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My top twenty favorite authors

February 25, 2012

My twenty favorite authors and the works that most make me say so (restricted to fiction and drama); not formally ranked:

William Shakespeare: Hamlet, Timon of Athens, Cymbeline, King Lear, Macbeth, The Tempest, Richard III, Twelfth Night, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Measure for Measure, Titus Andronicus, As You Like It

L. Frank Baum: The Wonderful Wizard of Oz, The Marvelous Land of Oz, Ozma of Oz, The Lost Princess of Oz, The Tin Woodman of Oz, Queen Zixi of Ix, The Flying Girl, Aunt Jane’s Nieces, Aunt Jane’s Nieces at Work, Aunt Jane’s Nieces and Uncle John, Aunt Jane’s Nieces on Vacation, The Last Egyptian, The Life and Adventures of Santa Claus, The Enchanted Island of Yew, Tamawaca Folks, Mary Louise, Mary Louise in the Country, The Suicide of Kiaros, The Witchcraft of Mary-Marie

Mary Shelley: Frankenstein, The Last Man, Valperga, Mathilda

Samuel Beckett: Molloy, Malone Dies, Endgame, Waiting for Godot, What Where, Rockaby, Quad, Footfalls, Play, Ohio Impromptu

Steve Gerber: The Man-Thing, Howard the Duck, Omega the Unknown,…And the Birds Hummed Dirges!, The Defenders, Guardians of the Galaxy: The Power of Starhawk, Doctor Fate: More Pain Comics, Hard Time, Conversion in a Terminal Subway, Thirst, The Phantom Zone

Jonathan Swift: Gulliver’s Travels, A Modest Proposal

Franz Kafka: The Castle (translated by Mark Harman), The Metamorphosis (translated by Stanley Corngold), A Hunger Artist, Before the Law

Neil Gaiman: The Sandman, The Graveyard Book, Anansi Boys, Stardust, Marvel 1602, Neil Gaiman’s Midnight Days

David Williamson: Emerald City, The Removalists, Travelling North, Don’s Party, The Club

Ralph Ellison: Invisible Man, King of the Bingo Game

Fyodor Dostoevsky: Notes from Underground (translated by Michael R. Katz)

Don Elkins & Carla Rueckert: The Crucifixion of Esmerelda Sweetwater, The Hidan of Maukbeiangjow (screenplay)

Anton Chekhov: The Cherry Orchard (translated by Joshua Karter)

William Hanley: Slow Dance on the Killing Ground

Victoria Hardie: Facing Goya

Grant Morrison: Doom Patrol: Crawling from the Wreckage, Doom Patrol: The Painting that Ate Paris, Doom Patrol: Down Paradise Way, Kid Eternity, Animal Man, Animal Man: Origin of the Species, Animal Man: Deus Ex Machina

Kobo Abe: The Face of Another (translated by E. Dale Saunders), The Woman in the Dunes (translated by E. Dale Saunders), Kangaroo Notebook (translated by Maryellen Toman Mori)

Jamie Delano: Hellblazer (issues 1-40)

Henry Handel Richardson (Ethel Florence Richardson): The Fortunes of Richard Mahony

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One Comment
  1. I hate the tradition of having rounded numbers for these things. I need to put on Phil(omena) O’Brien for Memoirs of the Irish-Israeli War, but who to take off?

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