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 Makepeace Thackeray (1811-1863) [71]
  • Percy Bysshe Shelley (1792-1822) [72]
  • Eugene O'Neill (1888-1953) [73]
  • Wallace Stevens (1879-1955) [74]
  • George Gordon, Lord Byron (1788-1824) [75]
  • Gabriel Garcia Marquez (1928-) [76]
  • Walter Scott (1771-1832) [77]
  • Pablo Neruda (1904-1973) [78]
  • Robert Musil (1880-1942) [79]
  • Alfred, Lord Tennyson (1809-1892) [80]


William Makepeace Thackeray

Busse Library Resources on Thackeray

  • Hardy, Barbara Nathan. The exposure of luxury; radical themes in Thackeray / [1972] PR5638 .H35 1972b
  • Lund, Michael. Reading Thackeray / c1983. PR5638 .F47 1983
  • McMaster, Juliet. Thackeray: the major novels / [c1971] PR5638 .M3
  • Ray, Gordon Norton. The buried life: a study of the relation between Thackeray's fiction / 1952. PR5631 .R3
  • Sundell, M.G. Twentieth century interpretations of Vanity fair; a collection of critical essays / [1969] PR6518 .S8
  • Thackeray, William Makepeace. The complete works of Wm. M. Thackeray / 1899. PR5600 .E99
  • Tillotson, Geoffrey. Thackeray: the critical heritage / 1968. PR5648 .T5

Percy Bysshe Shelley

Busse Library Resources on Shelley

  • Baker, Carlos. Shelley's major poetry: the fabric of a vision / 1948. PR5438 .B26
  • Hogle, Jerrold E. Shelley's process: radical transference and the development / 1988. PR5438 .H64 1988
  • Power, Julia. Shelley in America in the nineteenth century / 1964. PR5438 .P6 1964.
  • Ridenour, George M. Shelley; a collection of critical essays / [1965] PR5431 .R5
  • White, Newman Ivey. Portrait of Shelley / 1945. PR5431 .W52
  • Wilson, Milton Thomas. Shelley's later poetry; a study of his prophetic imagination / 1959 [c1957] PR5438 .W5

Eugene O'Neill

Busse Library Resources on O'Neill

  • Bogard, Travis. Contour in time: the plays of Eugene O'Neill / 1988. PS3529.N5 Z568 1988
  • Engel, Edwin Alexander. The haunted heroes of Eugene O'Neill / 1953. PS3529.N5 Z63
  • Faulk, Doris V. Eugene O'Neill and the tragic tension / 1958. PS3529.N5 Z64
  • Floyd, Virginia. Eugene O'Neill: a world view / c1979. PS3529.N5 Z637
  • Martine, James J. Critical essays on Eugene O'Neill / c1984. PS3529.N5 Z62727 1984
  • Raleigh, John Henry. The plays of Eugene O'Neill / [1965] PS3529.N5 Z79
  • Sheaffer, Louis. O'Neill, son and playwright / 1989, c1968. PS3529.N5 Z797 1989

Wallace Stevens

Busse Library Resources on Stevens

  • Baird, James. The dome and the rock; structure in the poetry of Wallace Stevens / [1968] PS3537 .T4753 Z59
  • Borroff, Marie. Wallace Stevens: a collection of critical essays / [1963] PS3537.T4753 Z6
  • Fuchs, Daniel. The comic spirit of Wallace Stevens / 1963. PS3537.T4753 Z64
  • Longenbach, James. Wallace Stevens: the plain sense of things / 1991. PS3537 .T4753 Z6764 1991
  • Morris. Adalaide Kirby. Wallace Stevens: imagination and faith / [1974] PS3537.T4753 Z679
  • Riddel, Joseph N. The clairvoyent eye; the poetry and poetics of Wallace Stevens / 1965. PS3537 .T4753 Z76
  • Stern, Herbert Jay. Wallace Stevens: art of uncertainty / [1966] PS3537.T4753 Z767.
  • Wells, Henry Willis. Introduction to Wallace Stevens / 1964 [c1963] PS3537.T4753 Z93

