Who were the well-known female authors during the period of 1865-1912?

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kiwi eNotes educator| Certified Educator

I interpret that the scope of the question allows reference to authors published before these dates but whose work would still be accessed by the general reading public. British female authors whose work would be read during this period would include the following.  –

Jane Austen (1775-1817)

Caroline Lamb (1785-1828)

Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley (1797-1851)

Elizabeth Barrett Browning (1806-61)

Charlotte Bronte (1816-55)

Emily Bronte (1818-48)

Anne Bronte (1820-49)

George Eliot (1819-80)

Elizabeth Gaskell (1810-65)

Elizabeth Barrett Browning (1806-61)

Christina Rossetti (1830-94)

Isabella Mary Beeton (1836-65)

Mary Ward (1851-1920)

Edith Nesbit (1858-1924)



clairewait eNotes educator| Certified Educator

It is likely that you have heard of many of the female novelists below - other women were writing political essays and letters that were influential in equality for women and black Americans.  The following is a list of AMERICAN female authors from that time.

  • Louisa May Alcott Little Women; Little Men
  • Hariet Beecher Stowe
  • Elizabeth Stuart Phelps Ward
  • Mary Mapes Dodge
  • Mary Jane Holmes
  • Emily Dickenson (poetry)
  • Harriet Jacobs Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl
  • Helen Hunt Jackson
  • Mary E. Wilkins Freeman
  • Edith Wharton Ethan Frome; (later) Their Eyes Were Watching God
  • Willa Cather My Antonia