscapes...

     (born 1974), Asian American poet and essayist.
  • Audrey Niffenegger
    Audrey Niffenegger
    Audrey Niffenegger is an American writer, artist and academic.-Writing:A film version of Niffenegger's debut novel, The Time Traveler's Wife , starring Eric Bana and Rachel McAdams, was released in August 2009.She has also written a graphic novel, or "novel in pictures" as Niffenegger calls it,...

     (born 1963), American novelist and artist.
  • Florence Nightingale
    Florence Nightingale
    Florence Nightingale OM, RRC was a celebrated English nurse, writer and statistician. She came to prominence for her pioneering work in nursing during the Crimean War, where she tended to wounded soldiers. She was dubbed "The Lady with the Lamp" after her habit of making rounds at night...

     (1820–1910), English nurse, statistician and feminist.
  • Anaïs Nin
    Anaïs Nin
    Anaïs Nin was a French-Cuban author, based at first in France and later in the United States, who published her journals, which span more than 60 years, beginning when she was 11 years old and ending shortly before her death, her erotic literature, and short stories...

     (1903–1977), French eroticist, critic and diarist. Henry and June
    Henry and June
    Henry and June: From the Unexpurgated Diary of Anaïs Nin is a 1986 book that is based upon material excerpted from the unpublished diaries of Anais Nin...

  • Kathleen Norris
    Kathleen Norris
    Kathleen Thompson Norris was an American novelist and wife of fellow writer Charles Norris, whom she wed in 1909...

     (1880–1966), American novelist.
  • Amélie Nothomb
    Amélie Nothomb
    Amélie Nothomb is a Belgian writer who writes in French.- Biography :Amélie Nothomb was born in Kobe, Japan to Belgian diplomats. She lived there until she was five years old, and then subsequently lived in China, New York, Bangladesh, Burma, Coventry and Laos...

     (born 1967), Belgian novelist.
  • Mary Novik
    Mary Novik
    - Biography :Born in Victoria, British Columbia and raised in Victoria and Surrey, Novik now lives in Vancouver. Her debut novel, Conceit is about Pegge Donne, the daughter of the Metaphysical poet John Donne, and is set in 17th century London...

     (born 1945), Canadian novelist.


  • Ann Oakley
    Ann Oakley
    Ann Oakley is a distinguished British sociologist, feminist, and writer. She is Professor and Founder-Director of the Social Science Research Unit at the Institute of Education, University of London and in 2005 partially retired from full-time academic work to concentrate on her writing and...

     (born 1944), English feminist academic and novelist.
  • Joyce Carol Oates
    Joyce Carol Oates
    Joyce Carol Oates is an American author. Oates published her first book in 1963 and has since published over fifty novels, as well as many volumes of short stories, poetry, and nonfiction...

     (born 1938), American novelist, short story writer, poet, playwright and critic. We Were the Mulvaneys
    We Were the Mulvaneys
    We Were the Mulvaneys is a novel written by Joyce Carol Oates and was published in 1996. We Were the Mulvaneys was featured in Oprah's Book Club in 2001.The Mulvaneys, a family living in the small, rural town of Mt...

  • Edna O'Brien
    Edna O'Brien
    Edna O'Brien is an Irish novelist and short story writer whose works often revolve around the inner feelings of women, and their problems in relating to men and to society as a whole.-Life and career:...

     (born 1930), Irish novelist and short story writer.
  • Kate O'Brien
    Kate O'Brien
    Kate O'Brien , was an Irish novelist and playwright.-Biography:Kathleen "Kate" Mary Louie O'Brien was born in Limerick City at the end of the 19th century. Following the death of her mother when she was five, she became a boarder at Laurel Hill convent...

     (1897–1974), Irish novelist and playwright.
  • Silvina Ocampo
    Silvina Ocampo
    Silvina Ocampo Aguirre was an Argentine poet and short-fiction writer.Ocampo was born in Buenos Aires, the youngest of the six children of Manuel Ocampo and Ramona Aguirre. She was educated at home by tutors. One of her sisters was Victoria Ocampo, the publisher of the literarily important...

     (1903–1994), Argentine poet and short story writer.
  • Flannery O'Connor
    Flannery O'Connor
    Mary Flannery O'Connor was an American novelist, short-story writer and essayist. An important voice in American literature, O'Connor wrote two novels and 32 short stories, as well as a number of reviews and commentaries...

     (1925–1964), American novelist and short story writer.
  • Grace Ogot
    Grace Ogot
    Grace Ogot is a Kenyan author, nurse, journalist, politician and diplomat.Ogot was born Grace Emily Akinyi in Asembo, in the district of Nyanza. She trained as a nurse in Uganda and in England. She has worked as a midwife, a tutor, as journalist, as a BBC Overseas Service broadcaster, and in a...

     (born 1930), Kenyan novelist and short story writer.
  • Nnedi Okorafor (born 1974), Nigerian American novelist and short story writer.
  • Sofi Oksanen
    Sofi Oksanen
    Sofi Oksanen is a Finnish contemporary writer. She was born in Jyväskylä. Her father is Finnish and her mother is Estonian. So far, Oksanen has published three novels, one an international best seller and a play. She has received several awards for her literary work.-Life:Sofi Oksanen was born and...

     (born 1977), Finnish novelist and playwright.
  • Sharon Olds
    Sharon Olds
    -Life:Sharon Olds was born in 1942 in San Francisco. She was raised as a “hellfire Calvinist”, as she describes it. She says she was by nature "a pagan and a pantheist" and notes "I was in a church where there was both great literary art and bad literary art, the great art being psalms and the bad...

     (born 1942), American poet.
  • Margaret Oliphant (1828-1897), Scottish novelist. Phoebe, Junior
  • Tillie Olsen
    Tillie Olsen
    Tillie Lerner Olsen was an American writer associated with the political turmoil of the 1930s and the first generation of American feminists.-Biography:...

     (1913–2007), American feminist novelist and short story writer.
  • Ono no Komachi
    Ono no Komachi
    was a famous Japanese waka poet, one of the Rokkasen—the Six best Waka poets of the early Heian period. She was noted as a rare beauty; Komachi is a symbol of a beautiful woman in Japan. She also figures among the Thirty-six Poetry Immortals....

     (825–900), Japanese poet.
  • Baroness Orczy
    Baroness Orczy
    Baroness Emma Magdolna Rozália Mária Jozefa Borbála "Emmuska" Orczy de Orczi was a British novelist, playwright and artist of Hungarian noble origin. She was most notable for her series of novels featuring the Scarlet Pimpernel...

     (1865–1947), Hungarian-English novelist, translator, and illustrator. The Scarlet Pimpernel
    The Scarlet Pimpernel
    The Scarlet Pimpernel is a play and adventure novel by Baroness Emmuska Orczy, set during the Reign of Terror following the start of the French Revolution. The story is a precursor to the "disguised superhero" tales such as Zorro and Batman....

  • Eliza Orzeszkowa
    Eliza Orzeszkowa
    -External links:...

     (1841–1910), Polish writer.
  • Ouida
    Ouida was the pseudonym of the English novelist Maria Louise Ramé .-Biography:...

     (1839–1908), English novelist and short story writer. Under Two Flags
    Under Two Flags (novel)
    Under Two Flags was a best-selling novel of the late 1860s by Ouida. Perhaps "her best" novel.-Plot:The novel is about The Hon. Bertie Cecil ....

  • Ōtagaki Rengetsu
    Otagaki Rengetsu
    was a Buddhist nun who is widely regarded to have been one of the greatest Japanese poets of the 19th century. She was also a skilled potter and painter and expert calligrapher....

     (1791–1875), Japanese poet and calligrapher.
  • Angelika Overath
    Angelika Overath
    Angelika Overath is a German author and journalist.Overath studied German literature, History, Italian Studies, and Cultural Studies at the University of Tübingen and wrote a PhD-thesis in 1986 about the colour blue in modern literature.She regularly works as Writer in Residence for the in the ,...

     (born 1957), German author and journalist.
  • Cynthia Ozick
    Cynthia Ozick
    Cynthia Ozick is an American short story writer, novelist, and essayist. She is the niece of the Hebraist Abraham Regelson.-Background:Cynthia Shoshana Ozick was born in New York City, the second of two children...

     (born 1928), American critic and novelist.


  • Karen A. Page
    Karen A. Page
    Karen A. Page is half of the James Beard Award-winning author team of Karen Page and Andrew Dornenburg, co-authors of a number of acclaimed culinary books.Becoming a Chef Karen A. Page (born May 8, 1962, in Warren, Michigan) is half of the James Beard Award-winning author team of Karen Page and...

     birthdate missing. American (?) food writer.
  • Camille Paglia
    Camille Paglia
    Camille Anna Paglia , is an American author, teacher, and social critic. Paglia, a self-described dissident feminist, has been a Professor at The University of the Arts in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania since 1984...

     (born 1947), American feminist essayist. Sexual Personae
    Sexual Personae
    Sexual Personae: Art and Decadence from Nefertiti to Emily Dickinson is a groundbreaking and controversial survey of sexual decadence in Western literature and the visual arts written by scholar Camille Paglia.-Overview:...

  • Charlotte Painter
    Charlotte Painter
    Charlotte Painter is an American novelist and writer, best known for her nonfiction photo essay Gifts of Age, which profiles notable older women, including Julia Child....

     (born 1926), American novelist and writer.
  • Marina Palei
    Marina Palei
    Marina Anatolyevna Palei is a Russian prose-writer, scriptwriter, publicist, novelist and translator.-Life and work:...

     (born 1955), Russian writer. Rendezvous
  • Grace Paley
    Grace Paley
    Grace Paley was an American-Jewish short story writer, poet, and political activist.-Biography:Grace Paley was born in the Bronx to Isaac and Manya Ridnyik Goodside, who anglicized the family name from Gutseit on immigrating from Ukraine. Her father was a doctor. The family spoke Russian and...

     (1922–2007), American short story writer, poet and activist.
  • Kirsti Paltto
    Kirsti Paltto
    Kirsti Paltto is a Sámi author who writes mainly in Northern Sámi. Her books have been translated into several languages, including Finnish, German, Norwegian, English , Inari Sámi and Hungarian...

     (born 1947), Sámi playwright, short story and children's literature writer.
  • Emmeline Pankhurst
    Emmeline Pankhurst
    Emmeline Pankhurst was a British political activist and leader of the British suffragette movement which helped women win the right to vote...

     (1858–1928), English feminist activist, speaker and autobiography writer.
  • Vera Panova
    Vera Panova
    -Early life:Vera was born into the family of an impoverished merchant in Rostov-on-Don, Russia. Her father, Fyodor Ivanovich Panov, built canoes and yachts as a hobby, and founded two yachting clubs in Rostov. When she was five her father drowned in the Don River. After her father's death, her...

     (1905-1973), Soviet novelist and short story writer. Seryozha
    Seryozha (novel)
    Seryozha is a short novel by Soviet writer Vera Panova. Seryozha has also been translated as Time Walked and A Summer to Remember. Seryozha is a diminutive form of the name Sergey.-Plot:...

  • Emilia Pardo Bazán
    Emilia Pardo Bazán
    Emilia Pardo Bazán was a Spanish author and scholar from Galicia.-Life:...

     (1851–1921), Spanish essayist and novelist.
  • Sara Paretsky
    Sara Paretsky
    Sara Paretsky is a modern American author of detective fiction.-Life and career:Paretsky was born in Ames, Iowa and raised in Kansas, graduating from the University of Kansas with a degree in political science. She did community service work on the south side of Chicago in 1966 and returned in...

     (born 1947), American mystery novelist.
  • Dorothy Parker
    Dorothy Parker
    Dorothy Parker was an American poet, short story writer, critic and satirist, best known for her wit, wisecracks, and eye for 20th century urban foibles....

     (1893–1967), American poet, critic and short story writer.
  • Adele Parks (born 1969), English fiction writer.
  • Suzan-Lori Parks
    Suzan-Lori Parks
    Suzan-Lori Parks is an African American playwright and screenwriter. She received the MacArthur Foundation "Genius" Grant in 2001, and the 2002 Pulitzer Prize for Drama for her play, Topdog/Underdog.-Early years:...

     (born 1964), American playwright and screenwriter.
  • Catherine Parr
    Catherine Parr
    Catherine Parr ; 1512 – 5 September 1548) was Queen consort of England and Ireland and the last of the six wives of King Henry VIII of England. She married Henry VIII on 12 July 1543. She was the fourth commoner Henry had taken as his consort, and outlived him...

     (born 1512), Queen of England from 1543–1547, spouse of King Henry VIII.
  • Anne Parrish
    Anne Parrish
    Anne Parrish was an American novelist and author of children's literature. She was a three-time winner of the Newbery Honor....

     (1888–1957), American children's novelist.
  • Sarah Willis Parton
    Fanny Fern
    Fanny Fern, born Sara Willis , was an American writer and the first woman to have a regular newspaper column. She was also a humorist, novelist, and author of children's stories in the 1850s-1870s. Fern's great popularity has been attributed to her conversational style and sense of what mattered to...

     (1811–1872), American novelist, columnist and children's short story writer.
  • Karolina Pavlova
    Karolina Pavlova
    Karolina Pavlova was a 19th century Russian poet and novelist who stood out from other writers on account of her unique appreciation of exceptional rhymes and imagery.-Biography:...

     (1807–1893), Russian writer. A Double Life
  • Maria Pawlikowska-Jasnorzewska
    Maria Pawlikowska-Jasnorzewska
    Maria Pawlikowska-Jasnorzewska, née Kossak , was a Polish poet known as the Polish Sappho and "queen of lyrical poetry" of Poland's interwar period...

     (1891–1945) Polish poet.
  • Marlys Pearson
    Marlys Pearson
    Marlys Pearson , aka M.J. Pearson, is an American historical gay romance writer and Lambda Literary Award nominee for her novel The Price of Temptation. She is also a writer of short stories, some of which have been featured in online short story websites such as The Harrow, and was a winner of...

     (born 1963), American gay romance writer and Lambda Award nominee. Also known as M.J. Pearson.
  • Emily Pepys
    Emily Pepys
    -Family:Emily was born on 9 August 1833, at Westmill, Hertfordshire, where her father was rector at that time. Her father, Henry Pepys , was created Anglican bishop of Sodor and Man in 1840 and translated only a year later to Worcester. He played a minor political role as a Liberal in the House of...

