Notable Writers

This list is comprised of some of the most recognizable names from the literary world. Included are novelists, poets, playwrights and essayists. However, those who are primarily considered to be philosophers or academic writers can be found on the lists of thinkers.
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NameLifespanAlso Known As
Abiola Abrams1976-(Wednesday)
Adena Halpern1968-
Aeschylus525-456 BC
Aesopc. 620-c. 564 BC
Agatha Christie1890-1976
Ain Kaalep1926-
A. A. Milne1882-1956(Alan, Alexander)
Albert Camus1913-1960
Aldous Huxley1894-1963
Aleksandr Pushkin1799-1837(Alexander)
Alexander Pope1688-1744
Alexandre Dumas1802-1870(Alexander)
Alfred Tennyson1809-1892
Algernon Blackwood1869-1951
Algernon Charles Swinburne1837-1909
Allen Ginsberg1926-1997
Ambrose Bierce1842-c. 1914
Anatole France1844-1924
André Breton1896-1966(Andrew)
Anna Sewell1820-1878
Anne Brontë1820-1849
Anne Frank1929-1945(Annelies)
Anne Rice1941-
Annie M. G. Schmidt1911-1995(Maria, Geertruida)
Anthony Burgess1917-1993
Anton Chekhov1860-1904
Anton Koolhaas1912-1992
Apuleiusc. 125-180
Aristophanesc. 446-c. 386 BC
Arnette Lamb1947-1998
Arnon Grunberg1971-
Arsen Dedić1938-(Arsenije)
Arthur C. Clarke1917-2008(Charles)
Arthur Conan Doyle1859-1930
Arthur Miller1915-2005
Arthur Rimbaud1854-1891
Astrid Lindgren1907-2002
Ayn Rand1905-1982
Li Bai701-762(Po)
Barbu Brezianu1909-2008
Bart Chabot1954-
Matsuo Basho1644-1694
Beatrix Potter1866-1943
Ben Jonson1572-1637(Benjamin)
Bernardin Pavlović17xx
J. Bernlef1937-2012(Henk)
Bertolt Brecht1898-1956
Bertrice Small1937-
Betina Krahn19xx-
Betina Krahn19xx-
Blaga Dimitrova1922-2003(Nikolova)
Boudewijn Büch1948-2002
Bram Stoker1847-1912
Lord Byron1788-1824(George, Gordon)
Carola Dunn1946-
Carry Slee1949-
Cass Pennant1958-(Carol)
Cato the Elder234-149 BC
Catullus84-54 BC(Gaius)
Charles Baudelaire1821-1867
Charles Bukowski1920-1994
Charles Dickens1812-1870
Charles Perrault1628-1703
Charlotte Brontë1816-1855
Cheris F. Hodges1977-
Cheyenne McCray1965-
Chrétien de Troyesc. 1135-c. 1183
Christopher Marlowe1564-1593(Kit)
Christopher Paolini1983-
C. S. Lewis1898-1963(Clive, Staples)
Codrin Ţapu1973-(Ştefan)
Colm Tóibín1955-
Connie Palmen1955-
Constantijn Huygens1596-1687
Cormac McCarthy1933-
Daniel Defoec. 1660-1731
Dante Alighieric. 1265-1321(Durante)
Daphne Deckers1968-
D. H. Lawrence1885-1930(David, Herbert)
David Seidler1937-
Delphine Dryden1967-
Demetra Kenneth Brown1877-1946
Denis Diderot1713-1784
Derviš Sušić1925-1990
Derviş Zaim1964-
Diogenes Laertius?-2xx
Dixie Browning1930-
Douglas Adams1952-2001
Dylan Thomas1914-1953
Edgar Rice Burroughs1875-1950
Edgar Allan Poe1809-1849
Edith Wharton1862-1937
Edmund Spenserc. 1552-1599
Edna Ferber1885-1968
Eduard Douwes Dekker "Multatuli"1820-1887
E. M. Forster1879-1970(Edward, Morgan)
