You can help by with entries. Hempel's Collected Stories is an abundance that will reward readers again and again. Best selling fiction authors to date in any language This is a list of best-selling authors to date, in any language. Other female authors and contemporaries include Paule Marshall who published the novel Brown Girl, Brownstones and Illinois Poet Laureate Gwendolyn Brooks, many of whose poems lyricize the urban poor. Something I noticed while tallying the winners is that, for the most part, the share of female winners is densely packed into the last 20 years. While finding precise sales numbers for any given author is nearly impossible, the list is based on approximate numbers provided or repeated by reliable sources. Adichie's most recent novel, , parallels some of her own experience as a Nigerian coming to America for the first time to attend college.
When was published in 2006, it was clear her work had taken a much different direction. Whatever stage you're at in the endeavor to read more women, here are 100 talented female authors to get you started or keep you going. She says that Fun Home is about how she learned to be an artist from her father. Below you'll find our list — compiled following lively debate by Powell's staff — of 25 women you absolutely must read in your lifetime. Lispector's novel offers the story of Macabéa, a poor, unattractive, and malnourished — yet curious if not a little naïve — Rio-based typist, as well as that of the book's narrator, Rodrigo S.
It was one of the largest internal migrations in history and had a profound effect on the culture and politics of this country. The enthusiasm Jacobs feels for our cities is contagious and shines through on every page of this classic. In addition to his extensive body of work, he inspired other artists and highlighted the power of art as a catalyst for change. Authors of comic books are not included unless they have been published in book format for example, , volumes, , or. Known for her powerfully evocative prose, her grand mystical tales steeped in black history, her haunting and haunted characters, Morrison is an author whose body of work demands attention.
Lispector's gifted prose frequently shimmers with an innocent beauty, and so many of her passages nearly radiate from the page. In fact, several of her early collections of stories were out of print and difficult to find. She focused on the culture and traditions of African Americans through the poetry of their speech. AbeBooks, the AbeBooks logo, AbeBooks. In A History of God, Armstrong gives the reader a wealth of information in order to better understand the big picture. Speaking with passion and depth about the Black struggle in America, it has become an American classic. It became the first work by an African American author since Native Son by Richard Wright to be a featured selection in the Book-of-the-Month Club.
His representations of race and wisdom have made him an influential part of the Black Arts Movement along with Nikki Giovanni, Sonia Sanchez and Maya Angelou. About Author Rank Amazon Author Rank is based on the sales of all of an author's books on Amazon. A prolific poet, her words often depict Black beauty, the strength of women and the human spirit, and the demand for social justice. In an effort to transcend the starkly defined racial categories of the 1950s, he was sometimes criticized for choosing white society over his African American identity. Shriver eventually found a new agent and published the book to great success. I set out to create a list of 50 essential female authors, and upon hitting 50 in under five minutes I decided to shoot for 100. Lewis may not be on the best-seller list, but it is estimated that his 38 books have sold more than 200 million copies worldwide and remain in print 38 years after his death.
It would be safe to say that there cannot be found in the animal kingdom a bat, or any other creature, so blind in its own range of circumstance and connection, as the greater majority of human beings are in the bosoms of their families. The play A Raisin in the Sun by playwright Lorraine Hansberry was named for a line from a Langston Hughes poem. Lispector may well be one of the most brilliant writers you haven't yet had the honor of reading. Although Professor Cha stopped writing martial arts novels almost forty years ago, they remain in print and have been translated into English, Japanese, Korean, Thai, Vietnamese and other languages for his countless readers worldwide. Bechdel narrates her childhood through diary entries that catapult the reader back in time, clever juxtapositions of literary classics, and artwork with a slightly gothic feel. When his first novel Not Without Laughter was published in 1930, it won the Harmon gold medal for literature.
If you enjoy reading Alex Haley, consider reading Jesmyn Ward and Ta-Nehisi Coates. Like the Ripley stories, Highsmith's debut book, , is most remembered for its adaptation to the screen. Seuss's 44 books have been translated into 21 languages, selling more than 500 million copies. He left to live in Paris at age 24 and went on to write Go Tell it on the Mountain which was published in 1953, a novel unlike anything written to date. His 15 books have sold more than 100 million copies worldwide. James Baldwin Though he spent most of his life living abroad to escape the racial prejudice in the United States, James Baldwin is the quintessential American writer.
The Autobiography of Malcolm X would soon become an international bestseller and Haley became a literary success. Authors such as , , , , , , , , and have not been included in the table because no exact figures could be found—although there are indications that they too have more than 100 million copies of their work in print. How do we change this? Her precise, no-nonsense language combined with her liberal definition of the short story? While she had published The Bluest Eye in 1970 and Sula in 1973, The Song of Solomon was the book that set her on the course of literary success. Despite her earlier literary success, Hurston would suffer later in her career. And so we present to you 25 female writers we admire for their vision, their fearlessness, their originality, and their impact on the literary world and beyond. Violence and a palpable fear of injustice pervades the people of this book, set in Michigan in the '30s through the '60s.
Her understated sense of humor, so deeply ingrained in her observations about the absurdities of life? Whether you pick stories at random or start at the beginning and work your way through the collection highly recommended , this is a book that feels like the best gift: fun, poignant, and endlessly rewarding. Archived from on December 12, 2008. Best known for his reflections on his experience as an openly gay Black man in white America, his novels, essays and poetry make him a social critic who shared the pain and struggle of Black Americans. Dard worked as a journalist in Lyon from 1942 to 1950 before dedicating himself to novels, theater and film. Over her career, she won two Hugo Awards, two Nebula Awards and in 1995 she became the first science fiction writer to win the MacArthur fellowship. Title Author Bastard Out of Carolina Dorothy Allison I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings Maya Angelou Cat's Eye Margaret Atwood The Bottle Factory Outing Beryl Bainbridge Gorilla, My Love Toni Cade Bambara Nightwood Djuna Barnes Regeneration Pat Barker Hotel du Lac Anita Brookner Rubyfruit Jungle Rita Mae Brown The Good Earth Pearl S. Tempers strain and recover, hearts break and heal, strength falters, fails, and comes near to giving way altogether, every day, without being noted by the closest lookers-on.