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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NameLifespanOther Names
Hesiod?-c. 700 BC
Homer?-c. 700 BC
Sapphoc. 620-570 BC
Aesopc. 620-c. 564 BC
Aeschylus525-456 BC
Pindarc. 522-443 BC
Sophoclesc. 497-c. 406 BC
Euripidesc. 480-406 BC
Aristophanesc. 446-c. 386 BC
Menander342-291 BC
Plautus254-184 BC(Titus)
Cato the Elder234-149 BC
Terence195-159 BC(Publius)
Marcus Terentius Varro116-27 BC
Catullus84-54 BC(Gaius)
Virgil70-19 BC(Publius)
Horace65-8 BC(Quintus)
Ovid43 BC-17(Publius)
Petroniusc. 27-66(Gaius)
Quintilian35-100(Marcus)
Martial40-102(Marcus)
Pliny the Younger61-c. 113(Gaius)
Apuleiusc. 125-180
Lucian of Samosatac. 125-c. 180
Juvenal?-1xx(Decimus)
Diogenes Laertius?-2xx
Li Bai701-762(Po)
Du Fu712-770
Ferdowsi940-1020
Omar Khayyám1048-1131(Umar)
Geoffrey of Monmouthc. 1100-c. 1155
Chrétien de Troyesc. 1135-c. 1183
Hendrik van Veldekec. 1150-c. 1184(Heinrich)
Wolfram von Eschenbachc. 1170-c. 1220
Snorri Sturluson1179-1241
Jalal ad-Din Muhammad Rumi1207-1273
Jacob van Maerlantc. 1235-c. 1300
Dante Alighieric. 1265-1321(Durante)
Francesco Petrarca1304-1374(Petrarch)
Giovanni Boccaccio1313-1375(John)
Geoffrey Chaucer1343-1400
François Rabelaisc. 1494-1553
Michel de Nostredame1503-1566(Nostradamus)
Michel de Montaigne1533-1592(Michael)
Miguel de Cervantes1547-1616(Michael)
Edmund Spenserc. 1552-1599
Philip Sidney1554-1586
William Shakespeare1564-1616
Christopher Marlowe1564-1593(Kit)
Ben Jonson1572-1637(Benjamin)
Jacob Cats1577-1660
Pieter Corneliszoon Hooft1581-1647
Gerbrand Adriaenszoon Bredero1585-1618
Joost van den Vondel1587-1679
Constantijn Huygens1596-1687
Pierre Corneille1606-1684(Peter)
John Milton1608-1674
Jan Vos1612-1667
Jean de La Fontaine1621-1695(John)
Jean Baptiste Poquelin "Molière"1622-1673(John)
Charles Perrault1628-1703
Samuel Pepys1633-1703
Jean Racine1639-1699(John)
Matsuo Basho1644-1694
Daniel Defoec. 1660-1731
Jonathan Swift1667-1745
Alexander Pope1688-1744
Denis Diderot1713-1784
Giacomo Casanova1725-1798
Oliver Goldsmith1728-1774
Marquis de Sade1740-1814(Donatien, Alphonse, François)
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe1749-1832(John)
Bernardin Pavlović17xx
Frances Burney1752-1840(Fanny)
William Blake1757-1827
Robert Burns1759-1796(Rabbie)
Friedrich Schiller1759-1805(Johann, Christoph)
Germaine de Staël1766-1817
William Wordsworth1770-1850
Walter Scott1771-1832
Samuel Taylor Coleridge1772-1834
Jane Austen1775-1817
Stendhal1783-1842(Marie, Henri)
Washington Irving1783-1859
Jacob Grimm1785-1863
Wilhelm Grimm1786-1859(William)
Lord Byron1788-1824(George, Gordon)
James Fenimore Cooper1789-1851
Percy Bysshe Shelley1792-1822
John Keats1795-1821
Mary Shelley1797-1851
Heinrich Heine1797-1856
Honoré de Balzac1799-1850
