Good Influence

Earlier a Tweet flashed by my rheumy eyes announcing a top five list of female authors. Although the impetus of this list was the influence of past authors on the writing of the poster, I grabbed a pad (real paper) and scribbled out a list of ten female authors I found especially influencing, even though I don’t write much myself.

Here is my list :

  1. Kathy Acker
  2. Elizabeth Bowen
  3. Angela Carter
  4. Rikki Ducornet
  5. Marguerite Duras
  6. Clarice Lispector
  7. Iris Murdoch
  8. Ann Quin
  9. Edith Wharton
  10. Virginia Woolf

I also considered writers such as Marguerite Yourcenar, Simone de Bouvoir, and Sidonie-Gabrielle Colette but I skipped over several female poets assuming poetry was not the subject of the original Tweet. Note that the original Twitter list included Ann Rice so I will refrain from repeating it on this weblog.

Which female authors would you add to your personal list?

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