Almost everyone can name at least one author that you would love just ONE more book from. Either because they’re dead, not being published any more, not writing more, not producing new work for whatever reason ... or they’ve aged and aren’t writing to their old standards any more ... For whatever reason, there just hasn’t been anything new (or worth reading) of theirs and isn’t likely to be.
If you could have just ONE more book from an author you love ... a book that would be as good any of their best (while we’re dreaming) ... something that would round out a series, or finish their last work, or just be something NEW ... Who would the author be, and why? Jane Austen? Shakespeare? Laurie Colwin? Kurt Vonnegut?
Only one? Only one? Let’s see ... I’d love it if Jane Austen had finished Sanditon. Or The Watsons. A new Shakespeare comedy would be nice ... or something else by Emily Brontë (even if it wasn’t as good as Wuthering Heights, it would still be great). I’d be thrilled to see another ghost story by Henry James (love The Turn of the Screw), or another mystery by Wilkie Collins. Or another Thackeray. Or perhaps another creepy tale from Gaston Leroux to equal The Phantom of the Opera. Hmm ... a lot of classics!
On the somewhat more contemporary front: Georgette Heyer (the nearest thing to Jane Austen since Jane Austen and guaranteed to make me smile) and the brilliant absurdity of Douglas Adams. And most likely several others that I will only think of after I’ve switched the computer off!