However, i have come to know that ones the apple of greatest of writers on this list like like Kurt V. Emma, also written by Charlotte, was published in 1860 but is considered unfinished. Spanning the last 50 years, these 10 authors all made their mark over the last 50 years and are each widely considered to be significant and worth exploring. Literature has existed in the Americas for as long as the people who lived there have been telling stories. Not one of the top 10 American writers but one of the first.
I mean, I got nothing against King's books, but Miller has been much more influential to literature not only American than King, I would say. The idea that Vonnegut does not belong in the top 500 just goes to show how ignorant some people can be. Probably too addicted to the limelight, Vidal broke in new grounds with honest and open accounts of sexuality and power. But the best of her efforts were her essays and critical writings. He said that people from Europe would fly to Boston, drive to Concord, visit the site of his cabin at Walden Pond, and then drive back to Boston and fly back to Europe.
Novels and short stories that pack a gritty punch with tremendous dialogue. It isn't an exact science but, like music reviewers, you find one you trust and go with it. She is best known for her series of five Tom Ripley novels, popularly referred to as the Ripliad. Danticat's writing is alluring, almost tribal. First in the Border Trilogy.
Poe, at one point, epitomized the new American Gothic: the latent reaction to the English literary focus that began 200 years before it. Field Guide is about the spaces between stability and risk, solitude, and the occasional claustrophobia of ordinary life. Charlotte wrote Shirley in 1849 and Villette in 1853 with her very first novel The Professor being published after her 1855 death. It is massively dated, poorly constructed, not remotely amusing, although it thinks that it is. Her works often deal with race and the immigrant's postcolonial experience.
I am well read and did not expect to be so moved. Alexandre Dumas, père 1802 — 1870 — was born Duman Davy de la Pailletene and was a French writer. Whitman sent years traveling the country, experiencing everything America had to offer and revising his work. She explores the mysterious without puncturing the mystery, and that is a remarkable achievement indeed. It's hard to separate the idea of Frankenstein's monster from the popular icon he's become, but everyone should read the original novel.
Visit James Fenimore Cooper 1789-1851 Cooper, who grew up in Cooperstown, N. I would put Thompson much higher on the list, but I never cared for Whitman, not to say that he doesn't deserve his placement, but it's so personal sometimes. A career-spanning work that features poems from eight separate collections, offers some four decades of the poet's finest verse. Surely one of the criteria for determining 'greatest' should be the degree to which they have influenced other writers and the enduring nature of their work. Cat's Eye is an uncanny portrayal of how cruel children can be to their peers, the toll it can take on the victims, and how that cruelty echoes on in the mind for years.
In 1915 he was investigated for what was viewed as obscenity in The Rainbow and Women in Love. Was her snobbery about her fellow Americans a cause? I've read much of McCerthy's books, many twice. The Warmth of Other Suns is an illuminating and riveting account, filled with stories that are finely crafted, meticulously researched, and immensely readable. In his frontier tales, Cooper introduces the first American hero, Natty Bumppo, a white child raised by Delaware Indians who matures into an adventurous, honorable and fearless woodsman. It doesn't get more beautiful than this. She is best known for her feminist and dystopian political themes, and her prolific output of work spans multiple genres, including poetry, short stories, and essays. Traveling north to Harlem, he meets white leaders intent on controlling and manipulating him.
Uncle Tom's Cabin is credited as being a major reason for the growth of the Abolitionist movement in the years leading up to the Civil War. Through the use of multiple narrators, Faulkner turns this gripping Yoknapatawpha saga into a profound and dazzling meditation on truth, memory, history, and literature itself. Also Ian Banks author of the wasp factory 82 is n. He was revered that much there, and around the world. I will not say he is the best because he will never be due to his genre restraints. Or The Color Purple and The Stand? It's a meaty book, full of big ideas and well worth the read.
Visit Washington Irving 1783-1859 One of the earliest American fiction writers, New York City-born Irving wrote the famous and timeless tales Rip Van Winkle and The Legend of Sleepy Hollow, first published in 1819 and 1820, respectively. Throughout, James gives us a combination of careful psychological refraction and truly diabolical plotting. Lewis Carroll 1832 — 1898 — also went by the pen name of Charles Lutwidge Dodgson, was an English author who also had other careers. Being well-read improves every area of life. To find out more, please read our complete. Thomas Pynchon though some believe John Updike is the next American favorite for the Nobel Prize in Literature. The quintessential American writer, Twain was able to capture the American spirit in works like Tom Sawyer and A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court.
From western to crime fiction to suspense thrillers, Leonard is at the forefront of contemporary realist writing. At his worst his work is only great. Religious sermons are delivered by serial killers, and children pray to circus freaks. His deft use of horror and the macabre, his masterful use of the short story and his creation of the detective story all changed literature as we know it and many authors today still feel Poe's influence in their work. Note: The only Pulitzer winner for Fiction not on the list is , who has never published a novel.