Author Listings 1-10

Busse Library provides this website as a resource for students and faculty researching literature's major authors. Based upon the book, The Literary 100: A Ranking of the Most Influential Novelists, Playwrights, and Poets of All Time by Daniel S. Burt (New York: Facts on File, 2001), the project offers full listings by ranking and through a name index.

Specialized pages offer women writers, American authors, United Kingdom authors, and world authors grouped by continent. Developed solely for this website, additional project resources include significant authors in children's literature and a compilation of other "top 100" literature projects.

Each author's entry includes online biographical research and landmarks, scholarly resources, major works online, and Busse Library offerings for the novelist, dramatist, or poet.

This project, and its inspiration, develop from a tradition to select the world's most important authors who made a lasting contribution to literature and to compile a selection of history's most significant published texts in fiction and nonfiction.


The Authors, By Ranking:

  • William Shakespeare (1564-1616) [1]
  • Alighieri Dante(1265-1321) [2]
  • Homer (fl.c.750? B.C.) [3]
  • Leo Tolstoy (1828-1910) [4]
  • Geoffrey Chaucer (1340-1400) [5]
  • Charles Dickens (1812-1870) [6]
  • James Joyce (1882-1941) [7]
  • John Milton (1608-1674) [8]
  • Virgil (70-19 B.C.) [9]
  • Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe (1749-1832) [10]

 

William Shakespeare

Busse Library Resources about Shakespeare

  • Borgeson, Jess. The Reduced Shakespeare Company's the complete works / c1994. PR2879. B67 1994
  • Boyce, Charles. Shakespeare A to Z : the essential reference to his / c1990. PR2892. B69 1990, Ref
  • Campbell, Oscar James. The reader's encyclopedia of Shakespeare / [1966]. PR2892. C3, Ref
  • Davis, James E. Teaching Shakespeare today: practical approaches / c1993. PR2987. T37 1993
  • Folger Shakespeare Library. Shakespeare Quarterly. PERIODICALS
  • Frye, Roland Mushat. Shakespeare's life and times: a pictorial record / 1967. PR2893. F7 q
  • Griffin, Alice Sylvia Venezky. The sources of ten Shakespearean plays / [1966] PR1121. G68
  • Halliday, F.E. A Shakespeare companion, 1550-1950 / [1952] PR2892. H3, Ref
  • Marder, Louis. The Shakespeare newsletter. PERIODICALS
  • Price, George R. Reading Shakespeare's plays; [a guide for college students] / [1962] PR2987. P7
  • Shakespeare, William. The first folio of Shakespeare / 1968. PR2751. A15 1968
  • Van Doren, Mark. Shakespeare/ 1953 [c1939]. PR2976. V25 1953

Alighieri Dante

Busse Library Resources about Dante

  • Alighieri, Dante. The Divine comedy of Dante Alighieri / [c1897] PQ4315 .C4 1897
  • Alighieri, Dante. The Inferno of Dante: a new verse translation / 1996. PQ4315.2 .P47 1996
  • Blake, William. Blake's Dante: the complete illustrations to the Divine comedy / 1980. PQ4329 .B5 1979q
  • Brandeis, Irma. Discussions of the Divine comedy / [1961] PQ4341 .B76
  • Freccero, John. Dante; a collection of critical essays / [1965] PQ4432 .F7
  • Gilson, Etienne. Dante the philosopher / 1949. PQ4412 .G55 1949a
  • Semper, Isidore Joseph. In the steps of Dante / 1941. PS3537 .E52 I5 1941
  • Singleton, Charles Southward. Dante's Commedia: elements of structure /1977, c1954. PQ4399 .S5 1977

 

