Women Authors from Past & Presentby BatBanks | created - 19 Sep 2017 | updated - 21 Aug 2018 | Public
Not particular order.
1. Jane Austen
Writer | Sense and Sensibility
Jane Austen was born on December 16th, 1775, to the local rector, Rev. George Austen (1731-1805), and Cassandra Leigh (1739-1827). She was the seventh of eight children. She had one older sister, Cassandra. In 1783 she went to Southampton to be taught by a relative, Mrs. Cawley, but was brought ...
2. Mary Shelley
Writer | Young Frankenstein
Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley (née Godwin; 30 August 1797 - 1 February 1851) was an English novelist, short story writer, dramatist, essayist, biographer, and travel writer, best known for her Gothic novel "Frankenstein: or, The Modern Prometheus" (1818). She also edited and promoted the works of her...
Writer | Jane Eyre
Charlotte was born 1816, the third of the six children of Patrick Brontë, an Anglican clergyman, and his wife Maria Branwell Brontë. After their mother's death in 1821, Charlotte and her sisters, Maria and Elizabeth, were sent to Cowan Bridge Clergy Daughters' School, which Charlotte would later ...
4. Emily Brontë
Writer | Wuthering Heights
The dreamiest of the talented Brontë clan, Emily Jane Brontë was born in 1818. Her mother died when she was barely more than a toddler, and Emily and her younger sister, Anne, became very close. Along with their other siblings, 'Charlotte Bronte' and Branwell Bronte, they invented the make-believe ...
Writer | The Age of Innocence
Edith Wharton was born on January 24, 1862 in New York City, New York, USA as Edith Newbold Jones. She was a writer, known for The Age of Innocence (1993), The House of Mirth (2000) and Lights Out (1946). She was married to Edward Robbins Wharton. She died on August 11, 1937 in ...
Writer | Orlando
London-born Virginia Woolf came from a wealthy family and, unlike her brothers, received her education at home, an unusual step for the times. Her parents had both had children from previous marriages, so she grew up with a variety of siblings, stepbrothers and stepsisters. Her father was a ...
Writer | She's Gotta Have It
Zora Neale Hurston was born on January 7, 1891 in Notasulga, Alabama, USA. She was a writer and director, known for She's Gotta Have It (1986), Barracoon and Commandment Keeper Church, Beaufort South Carolina, May 1940 (1940). She was married to Albert Price III and Herbert Sheen. She died on ...
Writer | The Birds
Daphne Du Maurier was one of the most popular English writers of the 20th Century, when middle-brow genre fiction was accorded a higher level of respect in a more broadly literate age. For her services to literature, she was made a Dame Commander of the Order of the British Empire in 1969, the ...
11. Betty Smith
Writer | A Tree Grows in Brooklyn
Betty Smith was born on December 15, 1896 in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, New York City, New York, USA as Elisabeth Wehner. She was a writer, known for A Tree Grows in Brooklyn (1945), Joy in the Morning (1965) and Hour Glass (1946). She died on January 17, 1972.
Writer | The Talented Mr. Ripley
Patricia Highsmith was born on January 19, 1921 in Fort Worth, Texas, USA as Mary Patricia Plangman. She was a writer, known for The Talented Mr. Ripley (1999), Strangers on a Train (1951) and The Two Faces of January (2014). She died on February 4, 1995 in Locarno, Switzerland.
13. Ayn Rand
Writer | The Fountainhead
Ayn Rand was born on February 2, 1905 in St. Petersburg, Russian Empire as Alissa Zinovievna Rosenbaum. She was a writer and actress, known for The Fountainhead, The Night of January 16th (1941) and We the Living (1942). She was married to Frank O'Connor. She died on March 6, 1982 in New York City,...
14. Shirley Jackson
Writer | The Haunting
Shirley Jackson was a horror and mystery writer born in San Francisco, California in 1916. She is best remembered for her unsettling novel of paranoia and the supernatural, 'The Haunting of Hill House' (1959) and her terrifying short story 'The Lottery' (1948), a horror tale rife with symbolism ...
15. Harper Lee
Writer | To Kill a Mockingbird
Nelle Harper Lee grew up in Monroeville, Alabama in the 1920s. It was a time of hostility between whites and blacks in the United States, especially in Alabama. Her father, a lawyer, also ran a local newspaper. Her mother suffered from mental illness and oftentimes stayed inside from others; she ...
Writer | A Wrinkle in Time
Madeleine L'Engle was born on November 29, 1918 in New York City, New York, USA as Madeleine L'Engle Camp. She was a writer, known for A Wrinkle in Time (2018), Camilla Dickinson (2012) and A Wrinkle in Time (2003). She was married to Hugh Franklin. She died on September 6, 2007 in Litchfield, ...
