"Dante and Shakespeare divide the world between them-- There is no third." -T.S. Eliot
With all due respect to the great poet and critic, Eliot, he may be wrong. Who would you consider the greatest literary artist of all time? Or another way to ask the same question: Who has produced the greatest body of literary art? I'm putting my best guesses up. If you want a different choice, list it and I'll include it in the poll.
William Shakespeare-- Numerous plays and sonnets.
Dante Alighieri-- The Divine Comedy (Inferno, Purgatorio, Paradiso), plus lesser works.
Homer-- The Illiad and the Odyssey
The Deuteronomist-- The editor of Deuteronomy, Joshua, Judges, I and II Samuel, I and II Kings.
Fyodor Dostoyevsky-- Crime and Punishment, The Brothers Karamazov, The Idiot and other novels.
Leo Tolstoy-- War and Peace, Anna Karenina and numerous novels and essays.
James Joyce-- A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man, Ulysses, Finnegan's Wake, and other novels and short stories.
Plato-- The Republic, Apologia, The Symposium and many other dialogues.