Top Ten Greatest Authorscelynwelshy Best authors, NOT PLAYWRIGHTS so shakespeare doesn't count.
The Top Ten
I've only just started reading books by him (the first book I read being Carrie) and he is already my favorite author of all time. Carrie is my current favorite book ever made, but I bet that'll change once I read more of King's books. He is the most influential author both in movies and books, having written books like The Shining, It, Different Seasons, The Green Mile just to name a few, none of which I've read yet but will be reading soon, and having movies based on the books like The Shining, It, Shawshank Redemption, The Green Mile just to name a few. King can write about everything and somehow make it work. I mean, if he can write about a clown monster that isn't really a clown and is called Bob and make that good, you know he can write everything. I've become hooked to his writing, it's fantastic. King is absolutely my favorite author and he deserves to be as high as he is on this list.
I have read a lot of books by many a various authors, but nothing has struck me quite like the work of the great Stephen King. When I pick up a King-novel I haven't read already, I always get into a different state of mind. And I don't go back to normal until a few days after I've finished the book. So if I were to stop reading for a few months, I would just go around like I'm high or something. So that's why Stephen King is the best author ever!
Stephen King is to me the only author that will never run out of good idea's. Sure Harry Potter and Lord of the Rings were amazing books but it seems to me those are the only good idea's they have. Stephen King on the other hand has an immense amount of stories I mean 57 books! This also contains a few books loaded with short stories. This man's imagination is vast. I mean look at the facts people, most people voted for J.R. R Tolkien and J. K Rowling because everyone know's how iconic their work is. Most people probably read their works (just guessing here) because everyone else reads it, but it's to me like this quote :If you read the same books as everyone else you'll think like everyone else.
Best author everV 108 Comments
Tolkien is the best writer ever. There is something special about his books. Something about the style of writing and the plot or storyline of the story. I read The Hobbit and book 1 of Lord of the Rings and I showed it to my teacher and she said that I should have read Harry Potter instead of those stuff. But I disagreed with her. It was definitely hard to come up with book titles and character names, but Tolkien created a whole new, different language for his books! How amazing is that! Most of the people hate reading, especially teens and children, because parents and tutors and teachers FORCE them to read it. As my father always say,' When don't let your child do something, They'll start wanting to do it.' People should attract and encourage teens and kids to read classic literature not force. My parents used to make me read a chapter of a book before I go to bed, but I always hated them doing that. But then, I saw my friends reading happily and I picked up a book about dinosaurs ...more
While I don't think Tolkien is The Best Writer ever, when there is a horde Poised to pounce at that Title, Like Camus, Sartre, Dostoevsky, Tolstoy, Hemingway etc etc I think He definitely Crushes Rowling in terms of Sheer Storytelling and Imagination. So Out of spite towards Harry Potter I vote Tolkien, not that Tolkien is bad, I have just Outgrown him after picking up Life-changing, Layered books like Nausea, The Stranger, Fiesta etc. But I do owe this Giant A large amount of Joy and Fond Childhood memories as I explored the Universe he sculpted...
I feel as if there is not author that compares to him. The depth and detail he adds into his writing is amazing. Adding languages, poetry, stories within stories, and just this great depth of history makes you feel like you are in a real world.
He inspired most of today's authors; and not just on fantasy. His techniques and writing style is pleasuring for me to read and he was such a talented man.
The fact that his writing has really stood the test of time for over 70 years is amazing and something most authors strive for. His stories are classics.
Who else creates an entire universe with languages, mythologies & maps just as a backstory for your book! - gigaV 126 Comments
Nicholas Nickleby, Oliver Twist, A Tale of Two Cities, David Copperfield, A Christmas Carol... Come on, he's second only to Shakespeare!
I think the reason why many of us teens and children think his books are boring is because the school forces us to read it. In school, we have to stop every 5 seconds and "analyze" it. That isn't immersive at all! It makes it hard to lose yourself in the world of the story when you have to stop reading every so often. Teachers say that the beauty of literature is that it contains so many hidden messages if you look between the lines. But really, the real beauty of books is that it creates a whole new world to the reader that they can experience at their own pace. I think this also relates to why children today prefer video games to school reading, but I'm going off topic. Dickens was a great author. After reading Great Expectations in my free time at my own pace, I found it to be a masterpiece.
