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Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley

This weeks Illustrated Women in History was submitted by Bethany Weatherill and will be featured in the next Illustrated Women in History zine. The biography has been posted previously, here Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley was an English novelist, short story writer, dramatist, essayist, biographer, and travel writer. She is best known for her Gothic novel Frankenstein: …

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Charlotte Brontë

Today’s Illustrated Women in History was submitted by Amy Kovac @kovvac and will be included in the next Illustrated Women in History zine! Charlotte Brontë 1816-1855  “I am no bird; and no net ensnares me; I am a free human being with an independent will.” – Jane Eyre, Charlotte Brontë Charlotte Brontë has become one of …

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Zelda Fitzgerald

Zelda Fitzgerald was an American novelist and socialite known as “the first American Flapper”. She was a huge influence on the work of her husband, author F. Scott Fitzgerald, who plagiarised her letters and diary to use in his own work and based many of his literary characters on her and her personal experiences. Fitzgerald …

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Zadie Smith

Zadie Smith is a British novelist, essayist, and short story writer best known for her novel, White Teeth. Smith was born in 1975 in London, England. Her mother, Yvonne Bailey had grown up in Jamaica and moved to England in 1969 and her father Harvey Smith was English. As a child, Smith enjoyed tap dancing …

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Kathy Acker

Kathy Acker was an American experimental novelist, punk poet, playwright, essayist, postmodernist and sex-positive feminist writer. She is best known for her 1984 novel Blood and Guts in High School. Asker was born in New York City in 1947. Her father left the family before Acker was born, and her mother remarried quickly. Acker grew …

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Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley

Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley was an English novelist, short story writer, dramatist, essayist, biographer, and travel writer. She is best known for her Gothic novel Frankenstein: or, The Modern Prometheus (1818), which is widely thought of as the first science fiction novel. Shelley was born Mary Wollstonecraft Godwin in 1797 in Somers Town, London to Mary …

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Jane Austen

Jane Austen was an English Georgian era novelist whose books, set among the English middle and upper classes, are notable for their wit, social observation and insights into the lives of early 19th century women. Austen was born in Steventon, Hampshire in 1775. She was the seventh child and second daughter of Cassandra and George …