Homer

Busse Library Resources about Homer

  • Atchity, Kenneth John. Homer's Iliad: the shield of memory / c1978. PA4037 .A725
  • Clarke, Howard W. The art of the Odyssey / [1967] PA4037 .C48
  • Homer. The Odyssey of Homer / [c1921] PA4025.A5 P3 1921
  • Johnston, Ian C. The ironies of war: an introduction to Homer's Iliad / c1988. PA4037 .J58 1988
  • Kirk, G.S. Homer and the epic / 1965. PA4037 .K46 1965
  • Murray, Gilbert. The rise of the Greek epic / 1911. PA3105 .M85 1911
  • Peradotto, John. Man in the middle voice: name and narration in the Odyssey / c1990. PA 4167 .P4x
  • Stanley, Keith. The shield of Homer: narrative structure in the Iliad / c1993. PA4037 .S74 1993
  • Steiner, George. Homer; a collection of critical essays / [1962] PA4037.A5 S7
  • Whitman, Cedric Hubbell. Homer and the heroic tradition / 1958. PA4025.A5 B9 1944

 

Leo Tolstoy

Busse Library Resources about Tolstoy

  • Adelman, Gary. Anna Karenina: the bitterness of ecstasy / 1990. PG3365 .A63 A34 1990
  • Bayley, John. Tolstoy and the novel / [1967,c1966] PG3385 .B38 1967
  • Christian, Reginald Frank. Tolstoy: a critical introduction / 1969. PG3410 .C55
  • Courcel, Martine de. Tolstoy: the ultimate reconciliation / c1987. PG3385 .W48 1988
  • Eikhenbaum, Boris. The young Tolstoi / [1972] PG3410 .N48
  • Jones, Malcolm V. New essays on Tolstoy / 1978. PG3410 .N48
  • Knowlson, T. Sharper. Leo Tolstoy: a biographical and critical study / [n.d.] PG3410 .K6x
  • Silbajoris, Rimvydas. Tolstoy's aesthetics and his art / 1991. PG3415.A3 S5 1991

 

Geoffrey Chaucer

Busse Library Resources about Chaucer

  • Baldwin, Ralph. The unity of the Canterbury tales / 1955. PR1874 .B3 1955
  • Benson, C. David. Chaucer's drama of style: poetic variety and contrast / c1986. PR1874 .B46 1986
  • Bloom, Harold. Geoffrey Chaucer's The knight's tale / 1988. PR1868.K63 G46 1988
  • Cooper, Helen. The Canterbury tales / 1989. PR1874 .C64 1989
  • Howard, Donald Roy. The idea of medieval literature: new essays on Chaucer / c1992. PR1924 .I34 1992
  • Lumiansky, R.M. Of sondry folk; the dramatic principle in the Canterbury tales / 1955. PR1874 .L8
  • Tripp, Raymond P. Beyond Canterbury: Chaucer, humanism, and literature / c1977. PR1924 .T7
  • Whittock, Trevor. A reading of the Canterbury tales / 1968. PR1874 .W5
  • Williams, David. The Canterbury Tales: a literary pilgrimage / c1987. PR1874 .W55 1987


Charles Dickens

Busse Library Resources on Dickens

  • Bentley, Nicolas. The Dickens index / 1988. PR4580 .B46 1988
  • Collins, Phillip Arthur William. Dickens: the critical heritage / 1971. PR4588 .C635 1971b
  • Coolidge, Archibald Cary. Charles Dickens as serial novelist / [1967] PR4588 .C64
  • Davis, Earle Rosco. The flint and the flame; the artistry of Charles Dickens / 1963. PR4588 .D3
  • Dyson, A.E. The inimitable Dickens: a reading of the novels / [c1970] PR4581 .D9
  • Fielding, K.J. Charles Dickens; a critical introduction / [1958] PR4581 .F46
  • Hardy, Barbara Nathan. The moral art of Dickens / 1970. PR4588 .H3 1970b
  • Korg, Jacob. Twentieth century interpretations of Bleak House / [1968] PR4556 .K6
  • Magnet, Myron. Dickens and the social order / 1985. PR4592.S58 M35 1985
  • Schlicke, Paul. Oxford reader's companion to Dickens / 1999. PR4580 .O94 1999
  • Stewart, Garrett. Dickens and the trials of imagination / 1974. PR4594 .S8
  • Wagenknecht, Edward. The man Charles Dickens, a Victorian portrait / 1929. PR4581 .W2

