Thursday, December 1, 2011

Authors Everyone Should Know?

Last week I was checking out recommended articles online and came across one from Esquire Magazine. The headline went something like this…“Twelve Authors Everyone Should Know” and, of course, it immediately caught my attention so I clicked on the link and read their list. It was as follows:

Saul Bellows
Raymond Carver
Cormac McCarthy
Zadie Smith
William Faulkner
Flannery O’Connor
Stephen King
Graham Greene
George Orwell
Philip Roth
Norman Mailer
William Shakespeare

To be honest, I’m only familiar with about half of these authors. Not a huge surprise—my taste in reading definitely tends toward what I suppose one would call “commercial fiction” not “literature”. However what did surprise me was that only two authors on the list were women. Okay, I get that Esquire caters to men and the article didn’t explain what the criteria was in order to make this list, but come on…they couldn’t have come up with a couple of more women who’ve contributed to the world of literature? (My thought after reading this list…what about Harper Lee?? She won a Pulitzer for TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD, and in my opinion, you can’t get more “literary” than that!)

So what do you think? If you were making a list of authors everyone should know, what female authors would you add to that list?

That’s it for this week—I hope everyone had a great Thanksgiving last week! I’ll see you next Thursday.

Best,
Shirley

2 comments:

Angie Fox said...

Agatha Christie. Mary Shelly. Or what about JK Rowling or Stephanie Meyer? They've both made a big cultural impact. On the totally (completely) biased side, I'd also like to see Dorothy L Sayers, Elisabeth Peters, Nora Roberts, Sherrilyn Kenyon and Janet Evanovich!

SandyG265 said...

J.K. Rowling and Jane Austen