Now that we all know who Victoria Beckham's favorite female author is, let's look at other great ladies of literature. We asked who your favorite women writers are, and you delivered with both well-known and off-the-beaten-path authors. If you're looking for some lady-penned Summer reading recs or just want to learn more about the writers behind some well-loved classics, get to know our readers' favorite female authors now!
Jane was an English novelist who wrote iconic romantic fiction novels like Sense and Sensibility, Emma, and Pride and Prejudice. Little is known about her life thanks in large part to her brother and sister burning and censoring many of her letters, but we do know she was very close to her family and never married before her death at only 41.
Octavia was an African-American science fiction author and used her novels and short stories to explore issues like race, gender, and social class. She's known for her Patternist series, Lilith's Brood trilogy, and Parable series.
Margaret was an American author best known for her 1936 novel Gone With the Wind that she won a Pulitzer Prize for and was adapted into the highest-grossing film in the history of Hollywood. She divorced her abusive alcoholic husband and ended up marrying his "best man" from their wedding just a few years later.
American YA novelist Judy Blume has helped many young women and children tackle heavy issues like religion, divorce, body image, and sexuality with her books. Some of her most well-known works are from the '70s and include Are You There God? It's Me, Margaret., Otherwise Known as Sheila the Great, Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing, and Blubber.
An American author, Susanna spent 18 months at a psychiatric treatment facility when she was in her early 20s where she was diagnosed with borderline personality disorder. She wrote about the experience in her memoir Girl, Interrupted, which was adapted into a 1999 film starring Winona Ryder.
Author and poet Maya is a breakthrough writer for being one of the first African-American women to openly discuss her personal life. Her six autobiographical volumes are some of her most well-known works, beginning with the acclaimed I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings, which tells the story of her sexual abuse and five years spent mute during her childhood.
American writer Carson is best known for her first novel The Heart Is a Lonely Hunter, which she wrote at 23, The Member of the Wedding, and Reflections in a Golden Eye, which was adapted into a film staring Marlon Brando and Elizabeth Taylor. Her works were written in a Southern realist style and explored loneliness and isolation, mirroring her own struggles with depression, suicide, and alcoholism.
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Djuna was an American bisexual writer and major part of the '20s and '30s bohemian Paris. Her novel and cult work of fiction Nightwood had an introduction by T. S. Eliot and was one of the first popular novels to explore explicit homosexual themes.
American author Harper's claim to fame (and only published book) is her 1960 Pulitzer Prize-winning novel To Kill a Mockingbird, which deals with racism and growing up in the South during the Great Depression. The story was loosely based on her own childhood, including that her father was an attorney like Atticus Finch and defended two black men accused of murder.
American writer Patricia was known for her psychological thrillers, including her first novel Strangers on a Train that was adapted into a film by Alfred Hitchcock in 1951. Her eccentric personal life included relationships with men and women, alcoholism, antisemitic and misogynistic beliefs, and pet snails.
Bestselling fantasy writer 35-year-old Richelle is known for three popular series: the Georgina Kincaid, Vampire Academy, and Dark Swan series. Before she became a novelist, she was an 8th grade teacher.
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American novelist Toni is a Nobel Prize and Pulitzer Prize-winning writer, editor, and professor whose novel about slavery Beloved was made into a film in 1998 starring Oprah Winfrey.