3 (Deceased) Authors I Admire

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.”

12 thoughts on “3 (Deceased) Authors I Admire

  1. Faulkner is an author that I’ve struggled with for a while, but I need to give him another chance. I do appreciate what he wrote about every Southern boy being able to feel himself standing with Pickett before the charge. Plath, on the other hand, I just cannot get.

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  2. I’ve never been able to get very far with Faulkner. A friend, from Atlanta, said, “What do you expect? You’re from New York. It’s a Southern thing, you wouldn’t understand it.”

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      1. I really should tackle him again. What would you recommned as a good one to start with?

        (Also, I must say that, much as I’ve had trouble with his novels, he co-wrote the screenplays to two of my all-time favorite movies: To Have and Have Not, and The Big Sleep.)

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        1. I’d say Sanctuary. It’s not as obtuse as his other novels can be and the storyline is pretty fun, if you like hard-boiled detective novels.

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