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Delia Ephron is a bestselling author, screenwriter and playwright. Her movies include “The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants,” “You’ve Got Mail,” “Hanging Up” (based on her novel), and “Michael.” She has written novels for adults and teenagers, books of humor, including “How to Eat Like a Child” and essays. Recently she collaborated with her sister Nora Ephron on a play, “Love, Loss, and What I Wore,” which ran for over two years Off Broadway.

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Nora Ephron, a Woman of Letters, Dies at 71

Nora Ephron & Delia Ephron, sisters and great women of letters.

Pearl S. Buck -author best known for her novel, "The Good Earth". She was the first female winner of the Nobel prize for literature. She died on March 6, 1973 at the age of 80

Joyce Carol Oates (1938 -) is an American author. Oates published her first book in 1963 and has since published over fifty novels, as well as many volumes of short stories, poetry, and nonfiction. Her novel won the National Book Award, and her novels Black Water, What I Lived For, and Blonde were nominated for the Pulitzer Prize. She is the Roger S. Berlind '52 Professor in the Humanities with the Program in Creative Writing at Princeton University, where she has taught since 1978.

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A brief history of female authors with male pen names

Female authors have been using pen names for hundreds of years -- but why?

Daphne Du Maurier was that brilliant author who creeped people out (through Alfred Hitchcock) with her stories, including The Birds and Rebecca.

Eudora Welty (1909-2001) was an American author of short stories and novels about the American South. Her novel 'The Optimist's Daughter' won the Pulitzer Prize in 1973. Welty was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom, among numerous awards. She was the first living author to have her works published by the Library of America.