From a former slave to two Nobel laureates, a selection of women writers in modern history and their often-overlooked narratives of Christmas.

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English author H.G. Wells envisioned a future of alien invasion and time travel. He dabbled in dystopian nightmares and conjured up mad scientists and invisible men. And, to the disgust of two of his feminist lovers, he imagined a utopia where “women are to be as free as men.”