No intro necessary here. I like these authors and would like to see some more names added.
Before someone starts a thread titled "Can you blow your nose & fart at the same time ? " let's talk about a less interesting topic like great authors.
Who is your favorite author ?
Share your favorite book
We're talking ultimate-fighting-style here: fiction, non-fiction, poetry, modern, ancient, everything's fair game except eye-gouging and fish-hooking.
Revered modernist writer, historian and sociologist, is known for capturing the raw beauty of the rural South in all its dark complexity. While his sprawling verse and habit of knotting together past, present and future has overwhelmed some critics, others have responded to the demands of his writing. His command of syntactical structures pushed the language forward at least seventy-five years, which is to say nothing of his mesmerizing use of dialogue. Our master, for all time. Faulkner received the 1949 Nobel Prize for Literature for "his powerful and artistically unique contribution to the modern American novel."
Must Reads : As I Lay Dying, Absalom Absalom, A Fable,The Reivers, The Old Man, Light in August, The Sound and the Fury,A Rose for Emily, Knight's Gambit,Dry September.
There's a lot to say about Bill. His mercy, his ways of thinking. He admired everything he gave voice to, we can also hope he admired himself. He took the old stories, and he wrote them new.Who could do comedy and tragedy with equal aplomb? He was master of satire, of broad and physical comedy. He was easy with stage directions, easy with criminals, harder on saints.
Must Reads: Romeo and Juliet, The Sonnets, Hamlet,A Midsummer Night's Dream, MacBeth,The Tempest, Twelfth Night, The Merchant of Venice,The Comedy of Errors,Julius Caesar.
He was a genius, our brightest genius, our maker of myth and hater of self. Proof it can come from any place, even hate or fear. All his novels are classics, even minor ones. His letter-writing! He is a code-maker, an analyst, a man of endless feeling, reserve, and talent. He wrote to God, addressed God, was God.
Must Reads : The Trial,The Castle, The Metamorphisis, In The Penal Colony.
He did things with story in his serials that still have not been attempted as well, took formulas and reconstructed them to his purpose, he was the mad scientist of place and person, the address to the Industrial Revolution. There he was for the greatest change in human history and thank heavens we had him to stand there, backing into darkness, so we could see the light.
Must Reads : Great Expectations,Nicholas Nickleby, Hard Times, Oliver Twist,The Old Curiosity Shop.
Dostoyevsky displayed a nuanced understanding of human psychology in his major works. He created an opus of vitality and almost hypnotic power, characterized by feverishly dramatized scenes where his characters are frequently in scandalous and explosive atmospheres, passionately engaged in Socratic dialogues. The quest for God, the problem of evil and suffering of the innocents haunt the majority of his novels.
Must Reads : Poor Folk,Notes from Underground,The Eternal Husband,The Double,Mr. Prokharchin.
He wrote the beginnings of the short story we recognize today, the tragic and insane last moments of "The Dead." Ditto the ultimate line of "Evangeline" in Dubliners: "Her eyes gave him no sign of love or farewell or recognition." The most profound symbolist we have: the joy and fun of Ulysses, he gave more to the prose than you could, he forced you to be more, to cross to where he was standing, seeing as only he could. He has also been an important influence on writers and scholars as diverse as Samuel Beckett, Jorge Luis Borges,Flann O'Brien, Máirtín Ó Cadhain, Phillip Norbert Årp, Salman Rushdie, Robert Anton Wilson, John Updike, and Joseph Campbell. Ulysses has been called "a demonstration and summation of the entire (Modernist) movement".
Must Reads: A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man,Ulysses,Exiles,Dubliners,Finnegans Wake,Chamber Music
To know that you have picked up something she has written, perhaps casually, or it was given to you, and to open her little world of language, where nothing was explained, and the reader had to come the rest of the way herself. She mastered being famous or notorious. Delivered those magnificent deadpan lectures. Said more in three words than most did in whole books.
Must Reads: Tender Buttons, Everybody's Autobiography,Three Lives,Word Portraits,Q.E.D.
