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    who are your 3 favorite authors of all time

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    Hard to pick only three but if I had to than I would have to say

    Edgar Allan Poe
    Fyodor Dostoevsky
    Margaret Atwood

    The third was hard because there are several I could have chosen for that spot. I was really torn and thought I ought to have a woman on there because I do love her work.

    Deep into that darkness peering, long I stood there, wondering, fearing, doubting, dreaming dreams no mortal ever dared to dream before. ~ Edgar Allan Poe

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    Thomas Hardy
    Robert Louis Stevenson
    Charlotte Bronte joint third with Anthony Trollope, Elizabeth Gaskell and Arthur Conan Doyle ( ha ha, got a sneaky six in there !)

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    Hello!

    Shakespeare
    George ELiot
    Robert Louis Stevenson

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    George MacDonald Fraser
    George Orwell
    David Lodge
    According to Aldous Huxley, D.H. Lawrence once said that Balzac was 'a gigantic dwarf', and in a sense the same is true of Dickens.
    Charles Dickens, by George Orwell

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    Nathaniel Hawthorne
    Cormac McCarthy
    Flannery O'Connor

    These are just the three I can think of right now

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    William Shakespeare
    Dante Alighieri
    Tie: William Blake & J.L. Borges
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    Favorite American authors, stlukesguild?

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    Favorite American Authors:
    -Walt Whitman
    -R.W. Emerson
    -Herman Melville
    runners up:
    -Nathaniel Hawthorne
    -Emily Dickinson
    -T.S. Eliot
    -Vladimir Nabokov

    Favorite British Authors:
    -William Shakespeare
    -Edmund Spenser
    -William Blake
    runners up:
    -John Milton
    -John Keats
    -Lawrence Sterne
    -Jonathan Swift
    -Thomas Traherne
    -Robert Herrick
    -Oscar Wilde
    -Lewis Carroll

    Favorite French Authors:
    -Charles Baudelaire
    -Victor Hugo
    -Michel de Montaigne
    runners up:
    -Gustave Flaubert
    -Paul Verlaine
    -Marcel Proust

    Favorite German Authors:
    -Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
    -Hermann Hesse
    -Ranier Maria Rilke
    runners up:
    -Thomas Mann
    -Franz Kafka
    -Friedrich Hölderlin

    Favorite Italian Authors:
    -Dante Alighieri
    -Eugenio Montale
    -Italo Calvino
    runners up:
    -Giacomo Leopardi
    -Carlo Goldini
    -Ludovico Ariosto

    Favorite Spanish Authors:
    -Miguel de Cervantes
    -Federico Garcia Lorca
    -Rafael Alberti
    runners up:
    -Pedro Calderon de la Barca
    -Fernando de Rojas
    -San Juan de la Cruz

    Favorite Russian Authors:
    -Leo Tolstoy
    -Fyodor Dostoevsky
    -Anton Chekhov
    runners up:
    -Boris Pasternak
    -Nikolai Gogol
    -Mikhail Bulgakov

    Favorite Greek Authors:
    -Homer
    -Aeschylus
    -Sophocles
    -Euripides

    Favorite Latin Authors:
    -Virgil
    -Ovid
    -Horace

    Favorite Other European Authors:
    -Fernando Pessoa
    -Henrik Ibsen
    -Pär Lagerkvist
    -Jaroslaw Siefert
    -Czesław Miłosz
    -August Strindberg
    -Jose Saramago

    South-American/Mexican Authors:
    -J.L. Borges
    -Pablo Neruda
    -Octavio Paz
    -Gabriel García Márquez
    -Alejo Carpentier
    -Julio Cortazar
    -César Vallejo
    -Mario Vargas Llosa
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    Conrad
    George Eliot
    W. Shakespeare
    plus 4th: Chekhov

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    Interesting stlukesguild. Thanks for the list.

    How is Victor Hugo better than Flaubert and Proust (all three being great canonical masters)? I'm interested. I love Hugo's Les Miserablee and long to read his other novels and his poetic work soon.

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    Yasunari Kawabata
    Thomas Mann
    Virginia Woolf

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    Wow, there are so many books I have waiting to be read, that I can only preface this by saying that these are placeholders:

    1. Tolstoy
    2. George Bernard shaw
    3. Shakespeare/Homer

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    For me, number one is perfectly stable in his place at the top spot, the other two may vary. But currently,

    1. Henry David Thoreau
    2. Euripides
    3. W. Somerset Maugham
    “Oh crap”
    -- Hellboy

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    1. Thomas Pynchon
    2. Virginia Woolf/Vladimir Nabokov
    3. William Shakespeare/William Faulkner

    Picking only three was physically painful; even breaking the rules and including five was gut-wrenching
    “I am made and remade continually. Different people draw different words from me.”
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