Erica Jong’s Top 100 20th Century Novels by Women

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Gone With the Wind by Margaret Mitchell
Interview With the Vampire by Anne Rice
To the Lighthouse by Virginia Woolf
Mrs. Dalloway by Virginia Woolf
The Waves by Virginia Woolf
Orlando by Virginia Woolf
Nightwood by Djuna Barnes
The House of Mirth by Edith Wharton
The Age of Innocence by Edith Wharton
Ethan Frome by Edith Wharton
The Well of Loneliness by Radclyffe Hall
Burger’s Daughter by Nadine Gordimer
The Dollmaker by Harriette Simpson Arnow
The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood
My Ántonia by Willa Cather
Fear of Flying by Erica Jong
Fanny by Erica Jong
Obasan by Joy Kogawa
The Golden Notebook by Doris Lessing
The Fifth Child by Doris Lessing
The Grass Is Singing by Doris Lessing
To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
Woman on the Edge of Time by Marge Piercy
A Thousand Acres by Jane Smiley
Her First American by Lore Segal
The Color Purple by Alice Walker
The Third Life of Grange Copeland by Alice Walker
The Mists of Avalon by Marion Zimmer Bradley
Memento Mori by Muriel Spark
The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie by Muriel Spark
Bastard Out of Carolina by Dorothy Allison
Wide Sargasso Sea by Jean Rhys
Anya by Susan Fromberg Shaeffer
Trust by Cynthia Ozick
The Joy Luck Club by Amy Tan
The Kitchen God’s Wife by Amy Tan
Chilly Scenes of Winter by Ann Beattie
Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neale Hurston
A Book of Common Prayer by Joan Didion
Play It as It Lays by Joan Didion
The Group by Mary McCarthy
The Company She Keeps by Mary McCarthy
The Little Disturbances of Man by Grace Paley
The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath
The Heart Is a Lonely Hunter by Carson McCullers
The Death of the Heart by Elizabeth Bowen
Wise Blood by Flannery O’Connor
Anywhere But Here by Mona Simpson
Song of Solomon by Toni Morrison
Beloved by Toni Morrison
Cold Comfort Farm by Stella Gibbons
Mr. Fortune’s Maggot by Sylvia Townsend Warner
Ship of Fools by Katherine Anne Porter
Progress of Stories by Laura Riding
Heat and Dust by Ruth Prawer Jhabvala
The Blue Flower by Penelope Fitzgerald
The House of the Spirits by Isabel Allende
Possession by A.S. Byatt
The Ghost Road by Pat Barker
Rubyfruit Jungle by Rita Mae Brown
Hotel du Lac by Anita Brookner
Nights at the Circus by Angela Carter
Rebecca by Daphne Du Maurier
Geek Love by Katherine Dunn
We Have Always Lived in the Castle by Shirley Jackson
Excellent Women by Barbara Pym
Ceremony by Leslie Marmon Silko
Dinner at the Homesick Restaurant by Anne Tyler
The Accidental Tourist by Anne Tyler
Things Invisible to See by Nancy Willard
Sexing the Cherry by Jeanette Winterson
Disturbances in the Field by Lynne Sharon Schwartz
Civil Wars by Rosellen Brown
Stones for Ibarra by Harriet Doerr
The Mountain Lion by Jean Stafford
Novel on Yellow Paper by Stevie Smith
The Shipping News by E. Annie Proulx
The Mind-Body Problem by Rebecca Goldstein
The Children of Men by P.D. James
Stones From the River by Ursula Hegi
The Life and Loves of a She-Devil by Fay Weldon
Collected Stories by Katherine Mansfield
Life in the Iron Mills by Rebecca Harding Davis
The Beet Queen by Louise Erdrich
The Left Hand of Darkness by Ursula K. Le Guin
The Country Girls Trilogy by Edna O’Brien
Realms of Gold by Margaret Drabble
The Waterfall by Margaret Drabble
The Locusts Have No King by Dawn Powell
The Women’s Room by Marilyn French
The Optimist’s Daughter by Eudora Welty
The Stone Diaries by Carol Shields
Annie John by Jamaica Kincaid
Tell Me a Riddle by Tillie Olsen
The Autobiography of Alice B. Toklas by Gertrude Stein
A Severed Head by Iris Murdoch
Clear Light of Day by Anita Desai
The Drowning Season by Alice Hoffman
The Secret Diary of Adrian Mole by Sue Townsend
The Pumpkin Eater by Penelope Mortimer