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Famous Female Novelists

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List of famous female novelists, listed by their level of prominence with photos when available. This greatest female novelists list contains the most prominent and top females known for being novelists. There are thousand of females working as novelists in the world, but this list highlights only the most notable ones. Historic novelists have worked hard to become the best that they can be, so if you're a female aspiring to be a novelist then the people below should give you inspiration.

List ranges from Shauna Singh Baldwin to Kathy Lette and more.

While this isn't a list of all female novelists, it does answer the questions "Who are the most famous female novelists?" and "Who are the best female novelists?"
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  • Dame Agatha Mary Clarissa Christie, Lady Mallowan, (née Miller; 15 September 1890 – 12 January 1976) was an English writer. She is known for her 66 detective novels and 14 short story collections, particularly those revolving around her fictional detectives Hercule Poirot and Miss Marple. Christie also wrote the world's longest-running play, a murder mystery, The Mousetrap, and, under the pen name Mary Westmacott, six romances. In 1971 she was appointed a Dame Commander of the Order of the British Empire (DBE) for her contribution to literature.Christie was born into a wealthy upper-middle-class family in Torquay, Devon. Before marrying and starting a family in London, she had served in a... more on Wikipedia
    • Age: Dec. at 86 (1890-1976)
    • Birthplace: Torquay, United Kingdom

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  • Simone Lucie Ernestine Marie Bertrand de Beauvoir (UK: , US: , French: [simɔn də bovwaʁ] (listen); 9 January 1908 – 14 April 1986) was a French writer, intellectual, existentialist philosopher, political activist, feminist and social theorist. Though she did not consider herself a philosopher, she had a significant influence on both feminist existentialism and feminist theory.De Beauvoir wrote novels, essays, biographies, autobiography and monographs on philosophy, politics, and social issues. She was known for her 1949 treatise The Second Sex, a detailed analysis of women's oppression and a foundational tract of contemporary feminism; and for her novels, including She Came to Stay and The... more on Wikipedia
    • Age: Dec. at 78 (1908-1986)
    • Birthplace: Paris, France
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    Mary Wollstonecraft

    Mary Wollstonecraft
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    Mary Wollstonecraft (UK: , US: ; 27 April 1759 – 10 September 1797) was an English writer, philosopher, and advocate of women's rights. Until the late 20th century, Wollstonecraft's life, which encompassed several unconventional personal relationships, received more attention than her writing. Today, Wollstonecraft is regarded as one of the founding feminist philosophers, and feminists often cite both her life and work as important influences. During her brief career, she wrote novels, treatises, a travel narrative, a history of the French Revolution, a conduct book, and a children's book. Wollstonecraft is best known for A Vindication of the Rights of Woman (1792), in which she argues that... more on Wikipedia
    • Age: Dec. at 38 (1759-1797)
    • Birthplace: Spitalfields, London, United Kingdom

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  • Harper Lee
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    Nelle Harper Lee (April 28, 1926 – February 19, 2016) was an American novelist widely known for To Kill a Mockingbird, published in 1960. Immediately successful, it won the 1961 Pulitzer Prize and has become a classic of modern American literature. Though Lee had only published this single book, in 2007 she was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom for her contribution to literature. Additionally, Lee received numerous honorary degrees, though she declined to speak on those occasions. She was also known for assisting her close friend Truman Capote in his research for the book In Cold Blood (1966). Capote was the basis for the character Dill in To Kill a Mockingbird.The plot and... more on Wikipedia
    • Age: 94
    • Birthplace: Monroeville, Alabama

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