William Shakespeare is perhaps the greatest English playwright there ever was. His work that has survived the 400+ years since his death consist of about 38 plays, 154 sonnets, and two long narrative poems.
And THANK GOD they survived. I’m sure when William was on his deathbed he urged people to carefully archive his work so that one day Mekhi Phifer and Julia Stiles could bring Othello to an American basketball court in the 2001 Hollywood smash-hit O.
John Ernst Steinbeck, Jr. (February 27, 1902 – December 20, 1968) was an American writer. He is widely known for the Pulitzer Prize-winning novel The Grapes of Wrath (1939) and East of Eden (1952) and the novella Of Mice and Men (1937). He was an author of twenty-seven books, including sixteen novels, six non-fiction books and five collections of short stories; Steinbeck received the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1962.