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All Author Lists

Lee K. Abbott

 

 

Diana Abu-Jaber

 

Sherman Alexie

 

Kate Atkinson

Paul Auster

Melissa Bank

Russell Banks

John Banville

Julian Barnes

Andrea Barrett

Madison Smartt Bell

Tom Bissell

Chris Bohjalian

T.C. Boyle

Adam Braver

Judy Budnitz

James Lee Burke

Peter Cameron

Bebe Moore Campbell

Ethan Canin

Philip Caputo

Peter Carey

Michael Chabon

Fred Chappell

Sandra Cisneros

Pearl Cleage

Michael Connelly

Robert Coover

Douglas Coupland

Jim Crace

Stanley Crawford

Michael Cunningham

Edwidge Danticat

Chitra Divakaruni

Emma Donoghue

Margaret Drabble

David Anthony Durham

Clyde Edgerton

Jennifer Egan

Bret Easton Ellis

Percival Everett

Elizabeth Flock

Robb Dew Forman

Karen Joy Fowler

Paula Fox

Jonathan Franzen

Alan Furst

Mary Gaitskill

G.D. Gearino

Denise Gess

Jennifer Gilmore

Gail Godwin

Arthur Golden

Robert Goolrick

Mary Gordon

Michael Griffith

Lev Grossman

Sarah Gruen

Allan Gurganus

Barry Hannah

Donald Harington

Jim Harrison

Kathryn Harrison

Kent Haruf

Adam Haslett

Elizabeth Hay

Carl Hiaasen

Alice Hoffman

A.M. Homes

Andrew Hudgins

Josephine Humphreys

John Irving

Ha Jin

Troy Jollimore

Heidi Julavits

Ken Kalfus

Thomas Keneally

A.L. Kennedy

Sue Monk Kidd

Haven Kimmel

Stephen King

Walter Kirn

Wally Lamb

Caroline Leavitt

David Leavitt

Jonathan Lethem

Margot Livesey

David Lodge

Norman Mailer

Thomas Mallon

Ben Marcus

Valerie Martin

Bobbie Ann Mason

Dennis McFarland

Patrick McGrath

Erin McGraw

Martha McPhee

David Means

Maile Meloy

Jane Mendelsohn

Claire Messud

Lydia Millet

Susan Minot

David Mitchell

Rick Moody

Lorrie Moore

Craig Nova

Josip Novakovich

Joyce Carol Oates

Alix Ohlin

Stewart O’Nan

Robert B. Parker

Ann Patchett

Iain Pears

George Pelecanos

Tom Perrotta

Arthur Phillips

Jodi Picoult

Robert Pinsky

Richard Powers

Reynolds Price

Francine Prose

Annie Proulx

Jonathan Raban

Ian Rankin

Ron Rash

Roxana Robinson

Louis D. Rubin Jr.

James Salter

George Saunders

Cathleen Schine

Jim Shepard

Anita Shreve

Lionel Shriver

Alexander McCall Smith

Lee Smith

Martha Southgate

Elizabeth Spencer

Scott Spencer

Leah Stewart

Adriana Trigiani

Scott Turow

Barry Unsworth

Vendela Vida

Susan Vreeland

Ayelet Waldman

David Foster Wallace

Anthony Walton

Brad Watson

Jennifer Weiner

Robert Wilson

Tom Wolfe

Meg Wolitzer

Steve Yarbrough

 

New List

Michael Chabon

1. Labyrinths by Jorge Luis Borges (1964).
2.Pale Fire by Vladimir Nabokov (1962).
3. Scaramouche by Rafael Sabatini (1921).
4. Moby-Dick by Herman Melville (1851).
5. Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen (1813).
6. Tales of Mystery and Imagination by Edgar Allan Poe (1836–47).
7. In Search of Lost Time by Marcel Proust (1913–27).
8. Paradise Lost by John Milton (1667).
9. Love in the Time of Cholera by Gabriel García Márquez (1985).
10. The Long Goodbye by Raymond Chandler (1953).

Classic List

Michael Cunningham

1. King Lear by William Shakespeare (1605).
2. Madame Bovary by Gustave Flaubert (1857).
3. Leaves of Grass by Walt Whitman (1855–91).
4. To the Lighthouse by Virginia Woolf (1927).
5. The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald (1925).
6. Lolita by Vladimir Nabokov (1955).
7. Dubliners by James Joyce (1916).
8. As I Lay Dying by William Faulkner (1930).
9. The Turn of the Screw by Henry James (1898).
10. The stories of Flannery O’Connor (for their unerring narrative focus) (1925–64).

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