Tuesday, March 27, 2018

Dover Classics for Women's History Month

Dover Books has been reissuing facsimile editions of literary classics since 1941. During March, for Women's History Month, they feature the many feminist authors in their collection. You'll probably remember some of these titles from your college literature classes.

Here are some of my favorites from their Dover Thrift Collection, most of them priced for $5 or less and also available in ebook format.

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Other titles you will find are:

A Vindication of the Rights of Woman by Mary Wollstonecraft
Herland by Charlotte Perkins Gilman
The Women's Bible by Elizabeth Cady Stanton
The Vagabond by Collette
Woman in the Nineteenth Century by Margaret Fuller
A Burst of Light by Audre Lorde
The Feminine Future: Early Science Fiction by Women Writers

And plenty of Jane Austen - I confess I haven't been a fan, but intend to change that! There must be a reason she is so popular to modern readers.

I strongly urge you to connect with Dover Books and get on their e-letter or snail mail lists. They often have holiday coupons and free shipping incentives. Here's a coupon good through March 30, 2018 if you buy $40 or more in books. Easy to do with this publisher!

What are some of your favorite classic titles by women authors? Share them with us in the comments. And tell me why you like Jane Austen!

Dani Greer is founding member of the Blood-Red Pencil. You can connect with her on Facebook at Colorado Writers and Publishers group, on Twitter, and on Instagram.


  1. The only one of those you listed that I've read is Silas Marner by George Eliot, aka, Mary Anne Evans. Her use of a masculine pseudonym stemmed in part, she reportedly said, from her wish that her works be considered seriously rather than viewed lightly, as were those of other women who wrote during the Victorian era. Also, she wanted her real identity to remain unknown so that she would not be under the critical social microscope of the "Victorian morality" of her day——and the moral values it demanded.

  2. What a great list, Dani. I have read a number of the books you mentioned and the reminder made me want to read them again, especially My Antonia and Silas Marner. How did I not remember that was written by a woman? One of those facts that slips out of memory so many years past the reading.

    I did not read much Jane Austen, and, like you, did not like her books very much. I don't remember why, but I just could not get invested in the characters like I could some in other books.

  3. Great list, Dani. I've read a few of them many, many years ago in school. I also remember that dissecting them in class was torture--enough to make me dread the read. Maybe it's time to read them without the whip over my back.


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