Thursday, April 26, 2012

Literary Artists

Although we focus on the visual arts, we want to send a shout out to all the great literary artists. Like painters, authors paint us a story. They weave a tale that evokes emotions ranging from love to terror. All of us have a favorite author and its easy to get stuck on one genre or writer, ignoring all the rest. With summer right around the corner its time to discover some of the great authors in Literature.

With the invention of Kindles, and IPads, we can easily read on the go without having to invest in costly books or go to the library. Here are a few of my favorite authors to help you get inspired.
  • Dean Koontz- One of the most popular writers of chillers and horror thrillers of the 1980s and '90s, Dean Koontz has been a regular denizen of the bestseller lists. The secret of his success lay in his ability to create likable, easy to identify with, and believable characters and place them in macabre or mind-bending futuristic situations. 
  • William Faulkner-  William Faulkner, one of the 20th century's most gifted novelists, wrote for the movies in part because he could not make enough money from his novels and short stories to support his growing number of dependents. The author of such acclaimed novels as "The Sound and the Fury" and "Absalom, Absalom!", Faulkner received the Nobel Prize for Literature for 1949 and he received two Pulitzer Prizes, for "A Fable" in '1955 and "The Reivers", which was published shortly before he died in 1962.
  • John Steinbeck- American novelist, story writer, playwright, and essayist. John Steinbeck received the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1962. He is best remembered for his 1939 novel The Grapes of Wrath, widely considered to be a 20th-century classic. The impact of the book has been compared to that of Harriet Beecher Stowe's Uncle Tom's Cabin. Steinbeck's epic about the migration of the Joad family, driven from its bit of land in Oklahoma to California, provoked a wide debate about the hard lot of migrant laborers, and helped to put an agricultural reform into effect. 
  • Edgar Allan Poe- The name Poe brings to mind images of murderers and madmen, premature burials, and mysterious women who return from the dead. His works have been in print since 1827 and include such literary classics as “The Tell-Tale Heart,” “The Raven,” and “The Fall of the House of Usher.” He was the first well-known American writer to try to earn a living through writing alone, resulting in a financially difficult life and career.

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