Aleksandr Pushkin1799-1837(Alexander)
Mihály Vörösmarty1800-1855
Victor Hugo1802-1885
Alexandre Dumas1802-1870(Alexander)
Ralph Waldo Emerson1803-1882
George Sand1804-1876(Amandine)
Nathaniel Hawthorne1804-1864
Hans Christian Andersen1805-1875(John)
Henry Wadsworth Longfellow1807-1882
Edgar Allan Poe1809-1849
Nikolai Gogol1809-1852
Alfred Tennyson1809-1892
Harriet Beecher Stowe1811-1896
Charles Dickens1812-1870
Robert Browning1812-1889
Charlotte Brontë1816-1855
Theodor Mommsen1817-1903
Emily Brontë1818-1848
Ivan Turgenev1818-1883
John Ruskin1819-1900
Herman Melville1819-1891
George Eliot1819-1880(Mary)
Anne Brontë1820-1849
Eduard Douwes Dekker "Multatuli"1820-1887
Anna Sewell1820-1878
Charles Baudelaire1821-1867
Fyodor Dostoyevsky1821-1881(Theodore)
Gustave Flaubert1821-1880
Jules Verne1828-1905
Henrik Ibsen1828-1906(Henry)
Leo Tolstoy1828-1910
Lewis Carroll1832-1898
Louisa May Alcott1832-1888
Ludovic Halévy1834-1908
Mark Twain1835-1910(Samuel)
Algernon Charles Swinburne1837-1909
Émile Zola1840-1902
Thomas Hardy1840-1928
Ambrose Bierce1842-c. 1914
Henry James1843-1916
Anatole France1844-1924
Bram Stoker1847-1912
Robert Louis Stevenson1850-1894
Oscar Wilde1854-1900
Arthur Rimbaud1854-1891
L. Frank Baum1856-1919(Lyman)
George Bernard Shaw1856-1950
Joseph Conrad1857-1924
Kenneth Grahame1859-1932
Arthur Conan Doyle1859-1930
Anton Chekhov1860-1904
J. M. Barrie1860-1937(James, Matthew)
Edith Wharton1862-1937
Louis Couperus1863-1923
Hüseyin Rahmi Gürpınar1864-1944
William Butler Yeats1865-1939
Rudyard Kipling1865-1936
Beatrix Potter1866-1943
H. G. Wells1866-1946(Herbert, George)
Tevfik Fikret1867-1915
Maxim Gorky1868-1936(Alexei)
Otokar Březina1868-1929(Otakar, Václav)
Algernon Blackwood1869-1951
Marcel Proust1871-1922
Robert Frost1874-1963
Hallie Erminie Rives1874-1956
Lucy Maud Montgomery1874-1942
Rafael Sabatini1875-1950
Thomas Mann1875-1955
Edgar Rice Burroughs1875-1950
Jack London1876-1916
Flora Thompson1876-1947(Jane)
Demetra Kenneth Brown1877-1946
Hermann Hesse1877-1962
E. M. Forster1879-1970(Edward, Morgan)
Peretz Hirschbein1880-1948
P. G. Wodehouse1881-1975(Pelham, Grenville)
Fan Noli1882-1965(Theofan, Stilian)
A. A. Milne1882-1956(Alan, Alexander)
Virginia Woolf1882-1941
James Joyce1882-1941
Pádraic Ó Conaire1882-1928
Willem Elsschot1882-1960(Alfons)
Pádraig Ó Siochfhradha1883-1964
Kahlil Gibran1883-1931
Franz Kafka1883-1924
Halide Edip Adıvar1884-1964
F. Bordewijk1884-1965(Ferdinand)
Sinclair Lewis1885-1951(Harry)
Edna Ferber1885-1968
D. H. Lawrence1885-1930(David, Herbert)
Ezra Pound1885-1972
Rupert Brooke1887-1915
T. S. Eliot1888-1965(Thomas, Stearns)
Jean Cocteau1889-1963
Mikha'il Na'ima1889-1988
Reşat Nuri Güntekin1889-1956
H. P. Lovecraft1890-1937(Howard, Phillips)
Agatha Christie1890-1976