I've read David Copperfield and let me tell you, I'm a Filipino I'm not that good in understanding deep English, but the thousand times I consulted the dictionary the thousand times I'm loving this author. Try to read Oliver Twist and A Tale of Two Cities (200million copies, no. 1)
EpicV 53 Comments
She is the best writer I know. That was amazing how she came up with all the names and places and people. At first I did not like Harry Potter. I actually hated it. But when I read her first book I fell in love with it. Harry potter and the Deathly Hollows part 1 is now my favorite movie of all time. Anybody will love it!
You are amazed she came up with all the names? Tolkien invented a whole language for his books!
J. K Rowling is amazing! I could read Harry potter every night for the rest of my life. Thank you so much for making my reading life so magical. You have made me have an obsession for a life time that I will never forget and never ever stop. I will always love Harry potter'
I fall in love with her type and style of writing. She has created a magical empire which surrounds every single childhood memories. She is clearly amazing and outstanding. Plus, she has know written a new novel for other public, which has received excellent comments and evaluation it's name - the casual vacancy and the cuckoos calling-. In addition, I think she brought a knew world to ours, she is drearily better than stephenie Meyer. Interestingly enough, I have tried to write a magical novel as her, but I could not finish it cause she included all the possible facts and creatures in her -Harry potter- serie. Finally, I want to stand out her narrative style, it's full of adventures and knew discoveries mixed with love and respect.
Harry Potter are good novelsV 287 Comments
NONE of the authors on this list have ever written anything that can compare to "Crime and Punishment." Dostoevsky understood human nature, insanity, and writing in a way no one before or since has. He is number one.
I laugh at your J.K. rowling. I laugh at 80% of your so called best authors. Crime and Punishment, The Idiot, Brothers Karamazov etc. Dostoevsky is the writer of all time, better than everyone!
Tolkien, Rowling and Stephen King in front of Dostoevsky? That's like snails outpace a Ferrari! If you are really into literature, you read Tolstoy and Goethe and Kafka and Joyce and Proust and all the others... compared with Dostoevsky, it's no contest. Sometimes I'm scared how huge he is. In my opinion the world is still not ready to grasp his thinking. If you read - let's say - Stephen King, you'll have a good story, some funny lines and some tention. If you read a novel like "Karamasov", you are not the same person you were on the first page. Dostoevsky forces you to overthink your life, your deepest opinions, emotions and even the people around you. He is going to whisper you secrets, which were always in you, but you could never give them a voice. He does it by creating real people! After crime and punishment you know Raskolnikov as well, if not better than your relatives. That's the difference: he doesn't need horror or a whole new world to spark your fantasy. He tells you ...more
The only one worthy of being in front of Dostoevsky is Tolstei and I would still make Tolstei second.V 46 Comments
I had the hardest time in the world deciding between Dahl, Lewis and Tolkien, but I went with Dahl. His imagination and sense of childhood is so alive and real, and unmatched by any other children's book author. He has the best sense of humor!
So creative, everyone can enjoy his books. No matter what age, anyone will love Dahl.
Amazing man! Books by him:
Charlie and the chocolate factory
B F G
Georges marvelous medicine
S many more great books!
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"You don't have a soul. You ARE a soul. You have a body. " - C.S. "Jack" Lewis
Oh god C.S. lewis should be in the top 3! When I read Narnia I literally fell IN LOVE with that book! And the movie was fantastic, too! I used to think his books would suck oh man I was wrong!
I love The Chronicles of Narnia! Best Series ever! Its not like Twilight, I mean twilight is about a girl who has to chose between a vampire and a werewolf! But Narnia makes a persons imagination grow wild and spread! It can make a person imagine they are a part of Narnia!
My favorite book by C. S. Lewis is The Horse And His Boy. I want to be an author, I'm trying to write and then publish a book soon.V 20 Comments
TRUE! nervous, very, very dreadfully nervous I had been and am; but why WILL you say that I am mad?
