While there are other perhaps more important English writers, there are others who influenced their own world and whose stories still impact ours.
Beatrix Potter brought the lovable Peter Rabbit to life.
She was also one of the first author entrepreneurs, a savvy business woman and an environmentalist.
She used her wealth to purchase vast tracks of land and is now known in the UK as the Lake’s District.
She drew her own illustrations and looked at what we call today, merchandising, to expand her reach. Apart from her charming tales, she has to be recognised for her many other qualities including her intelligence and love of nature.
The Bronte Sisters
Has one family been gifted with so much creative talent before as the Bronte’s?
Charlotte Bronte gave us Jane Eyre and her sister, Emily gave us Wuthering Heights. There were other works and family members but these two books are certainly worth adding to your library.
The Hobbit and the Lord of the Rings are seminal pieces which have certainly stood the test of time.
While they helped inspire other fantasy works like Harry Potter, Tolkien’s characters and plots showcase him as the master of this genre.
Not only are the stories magical they are richly imbued with fast action plots and believable characters that are warm, imperfect and joyful and, more importantly, are able to touch something deep within us all.
Born Mary Ann Evans took on the pseudonym of George Elliot in an effort to become published as a man. She feared as a woman her works wouldn’t be recognised or appreciated.
The Mill on the Floss and Middlemarch are epic novels set in her home town. There is something truly grounded about her work that even resonates in the modern heart. Society customs, industrial changes and humour are all woven into these marvellous books.
Mark Twain, or as he was christened Samuel Clemens, was a prolific travel writer and journalist. His children’s characters, Tom Sawyer and Huckleberry Finn, are two young boys who amaze readers with their cheeky and yet resourceful natures.
Twain’s work also gives us a look into the life of Americans at that time. They are funny and thought-provoking.