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.

Authors That Changed Children's Literature: Notables

  • Louisa May Alcott
  • Hans Christian Andersen
  • L. Frank Baum
  • Judy Blume
  • Jean de Brunhoff
  • Frances Hodgson Burnett
  • Lewis Carroll
  • Beverly Cleary
  • Roald Dahl
  • Franklin W. Dixon and Carolyn Keene
  • Brothers Grimm
  • Madeleine L'Engle
  • C.S. Lewis
  • A.A. Milne
  • Scott O'Dell
  • Beatrix Potter
  • H.A. and Margret Rey
  • Dr. Seuss
  • E.B. White
  • Laura Ingalls Wilder
  • Margery Williams [Bianco]


Louisa May Alcott -- Little Women

Hans Christian Andersen -- Fairy Tales and Stories

L. Frank Baum -- The Wonderful Wizard of Oz

Judy Blume -- Are You There, God? It's Me, Margaret

Jean de Brunhoff -- The Story of Babar

Frances Hodgson Burnett -- The Secret Garden

Lewis Carroll -- Alice's Adventures in Wonderland

Beverly Cleary -- Beezus and Ramona

Roald Dahl -- Charlie and the Chocolate Factory

Franklin W. Dixon and Carolyn Keene

Brothers Grimm -- Grimm Fairy Tales

Madeleine L'Engle -- A Wrinkle in Time

C.S. Lewis -- The Chronicles of Narnia

A.A. Milne -- Winnie the Pooh

Scott O'Dell -- Island of the Blue Dolphins

Beatrix Potter -- The Tale of Peter Rabbit

H.A. and Margret Rey -- Curious George

Dr. Seuss {Theodore Geisel} -- The Cat in the Hat

E.B. White -- Charlotte's Web

Laura Ingalls Wilder -- Little House on the Prairie series

Margery Williams [Bianco] -- The Velveteen Rabbit


"Top 100" Lists of Children's Books