10 Underrated Women in History

First Female Novelist-
Historians argue over Murasaki Shikibu's (c.978-1030) Tale of Genji. Some say it was the first great novel in world literature; others say it was the first novel, full-stop. ... more 
First Female Novelist-
Historians argue over Murasaki Shikibu's (c.978-1030) Tale of Genji. Some say it was the first great novel in world literature; others say it was the first novel, full-stop. Little is known about her, but Genji is considered a masterpiece, even among modern literary critics â€" and a must-read romance novel. less 
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Thu, Oct 6, 2011 3:11 PM EDT
Mark Juddery, author of Overrated: The 50 Most Overhyped Things in History, knows a lot about hype. And as much as we love a good takedown, we asked him to explore the unknown and name 10 underrated women in history. Are they the most underrated? He doubts that, but they are 10 women who, he says, "should be more famous."




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