They make us think with their stories. They can trigger feelings of great happiness as well as deepest sadness in us. They invite us to travel straight from the sofa into the unlimited worlds of fantasy: Cheers to the writers who fill our lives with thousands of colorful stories! In the following we have created a list for you in which we would like to introduce you to the 50 most successful book authors of all time.
You will find out which are the greatest success titles of the respective writers, what incredible sales figures they achieved and what makes the bestselling authors interesting as private individuals. Many of the names of the successful writers will be instantly familiar to you, while others may surprise you that they belong to the Top Twenty of the most successful book authors. Be curious! And now: Have fun browsing!
The greatest writers of all time
There are an infinite number of lists and rankings for the best, most important or famous books in the world. Some are based on surveys and reader opinion, some on expert judgment, some on bestsellers. But one thing is the same for all lists: book lovers really enjoy browsing, checking the lists and maybe adding a few issues to their own to-read list. Our list was created on the basis of subjective assessments. Read below and choose your favourite writer.
We all know him from school – after all, Shakespeare is the most famous writer of all time. Shakespeare’s works have been translated from English into all the major languages of the world and have sold billions of copies.
Shakespeare was born in the English town of Stratford. He died there in 1616. According to tradition, the day of his death is said to have fallen on his 52nd birthday. As a young man, Shakespeare began his career as an actor, poet and playwright in London. He soon made a name for himself in the English capital. He performed his plays in the famous Globe Theater in London. Even Queen Queen Elizabeth I was an avid supporter of Shakespeare’s works.
Shakespeare’s most successful works include the tragedies “Romeo and Juliet”, “Hamlet” and “Macbeth”. The most famous comedies penned by William Shakespeare are “A Midsummer Night’s Dream”, “Much Ado About Nothing” and “As You Like It”. In addition, Shakespeare wrote 154 sound poems, which are now available as an anthology.
The English author Agatha Christie is a true master of crime fiction. One of the most famous fictional characters from Christie’s crime stories is the Belgian detective Hercule Poirot. Christie tells his exciting investigative stories in the well-known novels “Death on the Orient Express” and “Death on the Nile”. Christie’s novel character Miss Marple is no less famous than Hercule Poirot. When Agatha Christie created Miss Marple, she was inspired by the personality of her own grandma. She describes Miss Marple as an older, somewhat quirky, but extremely astute lady who solves numerous criminal cases as an amateur detective.
Agatha Christie wrote a total of 66 detective novels and various short stories. In addition, Christie also wrote various stage plays, of which “the mouse trap” is the most successful. Over 4 billion works by Agatha Christie have been sold worldwide and many of her novels have been filmed. Because of her outstanding artistic achievements, Agatha Christie was raised to the nobility by the Queen of England in 1971.
The bestselling author Barbara Cartland is often called “Queen of Romanticism” in her home country in Great Britain. Indeed, Cartland is unbeatable at writing romance novels at record speed. When Barbara Cartland managed to publish 20 novels in one year, she received an entry in the Guinness Book of Records for them. In total, Barbara Cartland wrote 724 novels that have been translated into 38 different languages. The cover pictures of her romance novels were made by the successful book author herself. The love stories in Cartland’s tales are of kitschy beauty and take the reader into the glamorous world of the nobility.
The nobility also played an important role in Barbara Cartland’s private life. For many years she lived on the royal estate of Camfield Place in southern England. She was the step-grandmother of Lady Diana. In 1991 Barbara Cartland herself was ennobled by the English Queen and was allowed to bear the title of “Lady Barbara” during the last years of her life. A unique selling point of the eccentric romantic writer was that she was always dressed in pink.
The American writer Danielle Steel spent her youth in Europe. In 1977 the then thirty-year-old wrote her first novel “Farewell to St. Petersburg”, which immediately became an international bestseller. A recurring theme in Steel’s stories are family dramas and interpersonal relationships.