If madness had a tongue it wold speak the words he wrote. He has the ability to make the macabre seem beautiful and to make death seem desirable.
E.A.P. is simple one of the greatest American Gothic writers.
He's the King of Horror Short Stories. He's best known for creating masterpiece like "The Raven", "Tell-Tale Hearts", and other works.V 26 Comments
There are many great writers that deserve to be on this list, however Orwell's prose is second to none. From the incredible journalistic skills he manifested into 'Down and Out in Paris and London' to the greatest political work of the 20th century (and possibly beyond) '1984' his writing skills are simply sensational. (Emily) Bronte, Austen, Hemingway, Stevenson, Fitzgerald, Eliot, (amongst others) could make you see a world, Orwell could make you feel the world. 1984 is an absolute masterpiece, and the fact that he wrote it whilst dying exemplifies his magnitude as an author.
The only authors I consider being close to Orwell are Shakespeare, Swift, Hardy and Dickens. Not only is it his novels that are sensational, his essays are just as readable as his novels. The only essayist I have enjoyed like Orwell is TS Eliot.
How anybody can rank JK Rowling above one of the greatest political minds of the 20th century is beyond all reasonable comprehension.
Just read ...more
1984? Animal farm? Two incredibly influential novels that over time have changed the views of whole societies and warned us of the dangers some political systems pose. Without George Orwells influence through these incredibly well constructed novels the world could be a much darker place. Orwell should be in the top five at least. The fact he is outside the top ten at this present moment in moment is abysmal! I urge anyone who is reading this comment who has not heard of the works of Orwell to firstly read 1984 and animal farm, then secondly come back onto this site and vote Orwell.
I loved animal farm a whole lot. It's one of the first classics that actually taught me that reading is great. I mean, he got me into loving the history of the Soviet Union, as well as getting me into communist China, and what not. He actually explains very well what happens in communist countries, which I find to be great. I still find it to be disappointing that Ray Bradbury isn't here. He's my favorite author; then goes Orwell. But yeah. Orwell can really get you into books.
gooV 22 Comments
He is the first modern writer of this fair country; humorist extraordinaire he helped define the American wit and wisdom. - mgenet
Mark Twain should, at the very least, make the top five. He wrote the most highly anthologized book in the history of the U.S. His grasp of irony and dialect was, and still is, astounding. Their are very few people in this country who do not recognize his name.
I believe that he should be ranked #1. This needs to be based on something other than who your writing hero is or who's writing you enjoy the most. It should be based on historical impact.
One of my favorite books of all time was The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn. It was amazing. I may go read it again later, now that I think about it. - Alpha101
My great, great grandmother was buddies with him. Not that close, but they still knew each other. Let's just I stared at my grandma for a bit without moving when she mentioned that casually like it was nothing when we were eating lunch... LOL...V 17 Comments
Although his books are for children, he is one of the most legendary authors of all. His books were the first many kids ever read, and they're so imaginative! Green Eggs and Ham, Oh, the Places You'll Go, and The can in the Hat were my favorite books growing up. Dr. Seuss is truly a legend, and I hope his books are never forgotten. - ShadestrikeOfDarkClan
I love to read and Dr. Seuss where my first books and helped develop my love of reading.
He created children's stories that expands your world. He's filled with great stories and drawings that you can't forget!
The G.O.A.T. He created a whole new type of writing. Simply iconic. Deserves top 10, way before his time in his writingV 33 Comments
Read his books. They are all amazing. All his books carry powerful messages and the meaning of life.
Shame that many young readers flock to J.K Rowling as well as all the other modern writers, neglecting more deeper, focused philosophical writings such as Tolstoy. The words in Tolstoy's novels stay with you for months lingering in your head. They reveal more insight into even the most basic human interactions, why people do what they do and what they are thinking. Very ashamed to see that he is so low on this list, particularly as War and Peace has been hailed as the greatest novel of all time.
Without a doubt leo tolstoy is the greatest, the greatest writer ever lived.
