John Fowels, Yates, Shakesphere
John Steinbeck, Eudora Weldy and Larry McMuartyWilla Cather
Stephen King is a fellow Mainer and well known in these parts (Central Maine)...his style is a little more macabre than mine...but "It" was truly enjoyable as was "Hearts in Atlantis". I found both John Grisham and James Patterson to be favorites of mine and I really enjoy the way JK Rowling put the bow on the entire Harry Potter series in the final two chapters...magnificent. The granddaddy of all of them is Shakespeare and I enjoy a good discussion about his life, times and ideals...he was a far more advanced thinker than even we give him credit for...
I read anything and rarely remember who wrote it. I tend to favor the classics.
I love the classic writers such as Charles Dickens, Edgar Allan Poe, Oscar Wilde, Robert-Louis Stevenson and Mark Twain. I admire all of these authors because their works have made them legends in literature.
Homer, Shakespeare, Balzac, Doderer, Stevens, Rilke. I'd love to do a seminar on any one, or each of them.
poetry - Theodore Roethke, James Dickey, John Ciardi, Anne Sexton, W. H. Auden
Fiction - Margaret Atwood, John Irving, Anne Tyler, Tim Winton, D. H. Lawrence,
F. Scott Fitzgerald, John O'Hara, Henry Miller, Russell Banks
Umberto Eco, Shakespear, Stephenie Meyer.
Paulo Coelho and Pramoedya Ananta Toer
James Mitchner, Cassie Edwards, Sandra Hill, Madeline Baker
Henry David Thoreau, Kahlil Gibran, Edgar Allan Poe, Kate Chopin, Jack London. The list is just way too long.
Being a student of history, Thomas B. Costain ("The Black Rose") is my favorite fiction writer. James Michner ("The Source") comes a close second. But, for non-fiction, Neale Donald Walsch ("Conversations With God") is the very best! And, H. G. Wells ("The Outline of History") is a close second.
My absolute favorite writers are Paul Bowles and John Hawkes. The former for his style, his sensibilities, the elemental nature of his stories and books, his life in general; the latter for his incredible, insanely perfect lyricism. The Sheltering Sky and The Blood Oranges respectively are, simply put, perfect novels. Other fiction writers I love are James Michener, Italo Calvino, Willa Cather, Sylvia Plath, Jeffrey Eugenides, J.M. Coetzee, Annie Proulx, Kazuo Ishiguro, Emily Bronte. I think Dan Eldon was an amazing young photo-journalist and collagist, and National Geographics will always have a special place in my life. I love the memoir work and nonfiction work of my friends Rita Golden Gelman and Alexandra Fuller. And any travel guidebook will shut me up for a few hours too.
I am friends with quite a few, so I won't risk those friendships. Historically, Victor Hugo, Tagore, Poe, Shelley, Byron.
I do not have any in particular.
I guess in all truth I would have to say anyone who writes a paper, novel, book
song or even a screenplay (movie) who inspire other to do better in their own lives.