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FC: The 10 Most Influential American Authors 1860-Present | http://joefelso.files.wordpress.com/2007/09/us-flag-american-literature72.gif

1: Top 10 Most Influential Authors 1860 to Present in no particular order: 1. Mark Twain 2. Ralph Waldo Emerson 3. John Steinbeck 4. Ernest Hemingway 5. F. Scott Fitzgerald 6. William Faulkner 7. Maya Angelou 8. Zora Neale Hurston 9. Amy Tan 10. Toni Morrison

2: Mark Twain http://www.wwu.edu/depts/skywise/cosmo/twain.jpg

3: Atlantic Monthly created a list of the 100 most infuential figures in American History, Mark Twain came in at number 16. "Author of our national epic, he was the most unsentimental observer of our national life." The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn is one of his most famous pieces of work. http://www.theatlantic.com/doc/200612/influentials | http://images.amazon.com/images/P/0553210793.01.LZZZZZZZ.jpg

4: http://www.science.uva.nl/~seop/archives/spr2004/entries/emerson/Emerson-lg.jpg | Ralph Waldo Emerson

5: http://images.art.com/images/products/regular/11750000/11750613.jpg | "He had accomplished a work the influence of which is still definitely, if unconsciously, felt, and always will be felt in the culture of Boston." His work still influences people today. http://www.emersoncentral.com/others/life_of_ralph_waldo_emerson.htm

6: John Steinbeck | http://www.bbc.co.uk/schools/gcsebitesize/img/elmicecont01.jpg | http://www.majestictheatre.net/images/200702231643290.OfMiceandMen-s.JPG

7: http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/1/1f/JohnSteinbeck_TheGrapesOfWrath.jpg | John Steinbeck writes about the troubling times in America during the Great Depression bringing to light the impacts it had on society. http://usinfo.state.gov/products/pubs/oal/lit6.htm

8: Ernest Hemingway http://www.evesmag.com/hemingway2.jpg | http://www.usplanb. com/images/hemingw ay/hemmem2.jpg

9: kim | http://www.manhattanrarebooks-literature.com/images/hemingway%20farewell.jpg | "Hemingway is arguably the most popular American novelist of this century." His work is very humanistic and many characters fight an inner battle within themselves. http://usinfo.state.gov/products/pubs/oal/lit6.htm

10: http://www.library.cornell.edu/olinuris/ref/fitzreading.jpg | http://www.usps.com/images/stamps/96/fitzgerl.gif

11: F Scott Fitzgerald | Fitzgerald writes about the glitz and glammor of life in the 1920's. The Great Gatsby is still read by many high school and college students today. http://usinfo.state.gov/products/pubs/oal/lit6.htm

12: http://www.tributes.com/obits/tributes/william_faulkner/5107-2-photo.jpg William Faulkner | Faulkner writes about the problems and differences between white and black Americans. He helps Americans see the problems that still occur in America during the 1930's http://nobelprize.org/nobel_prizes/literature/laureates/1949/faulkner-bio.html

13: http://www.historymarkersofms.com/Lafayette/William_Faulkner.JPG | http://www.lib.umich.edu/spec-coll/faulknersite/faulknersite/majornovels/s&f87.jpg

14: http://www.swisseduc.ch/english/readinglist/angelou_maya/icons/angelou.jpg Maya Angelou | "Maya Angelou is hailed as one of the great voices of contemporary literature and as a remarkable Renaissance woman." She is still an inspiration today and travels all over the world sharing her words of knowledge and wisdom. http://www.mayaangelou.com/ShortBio.html

15: http://myhero.com/ReadingRoom/books/angelou.jpg

16: http://www-tc.pbs.org/wnet/americannovel/timeline/images/hurston_pic.jpg

17: Zora Neale Hurston | http://www-tc.pbs.org/wnet/americannovel/timeline/images/hurston_pic.jpg "Hurston was an impressive novelist… Hurston inspired and influenced such contemporary writers as Alice Walker and Toni Morrison." Their Eyes Were Watching God is one of her most famous works. http://usinfo.state.gov/products/pubs/oal/lit6.htm

18: http://www.the-american-interest.com/ai2/images/issues/v2/n5/Tan1Small.jpg Amy Tan | Tan is the child of two Chinese immigrants and writes about the conflicting cultures and about expectations set forth by her parents. Her work has earned her many rewards and has been translated into over 35 languages. http://www.amytan.net/ATBiography.aspx

19: http://8vsb.files.wordpress.com/2008/01/toni-morrison.jpg Toni Morrison | "Toni Morrison, the first black woman to receive Nobel Prize in Literature." http://www.distinguishedwomen.com/biographies/morrison.html | Her books have impacted America by showing different sides of the black culture.

20: These authors deserve to be on the top 10 most influential authors of all time because of their accomplishments and what they have done to improve and impact American life. | http://joefelso.files.wordpreess.com/2007/09/us-flag-american-literature72.gif

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