Henry James, The Wings of the Dove 1902 41. Dalloway Virginia Woolf, 1925 2. Not only was he a deep and profound philosopher, he was a master of writing. Yes, he's been highly publicized for film adaptations of his work. Caldwell's books have sold 80 million copies and have been published in 43 languages. There were writers we had to admit we love more for their short stories than their novels -- Donald Barthelme, Annie Proulx, Flannery O'Connor, Eudora Welty.
American In principle any novel by an American, set in America, or about America potentially qualifies. Frank Norris, The Octopus 1901 40. The awards, launched in 1971, are given both for high literary merit but also for works that are enjoyable reading and whose aim is to convey the enjoyment of reading to the widest possible audience. Bleak House Charles Dickens, 1853 5. In a series of engaging and lively essays, Andrew Taylor sets each work and its author firmly in historical context, summarizes the content of the work in question, and explores its wider influence and legacy. In 100 years he'll be recognized as one of the best English writers ever.
Richard Yates, Revolutionary Road 1961 87. It's Me, Margaret Judy Blume Jewish The Assistant Bernard Malamud Jewish At Swim-Two-Birds Flann O'Brien Atonement Ian McEwan Beloved Toni Morrison The Berlin Stories Christopher Isherwood The Big Sleep Raymond Chandler The Blind Assassin Margaret Atwood Humanist Blood Meridian Cormac McCarthy Catholic Brideshead Revisited Evelyn Waugh Catholic The Bridge of San Luis Rey Thornton Wilder Congregationalist Call It Sleep Henry Roth Jewish Catch-22 Joseph Heller Jewish The Catcher in the Rye J. Otherwise, the list is an admirable mix of old and new British writing, and features Zadie Smith, Doris Lessing, Hilary Mantel and Tom McCarthy alongside stalwarts such as Orwell, Hardy and the Brontë sisters. At his best his work is ingaging, thought provoking and hilarous. Kate Chopin, The Awakening 1899 38.
A few novelists were not born in the United States. When names like Michener, and others pointed out by commenters, don't even show up on this list, the urge to contribute near-spontaneously transmogrifies into a core realization that: a List is worth saving to re-read many of these great influences on our rearing, and b A mathematical majority of contributors to this list provide adequate reason for me to move on, looking for reasonably literate people to interact with. Norman Mailer, The Naked and the Dead 1948 73. Miller was the wellspring of all raw, unbridled thought in American letters, and still the most goddamned original of any that followed his giant steps. There are many books that are much much older.
Twain's apercu on the Southern church - in which Huck sells his soul rather than selling out Jim - thereby proving his salvation - is ironically and brilliantly written. Known for his wit, his satire and his love for America Twain was the country's biggest supporter and its biggest critic - shining a light on his homeland, warts and all. We decided then that we would more or less divide the remaining slots between us. The idea that Vonnegut does not belong in the top 500 just goes to show how ignorant some people can be. It contrasts the rise of a politician, Willie Stark based on Huey Long, governor of Louisiana with a truly personal story of Jack Burden. David Copperfield Charles Dickens, 1850 7. The results were tallied and organized based on our selection criteria and overseen by an advisory panel of 13 literary industry professionals.
Since the millennium, a lot of good—nay, great—books have been published by masterful authors, all of whom are deserving of a spot on a high school or college curriculum. Best 100 Authors Greatest Authors of All Time Best 100 Authors Top 100 authors of all time voted by regular people Best 100 Authors is an ongoing online poll where the list is made up entirely of votes from our readers. Approximately 30 of the books were Swedish. The top ten is refreshing in its gender equality, which is not usually the case for such lists. I have tried to resist all of that because writing ultimately and unequivocally comes first. Many history books have also been awarded the Pulitzer Prize for General Non-Fiction and Pulitzer Prize for Biography or Autobiography. Sad that most people only read 'On the Road.
I read novels because they tell me about people. Best selling fiction authors to date in any language This is a list of best-selling authors to date, in any language. The list was compiled through votes from members of the Svenska Akademien, Swedish Crime Writers' Academy, librarian, authors and others. I have rendered in bold the 10 novels I like best. William Styron, The Confessions of Nat Turner 1967 91.
Cormac McCarthy, Blood Meridian 1985 100. There is no documentation or any evidence to support that kind of claim. They strongly resonate however as part of our collective experience. I have read at least two of his novels and i could not stop finding more about this author. I've read much of McCerthy's books, many twice. That is not tied to a historically significant event like 1865 or 1945. The Colossus of Maroussi Henry Miller 1941 This impressionistic travelogue, whose rolling, incantatory style predicted the Beat Generation, was inspired by the time Miller spent in Greece with Lawrence Durrell before the SecondWorldWar.
Jack Kerouac, The Dharma Bums 1958 83. A standard definition of the novel--an extended prose narrative--is so broad that it fails to limit the field usefully. But to say that McCarthy is accessible and also imply that this particular feature is what makes critics and people alike to rank him among the best is preposterous! Peter Matthiessen, At Play in the Fields of the Lord 1965 90. Willa Cather, My Ántonia 1918 47. In my professional life I am always thinking about quality. The most problematical novelist in these terms is Vladimir Nabokov.