Now the critics disagree on the name of first woman novelist.
I once asked Barnes what she thought of a well-known woman novelist.
She was one of the first women novelist in Kannada language.
The woman novelist should be a writer of "big" novels.
"There was a time when women writers were constantly at odds with society, but now being a woman novelist is valued," he said.
Krupabai is the first Indian woman novelist to write in English.
Another important fact is the number of women novelists who were successful in the 19th century, even though they often had to use a masculine pseudonym.
For women novelists, therefore, industry had a complex fascination.