The Global Literary Canon

My List of the Writers Everyone Should Be Reading . . . and Re-Reading . . .

The Writers Students Should Be Studying . . .

and Teachers Should Be Teaching . . .

A Global Literary Canon for the 21st Century

(this list is necessarily incomplete and constantly being updated, as all such lists should be)

Kobo Abe, Chinua Achebe, Kathy Acker, Helen Adam, Juliette Adam, Léonie Adams, Jane Addams, Tim Addey, Mortimer J. Adler, Adonis, Aeschylus, Aesop, Ai, Ama Ata Aidoo, Conrad Aiken, Joan Aiken, Mark Akenside, Anna Akhmatova, Alain-Fournier, Francisco X. Alarcón, Edward Albee, Alcaeus, Alcman, Bronson Alcott, Louisa May Alcott, Richard Aldington, Claribel Alegría, Lloyd Alexander, Will Alexander, Sherman Alexie, Paula Gunn Allen, Isabel Allende, Dorothy Allison, Julia Alvarez, Betti Alver, Ammianus Marcellinus, Anacreon, Rudolfo Anaya, Hans Christian Andersen, Sherwood Anderson, Eugénio de Andrade, Mário de Andrade, Maya Angelou, Jane Anger, Anonymous (was a woman), Jean Anouilh, Susan B. Anthony, Anyte of Tegea, Gloria E. Anzaldúa, Guillaume Apollinaire, Apollodorus, Apollonius of Rhodes, Kwame Anthony Appiah, Lucius Apuleius, Louis Aragon, Archilochus, Reinaldo Arenas, Hannah Arendt, Aristophanes, Aristotle, Matthew Arnold, Arrian, Antonin Artaud, John Ashbery, Isaac Asimov, Miguel Ángel Asturias, William Walker Atkinson, Margaret Atwood, W.H. Auden, Sri Aurobindo, Jane Austen, Mariama Ba, Ingeborg Bachmann, Francis Bacon, Chilam Balam, James Baldwin, Honoré de Balzac, Amiri Baraka, Hoda Barakat, Bardo Thodol (Tibetan Book of the Dead), Pat Barker, Djuna Barnes, Richard Barnfield, Natalie Clifford Barney, Aliki Barnstone, Willis Barnstone, J.M. Barrie, John Barth, Roland Barthes, John Barton, Jacques Barzun, Matsuo Bashō, George Bataille, Charles Baudelaire, Countess Beatritz de Dia, Daniel Beaty, Simone de Beauvoir, Alison Bechdel, Samuel Beckett, William Beckford, Thomas Lovell Beddoes, Aphra Behn, Alan Bennett, Jeremy Bentham, Eric Bentley, Beowulf, Henri Bergson, Martin Bernal, Bertran de Born, John Berryman, Annie Besant, Hakim Bey, The Bhagavad Gita, Sujata Bhatt, Ambrose Bierce, Bion, Elizabeth Bishop, Black Elk, William Blake, Madame Helena Petrovna Blavatsky, Harold Bloom, Robert Bly, Augusto Boal, Giovanni Boccaccio, Charles Boer, Boethius, Roberto Bolaño, María Luisa Bombal, Isaac Bonewits, Jorge Luis Borges, Kate Bornstein, James Boswell, John Boswell, Jane Bowles, Paul Bowles, Karin Boye, Anne Bradstreet, Beth Brant, Kamau Brathwaite, Bertolt Brecht, Robert Bridges, Hermann Broch, Anne Brontë, Charlotte Brontë, Emily Brontë, Rupert Brooke, Gwendolyn Brooks, Nicole Brossard, Olga Broumas, Bob Brown, Norman O. Brown, Thomas Browne, Elizabeth Barett Browning, Robert Browning, Giordano Bruno, Bryher, Georg Büchner, Pearl Buck, E.A. Wallis Budge, Mikhail Bulgakov, Carlos Bulosan, Anthony Burgess, Walter Burkert, William S. Burroughs, John Horne Burns, Robert Burns, Edward P. Butler, Octavia Butler, Samuel Butler, Mary Butts, A.S. Byatt, Witter Bynner, Lord Byron, Álvar Núñez Cabeza