February 16, 2009

25 Writers Meme

25 writers memeI've been tagged by Fragano for this meme. The deal is to name 25 writers who have influenced you, and then tag 25 people.

Hear ye the gospel according to Fragano: "Influence" does not mean the same thing as "enjoy a lot."

Here are my 25 writers in no particular order:

  1. Derek Walcott
  2. Kamau Brathwaite
  3. Dennis Scott
  4. Anthony McNeill
  5. VS Naipaul
  6. Ernest Hemingway
  7. William Faulkner
  8. Mathew Arnold
  9. Alexander Pope
  10. Bob Marley
  11. James W. Hall
  12. Athol Fugard
  13. Orlando Patterson
  14. Dante
  15. Flannery O'Connor
  16. Robert Lowell
  17. George Lamming
  18. Gabriel García Marquéz
  19. Edgar Mittelholzer
  20. Mervyn Morris
  21. Pablo Neruda
  22. Elizabeth Bishop
  23. Robert Penn Warren
  24. Albert Camus
  25. Sylvia Plath

Here are the 25 bloggers that I'm tagging:

Dave Lucas
Rethabile Masilo
Professor Zero
Black Looks
Susan's Journal of Literary Things
Crafty Green Poet
Monique Roffey
Signifyin' Guyana
Black Threads
The Fearless Blog
Tobias Buckell Online
Doan Mind Me
Jack Mandora
The Prisoner's Wife
Life, Unscripted, on the Rock
My thoughts...on stuff
A Brave New Word
What's in a Name - Island Girl Musings
Boldness, Genius, Power, Magic
The Illumination Blog
Duane Francis
Morphological Confetti
Black-Eyed Susan's Blog

Of course, dear Reader, if you'd also like to join in on the fun, tell me about your 25...



Crafty Green Poet said...

oh that's an interesting one, thanks for including me! I'll have a good think and then I'll put together an answer...

Geoffrey Philp said...

Crafty, I'm looking forward to your answer

Professor Zero said...

OK, I'm working on it. The hardest part is putting in all the links ... picky job. It is fun, though, and the lists are interesting!

(P.S. I'm posting with my blogger ID because I like the skull picture, but the post'll be up on my regular site in about 3 days.)

Rethabile said...

I've just done the 15 book one, up somewhere on the blog. It's interesting to see what books/writers people are made of. Cheers and thanks for the tag.

Geoffrey Philp said...

Rethabile, I read your post on the 15 books.
The distinction that Fragano made is important and should yield some interesting results

Professor Zero, I, too, like the skull picture.

Jdid said...

Can I even name 25 writers without cheating hmmm

Adam Hochschild
Austin Clarke
Edward P Jones
Nalo Hopkinson
Alex Hailey
George Lamming
Earl Lovelace
Jose Saramago
Gabriel Garcia Marquez
Zora neale Hurston
Chester Himes
Cecil Foster
Donald Goines
J.R.R Tolkien
Chinua Achebe
David Chariandy
Colin Channer
Elechi Amadi
Thompson Cezair
leonie Swann
C.L.R James
Kamau Brathwaite
Timothy Zahn
Issac Azimov
Harper lee

Geoffrey Philp said...

I can definitely see some of the connections.

So you are a Zora fan too? I love to read her work, but I can't really say she is an influence. But it's always good to meet another Zora-ite!


signifyinguyana said...

Thanks for the opportunity to do this. I posted my 25 today.

Take care.

Geoffrey Philp said...

I'm hopping over to your place to see them!

Stephen A. Bess said...

Cool. I'm on it. Nice list of writers. I'm going to see if I can come up with 25.

Geoffrey Philp said...

Stephen, I'll be waiting

Professor Zero said...

This is fun. I'm working on the 15 books now. It's interesting, harder, yet more revealing (or differently revealing) than the 25 authors - more limited & more precise.

Geoffrey Philp said...

Professor Z., I was going to limit myself to 5 like Monique's, so I, too, am working on the 15.

Unknown said...

Thanks for the tag, I promise to get with it later this week as my plate is full - spilling over in fact!

Nicolette Bethel said...

Thanks for tagging me, I think ...

I posted my 25, twice!

Anonymous said...

I have finally finished and posted this!

Crafty Green Poet said...

No, I hadn't forgotten, it just took a long time, my almost 25 are here:

Geoffrey Philp said...

Crafty, I'll hop over there right now.

Thank you!