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Twentieth-Century Women Writers
List compiled by Theresa Strouth Gaul
Year Author Last Name Author First Name Book
2009 Adichie Chimamanda Ngozi The Thing Around Your Neck
1993 Allison Dorothy Bastard out of Carolina
1974 Angelou Maya Gather Together in My Name
1999 Anzaldua Gloria Borderlands/La Frontera
1954 Arnow Harriet The Dollmaker
1985 Atwood Margaret The Handmaid’s Tale
1996 Atwood Margaret Alias Grace
1963 Barnes Djuna Nightwood
1983-2008 Bechdel Alison The Essential Dykes to Watch Out For
1968 Brooks Gwendolyn The Mecca
1979 Butler* Octavia Kindred
1993 Butler Octavia Parable of the Sower
1990 Byatt A. S. Possession
1997 Cao Lan Monkey Bridge
1962 Carson Rachel Silent Spring
1994 Castillo Ann Massacre of the Dreamers
1913 Cather Willa O Pioneers!
1915 Cather Willa The Song of the Lark
1918 Cather Willa My Antonia
1925 Cather Willa The Professor’s House
1927 Cather Willa Death Comes for the Archbishop
1997 Chambers Veronica Mama’s Girl
1899 Chopin Kate The Awakening
1984 Cisneros Sandra House on Mango Street
1991 Cisneros Sandra Woman Hollering Creek
1984 Cliff Michelle Abeng
1987 Cliff Michelle No Telephone to Heaven
1976 Clifton* Lucille Generations
1994 Danticatt Edwidge Breath, Eyes, Memory
1970 Didion Joan Play it as it Lays
1996 Didion Joan The Last Thing He Wanted
1986 Dove Rita Thomas and Beulah
2003 Erdich* Louise The Master Butchers Singing Club
1982 Erdich Louise Love Medicine
2003 Finney Nikky The World is Round
1924 Fisher Dorothy Canfield The Home-Maker
1963 Friedan Betty The Feminine Mystique
1978 Giovanni Nikki Cotton Candy on a Rainy Day
1916 Gladspell Susan Trifles
1916 H. D. Sea Garden
1952-54 H. D. Helen in Egypt
1959 Hansberry Lorraine A Raisin in the Sun
1943 Hathaway Katherine Butler The Little Locksmith
1987 Hejinian Lyn My Life
1973 Houston Jeanne Wakatsuki A Farewell to Manzanar
1937 Hurston Zora Neale Their Eyes Were Watching God
1962 Jackson Shirley We Have Always Lived in the Castle
1961 Jacobs Jane The Death and Life of Great Amer Cities
1980 Jordan June Poem About My Rights
1997 Jordan June Kissing God Goodbye
1985 Kincaid Jamaica Annie John
1988 Kincaid Jamaica A Small Place
1998 Kingsolver* Barbara Poisonwood Bible
2000 Kingsolver Barbara Prodigal Summer
1988 Kingsolver Barbara Bean Trees
1976 Kingston Maxine Hong The Woman Warrior
1980 Kingston Maxine Hong China Men
1999 Lahiri Jhumpa Interpreter of Maladies
2003 Lahiri Jhumpa The Namesake
1929 Larson Nella Passing
1960 Lee Harper To Kill a Mockingbird
1974 LeGuin Ursula The Dispossessed
1994 LeGuin Ursula A Fisherman of the Inland Sea
2007 LeGuin Ursula Powers
1982 Lorde Audre A New Spelling of My Name
1984 Lorde Audre Sister Outsider
1959 Marshall Paule Brown Girl, Brownstones
1983 Marshall Paule Praisesong for the Widow
1957 McCarthy Mary Memories of a Catholic Girlhood
1936 Mitchell Margaret Gone with the Wind
1968 Moody Anne Coming of Age in Mississippi
1919 Moore Marianne Poetry
1970 Morrison* Toni The Bluest Eye
1973 Morrison Toni Sula
1977 Morrison Toni Song of Solomon
1981 Morrison Toni Tar Baby
1992 Morrison Toni Playing in the Dark
1998 Morrison Toni Paradise
2008 Morrison Toni A Mercy
1987 Morrison Toni Beloved
1975 Mukherjee Bharati Wife
1993 Mukherjee Bharati The Holder of the World
1988 Naylor Gloria Mama Day
1969 Oates Joyce Carol Them
1992 Oates Joyce Carol Black Water
2006 Oates Joyce Carol Black Girl/White Girl
1952 O’Connor Flannery Wise Blood
