This is the sequel to this post. Enjoy – and please share your favorites in the comments!
1. William Faulkner – I was absolutely blown away when I read The Sound and the Fury in college. It was literally the most inspiring thing I had ever read. Of course, the first few times I read it, none of the plot made sense, but I was so fascinated by the characters that I read it a few more times. When it all came together, it was amazing. Sanctuary and Absalom, Absalom! are also quite lovely.
2. Kathleen E. Woodiwiss – I always thought I hated romance novels until I read Ashes in the Wind, which is definitely not your run-of-the-mill romance. I love its depth of character, historical accuracy, and intriguing plot. Unlike other romance authors, Woodiwiss creates very different heroes and heroines – they don’t feel like they came from the same mold.
3. Sylvia Plath – In high school, I read The Bell Jar, “Daddy,” “Ariel,” and a bunch of other works by Plath, but it wasn’t until college that I really started to study her works. Usually, I don’t like reading a whole anthology of one poet’s works, but Plath’s poetry sucked me in. She creates beautiful images and with great depth of symbolism.
There are so many other deceased authors I admire… perhaps I’ll do a third blog in this “series.”