17. Sylvia Plath
Writer | The Bell Jar
Sylvia Plath was born in Jamaica Plain, Massachusetts, to Otto and Aurelia Schoeber Plath, both professors. When Sylvia was eight, Otto died of complications from diabetes. Her mother struggled to give Sylvia and her younger brother every advantage of a superior education. Self-consciousness and ...
18. Maya Angelou
Actress | Madea's Family Reunion
Maya Angelou was an American poet, singer, memoirist, and civil rights activist. She published seven autobiographies, three books of essays, several books of poetry, and is credited with a list of plays, movies, and television shows spanning over 50 years. She received dozens of awards and more ...
20. Anne Rice
Anne Rice began life as "Howard Allen O'Brien", second of four daughters born to Howard and Katherine Allen O'Brien. She decided to call herself "Anne", when she enrolled in first grade at the Redemptorist Catholic School. Her mother (who had long suffered from alcoholism) died when Anne was nearly...
23. Nora Ephron
Writer | Julie & Julia
Nora Ephron was educated at Wellesley College, Massachusetts. She was an acclaimed essayist (Crazy Salad 1975), novelist (Heartburn 1983), and had written screenplays for several popular films, all featuring strong female characters, such as anti-nuclear activist Karen Silkwood (Silkwood (1983), ...
25. Margaret Atwood
Writer | The Handmaid's Tale
Margaret Atwood was born on November 18, 1939 in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada as Margaret Eleanor Atwood. She is a writer and producer, known for The Handmaid's Tale (2017), Alias Grace (2017) and The Handmaid's Tale (1990). She was previously married to Graeme Gibson and Jim Polk.
26. Amy Tan
Writer | Sagwa, the Chinese Siamese Cat
Amy Tan was born in Oakland, California, USA; and attended San Jose State University, where she received a master's degree in linguistics. She has written essays for numerous magazines; a few books (including "The Joy Luck Club"; and fiction for such forums as Atlantic as McCall's. She currently ...
28. J.K. Rowling
Joanne Rowling was born in Yate, near Bristol, a few miles south of a town called Dursley ("Harry Potter"'s Muggle-family). Her father Peter Rowling was an engineer for Rolls Royce in Bristol at this time. Her mother, Anne, was half-French and half-Scottish. They met on a train as it left King's ...
33. Suzanne Collins
Writer | The Hunger Games
Suzanne Collins is an American television writer and novelist, author of the bestselling series The Underland Chronicles and the wildly successful Hunger Games trilogy that spawned the Lionsgate film The Hunger Games (2012) and the three subsequently announced sequels, The Hunger Games: Catching ...
35. Tina Fey
Writer | 30 Rock
Elizabeth Stamatina Fey was born in 1970 in Upper Darby, Pennsylvania, just west of Philadelphia, to Xenobia "Jeanne" (Xenakes), a brokerage employee, and Donald Henry Fey, who wrote grant proposals for universities. Her mother is Greek, born in Piraeus, while her father had German, Northern Irish,...
36. Gillian Flynn
Writer | Gone Girl
Gillian Flynn was born on February 24, 1971 in Kansas City, Missouri, USA as Gillian Schieber Flynn. She is a writer and producer, known for Gone Girl (2014), Widows (2018) and Sharp Objects (2018). She has been married to Brett Nolan since 2007. They have two children.
37. Agatha Christie
Writer | Witness for the Prosecution
Agatha was born as "Agatha Mary Clarissa Miller" in 1890 to Frederick Alvah Miller and Clara Boehmer. Agatha was of American and British descent, her father being American and her mother British. Her father was a relatively affluent stockbroker. Agatha received home education from early childhood ...
38. Lois Duncan
Writer | I Know What You Did Last Summer
Lois Duncan was born on April 28, 1934 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA as Lois Duncan Steinmetz. She was a writer, known for I Know What You Did Last Summer (1997), I Still Know What You Did Last Summer (1998) and Down a Dark Hall (2018). She was married to Don Arquette and Joseph "Buzz" Cardozo...
Writer | The Front
Patricia Cornwell was born on June 9, 1956 in Miami, Florida, USA as Patricia Carroll Daniels. She is a writer and producer, known for The Front (2010), Untitled Kay Scarpetta Project and ATF (1999). She has been married to Staci Gruber since February 2005. She was previously married to Charles L. ...
Writer | Where Are the Children?
In 2002 Mary Higgins Clark published her memoir "Kitchen Privileges". The book describes her upbringing, first marriage and how she became such a famous author. Meanwhile 36 movies have been made that are based on Mary Higgins Clark's thrillers. For a while Mary Higgins Clark and her daughter ...
