Tired of reading the same old stories from contemporary authors? Then, keep reading and we’ll go over 4 of the best classic authors of all time.
Reading your class textbook isn’t always the most exciting form of literature. But that doesn’t mean that reading has to be bland or boring.
In fact, there’s a reason that millions of people all around the world love reading books every day.
It’s because literature allows you to escape from reality, diving into fanciful worlds, where fiction and fact intertwine, and pretty much anything becomes possible.
With that said, in today’s blog post, we’ll be going over 4 of the best classic authors and some of their most popular works. All of which are all must-reads if you ever want to be able to say you’ve read a good book.
Born in Dublin, Ireland, James Joyce is infamous for being one of the world’s most ingenious authors.
Although he is primarily known for his masterpiece works, Ulysses, Finnegan’s Wake, and Dubliners, Joyce was also a very talented poet. His works have been printed in countless publications and translated into dozens of languages.
Some of his writing, such as in Ulysses, tends to be a bit harder to read simply because of the language he uses.
But if you can get through his use of Ireland’s vernacular of the time, you’ll love the book’s use of multiple languages, and subtle, yet clever humor. Which are sure to keep you intrigued right until the very end.
For an easier read, you might want to check out Joyce’s work titled, Dubliners.
The book is a compilation of short stories, focusing on the life of average people in Dublin a century ago.
According to many, Dubliners is a stark and bleak look at Ireland in the early 1900s. But critics, and Joyce fans worldwide, know Dubliners as brilliant, honest, subtle, and very real.
For another realistic, but sometimes, dark and drunken view of the world, check out Charles Bukowski.
Bukowski is another world-renown author, famous for his novels like Ham On Rye and Post-Office. Aside, he was also a prolific poet and has published at least 13 novels.
In many of his poems and books, the main character is Henry Chinaski, a drunken gambler, who represents of vivid representation of the author himself.
In his novel, Post Office, you’ll follow the life of Henri Chinaski, who “accidentally” spends more than a decade working at the post office.
Although this might sound like a boring trailer, the book is actually filled with a ton of satire, wit, and humor, that you’re guaranteed to love reading the whole way through.
Lastly, many of Bukowski’s books have even been made into Hollywood movies.
So even if you’re not in the mood to read, you can always check out classic films Barfly or Factotum.
How could we write a blog post about classic authors and not mention the great bard, William Shakespeare himself?
“To be or not to be, that is the question!”
Now, you’re probably saying that Shakespearean English is simply too hard to read.
But the truth is that William Shakespeare was a literary genius. And his works deserve all the lauds that he receives today.
Although the language may be hard to understand, there are study guides available to help you get through his greatest works.
Edgar Allen Poe
If you’re interested in crime, horror, and thrills, you’ll love reading anything written by the macabre genius, Edgar Allen Poe.
Popularly known for poems like The Raven, Poe also wrote countless volumes of horror and satirical short stories. As well as a whole bunch of 17th-century poetry, which will keep you reading well into next year.
For a gruesome tale of vengeance, check out The Cask of Amontillado. In the story, the author walks you through his plans of burying his enemy alive.
Top 4 Classic Authors Of The Month
If you love reading, it’s important to always be on the lookout for new (or old) authors. This can help you expand your literary horizons.
Not only because it allows you to get a better feel for different forms and styles of writing. But because it’ll allow you to see the world in different ways, from differing perspectives.
Maybe you’re fed up with modern society and want nothing more than to escape to simpler times. Maybe you’re just tired of reading contemporary literature.
Either way, if you’re unsure of what to read next, dive into these works written by 4 awesome classic authors.