Classic Literature for Women's History Month

March is Women's History Month, a time to explore and celebrate women's roles in history, culture, art, science, and society. To honor women's contributions to classic literature, Sparrow Tree Square has selected three books were written by women and/or feature the work of women writers. The works featured her are all older, to highlight women's writing during times when women's talents were often discounted.

 
Anne of the Island by L. M. Montgomery

L. M. Montgomery wrote several books about Anne Shirley, the most famous of which is Anne of Green Gables. This installment of the series follows Anne to college, where she has the opportunity to pursue the higher education she initially believed outside her reach. Anne of the Island was first published in 1915 and is in the public domain--you can read it for free at Project Gutenberg. Recommended for readers ages 12+.

 

 

 

Anna and the King of Siam by Margaret Landon

This fictionalized biography tells the story of Anna Leonowens, a Victorian British governess who accepts a job as the royal governess of the court of Siam (now Thailand). Leonowen's modern methods of instruction, socially progressive views, and her influential role in the court will seem as remarkable to present-day readers as they were to readers in 1944 when the book was published. Recommended for readers ages 16+.

 

 

 

Great Short Stories by English and Irish Women, edited by Candace Ward

A collection of fifteen stories by English and Irish women writers, covering a time span of 200 years, including works by well-known authors such as Mary Shelley, Charlotte Bronte, Elizabeth Gaskell, and George Elior as well as works by more obscure writers. Recommended for readers ages 16+.