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The Literary Encyclopedia at is looking for qualified writers to enhance its
coverage of writing and culture in postwar and contemporary women’s writing in, primarily, Volume Postwar and Contemporary English Writing and Culture, as well as Volume 3.2.4 Postwar
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• Doris Lessing’s 2007 Nobel Prize win
• British Chick Lit
• Contemporary Experimental Women’s Writing

• British Feminism: Second Wave Women’s Movement (1960-1980)
• British Feminism: Postfeminism (1980-present)

• A M Homes
• Ali Smith
• Alice Thomas Ellis
• Alison Fell
• Ann Patchett
• Antonia White
• Bernice Rubens
• Carolyn Slaughter
• Catherine Cookson
• Claire Messud
• Deborah Moggach


• Dodie Smith
• E. Arnot Robertson
• Eimar McBride
• Elaine Feinstein
• Elizabeth Jane Howard
• Emma Donoghue
• Esther Freud
• Eva Figes
• Eva Hoffman
• Gillian Flynn
• Helen Dunmore
• Helen Fielding
• Isabel Colegate
• Jane Gardam
• Jennifer Dawson
• Jill Dawson
• Joan Aiken
• Joanna Trollope
• Joanne Harris
• Karen Joy Fowler
• Kate Mosse
• Kaye Gibbons
• Lesley Glaister
• Lynne Reid Banks
• Maggie Gee
• Maggie O’Farrell
• Margaret Forster
• Margaret Kennedy
• Marian Keyes
• Marilyn French
• Maureen Duffy
• Molly Keane
• Nicola Barker
• Nina Bawden
• Ottessa Moshfegh
• Patricia Duncker
• Paule Marshall
• Penelope Fitzgerald
• Penelope Mortimer
• Rachel Cusk
• Sara Maitland
• Shena Mackay
• Sue Townsend
• Sybille Bedford
• Tracy Chevalier
• Zoe Fairbairns
• Zoe Heller

Fay Weldon
•The Fat Woman’s Joke (1967)
•The Cloning of Joanna May (1990)
Nell Dunn
•Poor Cow (1967)


•Up the Junction (1963)
Helen Fielding
•Bridget Jones’s Diary (1996)
Maya Angelou
•I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings (1970)
Jeanette Winterson
•Sexing the Cherry (1989)
Doris Lessing
•To Room Nineteen: Collected Stories, Volume 1 (1978)
Margaret Drabble
•The Millstone (1965)
•Jerusalem the Golden (1967)
Chris Kraus
•I Love Dick (1997)
Emma Donoghue
•Room (2010)
Elizabeth Jane Howard
•The Long View (1956)
•The Cazalet Chronicles (1990-1995, 2013)
Donna Tartt
•The Goldfinch (2013)
Claire Messud
•The Emperor’s Children (2006)
Cheryl Strayed
•Wild (2012)
Ursula Le Guin
•Earthsea Fantasy Series (1968-2001)
•The Left Hand of Darkness (1969)
•The Dispossessed (1974)
Karen Joy Fowler
•We are all Completely Beside Ourselves (2013)
Shirley Jackson
•The Lottery (1948)
•The Haunting of Hill House (1959)
•We Have Always Lived in the Castle (1962)
Lorrie Moore
•Self Help (1985)
•Anagrams (1986)
•A Gate at the Stairs (2009)
Marilyn French
•The Women’s Room (1977)
Maxine Hong Kingston
•The Woman Warrior (1976)
Gillian Flynn
•Gone Girl (2012)
Ali Smith
•How to be both (2014)
•There but for the (2011)
•Girl meets boy (2007)
•Hotel World (2001)
•The First Person and Other Stories (2010)
Elizabeth Taylor
•A Game of Hide and Seek (1951)
•Mrs Palfrey at the Claremont (1972)
•Angel (1957)


Penelope Fitzgerald
•The Blue Flower (1995)
•The Bookshop (1978)
Téa Obreht
•The Tiger’s Wife (2010)
J K Rowling
•The Casual Vacancy (2012)
Sarah Waters
•The Paying Guests (2014)
Rose Tremain
•Restoration (1989)
•Music and Silence (1999)
•The Colour (2003)
P. D. James
•An Unsuitable Job for a Woman (1972)
•Death comes to Pemberley (2011)
•The Children of Men (1992)
Anita Brookner
•Hotel du Lac (1984)
Leila Aboulela
•Minaret (2005)
Barbara Pym
•Excellent Women (1952)
•Quartet in Autumn (1977)
Bernice Rubens
•The Elected Member (1969)
Louise Erdrich
•Tracks (1988)
Eva Hoffman
•The Secret (2002)
•Lost in Translation: Life in a New Language (1989)
Jackie Kay
•Trumpet (1998)
•Red Dust Road (2010)
Jenny Diski
•Then again (1990)
•Stranger on a Train (2002)
•Skating to Antarctica (1997)
Maggie Gee
•My Cleaner (2005)
•The Ice People (2008)
Kate Atkinson
•Behind the Scenes at the Museum (1995)
•Life after Life (2013)
Lynne Reid Banks
•The L Shaped Room (1960)
A L Barker
•Innocents (1947)
Nicola Barker
•Darkmans (2007)
Pat Barker
•Union Street (1982)
Isabel Colegate
•The Shooting Party (1981)
Penelope Mortimer
•The Pumpkin Eater (1962)


Jennifer Dawson
•The Ha-Ha (1961)
Maureen Duffy
•The Microcosm (1966)
Margaret Forster
•Gregory Girl (1965)
•Diary of an Ordinary Woman (2003)
Jennifer Johnston
•The Old Jest (1979)
Penelope Lively
•Moon Tiger (1987)
•Pack of Cards, collected short stories (1984)
Sara Maitland
•Daughter of Jerusalem (1978)
Rachel Cusk
•Saving Agnes (1993)
•A Life’s Work: On Becoming a Mother (2001)
Jane Rogers
•The Voyage Home (2004)
•Separate Tracks (1983)
Sue Townsend
•Adrian Mole series (1982-2009)
•The Queen and I (1992)
Barbara Comyns
•The Skin Chairs (1962)
•Our Spoons Came from Woolworths (1950)
Nancy Mitford
•The Pursuit of Love (1945)
Allison Pearson
•I Don’t Know How She Does It (2002)
Zoe Heller
•The Believers (2008)
Michelle Roberts
•Flesh and Blood (1995)
Paule Marshall
•Brown girl, Brownstones (1959)
Olivia Manning
•The Balkan Trilogy (1960)
Dodie Smith
•I Capture the Castle (1949)
Elaine Dundy
•The Dud Avocado (1958)
Lionel Shriver
•We Need to Talk About Kevin (2003)
Molly Keane
•Good Behaviour (1981)