Lela Cole Kitson1891-1970(Margaret)
J. R. R. Tolkien1892-1973(John, Ronald, Reuel)
Juš Kozak1892-1964
Pearl S. Buck1892-1973(Sai, Sydenstricker, Zhenzhu)
Konstantine Gamsakhurdia1893-1975
Miroslav Krleža1893-1981
Ikbal Ali Shah1894-1969
Aldous Huxley1894-1963
Ferdo Kozak1894-1957(Ferdinand)
Titsian Tabidze1895-1937
Peretz Markish1895-1952(Davidovich)
André Breton1896-1966(Andrew)
F. Scott Fitzgerald1896-1940(Francis, Key)
William Faulkner1897-1962(Cuthbert)
Bertolt Brecht1898-1956
Federico García Lorca1898-1936
Erich Maria Remarque1898-1970
Simon Vestdijk1898-1971
C. S. Lewis1898-1963(Clive, Staples)
Vladimir Nabokov1899-1977
Madelon Szekely-Lulofs1899-1958
E. B. White1899-1985(Elwyn, Brooks)
Ernest Hemingway1899-1961(Miller)
Elswyth Thane1900-1984(Helen)
Margaret Mitchell1900-1949(Munnerlyn)
Halide Nusret Zorlutuna1901-1984
Nazım Hikmet1902-1963
John Steinbeck1902-1968(Ernst)
George Orwell1903-1950(Eric)
Theodor Geisel "Dr. Seuss"1904-1991(Theodore)
Pablo Neruda1904-1973
Reşat Ekrem Koçu1905-1975
Idris Davies1905-1953
Ayn Rand1905-1982
Jean-Paul Sartre1905-1980(John)
Máirtín Ó Cadhain1906-1970
Samuel Beckett1906-1989
Sait Faik Abasıyanık1906-1954
Sabahattin Ali1907-1948
Robert A. Heinlein1907-1988(Anson)
Astrid Lindgren1907-2002
Simone de Beauvoir1908-1986
Ian Fleming1908-1964
Barbu Brezianu1909-2008
Meša Selimović1910-1982(Mehmed)
Máirtín Ó Direáin1910-1988
Tennessee Williams1911-1983
Annie M. G. Schmidt1911-1995(Maria, Geertruida)
William Golding1911-1993
Marten Toonder1912-2005
Anton Koolhaas1912-1992
Ranko Marinković1913-2001
Godfried Bomans1913-1971
Simon Carmiggelt1913-1987
Albert Camus1913-1960
Dylan Thomas1914-1953
Saul Bellow1915-2005
Arthur Miller1915-2005
Roald Dahl1916-1990
Lado Asatiani1917-1943
Anthony Burgess1917-1993
Arthur C. Clarke1917-2008(Charles)
Hella Haasse1918-2011
J. D. Salinger1919-2010(Jerome, David)
Isaac Asimov1920-1992
Marga Minco1920-(Sara)
Charles Bukowski1920-1994
Ray Bradbury1920-2012
Frank Herbert1920-1986
Willem Frederik Hermans1921-1995
Blaga Dimitrova1922-2003(Nikolova)
Ela Peroci1922-2001
Jack Kerouac1922-1969
Vesna Parun1922-2010
Kingsley Amis1922-1995
Vahagn Davtyan1922-1996
Kurt Vonnegut1922-2007
Stan Lee1922-
Yaşar Kemal1923-(Sadık)
Norman Mailer1923-2007(Kingsley)
Joseph Heller1923-1999
Gerard Reve1923-2006
Truman Capote1924-1984
Salih Saeed Ba-Amer1925-
Paul Biegel1925-2006
Derviš Sušić1925-1990
Jan Wolkers1925-2007
Harper Lee1926-(Nelle)
Allen Ginsberg1926-1997
Ain Kaalep1926-
Gabriel García Márquez1927-2014
Harry Mulisch1927-2010
Maya Angelou1928-
Munir Niazi1928-2006(Ahmed)
Maurice Sendak1928-2012
Philip K. Dick1928-1982(Kindred)
Milan Kundera1929-
Hugo Claus1929-2008
Anne Frank1929-1945(Annelies)
Remco Campert1929-
Primož Kozak1929-1981
Ursula K. Le Guin1929-(Kroeber)
