FAMOUS WOMEN WRITERS TIMELINE

By Tim Lambert

Women Writers in the Ancient World

Enheduanna 2295-2250 BC

She was a priestess and writer in what is now Iraq

Sappho c 600 BC

She was a Greek woman poet

Telesilla of Argos c 500 BC

She was a renowned poet

Anyte of Tegea c 250 BC

She was a famous poet

Julia Balbilla c 130 AD

She was a Roman poet

Women Writers in the Middle Ages

Shangguan Wan'er (664-710)

She was a famous Chinese woman poet

Xue Tao (768-831)

She was another great Chinese poet

Yu Xuanji (c 844-1868)

She was also a famous Chinese poet

Hrotsvitha von Gandersheim (930-1002)

She was a dramatist and poet

Sei Shonagon (966-c 1025)

She was a famous Japanese poet. She is famous for Pillow Book.

Murasaki Shikibu (c 973-1014 AD)

She was a famous Japanese writer. She is famous for her work The Tale of Genji.

Frau Ava (1060-1127)

She was a German writer

Hildegard (1088-1179)

Hildegard was a theologian and writer. She also wrote about medicine. And she wrote music and a play.

Li Qingzhao (1084-1155)

She was a great Chinese woman poet

Heloise (1101-1164)

She was a French Abbess and she was widely respected for her learning

Marie de France (1160-1215)

Marie was a famous French poet. Little is known about her life but she was highly regarded.

Mechtild von Magdeburg (c 1207-1282)

She was a famous mystic

Julian of Norwich (1342-1416)

Despite her masculine name Julian was a woman. She was a famous mystic and writer. Julian wrote about the 'motherhood' of God.

Catherine of Siena (1347-1380)

She was an Italian author

Leonor Lopez de Cordoba (c 1362-1430)

She was a Spanish author

Christine de Pisan (1364-1432)

Christine was another famous writer of the Middle Ages

Margery Kempe (1373-c. 1439)

Margery was an English mystic. The story of her life became a famous book The Book of Margery Kempe.

Women Writers in the 16th century

Beatriz Galindo (c 1465-1523)

Beatriz was a great scholar and writer

Vittoria Colonna (1490-1549)

She was a poet

Katharine Zell (1497-1562)

She was a German Protestant writer

Tullia d'Aragona (1510-1556)

She was a poet

Catherine Parr (1512-1548)

As well as being the wife of Henry VIII she was a noted writer

Louise Labe (1524-1566)

She was a poet

Olympia Morata (1526-1555)

She was an important humanist scholar

Veronica Franco (1546-1591)

She was a famous poet

Isabella Andreini (1562-1604)

She was an actress and writer

Marie Le Jars de Gournay (1565-1645)

She was a famous French writer

Women Writers in the 17th century

Elizabeth Jane Weston (1582-1612)

She was a famous English poet

Anne Bradstreet (1612-1672)

She was also a famous poet

Marie de Sevigne (1626-1696)

She was a famous French writer

Katherine Philips (1632-1664)

She was another famous poet

Aphra Behn (1640-1689)

She was a famous writer of the 17th century

Women Writers in the 18th century

Hannah More (1745-1833)

She was a famous writer

Olympe de Gouges (1748-1793)

She was a famous playwright

Phillis Wheatley (1753-1784)

She was a poet

Mary Wollstonecraft (1759-1797)

She is famous for her book A Vindication of the Rights of Women

Madame Anne de Stael (1766-1817)

She was a famous writer

Women Writers in the 19th century

Jane Austen (1775-1817)

She was a famous English writer

Fanny Trollope (1779-1863)

Fanny is most famous for her book Domestic Manners of the Americans

Mary Shelley (1797-1851)

She is famous for her novel Frankenstein

Comtesse de Segur (1799-1874)

She was born in Russia but became a famous novelist while living in France

George Sand (Amantine-Lucile-Aurore Dudevant) (1804-1876)

She was a French novelist

Elizabeth Gaskell (1810-1865)

She is another famous writer

Harriet Beecher Stowe (1811-1896)

She is famous for Uncle Tom's Cabin

Charlotte Bronte (1816-1855)

She was a famous English writer

Emily Bronte (1818-1848)

She is famous for Wuthering Heights

Mary Ann Evans (George Eliot) (1819-1880)

She was also a famous writer

Christina Rosetti (1830-1894)

Christina was an English poet

Emily Dickinson (1830-1886)

She was a poet

Louisa May Alcott (1832-1888)

She is famous for her book Little Women

Women Writers in the 20th century

E. Pauline Johnson (1861-1913)

She was a famous Canadian poet in the early years of the 20th century

Edith Wharton (1862-1937)

Edith was an American writer in the early 20th century

Beatrix Potter (1866-1943)

She is famous for her children's stories

Laura Ingalls Wilder (1867-1957)

She is famous for the Little House on the Prairie books

Charlotte Mew (1869-1928)

She was also a famous poet

Willa Cather (1873-1947)

She was a novelist of the early 20th century

Virginia Woolf (1882-1941)

Virginia was a novelist

Karen Blixen (1885-1962)

She was a Danish author

Anna Akhmatova (1889-1966)

Anna was a famous poet

Agatha Christie (1890-1976)

She was a crime novelist

Agatha Christie Monument

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Zora Neale Hurston (1891-1960)

She was a famous author of the mid 20th century

Pearl Buck (1892-1973)

Pearl was a novelist. Her novel The Good Earth won the Pulitzer prize in 1932.

Marina Tsvetaeva (1892-1941)

Marina was a poet

Enid Blyton (1897-1968)

She wrote children's books

Laura Riding (1901-1991)

She was a famous poet

Louise de Vilmorin (1902-1969)

Louise was a novelist and poet

Anais Nin (1903-1977)

Anais was a French writer

Marguerite Yourcenar (1903-1987)

She was a novelist

Ayn Rand (1905-1982)

She was a famous novelist

Daphne du Maurier (1907-1989)

Daphne was a famous novelist

Eudora Welty (1909-2001)

Eudora was a writer from Mississippi

Andre Norton (1912-2005)

She was a science fiction writer

Marguerite Duras (1914-1996)

She was a writer and film maker

Zoe Oldenbourg (1916-2002)

Zoe was a novelist

Zenna Henderson (1917-1983)

She was a science fiction writer

Doris Lessing (1919-2013)

She was a famous novelist

Judith Merril (1923-1997)

She was a science fiction writer

Joan Aiken (1924-2004)

She was an author

Harper Lee (1926-2016)

She is famous for her book To Kill a Mockingbird

Maya Angelou (1928-2014)

She was a poet

Ursula K. LeGuin (1929-2018)

She is famous for fantasy fiction

Alice Munro (1931-)

Alice is a Canadian writer of short stories

Toni Morrison (1931-2019)

She was a novelist

Sylvia Plath (1932-1963)

Sylvia was a novelist and poet

Francoise Sagan (1935-2009)

She was a playwright

Annie Ernaux (1940-)

Annie is a French writer

Octavia Butler (1947-2006)

She was a science fiction writer

Vonda McIntyre (1948-2019)

She was a science fiction writer

Amy Tan (1952-)

Amy is a novelist

Sandra Cisneros (1954-)

She is a poet and short story writer

J K Rowling (1965-)

She is a very succesful writer

Women Writers in the 21st century

Zadie Smith (1975-)

Zadie is a modern novelist

A Timeline of Women Scientists

A Timeline of Women's Rights in Britain

A Timeline of Women's Rights in the USA

A History of Women's Education

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Last revised 2021