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Who has produced the greatest body of literary art?

William Shakespeare
Dante Alighieri
Homer
The Deuteronomist
Fyodor Dostoyevsky
Leo Tolstoy
James Joyce
Plato
Marcel Proust
William Faulkner
Walt Whitman
Miguel de Cervantes
Charles Dickens
John Milton
F. Scott Fitzgerald
George Orwell
Franz Kafka
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
Virginia Woolf
Edgar Allen Poe
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St. Martin the Bald

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Re: The Greatest Literary Artist
« Reply #50 on: July 07, 2011, 06:57:55 PM »
Murakami anyone...?
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Re: The Greatest Literary Artist
« Reply #51 on: July 07, 2011, 07:01:59 PM »
I'm very excited for the upcoming translation of the new Murakami, but I expect to find within it a (thoroughly enjoyable and undoubtedly mysterious/mystical) restatement of the stories that he has been telling for decades. I love Murakami, but he is very faithful to his tropes.

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Re: The Greatest Literary Artist
« Reply #52 on: July 07, 2011, 07:39:21 PM »
And that somehow detracts from his legacy?

Aren't most of these authors faithful to their own voice?
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Re: The Greatest Literary Artist
« Reply #53 on: July 07, 2011, 07:52:19 PM »
It's a thread about the greatest, a thoroughly subjective descriptor. I enjoy Murakami, but I would apply greatest to a writer who pushes beyond repetition.

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Re: The Greatest Literary Artist
« Reply #54 on: July 08, 2011, 11:05:24 AM »
I guess I'd say Shakespeare due to his popularity and breadth of adaptations of his work. But for my money its Edgar Allen Poe. I've never read a bad story from him. Plus he pretty much invented the detective story.

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Re: The Greatest Literary Artist
« Reply #55 on: August 19, 2011, 10:59:31 AM »
Shakespeare v. Dr. Seuss

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