500 Years of Women Authors, Authorizing Themselves


Thursday, March 3, 2022, 10:00am to 5:00pm

Repeats every week on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday until Fri Mar 11 2022


Amy Lowell Room (2nd Floor), Houghton Library, Harvard Yard, Cambridge

Let us introduce you to some of the most infamous female authors you’ve never heard of who carved out cultural spaces for themselves. Our challenge to you: Remember their names. Share their stories. Rewrite history.

Highlights include:

  • A copy of Phillis Wheatley's collection of poems autographed by the author

  • A mysterious ownership inscription by a medieval woman named "Johanna" in a copy of Jerome's Vitas Patrum

  • Mary Wroth's copy of Xenophon's Cyropaedia, bearing her cryptic monogram

  • A first edition of Gwendolyn Brooks' poetry collection, Riot

  • George Eliot's notebook "quarry" in preparation for writing Middlemarch

Explore online or visit in-person. The exhibition is open to all visitors with proof of vaccination and booster.