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BKLYN Women's History Month: Women Writers Throughout History

March is Women's History Month, and we're featuring books written by women. This list includes literature by women throughout history: fiction, poetry, and memoir; some classics and some a bit lesser-known. Also check out our list of influential feminists texts:

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Margaret the first

Danielle Dutton. |

The pillow book of Sei Shonagon

translated by Arthur Waley ; with a foreword by Dennis Washburn. |

Sleepless nights

Elizabeth Hardwick ; introduction by Geoffrey O'Brien. |

The envelope poems

Emily Dickinson ; with transcriptions by Marta L. Werner and Jen Bervin. |

The complete stories

Zora Neale Hurston ; introduction by Henry Louis Gates, Jr. and Sieglinde Lemke. |

Thus were their faces

Silvina Ocampo ; translated from the Spanish by Daniel Balderston ; introduction by Helen Oyeyemi ; preface by Jorge Luis Borges. |

Subtly worded and other stories

Teffi ; translated from the Russian by Anne Marie Jackson with Robert and Elizabeth Chandler, Clare Kitson, Irina Steinberg and Natalia Wase. |

Our spoons came from Woolworths

Barbara Comyns ; introduction by Emily Gould. |


Nella Larsen ; introduction by Ntozake Shange ; critical foreword and notes by Mae Henderson. |

The yellow wall-paper, Herland, and selected writings

Charlotte Perkins Gilman ; edited with an introduction and notes by Denise D. Knight. |

The awakening

Kate Chopin. |

The word that causes death's defeat

Anna Akhmatova ; translated, with an introductory biography, critical essays, and commentary, by Nancy K. Anderson. |

Naked earth

Eileen Chang ; introduction by Perry Link. |


Fran Ross ; foreword by Danzy Senna ; afterword by Harryette Mullen. |

Stories and essays of Mina Loy

edited by Sara Crangle. |

Wide Sargasso Sea

Jean Rhys ; introduction by Edwidge Danticat. |


edited and translated by Randall Couch. |

The passion according to G.H.

Clarice Lispector ; translated from the Portuguese, with a note, by Idra Novey ; introduction by Caetano Veloso ; edited by Benjamin Moser. |


Nawal El Saadawi ; translated from the Arabic by Amira Nowaira. |

The bloody chamber

Angela Carter ; introduction by Kelly Link. |