3. The Great Gatsby, by F. Scott Fitzgerald This quintessential
5. Virginia Woolf
Aside from being a pioneer in the modernist movement and member of the Bloomsbury Group,Virginia Woolf was also a participant in the Dreadnought Hoax, a legendary prank in which she and her friends disguised themselves as a group of Ethiopian dignitaries and tricked the British Royal Navy into showing them their flagship, the HMS Dreadnought.
6. Agatha Christie
The Queen of Mystery remains one of the best-selling writers of all time–her estate claims she’s only outsold by Shakespeare and the Bible. She was also one of the first Britons to surf, and was obsessed with archeology–she had a meet-cute with her second husband, Max, after being stranded in the Egyptian desert on a dig together. Recommended reading: And Then There Were None.
7. Isabel Allende
Isabel Allende was the daughter of a Chilean diplomat and grew up in South America, Europe, and the Middle East. She was forced to flee her native Chile in 1975 after a military coup, and had a career in politics and journalism before writing The House of the Spirits and becoming one of the foremost female writers of magical realism.
8. JK Rowling
The first time she ever wrote about a boy wizard, it was on a train napkin, and she was a single mum on welfare. Now she’s the author of the best-selling series of all time and subject of so many fangirls’ adoration. All hail queen Jo!
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