Women Novelists

Throughout history, there have been many women novelists who have made significant contribution to the field. The list includes many familiar and great female novelists such as Lucy Maud Montgomery, J. K. Rowling, Harper Lee, Mary Shelley, Simone de Beauvoir.The women novelists featured in this list are from United States, United Kingdom, Canada & Australia and many more countries.

 1 J. K. Rowling

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Famous As: Author
Birthdate: July 31, 1965
Sun Sign: Leo
Nationality: British

JK Rowling’s story is that of rags-to-riches. She is the author of the Harry Potter fantasy series, which have sold more than 500 million copies and is the best-selling book series in history. She also writes crime fiction albeit under a pen name. Rowling supports many charities and has founded Lumos, an international NGO, working for children.

 2 Prue Leith

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Famous As: Restaurateur
Birthdate: February 18, 1940
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Nationality: South African

 3 Mary Shelley

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Famous As: Novelist
Birthdate: August 30, 1797
Sun Sign: Virgo
Nationality: British
Died: February 1, 1851
An author who was admired for her exploration of the Gothic genre, Mary Shelley is best remembered for her novel Frankenstein. She also edited the works of her husband, Romantic poet P.B. Shelley. She lost her husband to a drowning accident and eventually passed away due to brain tumor.

 4 Justine Musk

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Famous As: Author, Elon Musk’s Ex-wife
Birthdate: September 2, 1972
Sun Sign: Virgo
Nationality: Canadian

Ex-wife of business magnet Elon Musk, Justine Musk is a Canadian author most recognised for her contemporary fantasy novel, BloodAngel. She wrote two more books Uninvited and Lord of Bones, both of which were appreciated. A Queen’s University graduate, she was employed as an English teacher in Japan before she moved back to US and later married Elon Musk.

 5 Virginia Woolf

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Famous As: Novelist
Birthdate: January 25, 1882
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Nationality: British
Died: March 28, 1941

Virginia Woolf was an English writer who pioneered a narrative mode called stream of consciousness to describe the thoughts and feelings of the narrator. Regarded as one of the most prominent modernist 20th-century writers, Woolf's works have gained much attention for inspiring feminism. Her life and work have inspired several films, novels, and plays.

 6 Shirley Jackson

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Famous As: Author
Birthdate: December 14, 1916
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Nationality: American
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

 7 Margaret Atwood

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Famous As: Writer, Environmental Activist
Birthdate: November 18, 1939
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Nationality: Canadian

Margaret Atwood is a Canadian poet and novelist. Her works encompass themes, such as religion and myth, climate change, and gender and identity. An award-winning writer, many of Atwood's works have been made into films and television series; her work, The Handmaid's Tale, has had several adaptations. Perhaps, Margaret Atwood's most important contribution is her invention of the LongPen device.

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 8 Louisa May Alcott

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Famous As: Writer
Birthdate: November 29, 1832
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Nationality: American
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.

 9 Patti Davis

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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: October 21, 1952
Sun Sign: Libra
Nationality: American

 10 Toni Morrison

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Famous As: Novelist
Birthdate: February 18, 1931
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Nationality: American
Died: August 5, 2019
Author, editor, and Princeton professor Toni Morrison is best remembered for her Pulitzer Prize-winning novel Beloved, part of a trilogy. Some of her other notable works include The Bluest Eye and Song of Solomon. She received the 1993 Nobel Prize in Literature. She also wrote several children’s books and plays.

 11 Stacey Dash

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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: January 20, 1967
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Nationality: American

 12 Zelda Fitzgerald

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Famous As: Novelist
Birthdate: July 24, 1900
Sun Sign: Leo
Nationality: American
Died: March 10, 1948

Zelda Fitzgerald was a painter, socialite, and novelist. Along with her husband Scott Fitzgerald, Zelda became a prominent personality of the Jazz Age. Renowned for her high spirits and beauty, she was named the first American flapper by Scott. For her work as a novelist and painter, Fitzgerald was posthumously made an inductee to the Alabama Women's Hall of Fame.

 13 Lucy Hawking

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Famous As: Journalist, Novelist, Writer
Birthdate: November 2, 1970
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Nationality: British
Lucy Hawking, daughter of legendary physicist Stephen Hawking, has been a journalist with New York Magazine, The Times, and The Telegraph. She has also authored several children's books, such as George's Secret Key to the Universe. She is the VP of National Star College and also works for autism research.

 14 Rachel Dolezal

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Famous As: Author
Birthdate: November 12, 1977
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Nationality: American

 15 Asia Argento

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Famous As: Actress, Model, Writer
Birthdate: September 20, 1975
Sun Sign: Virgo
Nationality: Italian
Asia Argento, daughter of filmmaker Dario Argento, has starred in movies such as XXX, Traveling Companion, and Transylvania. She declared that Harvey Weinstein had sexually assaulted her in the 1990s, while she was herself accused of assaulting Jimmy Bennett. She was dating Anthony Bourdain at the time of his death.

 16 Coleen Nolan

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Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: March 12, 1965
Sun Sign: Pisces
Nationality: British

 17 Ruth Jones

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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: September 22, 1966
Sun Sign: Virgo
Nationality: British, Welsh

 18 Sheila Hancock

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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: February 22, 1933
Sun Sign: Pisces
Nationality: British

 19 Harper Lee

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Famous As: Novelist
Birthdate: April 28, 1926
Sun Sign: Taurus
Nationality: American
Died: February 19, 2016

Harper Lee was an American novelist who wrote the Pulitzer Prize-winning classic To Kill a Mockingbird. Despite publishing only two books, Lee was honored with the Presidential Medal of Freedom for her contribution to literature, such was her impact in the world of literature. A friend of Truman Capote, Lee has been portrayed by popular actresses in Capote's biographical films.

