Which famous woman writer are you?

Are you a classic poet, a pioneering novelist, or the creator of children's classics? Find out which legendary female author is most like you. Read more in "Girls Can Do Anything", available from Firefly Books.

What is your favourite thing to write about?

What genre do you work in?

Where would you most like to live?

What would you like your legacy to be?

What sounds the most like you?

You are: Sappho (c. 620 - 550 BC)

You are: Sappho (c. 620 - 550 BC)

You are a poet of immense talent, and your work often centres on themes of beauty, love, and mythology. Your writing is simple and direct but filled with melody and romance. You are a true classic known simply as "The Poetess".

(Image: Pompei - Sappho, c. 55 - 79)

You are: Murasaki Shikibu (c. 978 - c. 1014)

You are: Murasaki Shikibu (c. 978 - c. 1014)

You are a prolific poet and diarist and enjoy the company of other great minds in the salons of royalty. An innovative and talented writer, you are credited with writing the world’s first novel.

You are: Aphra Behn (c. 1640 - 1689)

You are: Aphra Behn (c. 1640 - 1689)

You have a savvy business mind as well as a great wit, and your life has been anything but “dull and common”. You have worked as a novelist, playwright, poet, and translator, and even spent time as a spy. Ever the trailblazer, you were the first professional (that is, paid) woman writer.

(Image: Aphra Behn by Peter Lely, c. 1670)

You are: Countess D'Aulnoy (1650 - 1705)

You are: Countess D'Aulnoy (1650 - 1705)

Like the scandalous royal courts and fairy tales you write about, your own life is filled with intrigue and scandal. You host your own popular literary salon and love to collaborate, experiment, and perform. You coined the term “fairy tales” in reference to your magical stories, which you fill with fantastical characters. 

You are: Juana Inés de la Cruz (1651 - 1695)

You are: Juana Inés de la Cruz (1651 - 1695)

You have a focused mind, and dedicated your life to study, writing, and activism from a young age. You are multitalented and have dabbled in everything from composing music to working as an accountant and archivist. Your writing challenges social norms, and you are a fierce defender of women’s rights.

(Image: Sor Juana Inés de la Cruz by Andrés de Islas, 1772)

You are: Beatrix Potter (1866 - 1943)

You are: Beatrix Potter (1866 - 1943)

You come from an artistic family and grew up fascinated by animals and nature. You are a talented illustrator, and your playful stories capture the imaginations of the young and young at heart. You are committed to nature and preserving the environment for future generations. 

(Image: Rupert Potter, Beatrix Potter and Bertram Potter, 1894)

You are: Virginia Woolf (1882 - 1941)

You are: Virginia Woolf (1882 - 1941)

You are a literary pioneer and one of the most influential writers of your generation. You reject traditional ideas to pursue your own experimental style, and you surround yourself with fellow artists, writers, and thinkers. You are a social activist and vocal feminist, and you are sure to inspire future generations.

(Image: Virginia Woolf by George Charles Beresford, 1902)

You are: JK Rowling (b. 1965)

You are: JK Rowling (b. 1965)

You are the poster child for hard work and perseverance. Even when you might be struggling to make ends meet, you find time to pursue your goals. Your writing has inspired a generation to believe in magic — and to rediscover the joys of reading. Your generosity is legendary, as is your imagination. 

Which famous woman writer are you?

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