Influential women writers of the 20th c

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Janet Frame

franny (frannyglass), Friday, 1 December 2006 19:33 (seventeen years ago) link

Paula Fox, Louise Erdrich, E. Annie Proulx

jaymc (jaymc), Friday, 1 December 2006 19:44 (seventeen years ago) link

Thanks, Scott. The Man Who Loved Children I have not yet read, though I did only recently manage to get my hands on a copy. What's sad is that, given she may be Australia's best-known female novelist (well, beside Colleen McCulloch, ahem), pretty much none of her stuff is even in print here. I had to get a hardback Everyman edition from the US. And well done with the Willa Cather - can't believe I forgot her.

What's Tillie Olsen like? I recently went on a 2nd-hand book-buying binge, but had already exceeded my budget when I came a cross an interesting-looking old Virago collection by her ('Tell Me A Riddle', I think it was called). Should I have bought it?

James Morrison (James Morrison), Monday, 4 December 2006 01:38 (seventeen years ago) link

i'm actually not a huge olsen fan. i just know that she is an influence on certain american fiction writers. fiction workshop people. tell me a riddle is her most famous story. i don't know if she influenced any of the minimalist folks in the 80's, probably. someone else i could never get into who was also sorta influential was kay boyle. but i should give her another shot. and grace paley come to think of it.

i keep forgetting that the person who started this thread said LATE 20th century. oh well.

i love thea astley. she should be a lot better known. you could say that about a lot of people though. janet frame is a god to me and i don't know many people who have read her books.

scott seward (121212), Monday, 4 December 2006 05:14 (seventeen years ago) link

meanwhile, how could i forget joy williams! one of my favorite late 20th century writers. friggin' astounding to me. buy all her books.

scott seward (121212), Monday, 4 December 2006 05:18 (seventeen years ago) link

Astrid Lindgren.

Tuomas (Tuomas), Monday, 4 December 2006 12:29 (seventeen years ago) link

Carol Shields

nuneb (nuneb), Tuesday, 5 December 2006 20:09 (seventeen years ago) link

Jamaica Kincaid
Bobbi Ann Mason
Leslie Marmon Silko

nuneb (nuneb), Tuesday, 5 December 2006 20:17 (seventeen years ago) link

Jorie Graham

thom lab, Wednesday, 6 December 2006 14:04 (seventeen years ago) link

alice munro cannot be rec. enough

Susan Douglas (Susan Douglas), Sunday, 10 December 2006 00:35 (seventeen years ago) link

Hurston, Atwood, Rhys, Morrison, Harper Lee

D'you mean Zora Neale Hurston? she wrote in the early 20th century... not late.

max (maxreax), Sunday, 10 December 2006 23:24 (seventeen years ago) link

yeah and uh Sylvia Plath (& Anne Sexton)

W i l l (common_person), Monday, 11 December 2006 08:07 (seventeen years ago) link

two weeks pass...
The NYRB has Christina Stead's "Letty Fox" in print. I plan to get it ASAP after her works were rcommended to me by a friend. I am always startled by all the good authors I read from the NYRB classics that are so unheralded.

Arethusa (Arethusa), Friday, 29 December 2006 05:43 (seventeen years ago) link

I agree - if it weren't for NYRB I'd never have found Caroline Blackwood, JR Ackerley, Harvey Swados, John Collier, Cesar Pavese, etc etc. It's a fine series of books.

James Morrison (James Morrison), Monday, 1 January 2007 23:16 (seventeen years ago) link

Pat Barker ought to be on this thread too.

jaq (jaq), Tuesday, 2 January 2007 00:52 (seventeen years ago) link


Angela Carter?

Name Not Found (rogermexico), Tuesday, 2 January 2007 19:13 (seventeen years ago) link

Yes, James,not to mention Ivy Compton-Burnett and Sylvia Townsend Warner, two of my favourite NYRB finds. They also released a stories collection by Eileen Chang, a well known author in China and the surrounding areas but not in North America, I think. By all accounts she's an excellent writer.

Name, Angela Carter is on my reading list this year. England seems to produce a lot of great weird fantasy/fantastical authors.

Arethusa (Arethusa), Wednesday, 3 January 2007 05:50 (seventeen years ago) link

Oh yeah, Sylvia Townsend Warner. She has to go on this list. I don't know how influential she is, but she's bloody great. And Barbara Comyns is another writer NYRB recovered, similarly uninfluential but brilliant. I Think Virago in the UK also do a few of her other books, which are well worth seeking out.

James Morrison (James Morrison), Wednesday, 3 January 2007 22:18 (seventeen years ago) link

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