     ((1833-1877), English child diarist (1844-5)
  • Elizabeth Peters (born 1927), American mystery novelist. Amelia Peabody
    Amelia Peabody
    Amelia Peabody Emerson is the protagonist of the Amelia Peabody series, a series of mystery novels, written by author Elizabeth Peters. Peabody is married to Egyptologist Radcliffe Emerson and has one biological child, Walter "Ramses" Peabody Emerson, who provides a parallel voice in many of the...

  • Ellis Peters (1913–1995), Welsh-English mystery novelist, novelist, short story writer and translator. Brother Cadfael
  • Julia Peterkin
    Julia Peterkin
    Julia Peterkin was an American fiction writer....

     (1880–1961), American short story writer and novelist.
  • Lyudmila Petrushevskaya
    Lyudmila Petrushevskaya
    Lyudmila Stefanovna Petrushevskaya is a Russian writer, novelist and playwright.The Moscow-born Petrushevskaya is regarded as one of Russia's most prominent contemporary writers, whose writing combines postmodernist trends with the psychological insights and parodic touches of writers such as...

     (born 1938), Russian writer and dramatist. Immortal Love
  • Ann Petry
    Ann Petry
    Ann Petry was an American author who became the first black woman writer with book sales topping a million copies for her novel The Street.-Early life:...

     (1908–1997), American journalist, short story writer and novelist.
  • Katherine Philips
    Katherine Philips
    Katherine Philips was an Anglo-Welsh poet.-Biography:Katherine Philips was the first Englishwoman to enjoy widespread public acclaim as a poet during her lifetime. Born in London, she was daughter of John Fowler, a Presbyterian, and a merchant of Bucklersbury, London. Philips is said to have read...

     (1631–1664), British poet.
  • Karoline Pichler
    Karoline Pichler
    Karoline Pichler, also spelled Caroline Pichler, was an Austrian novelist. She was born in Vienna to Hofrat Franz Sales von Greiner and his wife Charlotte, née Hieronimus ....

     (1769–1843), Austrian novelist. Agathocles
    Agathocles , , was tyrant of Syracuse and king of Sicily .-Biography:...

  • Meredith Ann Pierce
    Meredith Ann Pierce
    Meredith Ann Pierce - is a fantasy writer and librarian. Her books deal in fantasy worlds with mythic settings and frequently feature young women who first wish only to love and be loved, yet who must face hazard and danger to save their way of life, their world, and so on, usually without being...

     (born 1958), American fantasy writer.
  • Tamora Pierce
    Tamora Pierce
    Tamora Pierce is an author of fantasy literature for young adults. She is an alumna of the University of Pennsylvania. Best known for writing stories involving young heroines, she made a name for herself with her first quartet The Song of the Lioness, which followed the main character Alanna...

     (born 1954), American children's novelist. Alanna of Trebond
  • Ruth Pitter
    Ruth Pitter
    Emma Thomas "Ruth" Pitter, CBE, FRSL was a 20th century British poet.She was the first woman to receive the Queen's Gold Medal for Poetry in 1955, and was appointed a CBE in 1979 to honour her many contributions to English literature.In 1974, she was named a "Companion of Literature", the highest...

     (1897–1992), English poet.
  • Mary Pix
    Mary Pix
    Mary Pix was an English novelist and playwright. Church records indicate that she lived in London, marrying George Pix, a merchant tailor from Hawkhurst, Kent in 1684. Baptismal records reveal that she had two sons, George and William...

     (1666–1709), English novelist and playwright.
  • Christine de Pizan
    Christine de Pizan
    Christine de Pizan was a Venetian-born late medieval author who challenged misogyny and stereotypes prevalent in the male-dominated medieval culture. As a poet, she was well known and highly regarded in her own day; she completed 41 works during her 30 year career , and can be regarded as...

     (1364–1430), Venetian feminist poet and rhetorician. The Book of the City of Ladies
    The Book of the City of Ladies
    thumb|400px|right|Picture from The Book of the City of LadiesThe Book of the City of Ladies , or Le Livre de la Cité des Dames, is perhaps Christine de Pizan's most famous literary work, and it is her second work of lengthy prose. Pizan uses the vernacular French language to compose the book, but...

  • Sylvia Plath
    Sylvia Plath
    Sylvia Plath was an American poet, novelist and short story writer. Born in Massachusetts, she studied at Smith College and Newnham College, Cambridge before receiving acclaim as a professional poet and writer...

     (1932–1963), American poet, novelist, short story writer and essayist.
  • Ann Plato
    Ann Plato
    Ann Plato was a nineteenth century mixed race educator and author. She was the second woman of color to publish a book in America and the first to publish a book of essays and poems.-Early years:...

     (born c. 1820, date of death unknown), American essayist.
  • Karen Platt
    Karen Platt
    Karen Platt is a British gardening author and publisher, best known for the reference book Black Magic and Purple Passion. She started her writing career in 1996 by self-publishing her first book, The Seed Search. She has been on BBC television, KATU, HGTV and BBC Radio several times. Her...

     (fl. 2004-present). English gardening writer.
  • Anne Plumptre
    Anne Plumptre
    Anne Plumptre was an English writer and translator.She was born in Norwich. She and her sister, Annabella [Bell] Plumptre , daughters of Robert Plumptre, became active in the Enfield circle, a local group of literati. Later she became involved in politics during the period of the French Revolution...

     (1760–1818), English translator and fiction, travel, and political writer.
  • Elizabeth Polack
    Elizabeth Polack
    Elizabeth Polack was an English playwright of the 1830s, notable for having been described by chroniclers of the period as England's first Jewish woman melodramatist.Few historical records survive which detail Elizabeth Polack's life...

    Floruit , abbreviated fl. , is a Latin verb meaning "flourished", denoting the period of time during which something was active...

     1830–1838), Anglo-Jewish playwright.
  • Elizaveta Polonskaya
    Elizaveta Polonskaya
    Elizaveta Grigorevna Polonskaya , born Movshenson, was a Russian Jewish poet, translator, and journalist, the only female member of the Serapion Brothers.-Early life:...

     (1890-1969), Russian Jewish poet, translator, and journalist
  • Elizabeth Polwheele
    Elizabeth Polwheele
    Elizabeth Polewhele , playwright, was one of the first women to write for the professional stage in London. Her comedy The Frolicks was performed at the Dorset Garden Theatre in 1671; it features Claribell, a witty Restoration heroine, and Rightwit, a rake.-Plays:*Elysium *The Faithful Virgins...

     (1651 – c. 1691), British playwright.
  • Elena Poniatowska
    Elena Poniatowska
    Elena Poniatowska is a Mexican journalist and author. Her generation of writers include Carlos Fuentes‎, José Emilio Pacheco and Carlos Monsiváis.-Life:Poniatowska was born in Paris to Prince Jean Joseph Evremont Sperry Poniatowski and Paula Amor Yturbe...

     (born 1932), Polish-Mexican journalist, novelist and short story writer.
  • Halina Poświatowska
    Halina Poswiatowska
    Halina Poświatowska - Polish poet and writer, one of the most important figures in modern Polish literature....

     (1935–1967), Polish poet.
  • Marie Ponsot
    Marie Ponsot
    Marie Ponsot, née Birmingham is an American poet, literary critic, essayist, teacher, and translator.-Life:Ponsot was born in Brooklyn, New York, but along with her brother grew up in Jamaica, Queens. She was already writing poems as a child, some of which were published in the Brooklyn Daily...

     (born 1921), American poet and essayist.
  • Eleanor H. Porter
    Eleanor H. Porter
    -Biography:She was born as Eleanor Hodgman in Littleton, New Hampshire on December 19, 1868, the daughter of Francis Fletcher Hodgman and Llewella Woolson. She was trained as a singer, attending New England Conservatory for several years, but later turned to writing. In 1892, she married John Lyman...

     (1868–1920), American children's writer. Pollyanna
    Pollyanna is a best-selling 1913 novel by Eleanor H. Porter that is now considered a classic of children's literature, with the title character's name becoming a popular term for someone with the same optimistic outlook. The book was such a success, that Porter soon produced a sequel, Pollyanna...

  • Jane Porter
    Jane Porter
    Jane Porter was a Scottish historical novelist and dramatist.-Life and work:Jane Porter was an avid reader. Said to rise at four in the morning in order to read and write, she read the whole of Edmund Spenser's The Faerie Queene while still a child...

     (1776–1850), English historical novelist.
  • Katherine Anne Porter
    Katherine Anne Porter
    Katherine Anne Porter was a Pulitzer Prize-winning American journalist, essayist, short story writer, novelist, and political activist. Her 1962 novel Ship of Fools was the best-selling novel in America that year, but her short stories received much more critical acclaim...

     (1890–1980), American journalist, essayist, short story writer and novelist.
  • Beatrix Potter
    Beatrix Potter
    Helen Beatrix Potter was an English author, illustrator, natural scientist and conservationist best known for her imaginative children’s books featuring animals such as those in The Tale of Peter Rabbit which celebrated the British landscape and country life.Born into a privileged Unitarian...

     (1866–1943), English children's writer and illustrator. The Tale of Peter Rabbit
    The Tale of Peter Rabbit
    The Tale of Peter Rabbit is a children's book written and illustrated by Beatrix Potter that follows mischievous and disobedient young Peter Rabbit as he is chased about the garden of Mr. McGregor. He escapes and returns home to his mother who puts him to bed after dosing him with camomile tea...

  • Emily Post
    Emily Post
    Emily Post was an American author famous for writing on etiquette.-Background:Post was born as Emily Price in Baltimore, Maryland, into privilege as the only daughter of architect Bruce Price and his wife Josephine Lee Price of Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania...

     (1873–1960), American journalist and novelist. Etiquette
    Etiquette is a code of behavior that delineates expectations for social behavior according to contemporary conventional norms within a society, social class, or group...

  • Dawn Powell
    Dawn Powell
    Dawn Powell was an American writer of novels and stories.-Biography:Powell was born in Mount Gilead, Ohio, a village 45 miles north of Columbus and the county seat of Morrow County. Powell regularly gave her birth year as 1897 but primary documents support the earlier date...

     (1896–1965), American novelist, playwright and short story writer.
  • Rhoda Power
    Rhoda Power
    Rhoda Dolores le Poer Power , was a broadcaster and children's writer.-Life and career:...

     (1890-1957), English educational and children's writer
  • Mary Previte
    Mary Previte
    Mary Evelyn Previte is an American Democratic Party politician who served in the New Jersey General Assembly, where she represented the 6th legislative district from 1998 to 2006.-Life and career:...

    , (1932-) author of Hungry Ghosts, served in the New Jersey
    New Jersey
    New Jersey is a state in the Northeastern and Middle Atlantic regions of the United States. , its population was 8,791,894. It is bordered on the north and east by the state of New York, on the southeast and south by the Atlantic Ocean, on the west by Pennsylvania and on the southwest by Delaware...

     General Assembly
    New Jersey General Assembly
    The New Jersey General Assembly is the lower house of the New Jersey Legislature.Since the election of 1967 , the Assembly has consisted of 80 members. Two members are elected from each of New Jersey's 40 legislative districts for a term of two years, each representing districts with average...

     representing the 6th legislative district from 1998 to 2006.
  • Katharine Susannah Prichard
    Katharine Susannah Prichard
    Katharine Susannah Prichard was an Australian author and co-founding member of the Communist Party of Australia.-Biography:...

     (1883–1969), Australian novelist, playwright and short story writer.
  • E. Annie Proulx
    E. Annie Proulx
    Edna Annie Proulx is an American journalist and author. Her second novel, The Shipping News , won the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction and the National Book Award for fiction in 1994, and was made into a film in 2001...

     (born 1935), American novelist, short story writer and journalist. The Shipping News
    The Shipping News
    The Shipping News is a Pulitzer Prize and National Book Award-winning novel by American writer E. Annie Proulx which was published in 1993. It was adapted into a film of the same name, released in 2001.-Plot summary:...

  • Barbara Pym
    Barbara Pym
    Barbara Mary Crampton Pym was an English novelist. In 1977 her career was revived when two prominent writers, Lord David Cecil and Philip Larkin, nominated her as the most underrated writer of the century...

     (1913–1980), English novelist. Quartet in Autumn
    Quartet in Autumn
    Quartet in Autumn is a novel by Barbara Pym, first published in 1977 and shortlisted for the Booker Prize. It was Pym's comeback novel after fifteen years of publishing rejections, following a successful record as a novelist during the 1950s and early 1960s...


  • Anna Quindlen
    Anna Quindlen
    Anna Marie Quindlen is an American author, journalist, and opinion columnist whose New York Times column, Public and Private, won the Pulitzer Prize for Commentary in 1992. She began her journalism career in 1974 as a reporter for the New York Post...

     (born 1953), American journalist, columnist and novelist. Black and Blue
    Black and Blue (Anna Quindlen novel)
    Black and Blue is a 1998 novel by Anna Quindlen, and was chosen as an Oprah's Book Club selection in April 1998. In this novel the main character, Fran Benedetto, suffers through the domestic abuse of her husband and local police officer, Bobby Benedetto. She runs off to Florida with her son,...


  • Ann Radcliffe
    Ann Radcliffe
    Anne Radcliffe was an English author, and considered the pioneer of the gothic novel . Her style is romantic in its vivid descriptions of landscapes, and long travel scenes, yet the Gothic element is obvious through her use of the supernatural...

     (1764–1823), English gothic novelist. The Mysteries of Udolpho
    The Mysteries of Udolpho
    The Mysteries of Udolpho, by Ann Radcliffe, was published in four volumes on 8 May 1794 by G. G. and J. Robinson of London. The firm paid her £500 for the manuscript. The contract is housed at the University of Virginia Library. Her fourth and most popular novel, The Mysteries of Udolpho follows...

  • Rajashree
    Rajashree is an Indian novelist and film-maker. She has been working in the Bombay film industry after studying film direction at the Film and Television Institute of India. She has written and directed a film, The Rebel, which won a National Award and was screened at many film festivals. She has...

    , Indian chick lit novelist. Trust Me
    Trust Me (novel)
    Trust Me is the biggest-selling Indian chick lit novel. Written by Rajashree, it is set in Bollywood, the Bombay film industry and uses the narrative structure of a 'masala' Bollywood film...

