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Edited: Jun 14, 2014, 12:05am

Thought it might be interesting to see which women authors are favorites amongst the members of the group. Some of my favorite female authors are:
Jane Austen
Edna St. Vincent Millay
Toni Morrison
Sylvia Plath
A somewhat eclectic group.

Who are your favorite women authors?

edited to fix touchstones

Edited: Jun 14, 2014, 12:07pm

Alphabetically... I have Colette, Ivy Compton-Burnett, Murasaki Shikibu, Marina Tsvetaeva, Dubravka Ugrešić and Virginia Woolf up on my Profile faves. A rather stringently defined group of authors whose total works and/or lives and personalities resonated with me.

But there are numerous others who might join them if we got better acquainted.

And others I love, like, respect, admire in various shades of feeling and understanding.

I'll come back to these two categories at some point.

Jun 14, 2014, 5:15pm

Favorite, as in emotionally attached to? Willa Cather is on my list. Tove Jansson, Elizabeth Spencer, Dorothy Allison, Ellen Douglas, Doris Betts. Audre Lorde, Zora Neale Hurston.

And yes, Virginia Woolf and Colette, of course of course of course.

I am of course very fond of Austen, the Brontes, the usual suspects, but I'm more attached to their books than the authors themselves.

I am also fascinated by George Sand, although I find the woman more interesting than her novels.

Edited: Jun 14, 2014, 9:12pm

>3 southernbooklady: it's interesting that you put Doris Betts on your list as I don't think she's well read. Did you know her? She was my creative writing teacher at Carolina although I was privileged to first meet her in middle school, as she was from my hometown and my father knew her.

Jun 14, 2014, 10:08pm

>5 sturlington: I knew her professionally, since I've worked as a bookseller for most of the time I've lived in North Carolina. She was a wonderful woman...and by far the most gracious person I have ever met.

Jun 15, 2014, 4:24am

Favorite dead author, Willa Cather. And I always like to recommend an excellent New Yorker piece that Joan Acocella wrote about "Cather and the Academy". Not free online, alas, but here's a reference link. It was later expanded into book form, though the article pretty much covers it.

Favorite living author, probably Zadie Smith, and not primarily because of her fiction, which is good but already gets a lot of attention, but because of her reviews and essays, which probably don't get as much attention as they deserve.

Jun 15, 2014, 8:59am

My favorite women authors are:

Shirley Jackson
Ursula K. Le Guin
Margaret Atwood
Octavia Butler
Jane Austen
Harper Lee -- she only wrote one book but it is my favorite book ever
Mary Doria Russell also wrote one of my top 10 favorite books, The Sparrow, although I haven't read enough of her oeuvre to call her a true favorite author

Jun 16, 2014, 10:38pm

I don't believe anyone has yet mentioned Jeannette Winterson or Joan Didion.

Jun 21, 2014, 7:40pm

Geraldine Brooks is one of my favorites. Some of my favorites that others have already mentioned are Jane Austin, Willa Cather, and Edna Vincent St. Millay.

Jun 21, 2014, 8:28pm

I've always loved Sue Miller and she has a new book out next week.

Jun 21, 2014, 8:41pm

Marilynne Robinson is something of a fave (though that's largely on the strength of Housekeeping). But she also has a new book either just out or out soon.

Jun 24, 2014, 3:47pm

Here are mine (both fiction and non-fiction):

Ayaan Hirsi Ali,
Kate Atkinson,
Margaret Atwood,
Jane Austen,
Margaret Drabble,
Jennifer Egan,
Penelope Fitzgerald,
Michelle Goldberg,
Katherine Mansfield,
Alice Munro,
Heather O'Neill,
Carol Shields,
Elizabeth Taylor,
Roma Tearne,
Jane Urquhart,
Rebecca West,
Edith Wharton,
Virginia Woolf

Jun 27, 2014, 12:50pm

Americans from the past: Edith Wharton and Willa Cather
Internationals from the past: Virginia Woolf and Dorothy Dunnett

Contemporary Americans: Anne Tyler, E. Annie Proulx, Louise Erdrich, and Toni Morrison
Contemporary Internationals: Eleanor Catton, Hilary Mantel, Clare Morrall, and Sara Alexi

Contemporary American non-fiction: Lisa Randall (modern cosmology/theoretical physics), Doris Kearns Goodwin, Annie Dillard, and Dava Sobel
Contemporary International non-fiction: Alison Weir (hist. bio.), Victoria Glendinning (ditto)

I have many other favorites but these are the stand-outs whose names come to me at the moment.