Joyce Carol Oates. Since her debut in 1963, Joyce Carol Oates has published over fifty novels exploring themes of gender, violence, race and the darker elements of the human condition. Her novel Them won a National Book Award and three of her novels were nominated for a Pulitzer Prize.
Gustave Flaubert (Dec 12, 1821–May 8, 1880), French writer who is counted among the greatest novelists in Western literature. He is known especially for his first published novel, Madame Bovary (1857), for his Correspondence, and for his scrupulous devotion to his art and style.
Honoré de Balzac was a French novelist and playwright. His magnum opus was a sequence of short stories and novels collectively entitled La Comédie humaine, which presents a panorama of French life in the years after the 1815 fall of Napoleon
Jean-Baptiste Racine (1639–1699), was a French dramatist, one of the three great playwrights of 17th-century France (along with Molière and Corneille), and an important literary figure in the Western tradition. Racine was primarily a tragedian, producing such "examples of neoclassical perfection" as Phèdre, Andromaque, and Athalie, although he did write one comedy, Les Plaideurs, and a muted tragedy, Esther, for the young.