1965 O’Connor Flannery Everything that Rises Must Converge
1980 Olsen Tillie Tell Me A Riddle
1994 Paley Grace Collected Stories
1996 Parks Suzan-Lori Venus
2001 Parks Suzan-Lori Topdog/Underdog
1946 Petry Ann The Street
1963 Plath Sylvia The Bell Jar
1981 Plath Sylvia Collected Poems
1983 Rich Adrienne Your Native Land, Your Life
1984 Rich Adrienne The Fact of a Doorframe
2004 Rich Adrienne The School Among the Ruins
1980 Robinson Marilynne Housekeeping
2004 Robinson Marilynne Gilead
1938 Rukeyser Muriel Book of the Dead
1949 Rukeyser Muriel Life of Poetry
1996 Sapphire Push
1998 Senna Danzy Caucasia
1971 Sexton Anne Transformations
1993 Shields Carol The Stone Diaries
1977 Silko Leslie Marmon Ceremony
1991 Smiley Jane A Thousand Acres
2002 Sontag Susan Regarding the Pain of Others
2010 Stafford Jean The Mountain Lion
1909 Stein Gertrude Three Lives
2000 Trethewey Natasha Domestic Work
2006 Trethewey Natasha Native Guard
1995 Viramontes Helena Under the Feet of Jesus
1970 Walker Alice The Third Life of Grange Copeland
1982 Walker Alice The Color Purple
1992 Walker Alice Possessing the Secret of Joy
2001 Walker Rebecca Black, White, and Jewish
1999 Waters Sarah Affinity
1941 Welty Eudora A Curtin of Green and Other Stories
1949 Welty Eudora The Golden Apples
1972 Welty Eudora The Optimist’s Daughter
1905 Wharton Edith The House of Mirth
1917 Wharton Edith Sumner
1920 Wharton Edith The Age of Innocence
1986 Williams Sherley Ann Dessa Rose
1992 Winterson Jeannette Written on the Body
1996 Wolf Christa Medea
1923 Yezierska Anzia Salome of the Tenements
1923 Yezierska Anzia Children of Loneliness
1925 Yezierska Anzia Bread Givers
1927 Yezierska Anzia Arrogant Beggar
Note: Names marked with an * also had a vote for “anything by her.”
Year Author Last Name Author First Name Book
1899 Chopin Kate The Awakening
1905 Wharton Edith The House of Mirth
1909 Stein Gertrude Three Lives
1913 Cather Willa O Pioneers!
1915 Cather Willa The Song of the Lark
1916 Gladspell Susan Trifles
1916 H. D. Sea Garden
1917 Wharton Edith Sumner
1918 Cather Willa My Antonia
1919 Moore Marianne Poetry
1920 Wharton Edith The Age of Innocence
1923 Yezierska Anzia Salome of the Tenements
1923 Yezierska Anzia Children of Loneliness
1924 Fisher Dorothy Canfield The Home-Maker
1925 Cather Willa The Professor’s House
1925 Yezierska Anzia Bread Givers
1927 Cather Willa Death Comes for the Archbishop
1927 Yezierska Anzia Arrogant Beggar
1929 Larson Nella Passing
1936 Mitchell Margaret Gone with the Wind
1937 Hurston Zora Neale Their Eyes Were Watching God
1938 Rukeyser Muriel Book of the Dead
1941 Welty Eudora A Curtin of Green and Other Stories
1943 Hathaway Katherine Butler The Little Locksmith
1946 Petry Ann The Street
1949 Rukeyser Muriel Life of Poetry
1949 Welty Eudora The Golden Apples
1952 O’Connor Flannery Wise Blood
1952-54 H. D. Helen in Egypt
1954 Arnow Harriet The Dollmaker
1957 McCarthy Mary Memories of a Catholic Girlhood
1959 Hansberry Lorraine A Raisin in the Sun
1959 Marshall Paule Brown Girl, Brownstones
1960 Lee Harper To Kill a Mockingbird
1961 Jacobs Jane The Death and Life of Great Amer Cities
1962 Carson Rachel Silent Spring
1962 Jackson Shirley We Have Always Lived in the Castle
1963 Barnes Djuna Nightwood
1963 Friedan Betty The Feminine Mystique
1963 Plath Sylvia The Bell Jar
1965 O’Connor Flannery Everything that Rises Must Converge
1968 Brooks Gwendolyn The Mecca
1968 Moody Anne Coming of Age in Mississippi
