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Adams, Alice (American)
Alvarez, Julia. (Dominican-American)
Angelou, Maya. (African American)
Atwood, Margaret. (Canadian)
Auel, Jean M. (American author of The Clan of the Cave Bear, among others)
Ballard, J.G. (British author of postmodern and historical fiction)
Barnes, Julian. (British author of Flaubert's Parrot, among others)
Beattie, Ann. (American)
Berg, Elizabeth. (American author of Wake Before Sleep among others)
Burgess, Anthony. (British author of A Clockwork Orange, among others)
Byatt, A.S. (British author of Possession: A Romance, among others)
Cather, Willa. (American author of Song of the Lark, among others)
Clancy, Tom . (American)
Crichton, Michael. (American author of Jurassic Park, among others)
Deane, Seamus. (Notre Dame author of Reading in the Dark, among others)
Delillo, Don. (American author of postmodern and historical fiction)
Drabble, Margaret. (British author of The Peppered Moth, most recently)
Emecheta, Buchi. (Nigerian)
Erdrich, Louise. (Native American)
Evans, Nicholas. (American author of The Horse Whisperer, among others)
Fitzgerald, F. Scott. (American author of The Great Gatsby, among others)
Frayn, Michael. (Irish)
Gibbons, Kaye. (American author of fiction set in the rural South)
Godwin, Gail. (American)
Gordimer, Nadine. (South African Nobel prize winner)
Gordon, Mary. American)
Hemingway, Ernest. (American)
Irving, John. (American author of The Cider House Rules, among others)
Jhabvala, Ruth Prawer. (British)
Kennedy, William. (American author of Ironweed, among others)
King, Stephen. (American author of thrillers)
Kingsolver, Barbara. (American author of Poisonwood Bible, among others)
Lessing, Doris. (British; latest novel, The Sweetest Dream, 2002)
Lively, Penelope. (British author)
McGahern, John. (Irish)
Michener, James. (American author of multi-generational novels)
Morrison, Toni. (African American author of The Bluest Eye, among others)
Mosley, Walter. (African American)
Naipaul, V.S. (Trinidadian; winner of the Nobel Prize)
Naylor, Gloria. (African-American author of The Women of Brewster Place, among others)
Nin, Anais. (French)
O'Brien, Edna. (Irish)
Price, Reynolds. (American)
Proulx, Annie. (American author of The Shipping News, which was made into a movie in 2001)
Pym, Barbara. (British novelist of manners)
Reed, Ishmael. (African American)
Saadawi, Nawal. (Egyptian novelist, psychiatrist, feminist and author of nonfiction)
Salinger, J.D. (American author of Catcher in the Rye, among others)
Sayers, Valerie. (Notre Dame author)
Shreve, Anita. (American author of The Pilot's Wife, among others)
Smith, Martin Cruz. (American author of political novels)
Sparks, Nicholas. (N.D. alumnus and author of Message in a Bottle, among others)
Tan, Amy. (Chinese American author of The Joy Luck Club, among others)
Tennant, Emma. (British author of novels of manners)
Trollope, Joanna. (British)
Turow, Scott. (American author of legal novels)
Tyler, Ann. (American)
Updike, John. (American)
Vidal, Gore. (American author of historical novels, among others)
Walker, Alice. (African-American author of The Color Purple, among others)
Welty, Eudora. (American author)
Wilson, A.N. (British)
Wolfe, Tom. (American author of Bonfire of the Vanities, among others)
Wouk, Herman. (American author of The Caine Mutiny, among others)

Also of interest:
Drew, Bernard A. 100 Most Popular Genre Fiction Authors ...
PS 374. .063 D74 2005
Pearl, Nancy. Now Read This : a Guide to Mainstream Fiction, 1978-1998. Reference Z 5916 .P43 1999.
Pearl, Nancy. Now Read This II: a Guide to Mainstream Fiction, 1990-2001. Reference PN 3503 .P437 2002.
Saricks, Joyce G. The Readers' Advisory Guide to Genre Fiction. Z 711.5 .S27 2001