After seeing the response to my previous post, I see that a follow-up post is in order. I am not going to take back anything that I said in my previous post, however, I would like to clarify a few things that were misunderstood. Elsie Dinsmore deserves her own post, to follow sometime next week, so I won't discuss her further here.
Several people brought up authors whom I did not mention in my previous post. I can't cover every woman author ever, but I will discuss a few better known ones, as well as my list of women authors worth reading. To begin with, let us look at what I did and did not say in my last post.
#1. I did not say that women never write good books.
#2. I did say that women authors rarely write good books, especially compared to the number of good books written by men.
#3. I did say that the works of many famous women authors are highly over-rated.
Laura Ingalls Wilder wrote some of the first books I ever read. She is a good story teller and I did enjoy her work, but she wrote for children, not adults, and I don't consider her books to be a monument to great writing. I have vaguely the same feelings about E. Nesbit and Beatrix Potter. Though the latter is an excellent illustrator. The works of Frances Hodgson Burnett are generally good, though mixed with some stuff of lesser quality. There have been a few really excellent women poets, as well. Emily Dickinson and Elizabeth Barret Browning come to mind. But I don't quite put them in the same class as authors of good books.
As I said before, Jane Austen's work is consistently amazing. Some other authors I have enjoyed are the Bronte sisters. Jane Eyre and Wuthering Heights are both classics. Though I can't claim to have read anything else written by them. Mary Shelly's Frankenstien was fantastic. As for modern women authors... I like Frances Mayes, but that's the only one I can think of off the top of my head.
Don't complain that I haven't possibly read enough to make the assertions I've made. I don't claim to be an authority on literature, but I've read plenty enough to come to the conclusions that I have. If you have any recommendations, though, please send them along. I'm always happy to meet a good book.