Booking through Thursday

This week's topic is ----

Do you think any current author is of the same caliber as Dickens, Austen, Bronte, or any of the classic authors? If so, who, and why do you think so? If not, why not? What books from this era might be read 100 years from now?

This is a difficult question. Looking back over my reading of the last year there are many authors who I can see as categorised as a 'classic' in the years to come. However, I'm going to pick Jean Plaidy.I have read more of her books than any other author and each one is as enthralling as the next.
She also writes as Victoria Holt and Philippa Carr .As Victoria Holt ; her novels take on the air of mystery and intrigue , as Philippa Carr she concentrates on the ordinary people in society caught up in historical times(at least that is the case with 'The Miracle of St. Bruno's' which I am reading now)and as Jean Plaidy the reader is amidst all the excitment and intrigue of history.
I believe her last books were written in the 1970's and she died in the 80's , there has been a great revivial in the writing in the last few years with many books been republished, surely that must be the sign of a 'classic' author.All her books I'm sure will survive another century.
More answers can be found here.


Lisa said…
This is a hard question to answer, indeed! I think it blurs the lines between popularity and great literature. Thanks you for your sweet comment on my blog. It made me think maybe I didn't mess up my answer after all! :)
Bluestocking said…
Hmm. Haven't hear of any of these authors. Here is mine
pussreboots said…
I don't know if I've seen any of her books in print recently (haven't looked!) but they are certainly at my library. My post is here.
JoAnn said…
I had a feeling you'd be answering Plaidy for this one ;-)
Anonymous said…
I want to read one of her books. Plaidy sounds like the type of author I would truly enjoy.
I did not know that Plaidy and Holt were the same! My list is different, but along the same lines because I picked authors who can tell a good story.
Anonymous said…
I do love this question. I've read Holt, but not Plaidy. If she's going to be a classic I should read the one I have on my shelf soon! I have enjoyed the few Holt books of hers.
Anonymous said…
I love Phillipa Gregory. I can get through her books at a very fast pace, as her stories have that winning combination of accesibility and intrigue.

However, for me, no author will ever match Charlotte Bronte....I haven't read all her books, but I don't need to...Jane Eyre is far and away the most magical, inspiring and beautiful book ever written! And it contains the most romantic marriage proposal ever imagined...(from Rochester, not St.John...)

"You - poor and obscure and small and plain as you are - I entreat to accept me as a husband".

*Wistful sigh*

Great topic Mog! :-) Molly xxx

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