American Female Short Story Writers

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 1 Louisa May Alcott

Louisa May Alcott.
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Famous As: Writer
Birthdate: November 29, 1832
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Germantown, Pennsylvania, United States
Died: March 6, 1888
Novelist and short story writer Louisa May Alcott is best remembered as the author of the 1868 novel Little Women and its sequels, Little Men and Jo's Boys. She initially wrote using the pseudonym “A. M. Barnard.” She never married and remained a life-long feminist and abolitionist.

 2 Shirley Jackson

Shirley Jackson.
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Famous As: Author
Birthdate: December 14, 1916
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: San Francisco, California, U.S.
Died: August 8, 1965
Shirley Jackson redefined the genres of horror and mystery through her works, which include over 200 short stories and six novels. Her iconic novel The Haunting of Hill House was made into a popular Netflix series and several movies, including the 1963 and 1999 versions of The Haunting
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 3 Jhumpa Lahiri

Jhumpa Lahiri.
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Famous As: Writer
Birthdate: July 11, 1967
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: London
Jhumpa Lahiri is an Indian-American author who mainly writes mostly about the experiences faced by East Indian immigrants and also about their practices and traditions. Recipient of several awards, she received the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction and PEN/Hemingway Award for her first publication, Interpreter of Maladies.

 4 Donna Douglas

Donna Douglas.
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: September 26, 1932
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Pride, Louisiana, United States
Died: January 1, 2015
Donna Douglas is best known as Elly May Clampett from the sitcom The Beverly Hillbillies. After retiring from acting, she juggled with a number of careers, becoming a real-estate agent, a motivational speaker, and a gospel singer. She has also written a Bible-themed children’s book and a cookbook.

 5 Joyce Carol Oates

Joyce Carol Oates.
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Famous As: Writer
Birthdate: June 16, 1938
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Lockport, New York, United States

 6 Eudora Welty

Eudora Welty
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Famous As: Writer
Birthdate: April 13, 1909
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Jackson, Mississippi, United States
Died: July 23, 2001

 7 Carson McCullers

Carson McCullers.
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Famous As: American novelist
Birthdate: February 19, 1917
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Columbus, Georgia, USA
Died: September 29, 1967
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 8 Edith Wharton

Edith Wharton.
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Famous As: Writer
Birthdate: January 24, 1862
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: New York City
Died: August 11, 1937

 9 Diane Ladd

Diane Ladd.
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: November 29, 1932
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Meridian

Diane Ladd is an American actress, author, and filmmaker. Over the years, Diane Ladd has contributed immensely to the success of several films and TV series. Perhaps, her greatest contribution to Hollywood is guiding and mentoring her daughter and Academy Award-winning actress Laura Dern. Both Ladd and Dern received Academy Award nominations for Best Actress for the film Rambling Rose

 10 Roxane Gay

Roxane Gay
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Famous As: Writer
Birthdate: October 15, 1974
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Omaha, Nebraska, U.S.

Roxane Gay is an American writer, editor, professor, and social commentator. She is credited with founding an Illinois-based small press called Tiny Hardcore Press as well as the now-defunct Gay Magazine, which was founded in association with Medium. Roxane Gay is the recipient of a couple of Lambda Literary Awards and an Eisner Award for Best Limited Series.

 11 Patricia Highsmith

Patricia Highsmith
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Famous As: Novelist
Birthdate: January 19, 1921
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Fort Worth, Texas, United States
Died: February 4, 1995

 12 Veronica Roth

Veronica Roth
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Famous As: Novelist
Birthdate: August 19, 1988
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: New York City, New York, U.S.

 13 Anne Morrow Lindbergh

Anne Morrow Lindbergh.
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Famous As: Renowned Author & Aviator
Birthdate: June 22, 1906
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Englewood, New Jersey
Died: February 7, 2001

 14 Katherine Anne Porter

Katherine Anne Porter.
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Famous As: Journalist, Essayist, Writer, Novelist
Birthdate: May 15, 1890
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Indian Creek, Texas, U.S.
Died: September 18, 1980

 15 Flannery O'Connor

Flannery O'Connor
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Famous As: Novelist
Birthdate: March 25, 1925
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Savannah, Georgia, United States
Died: August 3, 1964

 16 Deborah Eisenberg

Deborah Eisenberg.
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Famous As: Writer
Birthdate: November 20, 1945
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Winnetka, Illinois, United States

 17 Donna Tartt

Donna Tartt.
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Famous As: Author
Birthdate: December 23, 1963
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Greenwood, Mississippi, United States

 18 Louise Erdrich

Louise Erdrich
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Famous As: Author
Birthdate: June 7, 1954
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Little Falls, Minnesota, US

 19 E. Annie Proulx

E. Annie Proulx
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Famous As: Novelist
Birthdate: August 22, 1935
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Norwich, Connecticut, United States

 20 Holiday Reinhorn

Holiday Reinhorn.
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Famous As: Fiction Writer
Birthdate: March 12, 1964
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Portland, Oregon

Holiday Reinhorn is the author the bestselling book Big Cats. She has written for various literary magazines such as Zoetrope: All-Story and Gulf Coast. She and her husband, actor Rainn Wilson, both follow the Baháʼí faith. Reinhorn has also co-established a non-profit for Haitian women interested in writing, named Lide.

