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,