de Vaca, Roberto Calasso, Pedro Calderón de la Barca, Callimachus, Italo Calvino, Luís de Camões, Dino Campana, Joseph Campbell, Augusto & Haroldo de Campos, Albert Camus, Andreas Capellanus, Truman Capote, Giosuè Carducci, Edward Carpenter, Carmina Burana, Lewis Carroll, Anne Carson, Angela Carter, Ernst Cassirer, Rosario Castellanos, Carlos Casteneda, Ana Castillo, Rosalía de Castro, Willa Cather, Catullus, Constantine P. Cavafy, Guido Cavalcanti, Margaret Cavendish, Paul Celan, Miguel de Cervantes, Aimé Césaire, Theresa Hak Kyung Cha, Jane Chambers, Eileen Chang (Zhāng Àilíng), La Chanson de Roland (The Song of Roland), George Chapman, Geoffrey Chaucer, Thomas Chatterton, Anton Chekhov, André Chénier, Charles W. Chesnutt, Chikamatsu Monzaemon, Alice Childress, Manou Chintesco, Noam Chomsky, Kate Chopin, Chrétien de Troyes, Inger Christensen, Christine de Pizan, Chrystos, Chu Hung (Zhu Hong), Caryl Churchill, Pierre Chuvin, Marcus Tullius Cicero, Emil Cioran, Sandra Cisneros, Hélène Cixous, Chris Claremont, Claudian, Claudia Trophime, Diskin Clay, Cleanthes, Lucille Clifton, Jean Cocteau, J.M. Coetzee, Leonard Cohen, Wanda Coleman, Samuel Taylor Coleridge, Colette, Eugenia Collier, Vittoria Colonna, Marquis de Condorcet, Confucius (K’ung-fu-tzu), Joseph Conrad, Benjamin Constant, James Fenimore Cooper Jr., Tristan Corbière, Marie Corelli, Ian Corrigan, Julio Cortázar, Noël Coward, T. Thorn Coyle, Hart Crane, Stephen Crane, Adelaide Crapsey, Quentin Crisp, Louis Crompton, Harry Crosby, Aleister Crowley, John Crowley, Victor Hernández Cruz, Countee Cullen, ee cummings, Franz Cumont, Michael Cunningham, Scott Cunningham, Arnaut Daniel, Samuel Daniel, Dante Alighieri, Rubén Dário, Guy Davenport, H.R. Ellis Davidson (Hilda Ellis Davidson), James Davidson, Robertson Davies, Angela Davis, Jack Davis, Lydia Davis, Thomas De Quincy, Guy Debord, Eugene V. Debs, Daniel Defoe, Vine Deloria Jr., Jacques Derrida, Anita Desai, Marceline Desbordes-Valmore, René Descartes, Robert Desnos, Marcel Detienne, Babette Deutsch, Mahasweta Devi, The Dhammapada, Philip K. Dick, Charles Dickens, Emily Dickinson, Goldsworthy Lowes Dickinson, Denis Diderot, Annie Dillard, John M. Dillon, Diné Bahane’ (The Navajo Creation Story), Isak Dinesen, Birago Diop, Diane di Prima, Melvin Dixon, Assia Djebar, E.R. Dodds, Wendy Doniger, John Donne, José Donoso, H.D. (Hilda Doolittle), Fyodor Dostoevsky, William G. Doty, Frederick Douglass, Mourning Dove, Rita Dove, K.J. Dover, Christine Downing, Arthur Conan Doyle, Robert Drake, Annette von Droste-Hülshoff, Martin Duberman, W.E.B. Du Bois, Du Fu (Tu Fu), Paul Laurence Dunbar, Alice Dunbar-Nelson, Robert Duncan, Rachel Blau DuPlessis, Marguerite Duras, Émile Durkheim, Lawrence Durrell, Denis Dutton, Tony Duvert, Eknath Easwaran, Margaret Edson, The Egyptian Book of the Dead, Mircea Eliade, George Eliot, T.S. Eliot, Havelock Ellis, Peter Berresford Ellis, Ralph Ellison, Odysseas Elytis, Ralph Waldo Emerson, Empedocles, Enheduanna, Eve Ensler, Epictetus, Olaudah Equiano, Desiderius Erasmus, Louise