Who are the classic authors that I should be reading?

I want to be a writer, and I know that there are certain classic authors that are pretty much 'basic.' Milton, Lovecraft, Collins, etc. But, I also know that there are a lot that I'm missing. Can anybody give me a list?

7 Answers

  • 10 years ago
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    Read whatever you want. But if you're looking for classic literature I can name some things.

    Jane Austen

    Alexander Dumas

    Daphne Du Maurier

    Edith Wharton

    Fyodor Dostoevsky

    James Joyce ( I love his prose)

    Anton Chekhov

    Gabrial Garcia Marquez



    The three Bronte's

    Agatha Christie

    Elizabeth Goudge- I've only read: Green Dolphin Street : fantastic book.

    Upton Sinclair

    T.H. White

    Louisa May Alcott

    S.E. Hinton

    H.G. Wells

    What was the authors name for Red Badge of Courage? I can;t remember... stephen something

    George Bernard Shaw - I have read Cyrano De Bergerac and Pygmalian. both pretty good (plays)

  • 10 years ago

    Well it really kind of depends. For instance, I actually haven't read any Lovecraft and I don't think I'm a worse author for it, but I don't write anything in the genre that Lovecraft (more or less) created. From what you've got so far, I would add Poe, Dante, Kafka, Asimov, Orwell, Mary Shelley, and H.G. Wells... And then just in general, I would say make sure you brush up on your more classic classics like Shakespeare and Camus and all that. Also, if you really want to expand your reading, try some non-European classics, like Achebe or Ngugi or Marquez.

  • 10 years ago

    You don't have to read any classics to become a good writer. You do need to read a lot, especially within the genre you want to write in. Once classics were just ordinary stories, and it was the good writing that propelled them into the "classics" category. There are classics being written today, but have not been out long enough to be considered classic. Read a lot, and then focus on learning to write well.

  • keinz
    Lv 4
    4 years ago

    once you're saying classics, do you mean Greek and Roman or in basic terms something older than 50 years old? In the two case, i prefer to advise Ovid's Metamorphoses (humorous!). in any different case, Salinger, Austen, and Dumas are a number of my favorites.

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  • LeeBee
    Lv 5
    10 years ago

    Well I don't know if these are really what you're looking for but...

    Nathaniel Hawthorne

    Jane Austen (gotta get some women in there)

    maybe a little bit of Joseph Conrad

    Arthur Miller (plays)


    T.S. Eliot

    Robert Frost

    Mark Twain

    Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

    Ernest Hemingway

    I'll add more if and when I think of them!

    Have a good afternoon!


  • 10 years ago

    Jack london, Dumas, Robert Louis Stevensen

  • Anonymous
    10 years ago

    J.K. Rowling.

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