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What novels by female authors have had the most influence? According to a recent public poll, Harper Lee's "To Kill a Mockingbird" tops the list. Voters were asked to select books "that have most impacted, shaped or changed readers' lives."

Here are the top 20 according to the poll by the Baileys Women's Prize for Fiction:

1) To Kill a Mockingbird – Harper Lee
2) The Handmaid's Tale – Margaret Atwood
3) Jane Eyre – Charlotte Brontë
4) Harry Potter – JK Rowling
5) Wuthering Heights – Emily Brontë
6) Pride and Prejudice – Jane Austen
7) Rebecca – Daphne du Maurier
8) Little Women – Louisa May Alcott
9) The Secret History – Donna Tartt
10) I Capture the Castle – Dodie Smith
11) The Bell Jar – Sylvia Plath
12) Beloved – Toni Morrison
13) Gone With the Wind – Margaret Mitchell
14) We Need To Talk About Kevin – Lionel Shriver
15) The Time Traveller's Wife – Audrey Niffenegger
16) Middlemarch – George Eliot
17) I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings – Maya Angelou
18) The Golden Notebook – Doris Lessing
19) The Colour Purple – Alice Walker
20) The Women's Room – Marilyn French

Which female-penned book most influenced you?


message 2: by Erica (new)

Erica | 51 comments Mod
My votes include:

"Where Are You Going, Where Have You Been?" (short story) by Joyce Carol Oates
"White Teeth" by Zadie Smith
"Wuthering Heights" by Emily Brontë (on the list)
"The Bell Jar" by Sylvia Plath
"Song of Solomon" by Toni Morrison (author on list, but not title)

...and many, many more!


Angelita (ajramirez) | 2 comments "The House on Mango Street" and "Women Hollering Creek" By Sandra Cisneros, "When I Was Puerto Rican" by Esmeralda Santiago, "How the Garcia Girls Lost Their Accents" and "In the Time of the Butterflies" by Julia Alvarez.

I was kind of sad that there weren't any Latina authors on the original list.


message 4: by Erica (new)

Erica | 51 comments Mod
Me, too! I would also add "The House on Mango Street" to my list!

Angelita wrote: ""The House on Mango Street" and "Women Hollering Creek" By Sandra Cisneros, "When I Was Puerto Rican" by Esmeralda Santiago, "How the Garcia Girls Lost Their Accents" and "In the Time of the Butter..."


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