Ela Peroci1922-2001
Elsie B. Washington1942-2009(Bernice)
Elswyth Thane1900-1984(Helen)
E. B. White1899-1985(Elwyn, Brooks)
Emanuil A. Vidinski1978-
Émile Zola1840-1902
Emily Brontë1818-1848
Enis Batur1952-(Ahmet)
Enn Nõu1933-
Enn Vetemaa1936-
Erich Maria Remarque1898-1970
Ernest Hemingway1899-1961(Miller)
Euripidesc. 480-406 BC
Ezra Pound1885-1972
Fan Noli1882-1965(Theofan, Stilian)
Federico García Lorca1898-1936
F. Bordewijk1884-1965(Ferdinand)
Ferdo Kozak1894-1957(Ferdinand)
Ferdowsi940-1020
Flora Thompson1876-1947(Jane)
Frances Burney1752-1840(Fanny)
Francesco Petrarca1304-1374(Petrarch)
Francine Rivers1947-(Sandra)
F. Scott Fitzgerald1896-1940(Francis, Key)
François Rabelaisc. 1494-1553
Frank Herbert1920-1986
Franz Kafka1883-1924
Friedrich Schiller1759-1805(Johann, Christoph)
Du Fu712-770
Fyodor Dostoyevsky1821-1881(Theodore)
Gabriel García Márquez1927-2014
Gaja Grzegorzewska1980-
Gena Showalter1975-
Geoffrey of Monmouthc. 1100-c. 1155
Geoffrey Chaucer1343-1400
George Eliot1819-1880(Mary)
George Orwell1903-1950(Eric)
George Sand1804-1876(Amandine)
George Bernard Shaw1856-1950
Gerard Reve1923-2006
Gerbrand Adriaenszoon Bredero1585-1618
Germaine de Staël1766-1817
Gerri Russell1962-(Geraldine)
Gerrit Komrij1944-2012
Giacomo Casanova1725-1798
Giovanni Boccaccio1313-1375(John)
Godfried Bomans1913-1971
Guillermo Arriaga1958-
Gustave Flaubert1821-1880
Guus Kuijer1942-
Gwyn Cready1962-
Halide Edip Adıvar1884-1964
Halide Nusret Zorlutuna1901-1984
Hallie Erminie Rives1874-1956
Hans Christian Andersen1805-1875(John)
Harper Lee1926-(Nelle)
Harriet Beecher Stowe1811-1896
Harry Mulisch1927-2010
Haunani-Kay Trask1949-
Heiki Vilep1960-
Heinrich Heine1797-1856
Heleen van Royen1965-
Hella Haasse1918-2011
Hendrik van Veldekec. 1150-c. 1184(Heinrich)
Henrik Ibsen1828-1906(Henry)
Henry James1843-1916
Henry Wadsworth Longfellow1807-1882
H. G. Wells1866-1946(Herbert, George)
Herman Melville1819-1891
Hermann Hesse1877-1962
Hesiod?-c. 700 BC
Homer?-c. 700 BC
Honoré de Balzac1799-1850
Horace65-8 BC(Quintus)
Hovik Vardoumian1940-
H. P. Lovecraft1890-1937(Howard, Phillips)
Hugo Claus1929-2008
Hüseyin Rahmi Gürpınar1864-1944
Ian Fleming1908-1964
Idris Davies1905-1953
Ikbal Ali Shah1894-1969
Inoslav Bešker1950-
Isaac Asimov1920-1992
Ivan Turgenev1818-1883
Jack Kerouac1922-1969
Jack London1876-1916
Jacob Cats1577-1660
Jacob Grimm1785-1863
Jacob van Maerlantc. 1235-c. 1300
Jacqui Jacoby1963-
Jalal ad-Din Muhammad Rumi1207-1273
J. M. Barrie1860-1937(James, Matthew)
James Fenimore Cooper1789-1851
James Joyce1882-1941
Jan Vos1612-1667
Jan Wolkers1925-2007
Jane Austen1775-1817
Janelle Taylor1944-(Diane)
Jean Cocteau1889-1963
Jean de La Fontaine1621-1695(John)
Jean Baptiste Poquelin "Molière"1622-1673(John)
Jean Racine1639-1699(John)
