Which author have you read that seems the most intelligent? Not necessarily the best books, just someone who you admire for their intellect.
The closer they are to modern times the better.
But I know he's fairly basic. I know there are probably quite a few people out there that I don't know of or can't read because they speak in some weird quasi-english impenetrable academia language
I don't always agree 100% with him, but his intellect is truly awesome.
I admire Ezra Pound even if more than half his lyrics suck. The man was brilliant.
John Milton though I'm not a big fan of his longer works. A genius though imo a dry poet
Whitman was a genius, though just fucking lazy after about 1866
Kant though I'm not a big fan of philosophy
certainly Hegel as well
Chaucer for sure
Herman Melville strikes me as a very intelligent man who would blush and knock you out in a bar if you said "hey I saw u at the library (:"
Oswald spengler, Julius Evola, and David Duke.
The Thomas Trinity:
Aquinas, Mann, Pynchon
It takes more than just creativity to engineer a piece of literature. And if gifted scientists/mathematicians don't inherently have more potential to create literature, then what is that creative power other than some kind of other intelligence? Maybe a lesser kind, but it's distinct and not necessarily possessed by those with the "true" kind.
Joseph McElroy and Gene Wolfe strike me as particularly sharp living writers. They were both engineers who picked up writing later in life, which makes me think they have a lot going on in their heads. They both were respected STEM-autists but also managed to become very respected writers. Most people would be very pleased with accomplishing one of those things and then just stop trying new things.
Ian Tregillis seems to have a really amazing knowledge of christianity and physics, and uses the combination to beautifully describe the kind of sensations ineffable entities might experience. The fact that he does that in a noir novel is absolutely fantastic.
Also, this isn't really /lit/ per say, but I have a set of cookbooks by Nathan Myhrvold and the guy is a fucking genius with regards to bio/organic chemistry and the culinary arts. Pretty much every successful molecular gastronomer is