Which authors typify England? Recommendations needed
Posted by BookerTalk
I’m starting to identify the authors and books I want to read as part of my Lines of Connection World Reading Challenge, trawling through sources such as other blog sites and LibraryThing and Goodread groups.
The first country on my Prime Meridian list is the UK according to Wikpedia. Strictly speaking though, this should be England since the Prime Meridian doesn’t run through Wales, Ireland or Scotland.
I thought this would be one of the easiest countries for which to select candidates to read given its rich literary history. But that’s actually the problem – too much choice! So I need help in narrowing down the options. And here’s where I need the help of fellow book enthusiasts and bloggers.
1. I’m looking for suggestions of which authors would be considered most representative of the literature of each country on my list. The author that comes first to mind when thinking of that country. But I don’t want the selection to be too obvious. So for England, the likes of Dickens, Austen, Eliot would naturally come to mind. But since the major reason I’m doing this challenge, is to broaden my reading experience, ideally I’m hoping to find authors whose work isn’t that familiar to me.
2. The author must have been born in the country or be someone who has lived there for many years
3. Their work must be available in English otherwise I won’t be able to read it. I’m not about to embark on a course in Swahili just to be able to read something from Kenya.
4. I’m looking to read novels not plays or poetry
All suggestions will be very well received…..