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Doris Lessing is a woman.

The Golden Notebook is one of 20 books written by female authors on the Time list. I believe I’m correct in saying that Virginia Woolf is the only author with more than one novel on the list (Mrs. Dalloway and To The Lighthouse) so, that said, there are 19 female writers represented.

I’ve heard many people criticize the list for not having enough female representation. And, to be honest with you, I expected there to be less female writers on the list when I actually counted them.

Compare the 20 on the Time list with the Modern Library Best 100 Novels list (the board’s list)–which, by my count, had only 9 novels written by female writers–and the Time list appears to be more representative.

But, still, is 20 enough? Or do you think Lev Grossman (read my interview with him) and Richard…

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