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Half way through February, William Shakespeare is miles ahead in the contest for Writer of the millennium. But there is still time for you to weigh in with your choice. Choose the person you think is the greatest writer in the form below. Join us each month for a new vote.


Author of many novels, including High-Rise, Crash and Empire of the Sun.



Professor emeritus at the University of East Anglia, he is a prolific writer of novels, short stories, literary criticism and television series.

1. Dante

2. Geoffrey Chaucer

3. William Shakespeare

4. Miguel Cervantes

5. Voltaire

6. Jane Austen

7. Gustave Flaubert

8. Leo Tolstoy

9. Mark Twain

10. James Joyce

More on Bradbury's choices >>

1. William Shakespeare

2. Miguel Cervantes

3. Jonathan Swift

4. Herman Melville

5. John Keats

6. Franz Kafka

7. Fyodor Dostoyevsky

8. Joseph Heller

9. George Orwell

10. Aldous Huxley

More on Ballard's choices >>


As of 15 Feb, the front runners are:


1. William Shakespeare

2. Jane Austen

3. Charles Dickens

4. Fyodor Dostoyevsky
/ Miguel Cervantes

5. James Joyce

6. Iain Banks

7. JR Tolkein

8. Arthur C Clarke

9. Leo Tolstoy

10. Oscar Wilde
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