William Shakespeare, King Lear

How to pick among the great writings of this master poet and playwright (the list must also include Hamlet, Macbeth, and Othello). King Lear may stand above if only because its tender, delicate familial relationships are overwhelmed by the stormy, passionate overweening ego of the tragic father. As always we witness here the consummate poet, clearly one of the greatest masters of language ever to have written in English.