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Old 12-24-2008, 02:54 PM   #1
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Your favourite 'classical' authors?

I am wondering, for those who read classics e.g. Gutnberg freebies, who are your favourite authors, the ones you have read widely of their work and feel that they remain accessible to modern readers? Of the many classical authors I have read, in e and otherwise, here are my favourites:

- Sir Arthur Conan Doyle (Sherlock Holmes, have not read his others yet)
- Bronte sisters (I have read all of their novels)
- John Wyndham (via PG Australia, I love his novels)
- George Orwell (again, via PG Australia)
- Lucy Maud Montgomery (Anne of Green Gables, have not read her others yet)
- Edith Nesbit (Five Children and it, others)
- Lewis Carroll (Alice books, but his poems are worth reading too)
- L. Frank Baum (my goal is to read the complete Wizard of Oz series)
- Oscar Wilde (mostly plays, that may not be everyone's thing, but he's good)
- Mark Twain (not the Sawyer books, but his other novels)
- Edgar Allen Poe (short stories)

Authors I have not explored much, but would like to:

- Jules Verne (classic sci-fi)
- H.G. Wells (classic sci-fi)
- Jane Austen (not sure this will be my thing...)
- Alexandre Dumas
- H. Rider Haggard (only read 1 so far...)
- Ernest Bramah (mysteries)
- John Buchan (mysteries)
- Anna Katharine Green (mysteries)
- Edgar Jepson (Arsene Lupin series)
- Baroness Orczy (Scarlet Pimpernell series)
- Mary Roberts Rinehart (mystery/suspense)
- Sax Rohmer (Fu Manchu series)
- H. Beam Piper (sci-fi)

So who are your recommendations for 'classical' or public domain authors?
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Old 12-24-2008, 03:02 PM   #2
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Hrmm, from the limited amount I've read:
-Jules Verne
-Jane Austen
-Sir Arthur Conan Doyle (loved the Lost World)
-HG Wells
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Hmmm let's me think. How about my favorite author is always whatever I currently reading. But at the top of list is,

Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
Louisa May Alcott
H.G. Wells

For current writers Stephen King

For modern authors no longer with us
Irving Stone
Issac Asimov
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Old 12-24-2008, 04:11 PM   #4
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In no order:

Charles Dickens
Jane Austen
HG Wells
Jules Verne
Mark Twain
H Rider Haggard
E W Hornung (although only read his Raffles stories)
Oscar Wilde
Edgar Allan Poe
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Old 12-24-2008, 04:13 PM   #5
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Jane Austen and P. G. Wodehouse.
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Old 12-24-2008, 06:46 PM   #6
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In no order:

Charles Dickens
I've read very few classics... hard to have a favorite then.

I have never read Dickens... but knowing that he is Harry's favorite and seeming to have similar tastes to his, I have adding him to my list of 'to read' authors. What would be a best first book to start with.

That said, authors I have read and enjoyed:

Conan Doyle, Mark Twain, Stevenson, Asimov, Douglas Adams (he he)

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Old 12-24-2008, 08:30 PM   #7
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I've read very few classics... hard to have a favorite then.

I have never read Dickens... but knowing that he is Harry's favorite and seeming to have similar tastes to his, I have adding him to my list of 'to read' authors. What would be a best first book to start with.

That said, authors I have read and enjoyed:

Conan Doyle, Mark Twain, Stevenson, Asimov, Douglas Adams (he he)

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I tried so so so so hard to read "A Tale of Two Cities," but I seriously could not do it. But "A Christmas Carol" had me laughing out loud. Haven't read any others though.

And Adams totally counts!
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I'll mention Elizabeth Gaskell because I think she's underrated and overlooked.
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Old 12-24-2008, 09:31 PM   #9
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Agatha Christie

Sir Author Conan Doyle

Orwell

H.G. Wells.
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Old 12-25-2008, 05:28 AM   #10
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I've read very few classics... hard to have a favorite then.

I have never read Dickens... but knowing that he is Harry's favorite and seeming to have similar tastes to his, I have adding him to my list of 'to read' authors. What would be a best first book to start with.
I would suggest "Oliver Twist". It's an absolutely wonderful story.
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Hesse
Joyce
Mann
Kafka
Dostoevsky
Orwell
Maugham

When I look for modern authors to read, I look for ones who start from here and move on. Like Bellow or Rushdie, for example. But I don't think that what I like to read is typical of most readers. So don't take these as recommendations. I think a lot of people would rather pluck their eyeballs out than read most of these authors.

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Alexandre Dumas, pere
Rafael Sabatini (for Scaramouche and The Sea Hawk)
Charles Dickens
Arthur Conan Doyle (for The White Company and Nigel's Band)
Sir Walter Scott (for Ivanhoe, Quentin Durward and The Talisman)
S.R. Crockett (The Black Douglas)
J.S.C. Abbott (Daniel Boone: Pioneer of Kentucky)
Henryk Sienkiewicz (for Quo Vadis)
W. Clark Russell
Charles Darwin (for The Voyage of the Beagle)
Wilkie Collins (The Moonstone)
Edith Wharton (The Age of Innocence, Ethan Frome,
G.A. Henty (Lion of the North: A Tale of the Times of Gustavus Adolphus)
Lewis Wallace (Ben Hur)
Mark Twain - lots of stuff that's not Tom Sawyer/Huck Finn though I liked them as a kid.
P.G. Wodehouse (humor, lots)
Edgar Wallace (mysteries, lots)
G.K. Chesterton
Rudyard Kipling (Captains Courageous)
Frederick Marryat (sea stories mostly)

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I would suggest "Oliver Twist". It's an absolutely wonderful story.
Thanks... I'll add it to my ever increasing list. That's the problem with this place... you all make me want to read these books you gush over. I'm gonna have to start writing down my "to read" ideas because I can't keep them all in my head.

I'm still reading through the Sherlock Holmes Omnibus... and enjoying it much. Now I "get" some of the Sherlock Holmes episodes that were on Star Trek:The Next Generation. However, I have yet to read a Dr. Moriarty story yet.

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Thanks... I'll add it to my ever increasing list. That's the problem with this place... you all make me want to read these books you gush over. I'm gonna have to start writing down my "to read" ideas because I can't keep them all in my head.
How about it? I'm dying here.
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I'm still reading through the Sherlock Holmes Omnibus... and enjoying it much. Now I "get" some of the Sherlock Holmes episodes that were on Star Trek:The Next Generation. However, I have yet to read a Dr. Moriarty story yet.

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Professor Moriarty, please!

The best way to become acquainted with the good Professor is via the short story "The Final Problem" in "The Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes".
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