He is an awesome writer. I love War and Peace.V 20 Comments
Honestly, William Shakespeare is an incredible writer/author; his plays will leave a mark on you no matter how old you are, provided you have been taught to read the language. Believe me, as of right now, Stephen King is one of the best authors of all time, and his novels have impacted me. But I want to look at the overall effect, and William Shakespeare's impact is so much greater. I mean people; his works are taught in school for a reason. He is a genius, and has many of his plays vary in so many genres, and they're all wonderfully told. Honestly, this is a top 5 author/writer at the least. Rowling is good, but Harry Potter is all she has. Same for Tolkien and the Lord of the Rings + The Hobbit. Don't let one of the most influential people in history remain in 13 place because his series 'don't provide what modern society needs' because really, his works are what inspired these modern day stories (well, most of them anyway).
Why the hell is this guy number 13? I mean, don't get me wrong, I love Stephen King, But there is no way by any stretch of the imagination that he could beat Shakespeare in terms of influence or originality. Shakespeare was the ultimate pioneer of the art of writing. Sure, there was Homer, but Homer's influence doesn't impact us as much today as Shakespeare's has. He has added many words and expressions that we use in our day to day life without even knowing that they are of Shakespearean origin. To sum things up, I cannot believe that this literary master didn't make the top spot. It shouldn't have even been a question.
Shakespeare was the greatest write, playwright, poet and actor of all time. He invented a mass amount of words that we use daily when speaking English. His plays were the ultimate classics and truly reflect on the history in the Elizabethan Era. His descriptions were extraordinary and even though most people find his plays hard to comprehend due to the old English, I say, give it a go to experience Shakespeare's world and it will change he way you thing about the power of words.
How it can be possible that william shakespeare the greatest writer is placed at 13th. He should be at first and he should be.V 32 Comments
Some of the deepest, most meaningful authors of all time. The Sun Also Rises, For Whom the Bell Tolls, A Farewell to Arms, The Old Man and the Sea, and so much more. Stephen King's great but he didn't write nearly as many legendary novels. - EGBrett
Stephen King? No, no, no... Hemingway created a new style of writing, and wo a Noble prize - jeff4295
Hemingway can do more with one page than others can do with an entire novel.
Yes he is my favorite author everV 8 Comments
Only author to explore the mind of a pedophile straying into the usual controversies while writing, Lolita, a book that is both hailed and condemned.
He's the greatest prose writer of all time, in my opinion. His style is pure, unadulterated genius.
A great Writer. Really enjoyed reading Lolita
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I believe that H.P. Lovecraft should be #1 on this list. I do believe that without him, there are some pretty famous authors that would not exist in the creative way that we know them today. He mastered the art of instilling fear in his tales, and it was not what he said, it was what he inferred that was terrifying. His writing is so powerful that you are able to put yourself into the story. The greatest writer of our time Stephen King, I was told, was a fan of HP Lovecraft, and his influence is felt in the style that King is famous for - letting you see through the eyes of his characters, pulling you in to the tale and instilling a thought, or idea. And once a thing is known, it can't be unknown. That kind of writing is powerful. If you have never read HP Lovecraft, please check out any one of his many books, you won't be disappointed.
He basically took Poe's style and used to create a creatively terrifying mythos that is still regularly referenced to this day (Cthulhu). The only author of old pulp fiction that has withstood the test of time. One of the most accessible authors right now because none of his stories are copyrighted so you can buy big portions of his writings on eBook format or audiobook format for extremely inexpensive or for no cost at all.
Honestly, my favorite author.The reason he isn't higher is because most people can't read it. The people who think Harry Potter is hard to read. You know, idiots. Hast** the unspeakable is also pretty terrifying.
Poor Lovecraft. He was never known until the 70's. He was never famous while alive. He was afraid of dying without fame and he did.
He is the Grandfather of Modern Horror. Some of today's best authors have been inspired by them. Stephen King is obviously inspired by his works. People just pass him as the guy who created Cthulhu. He is very underrated and a very interesting piece of history. - Aguythatpeopleignores
He is amazing, I love his books! I rad all the adventures of Sherlock Holmes and The lost world!
