100 Great 20th Century Works of Fiction by WOMEN

The following list of the 100 Great 20th Century Works of Fiction by Women were selected by Feminista! in response to Modern Library 100 Best Novels of the 20th Century. Please don't add to the list but vote on the books you have read.
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3.99 avg rating — 236,940 ratings
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3.91 avg rating — 40,473 ratings
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4.30 avg rating — 1,151,726 ratings
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4.27 avg rating — 5,305,127 ratings
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4.25 avg rating — 599,118 ratings
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3.91 avg rating — 378,824 ratings
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4.03 avg rating — 733,709 ratings
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3.95 avg rating — 271,849 ratings
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10

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3.79 avg rating — 260,004 ratings
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11

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3.88 avg rating — 77,736 ratings
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12

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3.81 avg rating — 128,400 ratings
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13

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3.96 avg rating — 304,485 ratings
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3.73 avg rating — 47,945 ratings
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15

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3.95 avg rating — 638,650 ratings
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3.67 avg rating — 187,397 ratings
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17

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3.60 avg rating — 79,221 ratings
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18

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4.12 avg rating — 41,417 ratings
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19

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3.76 avg rating — 21,199 ratings
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20

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3.52 avg rating — 7,022 ratings
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21

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3.83 avg rating — 222,810 ratings
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22

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3.89 avg rating — 8,579 ratings
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23

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3.93 avg rating — 64,335 ratings
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24

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4.27 avg rating — 475,940 ratings
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24

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3.42 avg rating — 117,857 ratings
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26

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4.02 avg rating — 28,330 ratings
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27

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4.28 avg rating — 287,010 ratings
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28

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3.90 avg rating — 11,779 ratings
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29

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3.65 avg rating — 3,793 ratings
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30

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3.93 avg rating — 75,979 ratings
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31

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3.97 avg rating — 8,341 ratings
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32

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4.05 avg rating — 21,077 ratings
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33

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3.99 avg rating — 1,554 ratings
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34

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3.97 avg rating — 12,293 ratings
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35

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3.67 avg rating — 14,605 ratings
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36

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3.87 avg rating — 137,979 ratings
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37

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3.92 avg rating — 36,730 ratings
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38

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4.13 avg rating — 2,023 ratings
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39

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3.62 avg rating — 10,977 ratings
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40

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3.77 avg rating — 1,112 ratings
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42

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3.87 avg rating — 1,371 ratings
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43

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3.94 avg rating — 12,050 ratings
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44

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4.16 avg rating — 2,226 ratings
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45

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3.46 avg rating — 20,161 ratings
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45

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3.68 avg rating — 7,063 ratings
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47

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4.06 avg rating — 2,840 ratings
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48

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3.92 avg rating — 4,275 ratings
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49

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3.80 avg rating — 9,465 ratings
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50

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3.88 avg rating — 14,536 ratings
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51

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3.98 avg rating — 8,195 ratings
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52

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3.88 avg rating — 38,167 ratings
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53

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4.05 avg rating — 2,476 ratings
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53

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4.27 avg rating — 1,409 ratings
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55

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3.88 avg rating — 310,535 ratings
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56

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3.96 avg rating — 2,784 ratings
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57

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3.69 avg rating — 6,917 ratings
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58

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3.76 avg rating — 4,885 ratings
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59

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3.80 avg rating — 48,944 ratings
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60

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3.73 avg rating — 68,794 ratings
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61

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3.40 avg rating — 2,063 ratings
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62

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3.60 avg rating — 18,982 ratings
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63

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3.89 avg rating — 3,754 ratings
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64

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3.68 avg rating — 154,360 ratings
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64

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3.10 avg rating — 3,742 ratings
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66

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3.32 avg rating — 38 ratings
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66

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3.59 avg rating — 4,384 ratings
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68

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3.70 avg rating — 3,234 ratings
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69

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3.58 avg rating — 859 ratings
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really liked it 4.00 avg rating — 80 ratings
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71

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3.79 avg rating — 1,076 ratings
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72

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3.52 avg rating — 194 ratings
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73

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3.71 avg rating — 14,423 ratings
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3.97 avg rating — 242 ratings
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75

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3.55 avg rating — 7,629 ratings
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76

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3.98 avg rating — 143,156 ratings
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77

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3.54 avg rating — 1,015 ratings
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78

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3.90 avg rating — 1,442 ratings
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79

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4.21 avg rating — 9,662 ratings
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80

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3.91 avg rating — 4,649 ratings
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81

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3.46 avg rating — 267 ratings
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82

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3.75 avg rating — 5,012 ratings
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83

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3.65 avg rating — 974 ratings
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84

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4.02 avg rating — 2,151 ratings
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85

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3.99 avg rating — 1,131 ratings
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86

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3.89 avg rating — 849 ratings
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87

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3.69 avg rating — 2,529 ratings
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88

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3.90 avg rating — 269 ratings
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89

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3.83 avg rating — 614 ratings
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90

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3.64 avg rating — 27,332 ratings
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91

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3.56 avg rating — 2,957 ratings
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3.79 avg rating — 2,462 ratings
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93

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3.62 avg rating — 2,500 ratings
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94

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3.57 avg rating — 4,189 ratings
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95

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3.85 avg rating — 2,298 ratings
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96

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3.55 avg rating — 3,811 ratings
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97

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3.83 avg rating — 5,983 ratings
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98

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4.22 avg rating — 7,897 ratings
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99

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3.86 avg rating — 1,823 ratings
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99 books · 16 voters · list created May 24th, 2015 by Julie (votes) .
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Julie 6601 books
157 friends
Virginia 923 books
59 friends
Susanna - Censored by GoodReads 3288 books
871 friends
Sarah 13125 books
220 friends
Sidharth 6615 books
465 friends
Irina 1014 books
60 friends
Saturday's 1596 books
71 friends
kalopsios 1553 books
14 friends

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message 1: by Julie (last edited May 24, 2015 02:09PM) (new)

Julie I have only read 12 of these but about 35 more have been on my to-read list. I need to start attacking this list and reading some of these great books. Some of the books on here are a bit dated and in my opinion. I am disappointed that Atwood's The Handmaid's Tale is not on this list.


message 2: by Aubrey (new)

Aubrey The wrong Ballad of the Sad Cafe is on this list.


message 3: by Susanna - Censored by GoodReads (last edited Mar 18, 2018 10:27AM) (new)

Susanna - Censored by GoodReads Nice catch. Let me remove that. (The book removed was by Edward Albee.)


message 4: by Aubrey (new)

Aubrey Susanna - Censored by GoodReads wrote: "Nice catch. Let me remove that. (The book removed was by Edward Albee.)"

Thanks. My "one of these things is not like the other" senses were tingling.


message 5: by George P. (last edited Sep 08, 2021 07:37PM) (new)

George P. Why are there 99 instead of 100? Oh because Ballad of the Sad Cafe (the right one) isn't on there. I haven't read it yet, so Ill leave it for another to add and vote for it.


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