 

James Joyce

Busse Library Resources on Joyce

  • Adams, Robert Martin. AfterJoyce: studies in fiction after Ulysses / 1977. PR6019.O9 Z5228
  • Bidwell, Bruce. The Joycean way: a topographic guide to "Dubliners" / 1982. PR6019.O9 Z524x
  • Budgen, Frank. James Joyce and the making of Ulysses / [1960] PR6019.O9 U63 1960
  • Burgess, Anthony. Joysprick: an introduction to the language of James Joyce / 1973. PR6019.O9 Z959
  • Deming, Robert H. A bibliography of James Joyce studies / c1977. PR6019.O9 Z529x 1977q
  • Fargnoli, A. Nicholas. James Joyce A to Z: the essential reference / c1995. PR6019.O9 Z533376 1995
  • Joyce, James. The critical writings of James Joyce / 1989. PR6019.O9 A6 1989
  • Joyce, Stanislaus. My brother's keeper; James Joyce's early years / 1958. PR6019 .O9 Z649
  • Segall, Jeffrey. Joyce in America: cultural politics and the trials of Ulysses / c1993. PR6019. O9 U693 1993
  • Tindall, William York. A reader's guide to James Joyce / 1971 [c1959] PR6019.O9 Z833 1971

 

John Milton

Busse Library Resources on Milton

  • Danielson, Dennis Richard. The Cambridge companion to Milton / 1989. PR3588 .C27 1989
  • Hanford, James Holly. A Milton handbook / [1970] PR3588 .H2 1970
  • Klemp, P.J. The essential Milton: an annotated bibliography / c1989. PR3581 .K5x REF
  • Kolbrener, William. Milton's warring angels: a study of critical / 1997. PR3588 .K65 1999
  • Milton, John. Paradise lost: an authoritative text / c1993. PR3560.A2 E45 1993
  • Reichert, John. Milton's wisdom: nature and scripture in Paradise Lost / c1992. PR3562 .R37 1992
  • Schwartz, Regina M. Remembering and repeating: on Milton's theology / 1993. PR3562 .S35 1993
  • Shawcross, John T. John Milton: the self and the world / c1993. PR3581 .S5 1993eb
  • Walker, Julia M. Milton and the idea of woman / c1988. PR3592.W6 M55 1988
  • Webber, Joan. Milton and his epic tradition / c1979. PR3562 .W34
  • Wilson, A.N. The life of John Milton / 1984, c1983. PR3581 .W47 1984

 

Virgil

Busse Library Resources on Virgil

  • Bowra, C.M. From Virgil to Milton / 1945. PN1303 .B58x
  • Commager, Steele. Virgil; a collection of critical essays / [1966] PA6825 .A3 1966
  • Cruttwell, Robert Wilson. Virgil's mind at work; an analysis of the symbolism / 1969. PA6825 .C78 1969
  • Hunt, John William. Forms of glory; structure and sense in Virgil's Aeneid / [1973] PA6825 .H8
  • Lyne, R.O.A.M. Further voices in Vergil's Aeneid / 1987. PA6825 .L96 1987
  • Poschl, Viktor. The art of Vergil; image and symbol / [1962] PA6825 .P613 1970
  • Vergillius Maro, Publius. The works of Virgil / 1880. PA6807.A1 D7x 1880
  • Virgil. The Aeneid of Virgil / in the English translation / [c1923] PA6801.A6 A4x

Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe

Busse Library Resources on Goethe

  • Dieckmann, Liselotte. Johann Wolfgang Goethe / [1974] PT2049 .D5
  • Goethe, Johann Wolfgang von. Faust, part one & part two / [c1965] PT2026.F2 P25
  • Hohendorf, Horst. The life and times of Goethe / 1967. PT2054 .H612
  • Lange, Victor. Goethe; a collection of critical essays / [1968] PT2178 .L3
  • McMillan, Douglas J. Approaches to teaching Goethe's Faust / 1987. PT1930 .A6 1987