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100 Best 20th Century Books by Women

You may recall that, somewhere back around the year 2000, the Modern Library came out with a list of the 100 Best Books of the 20th Century. It's a good enough list, for what it's worth, but among arguments over its validity and challenges over in/exclusions, more than one reader pointed out that there were only 8 books written by women. A whole century, where 50% of the population came up with only 8 great books? Erica Jong (for whom I have no great love, but credit to her for this) wrote to nearly 300 male and female authors and academics of her acquaintance, and asked them what their favorite 20th century books by women were. The list that follows is the result (though the order is my own), and was originally published by The Nation on 11-16-1998. Read on!
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message 1: by Julie (new)

Julie Really only 23 books on the list, hmmm! That is still rather sad. What about Simone de Beauvoir, Willa Cather, etc.


Susanna - Censored by GoodReads George Orwell is a woman? What is 1984 doing here?


message 3: by Charlotte Igelkott (last edited Sep 15, 2019 01:44AM) (new)

Charlotte Igelkott Removed for not being published in the 20th century:
Wolf Hall
Bring Up the Bodies

And since this list is supposed to be identical to one previously published elsewhere, it would be great to have a link to that list so I can remove the books that don't belong here, if someone has it.

Edit: Never mind, I think I found a credible source (though not the original). If Jennyb approves I'll come back and clean up later.


message 4: by Jennyb (new)

Jennyb The original was published in The Nation in 1998. I can't find that, but I do find this by Erica Jong (and she was the one who originally wrote it): http://www.ericajong.com/articles/nat...

Clean up if you like, or just refer to the original.


message 5: by Joe (new)

Joe Did some cleanup to sync back to the original list. Must've missed 1 somewhere, unless there's a counting error on the original list...


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