Who is your ‘Great Writer’?

To celebrate World Book Day the Great Writers Inspire project would like to hear about the writers that inspire you. Please add your comments to this post – your great writer and why they inspire you in 2-3 sentences.

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5 Responses to Who is your ‘Great Writer’?

  1. Rosie says:

    James Ellroy: He can be difficult to read, especially his later work, but the progression of his work is fantastic and something rarely seen with a pay-off that is fabulous. the intertwining of true life people and events in with fictitious ones brings both an uncomfortable familiarity to the stories whilst adding an extra twist and a different outlook that brings a strange clarity with each page. Atmospheric, dark and disturbed – everything I like in a book, and after I’ve read an Ellroy, I crack on with the writing I’ve personally been putting off myself…after watching a DVD or two that have been based on his work, of course.

  2. ramesh krishnamurthy says:

    Salman Rushdie – esp Midnights Children: re-magicked India and the English language simultaneously
    Jaroslav Hasek – Good Soldier Schweik; the Catch-22 and Sergeant Bilko of WW1
    Franz Kafka – prefigured 1984 in greater psychological complexity, frustration, and darkness
    Anthony Burgess – seems to have been forgotten recently; a variety of innovative styles and topics
    Anthony Powell – Dance to the Music of Time – intricately woven and sharply described narrative
    Mark Haddon – Curious Incident – inspired all my children as well
    Spike Milligan – founder of modern anarchic British humour; strangely not yet given ‘literary establishment’ seal

    …to name but a few

  3. dkernohan says:

    François Rabelais – because somehow a C15th lapsed French monk has more to say about the brilliance and bawdiness of the modern human condition than anyone writing since. Pick up the J.M. Cohen translation of “Gargantua and Pantagruel” for the full “Gulliver’s Travels as told by South Park” vibrancy and power.

  4. openspires says:

    Robert Graves – I Claudius and the followup about Nero are so beautifully crafted ! I’ve recently read Goodbye to All that – what a life he had and the ability to keep the humour flowing on every page through such a tragic time. His style is so unique.
    Mark Twain – A century ahead of his time – Find the book “Roughing It ” – a forgotten comedy classic about him and his brother
    Orwell – Down in Out Paris and London was a book that I read again and again when I was a teenager
    Steinbeck – I loved Cannery Row and all his short stories when I was about 20. Really easy to read..
    Ben Okri – Again a really unique style – Someone I’d like to read again
    Gabriel García Márquez – One Hundred Years of Solitude !
    Primo Levi – If This Is a Man – an incredible testimony
    But the ones that really blew me away when I was in my late teens and early twenties were the Russian writers – Dostoyevsky, Tolstoy and Turgenev

  5. Leila says:

    You just can’t leave out the ladies – Virginia Woolf is so important to the language of modern fiction I love Mrs Dalloway as well as her short stories and of course Carson McCuller’s strange but beautiful characters also The Golden Notebook by Doris Lessing – a tough but powerful read.

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