Jean-Paul Sartre1905-1980(John)
Jeaniene Frost1974-
J. D. Salinger1919-2010(Jerome, David)
Jessica Durlacher1961-
J. K. Rowling1965-(Joanne, Kathleen)
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe1749-1832(John)
John Grisham1955-
John Keats1795-1821
John Milton1608-1674
John Ruskin1819-1900
John Steinbeck1902-1968(Ernst)
J. R. R. Tolkien1892-1973(John, Ronald, Reuel)
John Updike1932-2009(Hoyer)
Jonathan Safran Foer1977-
Jonathan Swift1667-1745
Joost van den Vondel1587-1679
Joost Zwagerman1963-
Joseph Conrad1857-1924
Joseph Heller1923-1999
Jovica Tasevski-Eternijan1976-
Jude Deveraux1947-
Jules Deelder1944-
Jules Verne1828-1905
Juš Kozak1892-1964
Juvenal?-1xx(Decimus)
Kahlil Gibran1883-1931
Kaie Kellough1975-
Karel Glastra van Loon1962-2005
Katherine Paterson1932-
Kazuo Ishiguro1954-
Kees van Kooten1941-
Kenneth Grahame1859-1932
Kingsley Amis1922-1995
Kjartan Fløgstad1944-
Konstantine Gamsakhurdia1893-1975
Kurt Vonnegut1922-2007
Lado Asatiani1917-1943
LaVyrle Spencer1943-
Leanne Banks1959-
Lela Cole Kitson1891-1970(Margaret)
Lemony Snicket1970-(Daniel, Handler)
Leo Tolstoy1828-1910
Leonida Lari1949-2011
Lewis Carroll1832-1898
Lilith Saintcrow1976-
Linnea Sinclair1954-
Louis Couperus1863-1923
Louisa May Alcott1832-1888
Lucian of Samosatac. 125-c. 180
Lucy Maud Montgomery1874-1942
Ludovic Halévy1834-1908
Lutfi Lepaja1945-
L. Frank Baum1856-1919(Lyman)
Lynda Suzanne Robinson1951-
Maarten 't Hart1944-
Madelon Szekely-Lulofs1899-1958
Máirtín Ó Cadhain1906-1970
Máirtín Ó Direáin1910-1988
Marcel Proust1871-1922
Marcus Terentius Varro116-27 BC
Marga Minco1920-(Sara)
Margaret Mitchell1900-1949(Munnerlyn)
Marion Zimmer Bradley1930-1999
Mark Twain1835-1910(Samuel)
Marten Toonder1912-2005
Martial40-102(Marcus)
Mary Shelley1797-1851
Matei Călinescu1934-2009
Maurice Sendak1928-2012
Maxim Gorky1868-1936(Alexei)
Maya Angelou1928-
Menander342-291 BC
Meša Selimović1910-1982(Mehmed)
Michel de Nostredame1503-1566(Nostradamus)
Michel de Montaigne1533-1592(Michael)
Midas Dekkers1946-
Miguel de Cervantes1547-1616(Michael)
Mihály Vörösmarty1800-1855
Mikha'il Na'ima1889-1988
Milan Kundera1929-
Milovan Vitezović1944-
Miroslav Krleža1893-1981
Muhsin al-Ramli1967-
Munir Niazi1928-2006(Ahmed)
Naseem Kharal1939-1978
Nathaniel Hawthorne1804-1864
Nazım Hikmet1902-1963
Neil Gaiman1960-
Nélida Piñon1937-
Nikolai Gogol1809-1852
Norman Mailer1923-2007(Kingsley)
Oliver Goldsmith1728-1774
Omar Khayyám1048-1131(Umar)
Oscar Wilde1854-1900
Otokar Březina1868-1929(Otakar, Václav)
Ovid43 BC-17(Publius)
Pablo Neruda1904-1973
Pádraic Ó Conaire1882-1928
Pádraig Ó Siochfhradha1883-1964
Paul Biegel1925-2006
Paul van Loon1955-
Paulo Coelho1947-
Pearl S. Buck1892-1973(Sai, Sydenstricker, Zhenzhu)
P. G. Wodehouse1881-1975(Pelham, Grenville)
Percy Bysshe Shelley1792-1822
Peretz Hirschbein1880-1948
