Hello there. @yahiko - I am not exactly sure what it is you are looking for. Define "lyricism" for me. I would agree that Steinbeck is a beautiful writer, as is Hemingway. (and The Grapes of Wrath is definitely a novel, not a poem.) I also recommend Cormac McCarthy, who is more modern, but his punctuation is unorthodox. If you want earlier, more classic works, I would go with something like Shakespeare, although his writing can be a bit archaic, or perhaps Jane Austen or one of the Bronte sisters. As for your caveat that the writer must be a native English speaker, Joseph Conrad is lovely, but he is not a native English speaker (Polish). Another lovely writer is Sandra Cisneros but again she is a native speaker of Spanish, not English. If you want, PM me and I can help you narrow down what you are looking for. @Joinerversers - here is the rule for capitalizing in English. I think the confusion is arising from the understanding of a proper noun. In English, a proper noun is a specific name for a specific person, place or thing. For example, I would capitalize each word in someone's name, (Charles Dickens), a place (Russia), and a specific thing (the sword Excalibur). When such words are used as adjectives, they retain the capitalization. Examples: The slums had a Dickensian quality to them. The Russian tailor spoke in Russian as he hemmed my pants. You would also capitalize titles if they refer to a specific person or place, and not a general person or place. For example: I had a meeting with Margaret, Queen of the Hinterlands. (capitals). versus I would love to be a queen someday. Another example: I asked Father if I could go. (capital, you are talking about a specific person. Nobody else could be Father in this case. He is known by this name), versus I asked my father if I could go. (general, everyone has a father and you are talking about the father who lives with you.) Any help? Ask me if you aren't sure.