Who's the Most Significant Historical Writer?

 
Publish Date : Saturday 1 February 2014 - 14:41
 
 
People love lists, and are perhaps even more fascinated by rankings- lists organised according to some measure of value or merit.
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IBNA: The Guardian says that ranking the world's greatest literary figures is a parlour game – just like the ranking of presidents or prime ministers. It exposes the biases inherent in everyone's world-view. But our ranking, it turns out, agrees with others: our top 50 contains 39 members of Daniel Burt's The Literary 100, including his 11 highest-ranked figures. With our Anglocentric source bias, we feature a larger number of British and US writers (but Jane Austen and Emily Dickinson are the only women to make it into the top 50).

1. William Shakespeare
2. Charles Dickens
3. Mark Twain
4. Edgar Allan Poe
5. Voltaire
6. Oscar Wilde
7. Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
8. Dante Alighieri
9. Lewis Carroll
10. Henry David Thoreau
11. Jane Austen
12. Samuel Johnson
13. Homer
14. Lord Byron
15. Walt Whitman
16. John Milton
17. Geoffrey Chaucer
18. Virgil
19. William Wordsworth
20. Stephen King
21. Emily Dickinson
22. Leo Tolstoy
23. Victor Hugo
24. George Bernard Shaw
25. Nathaniel Hawthorne
26. Fyodor Dostoyevsky
27. Miguel de Cervantes
28. Ernest Hemingway
29. HG Wells
30. Herman Melville
31. Rudyard Kipling
32. Sophocles 
33. Samuel Taylor Coleridge
34. John Keats
35. Robert Burns
36. Petrarch
37. Percy Bysshe Shelley
38. George Orwell
39. Christopher Marlowe
40. Thomas Hardy
41. Aeschylus
42. Jonathan Swift
43. Rabindranath Tagore
44. Henrik Ibsen
45. James Joyce
46. Henry James
47. Aristophanes
48. Alexander Pushkin
49. Ben Jonson
50. TS Eliot

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