What are the major works of female authors during the period of 1865-1912.

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The post-Civil War period (in America's history) was huge for both African American writers as well as women.  This was the first time in our history that two very large but under-represented groups finally started speaking and writing about the inequality they faced in this "land of the free."

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The post-Civil War period (in America's history) was huge for both African American writers as well as women.  This was the first time in our history that two very large but under-represented groups finally started speaking and writing about the inequality they faced in this "land of the free."

That said, I'm assuming you are looking for a list of American females.  Consider however, that the literary movement in Europe was usually a few years and a few steps ahead of a America for some time.  Therefore, the influence of women in European literature might be helpful as well.  The following is a list of major female authors during this time from both Europe and America:

Charlotte Bronte (British) - Jane Eyre published in 1847

Emily Dickenson (American) - poetry
Hariot Jacobs (American) - Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl
George Eliot (British) - Middlemarch; selected poems
Edith Wharton (American) - Ethan Frome
Virginia Woolf (British) - various works

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