Sunday, March 15, 2009

25 influential writers...influential of me anyway

I was over at Dorothy's place and thought this was a great meme. So, here are 25 writers who have influenced me in no particular order:

1. Herman Hesse
2. J. D. Sallinger
3. Virginia Woolf
4. Anton Chekhov
5. Konstantin Stanislavski
6. Horton Foote
7. Ethan Canin
8. Chaim Potok
9. Paul de Kruif
10. E. M. Forster
11. May Sarton
12. Allan Miller
13. Clifford Odets
14. Steven Johnson
15. Wendy Smith
16. Michael Coveney
17. Harold Clurman
18. Richard Powers
19. Frank O'Hara
20. Peter Brook
21. Caryl Churchill
22. Somerset Maugham
23. Nicholas Moseley
24. Evelyn Waugh
25. the M.D. who wrote a letter to The New York Times in the late 1980's or early 1990s about being gay and showed me that it was just fine.

I'm supposed to tag 25 people. Forget that. Join in if you like, just remember that these are influential writers, not favorites.

2 comments:

Dorothy W. said...

Interesting list! I do love seeing who other people choose. We have one author in common (Woolf) and there are others here I admire greatly (Hesse, Forster, Maugham, Chekhov). And others I'd like to read -- Powers especially.

Matt said...

We've got two common authors on the list, but they seem to belong to a group of authors who are great prose stylists!