There are certain authors when you pick up their books you are immediately captivated by their approach to writing.
Here are some of the most notable authors and what made their style of writing so special.
William Faulkner is known for his lack of traditional plot in favor of presenting puzzle pieces that the reader must put together. His stories focused on Southern gothic tragedy with a lot of imagery presented through what the characters were experiencing. Most importantly, he used stream of consciousness writing during more charged moments to bring out the cerebral and emotional moments.
Ernest Hemingway is a good contrast to Faulkner. Hemingway was a reporter and published many different styles of work. His writing was often noted for having a very direct and clipped style, omitting anything that wasn’t necessary to get right to the point, which was different to the British-influences over writers who wrote with more flowery and descriptive language. Much of his writing was influenced by his time in World War I.
Isaac Asimov edited more than 500 books in his life, wrote more than 90,000 letters and postcards, and handled most publishing tasks for his stories himself. He was also, notably, one of the great science fiction writers of all time.
His writing style is very straightforward with a journalistic quality that showed he understood when a single sentence out of hundreds, or even one word among thousands, would imbalance the work and make it less enjoyable. In short, he was a deeply technical writer and thinker who refused to make revisions as these weren’t enjoyable for him.
Virginia Woolf sought to balance inner monologue with a stream of consciousness style of writing. She crafted her characters from the inside, starting with their thoughts. Then, she would shift perspective to someone else who was meeting that character to flesh them out from a different perspective. Her works were notable for having a lyrical quality, a characteristic that she would master by the time she wrote Between the Acts, her final book.
Charles Bukowski could be described as honest to a fault, funny, and quite crude. Despite this, many have praised his thousands of poems, hundreds of short stories, and six novels for how they portrayed and examined the lives of the poor, alcohol, relationships with women, and work. He knew well who he was and never shied away from sharing the truth of his living and opinions of the world around him.
George Orwell is most well known for his critique and commentary of authoritarianism, government, socialism, fascism, and anarchism. He was a novelist, essayist, poet, and journalist. Much of his work was political, coming from having grown up in a working-class family and having served in the Spanish Civil War. Animal Farm and Nineteen Eighty-Four are two of his most well-known works and have survived in today’s popular culture.
These authors have left a distinct and powerful mark on literary history. Each day authors look to these figures for inspiration in writing their next work. In another hundred years, it would be interesting to see if the names on this list and their style of writing have stood the test of time!