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FC: 10 Most Influential Authors 1860- present By: Chris Marciano

1: "Hunter Stockton Thompson (July 18, 1937 – February 20, 2005) was an American journalist and author, most famous for his novel Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas. He is credited as the creator of Gonzo journalism, a style of reporting where reporters involve themselves in the action to such a degree that they become central figures of their stories. He is also known for his promotion and use of psychedelics and other mind-altering substances (and to a lesser extent, alcohol and firearms), his anarchist views and his iconoclastic contempt for authority." --cited from Wikipedia

2: Some of Thompson's most influential works: L-R The Rum Diary, Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas, Hell's Angels, Fear and Loathing: On the Campaign Trail '72 --Pictures taken from Amazon.com

3: "Kenneth Elton Kesey (September 17, 1935 – November 10, 2001) was an American author, best known for his debut novel, One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest and as a counter-cultural figure who, some consider, was a link between the Beat Generation of the 1950s and the hippies of the 1960s. "I was too young to be a beatnik, and too old to be a hippie," Kesey said in a 1999 interview with Robert K. Elder." --cited from Wikipedia

4: One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest is easily Kesey's most recgnizable work, having been adapted into an Academy Award winning film starring Jack Nicholson. --photo taken from Amazon.com

5: S"tephen Edwin King (born September 21, 1947) is an American author, screenwriter, musician, columnist, actor, film producer and director. Having sold over 350 million copies of his books, King is best known for his work in horror fiction, which demonstrates a thorough knowledge of the genre's history. He has also written science fiction, fantasy, short-fiction, non-fiction, screenplays, teleplays and stageplays. Many of his stories have been adapted for other media, including movies, television series and comic books. King has written a number of books using the pen name Richard Bachman and one short story where he was credited as John Swithen. In 2003 he received The National Book Foundation's Medal for Distinguished Contribution to American Letters." --cited from Wikipedia

6: Some of King's most influential works: It, Cujo, The Stand

7: "Thomas Kennerly Wolfe (born March 2, 1931 in Richmond, Virginia), known as Tom Wolfe, is a best-selling American author and journalist. He is one of the founders of the New Journalism movement of the 1960s and 1970s." --cited from Wikipedia

8: Wolfe's most well-known book is the Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test --Photo from Amazon.com

9: "Charles Michael "Chuck" Palahniuk (born February 21, 1962) is an American transgressional fiction novelist and freelance journalist of Ukrainian ancestry born in Pasco, Washington. He is best known for the award-winning novel Fight Club, which was later made into a film directed by David Fincher." --cited from Wikipedia

10: Fight Club is Chuck's most recgnizable work having been adapted into a hit film starring Brad Pitt and Edward Norton --photo from Amazon.com

11: "Samuel Langhorne Clemens (November 30, 1835 – April 21, 1910), better known by the pen name Mark Twain, was an American humorist, satirist, lecturer and writer. Twain is most noted for his novels Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, which has since been called the Great American Novel, and The Adventures of Tom Sawyer. He is also known for his quotations. During his lifetime, Twain became a friend to presidents, artists, industrialists and European royalty." --cited from Wikipedia

12: The Adventures of Huck Finn is still revealed as an American Classic. It is considered by many to be the Great American Novel. --Photoe from images.google.com

13: Kerouac's work was very popular, but received little critical acclaim during his lifetime. Today, he is considered an important and influential writer who inspired others, including Tom Robbins, Lester Bangs, Richard Brautigan, Ken Kesey, and writers of the New Journalism. Kerouac also influenced musicians such as The Beatles, Ben Gibbard, Bob Dylan, Tom Waits, Simon & Garfunkel, Ulf Lundell and Jim Morrison.[1] Kerouac's best-known books are On the Road, The Dharma Bums, Big Sur, and Visions of Cody. -- cited from Wikipedia

14: Kerouac's most popular work, "On the Road," chronicalling his spontaneous trips --Photo from Amazon.com

15: Kurt Vonnegut, Jr. (November 11, 1922 – April 11, 2007) was a prolific and genre-bending American novelist known for works blending satire, black comedy and science fiction, such as Slaughterhouse-Five (1969), Cat's Cradle (1963), and Breakfast of Champions (1973). --cited fomr Wikipedia

17: Anthony Burgess (February 25, 1917—November 22, 1993) was a British novelist, critic and composer. He was also a librettist, poet, playwright, screenwriter, essayist, travel writer, broadcaster, translator, linguist and educationalist. Born in Manchester, he lived for long periods in Southeast Asia, the USA and Mediterranean Europe as well as in England --Cited from Wikipedia

18: Burgess' most important work, "A Clockwork Orange," studied the nature of evil. --photo from Amazon.com

19: Eric Arthur Blair (25 June 1903[1][2] – 21 January 1950) was an English journalist, political essayist and novelist who wrote under the pseudonym George Orwell. --cited from Wikipedia

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