I have not much faith in women in fiction.... Women are so horribly subjective and they have such scorn for the healthy commonplace. When a woman writes a story of adventure, a stout sea tale, a manly battle yarn, anything without wine, women, and love, then I will begin to hope for something great from them, not before.
Willa Cather (1873–1947), U.S. novelist. originally published in the [Lincoln, NE] Courier (Nov. 23, 1895). repr. In The World and the Parish: Willa Cather's Articles and Reviews, 1893-1902, vol. 1, ed. William M. Curtin, University of Nebraska Press (1970).
A youthful opinion offered in the course of a column lamenting her disappointment in the English novelist Ouida (1838–1908).