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) 
- Jean Racine (1639-1699) 
- Mark Twain (1835-1910) 
- August Strindberg (1849-1912) 
- Emile Zola (1840-1902) 
- Jorge Luis Borges (1899-1986) 
- Cao Xueqin (1715-1763) 
- Giovanni Boccaccio (1313-1375) 
- Voltaire (1694-1778) 
- Laurence Sterne (1713-1768) 
- Wuthering Heights: The Literature Network -- full text and biography online
- Wuthering Heights: UTEL: University of Toronto English Library -- searchable, full text by
- The Bronte Sisters Web
- The Bronte Society (UK)
- "The Magnanimity of Wuthering Heights." By Joyce Carol Oates. Critical Inquiry (Winter 1983). c1983 by Ontario Review, Inc.
- Overview of Emily Bronte: 19th Century Novel: CUNY, Brooklyn -- course webpage and critical biography
- The Victorian Web: Emily Bronte
- The Bronte Birthplace: Bradford, West Yorkshire
- Bronte Country: West Yorkshire -- interactive tour of moors
- The Brontes of Haworth -- family biographies
- Emily Bronte: Books and Writers -- detailed biography
Busse Library Resources on Emily Bronte
- Barclay, Janet M. Emily Bronte criticism, 1900-1968 /  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 /  PR4169 .G7
- Lettis, Richard. A Wuthering Heights handbook /  PR4173 .L4
- O'Neill, Judith. Critics on Charlotte and Emily Bronte /  PR4169 .O5 1968b
- Vogler, Thomas A. Twentieth century interpretations of Wuthering Heights /  PR4172.W73 V6
- Athalie. By Jean Racine. -- full text (original French) offered by University of Virginia
- Phaedra. By Jean Racine. -- full text offered by University of Arkansas at Little Rock
- Phaedra. By Jean Racine. Translated by Robert Bruce Boswell. -- provided by Bartleby.com
- Jean Baptiste Racine: Library of Congress Citations
- Jean Racine: Books and Writers -- detailed biography
- Jean Racine: French Ministry of Culture -- biography (French only)
- Jean Racine: The New Catholic Encyclopedia -- full entry online
- Jean Racine: The Theater Database -- extensive chronology
Busse Library Resources on Racine
- Abraham, Claude Kurt. Jean Racine / c1977. PR1904 .A66
- Barthes, Roland. On Racine /  PQ1905 .B313
- Moore, Will Grayburn. Racine: Brittanicus /  PR 1894 1960x
- Weinberg, Bernard. The art of Jean Racine /  PQ1905 .W4
- Complete Works of Mark Twain -- most classics online
- Ever the Twain Shall Meet: Mark Twain on the Web -- directory to major novels online
- Mark Twain: Major Works -- biography and fiction directory to full works online
- Center for Mark Twain Studies. Elmira University, Elmira New York
- Mark Twain Circular: Mark Twain Circle of America -- newsletter on current scholarly offerings
- Mark Twain. A Film by Ken Burns. (PBS)
- Mark Twain in His Times. The University of Virginia -- contemporary criticism of works
- Mark Twain Papers and Project. Bancroft Library, UC Berkeley.
- Mark Twain Quotations, Newspaper Collections, and Related Resources
- Mark Twain's Huckleberry Finn: Text, Illustrations, and Early Reviews. By Virginia H. Cope, University of Virginia -- online exhibit
- Mark Twain: Books and Writers -- strong biography
- Mark Twain. By Jim Swick. -- resource portal
- Mark Twain Boyhood Home and Museum: Hannibal, Missouri
- Mark Twain House and Museum: Hartford, Connecticut
- Mark Twain Sites in Elmira, New York
Busse Library Resources on Twain
- Anderson, Frederick. Mark Twain: the critical heritage / 1971. PS1338 .A5
- Baldanza, Frank. Mark Twain, an introduction and interpretation /  PS1331 .B3
- Bellamy, Gladys Carmen. Mark Twain as a literary artist /  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 /  PS1342 .P64 P47
- Smith, Henry Nash. Mark Twain; a collection of critical essays /  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: The Works -- brief summaries of major texts
- The Father: ISU Play Concordance -- full text and index to Strindberg drama
- Plays by August Strindberg: Creditors and Pariah. Translated by Edwin Bjorkman. Project Gutenburg.
- Projekt Runeberg: August Strindberg -- original Swedish texts
- August Strindberg: Criticism -- extensive bibliography
- August Strindberg Museum: Stockholm, Sweden
- August Strindberg Society
- The Strindberg Museum in the Blue Tower: Stockholm, Sweden
- August Strindberg: Books and Writers -- strong biography
- Little Blue Light: August Strindberg -- critical biography
- Strindberg, Johann August. Columbia Encyclopedia. (6th ed.) 2001. Bartleby.com
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
- First Project Gutenberg Collection of Emile Zola. By Emile Zola -- offers Nana, The Miller's Daughter, and The Death of Oliver Becaille
- Germinal. (1885) Translated by Havelock Ellis (1894). -- full text online from Eldritch Press
- Germinal (1885). Translated by Paul Brians. Excerpt from Reading About the World, Volume 2. Ed. Paul Brians, Harcourt Brace.
