It’s a Literary Celebration!

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Dear Common Readers,

An invitation to spend a year focusing on classic works by women writers? What bookish feminist could resist?

The Women’s Classic Literature Event of 2016 is a year-long celebration of classic literature by women writers being hosted by The Classics Club. (For more details, see the original post here.) This is not a typical reading challenge with set goals and deadlines. It’s just an opportunity to seek out (or reread) and share classics by women authors at one’s own pace.

I may be a little late to the party, but why let that stop us?

Here’s my list (for now):

  • Sappho: A New Translation of the Complete Works (ca. 6th century BCE) [edited and translated by Diane J. Rayor with an introduction by André Lardinois, 2014]
  • Sappho: Poems and Fragments (ca. 6th century BCE) [edited and translated by Josephine Balmer, 1988)
  • Classical Women Poets (ca. 620 BCE – ca. 420 AD) [edited and translated by Josephine Balmer, 1996]
  • The Rover by Aphra Behn (1677, 1681)
  • Selected Works of Sor Juana Inés de la Cruz by Sor Juana Inés de la Cruz (1680-1700) [translated by Edith Grossman, 2014]
  • Mansfield Park by Jane Austen (1814)
  • Middlemarch by George Eliot (1872)
  • My Life in Middlemarch by Rebecca Mead (2014)
  • Indiana by George Sand (1872)
  • Contending Forces by Pauline Hopkins (1900)
  • Anne of Green Gables by L.M. Montgomery (1908)
  • Mrs. Spring Fragrance by Sui Sin Far [Edith Maud Eaton] (1912)
  • Cogowea: The Half-Blood by Mourning Dove [Humishuma, Christine Quintasket] (1927)
  • Quicksand by Nella Larsen (1928)
  • A Room of One’s Own by Virginia Woolf (1929)
  • Not So Quiet … (on the Western Front): Stepdaughters of War by Helen Zenna Smith [Evadne Price] (1930)
  • Cold Comfort Farm by Stella Gibbons (1932)
  • Three Guineas by Virginia Woolf (1938)
  • Step Down Elder Brother by Josefina Niggli (1947)
  • Helen in Egypt by H.D. [Hilda Doolittle] (1961)

These are some of the books from my Classics Club list that I most wanted read along with a couple of books that I’ve read before. I can’t wait to get started. I should have my first book post up in the next few days.

Will you join the celebration?


Your sister reader,

Ms. Arachne

2 thoughts on “It’s a Literary Celebration!

  1. So many incredible titles! I’m especially excited for you to read Mansfield Park, A Room of One’s Own, Anne of Green Gables, and Middlemarch. Welcome to the club! (I’m an alumni. I finished my hundred a few months ago.) 🙂

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    • Hi, Jillian! Thank you and thanks for the follow. I look forward to discussing them with you! I have read A Room of One’s Own before (you could probably tell from my blog name 😉 )but I plan to reread it for #Woolfalong this fall. Your blog is beautiful and well-written. I look forward to reading more of your posts. Btw, I too enjoyed Gone With the Wind — both the book and the movie. 🙂

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