In total, Danielle Steel has written over 60 books with a worldwide circulation of half a billion. Danielle Steel’s most famous and filmed titles include “Fathers”, “Under the Rainbow” and “Message from Afar”.
Danielle Steel’s private life is turbulent: the author stepped in front of the altar five times and is the mother of 9 children. Steel’s book “His radiant light: The story of my son” is particularly moving. The novel is about Danielle Steel’s own son Nick Traina, who suffered from manic depression and committed suicide at a young age.
Harold Robbins was born in New York City in 1916 to Jewish immigrants and grew up in Brooklyn. He dropped out of school in the late 1920s. After that, she kept herself afloat with temporary jobs. Eventually Robbins moved to California, where he made a career at Universal Pictures. Harold Robbins’ success story as a book author began in 1948 when his first novel “Never Love A Stranger” was published. One of Robbins most famous works is his third book “The Merciless”. It tells the story of a teenager during the Great Depression in the United States. “The Merciless” also served as a template for the successful musical “My Life is the Rhythm”, in which Elvis Presley played the leading role.
A central theme that comes up again and again in Robbins novels is American economics and finance. Harold Robbins’ books sold over 750 million worldwide and have appeared in 32 different languages.
The Belgian writer Georges Simenon became world famous as the creator of the fictional character “Commissioner Maigret”. The 75 crime novels that tell of the investigations of the Paris Police Commissioner Maigret were written by Simenon over a period of 40 years. In his stories, Georges Simenon made a conscious decision to use simple and easy-to-understand language that does not contain more than 2000 words. Simeon himself comes from a humble background. At the age of 16 he became a half-orphan. He gained his first writing experience as a journalist for the local press. In the early 1920s he moved to Paris and initially earned his living writing dime novels, which he published under various pseudonyms.
For decades, children have grown up with the adventure stories that the “Five Friends”, the twin sisters “Hanni and Nanni” and “Die Schwarze 7” experience. These exciting youth book series all stem from the imagination of Enid Blyton, who is considered the most successful children’s and youth author of the 20th century. The British author discovered her great gift of telling exciting stories off the cuff at an early age. Before going to bed, little Enid made her siblings happy with exciting bedtime stories. As an adult, the children’s author wrote up to 12,000 words a day in her prime. In total, Enid Blyton wrote over 750 novels, which have sold 650 million copies worldwide. Many of her adventure stories were also published as a children’s radio play or were filmed.
Sidney Sheldon began his career in Hollywood, where he made a name for himself as a writer of musicals and film scripts. He received an Oscar for his script for the Hollywood film “Love Isn’t That Simple”. Sidney Sheldon achieved further success as the writer of the sitcom “Bewitching Jeannie” and the crime series “Hart but cordially”. It was not until he was over 50 years old that Sheldon wrote his first novel “The Naked Face” and promptly received the renowned Edgar Allan Poe Award in the category of best first work.
Sheldon wrote a total of 21 novels with a worldwide circulation of over half a billion. In addition, Sheldon landed an entry in the Guinness Book of Records as the most translated writer. However, Sheldon was only able to enjoy his outstanding professional success to a limited extent: the writer had suffered from manic depression since his teenage years.
Her Harry Potter novels made JK Rowling world famous. The idea for the seven-volume fantasy book series about the teenage magician Harry Potter came to Rowling in 1990 while she was traveling by train from Manchester to London. 7 years later the first volume “Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone” was published. The seventh and final volume Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows was published in 2007. The Magical Adventures of Harry Potter are the best-selling books in the world after the Bible and the Mao Bible. The book series has not only been translated into numerous living languages, but also into Latin. All of the Harry Potter books were filmed by Hollywood and grossed well over $ 4 billion in the box office. JK Rowling, who once relied on government support for financial aid.
