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Women Writers: 19th Century

Women writers of nineteenth century history (including the Victorian era): women who have made an impact through their fiction or journalism or poetry.
  1. Nellie Bly
  2. Sarah Hale
  3. Mary Livermore
  4. Judith Sargent Murray
  5. Ida Tarbell
  6. Louisa May Alcott (19)
  7. Jane Austen (10)
  8. Anne Bronte (11)
  9. Lydia Maria Child (10)
  10. Susan Fenimore Cooper (9)
  11. Emily Dickinson (73)
  12. George Eliot (10)
  13. Charlotte Perkins Gilman (8)
  14. Julia Ward Howe (33)
  15. Jean Ingelow (3)
  16. Sarah Orne Jewett (7)
  17. Anna Leonowens (13)
  18. Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley (8)
  19. Harriet Beecher Stowe (46)
  20. Ella Wheeler Wilcox (10)
  21. Indian Captivity Narratives (12)
  22. Transcendentalists (23)

Hannah Adams
Hannah Adams, published at the end of the 18th and first part of the 19th centuries, wrote about New England and about religion. In 1832, published her own memoir, which gives valuable insight into the culture of the educated class of New England.

Delia Bacon
Delia Bacon was the first writer to propose the theory that the historical man, William Shakspear, did not write the plays attributed to Shakespeare. Could the man whose will mentions disposition of his second-best bed be the same man who adapted stories found only in Italian or Latin, who knew details of a 1580 visit of Marguerite de Valois and Catherine de Medici to Henry of Navarre's court?

Katharine Lee Bates
Katharine Lee Bates biography - a biography of pioneer Wellesley educator Katharine Lee Bates, author of the lyrics of America the Beautiful.

Anne Brontë
A biography of Anne Brontë, author of Agnes Grey and The Tenant of Wildfell and of many poems, plus a guide to many more printe and internet resources.

Charlotte Brontë
A biography of Charlotte Brontë, author of Jane Eyre and of many poems, plus a guide to many more printe and internet resources.

Ethel Lynn Beers
Ethel Lynn Beers is best known for her Civil War-related poem, "The Picket Guard," sometimes known as "All Quiet Along the Potomac Tonight."

About Emily Bronte and Anne Bronte, by Charlotte Bronte
From a biographical note published by Charlotte Bronte with a reissue of her sisters' writings, some information on Emily Bronte and Anne Bronte. It was written under Charlotte Bronte's pseudonym Currer Bell and refers to the sisters under their pseudonyms Ellis Bell and Acton Bell.

Fredrika Bremer
Fredrika Bremer biography: a biographical sketch of Fredrika Bremer, Swedish novelist and feminist.

Emily Brontë
A biography of Emily Brontë, author of Wuthering Heights and of many poems, plus a guide to many more printe and internet resources.

Fanny Burney
Virginia Woolf anointed Fanny Burney the "mother of English fiction." Learn more about this woman writer of the 18th and early 19th centuries.

Emily Dickinson
A brief biography, with links to a more in-depth biography and story of how her poetry came to light. Plus a multi-level index to many more Emily Dickinson resources on this site.

Alice Dunbar-Nelson Books
Alice Dunbar-Nelson -- who also wrote as Alice Ruth Moore, Alice Moore Dunbar-Nelson, and Alice Dunbar Nelson -- was an African American woman writer at the end of the 19th century and beginning of the 20th century. Her life and writing provide insight into the culture in which she lived. Here are some recommended books by or about Alice...

Alice Morse Earle
A profile of Alice Morse Earle, whose writings on colonial life and the Puritans focus on domestic life and foreshadow the discipline of women's history.

Ellen Russell Emerson
A profile of Ellen Russell Emerson, writer in the 19th century about Native American myths and Native American legends.

Louise Guiney
Louise Guiney biography - profile of Louise Guiney, poet of the late 19th century.

Louise Guiney Quotes
Quotes by Louise Guiney - part of an extensive collection of quotations by notable women.

Sarah Josepha Hale Pictures
Sarah Josepha Hale - images connected with 19th century writer and editor Sarah Josepha Hale.

Sophia Peabody Hawthorne
Sophia Peabody Hawthorne biography - a profile of the wife of Nathaniel Hawthorne, herself an artist and writer, and one of the famous Peabody sisters.

Sofia Kovalevskaya
Sofia Kovalevskaya biography: profile of Sofia Kovalevskaya, 19th century mathematician.

Judith Sargent Murray
Murray's essays and letters began during the 18th century and continued into the early 19th century. She wrote about politics, religion (Universalism) and everyday life.

George Sand
A biography of George Sand, French writer with a notorious love life.

Mary Shelley
Mary Shelley, author of the novel Frankenstein, was the daughter of feminist Mary Wollstonecraft. Read about her life and writings.

Mary Shelley Quotes
Selected quotations from Mary Shelley, author of Frankenstein.

Mary Shelley Portrait
Image of Mary Shelley, from a 19th century original.

Harriet Beecher Stowe
Biography of Harriet Beecher Stowe, author of Uncle Tom's Cabin: her life, her work, her world. From your About Women's History Guide.

Sarah Helen Power Whitman
From your About Guide to Women's History, a biography and links on this 19th century poet, spiritualist, and love interest of Edgar Allen Poe.

Ella Wheeler Wilcox
A major poet, but often thought to be a bad one, she catered to popular tastes. One poem, represented here among many others, was a conversation between the old century and the new -- the 19th and the 20th. Another is an answer to a male critic who said "Woman is man's enemy, rival and competitor."

Mary Wollstonecraft
From your About Guide to Women's History, articles and quotations on the author of A Vindication of the Rights of Woman.

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