Female Writers Who Defined the Literary Space

Agatha Christie

One of the best-selling and most-translated novelists of all time, she is also called the “Queen of Crime”. She published 66 detective novels and 16 short stories, but her most famous novel is Murder on the Orient Express (1934). She also wrote the world’s longest-running play, The Mousetrap. Agatha began writing detective stories during the First World War. Her first novel, The Mysterious Affair at Styles, was written in 1916 but not published until 1920.

George Eliot

George Eliot was an English Victorian novelist who developed the method of psychological analysis characteristic of modern fiction. George Eliot was a woman, and her real name was Mary Ann Evans. She wrote under this pen name because women authors were not as highly regarded or respected as men.

Jane Austin

Jane Austen has written famous books like Pride and Prejudice (1813) and Emma (1815). During her lifetime, her books did not make her very famous; she chose to publish her books secretly.

Mary Shelley

One of her most famous books is Frankenstein (The Modern Prometheus)the novel often called the first true work of science-fiction. Mary Shelley wrote it when she was just 18 years old. She did not attach her name to the story, and so Frankenstein was originally considered anonymously written.

Harper Lee

Harper Lee was an American novelist and her most known book is To Kill a Mockingbird (1960). During the latter part of her life, she worked on an abandoned true-crime novel based on an Alabama trial.

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