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Who do you think the top 10 greatest writers in the past 500 years are.

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Edgar Allan Poe for one, he was the father of all horror stories, William Shakespeare, he was a playwright and a writer, he created many good stories aswell. Eoin Colfer for his great books including Artemis Fowl, Rowling for the Harry Potter series, Douglas Adams for the Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy series, that's all I can think of.

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I agree. I also think JRR Tolkien.
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I agree with all you guys... really great authors.
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You would have to be insanely well read to answer this question.

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Not really. I'm only 14, and I think:
JRR Tolkien
William Shakespeare
John Steinbeck
Edgar Allen Poe
And Veronica Roth ( just the author of my favorite book)
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Hmmm.... Cassandra Clare, Colleen Houck, Kelly Barnhill, Jodi Picoult & Samantha Van Leer (mother and daughter), Rick Riordan, Kelly Armstrong, James Dashner, Shannon Hale, James Patterson, Gail Carson Levine, Lani Taylor, Sarah Crossan, Courtney Allison Moulton, Margaret Peterson Haddix, Scott Westerfield, Juliet Mariller, Maggie Stiefvater, i could go on and on and on. and i like them because they're just really great authors that cannot ever be gone from history.

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If you like young adult stuff, you should definitely read divergent. Great book.
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I think I've told you this before. Hmmmmm
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Oh yes! I've read that book... by Veronica Roth, right? Oh! And don't forget Veronica Rossi and her "Under the Never Sky" series!!!
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Yeah, I love divergent. It's currently my favorite book.
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yeah! it's a really good book... (i'm waiting for insurgent... until i get it, i mean) but i like the angelfire series by: courtney allison moulton... probably as much as divergent... you should read her books! they're realllllllly good too! ^_^
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I will look into it, although right now, I'm committed to finishing pretty little liars. The series never ends. It's good though.
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yeah. i've heard of that series... maybe i should try it out?
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Edgar Allan Poe

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Definitely. Also JRR Tolkien. Lord of the rings was the third most best selling book in recent history. The franchise made so much money.
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I'm kind of biased to me and Stephen King......other than that.....meh....8)

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Edgar Allen Poe, Steinbeck, Rowling, Stephen King, Rick Riordan, Suzanne Collins, James Dashner

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I'm glad that some people included recent authors in their lists. The hunger games an Harry potter are so popular, and have been read by half the nation.
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Yes, I completely agree with you. .....Rick Riordan has had success with his Percy Jackson/ Heroes of Olympus and Kane Chronicles Series, while Dashner has had success with books such as the Maze Runner Series. Altogether, these authors that I have listed have a huge amount of success.
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Stephen King, Rowling, Isaac Asimov, Jules Verne, Longfellow, Chekov, Tolstoy , Victor Hugo, dudes who compiled the Bible , notice I leave out Shakespeare as hes original works where destroyed and rewritten by another author but literacy professors claim it is the most accurate version of Shakespeare

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