FEMINISTA'S 100 GREAT 20TH CENTURY 
WORKS OF FICTION 
BY WOMEN




PEARL BUCK

KATHERINE ANNE PORTER

Dismayed that only 8 of the 100 works of fiction chosen by the Modern Library as the best of the century were written by women, the periodical Feminista published its own list in 1998. Women's online forums and lists were canvassed for the list. Works were restricted to one per author and mystery and mystery and science fiction genres were excluded.

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Allison, Dorothy  Bastard Out of Carolina 
Angelou, Maya  I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings 
Atwood, Margaret  Cat's Eye 
Bainbridge, Beryl  The Bottle Factory Outing 
Bambara, Toni Cade  Gorilla, My Love 
Barnes, Djuna  Nightwood 
Barker, Pat  Regeneration 
Brookner, Anita  Hotel du Lac 
Brown, Rita  Rubyfruit Jungle 
Buck, Pearl S.  The Good Earth 
Byatt, A. S.  Possession 
Carter, Angela  Nights at the Circus 
Chopin, Kate  The Awakening 
Cisneros, Sandra  The House on Mango Street 
Compton-Burnett, Ivy  Elders and Betters 
Desai, Anita  Clear Light of Day 
Dinesen, Isak  Out of Africa 
Doerr, Harriet  Stones for Ibarra 
Drabble, Margaret  The Radiant Way 
DuMaurier, Daphne  Rebecca 
Emecheta, Buchi  Second Class Citizen 
Erdich, Louise  Tracks 
Fitzgerald, Penelope  At Freddie's 
Flagg, Fannie  Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Cafe
Frame, Janet  Owls Do Cry 
French, Marilyn  The Women's Room 
Goldstein, Rebecca  The Mind-Body Problem 
Gordimer, Nadine  July's People 
Gordon, Mary  The Rest of Life 
Hall, Radclyffe  The Well of Loneliness 
Head, Bessie  When Rain Clouds Gather 
Highsmith, Patricia  The Talented Mr. Ripley 
Hobhouse, Janet  The Furies 
Hulme, Keri  The Bone People 
Hurston, Zora Neale  Their Eyes Were Watching God 
Jackson, Shirley  The Haunting of Hill House 
Jhabvala, Ruth Prawer  Heat and Dust 
Jong, Erica  Fear of Flying 
Kincaid, Jamaica  Lucy 
Kingsolver, Barbara  The Bean Trees 
Kingston, Maxine Hong  Tripmaster Monkey 
Kogawa, Joy  Obasan 
Laurence, Margaret  The Fire-Dwellers 
Lee, Harper  To Kill a Mockingbird 
Lessing, Doris  The Golden Notebook 
Lively, Penelope  Moon Tiger 
Loos, Anita  Gentlemen Prefer Blondes 
Manning, Olivia  The Balkan Trilogy 
McCarthy, Mary  The Group 
McCullers, Carson  Ballad of the Sad Cafe 
McMillan, Terry  Mama 
Miller, Isabel  Patience and Sarah 
Mitchell, Margaret  Gone With the Wind 
Moore, Lorrie  Anagrams 
Morrison, Toni  Beloved 
Mukherjee, Bharati  Wife 
Munro, Alice  Lives of Girls and Women 
Murdoch, Iris  A Severed Head 
Oates, Joyce Carol  You Must Remember This 
O'Brien, Edna  House of Splendid Isolation 
O'Connor, Flannery  A Good Man Is Hard to Find 
Olsen, Tillie  Tell Me a Riddle 
Paley, Grace  Enormous Changes at the Last Minute 
Parker, Dorothy  Stories 
Phillips, Jayne Anne  Black Tickets 
Piercy, Marge  Braided Lives 
Plath, Sylvia  The Bell Jar 
Porter, Katharine Anne  Ship of Fools 
Powell, Dawn  The Golden Spur 
Proulx, E. Annie  The Shipping News 
Rand, Ayn  The Fountainhead 
Renault, Mary  The King Must Die 
Rhys, Jean  Wide Sargasso Sea 
Robinson, Marilynne  Housekeeping 
Roy, Arundhati  The God of Small Things 
Sarton, May Mrs. Stevens Hears the Mermaids Singing 
Shields, Carol  The Stone Diaries 
Shreve, Anita  The Weight of Water 
Silko, Leslie Marmon  Almanac of the Dead 
Simpson, Mona  Anywhere But Here 
Smart, Elizabeth  By Grand Central Station I Sat Down and Wept
Smiley, Jane  The Age of Grief 
Sontag, Susan  The Volcano Lover 
Spark, Muriel  The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie 
Stead, Christina  The Man Who Loved Children 
Stein, Gertrude  Three Lives 
Tan, Amy  The Joy Luck Club 
Taylor, Elizabeth  Angel 
Tyler, Anne If Morning Ever Comes 
Urquart, Jane Away 
Walker, Alice The Color Purple 
Weldon, Fay  The Life and Loves of a She-Devil 
Welty, Eudora  Stories 
West, Rebecca  The Return of the Soldier 
Wharton, Edith  Ethan Frome 
White, Antonia  Frost in May 
Winterson, Jeanette  Oranges Are Not the Only Fruit 
Woolf, Virginia  Mrs. Dalloway 

 
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