Gilbert Patten lived in the United States from 1866 to 1945 and was an extremely successful author of dime novels, and becoming the author of the bestselling book ever. His works achieved sales of almost 500 million. The stories about Frank Merriwell, which Gilbert Patten wrote under the stage name Burt L. Standish, are legendary. The Frank Merriwell 300 volumes are about a college student and great athlete who served as a role model for millions of young Americans.
“How the Grinch stole Christmas” is probably the most famous story in Germany by Dr. Seuss. The real name of the American children’s author Theodor Seuss was Geisel. The so-called “Beginner Books”, which Dr. Seuss designed for first-time readers. These inspire the young bookworms with funny drawings and a simple vocabulary that does not contain more than 250 words. These include “The hangover with the hat” and “Green egg with bacon: the very best”. Overall, Dr. Seuss has more than 40 books and is one of the most successful children’s book authors of all time.
He is probably the most famous mangaka in the world: the Japanese manga artist Eiichiro Oda. His most famous manga “One Piece” has sold 450 million copies. This makes “One Piece” the most successful Mange series of all time.
Eiichero Oda knew early on where his path would lead him: at the tender age of 4, he announced that he would later become a manga artist because he didn’t feel like having to look for a real job as an adult. He followed this plan consistently. At the age of 17, Oda won several prestigious Japanese competitions with his manga short story “Wanted!”.
One of the great stars of world literature is Leo Tolstoy. His two classics “War and Peace” and “Anne Karenina” are masterpieces of realism. They take the reader on a true journey to 19th century Russia.
Tolstoy himself belonged to the Russian nobility. He lost both parents in early childhood and grew up with relatives. Tolstoy married young and had 13 children. In middle age Leo Tolstoy plunged into a terrible sensory crisis. He strove for religious depth as well as social justice. At the same time, the book author harshly criticized Tsarist Russia. While Leo Tolstoy was celebrated abroad, he fell increasingly out of favor at home. Several of his books have been banned in Russia. The Catholic Church excommunicated Leo Tolstoy after his novel “The Resurrection” was published in 1901.
Corín Tellado is considered the most widely read Spanish book author of our time. She especially inspires women from Spain and Latin America with her romantic love stories. The 4,000 short stories from Corín Tellado’s pen are written in an easy-to-understand manner and are mostly sold in the form of booklets. With this, Corín Tellado succeeds in arousing the enthusiasm for reading even in the less educated classes.
A total of over 400 million of Tellado’s romantic stories have been sold. Tellado worked hard and disciplined for her great success: she often started writing before sunrise and didn’t finish her workday until late at night. The bestselling author died in 2009 at the age of 81 in the Spanish coastal city of Gijon.
Jackie Collins is the little sister of Denver clan star Joan Collins. Before Jackie Collins discovered her literary streak, she also made her living as an actress in various British films. In 1968 the Collins made her debut as a book author. Her first novel “The World Is Full of Married Men” made it onto the US bestseller lists.
In the course of her life, Collins filled 30 other books with exciting stories full of scandals, intrigue and tingly eroticism. She takes her readership full of passion into the world of the rich and beautiful. Her stories are available in 40 different languages. A total of 400 million copies of Collins books have sold over the counter.
The famous American dream is the central theme of the well over 100 dime novels that Horatio Alger wrote towards the end of the 19th century. His stories told of poor young men who, thanks to their honesty, their hard work and their heroic deeds, succeed in making their way up the social ladder. In Horatios Alger’s lifetime, his books were absolute bestsellers and were devoured by the American masses. However, instead of leading a full life himself, Alger used the proceeds from his books to support homeless young people.
RL Stine is the Stephen King of youth literature. RL Stine discovered his love for storytelling early on. He was already typing his first stories on his parents’ typewriter when he was at primary school. Like hardly any other book author in the world, RL Stine knows how to combine humor and horror in his stories in a child-friendly way. Stine’s first big book success came in the late 1980s with the book series “Fear Street”. The tales of the eerie events that happen to the youth in the fictional town of Shadyside have sold over 80 million copies. RL Stine topped his first success with the book series “Goosebumps”: “Goosebumps” is one of the most popular children’s book series of all time and has been translated into 30 different languages. So far, 350 million copies of “goosebumps” have been sold. The goosebumps stories about the creepy ventriloquist doll Slappy, vampires and werewolves were also filmed in a TV series and even made it to the big screen.
