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message 1: by Anetq (last edited Dec 01, 2018 12:55PM) (new)

Anetq | 327 comments I loved the centennial of women authors I read for the challenge in 2016 (and somehow missed it in 2017?) So I am up for more great classics by women. List will be coming soon - but I am thinking there must be a few female Nobel Prize winners I didn't cover last time - and some of the ladies from my African reading challenge will fit in as well: List here: https://www.goodreads.com/list/show/7...
...I'm thinking a century - but I might go decade. Or both - I guess one could do both?

Updated list of books read: 8 decades
1883 Anna Katharine Green XYZ: A Detective Story
1890 -
1900 Edith Wharton The Quicksand
1910 -
1929 Virginia Woolf A Room of One's Own
1936 Djuna Barnes Nightwood
1943 Ngaio Marsh Colour Scheme (New Zealand for Reading the World)
1950 -
1967 Nelly Sachs I opstandelsens aske (Nobel)
1977 Ama Ata Aidoo Our Sister Killjoy
1979 Joan Didion The White Album
1982 Wisława Szymborska (1996 Nobel) Lots hustru og andre kvinder (Nobel)
1983 Nawal El-Saadawi Woman at Point Zero
1989 Marguerite Duras Yann Andréa Steiner
1990 Karen King-Aribisala Our Wife & Other Stories
1991 Ama Ata Aidoo Changes: A Love Story
1996 Wisława Szymborska En kat i en tom lejlighed
1999 Leila Aboulela The Translator
2001 Lília Momplé Neighbours: The Story of a Murder
2018 Mary Beard Women & Power: A Manifesto

Next up
50s ?

Ideas:
1890
Selma Lagerlöf Gösta Berling's Saga 1891
Charlotte Perkins Gilman The Yellow Wallpaper and Other Stories
1900
Miles Franklin My Brilliant Career 1901 (+ Australia!)
Selma Lagerlöf The Wonderful Adventures of Nils
1910
Grazia Deledda Reeds in the Wind 1913
1920
Undset: Kristin Lavransdatter 1920
Colette Claudine's House 1922

1930
Stella Gibbons Cold Comfort Farm 1932
Djuna Barnes Nightwood 1936
Tove Ditlevsen Pigesind: Digte 1939
María Luisa Bombal New Islands: And Other Stories 1939
1940...
1950
Janet Frame Owls Do Cry 1957 (+NZ)
Fumiko Enchi The Waiting Years1957 (+Japan)
1960
Doris Lessing: The Golden Notebook 1962
Natalia Ginzburg The Little Virtues 1962
Lydia Chukovskaya Sofia Petrovna 1965
Gabriela Mistral Madwomen: The "Locas mujeres" Poems of Gabriela Mistral, a Bilingual Edition 1966
Grace Ogot The Promised Land 1966
Flora Nwapa Efuru 1966
Evgenia Ginzburg Journey into the Whirlwind 1967
Simin Daneshvar A Persian Requiem 1969 (+Iran)
1970
Tove Ditlevsen Det tidlige forår 1971
Sula by Toni Morrison 1973
Annie Ernaux Cleaned Out 1974
Rebeka Njau Ripples in the Pool 1975
Bessie Head The Collector of Treasures and Other Botswana Village Tales 1977
E.M. Broner A Weave of Women 1978
Mariama Bâ So Long a Letter 1979
Angela Carter Saints and Strangers 1979
Buchi Emecheta The Joys of Motherhood 1979
Elfriede Jelinek Les amantes
Mariama Bâ So Long a Letter (Bonus: African women challenge) 1979
1980
Nadine Gordimer July's People (Bonus: African women challenge) 1981
Annie Dillard Living by Fiction 1983
Alifa Rifaat Distant View of a Minaret and Other Stories 1983
Ken Bugul The Abandoned Baobab: The Autobiography of a Senegalese Woman 1984
Mavis Gallant The Pegnitz Junction: A Novella and Five Short Stories 1984 (+ Canada)
1990
Yvonne Vera Butterfly Burning 1998
Makuchi Your Madness, Not Mine: Stories of Cameroon 1999
2000
Sefi Atta Everything Good Will Come 2001

Women Nobel Prize Winners:
(Read: 1909 Selma Lagerlöf, 1926 Grazia Deledda, 1938 Pearl Buck, 1966 Gabriela Mistral, 2007 Herta Müller, 2013 Alice Munro)
Update: Now read: 
1945 - Nelly Sachs, 1996 - Wislawa Szymborska
Unread: 1928 - Sigrid Undset 1991 - Nadine Gordimer 1993 - Toni Morrison  2004 - Elfriede Jelinek  2009 - Doris Lessing  


message 2: by Veronique (new)

Veronique | 962 comments You weren’t kidding! Wow!


message 3: by Bob, Short Story Classics (new)

Bob | 4959 comments Mod
So many book, so many authors. I've read two of the books from your list and four of the authors listed. Ngaio Marsh has been on my radar for a few years maybe this will be the year. Have fun, good luck


message 4: by Anetq (new)

