Welcome to the Blogging From A to Z Challenge!
My theme for 2013 is Influential Women Authors.
My definition of influential is any author, classic or modern, who has inspired writers, readers, or the larger scope of culture. Some are personal favorites, or have special meaning to me.
What this list is not: a list of the most influential writers of all time. Rather, this is a collection of influential writers, corresponding with each day's letter.
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L: Harper Lee
This choice was a bit of a no-brainer. Harper Lee wrote one of the most influential books of our time, To Kill a Mockingbird. Her only book, amazingly.
Most of us probably read this in school. I did (with that cover, right), but I picked it up again as an adult after hearing how great the audiobook was, narrated by Academy Award winning actress Sissy Spacek. Her soft-spoken southern voice is the perfect companion to read this classic, and I highly recommend it.
Just how much has this book influenced our culture:
- It frequently lands on Banned Books/Challenged Books lists for its frank display of racial injustice, racial slurs, and sexual assault
- The author's influence on southern literature, children's literature, and even her novel's affect on the civil rights movement are dissected in books, articles, and in classrooms across the world
- The still-highly regarded 1962 film adaptation won Gregory Peck a Best Actor award, and Mary Badham was nominated for Best Supporting Actress for her portrayal of Scout
- The '90s British band The Boo Radleys took their name from the book