Female writers, poets, novelists, feminist writers

Female writers and poets/Classics by women writers
Gender and sexuality studies

A comprehensive list of references to websites on women writers and poets from the past to the present


African-American women writers of the 19th century.

British women writers, a list from Wikipedia.

Blogs *

Women on Writing: New Experiences, Rituals and Routines

A Celebration of Women Writers
Extensive links to women writers, listed by country.

Independent, Jewish and Frankly Feminist. Bold reporting and memoir, original fiction and poetry, and a lively take on tradition, celebrations and social change.


Chawton House Library
Chawton House Library, Hampshire, U.K.,  is an internationally respected research and learning centre for the study of early women’s writing from 1600 to 1830. Access to the library’s unique collection is for the benefit of scholars and the general public alike. The library is set in the manor house that once belonged to Jane Austen’s brother, Edward.


French women writers, theory *

French Feminist theory. Théorie Féministe. A multi-lingual site.
Biographies and explications of Chantal Chawaf, Hélène Cixous, Luce Irigaray, Julia Kristeva, Nathalie Sarraute.

French women writers. Femmes Ecrivains. 
A searchable database of French women writers from the 16th to the 19th century. From Chicago University.

French African Francophone women writers.

French women writers, a list from Wikipedia.

Helene Cixous

Helene Cixous’ “The Laugh of the Medusa” Resource Page.

Writing the Body: Toward an Understanding of l’Écriture féminine.

Julia Kristeva

Julia Kristeva’s official website.

Luce Irigaray

Luce Irigaray


Gender and Sexuality Studies
A comprehensive web directory from Voice of the Shuttle.

Isle of Lesbos
Lesbian writers, lesbian writing.


Moxie Magazine
Moxie inspires women to live boldly, pursue adventures, take risks, and provide others with vibrant role models in the process.


19th-century women writers, a list from Wikipedia.


Orlando Project
An Integrated History of Women’s Writing in the British Isles.


Voices of Ravensbrück.Poems from the women’s concentration camp, Ravensbrück. 
An art project by Pat Binder.


Wikipedia list of women writers.

Women Writers Project, Brown University.
The Women Writers Project is a long-term research project devoted to early modern women’s writing and electronic text encoding. Research on women’s writing, text encoding, and the role of electronic texts in teaching and scholarship.

Women Writers Resource Project
A collection of edited and unedited texts by English-speaking women writers of the 17th and 19th centuries. Emory University.

Women Writers’ Networks
This website addresses students, researchers and others interested in women’s writing. It presents and invites research on women’s writing (before 1900) made possible by the database WomenWriters. The aim of this database is to record and present source material and so allow study of the position women authors occupied in the literary fields of their time.

Celebrated women authors and poets *

See also: Authors index

Atwood, Margaret

Margaret Atwood. Wikipedia entry.
Margaret Atwood official website.
Margaret Atwood. Random House

Austen, Jane

Jane Austen, Wikipedia entry.
Works by Jane Austen, Project Gutenberg
The Jane Austen Museum
Jane Austen’s Fiction Manuscripts Digital Edition. University of Oxford
E-books of Austen’s work.
A Memoir of Jane Austen
The Jane Austen Centre, Bath
The Republic of Pemberley
The Jane Austen Society of North America

Brontë sisters. Emily, Charlotte and Anne Bronte

Charlotte, Emily and Anne Bronte. Wikipedia entries.
The Brontë Society and Parsonage Museum in Haworth, Yorkshire
Jane Eyre overview
Online editions of Charlotte Brontë’s works.
Works by Charlotte Bronte.Project Gutenberg

Carson, Rachel

Rachel Carson website and internet resources

Cather, Willa

Willa Cather, Wikipedia entry.
Willa Cather. Works by Eilla Cather. Project Gutenberg
The Willa Cather Archive, The University of Nebraska–Lincoln.
Willa Cather Pioneer Memorial and Educational Foundation in Red Cloud, Nebraska.


