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.


    1. Dickens is OK – I enjoyed Bleak House once I got past all the legal jargon… and I have yet to read Austen.


  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.”


      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.)


        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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