Author Biographies

Following is a listing (alphabetically, by last name) of classic women authors’ biographies currently on this site. Please note that this site lists only women authors who are deceased. These are the women authors whose shoulders today’s writers stand on, and whose work should continue to be read and studied.

We’re continually adding authors to the site; you’ll find many more we haven’t yet posted. They’re on our wish list, which also details writer’s guidelines for those who may want to contribute biographies, or any other great content relating to classic women authors.

When you link through to any biography,  you’ll find a listing of other articles related to individual authors toward the end of the posts. Currently, we’re building a more powerful search tool for browsing authors on the site and articles related to them.

There are also biographies of literary-adjacent women on this site, which you’ll find in the categories of Journalists and Other Rad Voices.

Louisa May Alcott

Paula Gunn Allen

Maya Angelou

Gloria Anzaldua

Samira Azzam

Jane Austen

Mary Hunter Austin

Natalie Babbitt

Enid Bagnold

Elspeth Barker

Djuna Barnes

Margaret Ayer Barnes

Natalie Clifford Barney

Nina Bawden

Aphra Behn

Gwendolyn B. Bennett

Elizabeth Bishop

Enid Blyton

Louise Bogan

Elizabeth Bowen

Kay Boyle

Anne Bradstreet

Vera Brittain

Anne Brontë

Charlotte Brontë

Emily Brontë

Anita Brookner

Gwendolyn Brooks

Brigid Brophy

Margaret Wise Brown

Pearl S. Buck

Simone de Beauvoir

Julia de Burgos

Fanny Burney

Frances Hodgson Burnett

Octavia E. Butler

Leonora Carrington

Rachel Carson

Angela Carter

Vera Caspary

Elizabeth Cary

Rosario Castellanos

Willa Cather

Susanna Centlivre

Eileen Chang

Lydia Maria Child

Alice Childress

Kate Chopin

Agatha Christie

Beverly Cleary

Lucille Clifton

Colette (Sidonie-Gabrielle Colette)

J. California Cooper

Sor Juana Inés de la Cruz

Kamala Das

Grazia Deledda

Emily Dickinson

Isak Dinesen

Mary Mapes Dodge

Hilda Doolittle (H.D.)

Daphne du Maurier

Lois Duncan

Marguerite Duras

Alice Dunbar-Nelson

Maria Edgeworth

George Eliot

Eleanor Estes

Jessie Redmon Fauset

Edna Ferber

Rachel Field

Dorothy Canfield Fisher

Penelope Fitzgerald

Louise Fitzhugh

Janet Flanner

Miles Franklin

Marilyn French

Elizabeth Gaskell

Martha Gellhorn

Charlotte Perkins Gilman

Natalia Ginzburg

Susan Glaspell

Rumer Godden

Gertrudis Gómez de Avellaneda

Nadine Gordimer

Angelina Weld Grimké

Radclyffe Hall

Virginia Hamilton

Helene Hanff

Lorraine Hansberry

Frances Watkins Harper

Lillian Hellman

Marguerite Henry

Patricia Highsmith

Laura Z. Hobson

bell hooks

Winifred Holtby

Fannie Hurst

Zora Neale Hurston

Helen Hunt Jackson

Shirley Jackson

Tove Jansson

Harriet Ann Jacobs

Sarah Orne Jewett

Georgia Douglas Johnson

Helene Johnson

Ingrid Jonker

Caroline Kirkland

Maxine Kumin

Selma Lagerlöf

Margaret Landon

Nella Larsen

Emma Lazarus

Harper Lee

Ursula K. Le Guin

Madeleine L’Engle

Amy Levy

Lois Lenski

Doris Lessing

Astrid Lindgren

Lispector, Clarice

Anita Loos

Audre Lorde

Maud Hart Lovelace

Amy Lowell

Mina Loy

Katherine Mansfield

Beryl Markham

Paule Marshall

Harriet Martineau

Betty MacDonald

Mary McCarthy

Carson McCullers

Grace Metalious

Edna St. Vincent Millay

Gabriela Mistral

Margaret Mitchell

Nancy Mitford

L.M. Montgomery

Moore, Ruth

Elsa Morante

Jan Morris

Toni Morrison

Iris Murdoch

E. Nesbit

Anaïs Nin

Mary Norton

Flannery O’Connor

Mary O’Hara

Mary Oliver

Tillie Olsen

Baroness Emma Orczy

Grace Paley

Dorothy Parker

Ann Petry

Sylvia Plath

Eleanor H. Porter

Katherine Anne Porter

Beatrix Potter

Dawn Powell

Barbara Pym

Kathleen Raine

Ayn Rand

Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings

Adrienne Rich

Lola Ridge

Jean Rhys

Christina Rossetti

Susanna Rowson

Vita Sackville-West

Françoise Sagan

George Sand

May Sarton

Olive Schriener

Anna Sewell

Anne Sexton

Ntozake Shange

Margery Sharp

Mary Shelley

Nan Shepherd

Mary Sidney

May Sinclair

Edith Sitwell

Betty Smith

Dodie Smith

Susan Sontag

Muriel Spark

Eulalie Spence

Anne Spencer

Christina Stead

Gertrude Stein

Harriet Beecher Stowe

Elizabeth Taylor

Sydney Taylor

Sara Teasdale

P.L. Travers

Sigrid Undset

Elizabeth von Arnim

Margaret Walker

Sylvia Townsend Warner

Mary Webb

Jean Webster

Eudora Welty

Dorothy West

Rebecca West

Edith Wharton

Phillis Wheatley

Antonia White

Margery Williams (Bianco)

Kate Douglas Wiggin

Laura Ingalls Wilder

Mary Wollstonecraft

Virginia Woolf

Elinor Wylie

Marguerite Yourcenar