Erdrich, Erinna, Laura Esquivel, Sandra María Esteves, Euripides, Arthur Evans, Lillian Faderman, Clifton Fadiman, Robert Fagles, Frantz Fanon, Sui Sin Far (Edith Maude Eaton), Lewis Richard Farnell, William Faulkner, Jessie Redmon Fauset, Leslie Feinberg, François Fénelon, Lawrence Ferlinghetti, Abolqasem Ferdowsi, Marsilio Ficino, Leslie Fiedler, Michael Field (Katherine Bradley & Edith Cooper), Harvey Fierstein, Anne Finch, Ronald Firbank, F. Scott Fitzgerald, Penelope Fitzgerald, Robert Fitzgerald, Janet Flanner, Gustave Flaubert, Dario Fo, Charles Henri Ford, María Irene Fornés, E.M Forster, Michel Foucault, Charles Fourier, Janet Frame, Anatole France, Benjamin Franklin, Sir James G. Frazer, Mary Wilkins Freeman, Sigmund Freud, Baroness Elsa von Freytag-Loringhoven, Betty Friedan, Kimon Friar, Robert Frost, Northrop Frye, Carlos Fuentes, Margaret Fuller, R. Buckminster Fuller, Jostein Gaarder, Neil Gaiman, John Kenneth Galbraith, Mahatma Gandhi, Federico García Lorca, Gabriel García Márquez, El Inca Garcilaso de la Vega, John Gardner, Elizabeth Gaskell, William H. Gass, Théophile Gautier, Theodore Seuss Geisel, Jean Genet, Stefan George, The Epic of King Gesar, Ghalib, Edward Gibbon, Andrea Gibson, André Gide, Sandra M. Gilbert, The Epic of Gilgamesh, Charlotte Perkins Gilman, Marija Gimbutas, Allen Ginsberg, Jean Giraudoux, Nikki Giovanni, Susan Glaspell, Louise Glück, Joscelyn Godwin, Sita Ram Goel, Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, Nikolai Gogol, Arthur Golding, William Golding, Emma Goldman, Agustín Gómez-Arcos, Luis de Góngora, Rodolfo ‘Corky’ Gonzales, Lorna Goodison, Paul Goodman, Mother Goose, Nadine Gordimer, Gottfried von Strassburg, John Gower, Olympe de Gouges, Juan Goytisolo, Fritz Graf, Kenneth Grahame, Judy Grahn, Günter Grass, Robert Graves, Thomas Gray, The Greek Anthology (Anthologia Graeca), Germaine Greer, John Michael Greer, Lady Augusta Gregory, Angelina Weld Grimké, Brothers Grimm, Doris Grumbach, Barbara Guest, Thom Gunn, Kenneth Sylvan Guthrie, Pierre Guyotat, Brion Gysin,  Moses Hadas, Pierre Hadot, Hadewijch, Hafiz of Shiraz, Jessica Hagedorn, Sarah Josepha Hale, Hazel Hall, Manly P. Hall, Radclyffe Hall, Fitz-Greene Halleck, Michael Hamburger, Alexander Hamilton, Suheir Hammad, Jupiter Hammon, Christopher Hampton, Thich Nhat Hanh, James Hanley, Lorraine Hansberry, Thomas Hardy, Joy Harjo, Francis Ellen Watkins Harper, Bertha Harris, Jane Ellen Harrison, Alan L. Hart, Marsden Hartley, Sadakichi Hartmann, Andrew Harvey, Václav Havel, Nathaniel Hawthorne, Robert Hayden, William Hazlitt, H.D. (Hilda Doolittle), Seamus Heaney, William Least Heat-Moon,  Hedyle, G.W.F. Hegel, Martin Heidegger, Henrich Heine, Lyn Hejinian, Lillian Hellman, Héloïse & Pierre Abélard, Felicia Dorothea Hemans, Ernest Hemingway, Essex Hemphill, Heraclitus, Frank Herbert, Zbigniew Herbert, Johann Gottfried von Herder, José María de Heredia, The Hermetica, Herodotus, Robert Herrick, Hesiod, Hermann Hesse, Ella Higginson, Gilbert Highet, Patricia Highsmith, Tomson Highway, Nazım Hikmet, Hildegard