A few resources for a list of authors by last name are Google, Amazon.com, or nearly any college or university. Given the large number of books and authors, it helps to narrow your search by genre.
The different types of literary genres are quite broad and include modern literature, literary classics, poetry, literary fiction and nonfiction. Other genres are mystery, popular culture, romance, science fiction and thrillers. More specialized genres include women's literature, children's literature, how-to, and experimental or quirky fiction. There is a distinction to be made between modern and classic literature. Once a reader determines the type of book that she would like to read, it is easier to find an author who excels in that particular genre.