He puts amazing twists and turns in his book like no other author, I'm sure even jk rowling would admit she was surprised to surpass Sir Arthur
Mystery genre is my favorite and no one can compare to him on this field. I love Sherlock Holmes and John Watson and they are the best characters that ever existed, yay! What would you do without you Doyle?
Best author.V 17 Comments
Jeff Kinney does not possess any great talent when it comes to writing. I do enjoy "Diary of a Wimpy Kid" but Jeff Kinney definitely isn't the 16th greatest author in the world. In my humble opinion he wouldn't even be considered in the top 100. There is barely a difference between his books and his tendency to portray Greg as a sociopath has gotten out of hand. He is an imaginative novelist and he deserves credit for his writing but I truly do not think he deserves the very fortunate 16th place that he got.
His books are good but kinda childish, also they are all the same
This is stupid. He is not even a writer. He is a cartoonist who wrote a "novel". That novel is a sham, it is an insult to all these great novelists to even consider putting this guy's name on the same list as theirs (don't call me close-minded, I actually love Diary Of A Wimpy Kid, all I'm saying is that he does not have any literary merit).
Mr. Kinney, sorry, but maybe you should try writing something worth reading, or at least something people want to read - SwiftdawnV 43 Comments
The depth of layers of meaning in his books is profound. The leavening of comedy often fools people into thinking his work is fluff, which allows the satire to sneak past their barriers.
He saved my heart when it was in a dark place. I will never forget my cell mate wondering what the hell I was laughing at. Yes the only author other than Douglas Adams that can get me to do that.
Pratchett's books are well-written, gripping, moving, hilarious and thought-provoking all at the same time. I've never read a book by any other author that ticks all of these boxes.
Boss, by the way, kinney is AWFUL! - riki1234V 11 Comments
Many say including myself that R.L Stine is like the children's Stephen King
You have to say he did pretty good, and he didn't have many other books where he could write the same story, and give the characters different names...
I loved his books. Every time I finished one I couldn't wait to go to the library and check-out another
I love his horror books I am a big fan of scary stuff and plus he was in the movie goosebumps...uhh...I thinkV 22 Comments
I love Pride and Prejudice and Sense and Sensibility!
Jane Austen is an amazing author! I'm not a big romance-reader, but her stories are so beautifully written and her plots so intricate. Sense and Sensibility, Pride and Prejudice, and Northanger Abbey are my favorites. I would definitely put Jane Austen in the "Top 10" list.
Pride And Prejudice was one of the most influential pieces of literature at the time, its truly remarkable and is a real insight to that time period - YOUnique253
She's the worst. Pride and prejudice was the worst book one can read. I hate her.V 14 Comments
#27!?!? If anyone has ever read The War of the Worlds, I don't quite see how you can't vote for him!
How is 26?! He made war of the worlds a great in depth and detailed book predicting a actual possible outcome with amazing plot.
The Outline of History is my favorite!
YAY! I love H. G wells books
Seriously! The Percy Jackson series and Heroes of Olympus are THE BEST! Rick Riordan is just such a talented writer. His books don't just capture a specific age group but a very wide age range of readers. You can tell what a good book is if a wide age group read them. Also his books are really really surprising and have a lot of information in them. Rick Riordan constantly twists and changes the books making you sometimes just gasp with amazement and sometimes want to throw the book out of the window because you feel so attached to the book. Also when you do read the Percy Jackson series and Heroes of Olympus they inform you SOOO much about greek mythology in a really awesome way. So if your just glancing at some his books or thinking of reading them DO NOT HESITATE! GRAB THE BOOK AND START READING! TRUST ME, YOU WILL NOT REGRET IT.
