Comparing a writer with another writer is almost like comparing a dishwasher to a washing machine. They’re both different and serve a purpose that is unique to them. But one must attempt to examine what their works stood for in order to determine who was better and why.
In this article, we’ll go through some of the best writers that influenced the minds of people all around the world with what they had to say.
J. R. R. Tolkien
Mostly renowned for penning the Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit, J.R.R Tolkien was an English writer who worked as a professor as well. If you were to write the elements that influenced Tolkien, it would take ages. To name a simple few, his field that was philology and German literature, mostly early poetry and mythology, were his influences that led to the writing of many of his works. He very much liked the forest and trees around him although he didn’t identify himself as a conservationist.
Dostoevsky wrote many short stories, essays and novels throughout his life that explored the human psychology in its deepest. His stories often had a political, social and spiritual undertone. Some of his most significant works include Crime and Punishment, Demons, and The Brother Karamazov. He wasn’t afraid to challenge themes such as poverty and suicide as most of his works had a distorted and chaotic vision of contemporary Russia. Although initially, he wrote with realism in his mind due to his influences, he began writing in a more individualistic style. Critics all around the world today rate him as on the greatest psychologists to ever grace the literary world.
Edgar Allan Poe
Edgar Allan Poe had a knack for incorporating mystery and an air of death in his stories. A central figure in the Romanticism movement, he was one of the earliest practitioners of short stories in the country. Edgar Allan Poe is also credited as a significant contributor to the science fiction genre when it was very young. He was also the first writer to live solely on his writings alone. Poe was fascinated by the concept of death and its signs.
George Orwell used his social injustice awareness to pen many novels such as Animal Farm and 1984. His works, to this day, keep influencing many popular works of today. Orwell was an advocate of using language that was clear and to the point. He argued that writing which wasn’t clear could be misinterpreted in ways that cannot be imagined. Orwell also claimed that a language had the capability to shape and limit the way one thinks.