Anetq | 327 comments Well this is my suggestion pool :) Won't read them all - but there is overlaps with my African Women challenge https://www.goodreads.com/topic/show/...
And Nobel Prize Winners
And Reading the World (Australis + NZ etc.)
And I like to have a choice...


message 5: by Aubrey (last edited Jan 03, 2018 01:58PM) (new)

Aubrey (korrick) | 2592 comments It looks like we're both gearing towards Nwapa and Daneshvar for this year's challenges, Anetq. I'll be looking forward to your thoughts, should you decide to read them.


message 6: by Brina (new)

Brina Wow! I think I need to save this list as a reference for ongoing use. So many books by Nobel winners here that I need to add to my long term plan. Good luck, Anetq. I will be interested to see which books you end up reading.


message 7: by Anetq (new)

Anetq | 327 comments Bob wrote: "So many book, so many authors. I've read two of the books from your list and four of the authors listed."
I think the deciding factor in that is that I've tried to avoid the anglophone curriculum except for the Aus + NZ and a single oldie (1890s), that might make the list a bit 'exotic' ;)


message 8: by Anetq (last edited Mar 08, 2018 06:42AM) (new)

Anetq | 327 comments Status so far:
2 Nobel ladies + Virginia Woolf 1920, 1960, 1980s.


message 9: by Anetq (new)

Anetq | 327 comments Oh seems I have been slacking off in the woman classics department... must do better!


message 10: by Anetq (new)

Anetq | 327 comments I have updated from my read books, and I'm up to 7 decades if I go up to 2018, which I hadn't planned on, but hey, if anyone deserves to go on a female reading list it's Mary Beard's manifesto Women & Power: A Manifesto :)
So I guess I should concentrate on the 30s and 50s (+ 2000) and then work my way backwards after that.

Updated list of books read: 7 decades
1929 Virginia Woolf A Room of One's Own
1930
1943 Ngaio Marsh Colour Scheme (New Zealand for Reading the World)
1950
1967 Nelly Sachs I opstandelsens aske (Nobel)
1979 Joan Didion The White Album
1982 Wisława Szymborska (1996 Nobel) Lots hustru og andre kvinder (Nobel)
1996 Wisława Szymborska En kat i en tom lejlighed
2000
2018 Mary Beard Women & Power: A Manifesto


message 11: by Kathleen (new)

Kathleen | 3937 comments This is a great bunch of reading, Anetq! I just read Women & Power: A Manifesto too, and definitely agree with you. I'm also anxious to read The White Album--I love Didion's style.


message 12: by Anetq (new)

Anetq | 327 comments Kathleen wrote: "This is a great bunch of reading, Anetq! I just read Women & Power: A Manifesto too, and definitely agree with you. I'm also anxious to read The White Album--I love Didio..."

I am recommending Mary Beard right & left :P I actually got her tome SPQR about the roman empire, even though it is so not my thing, because I figure she must bring something great to the topic!


message 13: by Cynda (last edited Jul 08, 2018 04:02PM) (new)

Cynda | 3041 comments Hi Anetq. How ambitious and impressive :-)
I saw that you have yet to include Eudora Welty. Eudora Welty huge huge in (US) Southern Renaissance of mid 20th century. For your 1950s spot I make a suggestion of The Ponder Heart a novella first published 1953.
I have read a number of Welty's works as a professor had much respect of Welty and Welty was a friends of a friends hers.

Just a suggestion and a reason.


message 14: by Anetq (new)

Anetq | 327 comments Cynda wrote: "Hi Anetq. How ambitious and impressive :-)
I saw that you have yet to include Eudora Welty. Eudora Welty huge huge in (US) Southern Renaissance of mid 20th century. For your 1950s spot I make a sug..."


Thank you! I love recommendations :)

I am considering Doris Lessing's The Grass is Singing too - as that would check three of my lists/challenges: Nobel winner, African reading & 1950s for this one. But there is always the TBR for later and I will look Eudora Welty up so thanks again!


message 15: by Anetq (new)

Anetq | 327 comments Done with the 30's!
1936 Djuna Barnes Nightwood


message 16: by Kathleen (new)

Kathleen | 3937 comments Anetq wrote: "Done with the 30's!
1936 Djuna Barnes Nightwood"


Ah, I just read that one! What did you think? Wild, no?


message 17: by Katy, New School Classics (new)

Katy (kathy_h) | 9558 comments Mod
I am loving your challenge here Anetq and the books you are reading. What a varied list.


message 18: by Anetq (new)

Anetq | 327 comments Kathleen wrote: "Anetq wrote: "Done with the 30's!
1936 Djuna Barnes Nightwood"

Ah, I just read that one! What did you think? Wild, no?"


Yes a bit of a mess really. Interesting mess - though had it been a french film I would have quit within 15 mins. The pathos, the monologues - mostly about lost love...


message 19: by Anetq (new)

Anetq | 327 comments Just updated my list in message 1 - I ran through my read for 2018 and realised I'd read some older ones as well. I've also added more than one for the older literature, where I've read something interesting.

Not sure I'll fill the holes in the list except for the obvious 1950s which will give me a full centennial.
And luckily I am already well prepared for next years challenge with my long list of women :)

So it's once again off to find something from the 1950s...


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