1969 Oates Joyce Carol Them
1970 Didion Joan Play it as it Lays
1970 Morrison* Toni The Bluest Eye
1970 Walker Alice The Third Life of Grange Copeland
1971 Sexton Anne Transformations
1972 Welty Eudora The Optimist’s Daughter
1973 Houston Jeanne Wakatsuki A Farewell to Manzanar
1973 Morrison Toni Sula
1974 Angelou Maya Gather Together in My Name
1974 LeGuin Ursula The Dispossessed
1975 Mukherjee Bharati Wife
1976 Clifton* Lucille Generations
1976 Kingston Maxine Hong The Woman Warrior
1977 Morrison Toni Song of Solomon
1977 Silko Leslie Marmon Ceremony
1978 Giovanni Nikki Cotton Candy on a Rainy Day
1979 Butler* Octavia Kindred
1980 Jordan June Poem About My Rights
1980 Kingston Maxine Hong China Men
1980 Olsen Tillie Tell Me A Riddle
1980 Robinson Marilynne Housekeeping
1981 Morrison Toni Tar Baby
1981 Plath Sylvia Collected Poems
1982 Erdich Louise Love Medicine
1982 Lorde Audre A New Spelling of My Name
1982 Walker Alice The Color Purple
1983 Marshall Paule Praisesong for the Widow
1983 Rich Adrienne Your Native Land, Your Life
1983-2008 Bechdel Alison The Essential Dykes to Watch Out For
1984 Cisneros Sandra House on Mango Street
1984 Cliff Michelle Abeng
1984 Lorde Audre Sister Outsider
1984 Rich Adrienne The Fact of a Doorframe
1985 Atwood Margaret The Handmaid’s Tale
1985 Kincaid Jamaica Annie John
1986 Dove Rita Thomas and Beulah
1986 Williams Sherley Ann Dessa Rose
1987 Cliff Michelle No Telephone to Heaven
1987 Hejinian Lyn My Life
1987 Morrison Toni Beloved
1988 Kincaid Jamaica A Small Place
1988 Kingsolver Barbara Bean Trees
1988 Naylor Gloria Mama Day
1990 Byatt A. S. Possession
1991 Cisneros Sandra Woman Hollering Creek
1991 Smiley Jane A Thousand Acres
1992 Morrison Toni Playing in the Dark
1992 Oates Joyce Carol Black Water
1992 Walker Alice Possessing the Secret of Joy
1992 Winterson Jeannette Written on the Body
1993 Allison Dorothy Bastard out of Carolina
1993 Butler Octavia Parable of the Sower
1993 Mukherjee Bharati The Holder of the World
1993 Shields Carol The Stone Diaries
1994 Castillo Ann Massacre of the Dreamers
1994 Danticatt Edwidge Breath, Eyes, Memory
1994 LeGuin Ursula A Fisherman of the Inland Sea
1994 Paley Grace Collected Stories
1995 Viramontes Helena Under the Feet of Jesus
1996 Atwood Margaret Alias Grace
1996 Didion Joan The Last Thing He Wanted
1996 Parks Suzan-Lori Venus
1996 Sapphire Push
1996 Wolf Christa Medea
1997 Cao Lan Monkey Bridge
1997 Chambers Veronica Mama’s Girl
1997 Jordan June Kissing God Goodbye
1998 Kingsolver* Barbara Poisonwood Bible
1998 Morrison Toni Paradise
1998 Senna Danzy Caucasia
1999 Anzaldua Gloria Borderlands/La Frontera
1999 Lahiri Jhumpa Interpreter of Maladies
1999 Waters Sarah Affinity
2000 Kingsolver Barbara Prodigal Summer
2000 Trethewey Natasha Domestic Work
2001 Parks Suzan-Lori Topdog/Underdog
2001 Walker Rebecca Black, White, and Jewish
2002 Sontag Susan Regarding the Pain of Others
2003 Erdich* Louise The Master Butchers Singing Club
2003 Finney Nikky The World is Round
2003 Lahiri Jhumpa The Namesake
2004 Rich Adrienne The School Among the Ruins
2004 Robinson Marilynne Gilead
2006 Oates Joyce Carol Black Girl/White Girl
2006 Trethewey Natasha Native Guard
2007 LeGuin Ursula Powers
2008 Morrison Toni A Mercy
2009 Adichie Chimamanda Ngozi The Thing Around Your Neck
2010 Stafford Jean The Mountain Lion
Note: Names marked with an * also had a vote for “anything by her.”

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