Hi all, Wondering if I could get some help, I've been reading over a story I started a while ago that I just picked up and dusted off to start working on again. I'm reading back through and editing and patching up holes, hoping to post part of it here soon for review so I can further edit what I have already written, and shape any future pages. However I have come across a hole in my story. I am referencing great writers and story tellers, however, I can't decide on a writer. For instance I have Oscar Wilde as a great story teller. His poems and prose never did that well during his time. Most found his printed words quite dull and not unique. However, his ability with the spoken word was allegedly unparalleled and he was regarded as one of (if not the) best story tellers. The trouble with the writers is I'm not sure who to use. I don't want to use Shakespeare, I've been leaning toward using someone like Dante or Tolstoy but I'm sure there are others more deserving. Any recommendations for either/reasons for or against choices? I'm looking for someone who mesmerised and captivated masses through the written word, preferably but not necessarily, someone who wrote a while ago (Dante, Herodotus, Homer, Tolstoy, Dickens, Bronte sisters etc) and are still revered today. Any help would be greatly appreciated .