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The following list of the 100 Great 20th Century Works of Fiction by Women were selected by Feminista! in response to Modern Library 100 Best Novels of the 20th Century.

Bastard Out of Carolina Dorothy Allison
I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings Maya Angelou
Cat's Eye Margaret Atwood
The Bottle Factory Outing Beryl Bainbridge
Gorilla, My Love Toni Cade Bambara
Nightwood Djuna Barnes
Regeneration Pat Barker
Hotel du Lac Anita Brookner
Rubyfruit Jungle Rita Mae Brown
The Good Earth Pearl S. Buck
Possession A. S. Byatt
Nights at the Circus Angela Carter
So Far From God Ana Castillo
My Antonia Willa Cather
The Awakening Kate Chopin
The House on Mango Street Sandra Cisneros
Elders and Betters Ivy Compton-Burnett
Clear Light of Day Anita Desai
Out of Africa Isak Dinesen
Stones for Ibarra Harriet Doerr
The Radiant Way Margaret Drabble
Rebecca Dumaurier
Second Class Citizen Buchi Emecheta
Tracks Louise Erdrich
At Freddie's Penelope Fitzgerald
Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Cafe Fannie Flagg
Owls Do Cry Janet Frame
The Women's Room Marilyn French
The Mind-Body Problem Rebecca Goldstein
July's People Nadine Gordimer
The Rest of Life Mary Gordon
The Well of Loneliness Radclyffe Hall
When Rain Clouds Gather Bessie Head
The Talented Mr. Ripley Patricia Highsmith
The Furies Janet Hobhouse
The Bone People Keri Hulme
Their Eyes Were Watching God Zora Neal Hurston
The Haunting of Hill House Shirley Jackson
Heat and Dust Ruth Prawer Jhabvala
Fear of Flying Erica Jong
Lucy Jamaica Kincaid
The Bean Trees Barbara Kingsolver
Tripmaster Monkey Maxine Hong Kingston
Obasan Joy Kogawa
The Fire-Dwellers Margaret Laurence
To Kill A Mockingbird Harper Lee
The Golden Notebook Doris M. Lessing
Moon Tiger Penelope Lively
Gentlemen Prefer Blondes Anita Loos
The Balkan Trilogy Olivia Manning
The Group Mary McCarthy
Ballad of the Sad Cafe Carson McCullers
Mama Terry McMillan
Patience and Sarah Isabel Miller
Gone with the Wind Margaret Mitchell
Anagrams Lorrie Moore
Beloved Toni Morrison
Wife Bharati Mukherjee
Lives of Girls and Women Alice Munro
A Severed Head Iris Murdoch
House of Splendid Isolation Edna O'Brien
A Good Man is Hard to Find Flannery O'Connor
Tell Me a Riddle Tillie Olsen
Enormous Changes at the Last Minute Grace Paley
The Collected Stories of Dorothy Parker Dorothy Parker
Black Tickets Jayne Anne Phillips
Braided Lives Marge Piercy
The Bell Jar Sylvia Plath
Ship of Fools Katherine Anne Porter
The Golden Spur Dawn Powell
The Shipping News E. Annie Proulx
The Fountainhead Ayn Rand
The King Must Die Mary Renault
Wide Sargasso Sea Jean Rhys
Housekeeping Marilynn Robinson
The God of Small Things Arundati Roy
Mrs. Stevens Hears the Mermaids Singing May Sarton
The Stone Diaries Carol Shields
The Weight of Water Anita Shreve
Anywhere But Here Mona Simpson
By Grand Central Station I Sat Down and Wept Elizabeth Smart
The Age of Grief Jane Smiley
The Volcano Lover Susan Sontag
The Prime Of Miss Jean Brodie Muriel Spark
Angel Elizabeth Taylor
The Joy Luck Club Amy Tan
If Morning Ever Comes Anne Tyler
Away Jane Urquhart
The Color Purple Alice Walker
The Life and Loves of a She-Devil Fay Weldon
The Collected Stories of Eudora Welty Eudora Welty
The Return of the Soldier Rebecca West
Ethan Frome Edith Wharton
Frost in May Antonia White
Oranges Are Not the Only Fruit Jeanette Winterson
Mrs. Dalloway Virginia Woolf

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