Influential Works

One often sees lists of influential books and written media, but as I was thinking about it, while books have been highly influential, so have other works of art.  I present below a list of the most influential works or artists in my life:

E. A. Poe
H. P. Lovecraft
Philip K. Dick (most particularly The Man in the High Castle, but also the amazing, Flow My Tears, the Policeman Said)
Harlan Ellison--particularly "I Have No Mouth and I Must Scream" and "'Repent, Harlequin,' Said the Tick-Tock Man."
Asimov, Heinlein, Clarke
Mendelssohn--Overture to the Hebrides (Fingal's Cave) and Incidental Music to "A Midsummer Night's Dream"
Claude Debussy--particularly Jeux, Images, and La Mer
Richard Wagner--(I suppose I should be a little ashamed of this--but I can't muster up much shame for it--splendid if often over-the-top music)
Salvador Dali
Rene Magritte
Yves Tanguy
Claude Monet
Auguste Renoir
The Bible--but most especially the incredibly beautiful Apocalypse of John.
Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man
To the Lighthouse
The Good Soldier

In substantial and profound ways the works listed above have influenced my own writing and my view of the world.   There are probably many others and I'll think about it some more and perhaps come back with what lingers with me from each of these works.


  1. Steven - Now you've got me thinking beyond books to other media. An influential list of artists/works of art perhaps. Thank you.

  2. Dear Anthony,

    Your post and my current reading of Wendell Berry on William Carlos Williams got me thinking about this.

    So thank YOU!




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