Back in 2012 or so I started a classics club project, which was focused on reading 50 classics in 5 years. I finished that project on August 1, 2015, and did a recap where I noted that 42% of the books read were women authors.
Around the same time, I started seeing posts and discussions and tweets and what not about reading women authors. I’ve always read women authors, but both of these things combined to make me more aware of my reading habits. At around the same time, again, I started seeing publishers taking long out of print books and getting them back into print, at least as e-books.
This is a place to keep track of my now lengthy reading “project” to read vintage women authors. This includes classics – Edith Wharton, Willa Cather, Elizabeth Gaskell – but it also includes authors of older popular fiction, suspense and romance – Mary Stewart, Helen Macinnes, Phyllis Whitney – as well as middlebrow, wartime (WWI and WWII) and interwar women writers – D.E. Stevenson, Angela Thirkell, Elizabeth Fair.
I’m still working on figuring out how to handle women authors who cross-over between this blog and the other blog that documents my other bookish love, classic crime, like Agatha Christie, Patricia Highsmith and Dorothy Sayers. At this point, I’ll either cross-post them, or I will post them on Peril at Whitehaven Mansions but index or reference them over here.
This is a work in progress. I have a lot of content on the blog I am abandoning that I will be migrating over here, so you may see some posts you’ve seen before.
But, welcome to All The Vintage Ladies!