George Gordon, Lord Byron

Busse Library Resources on Lord Byron

  • Borst, William Alvord. Lord Byron's first pilgrimage / 1948. PR4382 .B6
  • Calvert, William J. Byron: romantic paradox / 1962 [c1935] PR4381 .C3 1962
  • Leonard, William Ellery. Byron and Byronism in America / 1907. PR4388 .L4 1907
  • Marchand, Leslie Alexis. Byron; a biography / 1957. PR4381 .M33
  • Thorslev, Peter Larsen. The Byronic hero: types and prototypes / [1962] PR4389 .T45 1962
  • Trueblood, Paul Graham. The flowering of Byron's genius; studies in Byron's Don Juan / 1962 [c1945]. PR4359 .T7 1962.
  • West, Paul. Byron: a collection of critical essays / [1963] PR4381 .W4

Gabriel Garcia Marquez

Busse Library Resources on Garcia Marquez

  • Garcia Marquez, Gabriel. One hundred years of solitude / [1971] PQ8180.17.A73 O6x
  • Janes, Regina. Gabriel Garcia Marquez: revolutions in wonderland / 1981. PQ8180.17.A73 Z687
  • McMurray, George R. Gabriel Garcia Marquez / c1977. PQ8180.17.A73 Z7
  • McNerney, Kathleen. Understanding Gabriel Garcia Marquez / c1989. PQ8180.17.A73 Z724 1989
  • Oberhelman, Harley D. Gabriel Garcia Marquez: a study of the short fiction / c1991. PQ8180.17.A73 Z6735 1991
  • Shaw, Bradley A. Critical perspectives on Gabriel Garcia Marquez / c1986. PQ8180.17.A73 Z689

Walter Scott

Busse Library Resources on Scott

  • Causac, Marian H. Narrative structure in the novels of Sir Walter Scott / 1969. PR5341 .C8
  • Clark, Arthur Melville. Sir Walter Scott: the formative years / 1970 PR5332 .C5 1970
  • Cockshut, A.O. J. The achievement of Walter Scott / 1969. PR5341 .C58 1969b
  • Fleishman, Avrom. The English historical novel; Walter Scott to Virginia Woolf / [1971] PR868.H5 F5
  • Hayden, John O. Scott: the critical heritage / [1970] PR5341 .H35 1970b
  • Lauber, John. Sir Walter Scott / [c1966] PR5341 .L3
  • Scott, Walter, Sir. The works of Sir Walter Scott / PR5300 .F12
  • Young, Douglas. Edinburgh in the age of Sir Walter Scott / [1965] DA890.E2 Y6

Pablo Neruda

Busse Library Resources on Neruda

  • Neruda, Pablo. Selected poems / [1990], c1970. PQ8097 .N4 A28 1990
  • Neruda, Pablo. Yo soy Pablo Neruda / [198?] Video PQ 8097.N4 Y6x
  • Scarpelli. Il Postino, The Postman / 1995. Video PN 1997 .P48
  • Skarmeta, Antonio. Burning patience / c1987. PQ8098.28.K3 A7313 1987

Robert Musil

Busse Library Resources on Musil

  • O'Connor, Kathleen. Robert Musil and the tradition of the German novelle / c1992. PT2625.U8 Z824 1991

Alfred, Lord Tennyson

Busse Library Resources on Tennyson

  • Buckley, Jerome Hamilton. Tennyson; the growth of a poet / 1960. PR5581 .B8
  • Kissane, James D. Alfred Tennyson / [1970] PR5588 .K55
  • Priestley, F.E.L. Language and structure in Tennyson's poetry / 1973. PR5594 .P7
  • Rader, Ralph Wilson. Tennyson's Maud: the biographical genesis / 1963. PR5567 .R3
  • Richardson, Joanna. The pre-eminent Victorian, a study of Tennyson / [1962] PR5581 .R5
  • Ricks, Christopher B. Tennyson / [1972] PR5581 .R54
  • Ryals, Clyde de L. From the great deep; essays on Idylls of the King / [1967] PR5560 .R9