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Top 50 English-Language Novels of the 20th Century (FEMALE Authors)

The books are listed in order of ranking - i.e., the top rated book is listed first. This list is a composite of four earlier lists compiled by the Modern Library, the Library Journal, Koen Book Distributors, and students of the Radcliffe Publishing Course. It was compiled by Brian Kunde of Stanford University in hope of arriving at a more comprehensive view of what the 20th century's best fiction actually is. Enjoy!
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To Kill a Mockingbird (Harper Lee)
To Kill a Mockingbird (Harper Lee)
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The Color Purple (Alice Walker)
The Color Purple (Alice Walker)
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Beloved (Toni Morrison)
Beloved (Toni Morrison)
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Gone With the Wind
Gone With the Wind
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To the Lighthouse
To the Lighthouse
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The Age of Innocence (Edith Wharton)
The Age of Innocence (Edith Wharton)
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My Antonia
My Antonia
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Their Eyes Were Watching God
Their Eyes Were Watching God
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9
Rebecca (Daphne Du Maurier)
Rebecca (Daphne Du Maurier)
10
The Good Earth (Pearl S. Buck)
The Good Earth (Pearl S. Buck)
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Ethan Frome
Ethan Frome
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The Handmaid's Tale (Margaret Atwood)
The Handmaid's Tale (Margaret Atwood)
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Song of Solomon
Song of Solomon
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A Tree Grows in Brooklyn
A Tree Grows in Brooklyn
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The Fountainhead (Ayn Rand)
The Fountainhead (Ayn Rand)
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The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie
The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie
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The Joy Luck Club
The Joy Luck Club
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The House of Mirth (Edith Wharton)
The House of Mirth (Edith Wharton)
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The Golden Notebook
The Golden Notebook
20
Atlas Shrugged
Atlas Shrugged
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21
Little House on the Prairie
Little House on the Prairie
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Bastard Out of Carolina (Dorothy Allison)
Bastard Out of Carolina (Dorothy Allison)
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The Bean Trees (Barbara Kingsolver)
The Bean Trees (Barbara Kingsolver)
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The Shipping News (E.Annie Proulx)
The Shipping News (E.Annie Proulx)
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Possession (A.S. Byatt)
Possession (A.S. Byatt)
26
Mrs. Dalloway
Mrs. Dalloway
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A Good Man Is Hard to Find (Flannery O'Connor)
A Good Man Is Hard to Find (Flannery O'Connor)
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The Stone Diaries
The Stone Diaries
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Wide Sargasso Sea (Jean Rhys)
Wide Sargasso Sea (Jean Rhys)
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Pale Horse, Pale Rider
Pale Horse, Pale Rider
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Jazz
Jazz
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The Heart Is a Lonely Hunter
The Heart Is a Lonely Hunter
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33
Orlando (Virginia Woolf)
Orlando (Virginia Woolf)
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Death Comes for the Archbishop
Death Comes for the Archbishop
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Burger's Daughter
Burger's Daughter
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The Mists of Avalon
The Mists of Avalon
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Ellen Foster
Ellen Foster
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Cold Sassy Tree
Cold Sassy Tree
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Sula (Toni Morrison)
Sula (Toni Morrison)
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O Pioneers! (Willa Cather)
O Pioneers! (Willa Cather)
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