When you think about Bret Easton Ellis, you're most likely to think of the man who created the feared antagonist Patrick Bateman, or the man who created the tragic Julian, or even the man who most recently wrote on racial divides and how he feels about identity politics in the modern world (somewhat controversial, but understood all the same).
Carson McCullers is one of my personal favourite writers of the modern age. Whatever she writes, she writes with beauty and passion, and every single word seems as if it has been specially chosen for its position in a sentence and every sentence for its position in the text. Though Carson McCullers didn't live very long, I do think that her body of work (though short) is pretty impressive. I always identify with her lonely and struggling characters who hold it all inside as they walk, discontented through meaningless lives, seeking something other than what they have. The eternal displacement.
James Baldwin is quite possibly the most quintessentially brilliant writer of the Civil Rights Movement and also in all respects, the most well-known. He is a man of incredible words, using his literature to reflect a society that was fuelled by their hatred against people of his own skin colour. I believe that citing him as the Malcolm X of Literature would be correct. A man who has done nothing wrong but is still hated purely because of the colour of his skin. One of the most powerful writers in black history (well, in every colour of history really!), James Baldwin is basically the superman of Modern Black Lives in Literature.
Truman Capote is one of my all-time favourite authors, and I can honestly say that I made an effort to read and re-read all of his works from start to finish. His writing style is beautifully modern, with an almost crisp romanticist feel to it. It's very Byronic and shaded with the grand mysteries of life, it becomes a reflection, a mirror of the society and social circles that Truman Capote was mingling with.
If you haven't read part one and so, do not know what we've covered already - you can find it here.
When you think about Jack Kerouac's name, you think about the ultimate beatnik of the American 40s and 50s. You may also think of an alcoholic man, a drug addict, and a hedonist. But, one thing that we may all be able to agree on is that Kerouac was in fact, a genius.