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Greatest three authors of Germany, Spain, France, England, etc...?

I've only have enough read to give my opinion on German literature.

Germany;
Hermann Hesse
Thomas Mann
Franz Kafka

There is of course Goethe and Schiller, etc... But that is my opinion.
Anyone got anything else, and what about other countries?
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I wanted to take a crack at Russia, but I can't narrow it down to three!

Surely these are shoe-ins:

Pushkin
Dostoevsky
Tolstoy

but I also love Gogol, Chekhov, Pasternak, Akhmatova, Solzhenitsyn...
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Thanks for the replies.
I've read some of Solzhenitsyn, Dostoyevsky, Tolstoy and Chekhov. It's hard to narrow it down.
Any more. I went to the Noble Prize literature site, and I'd like to read more of those who won. I only read Hesse and Mann, and I'd like to read more good books, suggestions?
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For Britain, my picks...

Charles Dickens
HG Wells
George Orwell

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For the UK I'd be going with Shakespeare, Milton and .... finding a third one is hard, too many to choose from. I suppose Dickens is the obvious third choice (factoring out Joyce and Yeats as Irish). But what about Chaucer, Donne, Pope ... Blake, Coleridge, Wordsworth, Keats, Shelley, Byron (what a generation or two that was... the great Romantics ), Jane Austen, Tennyson, Thomas Hardy, D.H. Lawrence ... and you could even consider the likes of Emily Bronte, Wells (yes, good call), J.R.R. Tolkien, whatever ....

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American:

Mark Twain
Henry James
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Italy: I'd add leopardi and petrarca
france: hugo, balzac, molière, proust
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I wonder who'd we say for Australia. Too young to have much in the way of "great" authors. I guess Patrick White.

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I like Albert Camus (French? Albanian?) and Agatha Christie (British), but I guess they're not as "deep" compared to the other authors listed above...
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Switzerland:
Friedrich Dürrenmatt
Max Frisch
Erich Maria Remarque (well, he had the Swiss citizenship)
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American:

Mark Twain
Henry James
Tennessee Williams


I would add: John Steinbeck, Edgar Allen Poe and Richard Wright

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american also:

scott fitzgerald
william faulkner.....
henry miller
but i think henry james is an english author...
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