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Author Recommendation Poll

Because I'm truly ridiculously and quite possibly unhealthily addicted to lengthening my already unrealistically long reading list (and because it's a terribly convenient way to procrastinate about julnawrimo), I'm already feeling a need for another Author Recommendation Poll.

As in the past, all of the following are authors I've never read any books by, but have been planning to try reading books by. Some of them write fiction and some of them write nonfiction. I expect to eventually get around to reading most of these authors, but I'm particularly interested in any negative comments you might have about them, because negative comments sometimes cause me to remove particular authors from my reading list. For example, if you told me that one of the many queer authors on this list writes books that have a particularly noticeable pro-"gay gene" slant to them, that would probably make me much less interested in reading them (although I did read Radclyffe Hall and actually sort of liked her in a "What an interesting lunatic you are" kind of way). Also, if a particular author gets very few positive recommendations, I generally look them up in Google to get a sense of how well-known they are, and if they seem to be very well-known yet they're still not getting recommended much by people I know, I move them to the bottom of my priorities list. Oh, and some people's recommendations are given greater weight than others' because I'm familiar enough with their literary tastes to have particularly great faith in them (gamesiplay, frankepi, theobscure, rekraft, I'm looking at you people).

Poll #525152 Author Recommendation Poll #3

Do you personally highly recommend any of these authors? If so, check the boxes next to their names.

Lisa Alther
0(0.0%)
Noel Alumit
0(0.0%)
June Arnold
0(0.0%)
Honore de Balzac
2(11.8%)
Neil Bartlett
0(0.0%)
Arnold Bennett
0(0.0%)
Marie-Claire Blais
1(5.9%)
Jane Bowles
0(0.0%)
Brigid Brophy
0(0.0%)
Sylvia Brownrigg
1(5.9%)
Anthony Burgess
8(47.1%)
Elias Canetti
1(5.9%)
Lan Samantha Chang
0(0.0%)
Alexander Chee
0(0.0%)
Frank Chin
0(0.0%)

Do you personally highly recommend any of these authors? If so, check the boxes next to their names.

Justin Chin
0(0.0%)
Wayson Choy
0(0.0%)
Louis Chu
0(0.0%)
Christopher David
0(0.0%)
Madame De Stael
0(0.0%)
J. P. Donleavy
1(9.1%)
Jose Donoso
0(0.0%)
John Dos Passos
1(9.1%)
Elana Dykewomon
0(0.0%)
Margaret Edson
0(0.0%)
Buchi Emecheta
0(0.0%)
Harvey Fierstein
1(9.1%)
Fannie Flagg
2(18.2%)
John Fox
0(0.0%)
Diana Frederics
0(0.0%)

Do you personally highly recommend any of these authors? If so, check the boxes next to their names.

Henry Blake Fuller
0(0.0%)
Carmen Martin Gaite
0(0.0%)
Stella Gibbons
0(0.0%)
Andre Gide
2(14.3%)
Nikolai Gogol
2(14.3%)
Le Ly Hayslip
0(0.0%)
Patricia Highsmith
2(14.3%)
Alan Hollinghurst
1(7.1%)
David Henry Hwang
2(14.3%)
G. Cabrera Infante
0(0.0%)
Randall Kenan
0(0.0%)
Florence King
0(0.0%)
Larissa Lai
0(0.0%)
T. E. Lawrence
0(0.0%)
Violette Leduc
0(0.0%)

Do you personally highly recommend any of these authors? If so, check the boxes next to their names.

Lilian Lee
0(0.0%)
Jose Lezama Lima
0(0.0%)
Jaime Manrique
0(0.0%)
Anita Mason
0(0.0%)
Ashok Mathur
0(0.0%)
W. Somerset Maugham
1(7.7%)
William Maxwell
0(0.0%)
Richard Meeker
0(0.0%)
Mark Merlis
0(0.0%)
Ethan Mordden
0(0.0%)
Robert Musil
2(15.4%)
Charles Nelson
0(0.0%)
Flann O'Brien
3(23.1%)
John Okada
0(0.0%)
Jamie O'Neill
3(23.1%)

Do you personally highly recommend any of these authors? If so, check the boxes next to their names.

P. Parivaraj
0(0.0%)
Lakshmi Persaud
1(8.3%)
Roger Peyrefitte
0(0.0%)
Aimee Phan
0(0.0%)
Anthony Powell
1(8.3%)
James Purdy
0(0.0%)
Andy Quan
0(0.0%)
Nina Revoyr
0(0.0%)
Jean Rhys
1(8.3%)
Geoff Ryman
2(16.7%)
George Sand
2(16.7%)
Michael Schmidt
2(16.7%)
Sarah Scott
0(0.0%)
Shyam Selvadurai
1(8.3%)
Anya Seton
0(0.0%)

Do you personally highly recommend any of these authors? If so, check the boxes next to their names.

Edith Somerville
0(0.0%)
Tom Spanbauer
0(0.0%)
Muriel Spark
0(0.0%)
Edward Swift
1(12.5%)
Junichiro Tanizaki
1(12.5%)
Booth Tarkington
0(0.0%)
Monique Truong
0(0.0%)
Esther Tusquets
0(0.0%)
John Van Druten
0(0.0%)
Heinrich von Kleist
1(12.5%)
Evelyn Waugh
0(0.0%)
Denton Welch
0(0.0%)
Christa Winsloe
0(0.0%)
Vivian Yang
0(0.0%)
Marguerite Yourcenar
1(12.5%)

Do you personally recommend against any of the above authors? If so, which ones?



(As usual, don't worry if you haven't read any books by any of these people, because I haven't either.)
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