42. Nora Roberts
Writer | Sanctuary
Nora Roberts was born on October 10, 1950 in Washington, District of Columbia, USA as Eleanor Robertson. She is known for her work on Sanctuary (2001), Blue Smoke (2007) and Carolina Moon (2007). She has been married to Bruce Wilder since July 6, 1985. She was previously married to Ronald ...
43. S.E. Hinton
Writer | The Outsiders
S.E. Hinton was born on July 22, 1948 in Tulsa, Oklahoma, USA as Susan Eloise Hinton. She is a writer and actress, known for The Outsiders (1983), Rumble Fish (1983) and The Outsiders (1990). She has been married to David E. Inhofe since September 26, 1970. They have one child.
46. Meg Cabot
Writer | The Princess Diaries
Meg Cabot was born on February 1, 1967 in Bloomington, Indiana, USA as Meggin Patricia Cabot. She is a writer, known for The Princess Diaries (2001), The Princess Diaries 2: Royal Engagement (2004) and Ice Princess (2005). She has been married to Benjamin D. Egnatz since April 1, 1993.
47. Cornelia Funke
Writer | Inkheart
Cornelia Funke was born at Dorsten, Westphalia. She started as a book illustrator but then decided to write her own stories. She has written over forty scripts and books. Her most famous books include "Thief Lord", "Inkheart" and "Dragon Rider", all of these are New York Times bestselling books. ...
48. Jackie Collins
Actress | Danger Man
Jackie Collins was born on October 4, 1937 in London, England as Jacqueline Jill Collins. She was an actress and writer, known for Danger Man (1960), The Saint (1962) and The Stud (1978). She was married to Oscar Lerman and Wallace Austin. She died on September 19, 2015 in Los Angeles, California, ...
49. Anne Frank
Writer | Anne Frank Remembered
Born in Germany in 1929 and raised and raised in Germany and Amsterdam. In 1942, shortly after receiving a diary for her 13th birthday, she and her family were forced to go into hiding to escape Hitler's persecution of the Jews. Hiding with another family and a dentist in an annex behind the ...
54. Emma Donoghue
Writer | Room
Emma Donoghue is a writer and producer, known for Room (2015), Immaculate Conceptions: Inside a Lesbian Baby Boom (2007) and The Wonder.
Writer | The Secret Garden
Born in Manchester, England on November 24 1849, Frances Eliza Hodgson was the eldest daughter in a family of two boys and three girls. After her father's death when she was three years old, the Hodgsdons experienced severe financial difficulties. As a young girl, she would scrawl little stories on...
Writer | Emily of New Moon
Lucy Maud Montgomery was a Canadian author with roots in Scotland. She lost her mother at an early age, and was raised by her maternal grandparents. She began to keep a diary and discovered at the age of 10 that she could write poetry. After college she became a teacher but kept writing. In 1908 ...
59. Stephenie Meyer
Stephenie born in Connecticut in 1973. Her family was settled in Phoenix by the time she was four. The unusual spelling of her name came from her father, Stephen ( + ie).
Stephenie went to high school in Scottsdale, Arizona. She was awarded a National Merit Scholarship, and she used it to pay her ...
61. Cassandra Clare
Cassandra Clare is the author of The Mortal Instruments Series and the Infernal Devices series. She was born to American parents Elizabeth and Richard Rumelt in Teheran,Iran. Her father is a business school professor and an author. Her maternal grandfather was film producer Max Rosenberg. She spent...
62. L.J. Smith
Writer | The Vampire Diaries
Lisa Jane Smith, known professionally as L.J. Smith, is an American author of young-adult literature. Her books, which combine elements of the genres of horror, science fiction/fantasy, and romance, are populated with young and apparently-young human and supernatural characters locked in dark vs. ...
63. Danielle Steel
Writer | Changes
Danielle Steel was born on August 14, 1947 in New York City, New York, USA as Danielle Fernande Dominique Schuelein-Steel. She is a writer, known for Changes (1991), Now and Forever (1983) and Safe Harbour (2007). She was previously married to Thomas J. Perkins, John Traina, William George Toth, ...
Writer | Flowers in the Attic
Virginia C. Andrews was born on June 6, 1923 in Portsmouth, Virginia, USA as Cleo Virginia Andrews. She was a writer and actress, known for Flowers in the Attic (1987), Rain (2006) and Flowers in the Attic (2014). She died on December 19, 1986 in Virginia Beach, Virginia.
Actress | Mannix
Jacqueline Susann was an extraordinarily successful writer who turned her dynamic charm, chutzpah, and personality into a formidable marketing machine. Despite a less than spectacular career as an actress, singer, and playwright, she never lost confidence in herself. Blessed with sensual looks and ...
68. Dodie Smith
Writer | 101 Dalmatians
Born Dorothy Gladys Smith in Lancashire, England, Dodie Smith was raised in Manchester (her memoir is titled "A Childhood in Manchester"). She was just an infant when her father died, and she grew up fatherless until age 14, when her mother remarried and the family moved to London. There she ...
