Sunday, March 14, 2010

Ten of the best men writing as women in literature

At the Guardian, John Mullan named a list of ten of the best men writing as women in literature.

One book on the list:
Charles Dickens

In Bleak House modest, virtuous Esther Summerson tells the story of her involvement in the tortuous lawsuit of Jarndyce vs Jarndyce. The heartstrings are tugged when she tells us of losing her bloom after catching smallpox, but we know that her author will pair her up with the handsome young doctor.
Read about the other books on the list.

Bleak House is one of James McCreet's top ten Victorian detective stories and one of Rebecca Ford's favorite five fiction books. It is on John Mortimer's list of the five best books about law and literature and among the top ten works of literature according to Stephen King.

--Marshal Zeringue