Peretz Markish1895-1952(Davidovich)
Petroniusc. 27-66(Gaius)
Philip K. Dick1928-1982(Kindred)
Philip Pullman1946-
Philip Roth1933-(Milton)
Philip Sidney1554-1586
P. C. Cast1960-(Phyllis, Christine)
Pierre Corneille1606-1684(Peter)
Pieter Corneliszoon Hooft1581-1647
Pindarc. 522-443 BC
Plautus254-184 BC(Titus)
Pliny the Younger61-c. 113(Gaius)
Primož Kozak1929-1981
Quintilian35-100(Marcus)
Rachel Tzvia Back1960-
Rafael Sabatini1875-1950
Raivo Seppo1973-
Ralph Waldo Emerson1803-1882
Ranko Marinković1913-2001
Ray Bradbury1920-2012
Raymond van de Klundert "Kluun"1964-
Remco Campert1929-
Renate Dorrestein1954-
Reşat Nuri Güntekin1889-1956
Reşat Ekrem Koçu1905-1975
Roald Dahl1916-1990
Robert Browning1812-1889
Robert Burns1759-1796(Rabbie)
Robert Frost1874-1963
Robert A. Heinlein1907-1988(Anson)
Robert Louis Stevenson1850-1894
Rochelle Alers1963-
Ronald Giphart1965-
Rosina Lippi1956-
Rudyard Kipling1865-1936
Rupert Brooke1887-1915
Sabahattin Ali1907-1948
Marquis de Sade1740-1814(Donatien, Alphonse, François)
Şadi Üçüncü1948-2004
Sait Faik Abasıyanık1906-1954
Şakir Bilgin1951-
Salih Saeed Ba-Amer1925-
Salman Rushdie1947-
Samuel Beckett1906-1989
Samuel Taylor Coleridge1772-1834
Samuel Pepys1633-1703
Sapphoc. 620-570 BC
Saul Bellow1915-2005
Serena B. Miller1950-
Shelia Goss1968-
Sherrilyn Kenyon1965-
Sherryl Woods1944-
Shirl Henke1942-
Shirlee Busbee1941-(Elaine)
Simon Carmiggelt1913-1987
Simon Vestdijk1898-1971
Simone de Beauvoir1908-1986
Sinclair Lewis1885-1951(Harry)
Snorri Sturluson1179-1241
Sophoclesc. 497-c. 406 BC
Stendhal1783-1842(Marie, Henri)
Stephen King1947-
Stephenie Meyer1973-
Stieg Larsson1954-2004
Süreyya Aylin Antmen1981-
Süreyyya Evren1972-
Susan Cooper1935-
Susan Hill1942-
Suzanne Collins1962-
Sylvia Plath1932-1963
Tami Hoag1959-
Tanya Anne Crosby1962-
Tennessee Williams1911-1983
Terence195-159 BC(Publius)
Terry Pratchett1948-
Tevfik Fikret1867-1915
Theodor Geisel "Dr. Seuss"1904-1991(Theodore)
Theodor Mommsen1817-1903
T. S. Eliot1888-1965(Thomas, Stearns)
Thomas Hardy1840-1928
Thomas Mann1875-1955
Titsian Tabidze1895-1937
Tom Clancy1947-
Toni Morrison1931-(Chloe, Ardelia)
Truman Capote1924-1984
Umberto Eco1932-
Ursula K. Le Guin1929-(Kroeber)
Václav Havel1936-2011
Vahagn Davtyan1922-1996
Vesna Parun1922-2010
Victor Hugo1802-1885
Virgil70-19 BC(Publius)
Virginia Woolf1882-1941
Vladimir Nabokov1899-1977
Walter Scott1771-1832
Washington Irving1783-1859
Wilhelm Grimm1786-1859(William)
Willem Elsschot1882-1960(Alfons)
Willem Frederik Hermans1921-1995
William Blake1757-1827
William Faulkner1897-1962(Cuthbert)
William Golding1911-1993
William Shakespeare1564-1616
William Wordsworth1770-1850
William Butler Yeats1865-1939
Wolfram von Eschenbachc. 1170-c. 1220
Yaşar Kemal1923-(Sadık)
Zarah Ghahramani1981-
Zdena Tomin1941-