You sure know these authors, but you may not have read their books. Everybody talks about them, and you feel like you know their classic works, but there may be so much information out there you simply don't know where to start.
With that reader profile in mind, Book Riot put together a simple project to guide us all through big literary names. Start Here ― Read Your Way into 25 Amazing Authors Vol. 1 & Vol. 2 were edited by Jeff O'Neal, Book Riot Co-Founder, and Rebecca Joines Schinsky, Book Riot Director of Content, and they came out in 2012 and 2013, respectively, after successful Kickstarter campaigns.
Each volume highlights 25 authors profiled by writers, editors, librarians, booksellers, and professors of literature who walk the reader through their life and work. Here's the list of authors covered by each volume:
David Foster Wallace
Edgar Allan Poe
Gabriel Garcia Marquez
Philip K Dick
Zora Neale Hurston
Ursula K. LeGuin
Unfortunately, as you can see from the names in bold above, there are not that many foreign authors that have been translated into English―late Portuguese author José Saramago was among the names brainstormed for Vol. 2, but he didn't make the final copy.
Let's see if there's a Vol. 3 is in the horizon for late 2014 and which authors might be highlighted by the Start Here contributors.