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:

  • Emily Bronte (1818-1848) [61]
  • Jean Racine (1639-1699) [62]
  • Mark Twain (1835-1910) [63]
  • August Strindberg (1849-1912) [64]
  • Emile Zola (1840-1902) [65]
  • Jorge Luis Borges (1899-1986) [66]
  • Cao Xueqin (1715-1763) [67]
  • Giovanni Boccaccio (1313-1375) [68]
  • Voltaire (1694-1778) [69]
  • Laurence Sterne (1713-1768) [70]


Emily Bronte

Busse Library Resources on Emily Bronte

  • Barclay, Janet M. Emily Bronte criticism, 1900-1968 / [1974] PR4173 .B3x
  • Benvenuto, Richard. Emily Bronte / c1982. PR4173 .B46 1982
  • Crump, R.W. Charlotte and Emily Bronte: a reference guide / c1982. PR4168 .C7x
  • Gregor, Ian. The Brontes; a collection of critical essays / [1970] PR4169 .G7
  • Lettis, Richard. A Wuthering Heights handbook / [1961] PR4173 .L4
  • O'Neill, Judith. Critics on Charlotte and Emily Bronte / [1968] PR4169 .O5 1968b
  • Vogler, Thomas A. Twentieth century interpretations of Wuthering Heights / [1968] PR4172.W73 V6

Jean Racine

Busse Library Resources on Racine

  • Abraham, Claude Kurt. Jean Racine / c1977. PR1904 .A66
  • Barthes, Roland. On Racine / [1964] PQ1905 .B313
  • Moore, Will Grayburn. Racine: Brittanicus / [1960] PR 1894 1960x
  • Weinberg, Bernard. The art of Jean Racine / [1963] PQ1905 .W4

Mark Twain

Busse Library Resources on Twain

  • Anderson, Frederick. Mark Twain: the critical heritage / 1971. PS1338 .A5
  • Baldanza, Frank. Mark Twain, an introduction and interpretation / [1961] PS1331 .B3
  • Bellamy, Gladys Carmen. Mark Twain as a literary artist / [1950] PS1338 .B4
  • Budd, Louis J. New essays on Adventures of Huckleberry Finn / 1985. PS1305 .N48 1985
  • Chadwick-Joshua, Jocelyn. The Jim dilemma; reading race in Huckleberry Finn / c1998. PS 1305.C45 1998eb
  • Johnson, Merle De Vore. A bibliography on the works of Mark Twain / [1972, c1935] Z8176 .J8 1972
  • Leonard, James S. Satire or evasion?: Black perspectives on Huckleberry Finn / PS1305 .S27 1991
  • Long, E. Hudson. The new Mark Twain handbook / 1985. PS1331 .L6 1985
  • Pettit, Arthur G. Mark Twain & the South / [1974] PS1342 .P64 P47
  • Smith, Henry Nash. Mark Twain; a collection of critical essays / [1963] PS1331 .S55 1963
  • Smith, Henry Nash. Mark Twain: the development of a writer / 1974. PS1331 .S55 1974
  • Twain, Mark. The writings of Mark Twain / 1899-1922. PS1300 .F22

August Strindberg

Busse Library Resources on Strindberg

  • Clayes, Stanley A. Contemporary drama; thirteen plays / [1970, c1962] PN6112 .C57 1970
  • Magill, Frank Northern. Masterpieces of world drama / c1989. PN44 .M3448 1989
  • Rosefeldt, Paul. The absent father in modern drama / c1995. PN1821 .R67 1995

Emile Zola

Busse Library Resources on Zola

  • Brookner, Anita. The genius of the future: essays in French art criticism / 1998, c1971. N7482 .B76 1988
  • Zola, Emile. Germinal / [1970] PQ2504 .A35
  • Zola, Emile. Nana / 1964. PQ2510 .B3x

Jorge Luis Borges

Busse Library Resources on Borges

  • Barrenechea, Ana Maria. Borges, the labyrinth maker / 1965. PQ7797. B635 Z633
  • Bell-Villada, Gene H. Borges and his fiction: a guide to his mind and art / c1981. PQ7797.B635 Z6342
  • Borges, Jorge Luis. Labyrinths; selected stories & other writings/ [1964] PQ7797.B635 L3 1964
  • Burgin, Richard. Conversations with Jorge Luis Borges. [1969] PQ7797.B635 Z635
  • Irwin, John T. The mystery to a solution: Poe, Borges, and the analytic detective story / c1994. PS2642.F43 I78 1994

Cao Xueqin

Busse Library Resources on Xueqin

  • Tsao, Hsueh-chin. Dream of the red chamber / [c1958] PL2998 .T7 D7x
  • Tsao, Hsueh-chin. The story of the stone; a Chinese novel in five volumes / 1973-1986. PL2727.S2 S713 1973

Giovanni Boccaccio

Busse Library Resources on Boccaccio

  • Boccaccio, Giovanni. The Decameron of Giovanni Boccaccio / n.d. PQ4272 .E5 A36 1925
  • MacManus, Francis. Boccaccio / 1947. PQ4277 .M3 1947a


Busse Library Resources on Voltaire

  • Barber, W.H. Voltaire: Candide. [1960] PQ2082.C4 B3
  • Bottiglia, William F. Voltaire; a collection of critical essays / [c1968] PQ2099 .B6
  • Lauer, Rosemary Zita. The mind of Voltaire; a study in his "constructive deism." / 1961. B2177 .L35
  • Mason, Haydn Trevor. Voltaire: a biography / 1981. PQ2099 .M26 1981
  • Voltaire. Voltaire and Catherine the Great; selected correspondence / 1974. PQ2084 .C313 1974
  • Voltaire. The works of Voltaire: a contemporary version / PQ2070 1901

Laurence Sterne

Busse Library Resources on Sterne

  • Fitzgerald, Percy Hetherington. The life of Laurence Sterne / [c1904] PR3711 .C7 v.11-12
  • James, Overton Philip. The relation of Tristram Shandy to the life of Sterne / 1966. PR3716 .J3
  • Myer, Valerie Grosvenor. Laurence Sterne: riddles and mysteries / 1984. PR3714.T73 L38 1984
  • Sterne, Laurence. The letters of Laurence Sterne to his most intimate friends / [c1904-] PR3711 .C7 vol.9-10.
  • Traugott, John. Laurence Sterne; a collection of critical essays / [1968] PR3716 .T74