Female writers

Alison H. Deming
(1946- )


Zoologies. On Animals and the Human Spirit. Milkweed Editions, 2014.

The Monarchs. A Poem Sequence. Louisiana State UP, 1997.

Web: https://alisonhawthornedeming.com

Linda Hogan
(1947 – )


People of the Whale. Norton, 2008. Power. Norton, 1998.


Barbara Kingsolver (1955 – )


Prodigal Summer. Perennial HarperCollins, 2000.


Brenda Peterson
(1950 – )


Wolf Nation. Da Capo P, 2017.

Sightings. National Geographic Books, 2007.

Animal Heart. Sierra Club Books, 2004.

Build Me an Ark. Norton, 2002

Web: http://www.brendapetersonbooks.com/about/

Terry Tempest Williams (1955 – )


When Women Were Birds: Fifty-four Variations on Voice. Picador, 2012.

Refuge. An Unnatural History of Family and Place. Pantheon Books, 1991.


Edith Nesbit (1858-1924)


  • Five Children and It (1902)
  • The Phoenix and the Carpet (1904)
  • The Story of the Amulet (1906)


Biography Edith Nesbit http://victorian-era.org/famous-female-writers-of-victorian-era/edith-nesbit-1858-1924-biography.html

The Edith Nesbit Society http://www.edithnesbit.co.uk/biography.php

The New York Review. “The Writing of E. Nesbit” Gore Vidal. 1964. https://www.nybooks.com/articles/1964/12/03/the-writing-of-e-nesbit/

“The Pioneering British Socialist Who Revolutionized Children’s Literature” The New York Times, 2019. https://www.nytimes.com/2019/10/08/books/review/the-life-and-loves-of-e-nesbit-eleanor-fitzsimons.html

The University of Tulsa Archival Catalog: Edith Nesbit archive https://utulsa.as.atlas-sys.com/repositories/2/resources/19

Beatrix Potter
(1866- 1943)


  • The Tale of Peter Rabbit (1901)
  • The Tale of Squirrel Nutkin (1903)
  • The Tailor of Gloucester (1903)
  • The Tale of Benjamin Bunny (1904)
  • The Tale of Two Bad Mice (1904)
  • The Tale of Mrs. Tiggy-Winkle (1905)
  • The Tale of the Pie and the Patty-Pan (1905)
  • The Tale of Mr. Jeremy Fisher (1906)
  • The Story of a Fierce Bad Rabbit (1906)
  • The Story of Miss Moppet (1906)
  • The Tale of Tom Kitten (1907)
  • The Tale of Jemima Puddle-Duck (1908)
  • The Tale of Samuel Whiskers or, The Roly-Poly Pudding (1908)
  • The Tale of the Flopsy Bunnies (1909)
  • The Tale of Ginger and Pickles (1909)
  • The Tale of Mrs. Tittlemouse (1910)
  • The Tale of Timmy Tiptoes (1911)
  • The Tale of Mr. Tod (1912)
  • The Tale of Pigling Bland (1913)
  • The Tale of Johnny Town-Mouse (1918)
  • The Tale of Little Pig Robinson (1930)


Works by Beatrix Potter at Project Gutenberg  https://www.gutenberg.org/ebooks/author/292

Beatrix Potter Collection (digitized images from the Free Library of Philadelphia) https://libwww.freelibrary.org/digital/search/?subcollection=151

Beatrix Potter online feature at the University of Pittsburgh School of Information Sciences https://web.archive.org/web/20061212025728/http://www.library.pitt.edu/libraries/is/enroom/illustrators/potter.htm

The Beatrix Potter Society, UK https://beatrixpottersociety.org.uk/about-beatrix/?doing_wp_cron=1622110054.6408429145812988281250

Collection of Potter materials at Victoria and Albert Museum https://web.archive.org/web/20090505073415/http://www.vam.ac.uk/collections/prints_books/features/potter/index.html

World of Peter Rabbit: A website maintained by Potter’s first publisher Frederick Warne & Co. https://www.peterrabbit.com/

Dodie Smith (1896-1990)

  • The Hundred and One Dalmations (1956)


Dodie Smith Information Site: https://web.archive.org/web/20060806195254/http://home.comcast.net/~sulkowj/dodiesmith/index.htm

Philippa Pearce
(1920- 2006)


  • Tom’s Midnight Garden (1958)
  • Mrs Cockle’s Cat (1961)
  • A Dog so Small (1962)
  • The Shadow Cage and other tales of the supernatural (1977)
  • Lion at School and other stories (1985)
  • The Squirrel Wife (1971, re-illustrated and republished 2007)
  • Beauty and the Beast – a re-telling (1972, re-illustrated 1996)

The Philippa Pearce Lecture (Cambridge University) http://www.pearcelecture.com/

Rachel Carson (1907-1964)


  • Under the Sea-Wind. New York: Oxford University Press, 1941.
  • The Sea Around Us. New York: Oxford University Press, 1951.
  • The Edge of the Sea. Boston: Houghton Mifflin, 1955.
  • Silent Spring. Boston: Houghton Mifflin, 1962.
  • The Sense of Wonder. New York:  HarperCollins, 1998.
  • Lost Woods: The Discovered Writing of Rachel Carson. Boston: Beacon Press, 1999.