 20 Olivia Olson

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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: May 21, 1992
Sun Sign: Taurus
Nationality: American

Olivia Olson is an American singer-songwriter and actress. She made her film debut at the age of 10, playing Joanna Anderson in the film, Love Actually, in which she was seen singing All I Want for Christmas Is You; her skills as a singer was praised and Olson landed several voice roles in TV series, such as Phineas and Ferb.

 21 Meg Tilly

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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: February 14, 1960
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Nationality: Canadian, American

 22 Simone de Beauvoir

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Famous As: Writer
Birthdate: January 9, 1908
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Nationality: French
Died: April 14, 1986
French author and existentialist philosopher Simone de Beauvoir is best remembered for her feminist treatise The Second Sex and her novels The Mandarins and She Came to Stay. Her literary contributions also include essays, biographies, and her autobiographical works. She won the Prix Goncourt and the Jerusalem Prize.

 23 Charlotte Bronte

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Famous As: Novelist
Birthdate: April 21, 1816
Sun Sign: Taurus
Nationality: British
Died: March 31, 1855

 24 Kay Burley

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Famous As: Journalist, Presenter, Novelist
Birthdate: December 17, 1960
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Nationality: British

 25 Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

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Famous As: Writer
Birthdate: September 15, 1977
Sun Sign: Virgo
Nationality: Nigerian

 26 P. L. Travers

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Famous As: Writer
Birthdate: August 9, 1899
Sun Sign: Leo
Nationality: Australian, British
Died: April 23, 1996

 27 Arundhati Roy

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Famous As: Novelist, Writer, Screenwriter, Essayist
Birthdate: November 24, 1961
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Nationality: Indian

 28 Sylvia Earle

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Famous As: Marine biologist
Birthdate: August 30, 1935
Sun Sign: Virgo
Nationality: American

 29 Gillian Flynn

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Famous As: Writer
Birthdate: February 24, 1971
Sun Sign: Pisces
Nationality: American

 30 Jane Asher

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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: April 5, 1946
Sun Sign: Aries
Nationality: British

 31 Emily Brontë

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Famous As: Novelist
Birthdate: July 30, 1818
Sun Sign: Leo
Nationality: British
Died: December 19, 1848

 32 Stephenie Meyer

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Famous As: Novelist
Birthdate: December 24, 1973
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Nationality: American

 33 Joan Didion

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Famous As: Screenwriter, Novelist, Journalist, Writer, Essayist
Birthdate: December 5, 1934
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Nationality: American

 34 Elizabeth Gilbert

Elizabeth Gilbert
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Famous As: Writer
Birthdate: July 18, 1969
Sun Sign: Cancer
Nationality: American

 35 Gertrude Stein

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Famous As: American novelist
Birthdate: February 3, 1874
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Nationality: American
Died: July 27, 1946

 36 Valerie Solanas

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Famous As: Writer
Birthdate: April 9, 1936
Sun Sign: Aries
Nationality: American
Died: April 25, 1988

 37 Rumer Godden

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Famous As: Author
Birthdate: December 10, 1907
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Nationality: British
Died: November 8, 1998

 38 Fannie Flagg

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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: September 21, 1944
Sun Sign: Virgo
Nationality: American

 39 Jill Gascoine

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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: April 11, 1937
Sun Sign: Aries
Nationality: British

 40 Rose Wilder Lane

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Famous As: Journalists
Birthdate: December 5, 1886
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Nationality: American
Died: October 30, 1968

 41 Octavia E. Butler

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Famous As: Science fiction author
Birthdate: June 22, 1947
Sun Sign: Cancer
Nationality: American
Died: February 24, 2006

 42 Zora Neale Hurston

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Famous As: Folklorist, Anthropologist
Birthdate: January 7, 1891
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Nationality: American
Died: January 28, 1960

 43 N. K. Jemisin

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Famous As: Novelist
Birthdate: September 19, 1972
Sun Sign: Virgo
Nationality: American

 44 Isabel Allende

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Famous As: Writer
Birthdate: August 2, 1942
Sun Sign: Leo
Nationality: Chilean, Peruvian, American

 45 Miranda July

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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: February 15, 1974
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Nationality: American

 46 Gypsy Rose Lee

Gypsy Rose Lee
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Famous As: Entertainer
Birthdate: January 8, 1911
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Nationality: American
Died: April 26, 1970

 47 Jane Fallon

Jane Fallon
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Famous As: Novelist
Birthdate: December 9, 1960
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Nationality: British

 48 Anais Nin

Anais Nin
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Famous As: Essayist
Birthdate: February 21, 1903
Sun Sign: Pisces
Nationality: American
Died: January 14, 1977

 49 Karrine Steffans

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Famous As: Writer
Birthdate: August 24, 1978
Sun Sign: Virgo
Nationality: American, U.S. Virgin Islander

 50 Lucy Maud Montgomery

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Famous As: Author
Birthdate: November 30, 1874
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Nationality: Canadian
Died: April 24, 1942