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100 Best Authors List (or not…)

Posted on August 21, 2009 by

I realize that no ‘Top 100’ list can ever be truly accurate, and I also find it difficult to see so many Americans on the list at the cost of so many other great writers. And the ‘best’ on the list? SPOILER ALERT: Faulkner (1) is good, and so is Kafka (2), but are they really better than Shakespeare (3), Doestoyevsky (11), Dante (12), Dickens (16), and Homer (17)? That is very much a personal opinion.

In any case this article: ‘The 100 Greatest Writers of All Time‘ by WILL HUBBARD and ALEX CARNEVALE at www.thisrecording.com, lists a group of very good authors, all worth reading and discussing, albeit very skewed toward Americans.

So, rather than arguing with this list and its proponents, I suggest that the following great writers belong on this list as well:

  • F. Scott Fitzgerald
  • J.R.R. Tolkien
  • Jack Kerouac
  • Kurt Vonnegut
  • Mordecai Richler
  • Joseph Heller
  • J.D. Salinger
  • Salman Rushdie
  • Rudyard Kipling
  • Aldous Huxley
  • Alexandre Dumas
  • Oscar Wilde

And I am sure with a little time and effort, I could list off another 20 or 30 who deserve mention on such a list, proving that lists such as these are very subjective.