The bestselling author Dean Koontz had a difficult start in life: He grew up in an educationally poor home and suffered from the violence of his alcoholic father. Little Dean escaped from his dreary everyday life early on into the colorful world of books. The little boy taught himself to read. Dean Koontz started his writing career in elementary school. He made up his own stories and sold them in the neighborhood. Dean Koontz has always remained loyal to story-writing throughout the rest of his life – but his reading audience has multiplied millions of times since elementary school.
In over 100 books, most of which can be assigned to the genre of horror, thriller and science fiction, he skilfully plays with the fears of his enthusiastic readers. 14 of his books have made it to number 1 on the New York Times bestseller list. Dean Koontz recently made a name for himself when theories emerged that he had predicted the corona pandemic as early as 1981 in his book “The Eyes of Darkness”.
Nora Roberts had an unusual and at the same time very simple motive for starting writing: boredom. In 1979, the then 28-year-old housewife was snowed in for days in her home in the US state of Maryland. When she ran out of reading material during this time, she began writing her own novel. With her romantic first work “Rote Rosen für Delia” she took the hearts of her readers by storm. In the years that followed, Roberts wrote 200 more novels, almost all of which made it onto the New York Times bestseller list. In Germany too, Nora Roberts can look forward to a loyal fan base. Your books have been sold 25 million times in the Federal Republic of Germany. Anyone who buys one of Robert’s great love stories is buying the promise of a happy ending at the same time.
Pushkin is to Russia what Goethe is to Germany. He is undisputedly the most important poet in Russia and is considered to be the founder of the modern Russian literary language. This is especially interesting given that in childhood, Pushkin spoke French better than Russian. Alexander Pushkin’s masterpiece “Eugene Onegin” from 1833 is world-famous. At first sight, “Eugene Onegin” seems to be a love story. On closer reading, however, the world classic turns out to be a critical social novel. Because of his socially non-conformist behavior in Tsarist Russia, Pushkin was exiled to the Caucasus after completing his studies. He processed his experiences from this time in the book “The Prisoner in the Caucasus”.
Hermann Hesse is a German writer, best known for his books Siddhartha and Steppenwolf. Hesse was the son of two missionaries who worked in India for several years. He was born in the Black Forest, but spent a large part of his youth in Switzerland. These multicultural experiences influenced him as a person and as a writer. As a result, much of his work grapples with his own relationship with German nationalism. Hesse also cites Indian and Chinese philosophies as his main influences, something that was unique to the context in which he wrote. He was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1946.
Thomas Mann is a German writer and social critic who was mainly active in the first half of the 20th century. Mann provided fascinating commentary on the psyches of artists and intellectuals through his writing, which often used a heavy dose of irony and symbolism. He was a member of the exile literature movement, which was composed of German writers who opposed the Nazi regime. During the rule of the Third Reich, Mann fled to Switzerland. His brother Heinrich Mann is also a famous radical writer and three of his six children have also become known literarily.
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe is not only one of the most famous German writers. He is literally the creator of a new literary genre – the so-called “educational novel“. The “educational novel” is a special direction in the literature of the Enlightenment, which implies a detailed description of the moral, spiritual and psychological formation of the protagonist. The genre was born with the release of Goethe’s “The Teaching Years of Wilhelm Meister”, in which the hero radically changes his views during his life. If at the beginning of the novel the character is an art lover who dreams of becoming an actor, then in the end, after several years of ‘apprenticeship’, he is imbued with the ‘prose of life’ and acquires new, already much more banal, milestones.
