The 100 Greatest Writers of All Time
by WILL HUBBARD and ALEX CARNEVALE
Other lists of this kind have been attempted, none very successfully. We would like to stress that there is a crucial difference between "an important writer" and "a great writer"; the latter is at this time our sole interest. We will account for some of the names that did not make this list in a later dispatch. There is nothing bad to say about anyone we list here, except in some cases that they were anti-Semitic or racist, hated women or hated men. Literary crimes are usually relative, the caveats of which we shall enumerate:
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Prose stylist nonpareil, he addressed the dichotomy of race, the loneliness of existence.
Heart of Darkness
became a paradigmatic work.It is hard to read today, but no less important. Conrad was born to a family of Polish nobles. He did quite a bit of gunrunning — see
The Arrow of Gold.
You've got to be batshit crazy to have an ambition, as a child, to visit Central Africa. Recommended reading:
The Secret Agent.