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"If, as it appears to me, a book is communication, the author is only one link in a unity of different readings." --Georges Bataille from his essay "Sur Nietzsche". --tr. unidentified

"Women were often the first professional writers and as Nina Baym and Resa Dudovitz have ascertained, bestsellers have often been written by women writers. Yet women they have been patriarchally erased from literary histories."--Sholem Stein

"A - Kathy Acker - Martin Amis - Guillaume Apollinaire - Pietro Aretino - Aristophanes - Aristotle - Antonin Artaud - Henry Spencer Ashbee - B - J. G. Ballard - Iain Banks - Georges Bataille - Charles Baudelaire - Simone de Beauvoir - Ambrose Bierce - Maurice Blanchot - William Blake - Giovanni Boccaccio - Jorge Luis Borges - Bertolt Brecht - Restif de la Bretonne - Charles Bukowski - Mikhail Bulgakov - William S. Burroughs - Lord Byron - C - Angela Carter - Louis-Ferdinand Céline - Miguel de Cervantes - Geoffrey Chaucer - John Cleland - Robert Coover - Julio Cortázar - D - Denis Diderot - Jenny Diski - Fyodor Dostoevsky - E - Bret Easton Ellis - Paul Éluard - F - Sheridan Le Fanu - G - Théophile Gautier - Jean Genet - William Gibson - Maurice Girodias - Nikolai Gogol - Alain Robbe-Grillet - Brothers Grimm - Gutenberg - H - H. Rider Haggard - Knut Hamsun - Willem Frederik Hermans - E. T. A. Hoffmann - Michel Houellebecq - Aldous Huxley - Joris-Karl Huysmans – J - Alfred Jarry - Elfriede Jelinek – K - Franz Kafka - Jack Kerouac - Ken Kesey - Stephen King - Pierre Klossowski – L - Pierre Choderlos de Laclos - Comte de Lautréamont - D. H. Lawrence - Gaston Leroux - Jack London - Pierre Louÿs - H. P. LovecraftLucian – M - Norman Mailer - André Pieyre de Mandiargues - Leopold von Sacher-Masoch - Henry Miller - Octave Mirbeau - Alberto Moravia - Alfred de Musset – N - Vladimir Nabokov - André-Robert Andréa de Nerciat - Anaïs Nin - O - Joyce Carol Oates - Ovid – P - Chuck Palahniuk - Edgar Allan Poe - Plato - Mervyn Peake - Samuel Pepys - Luigi Pirandello - Q - Thomas De Quincey - R - François Rabelais - Ann Radcliffe - Pauline Réage - Anne Rice - Arthur Rimbaud - Edogawa Ranpo - Jean-Jacques Rousseau - S - Marquis de Sade - José Saramago - Jean-Paul Sartre - Arthur Schnitzler - Shakespeare - Mary Shelley - Georges Simenon - Gertrude Stein - Laurence Sterne - Robert Louis Stevenson - Jonathan Swift - Algernon Charles Swinburne - T - Jim Thompson - Alexander Trocchi - Mark Twain – V - Paul Valéry - Jules Verne - Gore Vidal - Boris Vian - Voltaire Kurt Vonnegut - W - Horace Walpole - Edgar Wallace - H. G. Wells - Oscar Wilde - Colin Wilson - Virginia Woolf" --Jahsonic's canon

The Poor Poet (1839) is a painting by Carl Spitzweg
The Poor Poet (1839) is a painting by Carl Spitzweg

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Kunstformen der Natur (1904) by Ernst Haeckel
Kunstformen der Natur (1904) by Ernst Haeckel

The term writer can apply to anyone who creates a written work, but the word more usually designates those who write creatively or professionally, or those who have written in many different forms. Skilled writers demonstrate skills in using language to portray ideas and images, whether producing fiction or non-fiction.

A writer may compose in many different forms, including (but certainly not limited to) poetry, prose, or music. Accordingly, a writer in specialist mode may rank as a poet, novelist, composer, lyricist, playwright, mythographer, journalist, film scriptwriter, etc. (See also: creative writing, technical writing and academic papers.)

Writers' output frequently contributes to the cultural content of a society, and that society may value its writerly corpus -- or literature -- as an art much like the visual arts (see: painting, sculpture, photography), music, craft and performance art (see: drama, theatre, opera, musical).

Best-selling fiction authors

List of best-selling books

Among best-selling fiction authors to date include Miguel de Cervantes, Alexandre Dumas, père, Charles Dickens, Jane Austen, Jack Higgins and Leon Uris. But no exact figure could be found, although there are indications that they too have more than 100 million copies of their work in print.

See also

See also

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