The Guardian's 50 most influential books by women in English literature

The original article is here: http://www.guardian.co.uk/books/2013/... and accompanies their 50 key moments in English literature (Goodreads list version here.)
The Guardian listed 51 items but put the 3 Bronte books into one item, so there are 53 books here.
Please don't add any extra books. Thanks.
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53 books · 107 voters · list created June 24th, 2013 by Antonomasia (votes) .
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Susanna - Censored by GoodReads Were they going for only one book by an author? If so, how odd to pick Emma over Pride and Prejudice.


message 2: by Antonomasia (new)

Antonomasia It is, isn't it? There are a few other fairly strange choices, with quite a bit of discussion about them in the comments on the original article.


message 3: by BookLovingLady (last edited Jul 11, 2013 04:51AM) (new)

BookLovingLady @Antonomasia
It says "The Guardian's 50 most influential books" yet there are 53 books on this list, which means someone has been adding titles...


message 4: by BookLovingLady (last edited Jul 11, 2013 04:51AM) (new)

BookLovingLady Susanna wrote: "Were they going for only one book by an author? If so, how odd to pick Emma over Pride and Prejudice."

I think Emma's character probably has had more influence on readers than Elizabeth Bennet's, even though Pride and prejudice is the better book in my opinion ;-) But again, when it comes to being the most influential, I think they might be right, no matter how much I love Pride and prejudice.


message 5: by Antonomasia (last edited Jul 11, 2013 05:53AM) (new)

Antonomasia Booklovinglady wrote: "It says "The Guardian's 50 most influential books" yet there are 53 books on this list, which means someone has been adding titles... "
There are meant to be 53 - I put it in the intro.:) The Guardian added "one for luck" and listed the 3 Brontes as 1 of the 50.

Pride & Prejudice has certainly been more influential since the mid-90s when it and Austen generally was made much more popular by the TV series. But given some of the authors on here this list takes a more academic & longer-spanning view.


message 6: by Moira (new)

Moira Russell And my girl Charlotte is at the top! Yesss!


message 7: by Moira (new)

Moira Russell Antonomasia wrote: "There are meant to be 53 - I put it in the intro.:) The Guardian added "one for luck" and listed the 3 Brontes as 1 of the 50."

They mashed my three girls into one three-headed lady writer like a kind of Kerberos? Dear, dear.


message 8: by jo (new)

jo the thing about the brontes is in fact so totally lame. anyway, i wanted to point out that there's quite a few americans here. also, that i don't get half this list.


message 9: by Audrey_e (new)

Audrey_e jo wrote: anyway, i wanted to point out that there's quite a few americans here. also, that i don't get half this list."
I know! And if we had to add American writers too, the list would have to be MUCH longer, so it doesn't make any sense.


message 10: by Rebecca (new)

Rebecca How is Emma any more influential than Pride & Prejudice or Sense & Sensibility?

And why are any of these books about domesticity, ie: cooking, manners, cleaning, etc. in a list of the most influential women authors in English literature?


message 11: by Antonomasia (new)

Antonomasia Removed: Pride and Prejudice, Love in a Cold Climate, Cranford. Some excellent and influential books, but they did not appear on the original list which this one replicates.


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