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10 Women Writers Who Changed Literature

When people ask you who your favorite author is, what do you say? Well, as part of Britannica’s celebration of Women’s History Month 2011, Britannica Blog put that question to Kathleen Kuiper, Britannica’s senior arts and culture editor and lead editor of Britannica’s spotlight 300 Women Who Changed the World. Her favorites are below. Who are yours and why?

Anna Akhmatova (1889-1966): At her death, the Russian poet was considered the greatest woman poet in the history of Russian literature.

Jane Austen (1775-1817): Who hasn’t read Sense and Sensibility or Pride and Prejudice? The English writer first gave the novel its distinctly modern character through her treatment of ordinary people in everyday life, creating the comedy of manners of middle-class life in the England of her time in her novels.

Colette (1873-1954): The French writer’s best novels are remarkable for their command of sensual description. Her greatest strength as a writer is an exact sensory evocation of sounds, smells,…