My Favorite Great American Authors

With the US Independence Day coming up, I thought I would share with you my favorite authors which hail from the USA! This list includes authors of the classic Great American Novels that I love.

Ernest Hemingway

You can’t make a list of great American authors without including Hemingway. The only thing as interesting as his life is his fiction (seriously, the man went through a lot!). Many of his works are considered classics. My personal favorites include The Old Man and the Sea, “Hills Like White Elephants”, and “The Snows of Kilimanjaro”.

Samuel Clemens a.k.a. Mark Twain

Samuel Clemens, using the pseudonym Mark Twain, is another iconic American author. He’s well-known for his wit and his ability to weave distinctly American themes into his work. Coincidentally enough, Ernest Hemingway, in The Green Hills of Africa, said of Mark Twain, “All modern American literature comes from one book by Mark Twain called Huckleberry Finn.”

F. Scott Fitzgerald

I’m a bit torn on including F. Scott Fitzgerald on this list, through no fault of his own. Like many American students, I read The Great Gatsby in high school. I initially loved the book and found it very captivating. However (again, through no fault of the author or the novel) my English teacher hit us over the head with this book (metaphorically speaking), so now I’m a bit tired of it. That being said, if you happen to have never read it, I would highly recommend it!

Kurt Vonnegut

Kurt Vonnegut is one of my all-time favorite authors. His stories are both ridiculous and insightful. If you like your societal satire with a healthy dose of whimsy and dark comedy, check out his books. I would specifically recommend The Sirens of Titan, Player Piano, Breakfast of Champions, and Slapstick.

Edgar Allan Poe

Rather than dark comedy, Edgar Allan Poe is known for his dark romanticism. Many are familiar with his poem “The Raven”. Other notable works include “The Tell-Tale Heart”, “The Fall of the House of Usher”, and “The Masque of the Red Death”.

Spooky Reading Suggestions

It’s October! In the spirit (ba-dum-chhh) of this month, I thought I’d compile a list of spooky book suggestions. Some of these books are ones I’ve read and enjoyed, others are on my own TBR list.

For younger audiences:

  • Any Goosebumps book. These books were staple for me growing up!
  • The Thief of Always by Clive Barker. This book was the first I read by Clive Barker when I was in Junior High School. It instantly sealed Barker as one of my favorite authors!

Young Adult and beyond:

  • The Phantom of the Opera by Gaston Leroux. Yes, the musical was based on a book, and the book is amazing! It delves deeper into the past and psyche of the titular Phantom and the games he plays.
  • Frankenstein by Mary Shelley. A classic, and regarded to be the very first science fiction story ever published!
  • Anything by Edgar Allan Poe. That should be self-explanatory 😉 I specifically enjoyed “The Fall of the House of Usher”, “The Masque of the Red Death”, and, of course, “The Raven”.
  • The Hellbound Heart by Clive Barker. While Clive Barker is one of my favorite authors, I still haven’t read what is arguably his most famous book, on which the movie Hellraiser was based. It’s high-up on my TBR!
  • The Parasol Protectorate series by Gail Carriger. This is a great choice if you want some spook/supernatural elements, but aren’t interested in horror. These books are light-hearted and funny!

Feel free to leave your own suggestions in the comments, or to talk about what you’re reading this month!