Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Quintessential

A-Z Blog Challenge
Post By Kerrie Flanagan
I love the word, quintessential. It is fun to say, it isn't too hard to spell and it has depth. Claiming that an object or person is "the most perfect embodiment of something," is a huge statement; raising it high above anything else.

When I think of the quintessential Hollywood legend, I think of Elizabeth Taylor or Carey Grant, both talented actors, good-looking and enough drama in their personal lives to keep the media happy. The quintessential New Yorker: Jerry Seinfeld, the quintessential image representing Colorado: the mountains, the quintessential beverage to accompany Mexican food: margarita...

So how about with writers? Do you think there are any that you would say are the perfect embodiment of a writer? Ernest Hemingway? Emily Dickinson? Jane Austen? William Shakespeare? Stephen King?

Who would you say is a quintessential writer and why?


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7 comments:

April Moore said...

Seriously?! That's a tough question to answer. I think it's also very subjective, but for me, I'd have to go with Helen Keller or William Shakespeare.

Edna said...

I agree with April, tough and subjective, but I go with Pat Conroy. Beautiful writing that touches my heart and my emotions. Plus he can be so darn understatedly charming and funny.

Cathy Webster (Olliffe) said...

I looked at April's comment quickly and imagined I saw William Shatner, not William Shakespeare.
I've finally quit laughing enough to tell you I can't think of anyone quintessential!!!!

Cookin'Cathy said...

How about Harper Lee? One book. Said all she needed to say and done. Close second Donny and Marie Osmond.

Patricia Stoltey said...

I like the word quintessential too. I think I'd pick someone like Sandra Dallas who tells a great story on paper as well as in person.

Kerrie said...

You are all very funny. Cathy W., the idea of William Shatner as the quintessential writer is hysterical. Cookin' Cathy-Donny & Marie? You are very funny. :-) But Harper Lee-great choice.
Pat, I like your reason for choosing Sandra Dallas.

Nate Wilson said...

I'll nominate Poe. Instantly recognizable works of both prose and poetry, and like the stereotypical creative genius, dead at an early age. Deliberate over this nevermore.

Him, or Shatner.

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