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Saturday Book Discussion: I can't believe you haven't read that author!



Last week's poll on which classics people have read was very popular. It's kind of interesting which polls get lots of participants and which ones don't. I don't know if they correlate to which SBD posts get more readers. But anyway, 171 people ticked off boxes about their high school reading lists.

And the top three most-read books?


#1: The Hobbit
#2: Romeo & Juliet
#3: 1984


Way down at the bottom were The Jungle, The Mayor of Casterbridge, and The Last of the Mohicans.

So, this time let's see which authors have been most widely read. Check the box if you have read at least one book by that author.

And yes, this list is also arbitrary and decided by me. If you have complaints about authors I egregiously left off or put on the wrong list, you may kiss my asscomment below, after checking off the authors you've read.

Poll #1875137 Authors you have read

More or less Victorian

Anne Brontë
42(4.0%)
Charlotte Brontë
102(9.8%)
Emily Brontë
92(8.9%)
Wilkie Collins
35(3.4%)
Charles Dickens
136(13.1%)
George Eliot
55(5.3%)
Elizabeth Gaskell
38(3.7%)
Thomas Hardy
66(6.4%)
Henry James
54(5.2%)
James Joyce
63(6.1%)
Rudyard Kipling
88(8.5%)
William Thackeray
37(3.6%)
Anthony Trollope
13(1.3%)
Oscar Wilde
122(11.8%)
Robert Louis Stevenson
95(9.2%)

Americans

Louisa May Alcott
121(10.6%)
Willa Cather
34(3.0%)
James Fenimore Cooper
25(2.2%)
William Faulkner
58(5.1%)
F. Scott Fitzgerald
117(10.3%)
Nathaniel Hawthorne
78(6.9%)
Sinclair Lewis
19(1.7%)
Jack London
88(7.7%)
Herman Melville
44(3.9%)
Edgar Allan Poe
134(11.8%)
J.D. Salinger
112(9.8%)
Upton Sinclair
30(2.6%)
John Steinbeck
106(9.3%)
Mark Twain
121(10.6%)
Edith Wharton
51(4.5%)

Americans don't read these guys

Honoré de Balzac
20(4.2%)
Charles Baudelaire
29(6.1%)
Jorge Luis Borges
24(5.1%)
Albert Camus
72(15.2%)
Anton Chekhov
39(8.2%)
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
41(8.6%)
Nikolai Gogol
23(4.8%)
Knut Hamsun
7(1.5%)
Hermann Hesse
51(10.7%)
Franz Kafka
85(17.9%)
Thomas Mann
30(6.3%)
Marcel Proust
18(3.8%)
Aleksandr Pushkin
15(3.2%)
Stendhal
12(2.5%)
Ivan Turgenev
9(1.9%)

Okay, sometimes they read these guys

Dante Alighieri
61(6.7%)
Italo Calvino
29(3.2%)
Joseph Conrad
68(7.4%)
Fyodor Dostoevsky
72(7.9%)
Alexandre Dumas
84(9.2%)
Umberto Eco
60(6.6%)
Gustave Flaubert
42(4.6%)
E. M. Forster
58(6.3%)
Homer
91(9.9%)
Victor Hugo
76(8.3%)
Henrik Ibsen
43(4.7%)
John Milton
49(5.3%)
Jonathan Swift
61(6.7%)
Leo Tolstoy
64(7.0%)
Voltaire
58(6.3%)

Dudes writing about their penises

Martin Amis
9(1.9%)
Saul Bellow
12(2.5%)
William S. Burroughs
24(5.1%)
J.M. Coetzee
18(3.8%)
Earnest Hemingway
92(19.4%)
Norman Mailer
20(4.2%)
Henry Miller
19(4.0%)
Gabriel Garcia Marquez
55(11.6%)
Haruki Murakami
46(9.7%)
V. S. Naipaul
9(1.9%)
Vladimir Nabokov
70(14.7%)
Philip Roth
20(4.2%)
Salman Rushdie
34(7.2%)
John Updike
24(5.1%)
Tom Wolfe
23(4.8%)

