I was having a discussion with some co-workers about my favorite authors when someone asked me a rather strange and intriguing question: if I could invite five authors to a dinner party, who would I invite? And then someone else added that they couldn’t be alive…I had to bring them back from the dead in order to attend.
Well, I only had to think for a moment before answering:
1) Wilkie Collins: because I am an uber-fan and I would love to get his take on crafting a killer mystery - terrible pun, I know. (As well, I’d hand him Drood by Dan Simmons and see what he thought of the characterization – since it is told from Collins’ point of view and takes some liberties with regards to fact vs. fiction.)
2) Edgar Allan Poe: because he was so darn creepy…I’d love to get a taste of his social etiquette.
3) Nathaniel Hawthorne: because I enjoy reading all of his novels and short stories; I would love to hear him speak on the duplicity of human nature and wonder what his take on our modern world would be.
4) Mary Shelley: because I’d like to know what impact her writing had on her role as a woman in her society.
5) Oscar Wilde: mainly because he was funny and bizarre and I believe he would add some interesting chatter to the table.
So that’s my list of perfect dead authors to sit and chat with…how about you? Do you have a group of dead authors you’d like to have a dinner party with?