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Who was the greatest writer in history?

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Who was the greatest writer in history?

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  1. 1
    Jerry Parker says:

    Probably Charles Dickens

  2. 2
    kebond says:

    Plato, Aristotle & Thukidides

  3. 3
    Jenny says:

    One of the enduring books in history is the Christian Bible, which is composed of books within. The most well known authors are Moses,
    Paul of Tarsus, and John of Patmos.(island of exile). While Jesus is
    the one quoted in the New Testament, he did not write a book himself.
    My personal choice would be John. He wrote John of the 4 gospels,
    1 John, 2 John, 3 John, and Revelations. Moses is credited with the first 5 books of the Old Testament. Paul is credited with many books in the New Testament that are letters.

  4. 4
    Carbarn Carslug says:

    Obviously Shakespeare who was actually Marlowe.

  5. 5
    Larry C. says:

    Oh ye so narrow of the world! Your answers include only those that have been translated into English!

    Even so, one would have a very difficult time to define "greatest" unless one has set prior parameters.

  6. 6
    Adam Powell says:

    Shakespeare…who else?

  7. 7
    Sharman says:

    Believe it or not, he is the one and the only one, \Maharishi Ved Vyas\, an Indian author of Bhagwad Gita.

  8. 8
    Stanley Peek says:

    It has to be Homer. All literature looks up to him as the standard on which all else is compared.

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    jeff hocenheimer says:

    Edgar Wallace. He would wake up, have breakfast, dictate an entire novel into a tape recorder, give the tape to his secretary, have lunch, then spend the rest of the day at the race track.

  10. 10
    Trudy/ooo says:

    That's a completely hard question…..answer is based on each person's view of literature. To get a honest answer one would've to view the literature and influence of each top writer from different periods and countries and compare the work, not just on personal choice or views, which would obviously take forever. Personally, I'd suggest Shakespeare, Aristotle, the writers of the holy Bible and writers in Greek literature because their work continues to inspire and influence the modern era.

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