My 10 Favourite Writers

by BudStamperOK | created - 18 Dec 2012 | updated - 18 Dec 2012 | Public

1. Charles Bukowski

Writer | Barfly

Charles Bukowski, the American poet, short-story writer, and novelist, was born Heinrich Karl Bukowski, Jr. in Andernach, Germany on August 1920. He was the son of Henry Bukowski, a US soldier who was part of the post-World War I occupation force, and Katharina Fett, a German woman. His father, his...

2. Charles Willeford

Writer | Miami Blues

Charles Willeford was a remarkably fine, talented, and prolific writer who wrote everything from poetry to crime fiction to literary criticism throughout the course of his impressively long and diverse career. His crime novels are distinguished by a mean'n'lean sense of narrative economy and an ...

3. V.S. Naipaul

Writer | The Mystic Masseur

V.S. Naipaul was born on August 17, 1932 in Chaguanas, Trinidad, Trinidad and Tobago as Vidiadhar Surajprasad Naipaul. He is a writer, known for The Mystic Masseur (2001), The Levin Interviews (1980) and Le cercle de minuit (1992). He has been married to Nadira Khannum Alvi since 1996. He was ...

4. J.D. Salinger

Writer | My Foolish Heart

U.S. writer whose novel "The Catcher in the Rye" (1951) won critical acclaim and devoted admirers, especially among the post-World War II generation of college students. His entire corpus of published works consists of that one novel and 13 short stories, all originally written in the period 1948-...

5. Irvine Welsh

Writer | Trainspotting

Welsh's books have made him a cult figure within the writing world since the 1990s. Several of his books have become best sellers and all have a mixture of comedy, drama and hard-hitting issues...the best-known being Trainspotting (1996) which was made into a box-office smash worldwide at the ...

6. Norman Mailer

Writer | Tough Guys Don't Dance

Norman Mailer, the Brooklyn-born and -bred writer who fought for what he characterized as the "heavyweight championship" of American letters after the 1961 death of Ernest Hemingway, never came close to his dream of writing the Great American novel, but he was a colossus of American culture and ...

7. Philip K. Dick

Writer | Blade Runner

Philip Kindred Dick was born in Chicago in December 1928, along with a twin sister, Jane. Jane died less than eight weeks later, allegedly from an allergy to mother's milk. Dick's parents split up during his childhood, and he moved with his mother to Berkeley, California, where he lived for most of...

8. Michel Houellebecq

Writer | La possibilité d'une île

Michel Houellebecq was born on February 26, 1956 in La Réunion, France as Michel Thomas. He is a writer and actor, known for La possibilité d'une île (2008), Elementarteilchen (2006) and Déséquilibres (1982).

9. Raymond Carver

Writer | Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)

Raymond Carver was born on May 25, 1938 in Clatskanie, Oregon, USA. He was a writer, known for Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance) (2014), Short Cuts (1993) and Everything Must Go (2010). He was married to Tess Gallagher and Maryann Burk. He died on August 2, 1988 in Port Angeles, ...

10. Hunter S. Thompson

Writer | Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas

Hunter S. Thompson was born on July 18, 1937 in Louisville, Kentucky, USA as Hunter Stockton Thompson. He was married to Anita Thompson and Sondi Wright. He died on February 20, 2005 in Aspen, Colorado, USA.