Women Nobel Prizes in Literature

First awarded in 1901, only 12 of the 106 writers awarded a Nobel Prize in Literature have been women. The Nobel Prize is awarded in honor of a writer's entire body of work; we have included a few of each authors' works for your convenience, and each page links to more information about the author.

Herta Muller
2009 - Herta Müller
The Land of Green Plums
The Appointment
The Passport
Doris Lessing
2007 - Doris Lessing
Alfred and Emily
The Golden Notebook
The Grass Is Singing
The Summer Before Dark
Elfriede Jelinek
2004 - Elfriede Jelinek
The Piano Teacher
Wisalwa Szymborska
1996 - Wislawa Szymborska
Monologue of a Dog
Miracle Fair: Selected Poems
Poems New and Collected 
 Toni Morrison
1993 - Toni Morrison
A Mercy
Song of Solomon 
 Nadine Gordimer
1991 - Nadine Gordimer
Beethoven Was One-Sixteenth Black and Other Stories
July's People
Burger's Daughter 
Nelly Sachs
1966 - Nelly Sachs
Collected Poems I (1944-1949)
Collected Poems II (1950-1969
Gabriela Mistral
1945 - Gabriela Mistral
Selected Poems of Gabriela Mistral
Madwomen: The "Locas mujeres" Poems of Gabriela Mistral, a Bilingual Edition
Poemas de las Madres / The Mothers' Poems (Spanish and English Edition)
Pearl Buck
1938 - Pearl Buck
Pavilion of Women
The Good Earth
The Living Reed 
 Sigrid Undset
1928 - Sigrid Undset
Kristin Lavransdatter Vol I-III
The Axe: The Master of Hestviken, Vol. 1
The Snake Pit: The Master of Hestviken, Vol. 2 
Grazia Deledda
1926 - Grazia Deledda
The Church of Solitude
Reeds in the Wind
Selma Lagerlof
1909 - Selma Lagerlöf
The Saga of Gösta Berling
The Wonderful Adventures of Nils
The Treasure
Liliecrona's Home: A Novel