BOOKS BY WOMEN 
WHOSE WORDS HAVE CHANGED THE WORLD

Flannery O'Connor

For its seventy-fifth anniversary in 1992, the Women's National Book Association prepared a list of seventy-five books "by women whose words have changed the world" and "have brought insight, awe, and pleasure to countless readers over the years." Their list, organized alphabetically by author appears below.

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Jane Addams Twenty Years at Hull House
Louisa May Alcott Little Women
Isabel Allende The House of the Spirits
Maya Angelou I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings
Hannah Arendt The Human Condition
Jane Austen Pride and Prejudice
Simone de Beauvoir The Second Sex
Ruth Benedict Patterns of Culture
Boston Women's Health Book Collective Staff Our Bodies, Ourselves
Charlotte Bronte Jane Eyre
Emily Bronte Wuthering Heights
Susan Brownmiller Against Our Will: Men, Women, and Rape
Pearl S. Buck The Good Earth
Rachel Carson Silent Spring
Willa Cather My Antonia
Mary Boykin Chesnut A Diary from Dixie
Kate Chopin The Awakening
Agatha Christie The Murder of Roger Ackroyd
Emily Dickinson The Complete Poems of Emily Dickinson
Mary Baker Eddy Science and Health
George Eliot Middlemarch
Fannie Farmer The Boston Cooking-School Cook Book
Frances FitzGerald Fire in the Lake
Dian Fossey Gorillas in the Mist
Anne Frank Diary of a Young Girl
Betty Friedan The Feminine Mystique
Emma Goldman Living My Life
Germaine Greer The Female Eunuch
Radclyffe Hall The Well of Loneliness
Edith Hamilton Mythology
Betty Lehan Harragan Games Mother Never Taught You
Karen Horney Our Inner Conflicts
Zora Neale Hurston Their Eyes Were Watching God
Helen Keller The Story of My Life
Maxine Hong Kingston The Women Warrior
Elisabeth Kubler-Ross On Death and Dying
Frances Moore Lappe Diet for a Small Planet
Harper Lee To Kill a Mockingbird
Doris Lessing The Golden Notebook
Anne Morrow Lindbergh Gift from the Sea
Audre Lorde The Cancer Journals
Carson McCullers The Heart Is a Lonely Hunter
Katherine Mansfield The Garden Party
Beryl Markham West with the Night
Margaret Mead Coming of Age in Samoa
Golda Meir My Life
Edna St. Vincent Millay Collected Poems
Margaret Mitchell Gone With the Wind
Marianne Moore Complete Poems of Marianne Moore
Toni Morrison Song of Solomon
Lady Shikibu Murasaki The Tales of Genji
Anais Nin The Early Diary of Anais Nin
Flannery O'Connor The Complete Stories
Zoe Oldenbourg The World Is Not Enough
Tillie Olsen Silences
Elaine Pagels The Gnostic Gospels
Emmeline Pankhurst My Own Story
Sylvia Plath The Bell Jar
Katherine Anne Porter Ship of Fools
Adrienne Rich Of Woman Born
Margaret Sanger Margaret Sanger: An Autobiography
Sappho Sappho: A New Translation
May Sarton Journal of a Solitude
Mary Shelley Frankenstein
Susan Sontag Illness as Metaphor
Gertrude Stein The Autobiography of Alice B. Toklas
Harriet Beecher Stowe Uncle Tom's Cabin
Barbara Tuchman A Distant Mirror
Sigrid Undset Kristin Lavransdatter
Alice Walker The Color Purple
Eudora Welty Delta Wedding
Edith Wharton Ethan Frome
Phillis Wheatley The Collected Works of Phillis Wheatley
Mary Wollstonecraft A Vindication of the Rights of Women
Virginia Woolf A Room of One's Own

 
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