I was gonna vote for Rowling, but then I saw that ROALD DAHL and JEFF KINNEY were in the top ten, but Rick wasn't! Roald Dahl's are pretty good, but seriously, Jeff Kinney? Rick Riordan is my favorite author! All of his books that I've read are in my favorites list. He wrote Percy Jackson, Heroes of Olympus, Kane Chronicles, and sometimes 39 Clues. (Multiple authors. ) And also, his best book series was inspired by his son, who loved greek myths, but was found to have ADHD and dyslexia. Rick told him greek myths every night until his son finally told him to make his own greek myth. There he created Percy Jackson, the average ADHD and dyslexia demigod! The reason I know this is because of his Heroes of Olympus/Percy Jackson short stories collection. I hope you take your vote to vote for Rick Riordan
READ THE BOOKS! Percy Jackson is my favorite book series. This not only lets me have fun while reading, but teaches me all about mythology and Social Science is exiting new ways. There are other books that I have read which completely fail when bringing the myths to life. They are a disgrace to books. (see what I did there! ) I highly recommend you to read them as well because you get to learn something new while you are at it. I could not believe my eyes that Rick Riordan is not in the top ten authors! I am a picky person when it comes to books, very picky, and the first ones that caught my attention at the library were these. I have read and re-read them so many times that I have memorized the story all together. Rick Riordan brings the myths to life. Many ages can read his books, starting at the Lightning Theif. The twists and turns in the story get you immersed into it and you just cannot stop reading. READ THE BOOKS!
How is he 22V 115 Comments
Dracula is cool. Stoker's Dracula could walk in the daytime and he's been in all types of movies ever since.V 2 Comments
OH MY GOD. How is she not number 1. shes better than all these authors combined like seriously Jeff kinney sucks Stephen King describes too much and Charles dickens is just plain boring. Dame Agatha Christie deserves to be number one. there I said it
Definitely the best mystery writer in my opinion. Sir Arthur Conan Doyle is amazing, but Agatha Christie has written over 80 mysteries that ALL have a completely shocking and entertaining twist. She manages to make each ending amazing and different for EVERY book! That's what I call genius! Her characters are delightful too. Come on, you can't help being amused by Hercule Poirot's swelled ego, and stunned by his brilliance! She should have a higher ranking than this!
Best mystery novelist ever. Better than Sir Arthur Conan Doyle.
If AGATHA CHRISTIE is outside top 5... This is the most miserable list possible.V 16 Comments
If he had written any scripture I could believe in that, because anything that Wilde said is %100 right in reality. But still I can't understand how this genius believed in a homophobic god who is one of the worst figures in the religion history, who is unaware of the nature he created, who is the father of Jesus who was able to walk on the water. On the other hand it is told that Oscar was an atheist in fact.
He was a fantastic writer : his texts that were both funny and full of an unsuspected philosophical depth! Not to mention his brillant storytelling, his very subtile sense of irony, the music of his perfectly crafted sentences... :-)
True genius - as he so famously declared! Such a character of a man, who lived a tragic life, due to his being persecuted how being a homosexual.
This magnificent man should not be this low - JacksonRauchV 2 Comments
Excuse me, but you vote Jeff Kinney over P.G. wodehouse! This man has been thought of in some cases the best comic author of the 21st century. He has wrote many novels and short story's and I would vote Jeeves and Wooster over 'Diary of a Wimpy Kid' any day.
Reading him, in my mind, I "hear" his stories in an English accent! BRILLIANT!
Wimpy Kid. Before this.
Alas, this site has gone crazy... - HezarioSeth
Below jeff kinney?!?V 3 Comments
Undoubtedly the best ever in the human history. Past and Future.
Socialism is explored in his novels, the western society owes him
Why the hell is Jeff Kinney higher? - 445956
One of the greatest authors ever. The Misareblas is the best novel I have read.
If you like science-fiction, techno-thrillers, or suspense then you must recognize the creator of these genre's. She was also a very strong person from my recalling my literature classes. Her lover was what today we'd classify as a sex offender, during a "vacation" that was in reality more of an enforced isolation from family, that was dismal in weather and attitude she channels it into Frankenstein.
To be honest, I wouldn't have even liked reading with Frankenstein and Mary Shelley.
A man who love the earth and the working stiff. The real deal.
Should be top ten, easily.
East of Eden. Period.
"A guy needs somebody―to be near him. A guy goes nuts if he ain't got nobody. Don't make no difference who the guy is, long's he's with you. I tell ya, I tell ya a guy gets too lonely an' he gets sick.”V 2 Comments
Read the Divine Comedy. You will understand.
