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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J: Joyce Carol Oates
She's been publishing short stories and novels for fifty years--and still going--about everything from families with distinctly American themes like The Gravedigger's Daughter, to a fictional account of Marilyn Monroe's life in Blonde. She's written about killers, and she's written for teens. It's amazing how she has defied categorization; where many authors stumble in branching out to varied subjects and genres, that is simply what she does. In short, the woman is amazing.
She has a new novel out, The Accursed, set at an American university in the early 20th century. The best website I found for her is linked from the University of San Francisco, there is a whole site dedicated to educating others about her work and her influence on literature, including a really great breakdown of her fiction, short stories, and non-fiction (oh yeah, she writes that too).
Have you read her work? Which book is your favorite? Which would you recommend?