von Bingen, Geoffrey Hill, James Hillman, Robert Hillyer, Daryl Hine, Thomas Hobbes, E.T.A. Hoffmann, Hugo von Hofmannsthal, Andrew Holleran, Alan Hollinghurst, Friedrich Hölderlin, Homer, bell hooks, The Book of the Hopi, Gerard Manley Hopkins, Horace, Richard Hengist Horne (Richard Henry Horne), A.E. Housman, Susan Howe, Langston Hughes, Victor Hugo, Vicente Huidobro, David Hume, Leigh Hunt, Zora Neale Hurston, Joris-Karl Huysmans, Aldous Huxley, David Henry Hwang, Qurratulain Hyder, Hypnerotomachia Poliphili, Iamblichus, Henrik Ibsen, Naomi Iizuka, Eugène Ionesco, Luce Irigaray, Lady Ise, Christopher Isherwood, Kazuo Ishiguro, Arturo Islas, Edmond Jabès, Shirley Jackson, Harriet Jacobs, Alice James, Henry James, William James, Alfred Jarry, Robinson Jeffers, Thomas Jefferson, Elfriede Jelinek, William Dale Jennings, Sarah Orne Jewett, Sophie Jewett, Ruth Prawer Jhabvala, Georgia Douglas Johnson, Ronald Johnson, Dr. Samuel Johnson, Sarah Iles Johnston, David Jones, Edward P. Jones, Ingrid Jonker, Ben Jonson, June Jordan, Pierre Joris, James Joyce, Juan de la Cruz, Sor Juana Inés de la Cruz, Julia Balbilla, Emperor Julian, Carl Gustav Jung, Juvenal, Kabir, Franz Kafka, Raven Kaldera, The Kalevala, Kālidāsa, Sarah Kane, Immanuel Kant, Allan Kardec, Kostas Karyotakis, Jonathan Ned Katz, Bob Kaufman, Moisés Kaufman, Jackie Kay, Nikos Kazantzakis, John Keats, Edmund Keeley, Helen Keller, Karl Kerényi, Jack Kerouac, Omar Khayyam, Velimir Khlebnikov, Vénus Khoury-Ghata, Søren Kierkegaard, Myung Mi Kim, Jamaica Kincaid, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., Coretta Scott King, Peter Kingsley, Barbara Kingsolver, Maxine Hong Kingston, Thomas Kinsella, Alfred Kinsey, Rudyard Kipling, G.S. Kirk, Hosteen Klah (aka Hastiin or Hasteen Klah), Henrich von Kleist, Pierre Klossowski, Etheridge Knight, G. Wilson Knight, John Knowles, Ko Un, Alexei Kondratiev, Korinna, Richard von Krafft-Ebing, Jiddu Krishnamurti, Julia Kristeva, Milan Kundera, Hanif Kureishi, Tony Kushner, Mikhail Kuzmin, Thomas Kyd, Louise Labé, Pierre Choderlos de Laclos, Madame de La Fayette, Jean de La Fontaine, Selma Lagerlöf, Aquah LaLuah, Alphonse de Lamartine, Lame Deer, Giuseppe Tomasi di Lampedusa, Walter Savage Landor, Andrew Lang, Ladies of Llangollen (Lady Eleanor Butler & the Honourable Sarah Ponsonby), Lao-tzu (Laozi), Napoleon Lapathiotis, Nella Larsen, Jennifer Larson, Richmond Lattimore, François de La Rochefoucauld, John Lauritsen, Paul Lauter, Comte de Lautréamont, Emily Lawless, D.H. Lawrence, Emma Lazarus, Meridel Le Sueur, David Leavitt, Harper Lee, Mary E. Ashe Lee, Stan Lee, Vernon Lee, John Lennon, Leonardo da Vinci, Giacomo Leopardi, Mikhail Lermontov, Doris Lessing, Gotthold Lessing, Denise Levertov, Eliphas Levi, Peter Levi, Primo Levi, Emmanuel Lévinas, Claude Lévi-Strauss, C.S. Lewis, H. Jeremiah Lewis, Li Bai (Li Po), Libanius, A.J. Liebling, Werewere Liking, José Lezama Lima, Li Qingzhao (Li Ch’ing-chao), Ding Ling, Leconte de Lisle, Clarice Lispector, Anne Lister, Alain Locke, John Locke, Christopher