Today is National Author’s Day and all you bibliophiles and budding authors out there, it is your day to celebrate with a cup of your favourite beverage and of course your all-time favourite book!
Celebrated every year on the 1st of November, this day is a celebration of those creative spirits who have made us laugh, who have made us feel the sharp shooting pain of sorrow – in short, those who have provided us with companions for life!
This National Author’s Day, let us flip through the pages of time and take a look at an eclectic mix of some of the most read authors across the ages:
We have all read at least one of Dickens’ novels. May it be Great Expectations or the telling tale of David Copperfield, we are all familiar with Dickens’ works. This British author has provided us with classics and is indeed one of the most read authors of all times.
Samuel Langhorne Clemens or popularly known by his pen name – Mark Twain, introduced us to the lovable Tom Sawyer and Huckleberry Finn. Adapted in different forms over the years, this American author is one who will be remembered by generations to come.
Remember The Selfish Giant? One of the most widely read of this Irish author’s works, he is also known for his compelling novels and plays like The Picture of Dorian Gray, The importance of being Earnest and other plays, etc.
Arthur Conan Doyle
Who doesn’t know the famous Sherlock Holmes? Such was the popularity of this detective that the author had to bring him back from the dead. On this National Author’s Day, Conan Doyle, does deserve a special mention!
The creator of Hercule Poirot and Miss Marple and the author of countless gripping murder mysteries, every bibliophile’s childhood is incomplete without this author’s works.
One of the most famous Indian authors of all times, Tagore attained international recognition not just for his Nobel Prize in Literature, but the deep philosophy of unity and cosmopolitanism which was innate in all his works.
Known by his pen name, Lewis Carroll, Charles Lutwidge Dodgson is best remembered for his work – Alice's Adventures in Wonderland. This classic has many renditions and the eccentricity and make-believe world that Carroll paints has captivated readers at large over the ages.
To the Lighthouse and Mrs. Dalloway are amongst the most famous works of this British author, who paved the way for a compelling female voice in literature.
Winner of the 1997 Man Booker Prize for Fiction, The God of Small Things by Roy earned her international acclaim. Roy continues to explore new dimensions in literature and is a must-read contemporary author.
Her pre-partition works explores explosive themes, including works related to alternative sexuality. A highly controversial author of her times, Amrita Pritam begs to be explored by all true literature lovers.
So, how many of these authors have you read already? Go ahead and complete the list this National Author’s Day!