Favorite Author (dead and still with us)

Charles Bukowski
James Ellroy
Hunter S. Thompson
Emily Dickinson
Arthur Rimbaud
Howard P. Lovecraft
William S. Burroughs
John Fante
J.D. Salinger
Philip K. Dick
Milan Kundera
John Kennedy Toole
Irvine Welsh
Thomas Hardy
Frederich Nietzsche
Francis Giauque
Patti Smith (as a poet)
 

Stavrogin

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That's a nice batch of authors, CB. Would add a few more to that list but troubles me to think who I would deduct from your list.
 

zobraks

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My favo(u)rite writers:

Dušan Radović
Ivo Andrić
Borislav Pekić
Miroslav Antić
Milovan Danojlić
Živojin Pavlović
Edgar Allan Poe
Mark Twain
O. Henry
J.D. Salinger
William Saroyan
Woody Allen
Kurt Vonnegut Jr.
Henry Charles Bukowski (Jr.)
Dino Buzzati
Roald Dahl
Zbigniew Herbert
Zenon Kosidowski
Vladimir Nabokov
Erich Maria Remarque
Umberto Eco
Joseph Heller
 

Skygazer

And in the end...
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My favo(u)rite writers:
[...Erich Maria Remarque...]
Agree with you there, All Quiet on the Western Front for me is the best novel of the 20th century, it got heavily criticised for being too simple and plain to be of literary merit, when it's the stark simplicity that makes it so brilliant and devastating to read.

Would add:
George Orwell
Graham Greene
John Steinbeck
Arthur Miller
Somerset Maugham
DH Lawrence
Charles Dickens
Thomas Hardy
Iris Murdoch
Alisdair Gray
Iain Banks
HS Thompson
Germaine Greer

Love mostly the writers of the twenties and thirties, they wrote about love and despair (inseparable obviously) who wants to read about happy love? that's just weird. But also big ideas and concerns outwith themselves, I suppose they had a lot to be concerned about; ww1, the depression, tyranny, ww2, it certainly made for great writing and though most of it is dark and bleak you always get the sense, at the end, that they knew life was a gift.

A complaint I have with later writers is their concerns seem to revolve around themselves, their image, have they got the right lifestyle and where is their next iphone, drug fix coming from. I know it's not all like that, but I worry that all the best literature is in the past, that's probably wrong of me.I need to read more modern fiction.
 
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Living:
Philip Roth
Donald Ray Pollock (The Devil All The Time)
Adam Johnson ( The Orphan Masters Son)
Ben Katchor (artist and writer)
John Irving ( but not for a long time)
Deceased:
Hank
Joyce
Roberto Bolano
Jack London
Gogol
Mikhail Bulgakov
Fante
Yeats
Kenneth Patchen
Roald Dahl
Hamsun
Harry Mulisch

Just off the top of my head
 
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