  • Ayn Rand
    Ayn Rand
    Ayn Rand was a Russian-American novelist, philosopher, playwright, and screenwriter. She is known for her two best-selling novels The Fountainhead and Atlas Shrugged and for developing a philosophical system she called Objectivism....

     (1905–1982), Russian American novelist and philosopher. The Fountainhead
    The Fountainhead
    The Fountainhead is a 1943 novel by Ayn Rand. It was Rand's first major literary success and brought her fame and financial success. More than 6.5 million copies of the book have been sold worldwide....

    ; Atlas Shrugged
    Atlas Shrugged
    Atlas Shrugged is a novel by Ayn Rand, first published in 1957 in the United States. Rand's fourth and last novel, it was also her longest, and the one she considered to be her magnum opus in the realm of fiction writing...

  • Mary Randolph
    Mary Randolph
    Mary Randolph wrote The Virginia House-Wife , one of the most influential housekeeping and cook books of the nineteenth century...

     (1762–1828), American housekeeping book and cookbook author. The Virginia House-Wife.
  • Jennifer Rankin
    Jennifer Rankin
    Jennifer Rankin was a 20th century Australian poet and playwright. Rankin was born in and grew up in Sydney and went to Ravenswood Methodist School. She then studied English and Psychology at University of Sydney and completed a Diploma of Education at UNE in 1968...

     (1941–1979), Australian poet and playwright.
  • Ellen Raskin
    Ellen Raskin
    Ellen Ermingard Raskin was an American writer, illustrator and fashion designer. She was born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin and grew up during the Great Depression. She was educated at the University of Wisconsin at Madison...

     (1928–1984), American children's writer and illustrator. The Westing Game
    The Westing Game
    The Westing Game is a 1979 Newbery Medal winning novel by Ellen Raskin. It has been adapted into a movie, released under both the names The Westing Game and Get a Clue...

  • Elsa Rautee
    Elsa Rautee
    Elsa Elina Rautee was a Finnish poet of the labor movement who wrote the lyrics in the 1930s to the song "Brother Sister ". The song is an anti-war song written after the Spanish Civil War.-External links:* * *...

    , Finnish poet.
  • Pauline Réage
    Pauline Réage
    Anne Desclos was a French journalist and novelist who wrote under the pseudonyms Dominique Aury and Pauline Réage.-Early life:...

     (1907–1998), French erotic novelist. Story of O
    Story of O
    Story of O is an erotic novel published in 1954 about love, dominance and submission by French author Anne Desclos under the pen name Pauline Réage.Desclos did not reveal herself as the author for forty years after the initial publication...

  • Jaclyn Reding
    Jaclyn Reding
    Jaclyn Reding is an American writer of historical romance novels. She has been a Golden Quill Awards winner and the author of an's #1 bestseller...

     (born 1966), American historical romance novelist.
  • Ruth Reichl
    Ruth Reichl
    Ruth Reichl - pronounced RYE-chil - is an American food writer, co-producer of PBS's Gourmet's Diary of a Foodie, culinary editor for the Modern Library, host of PBS's Gourmet's Adventures With Ruth, and the last editor-in-chief of the now shuttered Gourmet magazine...

     (born 1948), American food and memoir writer.
  • Mirkka Rekola
    Mirkka Rekola
    Mirkka Elina Rekola has published poems, aphorisms, essays. Her poetry has been considered ‘difficult’, thus she has gained wide audience as late as in the 1990s.- Poems :*Vedessä palaa *Tunnit...

     (born 1931), Finnish poet.
  • Mary Renault
    Mary Renault
    Mary Renault born Eileen Mary Challans, was an English writer best known for her historical novels set in Ancient Greece...

     (1905–1983), English historical novelist. Fire From Heaven
    Fire From Heaven
    Fire from Heaven is a 1969 historical novel by Mary Renault about the childhood and youth of Alexander the Great. It reportedly was a major inspiration for the Oliver Stone film Alexander. The book was nominated for the “Lost Man Booker Prize” of 1970, "a contest delayed by 40 years because a...

    , The Last of the Wine
    The Last of the Wine
    The Last of the Wine is Mary Renault's first novel set in Ancient Greece, the setting that would become her most important arena. The novel was published in 1956 and is the second of her works to feature male homosexuality as a major theme...

  • Ruth Rendell
    Ruth Rendell
    Ruth Barbara Rendell, Baroness Rendell of Babergh, CBE, , who also writes under the pseudonym Barbara Vine, is an English crime writer, author of psychological thrillers and murder mysteries....

     (born 1930), English mystery novelist. A Fatal Inversion
    A Fatal Inversion
    A Fatal Inversion is a 1987 novel by Ruth Rendell, written under the pseudonym Barbara Vine. The novel won the Crime Writers' Association Gold Dagger in that year and, in 1987, was also shortlisted for the Dagger of Daggers, a special award to select the best Gold Dagger winner of the award's 50...

  • Jean Rhys
    Jean Rhys
    Jean Rhys , born Ella Gwendolen Rees Williams, was a mid 20th-century novelist from Dominica. Educated from the age of 16 in Great Britain, she is best known for her novel Wide Sargasso Sea , written as a "prequel" to Charlotte Brontë's Jane Eyre.-Early life:Rhys was born in Roseau, Dominica...

     (1890–1979), Dominican novelist. Wide Sargasso Sea
    Wide Sargasso Sea
    Wide Sargasso Sea is a 1966 postcolonial parallel novel by Dominica-born author Jean Rhys. Since her previous work, Good Morning, Midnight, was published in 1939, Rhys had lived in obscurity. Wide Sargasso Sea put Rhys into the limelight once more, and became her most successful novel.The novel...

  • Marie Jeanne Riccoboni
    Marie Jeanne Riccoboni
    Marie-Jeanne Riccoboni , whose maiden name was Laboras de Mezières, was a French novelist.She was born in Paris in 1714.In 1735 she married Antoine François Riccoboni, a comedian and dramatist, from whom she soon separated...

     (1714–1792), French novelist.
  • Anne Rice
    Anne Rice
    Anne Rice is a best-selling Southern American author of metaphysical gothic fiction, Christian literature and erotica from New Orleans, Louisiana. Her books have sold nearly 100 million copies, making her one of the most widely read authors in modern history...

     (born 1941), American novelist. Vampire Chronicles
  • Adrienne Rich
    Adrienne Rich
    Adrienne Cecile Rich is an American poet, essayist and feminist. She has been called "one of the most widely read and influential poets of the second half of the 20th century."-Early life:...

     (born 1929), American feminist poet.
  • Dorothy Richardson
    Dorothy Richardson
    Dorothy Miller Richardson was a British author and journalist.-Biography:Richardson was born in Abingdon in 1873. Her family moved to Worthing, West Sussex in 1880 and then Putney, London in 1883...

     (1873–1957), English stream-of-consciousness novelist, poet, essayist and short story writer.
  • Henry Handel Richardson
    Henry Handel Richardson
    Henry Handel Richardson, the pseudonym used by Ethel Florence Lindesay Richardson, was an Australian author. She took the name "Henry Handel" because at that time, many people did not take women's writing seriously, so she used a male name...

     (1870–1946), Australian novelist. The Fortunes of Richard Mahony
    The Fortunes of Richard Mahony
    The Fortunes of Richard Mahony is a three-part novel by Australian writer Henry Handel Richardson. It consists of Australia Felix , The Way Home , and Ultima Thule . It was collected in 1930 under the title by which it is now best known...

  • Alifa Rifaat
    Alifa Rifaat
    Fatimah Rifaat better known by her pen name Alifa Rifaat, was an Egyptian author whose controversial short stories are renowned for their depictions of the dynamics of female sexuality, relationships, and loss in rural Egyptian culture...

     (1930–1996), Egyptian short story writer.
  • Mary Roberts Rinehart
    Mary Roberts Rinehart
    Mary Roberts Rinehart was an American writer, often called the American Agatha Christie. She is considered the source of the phrase "The butler did it", although she did not actually use the phrase. She is considered to have invented the "Had-I-But-Known" school of mystery writing...

     (1876–1958), American novelist, playwright, and poet. The Butler Did It
  • Nora Roberts
    Nora Roberts
    Nora Roberts is a bestselling American author of more than 209 romance novels. She writes as J.D. Robb for the "In Death" series, and has also written under the pseudonym Jill March...

     (born 1959), American novelist - romance, fantasy. Writes the In Death
    In Death
    The …in Death series of novels, written by Nora Roberts under her pseudonym J. D. Robb, features NYPSD Lieutenant Eve Dallas and her husband Roarke and is set in a mid-21st century New York City. The stories also regularly feature other characters, including Captain Ryan Feeney, Detective Delia...

     series under the pen name of J. D. Robb.
  • E. Arnot Robertson
    E. Arnot Robertson
    Eileen Arbuthnot Robertson was a British novelist, critic and broadcaster.-Family:...

     (1903-1961), English novelist.
  • Marilynne Robinson
    Marilynne Robinson
    -Biography:Robinson was born and grew up in Sandpoint, Idaho, and did her undergraduate work at Pembroke College, the former women's college at Brown University, receiving her B.A., magna cum laude in 1966, where she was elected to Phi Beta Kappa. She received her Ph.D...

     (born 1943), American novelist. Gilead
    Gilead (novel)
    Gilead is a novel written by Marilynne Robinson and published in 2004. It won the 2005 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction, as well as the National Book Critics Circle Award. The novel is the fictional autobiography of the Reverend John Ames, an elderly congregationalist pastor in the small, secluded town...

  • Mary Robinson
    Mary Robinson (poet)
    Mary Robinson was an English poet and novelist. During her lifetime she is known as 'the English Sappho'...

     (1757–1800), English poet, novelist, and actress.
  • Lucia St. Clair Robson
    Lucia St. Clair Robson
    -Literary biography:Lucia St. Clair Robson was born in Baltimore, Maryland, and grew up in West Palm Beach, Florida. She has been a Peace Corps Volunteer in Venezuela, a teacher in New York City, and a librarian in Annapolis, Maryland. She has also lived in Japan, South Carolina, and Arizona...

     birthdate missing. American novelist.
  • Esther Rochon
    Esther Rochon
    Esther Rochon is a Canadian science fiction writer.Born in Quebec City, Quebec, the daughter of a scriptwriter and a composer, at the age of 16 she won the Governor General First Prize for a short story in the Young Author's contest of Radio Canada...

     (born 1948), Canadian science fiction novelist.
  • Ginny Rorby
    Ginny Rorby
    Ginny Rorby is an American young adult novelist. She was raised in Winter Park, Florida and lived in Miami during her career as a Pan American flight attendant. She studied biology at the University of Miami and went on to receive an M.F.A. in creative writing from Florida International University...

    . American young adult novelist.
  • Christina Rossetti
    Christina Rossetti
    Christina Georgina Rossetti was an English poet who wrote a variety of romantic, devotional, and children's poems...

     (1830–1894), English poet. Goblin Market and Other Poems
    Goblin Market and Other Poems
    Goblin Market and Other Poems was Christina Rossetti's first volume of poetry, published in 1862. It contains her famous poem "Goblin Market" and others such as "Up-hill", "The Convent Threshold", "Maude Clare", etc....

  • Judith Rossner
    Judith Rossner
    Judith Perelman Rossner was an American novelist, best known for her 1975 novel Looking for Mr. Goodbar, which was inspired by the murder of Roseann Quinn and examined the underside of the seventies sexual liberation movement. Though Looking for Mr. Goodbar remained Rossner's best known and best...

     (1935–2005), American novelist. Looking for Mr. Goodbar
    Looking for Mr. Goodbar
    Looking for Mr. Goodbar is a 1975 novel by Judith Rossner. Rossner based the novel on the events surrounding the brutal murder of Roseann Quinn, a 28-year-old New York City schoolteacher in 1973.-References:...

  • Mary Rowlandson
    Mary Rowlandson
    Mary Rowlandson was a colonial American woman who was captured by Native Americans during King Philip's War and held for 11 weeks before being ransomed. After her release, she wrote a book about her experience, The Sovereignty and Goodness of God: Being a Narrative of the Captivity and...

     (1635–1711), American memoir writer.
  • J.K. Rowling (born 1965), English novelist. Harry Potter
    Harry Potter
    Harry Potter is a series of seven fantasy novels written by the British author J. K. Rowling. The books chronicle the adventures of the adolescent wizard Harry Potter and his best friends Ron Weasley and Hermione Granger, all of whom are students at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry...

  • Arundhati Roy
    Arundhati Roy
    Arundhati Roy is an Indian novelist. She won the Booker Prize in 1997 for her novel, The God of Small Things, and has also written two screenplays and several collections of essays...

     (born 1961), Indian novelist. The God of Small Things
    The God of Small Things
    The God of Small Things is the debut novel of Indian author Arundhati Roy. It is a story about the childhood experiences of fraternal twins whose lives are destroyed by the "Love Laws" that lay down "who should be loved, and how. And how much." The book is a description of how the small things in...

  • Gabrielle Roy
    Gabrielle Roy
    Gabrielle Roy, CC, FRSC was a French Canadian author.- Biography :Born in Saint Boniface , Manitoba, Roy was educated at Saint Joseph's Academy...

     (1909–1983), Canadian novelist and journalist. The Tin Flute
    The Tin Flute
    The Tin Flute , Gabrielle Roy’s first novel, is a classic of Canadian fiction...

  • Bernice Rubens
    Bernice Rubens
    Bernice Rubens was a Booker Prize-winning Welsh novelist.-Background:She was of Russian Jewish descent and born in Cardiff, Wales where she attended Cardiff High School. She came from a very musical family, both her brothers becoming well-known classical musicians. She was married to Rudi...

     (1928–2004), Welsh novelist.
  • Dina Rubina
    Dina Rubina
    Dina Ilyinichna Rubina is a Russian-Israeli prose writer. Her most famous work is Dual Surname which was recently turned into a film screened on Russia's Channel One.Rubina writes in Russian.-English Translations:...

     (born 1953), Russian writer. The Blackthorn
  • Anneli Rufus
    Anneli Rufus
    Anneli Rufus is an award-winning American journalist and author.Born in Los Angeles, California, she first went to college in Santa Barbara, then to the University of California, Berkeley. Rufus earned an English degree and became a journalist. She's written for many publications, including...