69. Anne Brontë
Writer | Novela
The youngest of the talented Brontë siblings, Anne was born January 17th, 1820 to Rev. Patrick Brontë and Maria Branwell Brontë. Her mother died of cancer when she was only a year old, and growing up Anne was especially close to her elder sister Emily Brontë. Along with their other sister, ...
70. Jodi Picoult
Writer | My Sister's Keeper
Jodi Picoult was born on May 19, 1966 in the USA as Jodi Lynn Picoult. She is a writer, known for My Sister's Keeper (2009), Change of Heart and Vanishing Acts. She has been married to Timothy Warren van Leer since November 18, 1989. They have three children.
71. Karen Blixen
Writer | Out of Africa
Karen Blixen was born on April 17, 1885 in Rungsted, Denmark as Karen Christentze Dinesen. She was a writer, known for Out of Africa (1985), Ringen and Babette's Feast (1987). She was married to Bror Frederik von Blixen-Finecke. She died on September 7, 1962 in Rungsted.
74. Angela Carter
Writer | The Company of Wolves
Angela Carter was born on May 7, 1940 in Eastbourne, Sussex, England as Angela Olive Stalker. She was a writer, known for The Company of Wolves (1984), The Magic Toyshop (1987) and The Bloody Chamber (1983). She was married to Mark Pierce and Paul Carter. She died on February 16, 1992 in London, ...
75. Isabel Allende
Writer | The House of the Spirits
Isabel Allende is one of today's most important voices of Southern America literature. She was born in Lima, Peru, in 1942, but at the age of 3 she moved to Chile with her mother and two brothers. She spent her childhood there, at her maternal grandparents'home, but she also traveled a lot and ...
Writer | Little House on the Prairie
Born Laura Elizabeth Ingalls in Wisconsin in 1867, she spent her childhood as a "pioneer girl, " settling in Wisconsin (twice), Missouri, Kansas, Minnesota, Iowa, and South Dakota by the time she was twelve years old. Her family stayed in South Dakota, or Dakota Territory as it was known, and in ...
77. Helen Keller
Writer | Whirlpool
Helen Keller contracted a virulent childhood disease which resulted in complete loss of sight and hearing at nineteen months. Her parents futilely sought help for her, as did family friend Alexander Graham Bell. Finally, when Keller was seven, Annie Sullivan, a young teacher, was hired by the ...
78. Rebecca Wells
Rebecca Wells is a novelist, actor, and playwright. She is the author of the New York Times bestsellers The Crowning Glory of Calla Lily Ponder, Ya-Yas in Bloom, Little Altars Everywhere (winner of the Western States Book Award), and Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood (winner of the American ...
79. Helene Hanff
Writer | 84 Charing Cross Road
Growing up during the depression in Philadelphia, she was in a family that lived for the theater - her father was a shirt salesman who took the family to plays every week. All she ever wanted to do was to be a playwright. She could only afford a year of college, but all her life continued to learn ...
Writer | Bridge to Terabithia
Katherine Paterson was born on October 31, 1932 in Qing Jiang, China as Katherine Womeldorf. She is a writer and actress, known for Bridge to Terabithia (2007), The Flint Heart and The Great Gilly Hopkins (2015). She has been married to John Paterson since 1962. They have four children.
84. Louise Fitzhugh
Director | Suzuki Beane
As a young woman she wrote a manuscript about a lesbian girl called "Amelia", based on her own teenager years and an affair with another girl, but the novel was later lost and never published. Her best-selling book "Harriet the Spy", about a tomboyish 11-year-old, met with controversy in the 1960s,...
87. Ellen Raskin
Writer | The Westing Game
Ellen Raskin was born in 1928. Later in her life, she married Dennis Flanagan. She wrote many books, perhaps the two most famous are "The Mysterious Disappearance Of Leon (I Mean Noel)" and "The Westing Game", both published in the 70s. The latter won the Newberry Award for the best children's book...
89. Gypsy Rose Lee
Actress | Belle of the Yukon
Born Rose Louise Hovick in Seattle, Washington, in 1911, but called Louise from early childhood, Gypsy Rose Lee was the daughter of a mild-mannered businessman and a restless, fiery young woman named Rose, who was determined to get out of Seattle and make a life for herself and her daughter in show...
95. Judy Blume
Writer | Tiger Eyes
Judy Blume was born on February 12, 1938 in Elizabeth, New Jersey, USA as Judith Sussman. She is a writer and producer, known for Tiger Eyes (2012), Wifey and Summer Sisters. She has been married to George Cooper since June 6, 1987. She was previously married to Thomas A. Kitchens and John Blume.