Greatest AuthorsWho do you think are the greatest authors that are still alive?

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litteacher8 | High School Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

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I think Cormic McCarthy, Jonathan Franzen, Alice Walked and Jonahan Safren Foer would be at the top of my list, but if I took a walk though a bookstore I am sure I would add to it! I also enjoy the work of Marcus Zusak.
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litteacher8 | High School Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

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I think Cormic McCarthy, Jonathan Franzen, Alice Walked and Jonahan Safren Foer would be at the top of my list, but if I took a walk though a bookstore I am sure I would add to it! I also enjoy the work of Marcus Zusak.
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brettd | High School Teacher | (Level 2) Educator Emeritus

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Egads, what a difficult question.  A few above have mentioned Cormac McCarthy, and I tend to agree, as his writing style is so unique, and his ability to tell a story masterful.  Stephen King has many of the same qualities and they both examine the darker sides of human nature and existence, which appeals to me in terms of literary taste.  On the less well known side, Rudolfo Anaya, author of such classics as Bless Me, Ultima and Albuquerque makes my list as well.

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It's difficult to discount Harold Bloom's famous declaration that the four greatest living authors are McCarthy, Pynchon, Roth, and DeLillo. I agree with earlier responses that Atwood, Morrison, and Tim O'Brien are extremely talented. I'm surprised to see that no one has mentioned Michael Chabon, Salmon Rushie, or Jonathan Franzen yet.

I'm a big fan of Murakami, but I don't think of him as being on the same level as the others. However, in the spirit of "totally different directions," I'll mention Neal Stephenson and William Gibson.