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The Book List's Top Authors
Based on The 1,159 Best Books of All-Time

The Book List includes 1,159 books by 795 authors. Below is a brief analysis of the best of those authors, ranked by both breadth and depth of their respective canons...

[Most Aggregate Points]   [Most Total Books]   [Best Quality per Book]  [One-Hit Wonders]

Top Authors by Aggregate Points
RankPictureAuthorAggregate Points
1J.R.R. Tolkien951
2William Shakespeare718
3George Orwell561
4Gabriel Garcia Marquez507
5Harper Lee494
6Kurt Vonnegut469
7John Steinbeck396
8Vladimir Nabokov377
9F. Scott Fitzgerald356
10J.D. Salinger356
Tie broken by number of total books on List

Top Authors by Total Number of Books
RankPictureAuthorTotal Books
1William Shakespeare13
2C.S. Lewis13
3Kurt Vonnegut12
4Stephen King12
5Stephen R. Donaldson9
6Ray Bradbury7
7Tom Robbins7
8Ten Authors Tied6
Ties (aside from that at 8th) broken by number of aggregate points on List

Top Authors by Highest Quality per Book
(Requires at least two books on List)
RankPictureAuthorPoints per Book
1George Orwell280.50
2J.R.R. Tolkien190.20
3Vladimir Nabokov125.67
4J.D. Salinger118.67
5Gabriel Garcia Marquez101.40
6F. Scott Fitzgerald89.00
7Margaret Atwood84.50
8Leo Tolstoy84.50
9Ken Kesey79.00
10James Joyce77.50
Tie broken by highest-ranking single book on List

Top "One-Hit Wonder" Authors
(Most points per book - requires exactly one book on List)
RankPictureAuthorPoints per BookBook
1Harper Lee494To Kill a Mockingbird
2Joseph Heller272Catch-22
3Elie Wiesel185Night
4Herman Melville184Moby-Dick
5Charlotte Bronte173Jane Eyre
6Douglas Adams135The Hithchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy
7Richard Adams130Watership Down
8Miguel de Cervantes125Don Quixote
9William Golding120Lord of the Flies
10Nathaniel Hawthorne113The Scarlet Letter

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