Most writers have a very conscious sense of being part of a particular generation. This is not to deny that some writers, whether because they are long-lived or because they have started their careers early or late, may be associated with a generation or generations other than that which corresponds to their birthdates. I have, however, attempted to make a list of a great number of the most important novelists in our language, listing them by the decade with when they first made their â€œsplashâ€. Beneath the list Iâ€™ve presented a few possible inferences which might be drawn about why certain periods appear richer and certain others leaner.
He does this for English, French, German, and Russian novels and offers some interesting thoughts. He ends by offering that so called genre works are underrated and unappreciated. Worth a read.