Colette, Wikipedia entry.
Works by Colette, Project Gutenberg.

Dickinson, Emily

Emily Dickinson, Wikipedia entry.
Works by Emily Dickinson, Project Gutenberg
Dickinson Electronic Archives

Diski, Jenny

Jenny Diski. London Review of Books
Jenny Diski. BBC Radio 4

Duras, Marguerite

Marguerite Duras. Wikipedia
Les Écrits de Marguerite Duras. Bibliographie des œuvres et de la critique, 1940-.

Eliot, George

George Eliot, Wikipedia entry.
Works by George Eliot, Project Gutenberg

Gordimer, Nardine

Nadine Gordimer, Wikipedia entry.

Kingston, Maxine Hong

Kingston, Maxine Hong. Maxine Hong Kingston, Wikipedia entry.

Lessing, Doris

Doris Lessing: A Retrospective. The complete Doris Lessing, including a biography, an extensive detailed bibliography.
Doris Lessing. Wikipedia
Doris Lessing, an introduction.
Doris Lessing. New York Times

Mansfield, Katherine

Mansfield, Katherine. Katherine Mansfield, Wikipedia entry.
Katherine Mansfield official website.
Works by Katherine Mansfield at Project Gutenberg.
Archival material relating to Katherine Mansfield listed at the National Regster of Archives, UK.
Katherine Mansfield Papers at The Newbury Library
Katherine Mansfield at Fontainebleau
The Garden Party

Munro, Alice

Alice Munro;collected news and commentary at The Guardian.
Alice Munro. Collected book reviews at The New York Times.
Alice Munro, Wikipedia entry.
Alice Munro. The New Yorker

Murdoch, Iris

Iris Murdoch. Background information, bibliography.
Iris Murdoch, Wikipedia entry.
The Iris Murdoch Society

Nin, Anais

Anais Nin, a website. 

Oates, Joyce Carol

Joyce Carol Oates. Wikipedia, entry.
Joyce Carol Oates. Celestial Timepiece: A Joyce Carol Oates Home Page

O’Connor, Flannery

Flannery O’Connor, Wikipedia entry.

Paglia, Camille

Paglia, Camille. Camille Paglia. Salon articles and interviews.
Camille paglia, Wikipedia entry.

Roy, Arundhati

Arundhati Roy. Wikipedia entry.
Arundhati Roy Webpage. Arundhati Roy. Biography We. A documentary featuring the words of Arundhati Roy.


Sappho papyri
Isle of Lesbos: Poetry of Sappho
Sappho. Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
< Sappho. Poems at The Poetry Foundation
Sappho: Poems and Fragments. Poetry In Translation

Sarraute, Nathalie

Sarraute, Nathalie. Nathalie Sarraute. An introduction.

Sayers, Dorothy L

Dorothy L. Sayers. Wikipedia
The Dorothy L Sayers Society
Dorothy L. Sayers. Mystery.net
Dorothy L. Sayers. An introduction.

Shelley, Mary

Mary Shelley
Works by Mary Shelley, Project Gutenberg
Archival material relating to Mary Shelley, 
National Register of Archives

Spark, Muriel

Muriel Spark. Wikipedia entry.
Muriel Spark Archive, National Library of Scotland
The Muriel Spark Archive at the National Library of Scotland.

de Staël, Anne Louise Germaine (Madame de Stael)

Madame de Stael, Wikipedia entry.
Works by Anne Louise Germaine de Staël

Warner, Marina

Marina Warner website.

Weldon, Fay

Fay Weldon, Wikipedia entry. 

Winterson, Jeanette

Jeannette’s Winterson’s Homepage
Jeanette Winterson, Wikipedia entry.

Woolf, Virginia

Woolf, Virginia. Virginia Woolf, Wikipedia entry.
The Virginia Woolf Society
Works by Virginia Woolf, Project Gutenberg
The International Virginia Woolf Society