author Lucy Grealy 1962-2002
Susan Orlean, Joan Didion, Annie Dillard, Roxane Gay?
Gay Talese, when asked, couldn’t think of a woman writer who had influenced him. But he’s an old get, right? Who expects better from him?
This list, as author Ann Friedman suggests, skews to white Americans, but nevertheless it is a list with a name for each of 56 years, with an excellent female nonfiction writer represented in each.