Top Ten Classical Authors

The golden age of literature was when authors like Shakespeare and John Milton wielded their pens. Be it poems, plays or novels, classical writers set their standard and even centuries after their deaths, their ways are recognized. Vote for the greatest classical mastermind and feel free to add more classical authors to this list.

The Top Ten

1 William Shakespeare William Shakespeare William Shakespeare was an English poet, playwright, and actor, widely regarded as the greatest writer in the English language and the world's pre-eminent dramatist.

Funny thing,I have never read his plays.however I read one story which was in our reading book,I am planning to read his plays few months later - zxm

The Bard, as he is famously called, is well known for his writings spoke straight to the human psyche. He wrote thirty eight plays and a hundred and fifty eight sonnets and an innumerable number of poems. Shakespeare made the world his stage. He wove poetry into prose and blended Anglo-Saxon words with modern usages to create a language that flowed according to his wish.

The Bard is considered the soul of the Elizabethan Era and his plays such as The Tempest, Othello and Hamlet prove why. Shakespeare's longest play is Hamlet and it takes about four hours to perform completely. - LightningBlade

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2 Robert Frost Robert Frost Robert Lee Frost (March 26, 1874 – January 29, 1963) was one of the most popular and critically respected American poets of the 20th century, he was honored frequently during his lifetime, receiving four Pulitzer Prizes for Poetry.

The American Poet once remarked about something he couldn't see. So whenever we read a Frost poem, we can imagine him pondering over which path to take or poring over ice and fire. The poet's works earned him four Pulitzers and helped him become America's rare public literary, then. Frost's work include The Road Not Taken, Mending Wall, The Death of The Hired Man and After Apple-Picking. In 1961, U.S. President John F. Kennedy invited Frost to read a poem at his inauguration. Since he was facing a blinding sun, he could not read and so he recited a poem he wrote 20 years ago. - LightningBlade

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3 William Wordsworth William Wordsworth William Wordsworth (7 April 1770 – 23 April 1850) was a major English Romantic poet who, with Samuel Taylor Coleridge, helped to launch the Romantic Age in English literature with their joint publication Lyrical Ballads (1798).
4 Charles Dickens Charles Dickens

I voted him right away I love oliver twist whys he ranked 5

He had such a wonderful imagination! My favourites are A Christmas Carol and Great Expectations - I can't even begin to describe how much I adore these stories!

5 Mark Twain Mark Twain Samuel Langhorne Clemens, better known by his pen name Mark Twain, was an American author and humorist.
6 Jane Austen Jane Austen Jane Austen was an English novelist known principally for her five major novels which interpret, critique and comment upon the life of the British landed gentry at the end of the 18th century.

This fiery lady picked up the pen and changed the face of literature. Jane Austen wrote what she knew best - the society around her. Her most remarkable work is Pride and Prejudice. Jane Austen thought of her books as her children. She never married because she believed that marital responsibilities would not allow her to write.

Her heroines are not epitomes of human sacrifice and suffering. They take charge of situations, give it right back to men who spite them and are in control over their future. Her major novels are Sense and Sensibility, Emma, Pride and Prejudice and Mansfield Park. - LightningBlade

7 Christopher Marlowe

Marlowe modified blank verse to create poetry that exuded passion and raw talent. His short, yet brilliant career saw radical changes in the literary field. Dido, The Queen of Carthage is believed to be the first of his plays. His masterpiece Doctor Faustus made waves in the Elizabethan society when it released and still continues to be one of the most controversial works ever written.

His poem Doctor Faustus best describes his poetic ability. Unlike his contemporary Shakespeare, Marlowe was a thorn in the side of England's powerful. But that will not erase his contribution to literature. - LightningBlade

8 John Milton John Milton John Milton (9 December 1608 – 8 November 1674) was an English poet, polemicist, man of letters, and civil servant for the Commonwealth of England under Oliver Cromwell. He wrote at a time of religious flux and political upheaval, and is best known for his epic poem Paradise Lost (1667), written in ...read more.
9 George Bernard Shaw George Bernard Shaw

This Irish playwright was not bothered about heavy symbolism or metaphors. He was straight-forward, witty and so were his writings. He received the Nobel Prize in 1925. Among his major works are Major Barbara, The Doctor's Dilemma, Caesar and Cleopatra and Arms and The Man. One more astonishing aspect of his life was when Shaw rejected his Noble Prize money. - LightningBlade

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10 Arthur Conan Doyle

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11 Virginia Woolf Virginia Woolf Adeline Virginia Woolf, born Stephen (25 January 1882 – 28 March 1941), known professionally as Virginia Woolf, was an English writer and one of the foremost modernists of the 20th century.

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12 Charlotte Bronte Charlotte Bronte Charlotte Brontë (21 April 1816 – 31 March 1855) was an English novelist and poet, the eldest of the three Brontë sisters who survived into adulthood and whose novels have become classics of English literature. She first published her works (including her best known novel, Jane Eyre) under the pen ...read more.
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