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"William Shakespeare was a leading man of letters". What if we are talking about Florence Margaret Smith. Miss Smith was a leading...... Would you, native speakers, say "woman" ?

  • She was a capital letter-writer. – Edwin Ashworth Jun 2 '14 at 9:01
  • Do you know the term bas bleu? It means a woman having literary or intellectual interests [syn: bluestocking]. – JLG Jun 7 '14 at 19:52
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Though woman/women of letters is less common than man/men of letters (see Ngram), it is a known expression in the literary space.

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    I've checked your link and it seems that "woman/women of letters is, and has always been, barely 0%. – Centaurus Jun 3 '14 at 1:22
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Woman of letters is quite acceptable.

Definition of WOMAN OF LETTERS

1 : a woman who is a scholar 2 : a woman who is an author First Known Use of WOMAN OF LETTERS

1818

http://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/woman%20of%20letters

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