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Eight Most Influential Women in Literature

Anna Akhmatova

Anna Akhmatova , pseudonym of Anna Andreyevna Gorenko (born June 11 [June 23, New Style], 1889, Bolshoy Fontan, near Odessa, , Russian Empire-died March 5, 1966, Domodedovo, near , , U.S.S.R.), Russian poet recognized at her death as the greatest woman poet in Russian literature.


Colette , in full Sidonie-Gabrielle Colette (born Jan. 28, 1873, Saint-Sauveur-en-Puisaye, France -died Aug. 3, 1954, Paris ), outstanding French writer of the first half of the 20th century whose best novels, largely concerned with the pains and pleasures of love, are remarkable for their command of sensual description.

Emily Bronte

Emily Brontë , in full Emily Jane Brontë, pseudonym Ellis Bell (born July 30, 1818, Thornton, , -died December 19, 1848, , Yorkshire), English novelist and poet who produced but one , (1847), a highly imaginative novel of passion and hate set on the Yorkshire moors.

Emily Dickinson

American lyric poet who lived in seclusion and commanded a singular brilliance of style and integrity of vision. With Walt Whitman, Dickinson is widely considered to be one of the two leading 19th-century...

Jane Austen

English writer who first gave the novel its distinctly modern character through her treatment of ordinary people in everyday life. Austen created the comedy of manners of middle-class life in the England...

Maya Angelou

Dr. Maya Angelou is a remarkable Renaissance woman who is hailed as one of the great voices of contemporary literature. As a poet, educator, historian, best-selling author, actress, playwright, civil-rights activist, producer and director, she continues to travel the world, spreading her legendary wisdom.




also spelled (in the Aeolic dialect spoken by the poet) Psappho (born , [now part of Greece]-died ), Greek poet greatly admired in all ages for the beauty of her writing style. She ranks with Archilochus and , among Greek poets, for her ability to impress readers with a lively sense of her personality.

Virginia Woolf (British writer)

English writer whose novels, through their nonlinear approaches to narrative, exerted a major influence on the genre. While she is best known for her novels, especially Mrs. Dalloway (1925) and To the...