Logue, Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, Longinus, Elias Lönnrot, Audre Lorde, The Lotus Sutra, Pierre Louÿs, H.P. Lovecraft, Amy Lowell, Mina Loy, Clare Boothe Luce, Lucian, Lucretius, Maria Lugones, P. Sufenas Virius Lupus, The Mabinogion, Rose Macaulay, Niccolò Machiavelli, John Henry Mackay, Nathaniel Mackey, Mary MacLane, James Macpherson, Naguib Mahfouz, Stéphane Mallarmé, Sir Thomas Malory, David Malouf, Osip Mandelstam, Klaus Mann, Thomas Mann, Katherine Mansfield, Joyce Mansour, Juana Manwell (Owl Woman), The Man’yōshū (aka Collection of Ten Thousand Leaves), Marcus Aurelius, Herbert Marcuse, Marguerite de Navarre, Marie de France, Pierre de Marivaux, Christopher Marlowe, Martial, Andrew Marvell, Karl Marx, Edgar Lee Masters, W. Somerset Maugham, Guy de Maupassant, Robert McAlmon, Nellie McClung, Carson McCullers, G.R.S. Mead, Margaret Mead, Meleager, Melinno, Herman Melville, Menander, Louis Ménard, Mencius (Meng Tzu), Prosper Mérimée, Mark Merlis, James Merrill, W.S. Merwin, Charlotte Mew, Michelangelo Buonarroti, John Stuart Mill, Harriet Taylor Mill, Edna St. Vincent Millay, Arthur Miller, Czesław Miłosz, John Milton, Trinh T. Minh-ha, Mirabai, Octave Mirbeau, Mishima Yukio, Gabriela Mistral, Stephen Mitchell, Moero, Molière, N. Scott Momaday, Paul Monette, Lady Mary Wortley Montagu, Michel de Montaigne, Eugenio Montale, Alan Moore, Marianne Moore, Cherrie Moraga, Aurora Levins Morales, Henry More, Thomas More, Robin Morgan, Irmtraud Morgner, Eduard Mörike, William Morris, Grant Morrison, Jim Morrison, Toni Morrison, Moschus, Thylias Moss, Edwin Muir, Abdul Rahman Munif, Haruki Murakami, Murasaki Shikibu, Iris Murdoch, Gilbert Murray, Robert Musil, R. K. Narayan, Taslima Nasrin, The Navajo Night Chant (Nightway Chant), Irène Némirovsky, Pablo Neruda, Gérard de Nerval, Nezahualcoyotl, The Nibelungenlied, Lorine Niedecker, Friedrich Nietzsche, Martin P. Nilsson, Anaïs Nin, Nisa, Nizami Ganjavi, Anna de Noailles, Yone Noguchi, Nonnus of Panopolis, Harold Norse, Rictor Norton, Nossis, Novalis, Richard Bruce Nugent, Martha Nussbaum, Naomi Shihab Nye, Flann O’Brien, Sean O’Casey, Charles Olson, Frank O’Hara, Christopher Okigbo, Mary Oliver, Tillie Olsen, One Thousand and One Nights, Eugene O’Neill, Jamie O’Neill, Ono no Komachi, Oodgeroo Noonuccal, John Opsopaus, Orpheus, Orpingalik, José Ortega y Gasset, Simon J. Ortiz, George Orwell, Ossian, Walter F. Otto, Ouida, Ovid, Wilfred Owen, Cynthia Ozick, Padmasambhava, Camille Paglia, Thomas Paine, Grace Paley, Palladas, Michael Palmer, Orhan Pamuk, Larin Paraske, Paracelsus, Américo Paredes, Samuel Park, Dorothy Parker, Suzan Lori-Parks, Violeta Parra, Teresa de la Parra, Pier Paolo Pasolini, Walter Pater, Pausanias, Cesare Pavese, Octavio Paz, William Penn, Sandro Penna, Emma Perez, Charles Perrault, Saint-John Perse, Persius, Fernando Pessoa, Francesco Petrarch, Petronius, Ann Petry, Roger Peyrefitte, Sarah Morgan Bryan Piatt, Katherine Philips, Philostratus, Giovanni Pico della Mirandola, Albert Pike, Pindar, Harold Pinter, Luigi Pirandello, August von