    , American journalist.
  • Muriel Rukeyser
    Muriel Rukeyser
    Muriel Rukeyser was an American poet and political activist, best known for her poems about equality, feminism, social justice, and Judaism...

     (1913–1980), American feminist poet.
  • Joanna Russ
    Joanna Russ
    Joanna Russ was an American writer, academic and feminist. She is the author of a number of works of science fiction, fantasy and feminist literary criticism such as How to Suppress Women's Writing, as well as a contemporary novel, On Strike Against God, and one children's book, Kittatinny...

     (born 1937), American novelist, essayist, and short story writer.
  • Gig Ryan
    Gig Ryan
    Gig Ryan, born Elizabeth Anna Martina Ryan, 5 November 1956, is an Australian poet, and daughter of notable Australian surgeon Peter John Ryan...

     (born 1956), Australian poet.
  • Marah Ellis Ryan
    Marah Ellis Ryan
    Marah Ellis Ryan was born either February 27, 1860 or 1866. As Ellis Martin, she married Samuel Erwin Ryan , an Irish actor and comedian, in 1883. She died July 11, 1934....

     (1860–1934), American novelist specializing in western frontier and European-American Indian relationships.


  • Sarojini Sahoo
    Sarojini Sahoo
    Sarojini Sahoo is an Orissa Sahitya Academy Award winner Indian feminist writer, a columnist in The New Indian Express and associate editor of Chennai based English magazine Indian AGE, who has been enlisted among 25 Exceptional Women of India by ‘Kindle’ English magazine of Kolkata.Born in the...

     (born 1956), Indian feminist writer, novelist and short story writer.
  • Nawal el-Saadawi (born 1931), Egyptian feminist writer, novelist, and short story writer.
  • Elif Safak
    Elif Safak
    Elif Şafak , is a Turkish writer who writes in both Turkish and English. Her books have been translated into more than thirty languages.-Fiction:...

     (born 1971), Turkish writer.
  • Françoise Sagan
    Françoise Sagan
    Françoise Sagan – real name Françoise Quoirez – was a French playwright, novelist, and screenwriter. Hailed as "a charming little monster" by François Mauriac on the front page of Le Figaro, Sagan was known for works with strong romantic themes involving wealthy and disillusioned bourgeois...

     (1935–2004), French playwright, novelist, and screenwriter.
  • Pirkko Saisio
    Pirkko Saisio
    Pirkko Saisio is a Finnish author, actress and director. She has also written under the pen name Jukka Larsson and Eva Wein. Saisio has a broad literary output, dealing with many kinds of texts from film screenplays all the way to librettos for the ballet...

     (born 1949), Finnish author, actress and director.
  • Lydie Salvayre
    Lydie Salvayre
    Lydie Salvayre is a French writer. Born in the south of France to Republican refugees from the Spanish Civil War, she went on to study medicine in Toulouse and continues to work as a practicing psychiatrist....

     (born 1948), French writer.
  • Jessica Amanda Salmonson
    Jessica Amanda Salmonson
    Jessica Amanda Salmonson, born January 6, 1950, is an author, editor and writer of fantasy and horror fiction.-Author:Salmonson is the author of the Tomoe Gozen trilogy, a fantasy version of the tale of the historical female samurai Tomoe Gozen...

     (born 1950), American novelist, essayist, editor, and short story writer.
  • George Sand
    George Sand
    Amantine Lucile Aurore Dupin, later Baroness Dudevant , best known by her pseudonym George Sand , was a French novelist and memoirist.-Life:...

     (1804–1876), French novelist and playwright. Indiana
    Indiana (novel)
    Indiana is the first novel of George Sand, published in April 1832. It was Amandine Aurore Dupin's first novel published under the pseudonym George Sand. The novel blends the conventions of romanticism, realism, and idealism. The novel is about love and marriage.The novel set partly in France,...

  • Sonia Sanchez
    Sonia Sanchez
    Sonia Sanchez is an African American poet most often associated with the Black Arts Movement. She has authored over a dozen books of poetry, as well as plays and children's books...

     (born 1934), American poet, playwright, and children's writer.
  • Mari Sandoz
    Mari Sandoz
    Mari Susette Sandoz was a novelist, biographer, lecturer, and teacher. She was one of Nebraska's foremost writers, and wrote extensively about pioneer life and the Plains Indians, and has been occasionally referred to as Mari S...

     (1896–1966), American novelist, biographer, and short story writer.
  • Sappho
    Sappho was an Ancient Greek poet, born on the island of Lesbos. Later Greeks included her in the list of nine lyric poets. Her birth was sometime between 630 and 612 BC, and it is said that she died around 570 BC, but little is known for certain about her life...

     (c. 630 – 570 BC), Greek poet.
  • Dipti Saravanamuttu
    Dipti Saravanamuttu
    Dipti Saravanamuttu is a contemporary Sri Lankan-Australian poet and academic.Dipti Saravanamuttu was born in Sri Lanka and arrived in Australia with her family in 1972...

     (born 1960), Sri Lankan-Australian poet and journalist.
  • Nathalie Sarraute
    Nathalie Sarraute
    Nathalie Sarraute was a French lawyer and writer of Russian Jewish origin.-Life:Sarraute was born Natalia/Natacha Tcherniak in Ivanovo , 300 km north-east of Moscow in 1900 , and, following...

     (1900–1999), Russian-French novelist and essayist.
  • May Sarton
    May Sarton
    May Sarton is the pen name of Eleanore Marie Sarton , an American poet, novelist, and memoirist.-Biography:...

     (1912–1995), Belgian American poet, novelist, and memoirist.
  • Marjane Satrapi
    Marjane Satrapi
    Marjane Satrapi is an Iranian-born French contemporary graphic novelist, illustrator, animated film director, and children's book author...

     (born 1969), Iranian graphic novelist.
  • Robin Sax
    Robin Sax
    Robin Ann Sax is an author, legal analyst, victim advocate, radio host, and a former prosecutor for the State of California, County of Los Angeles and Riverside County District Attorney's Office.-Education:...

    , American true crime author, commentator, former prosecutor.
  • Dorothy L. Sayers
    Dorothy L. Sayers
    Dorothy Leigh Sayers was a renowned English crime writer, poet, playwright, essayist, translator and Christian humanist. She was also a student of classical and modern languages...

     (1893–1957), English mystery novelist, translator, essayist, and short story writer. Whose Body?
    Whose Body?
    Whose Body? is a 1923 novel by Dorothy L. Sayers, which introduced the character of Lord Peter Wimsey.-Plot introduction:Lord Peter is intrigued by the sudden appearance of a naked body in the bath of an architect, and investigates...

  • Jane Johnston Schoolcraft
    Jane Johnston Schoolcraft
    Jane Johnston Schoolcraft, also known as Bamewawagezhikaquay is the first known American Indian literary writer. She was of Ojibwa and Scots-Irish ancestry...

     (1800–1842), Early American Indian writer of poetry and fiction
  • Olive Schreiner
    Olive Schreiner
    Olive Schreiner was a South African author, anti-war campaigner and intellectual. She is best remembered today for her novel The Story of an African Farm which has been highly acclaimed ever since its first publication in 1883 for the bold manner in which it dealt with some of the burning issues...

     (1855–1920), South African novelist, allegorist, and political writer.
  • Cathy Scott
    Cathy Scott
    Cathy Scott is an American true crime writer and investigative journalist, born and raised in San Diego, United States growing up in nearby La Mesa, California...

     American true crime author and biographer, journalist. The Killing of Tupac Shakur
    The Killing of Tupac Shakur
    The Killing of Tupac Shakur, a biographical and true-crime account, by journalist and author Cathy Scott, of the 1996 murder of rapper Tupac Shakur. The book made news upon its September 1997 release, on the first anniversary of Shakur's death, because of an autopsy photo included in its pages. It...

  • Jane Scott (c. 1779–1839), English theatre manager, performer, and playwright.
  • Madeleine de Scudéry
    Madeleine de Scudéry
    Madeleine de Scudéry , often known simply as Mademoiselle de Scudéry, was a French writer. She was the younger sister of author Georges de Scudéry.-Biography:...

     (1607–1701), French novelist.
  • Molly Elliot Seawell
    Molly Elliot Seawell
    Molly Elliot Seawell was an American writer.-Family:She was born as Mary Elliot Seawell into one of the older families of English language-speaking North America and one of the first families of Virginia...

     (1860–1916), American essayist, novelist, and short story writer.
  • Alice Sebold
    Alice Sebold
    Alice Sebold is an American novelist. She has published three books: Lucky , The Lovely Bones and The Almost Moon .-Early life:...

     (born 1963), American novelist. The Lovely Bones
    The Lovely Bones
    The Lovely Bones is a 2002 novel by Alice Sebold. It is the story of a teenage girl who, after being raped and murdered, watches from her personal Heaven as her family and friends struggle to move on with their lives while she comes to terms with her own death. The novel received much critical...

  • Catharine Sedgwick
    Catharine Sedgwick
    Catharine Maria Sedgwick , was an American novelist of what is now referred to as "domestic fiction". She promoted Republican motherhood.-Biography:...

     (1789–1867), American novelist.
  • Lisa See
    Lisa See
    Lisa See is an American writer and novelist. Her Chinese-American family has had a great impact on her life and work. Her books include On Gold Mountain: The One-Hundred-Year Odyssey of My Chinese-American Family and the novels Flower Net , The Interior , Dragon Bones , Snow Flower and the...

     (born 1955), Chinese-American novelist. Snow Flower and the Secret Fan
    Snow Flower and the Secret Fan
    Snow Flower and the Secret Fan is a 2005 novel by Lisa See set in nineteenth century China. In her introduction to the novel, See writes that Lily, the narrator, was born in 1823 — "the third year of Emperor Daoguang's reign". The novel begins in 1903, when Lily is 80 years old...

  • Comtesse de Ségur (1799–1874), Russian-French novelist.
  • Diane Setterfield
    Diane Setterfield
    Diane Setterfield is a British author whose 2006 debut novel, The Thirteenth Tale, became a New York Times #1 bestseller...

     English author. The Thirteenth Tale
    The Thirteenth Tale (novel)
    The Thirteenth Tale is a gothic suspense novel published in 2006. It is Diane Setterfield's debut novel.-Plot introduction:Vida Winter, a famous novelist in England, has never been forthcoming when it comes to her past. Her entire life is a secret, and for fifty years reporters and biographers...

  • Frances Sheridan
    Frances Sheridan
    Frances Sheridan was an Anglo-Irish novelist and playwright.Frances Sheridan was born in Dublin, Ireland. Her father, Dr. Phillip Chamberlaine, was an Anglican minister. In 1747 she married Thomas Sheridan, who was then an actor and theatre director, and at the same time she began work on her...

     (1724–1766), Irish novelist and playwright.
  • Sharon Shinn
    Sharon Shinn
    Sharon Shinn is an American novelist who writes combining aspects of fantasy, science fiction and romance. She has published more than a dozen novels for adult and young adult readers. She works as a journalist in St. Louis, Missouri and is a graduate of Northwestern University.Sharon is a...

     (born 1957), American novelist.
  • Maria Shkapskaya
    Maria Shkapskaya
    -Early life:Maria was born in Saint Petersburg in 1891, the youngest of 5 children. Her parents were educated and cultured, but the family struggled financially, depending on her father's small pension. Her mother suffered from paralysis and her father had retired from a minor government position...

     (1891-1952), Soviet poet and journalist
  • Sei Shōnagon
    Sei Shonagon
    Sei Shōnagon , was a Japanese author and a court lady who served the Empress Teishi around the year 1000 during the middle Heian period. She is best known as the author of The Pillow Book .-Name:...

     (965–1010), Japanese writer. The Pillow Book
    The Pillow Book
    is a book of observations and musings recorded by Sei Shōnagon during her time as court lady to Empress Consort Teishi during the 990s and early 11th century in Heian Japan. The book was completed in the year 1002....

  • Danzy Senna
    Danzy Senna
    -Biography:Danzy Senna was born in Boston, Massachusetts, the middle child of three children. Her mother is the Anglo-American poet and novelist Fanny Howe. Her father is the African-American writer and journalist, Carl Senna, author of The Black Press and the Struggle for Civil Rights and The...

     (born 1970), American novelist.
  • Anne Sexton
    Anne Sexton
    Anne Sexton was an American poet, known for her highly personal, confessional verse. She won the Pulitzer Prize for poetry in 1967...

     (1928–1974), American poet.
  • Marietta Shaginyan
    Marietta Shaginyan
    Marietta Sergeevna Shaginian was a Soviet writer and public activist. She was one of the outstanding communist female-authors with broad philosophical and social views....

     (1888–1982), Soviet writer and political activist. Mess-Mend
  • Ntozake Shange
    Ntozake Shange
    Ntozake Shange born October 18, 1948, is an American playwright, and poet. As a self proclaimed black feminist, much of the content of her work addresses issues relating to race and feminism....

     (born 1948), American playwright and novelist.
  • Alice Sheldon (1915–1987), American novelist and short story writer.
  • Mary Shelley
    Mary Shelley
    Mary Shelley was a British novelist, short story writer, dramatist, essayist, biographer, and travel writer, best known for her Gothic novel Frankenstein: or, The Modern Prometheus . She also edited and promoted the works of her husband, the Romantic poet and philosopher Percy Bysshe Shelley...

     (1797–1851), English novelist. Frankenstein
    Frankenstein; or, The Modern Prometheus is a novel about a failed experiment that produced a monster, written by Mary Shelley, with inserts of poems by Percy Bysshe Shelley. Shelley started writing the story when she was eighteen, and the novel was published when she was twenty-one. The first...

  • Tatiana Shchepkina-Kupernik (1874–1952), Russian writer and Dramatist. Deborah
  • Carol Shields
    Carol Shields
    Carol Ann Shields, CC, OM, FRSC, MA was an American-born Canadian author. She is best known for her 1993 novel The Stone Diaries, which won the U.S. Pulitzer Prize for Fiction as well as the Governor General's Award in Canada.-Biography:Shields was born in Oak Park, Illinois...

