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:

  • Daniel Defoe (1660?-1731) [91]
  • Gunter Grass (1927-) [92]
  • Lu Xun (1881-1936) [93]
  • E.M. Forster (1879-1970) [94]
  • Isaac Bashevis Singer (1904-1991) [95]
  • Tanizaki Jun'Ichiro (1886-1965) [96]
  • Richard Wright (1908-1960) [97]
  • Gertrude Stein (1874-1946) [98]
  • Zeami Motokiyo (1363-1443) [99]
  • Oscar Wilde (1854-1900) [100]

Daniel Defoe

Busse Library Resources on Defoe

  • Defoe, Daniel. Selected poetry and prose of Daniel Defoe / [1968] PR3401.S5 1968.
  • Moore, John Robert. Daniel Defoe, citizen of the modern world / [1958] PR3406 .M58
  • Novak, Maximillian E. Daniel Defoe: master of fictions: his life and ideas / 2001. PR3406 .N68 2001
  • Sherman, Sandra. Finance and fictionality in the early eighteenth century accounting for Defoe / 1996. PR3408.E25 S54 1999

Gunter Grass

Busse Library Resources on Grass

  • Grass, Gunter. Speak out: speeches, open letters, commentaries / 1969. DD259.4 .G653

Lu Xun

E.M. Forster

Busse Library Resources on Forster

  • Forster, E.M. Aspects of the novel / [c1927]. PN3353 .F6
  • Forster, E.M. Howards End / [1954, 1921]. PR6011.O58 H6x
  • Forster, E.M. A passage to India / c1952. PR6011. O58 1952

Isaac Bashevis Singer

Busse Library Resources on Singer

  • Buchen, Irving H. Isaac Bashevis Singer and the eternal past / 1968. PJ5129.S515 Z58
  • Malin, Irving. Critical views of Isaac Bashevis Singer / 1969. PJ5129.S49 Z8 1969.
  • Singer, Isaac Bashevis. An Isaac Bashevis Singer reader / [1971] PJ5129.S49 I5x

Tanizaki Jun'Ichiro

Busse Library Resources on Jun'Ichiro

  • Goossen, Theodore William. The Oxford Book of Japanese short stories / 1997. PL782.E8 O95 1997.
  • Hibbert, Howard. Contemporary Japanese literature: an anthology of fiction, film, and other writing since 1945 / 1982, c1977. PL782.E1 C6
  • Jun'Ichiro, Tanizaki. The Makioka sisters / 1958. PL839. A7 S37 1958

Richard Wright

Busse Library Resources on Wright

  • Brignano, Russell. Richard Wright; an introduction to the man and his works / [1970] PS3545.R815 Z6
  • Fabre, Michael. The world of Richard Wright / c1985. PS3545.R815 Z65133 1985
  • Felgar, Robert. Richard Wright / 1980. PS3545.R815 Z6517
  • Gates, Henry Louis. Richard Wright: critical perspectives past and present / c1993. PS3545.R815 Z816 1993.
  • Gayle, Addison. Richard Wright: ordeal of a native son / 1983, c1980. PS3545.R815 Z664 1983
  • Hakutani, Yoshinobu. Critical essays on Richard Wright / c1982. PS3545.R815 Z62 1982.
  • Walker, Margaret. Richard Wright, demonic genius: a portrait of the man / c1988. PS3545.R815 Z892 1988

Gertrude Stein

Busse Library Resources on Stein

  • Bridgman, Richard. Gertrude Stein in pieces / 1970. PS3537.T323 Z56 1971.
  • Brinnin, John Malcolm. The third rose: Gertrude Stein and her world / 1987. PS3537.T323 Z57 1987.
  • Copeland, Carolyn Faunce. Language and time and Gertrude Stein / c1975. PS3537.T323 Z584
  • Mellow, James R. Charmed circle: Gertrude Stein and company / 1982, c1974. PS3537.T323 Z72 1982.
  • Stein, Gertrude. The autobiography of Alice B. Toklas. [1960,c1933] PS3537.T323 Z5 1960
  • Sutherland, Donald. Gertrude Stein: a biography of her work / [1951] PS3537.T323 Z83

Zeami Motokiyo

Busse Library Resources on Motokiyo

  • Kott, Jan. Theater of essence and other essays / 1984. PN2021. K68 1984

Oscar Wilde

Busse Library Resources on Wilde

  • Ellmann, Richard. Oscar Wilde / 1988, c1987. PR5823.E38 1987
  • Ellmann, Richard. Oscar Wilde: a collection of critical essays / [1969] PR5824.E4
  • Eltis, Sos. Revising Wilde: society and subversion in the plays of Oscar Wilde / 1996. PR5827.D7 E48 1996
  • Foldy, Michael S. The trials of Oscar Wilde: deviance, morality, and late-Victorian society / c1997. PR5823 .F65 1997.
  • Sinfield, Alan. The Wilde century: effeminancy, Oscar Wilde, and the queer moment / c1994. PR5823. S56 1994
  • Wilde, Oscar. The works of Oscar Wilde including the poems, plays, essays / [c1927]. PR5810. F32.