From the start, John Grisham's subjects and style of writing have interested me. I've also enjoyed James Baldwin's and Richard Wright's writing styles, as well as their deep insight on the human experience from the viewpoint of black America.
Honestly, there are too many, from poems by Robert Frost, Joyce Kilmer, Maya Angelou, Sam Walter Foss, Nikki Giovanni and William Ernest Henley to J.R.R. Tolkien and Leo Tolstoy, for me to list them all here. However, no matter who wrote it, my admiration goes--always--to the work, not the author...something I try always to remember when I'm writing, as well.
As above. the writers I admire are the ones that engage me as a reader.
Dylan Thomas, JRR Tolkein, TH White, Salman Rushdie, Peter Carey, AS Byatt, Jack Kerouac, Arundhati Roy, Douglas Adams, Terry Pratchett, Richard Adams and William Horwood. I am sure there will be more.
H G Wells, he was a man ahead of his time. the stories he wrote, still hold true to this day. has was the American writer Jules Verne. Both had unbelievable imaginations. Both these writers are so alike. To me they are like time travelers who went back into the past and wrote their stories. How could they think of such things?
"I admire anybody who has the guts to write anything at all." - EB White
It's a different field with screenwriters than it is with novelists. I'd have to say Cameron Crowe, Oliver Stone..... and it took me a while to appreciate his work but Woody Allen is an extremely talented writer
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I really should widen my reading horizons as I often stick to the same books and reread them. I really adore Dean Koontz's writing style. Something about how blunt it is just makes it fascinating to read. I also love Lilian Jackson Braun's series of "The Cat Who..." I love how she has so many characters and each one has something to offer to the protagonist. Her stories are so original and have a lot of depth to them.
I know that the selfvalidating hipster answer should be that wellknown writers definitively suck, because they're sellouts; but I can't pretend that that's true. Now I just wonder how we measure for notoriety. A followercount at twitter.com? A major film based on a novel? I dunno.
I dig Stephen King. I actually haven't read much of his stuff from this century yet; it's not personal: I haven't been reading as much fiction in general since the 'net really took off in the nineties. But, while I wouldn't disagree that he functionally writes McBooks, I'd accuse him of writing McBooks really well. That said, I may have written a novel or two as a result of mispredicting how his would end.
I liked Vonnegut, provided that we're not talking about Slaughterhouse Five. The loose binary relation between Breakfast of Champions and Timequake sums up to one of the best things I've ever read.
James Morrow is awesome. I'm not sure how wellknown he really is, though he's certainly less famous than he should be. The first thing I read was This Is the Way the World Ends, by chance, and I think it's probably the best place to start.
A newish guy [and, as a matter of disclosure, an EFriend of mine whom I've never physically met] is Scott Sigler. Dude's brilliant. I fully expect him to emerge as this century's Crichton within a few more years.
Douglas Adams is an obvious one. That guy may have eclipsed Twain and Dickens as the greatest wordsmith in the history of writing. I catch myself missing him a lot.
And, Arthur C Clarke should be obvious. I was never that thrilled with his writing style, personally; but his ability to predict and/or invent conceptual technology made Jules Verne look like Miss Cleo.
Fiction writers I'm a big fan of are Douglas Adams, Kurt Vonnegut, Martin Cruz Smith, and most of the big names in science-fiction, since I'm a fan of the genre. Non-fiction writers I like are almost too numerous to mention, although particular favorites are Hunter S. Thompson, William Shirer, James McPherson, Bruce Catton, Sebastian Junger, and Carl Sagan. And probably others I will think of as soon as I'm done answering this question.
It's a bit hard to say, because I read such a lot and it depends on genre. I do like Eloisa James because she is knowledgeable and finds such a wonderful humorous way to write her books. I admire Kresley Cole because she found such a beautiful fantasy world to write about. I can go on and on about good writers: Marion Bradley, Dostojevsky, Mary Balogh, William Shakespeare...
any writers, from the first time ones to the ones that have been doing for years. I think that every persons story in important.
For children's picture books it is the old favorite Dr Seuss and contemporary Tom Lictctenheld.Also Mo Willems is a big favorite.
For memoirs I greatly admire Jennifer Finney Boylan actually James Boylan who wrote about "She's not there- A Life in Two Genders" about how he changed genders from a male to female.
Other writer's I admire are Jodi Picoult, Scottoline, Wally Lamb, Steven King and many more too numerous to mention.
Woody Allen, Daniel Samper Pizano, alvaro de la Iglesia, Laurie Notaro, Chelsea Handler.