Marion Zimmer Bradley1930-1999
Dixie Browning1930-
Toni Morrison1931-(Chloe, Ardelia)
Umberto Eco1932-
John Updike1932-2009(Hoyer)
Sylvia Plath1932-1963
Katherine Paterson1932-
Philip Roth1933-(Milton)
Cormac McCarthy1933-
Enn Nõu1933-
Matei Călinescu1934-2009
Susan Cooper1935-
Enn Vetemaa1936-
Václav Havel1936-2011
David Seidler1937-
J. Bernlef1937-2012(Henk)
Nélida Piñon1937-
Bertrice Small1937-
Arsen Dedić1938-(Arsenije)
Naseem Kharal1939-1978
Hovik Vardoumian1940-
Zdena Tomin1941-
Shirlee Busbee1941-(Elaine)
Kees van Kooten1941-
Anne Rice1941-
Susan Hill1942-
Guus Kuijer1942-
Shirl Henke1942-
Elsie B. Washington1942-2009(Bernice)
LaVyrle Spencer1943-
Gerrit Komrij1944-2012
Kjartan Fløgstad1944-
Janelle Taylor1944-(Diane)
Sherryl Woods1944-
Milovan Vitezović1944-
Jules Deelder1944-
Maarten 't Hart1944-
Lutfi Lepaja1945-
Midas Dekkers1946-
Philip Pullman1946-
Carola Dunn1946-
Francine Rivers1947-(Sandra)
Arnette Lamb1947-1998
James Patterson1947-
Tom Clancy1947-
Salman Rushdie1947-
Paulo Coelho1947-
Jude Deveraux1947-
Stephen King1947-
Şadi Üçüncü1948-2004
Terry Pratchett1948-
George R. R. Martin1948-(Raymond, Richard)
Boudewijn Büch1948-2002
Carry Slee1949-
Haunani-Kay Trask1949-
Leonida Lari1949-2011
Betina Krahn19xx-
Betina Krahn19xx-
Serena B. Miller1950-
Inoslav Bešker1950-
Şakir Bilgin1951-
Lynda Suzanne Robinson1951-
Douglas Adams1952-2001
Enis Batur1952-(Ahmet)
Linnea Sinclair1954-
Renate Dorrestein1954-
Stieg Larsson1954-2004
Bart Chabot1954-
Kazuo Ishiguro1954-
John Grisham1955-
Paul van Loon1955-
Colm Tóibín1955-
Connie Palmen1955-
Rosina Lippi1956-
Cass Pennant1958-(Carol)
Guillermo Arriaga1958-
Tami Hoag1959-
Leanne Banks1959-
P. C. Cast1960-(Phyllis, Christine)
Rachel Tzvia Back1960-
Heiki Vilep1960-
Neil Gaiman1960-
Jessica Durlacher1961-
Gerri Russell1962-(Geraldine)
Gwyn Cready1962-
Tanya Anne Crosby1962-
Suzanne Collins1962-
Karel Glastra van Loon1962-2005
Jacqui Jacoby1963-
Rochelle Alers1963-
Joost Zwagerman1963-
Derviş Zaim1964-
Raymond van de Klundert "Kluun"1964-
Cheyenne McCray1965-
Sherrilyn Kenyon1965-
Heleen van Royen1965-
J. K. Rowling1965-(Joanne, Kathleen)
Ronald Giphart1965-
Muhsin al-Ramli1967-
Delphine Dryden1967-
Shelia Goss1968-
Daphne Deckers1968-
Adena Halpern1968-
Lemony Snicket1970-(Daniel, Handler)
Arnon Grunberg1971-
Süreyyya Evren1972-
Raivo Seppo1973-
Codrin Ţapu1973-(Ştefan)
Stephenie Meyer1973-
Jeaniene Frost1974-
Gena Showalter1975-
Kaie Kellough1975-
Lilith Saintcrow1976-
Jovica Tasevski-Eternijan1976-
Abiola Abrams1976-(Wednesday)
Jonathan Safran Foer1977-
Cheris F. Hodges1977-
Emanuil A. Vidinski1978-
Gaja Grzegorzewska1980-
Süreyya Aylin Antmen1981-
Zarah Ghahramani1981-
Christopher Paolini1983-
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