     (1935–2003), American-Canadian novelist. The Stone Diaries
    The Stone Diaries
    The Stone Diaries is a 1993 award-winning novel by Carol Shields.It is the fictional autobiography about the life of Daisy Goodwill Flett, a seemingly ordinary woman whose life is marked by death and loss from the beginning, when her mother dies during childbirth...

  • Murasaki Shikibu
    Murasaki Shikibu
    Murasaki Shikibu was a Japanese novelist, poet and lady-in-waiting at the Imperial court during the Heian period. She is best known as the author of The Tale of Genji, written in Japanese between about 1000 and 1012...

     (973-1025), Japanese novelist and poet. Considered the writer of the first true novel. The Tale of Genji
    The Tale of Genji
    is a classic work of Japanese literature attributed to the Japanese noblewoman Murasaki Shikibu in the early 11th century, around the peak of the Heian period. It is sometimes called the world's first novel, the first modern novel, the first psychological novel or the first novel still to be...

  • Shikishi Naishinnō
    Shikishi Naishinno
    Princess Shikishi was a medieval Japanese poet, who lived during the late Heian and early Kamakura periods. She was the third daughter of Emperor Go-Shirakawa . In 1159, Shikishi, who did not marry, went into service at the Kamo Shrine in Kyoto...

     (died 1201), Japanese poet.
  • Aki Shimazaki
    Aki Shimazaki
    Aki Shimazaki is a Canadian novelist and translator. She moved to Canada in 1981, living in Vancouver and Toronto. She has lived in Montreal, where she teaches Japanese and publishes her novels in French, since 1991....

     (born 1954), Canadian novelist and translator.
  • Bapsi Sidhwa
    Bapsi Sidhwa
    Bapsi Sidhwa is an author of Pakistani origin who writes in English. She is perhaps best known for her collaborative work with filmmaker Deepa Mehta: Sidhwa wrote both the 1991 novel Ice Candy Man which is the basis for Mehta's 1998 film Earth as well as the 2006 novel Water: A Novel which is...

     (born 1938), Pakistani novelist.
  • Mary Sidney
    Mary Sidney
    Mary Herbert , Countess of Pembroke , was one of the first English women to achieve a major reputation for her literary works, poetry, poetic translations and literary patronage.-Family:...

     (1561–1621), English translator, playwright, and poet.
  • Leslie Marmon Silko
    Leslie Marmon Silko
    Leslie Marmon Silko is a Native American writer of the Laguna Pueblo tribe, and one of the key figures in the second wave of what Kenneth Lincoln has called the Native American Renaissance...

     (born 1948), American novelist, poet, and short story writer.
  • Ruth Simpson
    Ruth Simpson
    Ruth Simpson was the founder of the United States' first lesbian community center, an author, and former president of Daughters of Bilitis, New York....

     Lesbian author, founder of first Lesbian community center.
  • Jo Sinclair
    Jo Sinclair
    Ruth Seid , was an American novelist who wrote under the pen name Jo Sinclair. She earned awards and critical praise for her novels about race relations and the struggles of immigrant families in America.-Life:...

     (1913–1995), pen name of Ruth Seid, Jewish-American writer.
  • May Sinclair
    May Sinclair
    May Sinclair was the pseudonym of Mary Amelia St. Clair , a popular British writer who wrote about two dozen novels, short stories and poetry. She was an active suffragist, and member of the Woman Writers' Suffrage League...

     (1862–1946), English novelist, poet, and short story writer.
  • Johanna Sinisalo
    Johanna Sinisalo
    Aila Johanna Sinisalo is a Finnish science fiction and fantasy writer. She studied comparative literature and drama, amongst other subjects, at the University of Tampere...

     (born 1958), Finnish science fiction and fantasy writer.
  • Edith Sitwell
    Edith Sitwell
    Dame Edith Louisa Sitwell DBE was a British poet and critic.-Background:Edith Sitwell was born in Scarborough, North Yorkshire, the oldest child and only daughter of Sir George Sitwell, 4th Baronet, of Renishaw Hall; he was an expert on genealogy and landscaping...

     (1887–1964), English poet.
  • Maj Sjöwall
    Maj Sjöwall
    Maj Sjöwall is a Swedish author and translator. She is best known for the collaborative work with her partner Per Wahlöö on a series of ten novels about the exploits of Martin Beck, a police detective in Stockholm...

     (born 1935), Swedish mystery novelist.
  • Vendela Skytte
    Vendela Skytte
    Vendela Skytte was a Swedish noblewoman, salonist and writer, Poet and Lady of Letters. She has been used as an example in history to describe an ideal of a well educated woman.- Biography :...

     (1608–1627), Swedish writer.
  • Barbara Sleigh
    Barbara Sleigh
    Barbara Grace de Riemer Sleigh was a well-known British children's writer and broadcaster.-Family and career:Barbara Sleigh was born in Birmingham, the daughter of the artist Bernard Sleigh and his wife Stella, née Phillp, who had married in 1901. Both came from a Methodist background, but she was...

     (1906-1982), children's writer and broadcaster, Carbonel series
    Carbonel series
    Carbonel is a children's book series by Barbara Sleigh, first published by Puffin Books from 1955 to 1978. Also published in the US by Bobbs-Merrill from 1955. It has three novels, first Carbonel: the King of the Cats and two sequels, The Kingdom of Carbonel and Carbonel and Calidor: Being the...

  • Jane Smiley
    Jane Smiley
    Jane Smiley is a Pulitzer Prize-winning American novelist.-Biography:Born in Los Angeles, California, Smiley grew up in Webster Groves, Missouri, a suburb of St. Louis, and graduated from John Burroughs School. She obtained an A.B. at Vassar College, then earned an M.F.A. and Ph.D. from the...

     (born 1949), American novelist.
  • Ali Smith
    Ali Smith
    Ali Smith is a British writer.She was born to working-class parents, raised in a council house in Inverness and now lives in Cambridge. She studied at the University of Aberdeen and then at Newnham College, Cambridge, for a PhD that was never finished. She worked as a lecturer at University of...

     (born 1962), Scottish novelist.
  • Amanda Smith
    Amanda Smith
    Amanda Berry Smith was a former slave who became an inspiration to thousands of women both black and white. She was born in Long Green, Maryland, a small town in Baltimore County. Her father's name was Samuel Berry while her mother's name was Mariam...

     (1837–1915), American evangelist and autobiographer.
  • Betty Smith
    Betty Smith
    Betty Smith, née Elisabeth Wehner , was an American author.-Biography:Born on December 15, 1896 in Brooklyn, New York to German immigrants, she grew up poor in Williamsburg, Brooklyn and attended Girl's High School. These experiences served as the framework to her first novel, A Tree Grows in...

     (1896–1972), American novelist. A Tree Grows in Brooklyn
  • Charlotte Turner Smith
    Charlotte Turner Smith
    Charlotte Turner Smith was an English Romantic poet and novelist. She initiated a revival of the English sonnet, helped establish the conventions of Gothic fiction, and wrote political novels of sensibility....

     (1749–1806), English poet and novelist.
  • Dodie Smith
    Dodie Smith
    Dorothy Gladys "Dodie" Smith was an English novelist and playwright. Smith is best known for her novel The Hundred and One Dalmatians. Her other works include I Capture the Castle and The Starlight Barking....

     (1896–1990), English novelist and playwright. I Capture the Castle
    I Capture the Castle
    I Capture the Castle is Dodie Smith's first novel, written in the 1940s during a sojourn in America. Smith was already an established playwright and later became famous for authoring the children's classic The Hundred and One Dalmatians....

  • Doris Buchanan Smith
    Doris Buchanan Smith
    Doris Buchanan Smith was an award-winning author of children’s books distinguished for their realism.- Works :...

     (1934–2002), American children's novelist. A Taste of Blackberries
    A Taste of Blackberries
    A Taste of Blackberries is an award-winning children's book by Doris Buchanan Smith about a boy whose best friend dies.-Background:In the early 1970's editors believed that because of its theme, involving the death of a child, the story was more suitable for adults than for children, and A Taste of...

  • Stevie Smith
    Stevie Smith
    Florence Margaret Smith, known as Stevie Smith was an English poet and novelist.-Life:Stevie Smith, born Florence Margaret Smith in Kingston upon Hull, was the second daughter of Ethel and Charles Smith. Contemporary Women Poets...

     (1902–1971), English poet and novelist.
  • Zadie Smith
    Zadie Smith
    Zadie Smith is a British novelist. To date she has written three novels. In 2003, she was included on Granta's list of 20 best young authors...

     (born 1975), English novelist.
  • Edith Södergran
    Edith Södergran
    Edith Irene Södergran was a Swedish-speaking Finnish poet. She was one of the first modernists within Swedish-language literature and her influences came from French Symbolism, German expressionism and Russian futurism. At the age of 24 she released her first collection of poetry entitled Dikter...

     (1892–1923), Finland-Swedish poet.
  • Cathy Song
    Cathy Song
    Cathy Song is an Asian-American poet. She is the 1982 winner of the Yale Series of Younger Poets Award for her collection Picture Bride. Song now resides in Kahala, Hawaii.-Personal life:Song was born in Wahiawa, Hawaii...

     (born 1955), American poet.
  • Susan Sontag
    Susan Sontag
    Susan Sontag was an American author, literary theorist, feminist and political activist whose works include On Photography and Against Interpretation.-Life:...

     (1933–2004), American essayist and novelist.
  • Muriel Spark
    Muriel Spark
    Dame Muriel Spark, DBE was an award-winning Scottish novelist. In 2008 The Times newspaper named Spark in its list of "the 50 greatest British writers since 1945".-Early life:...

     (1918–2006), Scottish novelist. The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie
  • Terry Spear
    Terry Spear
    Terry Spear born in Sacramento, California, is an award-winning American author who specializes in writing paranormal romance novels and medieval romance novels for both adults and teen audiences. Her urban fantasy romance series started with Heart of the Wolf which Publishers Weekly named as one...

    , American urban fantasy romance and medieval romance novelist.
  • Anne Spencer
    Anne Spencer
    Annie Bethel Spencer was an American Black poet and active participant in the New Negro Movement and Harlem Renaissance period....

     (1882–1975), American poet.
  • Harriet Elizabeth Prescott Spofford
    Harriet Elizabeth Prescott Spofford
    Harriet Elizabeth Prescott Spofford was a notable American writer remembered for her novels, poems and detective stories.-Biography:...

     (1835–1921), American mystery novelist , poet, and short story writer.
  • Johanna Spyri
    Johanna Spyri
    Johanna Spyri was an author of children's stories, and is best known for her book Heidi. Born Johanna Louise Heusser in the rural area of Hirzel, Switzerland, as a child she spent several summers in the area around Chur in Graubünden, the setting she later would use in her novels.-Biography:In...

     (1827–1901), Swiss children's writer. Heidi
    Heidi is a Swiss work of fiction, published in two parts as Heidi's years of learning and travel and Heidi makes use of what she has learned.It is a novel about the events in the life of a young girl in her grandfather's care, in the Swiss Alps...

  • Madame de Staël (1766–1817), Swiss-French novelist.
  • Jean Stafford
    Jean Stafford
    Jean Stafford was an American short story writer and novelist, who won the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction for The Collected Stories of Jean Stafford in 1970....

     (1915–1979), American novelist and short story writer.
  • Elizabeth Cady Stanton
    Elizabeth Cady Stanton
    Elizabeth Cady Stanton was an American social activist, abolitionist, and leading figure of the early woman's movement...

     (1815–1902), American feminist journalist and essayist.
  • Freya Stark
    Freya Stark
    Dame Freya Madeline Stark, Mrs. Perowne, DBE was a British explorer and travel writer. She wrote more than two dozen books on her travels, which were mainly in Arabia, Iran and Afghanistan....

     (1893–1993), British travel writer.
  • Lilian Staveley
    Lilian Staveley
    Lilian Staveley was a Christian writer and mystic whose anonymous works have only recently been credited to her.-Early life:Née Lilian Bowdoin, Staveley was born to an affluent family, descended on both sides from Huguenots of the old French nobility. Her early life was not one of outward...

     (1878–1928), Christian writer and mystic whose works were published anonymously.
  • Christina Stead
    Christina Stead
    Christina Stead was an Australian novelist and short-story writer acclaimed for her satirical wit and penetrating psychological characterisations.-Biography:...

     (1902–1983), Australian novelist and short story writer.
  • Danielle Steel
    Danielle Steel
    Danielle Fernandes Dominique Schuelein-Steel , better known as Danielle Steel, is an American romantic novelist and author of mainstream dramas....

     (born 1947), American romance novelist.
  • Gertrude Stein
    Gertrude Stein
    Gertrude Stein was an American writer, poet and art collector who spent most of her life in France.-Early life:...

     (1874–1946), American novelist, playwright, poet, librettist, and short story writer.
  • Joanne Stepaniak
    Joanne Stepaniak
    Jo Stepaniak is the author of books on veganism, including The Vegan Sourcebook and several cookbooks. In her work, she emphasizes compassion toward everyone, including meat-eaters....

     (born 1954), American author of several vegan cookbooks and books on veganism.
  • Maria W. Stewart
    Maria W. Stewart
    Maria Stewart was an African American essayist, public speaker, abolitionist, and women's rights activist.-Life and career:...

     (1803–1897), American feminist lecturer.
  • Mary Stewart
    Mary Stewart
    Mary Florence Elinor Stewart is a popular English novelist, best known for her Merlin series, which straddles the boundary between the historical novel and the fantasy genre.-Career:...

     (born 1916), English mystery/romance novelist.
  • Ruth Stone
    Ruth Stone
    Ruth Stone was an American poet, author, and teacher.-Life and career:In 1959, after her husband, professor Walter Stone, committed suicide, she was forced to raise three daughters alone...

     (born 1915), American poet.
  • Alfonsina Storni
    Alfonsina Storni
    Alfonsina Storni was one of the most important Latin-American poets of the modernist period.-Life:Storni was born in Sala Capriasca, Switzerland to an Argentine beer industrialist living in Switzerland for a few years. There, Storni learned to speak Italian...

     (1892–1938), Argentinian poet.
  • Harriet Beecher Stowe
    Harriet Beecher Stowe
    Harriet Beecher Stowe was an American abolitionist and author. Her novel Uncle Tom's Cabin was a depiction of life for African-Americans under slavery; it reached millions as a novel and play, and became influential in the United States and United Kingdom...

