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While you’re waiting for your next unpublished manuscript to arrive, we’ve got you covered with this list of 100 really talented authors, poets and playwrights. It’s literally several centuries worth of stories. Happy reading!

  1. Virginia Wolf
  2. Jane Austen
  3. Toni Morrison
  4. Margaret Atwood
  5. Charlotte Brontë
  6. George Eliot
  7. Mary Shelley
  8. Zadie Smith
  9. J. K. Rowling
  10. Sylvia Plath
  11. Doris Lessing
  12. Alice Munro
  13. Emily Brontë
  14. Alice Walker
  15. Shirley Jackson
  16. Harper Lee
  17. Maya Angelou
  18. Ursula K. Le Guin
  19. Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
  20. Agatha Christie
  21. Zora Neale Hurston
  22. Willa Cather
  23. Flannery O’Connor
  24. Edith Wharton
  25. Donna Tartt
  26. Hilary Mantel
  27. Annie Proulx
  28. Simone de Beauvoir
  29. Daphne du Maurier
  30. Louisa May Alcott
  31. Angela Carter
  32. Carson McCullers
  33. Gertrude Stein
  34. Jeanette Winterson
  35. Elizabeth Gaskell
  36. Joyce Carol Oates
  37. Dorothy Parker
  38. Patricia Highsmith
  39. Arundhati Roy
  40. Joan Didion
  41. Elena Ferrante
  42. Jean Rhys
  43. Kate Chopin
  44. Ali Smith
  45. Amy Tan
  46. Iris Murdoch
  47. Anne Rice
  48. Emily Dickinson
  49. Isabel Allende
  50. Louise Erdrich
  51. Mary Wollstonecraft
  52. Elizabeth Bishop
  53. Adrienne Rich
  54. Sappho
  55. Elizabeth Barrett Browning
  56. Gwendolyn Brooks
  57. Anne Bradstreet
  58. Carol Ann Duffy
  59. Phillis Wheatley
  60. Amy Lowell
  61. Anne Sexton
  62. Audre Lorde
  63. Anna Akhmatova
  64. Christina Rosetti
  65. Marianne Moore
  66. Edna St. Vincent Millay
  67. Nikki Giovanni
  68. Hilda Doolittle
  69. Lucille Clifton
  70. Sara Teasdale
  71. Mary Oliver
  72. Rita Dove
  73. Louise Bogan
  74. Gabriela Mistral
  75. Anne Brontë
  76. Denise Levertov
  77. Louise Glück
  78. Elinor Wylie
  79. Laura Riding
  80. Julia Ward Howe
  81. Louise Labé
  82. Marge Piercy
  83. Wendy Cope
  84. Sharon Olds
  85. Emma Lazarus
  86. Charlotte Turner Smith
  87. Anne Carson
  88. Rupi Kaur
  89. Eavan Boland
  90. Juana Inéz de la Cruz
  91. Edit Sitwell
  92. Saronjini Naidu
  93. Annie Finch
  94. Lorraine Hansberry
  95. Caryl Churchill
  96. Sarah Kane
  97. Aphra Behn
  98. Lucy Prebble
  99. Suzan-Lori Parks
  100. Annie Baker

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