My difficulty with the 1001 list was exactly the reverse. There were way too many authors represented, and mostly none that I reccognized. The 300 or so different ones I have for my shorter list at least have some vague familiarity for me. If it is different authors you are looking for then I think the long list is actually one good place to look. But, just my opinion. :flowers:
I know what you mean in some respect, but just about every book by authors such as Charles Dickens, Thomas Hardy, Jane Austen and Philip Roth does not need to mentioned on the same list. Maybe they could solve both our problems and mention more books by some of the lesser known authors?