A Binder Full of Women

Margaret Atwood
102(10.7%)
Jane Austen
137(14.3%)
Emily Dickinson
92(9.6%)
Harper Lee
115(12.0%)
Doris Lessing
20(2.1%)
Daphne du Maurier
66(6.9%)
Iris Murdoch
13(1.4%)
Joyce Carol Oates
29(3.0%)
Sylvia Plath
72(7.5%)
Dorothy L. Sayers
28(2.9%)
Mary Shelley
100(10.5%)
Jane Smiley
11(1.2%)
Harriet Beecher Stowe
44(4.6%)
Alice Walker
47(4.9%)
Virginia Woolf
80(8.4%)

Pulpy!

Edgar Rice Burroughs
29(4.2%)
Raymond Chandler
36(5.2%)
Agatha Christie
105(15.1%)
L. Sprague de Camp
19(2.7%)
Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
122(17.5%)
H. Rider Haggard
17(2.4%)
Dashiell Hammett
26(3.7%)
Robert E. Howard
11(1.6%)
Fritz Leiber
19(2.7%)
H. P. Lovecraft
65(9.3%)
Michael Moorcock
26(3.7%)
E.E. Doc Smith
12(1.7%)
Jack Vance
23(3.3%)
Jules Verne
83(11.9%)
H. G. Wells
103(14.8%)

Grand Old Masters of Science Fiction

Douglas Adams
132(14.9%)
Isaac Asimov
92(10.4%)
Ben Bova
23(2.6%)
Ray Bradbury
117(13.2%)
Orson Scott Card
77(8.7%)
Arthur C. Clarke
63(7.1%)
Philip K. Dick
70(7.9%)
Harlan Ellison
28(3.2%)
Robert Heinlein
66(7.5%)
Frank Herbert
59(6.7%)
Larry Niven
33(3.7%)
Frederik Pohl
26(2.9%)
Philip Jose Farmer
23(2.6%)
Robert Silverberg
26(2.9%)
Roger Zelazny
50(5.6%)

So Damn Literary

Kingsley Amis
8(1.8%)
Paul Auster
13(3.0%)
J. G. Ballard
22(5.0%)
John Banville
14(3.2%)
A. S. Byatt
35(8.0%)
Kazuo Ishiguro
57(13.1%)
Don DeLillo
23(5.3%)
Jonathan Franzen
20(4.6%)
Cormac McCarthy
44(10.1%)
Ian McEwan
52(11.9%)
Toni Morrison
56(12.8%)
Annie Proulx
24(5.5%)
Thomas Pynchon
18(4.1%)
Zadie Smith
33(7.6%)
David Foster Wallace
17(3.9%)

They fell off the other lists

Bret Easton Ellis
34(4.3%)
Ursula K. Le Guin
88(11.2%)
C.S. Lewis
145(18.5%)
George Orwell
143(18.3%)
Chuck Palahniuk
63(8.0%)
J.R.R. Tolkien
159(20.3%)
Kurt Vonnegut
95(12.1%)
P. G. Wodehouse
56(7.2%)

Oh, why the hell not?

Piers Anthony
47(4.7%)
Dan Brown
102(10.2%)
Suzanne Collins
93(9.3%)
John Grisham
53(5.3%)
Laurell K. Hamilton
55(5.5%)
E.L. James
20(2.0%)
Stephen King
109(10.9%)
Stephenie Meyer
89(8.9%)
John Norman
4(0.4%)
James Patterson
40(4.0%)
Jodi Picoult
50(5.0%)
Anne Rice
100(10.0%)
Nora Roberts
39(3.9%)
J.K. Rowling
162(16.2%)
Nicholas Sparks
38(3.8%)




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