One of the most influential Italian writers to ever live. Although 'Inferno' was hard to read at times and contextual historical knowledge is needed, it's certainly the best depiction of hell, which is created by beautiful allegorys.
Veronica Roth is amazing. She is the best author that I have ever read from and she needs to be in the top 10! Lets get some votes!
She wrote the divergent series she is like the best author in the world what happened here
Actually three books pretty cool she should be on top of the list - aloverttyl
She writes such amazing books full of details and great plots. What is there not to love?V 2 Comments
Top ten 'greatest'? This reads like a top ten most popular list. Anyone who can seriously believe that Rowling or Tolkien is of a higher greatness than Joyce is misguided completely. Joyce created and sculpted masterpieces based on ideas and aesthetics, not plots and magic. He is the Stanley Kubrick of writing, the Tesla of prose, the mad genius amongst the rabble. He set out to create books that 'scholars would fuss over' for years after he died, and he did. His works are some of the few that when closely analysed, are not over analysed, because Joyce built and created works that were MEANT to be studied. He is the greatest author to live so far, and I doubt anyone will ever top him in terms of innovation, style and pure beauty in writing.
His prose goes beyond being simply "unparalleled" to literal perfection; Ulysses is the finest spark of ambition, of wonder and humanism the literary world will ever see. Joyce's ranking at number 81 is not only undeserved but an absolute blasphemy, a gob of spit in the face of the literary world.
James joyce is amazing. He is the one author that every other author after him is influenced by. Many people call him the father of modernism. If it weren't for this guy, literature wouldn't be where it is today. Try reading Ulysses. It's amazing, but very long.
Jeff Kinney? R.L. Stein? Greater than Joyce? Doesn't seem right.V 10 Comments
One of the great writer
I am shocked! he should be in top ten
The Iliad is awesome. People should really read the classics more than they do right now because they're basically missing out on some of the greatest stories of all time. Regardless of your interest of mythology you will find something to love about these stories. Whether it be the epic battles or love triangles, everything is covered and is all extremely original.
When I read the Iliad I became so consumed by the immersive, mythic story-telling that I began to feel the presence of the Greek Gods looking over my shoulder. I also began to change the way I talked. When a friend asked me if I was going out that evening, I would say "If it is by the will of Zeus, then..." and so on. Unfortunately none of friends were reading it, so I was living in a different universe for a while.
The Odyssey is an epic masterpiece, indeed. It's especially great if you love mythology.
He may be old like way old but his books have stood the test of time and are way better that's anything Rick fiord an has to offerV 2 Comments
He is awesome read old generation too please
Excellent author. My personal favorite Sci-Fi author. He had a great many classics to his name. Foundation, The Caves of Steel, The Naked Sun, and all the other robot novels to name a few.
I recently picked up Breakfast at Tiffany's and finished it in one day. (It's a short book.) His style has me hooked--the combination of appealing characters and flowing prose is irresistible. - PetSounds
In Cold Blood is in my top 5.
Deserves higher, he book The Giver is my favorite book of all time!
It's not The Number In The Stars it's Number The Stars - Swiftdawn
The book The Numbers OF The Stars Is AMAZNG!V 1 Comment
His writing method is rare and interesting. Nothing is sugar coated and fairytale-like... he gives us the sick truth, and I love it.
Everything he writes is sick and twisted, yet so brilliant all at once. His plots are original and carefully planned out. He's an astounding author.
"If it can't be beautiful, I want to be invisible. "
My favorite book.
"you are all singing all dancing crap of the world"V 2 Comments
Many of the Sean Connery era Bond films were based off stories by Ian Flemming
Aha, sorry, THIS IS THE AUTHOR OF JAMES BOND. WHY IS HE SO LOW ON THE LIST?
James bond,man, James Bond! He obviously should recieve a higher spot on the list
Author of Cirque Du Freak, Demonata, and the Thin Executioner.
Hes going to release his new series called "The Saga Of Larten Crepsley" which is the prequel to Cirque Du Freak. Cirque Du Freak was made into a major motion film
I just love him. His books always enthrall the reader to the very end.