It is probably not entirely correct to call Anne Frank a “German writer”. This girl deliberately didn’t publish a single book. However, her “Diary of Anne Frank”, published after her death, significantly influenced the culture, history and even politics of the world.
Anne Frank was originally from Germany. She was born in 1929 in Frankfurt am Main. However, she was Jewish, and after Hitler came to power, she and her family were forced to leave for the Netherlands. But even there the girl was found and was sent with her family to Auschwitz.
Anne Frank’s diary is a collection of notes that the girl began to keep in June 1942. In it, she criticized Nazism and talked about the war crimes committed by supporters of the Nazi regime against Jews. Anne Frank’s diary is not really literature, it is a historical document in all respects, it tells of persecution and oppression, one of the proofs of the Holocaust.
Franz Kafka is not only one of the most famous German writers, but, in principle, a key figure in 20th century literature. In his disturbing works, difficult to read and understand, he touches on the themes of fear, fear of authority, power, power and the world around him.
Most of Kafka’s works are built on the same plot. They tell the story of a man faced with surreal and incomprehensible difficulties. In “Metamorphosis” the main character, for some unknown reason, turns into such a disgusting insect that even his family shuns him and suffers from a sense of guilt that he can no longer provide for his family. In The Trial, the central character is arrested for an unknown reason and throughout the novel, traveling into the world of surreal bureaucracy, he tries to discover the reason or at least the verdict. In the unfinished “Castle” the main character arrives at the surreal village, where he at least tries to resist.
Kafka’s novels are characterized by themes of alienation. His characters lose contact with society or cannot find it (as presented in “America” and “The Castle”). In addition, the author touches on themes of absurdity, existential issues, feelings of guilt and anxiety.
Erich Maria Remarque
Erich Maria Remarque is one of the most famous writers of the so-called “lost generation”. Born between the two world wars, they were sent to the front at a very young age and soon learned death. This has become the leitmotif of their work.
And Erich Maria Remarque’s most famous work – “All Quiet on the Western Front” – vividly shows the life and behavior of the “lost generation”. Let me tell you about the times of the First World War. The main character of the novel is 19-year-old German Paul Beumer, who went to the Western front and there he faced the realities of military life, not as “rosy” as German propaganda described them.
Quiet on the Western Front turned out to be such an antiwar novel that the NSDAP initially banned the screening of the film adaptation of the play in 1930, and when the Nazis came to power, the book itself fell out of favor. Along with other works by Remarque, the copies were seized from shops and libraries (including private ones) and publicly burned.
Ernst Theodor Amadeus Hoffmann
Ernst Theodor Amadeus Hoffmann is one of the brightest representatives of German classical romanticism, although his work is noticeably different from the works of other writers of the time. Elements of satire and sarcasm can be found in his works, although the general mythology and cosmology are impressive – reality is mythologized, intersects with the celestial and supernatural worlds, mixes with them – and each phenomenon has an ordinary side and a unusual.
Hoffmann did not limit himself to literature in his work. He is known both as a composer and as an artist. But in the modern world, Hoffmann’s popularity has been determined by two of his dark tales: The Nutcracker and The Sandman.
At first glance, the “sand man” has nothing to do with the sand man, a character from popular legends. But only on further examination can one see the profound symbolism and a further level of mythology of the work. The story itself, considered significant to Hoffmann and defining his work, tells of Nathaniel, a man who loses his head after looking through a telescope. But the main symbol of work is a doll. Later it is found in a large number of works by other writers.
Even “The Nutcracker and the Mouse King“, although it is a fable for children, clearly demonstrates the characteristics of Hoffmann’s work. As the plot of this “story within story” develops, the two worlds – reality and fantasy – intersect. Characters who were human become dolls and doll toys become people. In addition, Hoffmann uses the technique of an “unreliable narrator”: the girl Marie, who recounts her adventures in a magical land, has a fever. So it’s not clear whether to trust her.
