Who was the best author of all time?

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This question is very difficult to answer as "all time" hasn't been finished yet! Even if we only consider authors who have already finished and published their works, we'd be limited in our capability to determine the best author thus far. Many works of literature have not been translated or popularized in such a way that allows everyone to consider them, and even more have simply been lost to the ages. Above all, literary preferences are a matter of opinion, so you and I might disagree over who is the best author.

With all of that said, I think a lot of people would consider William Shakespeare to be the best author (thus far) in the English-speaking world. Shakespeare is beloved by millions for the quality and volume of his work. If not the best author thus far, Shakespeare is certainly one of the most influential authors of all time. 

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