Thought of the Day: Most Important Authors

My preliminary picks for the five most important authors of the 20th Century:

-J.R.R. Tolkien
-Edgar Rice Burroughs
-Agatha Christie
-Raymond Chandler
-H.P. Lovecraft

(A case could be made for H.G. Wells, except that his most important works were almost all written at the tail-end of the 19th century)

5 thoughts on “Thought of the Day: Most Important Authors

  1. Interesting list. Depends on what you mean by ‘important’. I’d go:

    – G. K. Chesterton (At the top of the list, like Ella)
    -J.R.R. Tolkien
    – C.S. Lewis
    On the plus side. On the negative side:
    – H. G. Wells, for his Outline of History alone – poison.
    – lot of contenders for this last spot in the Circle or Evil – Gramsci, Freire, John Money. The people responsible for the current bad ideas inflicting our world.

    Your list is more fun.

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    • See the reply above: most important specifically in terms of their influence on writing and storytelling (just plain best would be a *lot* more complicated: e.g. would Agatha Christie win out for better puzzles and plots, or Dorothy Sayers for better prose and character work? Influence / impact on the art form is much easier)


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