Nothing on my bookshelf was written by a woman. Help!
October 24, 2012 8:08 PM Subscribe
I looked at my bookshelf recently. Nearly every writer on there is dead and male. I should rectify this. Which books by women, living or dead, might I like? Details inside.
posted by Rustic Etruscan to Media & Arts (52 answers total) 63 users marked this as a favorite
As I said, I looked at my bookshelf recently and found that most of the books on it are by dead white men. Those books by women which I could easily turn up were:
The complete poems of Emily Dickinson;
The complete poems, 1927-1979, of Elizabeth Bishop;
Seven Gothic Tales, by Isak Dinesen;
Pride and Prejudice, by Jane Austen;
Mansfield Park, by Jane Austen;
Ann Beattie's New Yorker stories;
and Song of Solomon, by Toni Morrison.
These are good books, but there are only seven of them to the dozens of books by men which surround them, and two of them are by the same writer.
Just so people can get an idea of the kind of thing I like, here's a sketch of my bookshelves.
Beside the Austens are a complete Milton, a complete Donne, a reprint of the first edition of Leaves of Grass, The Picture of Dorian Gray, and a César Vallejo anthology.
Near the Dickinson and the Bishop are a complete Shakespeare, Infinite Jest, a Spanish Don Quixote with English notes, the Fagles translations of the Aeneid and the Odyssey, and the Lattimore translation of the Iliad.
Near the Dinesen are the complete prehumous poetry of Wallace Stevens, The Sheltering Sky, Election, Stephen King's On Writing, Rabbit, Run, Byron's Don Juan, anthologies of Octavio Paz, Robert Lowell, and Pablo Neruda, and The Dream Songs by John Berryman.
Near the Beattie are Nine Stories and Franny and Zooey, John Updike's early stories, Sixty Stories by Donald Barthelme, Volpone and Other Plays by Ben Jonson, Dead Souls, Wordsworth's Prelude, Nabokov's short stories, Petersburg by Andrei Bely, and Tristram Shandy.
Song of Solomon is in a chaotic bucket in which I can see Lush Life and a pulp-fiction anthology.
So what women should I be reading right now?