Viola Meynell

Viola Meynell (15 October 1885 – 27 October 1956) was a successful novelist and poet of the early 20th century, best known today as an early champion of writers like Herman Melville and D. H. Lawrence. She was also vital to the operation of Nonesuch Press, a private press started in the basement of a Soho bookshop.

Edna St. Vincent Millay

Edna St. Vincent Millay (February 22, 1892 – October 19, 1950) was a Pulitzer Prize-winning poet, playwright, and feminist activist whose writing actively worked to subvert the gender norms of her time and whose life has since served as a prime example of social resistance for other writers and acitivists following in her footsteps. Essentially a rockstar, she traveled the country reading to eager audiences and authored some of the most well-known poetry of the 20th century.

Andre Alice Norton

Andre Alice Norton (February 17, 1912 – March 17, 2005) was a prolific writer of science fiction and fantasy, though she also wrote historical, crime, and contemporary fiction, among many other genres. She was named SFWA Grand Master and Gandalf Grand Master of Fantasy and was inducted into the Science Fiction and Fantasy Hall of Fame, the first woman for each to be so honored.

Alfred Noyes

Alfred Noyes (16 September 1880 – 25 June 1958) was a poet, short fiction author, and playwright most well known for the romantic ballad poem "The Highwayman." The only fiction that he ever published was called The Last Man (1940), in which weapons of mass destruction wipe out every living person except those few in steel chambers at the bottom of the sea.

Mary Shelley

Mary Shelley (30 August 1797 – 1 February 1851) was a novelist best known as the author of Frankenstein; or, The Modern Prometheus (1818), a foundational text of science fiction, the immeasurable impact of which has been felt through the centuries. Raised as a radical and anarchist, she wrote across an enormous number of genres on a wide variety of topics and is now recognized for her contributions to feminist thought and social reform, in addition to her literary pursuits.

Ella Wheeler Wilcox

Ella Wheeler Wilcox (November 5, 1850 – October 30, 1919) was a poet best known for the collection Poems of Passion and for "Solitude," which opens with the line, "Laugh, and the world laughs with you; weep, and you weep alone." She's also sometimes cited in lists of authors of bad poetry, but we think she'd agree that that's only by the haters.

William Butler Yeats

William Butler Yeats (13 June 1865 – 28 January 1939) was a poet, playwright, fiction writer, and one of the most well regarded authors of the 20th century. A senator in the Irish Free State and winner of the Nobel Prize for Literature, he wrote "The Second Coming," "Easter 1916," and "Sailing to Byzantium," all of which are considered masterpieces in the English language.