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12 Great Biographies of Classic Women Authors

There are so many great biographies of classic women authors — what to choose depends on which authors you love and want to know about. A great biography reveals much about the author’s inner lives as well as their often tumultuous public lives.

This list of a dozen biographies is by no means definitive and nowhere near exhaustive — it’s simply a great place to start when you want to learn more about your favorite women writers of the recent past. Read more ...

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Sketch of Childhood  by Louisa May  Alcott

We're coming up on Louisa May Alcott's birthday — she was born on November 29, 1832. This autobiographical sketch by a beloved American author is filled with her own memories and observations of her childhood. It was first published in Louisa May Alcott: Life, Letters, and Journals, compiled and edited by Ednah D. Cheney, and published in 1899. Read more ...

Work: A Story of Experience by Louisa May Alcott

Since we're celebrating Louisa May Alcott this week, it's a good time to discover her lesser-known writings. Work: A Story of Experience, according to contributor Susan Bailey, is a feminist manifesto. In this novel, we follow Christie Devon, an orphan freed from taking care of aging parents, as she seeks one profession after another (at least among those available to women of her time), and finds herself in the process. Read more... 

 

Biopics Inspired by Women Authors' Lives

Lots of films have been made from novels by the classic women authors, as you’ll see by linking to the Literary Ladies Filmography. Since we've looked at some biographies at the top of this newsletter, it's fitting to look at some biopics inspired by the lives of the authors themselves. Some take more literary license than others, but most can at least be an introduction to the author, her life and work. Read more ...

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