20 Must Reads by Unfortunate Writers

It’s absolutely horrible to go through life unappreciated especially if you’re great at what you do. Unfortunately for these authors, most of them remained completely unrecognized while they were alive, gaining prominence only after they were long gone. We can take something positive from this all too common occurrence of artistic fame after death, nevertheless. The works of these talented men and women have been immortalized—branded as classics that will forever have an impact on western culture and the world by osmosis. This simply goes to show that if you’re excellent at what you do, then sooner or later the world will take notice even if it’s after you’re no longer around.

These 20 books are by those that are no longer with us but are at the same time more alive than ever, living on through their writings—I morbidly refer to them as the living dead: 


  1. The Will to Power by Friedrich Nietzsche
  2. Fear and Trembling by Søren Kierkegaard
  3. Anne Frank: The Diary of a Young Girl by Anne Frank
  4. Twilight of the Idols by Friedrich Nietzsche
  5. The Collected Poems by Sylvia Plath
  6. The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath
  7. The Complete Poems of Emily Dickinson by Emily Dickinson
  8. The Country Diary of an Edwardian Lady by Edith Holden
  9. The Complete Fiction of H.P. Lovecraft by H. P. Lovecraft
  10. The Raven by Edgar Allan Poe
  11. Beyond Good and Evil by Friedrich Nietzsche
  12. Thus Spoke Zarathustra: A Book for Everyone and No One by Friedrich Nietzsche
  13. The Metamorphosis by Franz Kafka
  14. The Trial by Franz Kafka
  15. The Seducer’s Diary Paperback by Søren Kierkegaard
  16. The Complete Poems of John Keats by John Keats
  17. Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neale Hurston
  18. Ragged Trousered Philanthropists by Robert Tressell
  19. Tenant of Wildfell Hall by Anne Bronte
  20. Human, All too Human by Friedrich Nietzche


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