Robert Louis Stevenson (1850 – 1894) was a Scottish novelist, poet, essayist, and travel writer. His most famous works are Treasure Island, Kidnapped, and Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde. A literary celebrity during his lifetime, Stevenson now ranks among the 26 most translated authors in the world.
George Orwell - Born Eric Arthur Blair, June 25th 1903, Motihari, India - Died January 21, 1950 George Orwell was one of the premier English novelist and journalists of the 20th century. His works form the literary foundation of resistance to totalitarianism. The impact of his novels added numerous phrases and ideas to the English language including such timely phrases as doublethink, Big Brother, thought police, and newspeak.
Victor Hugo | Poet, novelist, dramatist and visionary who was the most well-known of all the French Romantic writers. Though regarded in France as one of that country’s greatest poets, he is better known abroad for such novels as Notre-Dame de Paris and Les Misérables His genius brings great ages to life, and all the world to Paris to experience them.
Dostoevsky in Paris 1863 | "Though The Brothers Karamazov is by far his longest novel, and is by no means a quick read, it is so worth the time to read it. Certainly an amazing final piece of writing to offer the world before you die." ~ Ali @ gimmesomeoven.com
Margaret Atwood's rules on writing: "You most likely need a thesaurus, a rudimentary grammar book, and a grip on reality. This latter means: there's no free lunch. Writing is work. It's also gambling. You don't get a pension plan. Other people can help you a bit, but essentially you're on your own. Nobody is making you do this: you chose it, so don't whine." (Read more here: http://www.guardian.co.uk/books/2010/feb/20/ten-rules-for-writing-fiction-part-one)