Balzac was one of the most influential authors of the 19th Century. His major collection of interlinked novels and stories is known as The Human Comedy. He became known as the ‘French Dickens’, and was an influence on the writings of Charles Dickens, amongst many other significant authors.
Kosinski is known for his novels ‘The Painted Bird’, ‘Being There’ and ‘Steps’, which was awarded the National Book Award in 1969. Suffering multiple illnesses and accusations of plagiarism, he committed suicide at age 57.
Achebe is considered the Father of African literature. His 1958 novel ‘Things Fall Apart’ is regarded as the most famous African novel written in English. He became a Professor of Literature and Africana studies when he moved to the United States in the 1990s.
Sillitoe was part of the ‘Angry Young Men’ group of writers who emerged in 1950s, alongside writers like Kingsley Amis and John Osborne. He is principally known for two of his early works, ‘Saturday Night and Sunday Morning’ and ‘The Loneliness of the Long Distance Runner’.