Influential women writers of the 20th c

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Jorie Graham

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

alice munro cannot be rec. enough

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

yeah and uh Sylvia Plath (& Anne Sexton)

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

Pat Barker ought to be on this thread too.

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

Joan Didion - IMPOSSIBLE TO UNDERRATE; LIKE CRACK COCAINE FOR WRITERS, IF CRACK COCAINE WROTE IN THE ELEGIAC MODE

Angela Carter?

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


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