Sunday Salon: The Anxiety of Influence


This morning when I checked my blog stats, as I do regularly every day, several times a day, I saw on my Dashboard that WordPress had linked me to this post at So Many Books.

So, I’m going to list the 25 writers who have most influenced me here, and you can play along, if you want. They aren’t necessarily in chronological order.

  1. Robert E. Howard
  2. Ernest Hemingway
  3. Harold Bloom
  4. Camille Paglia
  5. Henry Miller
  6. Rita Mae Brown
  7. John Gardner– the one who wrote Grendel, not the guy who took up writing James Bond novels.
  8. John Aldridge
  9. Kurt Vonnegut
  10. William Faulkner
  11. Frank Conroy
  12. Francine Prose
  13. Richard Rhodes
  14. Tom Wolfe
  15. John Milton
  16. Whoever penned Ecclesiastes in the Bible
  17. Whoever penned Job in the Bible
  18. Kenneth S. Lynn
  19. Douglas Adams
  20. Mark Twain, his Letters from the Earth, especially
  21. Susan Orlean
  22. Larry McMurtry
  23. Jim Harrison
  24. Harry Crews
  25. Michael Chabon

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Editor’s Note: This post has been written as part of Sunday Salon.

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4 thoughts on “Sunday Salon: The Anxiety of Influence

    • Stefanie—
      Rita Mae Brown’s Starting From Scratch was a big influence on my writing. And her Venus Envy is a scream.

      Karen—
      Hope you had a good Sunday, as well. I like the Old Testament best, especially Ecclesiastes. It’s so different in many ways from the rest of the Bible. And Job, what a strange story, the whole wager between God and Satan.

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