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List of famous British writers with their biographies that include trivia, interesting facts, timeline and life history.

Britain, with its rich literary heritage has produced more famous writers than any other country. The British literary tradition dates back to over a thousand years and has played a predominant role in shaping the development of English literature on the international scenario. The 14th century writer Geoffrey Chaucer is considered by many to be the Father of English Literature and the greatest poet of the Middle Ages. He was instrumental in developing the use of the vernacular Middle English. The most famous writer of all time is probably William Shakespeare. Also known as “The Bard”, the 16th century writer’s influence on the world literature has been so profound that his works are read even today. Another highly influential British writer was William Wordsworth who played a prominent role in the development of the literary movement called Romanticism. Britain has also produced a number of acclaimed female writers like Jane Austen, George Eliot (Mary Ann Evans), and the Bronte sisters. In the contemporary era, British writers like Lauren Child and J. K. Rowling have emerged amongst the most popular writers of children’s books. This section provides you information about the life and works of famous British writers.
A. A. MilneA. A. Milne

18 January 1882

31 January 1956

Kilburn, London

Capricorn

A. C. BensonA. C. Benson

24 April 1862

17 June 1925

Taurus

A. E. HousmanA. E. Housman

26 March 1859

30 April 1936

Bromsgrove, Worcestershire

Aries

A. N. WilsonA. N. Wilson

27 October 1950

Scorpio

A.P. HerbertA.P. Herbert

24 September 1890

11 November 1971

Ashtead, Surrey

Libra

Abraham CowleyAbraham Cowley

1618 AD

28 July 1667

London

Adrian MitchellAdrian Mitchell

24 October 1932

20 December 2008

Hampstead Heath

Scorpio

Agatha ChristieAgatha Christie

15 September 1890

12 January 1976

Torquay, Devon, England

Virgo

Alan CorenAlan Coren

27 June 1938

18 October 2007

Paddington

Cancer

Alan MooreAlan Moore

18 November 1953

Northampton

Scorpio

Alan SillitoeAlan Sillitoe

04 March 1928

25 April 2010

Nottingham, England

Pisces

Alan WattsAlan Watts

06 January 1915

16 November 1973

Chislehurst, Kent, England

Capricorn

Aldous HuxleyAldous Huxley

26 July 1894

22 November 1963

Godalming

Leo

Aleister CrowleyAleister Crowley

12 October 1875

01 December 1947

Leamington Spa

Libra

Alexander PopeAlexander Pope

21 May 1688

30 May 1744

London

Taurus

Alfred Lord TennysonAlfred Lord Tennyson

05 August 1809

06 October 1892

Somersby, Lincolnshire, England, United Kingdom

Leo

Alfred NoyesAlfred Noyes

16 September 1880

28 June 1958

Wolverhampton

Virgo

Amy LevyAmy Levy

10 November 1861

10 September 1889

London, Clapham

Scorpio

Andrew MarvellAndrew Marvell

31 March 1621

16 August 1678

Winestead, England

Aries

Angela CarterAngela Carter

07 May 1940

16 February 1992

Eastbourne, England

Taurus

Anna JamesonAnna Jameson

19 May 1794

17 March 1860

Dublin

Taurus

Anne BradstreetAnne Bradstreet

20 March 1612

16 September 1672

Northampton

Pisces

Anne BrontëAnne Brontë

17 January 1820

28 May 1849

Thornton, West Yorkshire

Capricorn

Anthony BurgessAnthony Burgess

25 February 1917

22 November 1993

Harpurhey, Manchester, England

Pisces

Aphra BehnAphra Behn

10 July 1640

16 April 1689

Canterbury

Cancer

Barbara CartlandBarbara Cartland

09 July 1901

21 May 2000

Edgbaston, Birmingham

Cancer

Beatrix PotterBeatrix Potter

28 July 1866

22 December 1943

Kensington

Leo

BedeBede

0672 AD

26 May 0735

Jarrow

Ben JonsonBen Jonson

11 June 1572

06 August 1637

Westminster, London, England

Gemini

Bernard CornwellBernard Cornwell

23 February 1944

Pisces

C. Day LewisC. Day Lewis

27 April 1904

22 May 1972

Ballintubber

Taurus

C. S. ForesterC. S. Forester

27 August 1899

02 April 1966

Cairo, Khedivate of Egypt

Virgo

C. S. LewisC. S. Lewis

29 November 1898

22 November 1963

Belfast

Sagittarius

Carol Ann DuffyCarol Ann Duffy

23 December 1955

Glasgow

Capricorn

Caroline NortonCaroline Norton

22 March 1808

15 June 1877

London

Aries

Caryl ChurchillCaryl Churchill

03 September 1938

London, England

Virgo

Charles DickensCharles Dickens

07 February 1812

09 June 1870

Landport

Aquarius

Charles KingsleyCharles Kingsley

12 June 1819

23 January 1875

Holne, Devon, England

Gemini

Charles LambCharles Lamb

10 February 1775

27 December 1834

Inner Temple, London, England

Aquarius

Charlotte BronteCharlotte Bronte

21 April 1816

31 March 1855

Thornton, Yorkshire, England

Taurus

Cyril ConnollyCyril Connolly

10 September 1903

26 November 1974

Warwickshire, United Kingdom

Virgo

D. H. LawrenceD. H. Lawrence

