Author Daniel Burt has compiled a compelling assessment of the 100 most influential novelists, playwrights, and poets throughout history. From Shakespeare and Dante to Zeami Motokiyo and Oscar Wilde, the entries provide a fascinating introduction to major writers of world literature. Arranged in order of the author's ranking, all of the writers chosen have helped to redefine literature, establishing a standard with which succeeding generations of writers and readers have had to contend. The ranking attempts to discern, from the broadest possible perspective, what makes a literary artist great and how that greatness can be measured and compared. Among the chosen 100 writers are: Homer, Emily Dickinson, Leo Tolstoy, Charles Dickens, T. S. Eliot, Jane Austen, Gabriel García Márquez, Herman Melville, Vladimir Nabokov, John Keats and Virginia Woolf.
Daniel S. holds a Ph.D. from New York University and has taught literature at Wesleyan University since 1989. He has also taught English at New York University and worked as a freelance editor. He resides in Middletown, CT.