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Who are your favorite dead authors?

Asked by Espiritus_Corvus (17269points) September 11th, 2015

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Mimishu1995's avatar

Conan Doyle, Raymond Chandler, Truman Capone.

rockfan's avatar

Ray Bradbury, Oscar Wilde, George Orwell, Hermann Hesse, Flannery O’Connor, and Edith Wharton.

Adirondackwannabe's avatar

I’m trying to read Walden Pond, Thoreau, and 1914 by Solzhenitsyn. Wow, they take a lot of your brain power.

janbb's avatar

Jane Austen, Charles Dickens, C.S. Lewis (Narnia books), Tolstoy, Virginia Woolf, Lawrence, some of Forster, some of Steinbeck, Trollope, Willa Cather

rojo's avatar

Shakespeare, although his writing is somewhat stilted.

Adirondackwannabe's avatar

@janbb You surprise me with a couple of those.

Cruiser's avatar

Mark Twain, Kurt Vonnegut, Ray Bradbury, Billy Wilder, Lewis Carroll, Homer to name a few.

ibstubro's avatar

John D. MacDonald

It’s amazing that I only recently acquired my first hardcover copy of one of his books.

keobooks's avatar

Oliver Sacks, Douglas Adams, Terry Pratchett, CS Lewis off the top of my head.

zenvelo's avatar

Arthur Ransome.

Hugh Lofting.

majorrich's avatar

Robert Louis Stevenson
Douglas Adams
Horace Kephart
Rudyard Kipling

Dutchess_III's avatar

Repeat @Cruiser‘s list.

rojo's avatar

Uh, ok?

Mark Twain, Kurt Vonnegut, Ray Bradbury, Billy Wilder, Lewis Carroll, Homer to name a few.

I still don’t understand why you couldn’t just go back up and read it yourself @Dutchess_III ?

sahID's avatar

Victor Hugo, Charles Dickens, Johann von Goethe, Emily Bronte, and Rumi.

Tropical_Willie's avatar

Hugh Lofting ( read eight or ten while in 5th grade )

Douglas Adams

C.S. Lewis (The Screwtape Letters read in high school)

Dutchess_III's avatar

LOL @rojo! Leave me alone! I’m trying to run a hack saw.

ibstubro's avatar

Ken Kesey’s good.
I don’t see where F. Scott Fitzgerald has made the list, yet.
Poe was a favorite at one time, as were Kafka and Bierce.
I enjoyed studying Nabokov in college, when I had someone to help peel the layers.
William Golding definitely deserves a nod.

Earthbound_Misfit's avatar

John Steinbeck, George Orwell, Charles Dickens, Ernest Hemingway, Terry Pratchett. C. S. Lewis, F. Scott Fitzgerald, Sylvia Plath, JRR Tolkien, Christopher Hitchens amongst many others.

ibstubro's avatar

I can’t believe it too so long for Tolkien to get mentioned.

majorrich's avatar

Tolkien and Lovecraft for me were very tedious reads. and Jk Rowling, where enjoyable reads weren’t ones I could read more than a couple times before getting tiresome.

janbb's avatar

@ibstubro We’re talking about our own favorite authors. If they were yours, then you mention them.

Earthbound_Misfit's avatar

Yet I didn’t find Tolkien tedious at all. I guess that’s why this is such a subjective topic. I remember reading Crime and Punishment and finding it so hard to get through. When I started studying, I told one of our literature professors what I thought of the book and he was horrified! Meh…

majorrich's avatar

I forgot about Larry Niven. I like his work pretty well.

Kardamom's avatar

Have not yet read the other answers, will do so after posting. I apologize if I repeat some of the other Jellies’s answers.

Charles Dickens

Arthur Conan Doyle

Truman Capote

Dora Jessie Saint MBE (a.k.a. Miss Read)

James Alfred Wight (a.k.a. James Herriot)

Dutchess_III's avatar

I’ll repeat “James Herriot” till the cows come home!

longgone's avatar

Louisa May Alcott, Lucy Maud Montgomery, Eva Ibbotson, R. L. Stevenson, C. S. Lewis, Mark Twain, Astrid Lindgren, and George Orwell.

Dutchess_III's avatar

Ray Bradbury.

ibstubro's avatar

I meant that I loved Tolkien at the time I read it, and I was surprised that it took so long for him to be mentioned, @janbb.

There are several – like Kipling – that I had forgotten about, but were favorites for a time.

Kardamom's avatar

I almost forgot about Laura Ingalls Wilder.

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