Platen, Sylvia Plath, Plato, Ann Plato, Plautus, George Gemistus Plethon, Pliny the Elder, Plotinus, Plutarch, Po Chü-i (Bai Juyi), Edgar Allan Poe, Angelo Poliziano, Marco Polo, Vasko Popa, Alexander Pope, The Popol Vuh, Porphyry, Neil Postman, Beatrix Potter, Ezra Pound, Swami Prabhavananda, Praxilla, Edward Irenaeus Prime-Stevenson (Xavier Mayne), Proclus, Sextus Propertius, E. Annie Proulx, Marcel Proust, Olive Higgins Prouty, Manuel Puig, Philip Pullman, Alexander Pushkin, Thoms Pynchon, Raymond Queneau, Quintilian, Queste del Saint Graal, François Rabelais, Jean Racine, Raymond Radiguet, Kathleen Raine, A.K. Ramanujan, The Ramayana, Ayn Rand, Dahlia Ravikovitch, John Rechy, Ishmael Reed, Mary Renault, Kenneth Rexroth, Yasmina Reza, Charles Reznikoff, Jean Rhys, Adrienne Rich, Dorothy Richardson, Laura Riding, Lynn Riggs, Rainer Maria Rilke, Arthur Rimbaud, Yannis Ritsos, Tomás Rivera, José Rizal, Tom Robbins, Earl of Rochester, Mercè Rodoreda, Luis J. Rodriguez, Theodore Roethke, Frederick Rolfe, Pierre de Ronsard, Will Roscoe, Christina Rossetti, Dante Gabriel Rossetti, Edmond Rostand, Jerome Rothenberg, Jean-Jacques Rousseau, María Amparo Ruiz de Burton, Muriel Rukeyser, Rumi, Salman Rushdie, John Ruskin, Nawal El Saadawi, Umberto Saba, María Sabina, Nelly Sachs, Vita Sackville-West, Marquis de Sade, Saadi of Shiraz, Edward Said, Ihara Saikaku, Saki (H.H. Munro), Shin Saimdang, Assotto Saint, Antoine de Saint Exupéry, Sallustius, Sonia Sanchez, George Sand, Ed Sanders, George Santayana, Sapphire, Sappho, May Sarton, Jean-Paul Sartre, Marjane Satrapi, Friedrich Schiller, Arthur Schopenhauer, Delmore Schwartz, Armand Schwerner, Chief Seattle, David Sedaris, Eve Kosofsky Sedgwick, George Seferis, Maurice Sendak, Seneca, Léopold Sédar Senghor, Vikram Seth, Anna Seward, Anne Sexton, Peter Shaffer, William Shakespeare, Tupac Shakur, Ntozake Shange, Mary Shelley, Percy Bysshe Shelley, The Shi Jing (aka Chinese Book of Songs), Sei Shōnagon, Elaine Showalter, Shu Ting, Sir Philip Sidney, Angelos Sikelianos, Leslie Marmon Silko, Claude Simon, May Sinclair, Upton Sinclair, Edith Sitwell, Ali Smith, Anna Deveare Smith, John Holland Smith, Patti Smith, Edith Södergran, Solon, Mary Ellen Solt, Cathy Song, Susan Sontag, Sophocles, Wole Soyinka, Muriel Spark, Anne Spencer, Stephen Spender, Edmund Spenser, Leonora Speyer, Art Spiegelman, Carl Spitteler, Gayatri Spivak, Matthew Stadler, Gaspara Stampa, Elizabeth Cady Stanton, Starhawk, Statius, Gertrude Stein, John Steinbeck, Stendhal, Wallace Stevens, Robert Louis Stevenson, Samuel Steward, Max Stirner, Charles Warren Stoddard, Bram Stoker, Tom Stoppard, Alfonsina Storni, Harriet Beecher Stowe, Strato (Straton) of Sardis, August Strindberg, Snorri Sturluson, Sulpicia, The Epic of Sundiata (aka Son-Jara), Sun Tzu, Rosemary Sutcliff, May Swenson, Jonathan Swift, Algernon Charles Swinburne, John Addington Symonds, Wislawa Szymborska, Tacitus, Genevieve Taggard, Rabindranath Tagore, Mutsuo Takahashi, Amy Tan, Bayard Taylor, Thomas Taylor, Sara Teasdale, Telesilla, Aflred Lord