Influential women writers of the 20th c

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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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