What Darren Shan is a great author how is he not in the top 30?
Author of my favorite book series Cirque Du Freak and Zom-B. - DrRyAn
Although in sheer terms, George R.R. martin is not the greatest writer of all time, with authors like Charles Dickens, Shakespeare, and Hemingway publishing many more popular books than him, none of their novels even compare to A Song of Ice and Fire. Martin's series in scope is by far one of the largest of all time, and his creative and non-archetypal take on fantasy rank him even higher than the likes of J.R.R Tolkien. Not only is his work the greatest fantasy series of all time, yet, but for my opinion, it is the greatest drama, combining Shakespearean characters and plays, with Tolkien's fantasy, and an excellent writing style that brings his world to life unlike any. In the end, is still believe that there are a few writers that surpass him because of larger number of well done books, his work of A Song of Ice and Fire remains to be the greatest literary achievement of all time.
I'm quite surprised that George isn't ranked higher. He is not the greatest writer but the way he writes about each character, giving each their own world and background is incredible. It's unbelievable that a writer can think of the world portrayed in GOT. He goes in so much detail of each character and is very creative with the events in the books. He is my all time favorite author.
I expected him to be in Top 10 at least. I don't know much about writing so I'm not going to blabber something I don't know much about. His books has like 1000 of characters, each has a back story, each has its motives. Everything connects. And the best thing is plots, you can't predict whats going to happen next. Love this guy.
George R.R. Martin, I will never forgive you for killing off my favorite characters but the complicated plot lines in your books have driven me crazy (in a good way)V 10 Comments
He's the guy everyone else on this list is trying to be.
His stories are really excellent.
Great with human touch story
A French-Algerian literary mastermind who has crafted such classics as "The Stranger", "The Fall", and "The Plague". This man is the father of the Absurdist philosophy and that mindset factors prominently into many of his works. He had such a way to express thoughts and emotions that so very few had. Highly recommended.V 1 Comment
If you have never read a John Grisham book then your are sadly missing out on one of the best crime writer's to ever put pen to paper. His work is beautiful put together to always leave you wanting more and with over twenty books written you won't be left waiting.
best ever! never even heard of most of the rest of these and as you can see by my name I love to read! - luvtoread
Modern Day literature genius. He always manages to capture a reader. - wainboy
An absolute genius; effortless excellenceV 2 Comments
Pilkey should be number 1! He makes the Captain Underpants and Ricky Ricotta books!
Pilkey's new dogman series, Captain Underpants and the Rick Ricotta books are awesome! He could've done more awesome books.
I enjoyed CU as a child for fun, but seriously this is a joke. No, just no.
The greatest writer of all: understands and writes life as it is. Combines the bizarre, the surreal, and the existential, with great depth and humour. He is also masterful at showing the human condition in all its absurdity and harshness
An expressive genius. The godfather of surrealism. An existentialist tour de force. Pretty much influenced every great author of modern times. He's easily one of the top 5 greatest writers who ever lived.
Strange, but enticingly so - things aren't explained they just are. Perplexing and masterful.
One of the greatest authors in the human historyV 3 Comments
This man is the greatest author ever 20,000 leagues under the sea is the greatest book ever written the throw in journey to the center of the earth and the mysterious island and you have the greatest author ever
Voted for him because he's too low for being so influential... The greatest adventure author of all time!
Because his stories are so interesting
He is so good at imagining stuff, that is called the father of science fiction. come on, I know Stephen king is good, but Jules Verne is even more legendary. this guy made the ideas to create a lot of modern day stuff in his books.V 4 Comments
He wrote Fahrenheit 451 which deals with what American society could become. It was truly an influential novel.
A hallmark of incorporating sic-fi and technology aspects into his writing, he knew it was faulty to ignore the progress around him. His best know work is probably the dystopian novel "Farenheit 451" but his collection of short stories compiled in "The Illustrated Man" should be a good read for anyone.
Farenheit 451 was amazing, so you get my vote.
This man arranges words in the most amazing way and should be at least in the top twenty. You’d agree after reading Farenheit 451.
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