7 classic writers from the U.S.

In celebration of the 4th of July, I thought I’d compile a list of 7 great U.S. writers.  I’m only covering adult fiction, which is why Dr. Seuss is not only the list.  It’s my blog, so it’s my choice of writers, feel free to disagree, but I hope you find it interesting.

Isaac Asimov

Asimov was a scientist with a gift for creativity and communication.  He’s probably best remembered for his sci-fi stories, but he also wrote mysteries and outstanding non-fiction.

Ernest Hemingway

I’m not at all convinced that I would have got on with Hemingway if I had met him personally, but there can be no doubt that he was one of the most talented writers in history and his influence lives on.

Jack Kerouac

His style may not be to everyone’s taste (although I suppose you could say that of any author) and he was vilified personally and as a writer throughout his adult life, but for all his personal issues (including chronic alcohol abuse), his novel On the Road is now regarded as a classic.

Stephen King

King has written so many novels, the quality is bound to be variable, but at his best, he is a true master storyteller and his finest books, in my opinion, really will be regarded as classics long into the future.

George R.R. Martin

A Song of Ice and Fire (aka Game of Thrones) – case closed.

Edgar Allan Poe

I love Edgar Allan Poe, although I’m more of a fan of his poetry than his prose.  Obviously, I’ve read The Raven many times, but, like Frost, there’s far more to him than his most famous works.  If you like classic thrillers (by modern standards, I’m not sure they’d count as horror), then Poe is a great choice and if you want to learn to write them, he’s a must.

Mark Twain (Samuel Langhorne Clemens)

A great chronicler of the Mississippi and its people, Mark Twain combined three endearing and enduring characteristics, wit, compassion and humour with a talent for observation and colourful description.  His book Life on the Mississippi could well have been source material for George R.R. Martin’s Fevre Dream.

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