Literary Ladies Guide was started in 2012 as an outgrowth of the book Literary Ladies Guide to the Writing Life by Nava Atlas, writer, visual artist, designer — and major book nerd.
Our goal: To be the web’s most comprehensive resource on classic women’s literature, focusing mainly on women who wrote in the English language, as well as global authors who were translated extensively.
Our mission: To elevate the voices and stature of women writers, and to be inspired by those who came before us. Literary Ladies Guide honors the contributions of women to literature and literary history.
Our hope: To inspire readers and writers from all walks of life through the lives and words of the women authors of the past, and to help readers discover or rediscover those who have been forgotten or under-appreciated.
And for fun and education: We also present articles on literary travels, the bookish life, and advice for writers, mainly from the classic women authors represented on the site.
The women authors featured on this site have already passed on. Fortunately, there are many more women writing today, so we want to focus on the achievements of classic authors who paved the way for today’s writing women.
Some of our most popular features:
- Writing tips from classic authors: Advice that’s timeless!
- Dear Literary Ladies: Similarly, a classic author “answers” questions and dilemmas about the writing life.
- The Literary Ladies Almanac: Birthdates and other literary anniversaries featuring the authors on this site.
- Film and stage adaptations of classic novels: Sometimes the movies and plays are well known, but not the authors behind them.
- Literary Musings: Wide-ranging topics about literature as it pertains to our classic authors, their lives and work. Book round-ups, literary friendships, fascinating facts, and lots more.
- The Bookish Life: The many pleasures of being a book nerd.
Our Wish List: We need contributions of content! For now, this would be on a volunteer basis, as the site is not yet monetized. As a thank you, contributors will get a signed copy of The Literary Ladies Guide to the Writing Life book (see above).
A large part of our Wish List is comprised of the authors who need main pages on the site, plus a slew of other topics for those who’d like to contribute and need prompts. Full instructions on how to create these main pages are at the top of this aforementioned list. This isn’t Wikipedia or a final exam; posts should be reliable, but you don’t need to cite sources nor adopt an academic tone!
We’d also love to expand our offerings on book-adjacent topics including literary travel, pioneering women journalists, special libraries and bookstores, and more. If you have ideas of your own, or older articles or essays you’d like to repurpose, pitch me via the content form.
Other ways to get involved
- Share our articles and graphics on your social media pages.
- Join our Facebook page and share our Pinterest content
- Subscribe to our weekly newsletter (see a sample; subscribe button is at top left)
More about Nava Atlas …
Though Nava is best known as the author of many books on vegan vegetarian cooking, she also produces visual books on women’s issues, most recently, The Literary Ladies’ Guide to the Writing Life (2011).
Nava Atlas is also an active fine artist. Her work is shown and collected by museums and universities across the U.S. You can see her work at navaatlasart.com. Her home is in the Hudson Valley region of New York State.