     (1811–1836), American novelist. Uncle Tom's Cabin
    Uncle Tom's Cabin
    Uncle Tom's Cabin; or, Life Among the Lowly is an anti-slavery novel by American author Harriet Beecher Stowe. Published in 1852, the novel "helped lay the groundwork for the Civil War", according to Will Kaufman....

  • Barbra Joan Streisand (1942), American screenwriter and songwriter.
  • Jan Struther
    Jan Struther
    Jan Struther was the pen name of Joyce Anstruther, later Joyce Maxtone Graham and finally Joyce Placzek , an English writer remembered for her character Mrs...

     (1901–1953), English hymn writer and novelist. Mrs. Miniver
    Mrs. Miniver
    Mrs. Miniver is a fictional character created by Jan Struther in 1937 for a series of newspaper columns for The Times, later adapted into a movie of the same name.-Origin:...

  • Lady Louisa Stuart
    Lady Louisa Stuart
    Lady Louisa Stuart was a British writer of the 18th and 19th centuries. Her long life spanned nearly ninety-four years.-Early life:...

     (1757–1851), English writer of memoirs and letters.
  • Jacqueline Susann
    Jacqueline Susann
    Jacqueline Susann was an American author known for her best-selling novels. Her most notable work was Valley of the Dolls, a book that broke sales records and spawned an Oscar-nominated 1967 film and a short-lived TV series.-Early years:Jacqueline Susann was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania to...

     (1918–1974), American bestselling novelist.
  • Anni Swan
    Anni Swan
    Anni Emilia Swan was a Finnish writer. Swan wrote many books for children and young adults, was a journalist for children's magazines and worked as a translator...

     (1875–1958), Finnish author of children's books, journalist and translator.
  • May Swenson
    May Swenson
    Anna Thilda May "May" Swenson was an American poet and playwright...

     (1913–1989), American poet and playwright.
  • Magda Szabó
    Magda Szabó
    Magda Szabó was a Hungarian writer, arguably Hungary's foremost woman novelist. She also wrote dramas, essays, studies, memories and poetry....

     (born 1917), Hungarian novelist, poet, playwright. The Door
    The Door (novel)
    The Door is a novel by Hungarian writer Magda Szabó . The novel concerns the developing relationship between a young Hungarian writer and her cleaner, and is partly autobiographical....

  • Mária Szepes
    Mária Szepes
    Mária Szepes was a Hungarian author. She worked as a journalist and screenwriter, as well as an independent author in the field of hermetic philosophy since 1941. She would sometimes write under the pseudonyms Mária Papir or Mária Orsi.-Life:...

    , Hungarian author of esoteric and science fiction novels.
  • Wisława Szymborska (born 1923), Polish poet.


  • Amy Tan
    Amy Tan
    Amy Tan is an American writer whose works explore mother-daughter relationships. Her most well-known work is The Joy Luck Club, which has been translated into 35 languages...

     (born 1952), American novelist. The Joy Luck Club
    The Joy Luck Club
    The Joy Luck Club is a best-selling novel written by Amy Tan. It focuses on four Chinese American immigrant families in San Francisco, California who start a club known as "the Joy Luck Club," playing the Chinese game of mahjong for money while feasting on a variety of foods...

  • Shelley Tanaka
    Shelley Tanaka
    Shelley Tanaka is a Canadian editor of numerous award-winning young adult novels, an award-winning author of nonfiction for children, a translator and writing teacher.-Biography:Shelley Tanaka was born in Toronto, Canada...

     Canadian, nonfiction children's writer.
  • Sooni Taraporevala
    Sooni Taraporevala
    Sooni Taraporevala is an internationally acclaimed screenwriter and photographer, currently based in India. She is best known as the screenwriter of Mississippi Masala, The Namesake and Oscar-nominated Salaam Bombay , all directed by Mira Nair.She directed her first feature film, based on a...

     (born 1957), Indian screenwriter and photographer.
  • Cheryl Kaye Tardif
    Cheryl Kaye Tardif
    Cheryl Kaye Tardif is a Canadian mystery writer best known for Canada-based novels Whale Song, Divine Intervention, and The River. Her novels involve social issues such as assisted suicide, school bullies, child abuse, and the search for youth and longevity.-Biography:Tardif was born in Vancouver,...

     (born 1963), Canadian suspense novelist. Whale Song
    Whale Song (novel)
    Whale Song is a novel by Canadian author Cheryl Kaye Tardif. Whale Song was first self-published by Trafford Publishing in 2003. In the spring of 2006, the novel was picked up by Kunati Inc. Book Publishers, a Canadian publisher with offices in Ontario, Canada, and Florida, US...

  • Judith Tarr
    Judith Tarr
    Judith Tarr is an American author, best known for her fantasy books. She received her B.A. in Latin and English from Mount Holyoke College in 1976, and has an M.A. in Classics from Cambridge University, and an M.A. and Ph.D. in Medieval Studies from Yale University...

    (born 1955), American author. The Hound and the Falcon
    The Hound and the Falcon
    The Hound and the Falcon is a fantasy book trilogy by Judith Tarr, containing the books The Isle of Glass , The Golden Horn , and The Hounds of God ....

  • Donna Tartt
    Donna Tartt
    Donna Tartt is an American writer and author of the novels The Secret History and The Little Friend . She won the WH Smith Literary Award for The Little Friend in 2003.-Early life:...

     (born 1963), American novelist.
  • Elizabeth Taylor
    Elizabeth Taylor (novelist)
    Elizabeth Taylor was a British novelist and short story writer.-Life and writings:...

    , English novelist. At Mrs. Lippincote's
    At Mrs. Lippincote's
    At Mrs. Lippincote's is a 1945 novel by Elizabeth Taylor.Julia and her husband, Roddy, along with their young son, Oliver, and Roddy's cousin, Eleanor, are temporarily living at Mrs. Lippincote's, a house filled with old mahogany furniture and other reminders of earlier wealth...

  • Susie Taylor
    Susie Taylor
    Susie Baker King Taylor was the first African American army nurse. As the author of "Reminiscences of My Life in Camp with the 33d United States Colored Troops, Late 1st S.C. Volunteers", she was the only African American woman to publish a memoir of her wartime experiences...

     (1848–1912), American teacher and memoir writer.
  • Nadezhda Teffi
    Nadezhda Teffi
    Nadezhda Teffi, known simply as Teffi, was a Russian humorist writer. Teffi is a pseudonym. Her real name was Nadezhda Aleksandrovna Lokhvitskaya after her marriage Nadezhda Alexandrovna Buchinskaya...

     (1872–1952), Russian/Soviet writer. Close Friends
  • Olena Teliha
    Olena Teliha
    Olena Ivanivna Teliha was a Ukrainian poet and Ukrainian activist of Ukrainian and Belarusian ethnicity.-Biography:Olena Teliha was born Elena Ivanovna Shovgeneva in the village of Ilyinskoe, near Moscow in Russia where her parents spent summer vacations. There are a several villages by this name...

     (1906–1942), Ukrainian poet.
  • Teresa of Ávila
    Teresa of Ávila
    Saint Teresa of Ávila, also called Saint Teresa of Jesus, baptized as Teresa Sánchez de Cepeda y Ahumada, was a prominent Spanish mystic, Roman Catholic saint, Carmelite nun, and writer of the Counter Reformation, and theologian of contemplative life through mental prayer...

     (1515–1582), Spanish nun, monastic reformer, and mystic.
  • Josephine Tey
    Josephine Tey
    Josephine Tey was a pseudonym used by Elizabeth Mackintosh a Scottish author best known for her mystery novels. She also wrote as Gordon Daviot, under which name she wrote plays with an historical theme....

     (1896–1952), Scottish mystery novelist.
  • Elizabeth Thomas
    Elizabeth Thomas (Poet/novelist)
    Elizabeth Thomas [née Wolferstan] , novelist and poet, is an ambiguous figure. Details of her early life are missing, and her authorship of some works attributed to her is contested....

     (1770/71–1855), English Gothic novelist and religious poet.
  • Olga Tokarczuk
    Olga Tokarczuk
    Olga Tokarczuk is one of the most critically acclaimed and commercially successful Polish writers of her generation, particularly noted for the hallmark mythical tone of her writing. She trained as a psychologist at the University of Warsaw. She has published a collection of poems, three novels,...

     (born 1962), Polish writer.
  • Tatyana Tolstaya
    Tatyana Tolstaya
    Tatyana Nikitichna Tolstaya is a Russian writer, TV host, publicist, novelist, and essayist from the Tolstoy family.- Family :She was born into a family of rich literary tradition. Her paternal grandfather was Aleksei Nikolaevich Tolstoi, an important Russian-Soviet writer known as 'the Red...

     (born 1951), Russian TV presenter, novelist, and essayist.
  • Fatma Aliye Topuz
    Fatma Aliye Topuz
    Fatma Aliye Topuz , aka simply Fatma Aliye or Fatma Aliye Hanım, was a Turkish novelist, columnist, essayist, women's rights activist and humanitarian...

     (1862–1936), First Turkish and Muslim novelist.
  • Torfhildur Þorsteinsdóttir
    Torfhildur Þorsteinsdóttir
    Torfhildur Þorsteinsdóttir was an Icelandic author, who lived for many years in Canada. She is regarded as perhaps the first Icelander to make a living as an author. She published her first short story in Framfari—the first Icelandic newspaper published in North America—in 1879...

     (1845–1918), Icelandic novelist and short story writer.
  • Joanna Trollope
    Joanna Trollope
    Joanna Trollope OBE , is an English novelist.-Life:Joanna Trollope was educated at Reigate County School for Girls followed by St Hugh's College, Oxford. From 1965 to 1967, she worked at the Foreign Office...

     (born 1943), English novelist.
  • Catherine Trotter (1679–1749), Scots-English novelist, playwright, philosopher, and letterwriter.
  • Sojourner Truth
    Sojourner Truth
    Sojourner Truth was the self-given name, from 1843 onward, of Isabella Baumfree, an African-American abolitionist and women's rights activist. Truth was born into slavery in Swartekill, New York, but escaped with her infant daughter to freedom in 1826. After going to court to recover her son, she...

     (1797–1883), American feminist.
  • Marina Tsvetaeva
    Marina Tsvetaeva
    Marina Ivanovna Tsvetaeva was a Russian and Soviet poet. Her work is considered among some of the greatest in twentieth century Russian literature. She lived through and wrote of the Russian Revolution of 1917 and the Moscow famine that followed it. In an attempt to save her daughter Irina from...

     (1892–1941), Russian poet.
  • Evgenia Tur
    Evgenia Tur
    Evgenia Tur was a Russian writer, critic, journalist and publisher. Her birth name was Elizaveta Vasilyevna Sukhovo-Kobylina. Her full married name was Countess Elizaveta Vasilyevna Salias De Tournemire. The playwright Aleksandr Sukhovo-Kobylin was her brother.-Early years:Elizaveta was born in...

     (1815-1892), Russian novelist and literary critic. Antonina
  • Megan Whalen Turner
    Megan Whalen Turner
    Megan Whalen Turner is an American author of fantasy fiction for young adults. She received her BA with honors in English language and literature from the University of Chicago in 1987. She is best known for her series of young adult novels primarily revolving around a character named Eugenides...

     (born 1965), American fantasy writer.
  • Anne Tyler
    Anne Tyler
    Anne Tyler is an American novelist.Tyler, the eldest of four children, was born in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Her father was a chemist and her mother a social worker. Her early childhood was spent in a succession of Quaker communities in the mountains of North Carolina and in Raleigh...

     (born 1941), American novelist.


  • Jenny Uglow
    Jenny Uglow
    Jennifer Sheila Uglow OBE is a British biographer, critic and publisher. The editorial director of Chatto & Windus, she has written critically acclaimed biographies of Elizabeth Gaskell, William Hogarth, Thomas Bewick and the Lunar Society, among others, and has also compiled a women's...

    , British biographer.
  • Lesya Ukrainka
    Lesya Ukrainka
    Larysa Petrivna Kosach-Kvitka better known under her literary pseudonym Lesya Ukrainka , was one of Ukraine's best-known poets and writers and the foremost woman writer in Ukrainian literature. She also was a political, civil, and female activist....

     (1871–1913), Ukrainian poet.
  • Anya Ulinich
    Anya Ulinich
    -Awards:* Sami Rohr Prize for Jewish Literature Finalist * Goldberg Prize for Emerging Writers of Jewish Fiction Winner * National Book Foundation's "5 under 35" Winner -External links:***...

     (born 1973), Russian writer. Petropolis
  • Lyudmila Ulitskaya
    Lyudmila Ulitskaya
    Lyudmila Evgenyevna Ulitskaya is a critically acclaimed modern Russian novelist and short-story writer. She was born in the town of Davlekanovo in Bashkiria on February 21, 1943...

     (born 1943), Russian writer. Medea and Her Children
  • Sigrid Undset
    Sigrid Undset
    Sigrid Undset was a Norwegian novelist who was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1928.-Biography:Undset was born in Kalundborg, Denmark, but her family moved to Norway when she was two years old. In 1924, she converted to Catholicism and became a lay Dominican...

     (1882–1949), Norwegian novelist and 1928 Nobel Prize in Literature
    Nobel Prize in Literature
    Since 1901, the Nobel Prize in Literature has been awarded annually to an author from any country who has, in the words from the will of Alfred Nobel, produced "in the field of literature the most outstanding work in an ideal direction"...

    -winner. Kristin Lavransdatter
    Kristin Lavransdatter
    Kristin Lavransdatter is the common name for a trilogy of historical novels written by Nobel laureate Sigrid Undset. The individual novels are Kransen , first published in 1920, Husfrue , published in 1921, and Korset , published in 1922...

  • Jane Urquhart
    Jane Urquhart
    Jane Urquhart, OC is a Canadian novelist and poet.-Biography:Born 200 miles north of Thunder Bay, Ontario in Little Longlac , Ontario, Jane Urquhart is the third of three children and the only daughter of Marian and Walter Carter, a prospector and mining engineer...

     (born 1949), Canadian novelist and poet. The Stone Carvers
    The Stone Carvers
    The Stone Carvers is a 2001 historical and World War I novel by the Canadian writer Jane Urquhart.-Plot introduction:The novel follows three generations of a Canadian family, starting with a wood carver who befriends an immigrant German priest as he founds a church in an isolated town in 19th...

