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Significant women in fiction

Patrick W. Crabtree "The Old Grottomaster"
The list author says: "All these books feature one or more female characters (not necessarily the protagonist) whom exemplify remarkable personalities and/or achievements. Interesting all! I could have listed many more books but I wanted to deal with those with which I am most familiar and which left a lasting impression on me.

(I have reviewed most of these works.)"
Anna Karenina (Penguin Classics)
Anna Karenina (Penguin Classics)
"If you have yet to read this compelling tale of a woman's evolving personality then drop all and obtain it for immediate consumption!"
The Pool in the Desert (Broadview Literary Texts)
The Pool in the Desert (Broadview Literary Texts)
"The author herself was a very significant woman, (a journalist by trade), far in advance of her time."
Crome Yellow Library of Essential Reading Series
Crome Yellow Library of Essential Reading Series
"Huxley's first novel and I think his very best -- mild sexual tension."
The Unicorn
The Unicorn
"It was difficult to select only a single work by this author -- I can heartily recommend all her books."
Peyton Place
Peyton Place
"Some people would not call this book literature but I think it's right at the top."
The Great Gatsby
The Great Gatsby
"Most of the women (as well as the men) featured in this yarn are significant in a not-so-great way."
Travels with My Aunt (Penguin Classics Deluxe Edition)
Travels with My Aunt (Penguin Classics Deluxe Edition)
"A woman who knows how to get things done -- hilarious!"
B.F. 'S Daughter
B.F. 'S Daughter
"Marquand was the consummate professional of contemporary fiction. He's one of the few male authors who could write convincingly from a woman's perspective."
Adventures of Captain Horn, The
Adventures of Captain Horn, The
"The Captain was much-guided by one smart lady. This is the finest adventure tale ever penned but one doesn't hear much about it."
Ship of Fools
Ship of Fools
"The focal point of this tale is discrimination, anti-semitism, and racism. The women are crucial to the story."
Elephant Hill
Elephant Hill
"Terrific contemporary (1960s) fiction."
The Circular Staircase
The Circular Staircase
"This remarkable mystery features a notable female protagonist, a caveat which is frequently the case in Rinehart's numerous terrific whodunits."
Green Dolphin Street
Green Dolphin Street
"The lives of two sisters take very different turns, all through a comedy of errors: a young man accidentally proposes by mail to the "wrong one"... he thinks. This is a great story of 19th Century adventure."
War and Peace (Modern Library Classics)
War and Peace (Modern Library Classics)
"I prefer the Constance Garnett translation (very lyrical prose) to the ten others that are available -- I've read them all. There are MANY significant women in this renowned story."
Swann's Way: In Search of Lost Time, Vol. 1 (Penguin Classics Deluxe Edition)
Swann's Way: In Search of Lost Time, Vol. 1 (Penguin Classics Deluxe Edition)
"You likely won't care much for Swann's girlfriend/wife. She's significant chiefly in a negative light, but still fascinating."
The Return of the Native
The Return of the Native
"The primary female character here is quite ethically prominent but egregious miscommunications plague the course of her life. This is a monumental story."
The House of Mirth (Oxford World's Classics)
The House of Mirth (Oxford World's Classics)
"A woman's ethics are clearly the focus of this memorable yarn. Wharton's writing is compelling."
The Gormenghast Novels (Titus Groan / Gormenghast / Titus Alone)
The Gormenghast Novels (Titus Groan / Gormenghast / Titus Alone)
"The protagonist's mother emerges as the driving force in this tremendous escapism/fantasy yarn. This is really three novels paginated in this edition (which I recommend) as one."
Nightwood (New Edition)
Nightwood (New Edition)
"This is a VERY dark story-noir and a complex tale as well. Remarkable! More people should read it. Djuna Barnes was a contemporary of Gertrude Stein."