I did not read enough well known writers to answer this. I'm more interested in how people work. I was touched by the story of Stephen King and JK Rowling, how they started t write. Not so long ago I discoverd Shel Silverstein, a genius!
Colette, Hermann Hesse, Louise Erdrich, Robert Conley.
David Lodge, Sue Townsend, Nick Hornby, David Sedaris, Thomas Hardy, J K Rowling.
hemingway, fonte, wharton, steinbeck
"Admire" is to strong, "appreciate" is more accurate.
Jane Austen, Thich Nhat Hanh, John Updike, Dali Lama, Garcia Lorca, Peter Straub, Stephen King
I admire all of them. The only authors I have ever read and never got "in to" were Stephen King and Danielle Steel.
Some of my favorites are:
William Shakespeare: The greatest poet EVER!
Jude Devereaux..she is a Goddess with the written word!
Stephenie Meyers...Ahhh, what would I do without the Twilight Saga
Joey W. Hill
the list could go on and on forever!
Wilbur Smith for his vivid novels of Africa and ancient Egypt.
Alistair Maclean for his plots.
Douglas Reeman for his Navy tales of WW2.
Dale Brown for his excellent techno thrillers and his depth of knowledge on the subject.
Dr. Andrew Weil
Dr. Nicholas Perricone
Tolstoy, Gogol, Aksakov, Dostoyevsky, Shokolov, Gorky, Bulgakov, Paustovsky, Ivo Andric.
Balzac, Anthony Trollope, Arnold Bennett, Wilkie Collins, John Galsworthy, Rider Haggard, L.M. Montgomery.
Historians: Alain Corbin, Robert Darnton, Le Roy Ladurie, Orlando Figes.
Fyodor Dostoyevsky, J. R. R. Tolkien, Isaac Asimov, ...
Nicholson Baker, John Grisham, James Fallows, Naomi Klein, Carson McCullers, Simon Shama,
There are too many to name. But my favourite poet is undeniably William Blake, followed by Dante Alighieri, James Joyce, Antonin Artaud and Allen Ginsberg...
I enjoy a good Stephen King book. He unravels a horror superbly! His descriptions are so real, it drags you into believing these terrifying creature are lurking under your couch.
Also, on the poetry side of things, Edward Monkton has great insight. His work includes quirky drawings with odd musings which I really find enlightening. I'd like to take apart his mind just to see the place where these strange thoughts come from. :P
Carson McCullers, Anne Lamott, William Faulkner.