Editor’s note: This list doesn’t represent my views, so don’t bother telling me why you disagree. It’s a compilation of the views of critics, fans, and experts from at least 10 different surveys of “greatest writers.” For Part 1, where I detail the methodology for selecting the writers listed below, click here.
Before I list the Top 100 writers, I thought it might be interesting to share a few other top writer lists from my survey.
Top 10 Writers According to Critics
- James Joyce
- William Faulkner
- Henry James
- Virginia Woolf
- Vladimir Nabokov
- D.H. Lawrence
- William Shakespeare*
- William Butler Yeats
- George Orwell (tie)
- Ernest Hemingway (tie)
A little surprised? Again, this is influenced by the existence of novels. Had Shakespeare’s plays been critiqued as if they were novels, he would have been 1st among critics. (Even a ranking of 50th would have been enough to put him in first. So, we’ll…
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