11 September 1885

02 March 1930

Eastwood

Virgo

Daniel DefoeDaniel Defoe

13 September 1660

24 April 1731

London, England

Virgo

Daphne du MaurierDaphne du Maurier

13 May 1907

19 April 1989

London

Taurus

Doris LessingDoris Lessing

22 October 1919

17 November 2013

Kermanshah

Libra

Douglas AdamsDouglas Adams

11 March 1952

11 May 2001

Cambridge

Pisces

E. M. ForsterE. M. Forster

01 January 1879

07 June 1970

Marylebone

Capricorn

Edward YoungEdward Young

03 July 1683

05 April 1765

Upham

Cancer

Elizabeth Barrett BrowningElizabeth Barrett Browning

06 March 1806

29 June 1861

Kelloe, Durham, England

Pisces

Elizabeth GaskellElizabeth Gaskell

29 September 1810

12 November 1865

Chelsea

Libra

Emily BrontëEmily Brontë

30 July 1818

19 December 1848

Thornton, West Yorkshire

Leo

Enid BlytonEnid Blyton

11 August 1897

28 November 1968

East Dulwich, London, England

Leo

Eric IdleEric Idle

29 March 1943

South Shields

Aries

Frances BurneyFrances Burney

13 June 1752

06 January 1840

King's Lynn

Gemini

Geoffrey ChaucerGeoffrey Chaucer

04 September 1903

25 October 1400

London

Virgo

George EliotGeorge Eliot

22 November 1819

22 December 1880

Warwickshire, England

Scorpio

George HerbertGeorge Herbert

03 April 1593

01 March 1633

Montgomery

Aries

George OrwellGeorge Orwell

25 June 1903

21 January 1950

Motihari

Cancer

Gilbert K. ChestertonGilbert K. Chesterton

29 May 1874

14 June 1936

Kensington

Gemini

H. E. BatesH. E. Bates

16 May 1905

29 January 1974

Rushden

Taurus

Harold PinterHarold Pinter

10 October 1930

24 December 2008

Metropolitan Borough of Hackney

Libra

Havelock EllisHavelock Ellis

02 February 1859

08 July 1939

Croydon

Aquarius

Henry FieldingHenry Fielding

22 April 1707

08 October 1754

Sharpham

Taurus

Henry Graham GreeneHenry Graham Greene

02 October 1904

03 April 1991

Berkhamste

Libra

Ian FlemingIan Fleming

28 May 1908

12 August 1964

Mayfair, London

Gemini

Isabella BeetonIsabella Beeton

12 March 1836

06 February 1865

London

Pisces

J. B. PriestleyJ. B. Priestley

13 September 1894

14 August 1984

Bradford, West Riding of Yorkshire, England

Virgo

J. K. RowlingJ. K. Rowling

31 July 1965

Yate

Leo

J R R TolkienJ. R. R. Tolkien

03 January 1892

02 September 1973

Bloemfontein, Orange Free State

Capricorn

Jane AustenJane Austen

16 December 1775

18 July 1817

Steventon Rectory, Hampshire, England

Sagittarius

Jerome K. JeromeJerome K. Jerome

02 May 1859

14 June 1927

Walsall

Taurus

Joan CollinsJoan Collins

23 May 1933

Paddington

Gemini

John BergerJohn Berger

05 November 1926

London Borough of Hackney

Scorpio

John BunyanJohn Bunyan

28 November 1628

31 August 1688

Elstow, Bedfordshire, England

Sagittarius

John ClareJohn Clare

13 July 1793

20 May 1864

Helpston, England

Cancer

John CleeseJohn Cleese

27 October 1939

Weston-super-Mare

Scorpio

John DonneJohn Donne

22 January 1572

31 March 1631

London, England

Aquarius

John DrydenJohn Dryden

09 August 1631

12 May 1700

Northamptonshire, England

Leo

John FowlesJohn Fowles

31 March 1926

05 November 2005

Leigh-on-Sea, Essex, England

Aries

John GardnerJohn Gardner

26 November 1926

03 August 2007

Northumberland, England

Sagittarius

John GayJohn Gay

30 June 1685

04 December 1732

Barnstaple

Cancer

John KeatsJohn Keats

31 October 1795

23 February 1821

Moorgate

Scorpio

John MiltonJohn Milton

09 December 1608

08 November 1674

London

Sagittarius

John RuskinJohn Ruskin

08 February 1819

20 January 1900

England

Aquarius

Joseph AddisonJoseph Addison

01 May 1672

17 June 1719

Milston

Taurus

Julie AndrewsJulie Andrews

01 October 1935

Walton-on-Thames

Libra

Kingsley AmisKingsley Amis

16 April 1922

22 October 1995

England

Aries

Leigh HuntLeigh Hunt

19 October 1784

28 August 1859

Southgate, London

Libra

Lewis CarrollLewis Carroll

27 January 1832

14 January 1898

England

Aquarius

Lord ByronLord Byron

22 January 1788

19 April 1824

England

Aquarius

Malcolm MuggeridgeMalcolm Muggeridge

24 March 1903

14 November 1990

Sanderstead, South Croydon, Surrey, England, UK

Aries

Marie StopesMarie Stopes

15 October 1880

02 October 1958

Edinburgh

Libra

Mary ShelleyMary Shelley

30 August 1797

01 February 1851

Somers Town, London

Virgo

Mary WollstonecraftMary Wollstonecraft

27 April 1759

10 September 1797

Spitalfields

Taurus

Matthew ArnoldMatthew Arnold

24 December 1822

15 April 1888

Laleham

Capricorn

Michael MorpurgoMichael Morpurgo

05 October 1943

St Albans

Libra

Neil GaimanNeil Gaiman

10 November 1960

Portchester, Hampshire, England

Scorpio

Neville Cardus Neville Cardus

03 April 1888

28 February 1975

Rusholme, Manchester, England

Aries

Nick HornbyNick Hornby

17 April 1957

Redhill

Aries

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