Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Must-Read Essays by Female Writers

Over at Flavorwire Emily Temple writes, “there are indeed plenty of women writing serious nonfiction; they’re just not getting the serious attention they deserve.” They have a nice slideshow of Creative Nonfiction's seventeen must-read essays by female writers, including Adrienne Rich (!), Annie Dillard, Jamaica Kincaid, Maxine Hong Kingston, and other deserving authors. It's a good start. There are so many excellent female writers out there who deserve, and overly so, to be read.

I must add Susan Sontag to this list. Start with her brief commentary on 9/11 in The New Yorker and then read her Paris Review interview, and “Trip to Hanoi” which first appeared in Esquire in 1968. Then read Illness as Metaphor. Then read some Cynthia Ozick. Vivian Gornick. Natasha Walter.

I could go on and on. But I open the floor to you. What authors or essays are missing from the Creative Nonfiction list? What female writers do you think are must-read?

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