August 30, 2017 marks the 220th birthday of Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley. Mary Shelley is best known for writing, Frankenstein or the Modern Prometheus. She was also a radical feminist thanks to the teachings and philosophies of her mother, Mary Wollstonecraft. In celebration of Shelley’s gothic literary masterpiece and her radical feminism, here are 10 gothic books written by women.

Bellefleur – Joyce Carol Oates

Bellefleur Book Cover

The first book in Oates’ Gothic Saga, Bellefleur is a novel with themes of magic realism about the lives of seven generations of an unusual and wealthy family, the Bellefleurs.

Beloved – Toni Morrison

Sethe, a runaway slave, is haunted by the ghost of the 2-year-old daughter she killed to keep from being recaptured and sent back to Sweet Home, the Kentucky plantation from which she fled. In one of the gothic books I can’t believe I read as a teenager!

The Color Purple by Alice Walker

The southern gothic book, which is also one of our favorite adaptations, of four black women living in rural Georgia in the 1930s and dealing with the issues that stem from their low positions in American society and culture.

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