Born in London in 1882, it was a very good year for a extraordinarily perceptive and sensitive woman. She saw the Godrevy lighthouse in Cornwall during her summers, and she did it: she wrote 'To the Lighthouse', one of the five greatest narratives ever constructed in English. Being depressed and unhappy is mere sport for the greats, Woolf had a chronic disposition: "One of my vile vices is jealousy, of other writers' fame," she said, and yet what could Virginia Woolf envy in another writer! Each of her novels begins as a small masterpiece, and then suddenly her stunning talent for voice creeps in and no matter the station or mask of the character, we feel ourselves shaken by her knowing.
Must Reads: The Waves, Jacob's Room,"Biographies",The Voyage Out,A Room of One's Own,Between the Acts
Twain began his career writing light, humorous verse, but evolved into a chronicler of the vanities, hypocrisies and murderous acts of mankind. At mid-career, with Huckleberry Finn, he combined rich humor, sturdy narrative and social criticism. Twain was a master at rendering colloquial speech and helped to create and popularize a distinctive American literature built on American themes and language.
Must Reads : The Innocents Abroad or The New Pilgrims' Progress,The Celebrated Jumping Frog of Calaveras County,Tom Sawyer,Huckleberry Finn,A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court, Pudd'nhead Wilson.
The West's mad and zany master. 'Lolita' is probably more important than 'The Odyssey'. It is better written, at least. His stories are sublime pictures of the sane insane man behind the moving inventiveness of 'Pale Fire'. Talked a good game: try his lectures.
Must Reads : Ada, The Real Life of Sebastian Knight,Transparent Things,Bend Sinister,The Original of Laura.
Other Great Authors
Oscar Wilde - The Happy Prince and Other Stories,The Soul of Man under Socialism,De Profundis.
Haruki Murakami - Hear the Wind Sing,Norwegian Wood,Kafka on the Shore,The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle.
John Milton - On the Late Massacre in Piedmont,Paradise Regained,Of Prelatical Episcopacy.
Samuel Beckett - Endgame, Krapp's Last Tape, Molloy, Malone Dies.
Leo Tolstoy - War and Peace, Anna Karenina, Hadji Murad,The Death of Ivan Ilyich.
Anton Chekhov - My Life, The Cherry Orchard, Three Sisters,The Bishop.
Roald Dahl - Sometime Never,My Uncle Oswald,Someone Like You.
Dante - The Divine Comedy , Inferno.
Stephen King - Salem's Lot, It, Misery,Bag of Bones,Cujo,Creepshow.
F. Scott Fitzgerald - The Great Gatsby.
Jane Austen - Sense and Sensibility , Pride and Prejudice.
Geoffrey Chaucer - Canterbury Tales.
Luis Borges - Labyrinths.
Herman Melville - Moby Dick,Typee, Billy Budd, The Confidence Man.
Laurence Sterne - A Sentimental Journey, Tristram Shandy,
Euripides - The Trojan Women, Iphigenia in Aulis, Helen.
George Orwell - Animal Farm,Burmese Days,A Clergyman's Daughter,Keep the Aspidistra Flying.
Lord Byron - Don Juan,The Island, Heaven and Earth, Manfred, Darkness.
John Keats - Sonnet to Solitude, Calidore,Endymion.
Henry James - The Art of Fiction,The Portrait of a Lady, Wings of the Dove.
Tu Fu - Alone, Looking for Blossoms Along the River,Ballad of the Old Cypress,By the Lake,Day's End.
Sun Tzu - Art of War.
James Baldwin - Go Tell It On The Mountain.
Marcel Proust - In Search of Lost Time.
John Berryman - The Dream Songs.
Harold Pinter - The Dumb Waiter,The Birthday Party, The Dwarfs.
Henry Miller - Tropic of Cancer,The Collosus of Maroussi.
Rumi - Spiritual Couplets,In It What's in It.
George Bernard Shaw - Heartbreak House.
George Eliot - Middlemarch, Daniel Deronda, Silas Marner.
Gustave Flaubert - Madame Bovary .