Top 10 female authors of all time

12:44 pm 31 Aug, 2012

Female authors have left an equal impact on the society as their male counterparts. Writing is an art which draws a reflection to the author’s soul. A writer is a sorcerer with the pen being the wand and the books being the spells. Women have for generations been known for their innate knack of storytelling. The casual girl talks to the tales narrated by mothers to put children to sleep; women have always had the niche to weave chronicles and yarns at the spur of the moment. Sometimes they are better than men in this art as for a woman baring emotions and feelings is a lot easier than for the latter. Consequently; often readers feel connected to works of a woman author. There is enormous material all around a woman to entwine into unforgettable stories. Hence; of all the authors to have graced the literary scene women authors are definitely among the most celebrated.  Read along to find out about the women authors who are inspirations in the world of writing.

 

10. Sylvia Plath:

Sylvia Plath was an American writer who had superlative flair in both prose and poetry. Such was the excellent quality of her writing that she was the first writer to be awarded a Pulitzer Prize posthumously in the year 1982 for her work ‘The Collected Poems’. Her semi autobiographical novel ‘The Bell Jar’ was published shortly before her death. It mirrored her life as she slowly tumbled in the deep pit of mental illness and finally committed suicide in the year 1963.

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9. Danielle Steel:

You cannot love reading and not know about Danielle Steel! She is an acclaimed romantic novelist. Over 800 million copies of her books have been sold and several adopted into television. Several best sellers later she still is among the most read novelists in the world. ‘Wanderlust’, ‘Fine Things’, ‘Kaleidoscope’, ‘Zoya’, ‘Mixed Blessings’, ‘The Wedding’ and ‘The House’ are just among the long list of her eternal creations. Her works have a worldwide audience and have been translated in 28 languages the world over. Danielle Steel has often been criticized for her plots which have been termed as superficial but that haven’t deterred her superior fan base.

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8. Jhumpa Lahiri:

The author of ‘Interpreter of Maladies’ and ‘The Namesake’ Jhumpa Lahiri is one of the best modern day female authors. She won the Pulitzer Prize for her collection of short stories ‘Interpreter of Maladies’ in the year 2000 and O. Henry Award for the same in the year 1999. Her first novel ‘The Namesake’ was adapted for the silver screen. Her second collection of short stories published in the year 2008 was ‘Unaccustomed Earth’. Like her first Pulitzer Prize winning short story collection, this too reflected the lives of two separate cultures and the way people deal with each other.

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7. Toni Morrison:

Toni Morrison is an American writer who is known for her exception writing abilities. She is the winner of Nobel Prize in Literature in the year 1993 and Pulitzer Prize in the year 1987 for her work ‘Beloved’. ‘The Bluest Eye’, ‘Sula’ and ‘Song of Solomon’ are some of her other noted works. Her works are mostly centered on Black Women as she advocates equality in all spheres for all. However, she isn’t too fond of being termed as a feminist unlike a lot of her contemporaries.

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6. George Eliot:

Mary Anne Evans wrote under the pen name of George Eliot. She was an English novelist of the Victorian Era. It is said that she wrote under a male pseudonym for she wanted her readers to not ridicule her work. Her novels include ‘Adam Bede’, ‘The Mill on the Floss’, ‘Silas Marner’, ‘Romola’, ‘Felix Holt’, ‘The Radical’, ‘Middlemarch’ and ‘Daniel Deronda’. Among these ‘Middlemarch’ has been illustrated as the finest novel in English Language by Julian Barnes and Martin Amis.

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5. Stephenie Meyer:

The award winning creator of the Vampire Romance ‘Twilight’ series, Stephenie Meyer is a well known children’s novelist and producer. Her books have been transformed into the silver screen with equally positive response and hysteria worldwide. Often asked about the inspiration for the novel; Stephenie attributes the idea to a dream. She is a self confessed Jane Austen enthusiast and is also influenced by the Bronte Sisters; Shakespeare in her works. After JK Rowling, Stephanie Meyer too has contributed to trigger a spike in reading as a hobby specifically among the young adult in a time where nintendos and Facebook rules the roost.

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4. Virginia Woolf:

An English writer regarded as among the most influential female authors of the 20th century, Virginia Woolf was and still is known for her modernistic writing. It was in 1900 with a piece on Haworth, the home of the Bronte Family, that Woolf began her profession writing sojourn. Her famous works include ‘Mrs Dalloway’, ‘To the Lighthouse’, ‘Orlando’ and ‘A Room of One’s Own’. The influences of Shakespeare, Eliot and Tolstoy are quite evident in her works. She was undoubtedly a great novelist and essayist and it was a tremendous loss to the fraternity of novelists and her ardent readers when she committed suicide in the year 1941 by drowning.

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3. Agatha Christie:

Among the best suspense fiction writers to have graced the world of Literature, Agatha Christie is a name to reckon with among the English academia. She is often referred to as the ‘Queen of Crime’ and has influenced some of the best writers in the world. According to the Guinness Book of World records she is the bestselling novelist of all time with around four billion copies of her books being sold. Her bestselling novels include ‘The Murder of Roger Ackroyd’, ‘Peril at End House’, ‘Murder on the Orient Express’, ‘The ABC Murders’, ‘And Then There Were None’ to name a few. Such is the popularity and love for Agatha Christie’s work, that it is said that after William Shakespeare she is the most read author around the world.

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2. Jane Austen:

Jane Austen was the illustrious author of works like ‘Pride and Prejudice’, ‘Emma’ and ‘Sense and Sensibility’; books that adorn the shelves of every fiction enthusiast. Her works typically illustrated the condition of women in the Victorian Era where marriage was the culmination of all things good in life for woman. It was her pragmatism that brought her to the notice of intellectuals but that unfortunately happened long after her death. Born in Hampshire, England, in the year 1775, she enjoyed very limited fame as an author during her lifetime. The notable aspect about Austen is that her novels were published at a time when there were hardly any female authors or academia around. Almost two centuries since her time but her books still remain a favourite and are found in every thriving book store across the world.

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1.  JK Rowling:

She is the creator of the magical, thrilling and captivating world of Harry Potter. Often regarded as the Most Influential Woman in Britain, she is an author who has had over 450 million copies of her bestselling book series sold the world over. She is said to have had the epiphany for the book on a delayed train trip Manchester to London in the year 1990. Her books reflect her ability to imagine further than the ambit of everyday life. Movies based on her book have always been premier grossers at the box office. However, the greatest gift of Rowling is the introduction of the big and wonderful world of books to young readers. Through the Harry Potter series, JK Rowling tapped into that corner of our imagination that begged for a first-rate fantasy series.

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