Most classic literature lists will cover poetry, plays, and novels by the most famous exponents of these forms. But this list of classic literature will look at things slightly differently because it will only consider popular writers who crossed over with different forms of writing.

William Shakespeare is perhaps the most famous writer in the English language. He is known as the creator of tragedies like Hamlet and Romeo and Juliet, as well as comedies like Much Ado About Nothing and stories like Henry V. But he also wrote poems. Shakespeare’s Sonnets collects 154 poems and is sold worldwide.

Edgar Allan Poe is another writer who worked in different literary forms. He is known as a writer of gothic tales but he was also a novelist and poet. Additionally, he pioneered the detective genre, which would later be popularized by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s Sherlock Holmes. Poe’s poetry and short stories can be found collected in one volume, and his only novel, The Narrative of Arthur Gordon Pym, remains in print. All of his work is in the public domain, so different editions from various publishers can be found on book shelves.

As with Poe, James Joyce also published poems and short stories. He is best known for the novels Ulysses and Finnegans Wake, but his books Dubliners, which is a collection of 15 short stories, and Exiles, which is his only play, remain popular to this day.

Authors like Stephen King and Agatha Christie are believed to be among the best writers within their chosen genre, but they also venture outside of their comfort zone to work with different genres and in different ways. King has written several novels, published many short stories, and written screenplays spanning genres as diverse as horror, fantasy, and science fiction. His Dark Tower series is one of the best examples of the writer’s diversity, covering the fantasy, sci-fi, horror, and western genres.

Agatha Christie is the creator of Hercule Poiret and Miss Marple and is the best-selling author of all time. Her books alone outsell the Bible. She is also a storyteller and playwright.

He has had great success with his plays. The mousetrap is perhaps the most popular. Claims the record for the longest continuous theater run. Having opened in 1952, it remains in production at the Ambassadors Theater to this day.

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