Critic, essayist, playwright, but also novelist, painter, recorder and set designer. Victor Hugo was one of the greatest exponents of Romanticism. Born in 1802, in his collections of poems he always contrasted the contradictory aspects of life, as can be seen in the works The autumn leaves, The songs of twilight, The interior voices, The rays and shadows and finally The contemplations are references to you loving, familiar as well as dreams and visions. Victor Hugo was a writer close to the problems of the people, and it should be remembered that he played an important role in important issues such as women’s emancipation and the exploitation of minors. Among his most important works we remember The miserable and Notre-Dame of Paris.
Born in 1871, Marcel Proust is a French writer who has been interested in writing since high school. Sick of asthma, he saw the first extracts of his works come out in 1914 in the Nouvelle Revue Française. After the love affairs with the musician Hahn and the writer R. de Montesquiou, as well as after the death of his father and mother, the writer isolated himself in his room to devote himself exclusively to his passion. Starting from 1909 he wrote the famous novel À la recherche du temps perdu, which was published in fragments divided into several parts: Du côté de chez Swann, came out in 1913, À l’ombre des jeunes filles en fleur came out in 1918, two years after Le côté de Guermantes, the popular Sodome et Gomorrhe in ’22 and finally La prisonnière (in 1923), Albertine disparue (in 1925) and Le temps retrouvé (in 1927). The immense work, inspired by Balzac’s Comédie humaine and Wagner’s Tetralogy, spoke of French society in the early 1900s.
François-Marie Arouet, better known as Voltaire, was an important polemicist and polygraph author who developed a critical attitude against absolute monarchy and ancient Europe. Attending libertine circlesled him to exile in England for three years, a country that with its parliamentary monarchy and liberalism deeply affected him. The English Letters, as well as the relationship with the scholar Émilie Le Tonnelier, wife of the Marquis Claude du Châtelet, threw even more accusations of immorality on Voltaire, who always proved to be far from the Enlightenment and who in Candido fully expressed his anti-metaphysical and anti-Christian position . The Treatise on Tolerance and the Philosophical Dictionary followed. We recall that from Voltaire’s historiographical works, modern historical self-awareness was born, that is, a history independent of theology and morality.
Art critic (particularly close to Impressionism) and French writer, Émile Zola was born in Paris in 1840. Naturalist theorist, wrote Teresa Raquin, Les Rougon-Macquart and Histoire naturelle et sociale d’une famille sous le Second Empire. It is also worth mentioning J’accuse, the letter in which Zola, a republican, took the defense of the innocent Dreyfus. A friend of P. Cézanne, Emile added to his novels critical and polemical texts such as La République et la littérature, Le roman expérimental, Les romanciers naturalistes, Documents littéraires and finally Une Campagna.
Orphaned by his father as a child, Albert Camus, born in Algiers, was unable to complete the university, due to the work he was forced to and poor health conditions. He was a merchant, clerk and also an actor, after which he devoted himself to writing. In Algiers he wrote two essays, L’Envers et l’Endroit and Noces. Communist, he actively participated in the Resistance and was a journalist and editor of Combat. Among his most important novels are L’Étranger, La Peste, as well as the plays Le Malentendu and Caligula, the essay Le mythe de Sisyphe, Lettres à un ami allemand ,L’Homme révolté, La Chute, L’Exil et le Royaume and Actuelles I, II, III. It is worth mentioning the Nobel Prize acquired in 1957.
The 10 best books of all time
Choosing a book, romance, crime or a horror book, is not an easy task and there is a certain subjectivity when putting together a list of the best books of all time. So, there is nothing better than reading them and checking for yourself whether or not the best books of all time deserve a place in your library.