 21 Tabitha King

Tabitha King
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Famous As: Writer
Birthdate: March 24, 1949
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Old Town, Maine, USA

 22 Jennifer Egan

Jennifer Egan
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Famous As: Novelist
Birthdate: September 7, 1962
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Chicago Chicago, Illinois

 23 Celeste Ng

Celeste Ng
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Famous As: Novelist
Birthdate: July 30, 1980
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, United States

 24 Zhang Ailing

Zhang Ailing
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Famous As: Writer
Birthdate: September 30, 1920
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Shanghai, China
Died: September 8, 1995

 25 Lydia Davis

Lydia Davis
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Famous As: Writer
Birthdate: July 15, 1947
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Northampton, Massachusetts, United States

 26 Dorothea Margaret Tanning

Dorothea Margaret Tanning
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Famous As: Painter
Birthdate: August 25, 1910
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Galesburg, Illinois, U.S.
Died: January 31, 2012

Remembered for her surrealist paintings, sculptor and painter Dorothea Margaret Tanning seemed to have recreated her visions and dreams through her art. Most of her works showcase unreal situations, with motifs such as gigantic flowers and doors. Her iconic installation Hôtel du Pavot, Chambre 202 showcases her sculpting skills.

 27 Jane Smiley

Jane Smiley
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Famous As: Novelist
Birthdate: September 26, 1949
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Los Angeles, California, United States

 28 Min Jin Lee

Min Jin Lee
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Famous As: Novelist
Birthdate: April 18, 1968
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Seoul, South Korea

 29 Anne Tyler

Anne Tyler
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Famous As: Novelist
Birthdate: October 25, 1941
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Hennepin County, Minnesota, United States

 30 Grace Paley

Grace Paley
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Famous As: Author
Birthdate: December 11, 1922
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: The Bronx, New York City. United States
Died: August 22, 2007

 31 Cynthia Ozick

Cynthia Ozick
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Famous As: Short Story Writer
Birthdate: April 17, 1928
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: New York, New York, United States

 32 Sara Paretsky

Sara Paretsky
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Famous As: Author
Birthdate: June 8, 1947
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Ames, Iowa, United States

 33 Sarah Orne Jewett

Sarah Orne Jewett
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Famous As: Novelist
Birthdate: September 3, 1849
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: South Berwick, Maine, United States
Died: June 24, 1909

 34 Caitlín R. Kiernan

Caitlín R. Kiernan
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Famous As: Paleontologist
Birthdate: May 26, 1964
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Skerries, Ireland

 35 Linda Hogan

Linda Hogan
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Famous As: Poet
Birthdate: July 16, 1947
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Denver, Colorado, United States

 36 Shirley Hazzard

Shirley Hazzard
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Famous As: Novelist
Birthdate: January 30, 1931
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Sydney, Australia
Died: December 12, 2016

 37 A.M. Homes

A.M. Homes
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Famous As: American author
Birthdate: December 18, 1961
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Washington, D.C., United States

 38 Laura Riding

Laura Riding
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Famous As: Poet
Birthdate: January 16, 1901
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: New York, New York, United States
Died: September 2, 1991

 39 Dawn Powell

Dawn Powell
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Famous As: Author
Birthdate: November 28, 1896
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Mount Gilead, Ohio, United States
Died: November 14, 1965

 40 Ann Beattie

Ann Beattie
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Famous As: Novelist
Birthdate: September 8, 1947
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Washington, D.C., United States

 41 Tea Obreht

Tea Obreht
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Famous As: Novelist
Birthdate: September 30, 1985
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Belgrade, Serbia

 42 Elizabeth Hardwick

Elizabeth Hardwick
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Famous As: Literary critic
Birthdate: July 27, 1916
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Lexington, Kentucky, United States
Died: December 2, 2007

 43 Tess Gallagher

Tess Gallagher
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Famous As: Poet
Birthdate: July 21, 1943
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Port Angeles, Washington, United States

 44 Tillie Olsen

Tillie Olsen
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Famous As: Writer
Birthdate: January 14, 1912
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Wahoo, Nebraska, United States
Died: January 1, 2007

 45 Alice Dunbar Nelson

Alice Dunbar Nelson
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Famous As: Poet
Birthdate: July 19, 1875
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: New Orleans, Louisiana, United States
Died: September 18, 1935

 46 Jean Stafford

Jean Stafford
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Famous As: Writer
Birthdate: July 1, 1915
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Covina, California, United States
Died: March 26, 1979

 47 Bharati Mukherjee

Bharati Mukherjee
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Famous As: Writer
Birthdate: July 27, 1940
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Kolkata, India
Died: January 28, 2017

 48 Ann Petry

Ann Petry
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Famous As: Writer
Birthdate: October 12, 1908
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Old Saybrook, Connecticut, United States
Died: April 28, 1997

 49 Kay Boyle

Kay Boyle
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Famous As: Novelist
Birthdate: February 19, 1902
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Saint Paul, Minnesota, United States
Died: December 27, 1992

 50 Ana Castillo

Ana Castillo
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Famous As: Novelist
Birthdate: June 15, 1953
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Chicago, Illinois, United States