Pages From Beyond Our Borders
Many authors that write books for women are from America but there are a handful of famous international authors. It could be argued that many women do read authors like George Orwell or Neil Gaiman but these writers are of the science fiction genre instead of specifically writing to the female audience. Therefore to develop a list of famous international authors we must first decide which genres are specifically geared to a female audience.
Famous International Authors
The most popular genre read by women is romance novels. There are many subgenres under romance. One of the most popular is historical romance. Jane Austin didn't set out to write historical romance novels, they were just set in modern times from her point of veiw since she was from these times. Since she writes from that time her historic romance books are as genuine as you can get. So her books offer some of the most detailed and intimate looks into early 1800's British life that you can read today. Many other authors of historical romance look to the works of Jane Austin to learn the particulars of the time period for their own books. If you love historical romances set in the England Georgian period, then you have probably read books that were influenced by Jane Austin.
There are many woman who enjoy a good mystery book. Wilkie Collins, best known for The Woman in White, is another famous British author that has written books that woman love. Reginald Hill, yet another British author, is on the list of top 50 crime writers and has written over 20 books. In talking about mystery books we can't forget Agatha Christie who is one of the most famous mystery authors of all time. British authors have been at the forefront of mystery books for many centuries.
Mothers often find themselves reading books with their children and may be reading the works of famous international authors without realizing it. J.K. Rowling has jumped to the top of all fiction lists due to the success of the Harry Potter movies but her books rightfully belong at the top of many book selling records. Enid Blyton, who also wrote as Mary Pollock, authored numerous children's books from the 1920s to the 1960s. Her timeless children's books are still being repackaged and resold to this day.
Oprah Helps Americans Discover Famous Foreign Authors
Oprah's Book Club has featured a variety of international authors over the past five years. In 2007 she introduced her readers to Ken Follett, a masterful British author of mystery and thrillers. She also introduced her viewers to Gabriel Garcia Marquez in 2004 and then again in 2007. He is a Nobel Prize winning author from Columbia. In 2006 Oprah reminded us of the importance of autobiographies when she introduced Transylvanian author Elie Wiesel who survived Nazi training camps as a teen. Oprah has been great about reminding us of the great international authors of the past. In 2004 she recommended Russian author Lev Tolstoi who has long been considered of the greatest novelists of all times. Oprah also introduced readers to author Alan Paton from Natal in 2003. Oprah has and continues to be a great source of books from famous international authors.
Other famous international authors include:
- Agatha Christie
- Alan Paton
- Elie Wiesel
- Enid Blyton, Mary Pollock
- Gabriel Garcia Marquez
- Jane Austin
- J.K. Rowling
- Ken Follett
- Lev Tolstoi
- Reginald Hill
- Wilkie Collins
There are many great overseas authors of the past that should not be forgotten. Their literary works have shaped the writings of many recent authors but even so the recent famous foreign authors are great in their own right. Their writings are embedded with life experiences quite different than those of many Americans which makes them even more interesting. If you are in search of a new book today, why not check out one of these great international authors.