In search of lost time, Marcel Proust
The work “in search of lost time” is one of the best of all time, divided into seven parts during which Marcel Proust tackles themes which end up being common to all the works. Those who have read all the books, do not have the impression of having wasted their time traveling through the scenario of an incomparable literary work, in which the author brings to life various characters and adventures that bring nostalgia and a feeling of closeness to a narrator who has been preparing, from an early age, to become the writer of his work.
Ulysses, James Joyce
This book is about Thursday, June 16, 1904, in the city of Dublin. On this day and at dawn, the author crosses paths with the lives of different people who talk, discuss love affairs, travel, dream, drink and re-life, all centered around three main characters. Without a doubt, one of the best books of all time.
War and peace, Léo Tolstoy
Considered a monument in universal literature and one of the best books of all time, this work addresses the wars waged by Napoleon against the monarchies of Europe. A reflection on the origins and consequences of conflicts. It is 550 characters, without taking into account the elements of aristocratic families, who give life to this epic setting which is a realistic portrait of Russian society at the beginning of the 19th century. Tolstoy, both writer, philosopher and defender of minorities and the most disadvantaged, invites us to reflect on the meaning of life, feeding it with philosophical questions as he denounces the prejudices and hypocrisy of nobility, in contradiction with the miserable conditions in which the soldiers and servants lived and were treated.
Moby Dick, Herman Melville
Moby Dick is the name of the white whale that Ahab wants to hunt, but for that he needs the help of the crew to begin his revenge. This work, mentioned as one of the main novels of North America, accompanies the ultimate journey of the whaler Pequod, to whom, Herman Melville confers the influences of various literary genres ranging from theater to scientific description, with a touch of philosophical meditation.
The divine comedy, Dante Alighieri
There is no certainty on the year of writing of this work, between 1304 and 1321 (year of Dante’s death), but one thing is certain: it is undoubtedly a great classic which accompanies and goes beyond generations. Divided between the three kingdoms beyond the grave, Hell (this would be the depression of the Dead Sea, where all the waters converge), Purgatory and Paradise (for these, the segments of the concentric circles which together , respond to celestial mechanics), it is these three parts that compose it.
Hamlet, William Shakespeare
A tragedy by William Shakespeare that explains how Hamlet tries to avenge the death of his father, themed around betrayal, revenge, incest, corruption and morality. The poet and playwright has created a play that accompanies the maturity of thought of a character who is represented in the person of a young prince. The culmination is when he becomes able to understand what is time, death and individual responsibility, since power is a factor of disruption and confusion. It is precisely thanks to this reflection that he becomes an adult.
The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, Mark Twain
The first work of Mark Twain, a writer who according to Hemingway, “is an innovation, a new discovery of the English language”. The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn tells the story of a boy (Huckleberry) and a river, recounting his travels and adventures with the slave Jim, luck and misfortune, harassment and friendships, fueled with de comedy and irony. A current book on racism, violence and freedom.
The Great Gatsby, F. Scott Fitzgerald
Novel about the prosperous and crazy years after the First World War, where Jay Gatsby and Daisy are the main characters chosen by the American writer to embody his love story between a naval officer who is at the beginning of his career and a pretty young lady. When this one ends up marrying an extremely rich man, Jay Gatsby also decides to become rich, to be able to reconquer his beloved one. And he will get there.
One Hundred Years of Loneliness, Gabriel Garcia Marquez
It may take years to read it, but it certainly won’t be boring. Fly in the adventure of the Buendia – Iguaran family, high in miracles, fantasies, obsessions, tragedies, incest, adultery, rebellions, discoveries, and condemnations that bring to life myths and the history associated with the tragedy and to love, with the presence of a century-old character named Ursula.
Madame Bovary, Gustave Flaubert
Published in 1856, this book was continued by its sensual character and the provocative beauty granted to the main character: Ema Bovary. For Madame Bovary, Gustave Flaubert was almost condemned to prison, for what was, for him alone, a beautiful love story. In reality, it was royal facts that fueled and inspired the adventures which took five years to be written but which had great repercussions on the society of the time.