The Life and Legacy of Rachel Carson (Web site by Carson’s biographer Linda J. Lear) http://www.rachelcarson.org/

Rachel Carson: A Conservation Legacy https://www.fws.gov/rachelcarson/

Rachel Carson: A Resource Guide. Library of Congress. https://guides.loc.gov/rachel-carson

Iowa State University. Archives of Women’s Political Communication. https://awpc.cattcenter.iastate.edu/directory/rachel-carson/

Rachel Carson’s Silent Spring, a Book that Changed the World. Virtual Exhibitions. http://www.environmentandsociety.org/exhibitions/rachel-carsons-silent-spring

Gene Stratton Porter (1863-1924)


  • The Song of the Cardinal (1903)
  • Freckles (1904)
  • At the Foot of the Rainbow (1907)
  • What I Have Done with Birds (1907, revised as Friends in Feathers in 1917)
  • A Girl of the Limberlost (1909)
  • Birds of the Bible (1909)
  • Music of the Wild (1910)
  • The Harvester (1911)
  • Moths of the Limberlost (1912)
  • Laddie (1913)
  • Michael O’Halloran (1915)
  • A Daughter of the Land (1918)
  • Her Father’s Daughter (1921)
  • The White Flag (1923)
  • The Keeper of the Bees (1925)
  • The Magic Garden (1927)


“The Legend of the Limberlost”. March 2020. https://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/gene-stratton-porter-americas-fading-natural-beauty-180974161/

Gene Stratton-Porter. Indiana Historical Society.  https://indianahistory.org/education/educator-resources/famous-hoosiers/gene-stratton-porter/

Indiana State Museum and Historic Sites:  https://www.indianamuseum.org/historic-sites/gene-stratton-porter/

A Celebration of Women Writers: Gene Stratton-Porter. Gene Stratton-Porter: A Little Story of The Life and Work and Ideals of «The Bird Woman» Contributor: Gene Stratton-Porter (1863-1924). Editor: S. F. E. (Eugene Francis Saxton, 1884-1943). New York: Doubleday, Page & Company, 1926. http://digital.library.upenn.edu/women/stratton/gene/gene.html

“After Limberlost: Gene Stratton-Porter’s Life in California» on YouTube (a 2013 short documentary) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RXOtK7vaRp0

“Gene Stratton-Porter – a woman ahead of her time”- Indiana Historical Society, 2016. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gcAKFL7mAXs

Gene Stratton-Porter -Voice of the Limberlost. on YouTube (a 1996 documentary; produced by WIPB-TV), Ball State University, Libraries https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kvOWDOfxbLw

Annie Dillard
(1945- )


  • Pilgrim at Tinker Creek (1974)
  • Holy the Firm (1977)
  • Living by Fiction (1982)
  • Encounters with Chinese Writers (1984)
  • An American Childhood (1987)
  • The Writing Life (1989)
  • For the Time Being (1999)
  • Teaching a Stone to Talk (1982)
  • The Abundance: Narrative Essays Old and New (2016)
  • The Living (1992)
  • The Maytrees (2007)


Annie Dillard. Official Website:

“Wonder Woman: The Ephiphanies of Annie Dillard”, by Simon Schreyer https://simonside.net/wonder-woman-the-epiphanies-of-annie-dillard/

Annie Dillard papers. Archives at Yale. https://archives.yale.edu/repositories/11/resources/1577

Annie Dillard. Connecticut Women’s Hall of Fame.  https://www.cwhf.org/inductees/annie-dillard

National Endowment for the Humanities. National Humanities

Diane Ackerman


  • Bats: Shadows in the Night (1985)
  • Monk Seal Hideaway (1995)
  • Animal Sense, illustrated by Peter Sis (2003)
  • A Natural History of the Senses (1990)
  • The Moon by Whale Light: And Other Adventures Among Bats,
  • Penguins, Crocodilians, and Whales (1991)
  • A Natural History of Love (1994)
  • Dawn Light: Dancing with Cranes and Other Ways to Start the Day (2009)
  • The Human Age: The World Shaped by Us (2014)


Official Website: http://www.dianeackerman.com/

Diana Ackerman: Natural talent https://www.writermag.com/writing-inspiration/author-interviews/natural-talent-diane-ackerman/

Catching up with Diane Ackerman, author of «The Zookeeper’s Wife» https://www.nyswritersinstitute.org/post/catching-up-with-diane-ackerman-author-of-the-zookeeper-s-wife

Helen Macdonald (1970-)


  • H Is for Hawk (2014)
  • Falcon (2006) 


Helen Macdonald’s blog http://fretmarks.blogspot.com/

Helen Macdonald on Britain’s fiercest birds of prey https://www.abc.net.au/local/stories/2015/05/20/4238550.htm

Interview with Helen Macdonald: ‘It is hard to write about the natural world without writing about grief’, The Guardian, August 21, 2020 https://www.theguardian.com/books/2020/aug/21/helen-macdonald-it-is-hard-to-write-about-the-natural-world-without-writing-about-grief

Ursula K Le Guin
(1929- 2018)


Ursula K Le Guin short bibliography: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1VOhmtbfi1pPnaA7s8HdVCgZGrykTdru2/view

Some books about cats:

Catwings series (1988-1999):
•          Catwings (1988
•          Catwings return (1989)
•          Wonderful Alexander and the Catwings (1994)
•          Jane on her own (1999)
A Visit from Dr. Katz (1988)
Cat Dreams (2009)
My life so far by Pard (2016)


Ursula K Le Guin Official Website    https://www.ursulakleguin.com/home/

Ursula K Le Guin’s Blog   https://www.ursulakleguin.com/blog-archive

Ursula K Le Guin archive   http://ursulakleguinarchive.com/New.html

Las doce moradas del viento. Spanish Webpage devoted to Ursula K Le Guin


Documentary film Worlds of Ursula K Le Guin