  • Kaari Utrio
    Kaari Utrio
    Kaari Marjatta Utrio is a Finnish writer. She has written tens of historical novels and many non-fiction books on historical topics...

     (born 1942), Finnish novelist. Isabella
    Isabella (novel)
    Isabella is a historical novel by Finnish author Kaari Utrio....


  • Celestine Vaite (born 1966), Tahitian novelist.
  • Katri Vala
    Katri Vala
    Katri Vala was a Finnish poet, critic, school teacher, and central member of the literary group Tulenkantajat with Olavi Paavolainen, Elina Vaara, Lauri Viljanen, Ilmari Pimiä, Viljo Kajava, and Yrjö Jylhä. As a modernizer of the Finnish poetry, she has been generally compared to Edith Södergran...

     (1901–1944), Finnish poet.
  • Alisa Valdes-Rodriguez
    Alisa Valdes-Rodriguez
    Alisa Valdes-Rodriguez is an American writer known for her novels in the Chick Lit genre.-Early life:Alisa Valdes-Rodriguez was born in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Her father, Nelson Valdés, is a retired sociology professor at the University of New Mexico, and emigrated from Cuba in the early 1960s...

     (born 1969), American novelist, journalist and screenwriter.
  • Luisa Valenzuela
    Luisa Valenzuela
    Luisa Valenzuela is a post-'Boom' novelist and short story writer. Her writing is characterized by an experimental, avant-garde style which questions hierarchical social structures from a feminist perspective. She is best known for her work written in response to the dictatorship of the 1970s in...

     (born 1938), Argentinian novelist and short story writer.
  • Mariya Vilinska
    Marko Vovchok
    Marko Vovchok , 22 December 1833 – 10 August 1907) was a famous Ukrainian and Russian writer of Ukrainian descent. Her pen name, Marko Vovchok, was invented by Panteleimon Kulish.-Biography:...

     (1833–1907), Russian/Ukrainian novelist, and translator.
  • Jennifer Vanasco
    Jennifer Vanasco
    Jennifer Vanasco is an award-winning syndicated columnist for the gay press, was the editor in chief of the defunct and a former theater critic for the Chicago Reader.-Biography:...

     (born 1971), American columnist and journalist.
  • Lin Van Hek
    Lin Van Hek
    Lin Van Hek is an Australian writer, member of the Society of Women Writers and is the co-founder of a literary-music group called Difficult Women.Van Hek was born in Melbourne but lived in Europe and India for some years...

     (1944), Australian novelist.
  • Yvonne Vera
    Yvonne Vera
    Yvonne Vera was an award-winning author from Zimbabwe. Her novels are known for their poetic prose, difficult subject-matter, and their strong women characters, and are firmly rooted in Zimbabwe's difficult past...

     (1964–2005), Zimbabwean novelist.
  • Tatiana Vedenska
    Tatiana Vedenska
    Tatiana Vedenska is a widely known Russian writer, and novelist.-Biography:Tatiana was born in Moscow into the family of an engineer. Her great grandfather on her mother’s side was Sergey Vasilievich Baskakov, the Russian composer, a nobleman. Her great grandmother was a Polish gipsy. When...

     (born 1976), Russian novelist.
  • Anastasya Verbitskaya
    Anastasya Verbitskaya
    Anastasya Alekseyevna Verbitskaya , , was a Russian novelist, playwright, screenplay writer, publisher and feminist.- Early life :...

     (1861-1928), Russian novelist and dramatist. Keys to Happiness
  • Lidia Veselitskaya
    Lidia Veselitskaya
    Lidia Ivanovna Veselitskaya , born March 17, 1857 – died February 23, 1936, was a Russian writer who used the pseudonym V. Mikulich.-Biography:...

     (1857-1936), Russian novelist. Mimi's Marriage
  • Monica Vikström-Jokela
    Monica Vikström-Jokela
    Monica Vikström-Jokela is a Finnish-Swedish television script writer and author from Finland.She lives in Nuuksio, Espoo with her five children. She has written four books about "Ellen Annorlunda" in Swedish, and one fact book "Kyrkoåret runt i skola och hem"...

     (born 1960), Finnish-Swedish television script writer and author.
  • Maruxa Vilalta
    Maruxa Vilalta
    Maruxa Vilalta is a Mexican playwright and a theatre director.Her plays have been translated, published and produced in numerous countries. She has won the critic’s prize for the best play of the year ten times....

     (born 1932), Mexican playwright.
  • Marie-Catherine de Villedieu
    Marie-Catherine de Villedieu
    Marie-Catherine de Villedieu, born Marie-Catherine Desjardins and generally referred to as Madame de Villedieu was a French writer of plays, novels and short fiction...

     (1640–1683), French playwright, novelist, and short story writer.
  • Louise Leveque de Vilmorin
    Louise Leveque de Vilmorin
    Louise Lévêque de Vilmorin was a French novelist, poet and journalist.Born in the family château at Verrières-le-Buisson, Essonne, a suburb southwest of Paris, she was heir to a great French seed company fortune, that of Vilmorin. She was afflicted with a slight limp that became a personal trademark...

     (1902–1969), French novelist, poet, and journalist.
  • Élisabeth Vonarburg
    Élisabeth Vonarburg
    Élisabeth Vonarburg is a science fiction writer. She was born in Paris and has lived in Chicoutimi , Quebec, Canada since 1973....

     (born 1947), French science fiction novelist.
  • Marko Vovchok
    Marko Vovchok
    Marko Vovchok , 22 December 1833 – 10 August 1907) was a famous Ukrainian and Russian writer of Ukrainian descent. Her pen name, Marko Vovchok, was invented by Panteleimon Kulish.-Biography:...

     (1833–1907), Russian/Ukrainian writer. Ukrainian Folk Tales
  • Julia Voznesenskaya
    Julia Voznesenskaya
    Julia Voznesenskaya ; born 1940 in Leningrad is a Russian author of books with an Orthodox Christian worldview.In 1976 Voznesenskaya was sentenced to four years of exile for Anti-Soviet Propaganda. In 1980 she emigrated to Germany. In 1996-1999 she lived in Lesninsky Russian Orthodox Convent in...

     (born 1940), Soviet/Russian writer. The Women's Decameron
  • Jurgen Vsych
    Jürgen Vsych
    Jürgen Vsych , born in 1968, is the writer-director-producer of more than 30 films, including Son for Sail, Ophelia Learns to Swim, Tyrannosaurus Tex, and Pay Your Rent, Beethoven, which won the Prince's Trust Award. Her films have been shown in forty-three film festivals in thirty countries....

     (born 1966), American director and screenwriter.


  • Elizabeth Wagele
    Elizabeth Wagele
    Elizabeth Wagele is an American artist, musician, [writer]] of books on personality types: the Enneagram of Personality and the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator .-Life:...

     (born 1939), American author and cartoonist
  • Diane Wakoski
    Diane Wakoski
    Diane Wakoski is a American poet who is primarily associated with the deep image poets, as well as the confessional and Beat poets of the 1960s.-Biography:...

     (born 1937), American poet.
  • Alice Walker
    Alice Walker
    Alice Malsenior Walker is an American author, poet, and activist. She has written both fiction and essays about race and gender...

     (born 1944), American novelist, short story writer, and poet. The Color Purple
    The Color Purple
    The Color Purple is an acclaimed 1982 epistolary novel by American author Alice Walker. It received the 1983 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction and the National Book Award for Fiction...

  • Margaret Walker
    Margaret Walker
    Margaret Abigail Walker Alexander was an African-American poet and writer. Born in Birmingham, Alabama, she wrote as Margaret Walker. One of her best-known poems is For My People.-Biography:...

     (1915–1998), American poet and novelist.
  • Ania Walwicz
    Ania Walwicz
    Ania Walwicz is a contemporary Australian poet and prose writer, and visual artist.Ania Walwicz spent her childhood in Poland, coming to Australia in 1963 where she attended the Victorian College of the Arts in Melbourne. Her writing tends toward an impressionistic, stream of consciousness...

     (born 1951), Australian poet.
  • Gertrude Chandler Warner
    Gertrude Chandler Warner
    Gertrude Chandler Warner was an American author, mainly of children's stories. She was most famous for beginning the popular Boxcar Children book series....

     (1890–1979), American children's writer.
  • Susan Warner
    Susan Warner
    Susan Bogert Warner , was an American evangelical writer of religious fiction, children's fiction, and theological works.-Biography:...

     (1819–1885), American children's writer and songwriter.
  • Wendy Wasserstein
    Wendy Wasserstein
    Wendy Wasserstein was an American playwright and an Andrew Dickson White Professor-at-Large at Cornell University...

     (1950–2006), American playwright.
  • Sarah Waters
    Sarah Waters
    Sarah Waters is a British novelist. She is best known for her novels set in Victorian society, such as Tipping the Velvet and Fingersmith.-Childhood:Sarah Waters was born in Neyland, Pembrokeshire, Wales in 1966....

     (born 1966), Welsh-born novelist.
  • Catherine Webb
    Catherine Webb
    Catherine Webb is a British author, educated at the Godolphin and Latymer School, London, and the London School of Economics. She was 14 years old when she completed Mirror Dreams, which was written during her school summer vacation...

     (born 1986), British novelist.
  • Simone Weil
    Simone Weil
    Simone Weil , was a French philosopher, Christian mystic, and social activist.-Biography:Weil was born in Paris to Alsatian agnostic Jewish parents who fled the annexation of Alsace-Lorraine to Germany. She grew up in comfortable circumstances, and her father was a doctor. Her only sibling was...

     (1909–1943), French mystic and philosopher.
  • Hannah Weiner
    Hannah Weiner
    Hannah Adelle Weiner was an American poet who is often grouped with the Language poets because of the prominent place she assumed in the poetics of that group.- Early life and writings :...

     (1928–1997), American poet.
  • Martha Wells
    Martha Wells
    -Biography:Martha Wells was born in Fort Worth, Texas in 1964 and has a B.A. in Anthropology from Texas A&M University. She has published eight fantasy novels, two Stargate Atlantis tie-in novels, and several short stories...

     (born 1964), American novelist.
  • Eudora Welty
    Eudora Welty
    Eudora Alice Welty was an American author of short stories and novels about the American South. Her novel The Optimist's Daughter won the Pulitzer Prize in 1973. Welty was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom, among numerous awards. She was the first living author to have her works published...

     (1909–2001), American novelist, short story writer, and photographer.
  • Dorothy West
    Dorothy West
    Dorothy West was a novelist and short story writer who was part of the Harlem Renaissance. She is best known for her novel The Living Is Easy, about the life of an upper-class black family.-Early years:...

     (1907–1998), American novelist and short story writer.
  • Jane West
    Jane West
    Jane West [née Iliffe] , who published as "Prudentia Homespun" and "Mrs. West," was an English novelist, poet, playwright, and writer of conduct literature and educational tracts.- Life :...

     (1758–1852), English novelist, poet, playwright, and tract-writer.
  • Rebecca West
    Rebecca West
    Cicely Isabel Fairfield , known by her pen name Rebecca West, or Dame Rebecca West, DBE was an English author, journalist, literary critic and travel writer. A prolific, protean author who wrote in many genres, West was committed to feminist and liberal principles and was one of the foremost public...

     (1892–1983), British novelist, essayist, and journalist.
  • Anne Wharton
    Anne Wharton
    Anne Wharton, née Lee was an English poet and verse dramatist.-Life:...

     (1659-1685), English poet.
  • Edith Wharton
    Edith Wharton
    Edith Wharton , was a Pulitzer Prize-winning American novelist, short story writer, and designer.- Early life and marriage:...

     (1862–1937), American novelist and short story writer. The Age of Innocence
    The Age of Innocence
    The Age of Innocence is a novel by Edith Wharton published in 1920, which won the 1921 Pulitzer Prize. The story is set in upper-class New York City in the 1870s. In 1920, The Age of Innocence was serialized in four parts in the Pictorial Review magazine, and later released by D...

  • Leslie What
    Leslie What
    Leslie What is a writer of fantasy and literary fiction and nonfiction. She grew up in Southern California and attended Santa Ana College, and earned a certificate in Vocational Nursing...

     (born 1955), American novelist and short story writer.
  • Phillis Wheatley
    Phillis Wheatley
    Phillis Wheatley was the first African American poet and first African-American woman whose writings were published. Born in Gambia, Senegal, she was sold into slavery at age seven...

     (1753–1784), American poet.
  • Evelyn Whitaker
    Evelyn Whitaker
    -Background:Whitaker was born in Herne Bay, Kent and died in Hammersmith, London at the age of 84. She remained a spinster all her life often living with one or more of her sisters. All her works were published anonymously and the identity of the author of Tip Cat was not revealed until after her...

     (1857–1903), British novelist.
  • Antonia White
    Antonia White
    Antonia White was a British writer.-Early life:White was born as Eirine Botting to parents Cecil and Christine Botting. She later took her mother's maiden name, White. Her father taught Greek and Latin at St. Paul’s School...

     (1899–1980), English novelist and short story writer.
  • Ellen White (1827–1915), American evangelist and prophetess.
  • Isabella Whitney
    Isabella Whitney
    Isabella Whitney is the earliest identified woman to have published secular poetry in the English language. She has been called "the first professional woman poet in England."-Biography:...

     (born c. 1540), English poet.
  • Phyllis A. Whitney
    Phyllis A. Whitney
    Phyllis Ayame Whitney was an American mystery writer. Rare for her genre, she wrote mysteries for both the juvenile and the adult markets, many of which feature exotic locations. Often described as a Gothic novelist, a review in The New York Times once dubbed her "The Queen of the American...

     (born 1903), American mystery novelist.
  • Anna Wickham
    Anna Wickham
    Anna Wickham was the pseudonym of Edith Alice Mary Harper , a British poet with strong Australian connections. She is remembered as a modernist figure and feminist writer, though one not able to command sustained critical attention in her lifetime...

     (1884–1947), British poet.
  • Charlotte Wilder
    Charlotte Wilder
    Charlotte Wilder was an American poet and the eldest sister of author Thornton Wilder, Janet Wilder Dakin, and Amos Wilder.-Life:...

