female reading in a fieldToday, I am going to discuss five very great writers not many of us know. These great thinkers and authors wrote a few very strong and great pieces but never did manage to get to the Olympus of the writers’ world. Read on to learn about these undiscovered geniuses.

The Moral Sayings of Publius Syrus: A Roman Slave by Publius Syrus

If you love philosophy and all the great thinkers of Ancient Greece and Rome, you probably have heard about the Publius Syrus and this book. If not – then you know it now! Some people say that the best philosophical thoughts come from ordinary people just like you and me, and not from big thinkers. And that is precisely what makes this book about morals and what it was like to be a slave such a perfect read.

Meditations by Marcus Aurelius

Another book I would like to recommend to you is also from the ancient times. Meditations was written by an imperator and warlord we might have heard about in history classes–Marcus Aurelius. In fact, this great man was not only a great politician but a pretty great philosopher who shared some great ideas that still have merit today. What makes this book even more unique is that it was primarily written to himself! No wonder it is titled Meditations and is chock full of thoughts on how to be a good ruler and a person.

12 Years a Slave by Solomon Northup

You may have seen a movie starring Brad Pitt with the same name, but have you heard that it was based on a book? And fans of the book have often said that if you are looking to read a book about slavery, this is the one to choose. 12 Years a Slave is a true story written by the protagonist and deftly illustrates all the horrors of the slavery–and does so a lot better than most other pieces written on the subject.

Hunger by Knut Hamsun

You probably know very little about Scandinavian authors, and you probably haven’t read much about this one either. But Hunger is one of the best mirrors of Norwegian literature. It is a book about a writer who is getting starved to death. He cannot write because he is starving and cannot eat because writing is how he makes his living. It is a vicious cycle that he can’t escape.

On the Rock: Twenty-Five Years in Alcatraz by Alvin Karpis

If you ever heard about the famous gangster named Al Capone, then a book about another famous criminal Alvin Karpis can be a perfect way to understand criminal psychology. And since this is a book full of memories, you can relive the most famous public enemy’s life and meet not only Al Capone but other famous names in history and pop culture.

Having learned about these authors, I encourage everyone to check out their books. While you’re at it, use some of the AbeBooks.com promo codes and coupons I recently discovered. The site is a treasure trove of new and used books where you can find not only these titles but many more.