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While works by Jane Austen, the Brontës and George Eliot are only to be expected on a list of essential female novels, the inclusion of
The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy comes as something of a surprise.
While works by Jane Austen, the Brontës and George Eliot are only to be expected on a list of essential female novels, the inclusion of The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy comes as something of a surprise.
But a survey of 400 women from academia, the arts and publishing shows that women are as likely to cite Douglas Adams's comedy as the book that made a difference to their life as a novel by the feminist icon, Virginia Woolf.
The women were asked which novels had most changed the way they viewed themselves by the team behind the Orange Prize for Fiction, which celebrates women writers.
The novels could be written by men or women and could be from anywhere in the world. And the resulting long list, published here today, reveals that an eclectic band of writers have marked the female psyche.
Lisa Jardine, the academic and author who chaired the Orange Prize judges in 1997, carried out the research with Annie Watkins, a fellow academic at Queen Mary College, University of London.
"We were fascinated as researchers by the idea of a life-changing book, the fact that absolutely every woman we spoke to had one and the wide variety of things that that book meant to each individual woman, " Professor Jardine said.
The most common response was "What a wonderful question, " she said. "What has been brought home is that ranked lists are only as good as the questions you ask and that every list is only a beginning, a basis for further challenging and questioning."
This list of 40 now serves as a launch pad for a national vote to find the top 10 essential novels for women with listeners to Radio 4's Woman's Hour invited to nominate their own suggestions. A final list will be announced on 8 December.
The most-chosen author among the women polled so far was Jeanette Winterson, 45, who came to national attention with Oranges Are Not the Only Fruit. That makes the list along with two of her other works, The Passion and The PowerBook. Doris Lessing, 84, has two nominations as do George Eliot, Jane Austen and Charlotte Brontë.
Childhood classics such as Little Women by Louisa May Alcott are joined by adult tales such as Daphne du Maurier's Rebecca. European greats such as Anna Karenina and Madame Bovary are among the more challenging reads on the list, which includes James Joyce's Ulysses.
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VALIS and PKD are cornerstones...2006-11-22 16:49:24 by shawn_5
Of any good practicing serious gnostics. It's sort of a code word for a secret society of believers and knowers ;)
PKD = Philip K Dick, science fiction writer who experienced a life changing spiritual experience. Look him up on wikipedia
VALIS = one of his many books, and arguably his best, at least from an encoded spiritual sense.
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