- Emile Zola. By William Dean Howells. Project Gutenberg.
- "Emile Zola's Influence Upon Vincent Van Gogh." By Jared Dockery.
- Les Cahiers Naturalistes -- annual French review devoted to Zola study
- The Zola Pages: University of Sunderland (UK)
- Emile Zola: Books and Writers -- detailed biography
- Emile Zola: Notes D'Un Ami. Paris, 1882. -- full French text online
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 /  PQ2504 .A35
- Zola, Emile. Nana / 1964. PQ2510 .B3x
Jorge Luis Borges
- "The Library of Babel." -- full text of classic story
- Bibliographies of Borges: JLB Center (University of Aarhus, Denmark)
- The J.L. Borges Center Bibliographic Database -- register of current criticism
- The Jorge Luis Borges Center for Studies and Documentation. University of Aarhus (Denmark)
- The Jorge Luis Borges Collection: University of Virginia Libraries
- "'The Parallels!': Italo Calvino and Jorge Luis Borges.'" By John Barth. CONTEXT: A Forum for Literary Arts and Culture (no.1). The Center for Book Culture.
- Variaciones Borges: Journal of Philosophy, Semiotics, and Literature
- "Web Master Borges." By Douglas Wolk. Salon Magazine Books. (Dec.6, 1999)
- The Garden of Forking Paths -- gateway for author
- Jorge Luis Borges: Books and Writers
- Jorge Luis Borges: Contemporary Literature of Argentina -- strong critical study with bibliography (Spanish only)
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/  PQ7797.B635 L3 1964
- Burgin, Richard. Conversations with Jorge Luis Borges.  PQ7797.B635 Z635
- Irwin, John T. The mystery to a solution: Poe, Borges, and the analytic detective story / c1994. PS2642.F43 I78 1994
- Hung Lou Meng; or the Dream of the Red Chamber (Books I and II). Project Gutenberg.
- Hung Lou Meng; or the Dream of the Red Chamber. Translated by H. Bencraft Joly.. World eBook Library: University of Adelaide
- The Story of the Stone: The Dream of the Red Chamber -- links to novel's volumes supplied by The Complete Review
- "An Introduction to Editions of the Red Chamber." By David L. Steelman. The Scholar (June 1981)
- Cao Xueqin -- biography and bibliography
- Cao Xueqin Museum: Beijing, China
- "In Search of Cao Xueqin's Beijing." By Ronald Gray. Beijing Review.
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
- The Decameron. (Based on V. Branca text, 1992) -- Italian only
- The Decameron. (Translated by J.M. Rigg, London, 1921) (English version)
- The Decameron: Introduction. By Giovanni Boccaccio. The Medieval Sourcebook.
- La Fiametta. By Giovanni Boccaccio. Project Gutenberg.
- The Most Pleasant and Delectable Questions of Love.. By G. Boccaccio. Electronic Text Center, University of Virginia.
- The Decameron Web: Brown University, Department of Italian Studies
- Boccaccio: Chronologies: Brown University, the Decameron Web
- Giovanni Boccaccio: The Catholic Encyclopedia -- detailed biography
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
- "A Treatise on Toleration" (1763). From Reading About the World, Volume 2. Ed. Paul Brians, et al. Harcourt Brace.
- Voltaire: Letters on Newton from the Letters on the English or Lettres Philosophiques, c.1778.
- The Writings of Voltaire: The Great Books Index -- links to full texts of Candide and The Philosophical Dictionary.
- The Voltaire Society of America: University of Chicago
- Chateau de Cirey: The Voltaire Residence
- Voltaire: Books and Writers -- detailed biography
- Voltaire. By Clarence Darrow.
Busse Library Resources on Voltaire
- Barber, W.H. Voltaire: Candide.  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
- The Life and Opinions of Tristram Shandy, Gentleman. By Laurence Sterne. Great Books Index
- The Life and Opinions of Tristram Shandy, Gentleman. By Laurence Sterne. Project Gutenberg.
- A Sentimental Journey Through France and Italy. By Laurence Sterne. Project Gutenberg.
- Asterisk: The Center for the Study and Development of Narrative: Shandy Hall
- Glasgow University Library, Special Collections: Book of the Month: Tristram Shandy -- online exhibit of first edition
- A Hyper-Concordance to the Works of Laurence Sterne: The Victorian Literary Studies Archive
- Laurence Sterne: 18th Century Novel. CUNY Brooklyn. -- course resource page
- Selected Bibliography: Laurence Sterne. By Martha F. Bowden, Kennesaw State University.
- The Shandean: An Annual Volume Devoted to Laurence Sterne and His Works
- Tristram Shandy: An Annotated Bibliography. By Jack Lynch. Rutgers University.
- The Tristram Shandy Web: IULM, University of Milan -- hypertext, original manuscript of novel with critical studies
- Laurence Sterne: Columbia Encyclopedia, 6th ed., 2001. Bartleby.com
- The Literary Encyclopedia: Laurence Sterne -- critical biography
- Shandy Hall: Home of Laurence Sterne (Coxwold, North Yorks, England)
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 /  PR3716 .T74