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Editor’s Note: This article was originally published on This Blog Intentionally Blank in 2012, and after well over 100,000 views, it has been updated and posted here.
It should already be evident to all of you that finding the absolute best of anything as subjective as writing is impossible. However, in an idealistic world, it is possible to glean a consensus of who is respected as a writer, and who is not. In reality, people are biased; they are racist, sexist, elitist, or just plain stupid, and so any list of the best is skewed in the favor of whoever makes the list. (See Ranker’s list of the best writers, which omits literary greats like James Baldwin, Chinua Achebe, Langston Hughes and Sonia Sanchez, but lists Leonardo da Vinci, for chrissakes.) Still, curiosity got the better of me, so I set out to do determine what is a consensus view…
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