     (1898–1980), American poet.
  • Laura Ingalls Wilder
    Laura Ingalls Wilder
    Laura Elizabeth Ingalls Wilder was an American author who wrote the Little House series of books based on her childhood in a pioneer family...

     (1867–1957), American children's writer. Little House on the Prairie
    Little House on the Prairie
    Little House is a series of children's books by Laura Ingalls Wilder that was published originally between 1932 and 1943, with four additional books published posthumously, in 1962, 1971, 1974 and 2006.-History:...

  • Helen Maria Williams
    Helen Maria Williams
    Helen Maria Williams was a British novelist, poet, and translator of French-language works. A religious dissenter, she was a supporter of abolitionism and of the ideals of the French Revolution; she was imprisoned in Paris during the Reign of Terror, but nonetheless spent much of the rest of her...

     (1762–1827), English novelist and poet.
  • Connie Willis
    Connie Willis
    Constance Elaine Trimmer Willis is an American science fiction writer. She has won eleven Hugo Awards and seven Nebula Awards. Willis most recently won a Hugo Award for Blackout/All Clear...

     (born 1945), Indian Creative writer- poetry, short story writer.
  • Kate Wilhelm
    Kate Wilhelm
    Kate Wilhelm is an American writer whose works include science fiction, mystery, and fantasy.- Career :Wilhelm was born in Toledo, Ohio....

     (born 1928), American novelist and short story writer.
  • Jacqueline Wilson
    Jacqueline Wilson
    Dame Jacqueline Wilson, DBE, FRSL is an award-winning English author, known for her vast and diverse work in children's literature. Her novels have been adapted numerous times for television, and commonly deal with such challenging themes as adoption, divorce and mental illness...

     (born 1945), English children's writer
  • Harriet E. Wilson
    Harriet E. Wilson
    Harriet E. Wilson is traditionally considered the first female African-American novelist as well as the first African American of any gender to publish a novel on the North American continent...

     (1825–1900), American novelist.
  • Sarah Winnemucca
    Sarah Winnemucca
    Sarah Winnemucca was a prominent female Native American activist and educator, and an influential figure in the United States' nineteenth-century Indian policies...

     (1841–1891), American lecturer and autobiographer.
  • Jeanette Winterson
    Jeanette Winterson
    Jeanette Winterson OBE is a British novelist.-Early years:Winterson was born in Manchester and adopted on 21 January 1960. She was raised in Accrington, Lancashire, by Constance and John William Winterson...

     (born 1959), English novelist.
  • Jane Wiseman
    Jane Wiseman
    Jane Holt [née Wiseman] was an actress, poet, and playwright. She seems to have been from a modest labouring-class background and self-taught, but very little is known about her. Her one known play, Antiochus the Great, or, The Fatal Relapse, was successfully produced at the New Theatre, Lincoln's...

     (c. 1682–1717), English poet and playwright.
  • Monique Wittig
    Monique Wittig
    Monique Wittig was a French author and feminist theorist who wrote about overcoming socially enforced gender roles and who coined the phrase "heterosexual contract". She published her first novel, L'Opoponax, in 1964...

     (born 1935), French feminist.
  • Mary Wollstonecraft
    Mary Wollstonecraft
    Mary Wollstonecraft was an eighteenth-century British writer, philosopher, and advocate of women's rights. During her brief career, she wrote novels, treatises, a travel narrative, a history of the French Revolution, a conduct book, and a children's book...

     (1759–1797), English novelist and feminist. A Vindication of the Rights of Woman
    A Vindication of the Rights of Woman
    A Vindication of the Rights of Woman: with Strictures on Political and Moral Subjects , written by the 18th-century British feminist Mary Wollstonecraft, is one of the earliest works of feminist philosophy. In it, Wollstonecraft responds to those educational and political theorists of the 18th...

  • Jade Snow Wong
    Jade Snow Wong
    Jade Snow Wong was an American ceramic artist and author of two autobiographical volumes.- Biography :Wong was born in San Francisco and brought her family that maintained traditional Chinese customs...

     (1922–2006), American ceramic artist and author of two autobiographical volumes.
  • Nellie Wong
    Nellie Wong
    Nellie Wong is a poet and activist for feminist and socialist causes.-Biography:Wong was born in Oakland, California to Chinese immigrants. Her father had immigrated to Oakland in 1912....

     (born 1934), Chinese American feminist poet. Dreams in Harrison Railroad Park, and The Death of Long Steam Lady
  • Virginia Woolf
    Virginia Woolf
    Adeline Virginia Woolf was an English author, essayist, publisher, and writer of short stories, regarded as one of the foremost modernist literary figures of the twentieth century....

     (1882–1941), English novelist and essayist. Mrs. Dalloway, To the Lighthouse
    To the Lighthouse
    To the Lighthouse is a novel by Virginia Woolf. A novel set on the Ramsays and their visits to the Isle of Skye in Scotland between 1910 and 1920, it skilfully manipulates temporal and psychological elements....

  • Constance Fenimore Woolson
    Constance Fenimore Woolson
    Constance Fenimore Woolson was an American novelist and short story writer. She was a grandniece of James Fenimore Cooper, and is best known for fictions about the Great Lakes region, the American South, and American expatriates in Europe.-In America: the story-writer:Woolson was born in...

     (1840–1894), American novelist and short story writer.
  • Dorothy Wordsworth
    Dorothy Wordsworth
    Dorothy Mae Ann Wordsworth was an English author, poet and diarist. She was the sister of the Romantic poet William Wordsworth, and the two were close for all of their lives...

     (1771–1855), English poet and diarist.
  • Lady Mary Wortley Montagu
    Lady Mary Wortley Montagu
    The Lady Mary Wortley Montagu was an English aristocrat and writer. Montagu is today chiefly remembered for her letters, particularly her letters from Turkey, as wife to the British ambassador, which have been described by Billie Melman as “the very first example of a secular work by a woman about...

     (1689–1762), English letter-writer.
  • Judith Wright
    Judith Wright
    Judith Arundell Wright was an Australian poet, environmentalist and campaigner for Aboriginal land rights.-Biography:...

     (born 1915), Australian poet.
  • Mary Tappan Wright
    Mary Tappan Wright
    Mary Tappan Wright was an American novelist and short story writer best known for her acute characterizations and depictions of academic life...

     (1851–1917), American novelist and short story writer.
  • Mary Wroth (1587–1652), English poet.
  • Elinor Wylie
    Elinor Wylie
    Elinor Morton Wylie was an American poet and novelist popular in the 1920s and 1930s. "She was famous during her life almost as much for her ethereal beauty and personality as for her melodious, sensuous poetry."...

     (1885–1928), American poet and novelist.


  • Hisaye Yamamoto
    Hisaye Yamamoto
    Hisaye Yamamoto was a Japanese American author. She is best known for the short story collection Seventeen Syllables and Other Stories, first published in 1988...

     (1921-2011), Japanese American short-story writer.
  • Wakako Yamauchi
    Wakako yamauchi
    Wakako Yamauchi is a Nisei Asian American female writer. Her plays are considered pioneering works in Asian American theatre.- Biography :...

     (born 1924), Asian American writer.
  • Ann Yearsley
    Ann Yearsley
    Ann Yearsley née Cromartie was an English poet and writer.Born in Bristol to John and Anne Cromartie , Ann married John Yearsley, a yeoman, in 1774. A decade later the family were rescued from destitution by the charity of Hannah More and others. More organized subscriptions for Yearsley to...

     (1753–1806), English poet, novelist, and playwright.
  • Anzia Yezierska
    Anzia Yezierska
    Anzia Yezierska was a Polish-American novelist born in Maly Plock, Poland.- Personal life :Anzia Yezierska was born in the 1880s in Maly Plock to Bernard and Pearl Yezierski. Her family immigrated to America around 1890, following in the footsteps of her eldest brother Meyer, who arrived to the...

     (1883–1970), Polish American novelist and short-story writer.
  • Banana Yoshimoto
    Banana Yoshimoto
    is the pen name of Mahoko Yoshimoto , a Japanese contemporary writer. She writes her name in hiragana.-Biography:Yoshimoto, daughter of Takaaki Yoshimoto, was born in Tokyo on July 24, 1964...

     (born 1964), Japanese novelist.
  • Marguerite Yourcenar
    Marguerite Yourcenar
    Marguerite Yourcenar was a Belgian-born French novelist and essayist. Winner of the Prix Femina and the Erasmus Prize, she was the first woman elected to the Académie française, in 1980, and the seventeenth person to occupy Seat 3.-Biography:Yourcenar was born Marguerite Antoinette Jeanne Marie...

     (1903–1987), French novelist.
  • Akiko Yosano (1878–1942), Japanese poet.


  • Helen Zahavi
    Helen Zahavi
    Helen Zahavi is an English novelist and screenwriter. Before becoming a writer she worked as a Russian translator, and has spent several years living in Paris....

     (born 1966), British writer. Dirty Weekend
    Dirty Weekend (novel)
    Dirty Weekend is a novel by Helen Zahavi, adapted into a film two years later by Zahavi and acclaimed director Michael Winner. In the US it was first published under the title The Weekend; some editions are subtitled "A Novel of Revenge"....

  • María de Zayas y Sotomayor (born 1590, date of death unknown), Spanish novelist.
  • Vera Zhelikhovsky
    Vera Zhelikhovsky
    Vera Zhelikhovsky, was a Russian writer, mostly of children's stories. She is Madame Blavatsky's sister.Vera Zhelikhovsky wrote also fantastic stories with heroes having secret knowledge like Cornelius Agrippa, shamans, and Oriental magicians.-English Translations:*The General's Will, , from...

     (1835–1896), Russian writer. The General's Will
  • Maria Zhukova (1804–1855), Russian writer. Evenings on the Karpovka
  • Lydia Zinovieva-Annibal
    Lydia Zinovieva-Annibal
    Lydia Dmitrievna Zinovieva-Annibal was a Russian prose writer and dramatist.Zinovieva-Annibal was associated with the Silver Age of Russian Poetry. She hosted a literary salon, 'The Tower', with her husband, the poet Viacheslav Ivanov...

     (1866–1907), Russian writer. The Tragic Menagerie
  • Zitkala-Sa
    Gertrude Simmons Bonnin , better known by her pen name, Zitkala-Sa , was a Yankton Dakota writer, editor, musician, teacher and political activist. She published in national magazines. With William F...

     (1876–1938), American writer.
  • Unica Zürn
    Unica Zürn
    Unica Zürn was a German author and painter. She is remembered for her works of anagram poetry, exhibitions of automatic drawing, and her photographic collaborations with Hans Bellmer.-Biography:...

     (1916–1970), German poet and painter.
  • Fay Zwicky
    Fay Zwicky
    Fay Zwicky is a contemporary Australian poet, short-story writer, critic and academic primarily known for her autobiographical poem Kaddish which deals with her identity as a Jewish writer.-Life:...

     (born 1933), Australian poet and academic.
  • Gabriela Zapolska
    Gabriela Zapolska
    Maria Gabriela Stefania Korwin-Piotrowska , known as Gabriela Zapolska, was a Polish novelist, playwright, naturalist writer, feuilletonist, theatre critic and stage actress. Zapolska wrote 41 plays, 23 novels, 177 short stories, 252 works of journalism, one film script, and over 1,500...

    (1860–1921), Polish novelist, playwright, naturalist writer.


  • Alice Zimmern
    Alice Zimmern
    Alice Zimmern was an English writer, translator and suffragist.-Background and education:Zimmern was born in Nottingham, the youngest of the three daughters of the lace merchant Hermann Theodore Zimmern, a German Jewish immigrant, and his wife Antonia Marie Therese Regina, née Leo...

     (1855-1939), English writer and translator.
  • Narcyza Żmichowska
    Narcyza Zmichowska
    Narcyza Żmichowska , also known under the pseudonym Gabryella, was a Polish novelist and poet...

     (1818–1876), Polish novelist and poet.

See also

  • Feminist literary criticism
    Feminist literary criticism
    Feminist literary criticism is literary criticism informed by feminist theory, or by the politics of feminism more broadly. Its history has been broad and varied, from classic works of nineteenth-century women authors such as George Eliot and Margaret Fuller to cutting-edge theoretical work in...

  • Feminist science fiction
    Feminist science fiction
    Feminist science fiction is a sub-genre of science fiction which tends to deal with women's roles in society. Feminist science fiction poses questions about social issues such as how society constructs gender roles, the role reproduction plays in defining gender and the unequal political and...

  • Feminist theory
    Feminist theory
    Feminist theory is the extension of feminism into theoretical, or philosophical discourse, it aims to understand the nature of gender inequality...

  • Gender in science fiction
    Gender in science fiction
    Gender has been an important theme explored in speculative fiction. The genres that make up speculative fiction , science fiction, fantasy, supernatural horror and related genres , have always offered the opportunity for writers to explore social conventions, including gender, gender roles, and...

  • List of biographical dictionaries of female writers
  • List of early-modern women playwrights (UK)
  • List of early-modern women poets (UK)
  • List of female detective/mystery writers
  • List of female poets
  • List of feminist literature
  • List of women in Bloomsbury Guide to Women's Literature
  • List of female rhetoricians
  • List of writers in Who's Who in Contemporary Women's Writing
  • Norton Anthology of Literature by Women
    Norton Anthology of Literature by Women
    The Norton Anthology of Literature by Women: The Traditions in English, published by W. W. Norton & Company, is one of the Norton Anthology series for use in English literary studies. It is edited by Sandra Gilbert and Susan Gubar...

  • Women in science fiction
  • Women science fiction authors
  • Women Writers Project
    Women Writers Project
    The Women Writers Project is an initiative based at Brown University, with the aim of making texts by pre-Victorian women writers more accessible. The eventual goal of the project is to make available all English language works written or co-authored by women up to 1850...

  • Women's writing in English
    Women's writing in English
    Women's writing as a discrete area of literary studies is based on the notion that the experience of women, historically, has been shaped by their gender, and so women writers by definition are a group worthy of separate study...

  • Sophie (digital lib)
    Sophie (digital lib)
    Sophie is a digital library and resource center for works produced by German-speaking women, 1740-1939.Resources available at the site include literary and journalistic texts , musical scores and recordings, screenplays and dramas, and a collection of colonial/travel texts...

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