She was the first woman to have a regular job while being a star of the American stage. She also wrote the definitive book about flapper history, The World of Fashion, which is a complete biography of the style.
The Flapjacks (1965) by Gloria Steinem
The feminist critic and actress Gloria Steinem’s iconic essay on gender politics in the 1960s was a huge influence on the new generation of feminists. The book also inspired a number of popular TV shows such as The Feminine Mystique (1964), The Breakfast Club (1965) and the sitcom Married…to the Mob (1977).
Lady Chatterley’s Lover by Dashiell Hammett
Hammett’s classic novel inspired the novel A Tale of Two Cities by Ayn Rand, followed by the cult film Chitty Chitty Bang Bang.
I Am Providence by Doreen Virtue
Doris Day’s classic novels such as My Left Foot and I Am Providence inspired the film I Am Legend, starring Colin Farrell as a young boy trapped in a house by his parents.
The Last Temptation of Christ by Richard Bach
Bach’s famous novella, in which a young couple try to marry as Christians, is a modern day spin on the biblical story of The Last Temptation Of Christ.
My Fair Lady by Charlotte Bronte
Bronte’s classic masterpiece inspired Elizabeth I.
A Passage To India by George Orwell
The novel is a satirical take on the Victorian era based on the experiences of a colonial British soldier during the brutal British rule. It is based on the writings of George Orwell as opposed to the novel by GK Chesterton.
The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger
Salinger’s classic novel is an American version of the Middleton brothers’ Middle School, with the same characters. It contains numerous parallels to contemporary American life.
Diary of a Wimpy Kid by Kim Stanley Robinson
Kim Stanley Robinson’s satirical novel, about a small child with autism, is a major influence on the film Up.
The Life of Timothy Dwight: An Autobiography by Timothy Dwight
Timothy Dwight – the man widely considered to be the best British author – wrote the autobiographies of the main characters of many classic novels such as The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy.
The Lark by Agatha Christie
The Lark by Agatha Christie was one
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