Originally posted by rwingett
Rudyard Kipling is the only one among the first 19 that I've even heard of.
And he's a perennial.
I've read (at least a bit of) Mommsen, Mistral, Kipling, Maeterlinck, Tagore, Rolland, Hamsun, Yeats, Shaw, Pirandello, Hesse, Gide, Eliot, Faulkner, Hemingway, Camus, Perse, Seferis, Sartre, Beckett, Neruda, White, Montale, Singer, Milosz, Canetti, Marquez, Golding, Soyinka, Brodsky, Paz, Gordimer, Walcott, Heaney, Symborska, Fo, Saramago, Grass, Naipaul, Coetzee, Lessing, Transtromer.
Rolland is a dud, Hesse, Gide, Marquez, Gordimer, Grass and Coetzee are vastly overrated, while Kipling, Hamsun, Pirandello, Perse, Beckett, White, Montale, Milosz, Canetti and Saramago, for me, stand out head and shoulders above the rest.