Tennyson, Terentia, Teresa of Ávila, Celia Thaxter, Theocritus, Theognis of Megara, Theophrastus, Thomas the Rhymer, Dylan Thomas, Lorenzo Thomas, Henry David Thoreau, Thucydides, Alexis de Tocqueville, Colm Tóibín, J.R.R. Tolkien, Melvin B. Tolson, Leo Tolstoy, John Kennedy Toole, Jean Toomer, Cyril Tourneur, Michel Tournier, Toussaint Louverture, Thomas Traherne, Georg Trakl, Tomas Tranströmer, Sophie Treadwell, Caecilia Trebulla, Lionel Trilling, C.A. Tripp, Monique Truong, Sojourner Truth, Kitty Tsui, Marina Tsvetaeva, Ivan Turgenev, Mark Twain, Tristan Tzara, Karl Heinrich Ulrichs, Sigrid Undset, Louis Untermeyer, The Upanishads, Uvavnuk, Urvashi Vaid, Luis Valdez, Luisa Valenzuela, Paul Valéry, César Vallejo, Valmiki (Ramayana), Mark Van Doren, Blanca Varela, Giorgio Vasari, Henry Vaughan, Thomas Vaughan, Lope de Vega, Immanuel Velikovsky, Paul Verlaine, Jean-Pierre Vernant, Jules Verne, Théophile de Viau, Giambattista Vico, Cecilia Vicuña, Gore Vidal, François Villon, Helena Maria Viramontes, Virgil (Publius Vergilius Maro), Vitruvius, Renée Vivien, Voltaire, Kurt Vonnegut, Vyasa (Mahābhārata), Derek Walcott, Richard Wagner, Anne Waldman, Alice Walker, Margaret Walker, Wang Wei, Sylvia Townsend Warner, Robert Penn Warren, Wendy Wasserstein, Sarah Waters, Evelyn Waugh, William Weaver, Max Weber, Augusta Webster, John Webster, Peter Weiss, H.G Wells, Cornel West, M.L. West, Mae West, Nathanael West, Rebecca West, Philip Whalen, Edith Wharton, Phillis Wheatley, E.B. White, Edmund White, Patrick White, Walt Whitman, Michael Wigglesworth, Oscar Wilde, Ryan Wildstar, Rozz Williams, Saul Williams, Tennessee Williams, William Carlos Williams, August Wilson, Douglas Wilson, Peter Lamborn Wilson, Johann Joachim Winckelmann, Sarah Kate Istra Winter, Yvor Winters, Jeanette Winterson, Ludwig Wittgenstein, Monique Wittig, P.G. Wodehouse, Christa Wolf, George C. Wolfe, Wolfram von Eschenbach, Mary Wollstonecraft, Merle Woo, Gregory Woods, Virginia Woolf, John Woolman, Constance Fenimore Woolson, Dorothy Wordsworth, William Wordsworth, Richard Wright, Wu Cheng’en, Wu Tsao, Guy Wyndham-Jones, Malcolm X, Xenophon, Gao Xingjian, Xuân Diệu, Cao Xueqin (Ts’ao Hsüeh-ch’in), Frances Yates, William Butler Yeats, Sergei Yesenin [Sergei Esenin], Yi Sang, Paramahansa Yogananda, Marguerite Young, Marguerite Yourcenar, Saadi Youssef, Ovidia Yu, Yu Xuanji (Yu Hsuan-chi), Qu Yuan, Zeami Motokiyo, Zhu Xi [Chu Hsi], Zitkala-Sa, Heinrich Zimmer, Émile Zola, Zosimos of Panopolis, Louis Zukofsky

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  1. Oh oh ! Such a great list ! Food for thought…. you’re enjoying Atwood that much ? She’s such a funy one…

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    • I love Atwood’s novel, The Handmaid’s Tale, as well as some of her poems. I’ve been wanting to read more of her books, and I think my mother has read everything Atwood has ever written (she’s keeps trying to get me to Oryx and Crake, which is on my very long to-read list . . .).

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