Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created here at The Broke and the Bookish. This feature was created because we are particularly fond of lists here at The Broke and the Bookish. We’d love to share our lists with other bookish folks and would LOVE to see your top ten lists!
I had not planned to participate on today’s Top Ten Tuesday, mainly because I forgot to check the theme. But seeing all your wonderful posts about classic literature, I thought I could do a very special post: all classic – in the most traditional way of the word – works written by women, both British and American. So, here are ten books that I have read and that I have loved, written by women who defied social expectations about what to do – write – and what to write about. I have also decided to include pictures of the authors rather than of the covers of the books, as I usually do, because I think it is important to put a face to the works. These were, above all, real women.
1. O Pioneers! by Willa Cather .- Cather wrote about what it meant to be a woman in the late 19th-century frontier. The main character in this novel, Alexandra, is a role model even for nowadays’ standards.
3. Little Women by Louisa May Alcott.- My grandma gave me a 1970’s edition of a Spanish translation and I immediately fell in love with the novel. However, I prefer what is classically understood as Little Women: modern editions also include a second part, Good Wives, that has a totally different tone and morality behind.
4. Cranford by Elizabeth Gaskell.- What if I told you this classic is probably behind modern productions such as Desperate Housewives? I love the idea of a town populated only by women where they feel comfortable and support each other.
5. Jane Eyre by Charlotte Brontë.- A beloved classic from the moment I read the first chapter, this novel has the perfect, dark and gothic atmosphere for a winter’s evening.
6. Wüthering Heights by Emily Brontë.- Did anyone say gothic? Emily’s novel is far darker and twisted than Charlotte’s. I loved the typically Romantic story between Cathy and Heathcliff. Not to take out of the literary walls, though!
7. Oroonoko by Aphra Behn.- Behn was the first women writer to live by the pen and her novel is a testament of her passion and her drive.
8. A Room of One’s Own by Virginia Woolf.- If there is a classic non-fiction work, written by a woman to read, this is it. Woolf has no rival defending women’s rights that – sadly – are still being fought for nowadays.
9. The Poirot series by Agatha Christie.- Because being a crime fiction fan, I could not forget her! Death on the Nile (1937) read and perfect for a sunny evening outside.
10. The Yellow Wallpaper by Charlotte Perkins-Gillman.- A dark and realistic account of post-natal depression and how it has been ignored and stigmatized for centuries.