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Every word crystalline: My favorite writers

My most admired English language novels, in no particular order:

F. Scott Fitzgerald, The Great Gatsby
Vladimir Nabokov, Lolita
John Steinbeck, The Grapes of Wrath
Kurt Vonnegut, Slaughterhouse Five
Thornton Wilder, The Bridge of San Luis Rey
William Golding, Lord of the Flies
Phillip Roth, Portnoy’s Complaint
Willa Cather, Death Comes for the Archbishop
J. D. Salinger, The Catcher in the Rye
Jack London, The Call of the Wild
Jack London, White Fang
Zora Neale Hurston, Their Eyes are Watching God
Sinclair Lewis, Babbitt
Salmon Rushdie, Midnight’s Children
Cormac McCarthy, All the Pretty Horses
Raymond Chandler, The Big Sleep
Annie Proulx, Close Range: Wyoming Stories
Edward P. Jones, The Known World

And must read writers (for their style), in parens some great short story examples:

Hemingway (The Snows of Kilimanjaro or The Old Man and the Sea)
Annie Proulx (any story)
Salinger (Franny and Zooey, any story)
London (To Build a Fire)
Fitzgerald (The Diamond as Big as the Ritz)
Mark Twain (The Celebrated Jumping Frog of Calaveras County)
Raymond Carver (Cathedral)
Eudora Welty (Powerhouse)
Edward P. Jones, (many, if not all)
Raymond Chandler
John Steinbeck
Kurt Vonnegut
Ray Bradbury
John Kennedy Toole
Dave Eggers

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