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This section of famous people presents the biographies of some of the greatest writers and authors ever.

Writers are the people who produce written material to communicate ideas. Writing encompasses several genres and writers may write for occupational purposes or as an outlet for their creativity. Professional writers include screenwriters, content writers, journalists, etc. whose job entails writing scripts, web content and news reports. Others like short story writers and novelists often begin writing as hobby before converting it to a full time profession. James Howell, a 17th century historian cum writer was the first writer to earn his living from writing alone in the English language; other writers of those times pursued writing as a hobby, not a profession as writing alone never paid enough. The famous American writer Edgar Allan Poe tried to earn a living solely from writing but that resulted in a life of poverty and misery. Times have changed now with writers being paid well for their jobs, encouraging more and more people to try their hands at this art. Writers create written works in a wide range of literary genres with many writers working across genres. Writers can be broadly classified as poets, novelists, journalists, critics, editors, lyricists, playwrights, historians, and biographers. Browse this section to learn about the life and works of famous writers from across the world.
A. A. Milne A. A. Milne

“A day without a friend is like a pot without a single drop of honey left inside.” Does this quote remind you of someone? Of course, of the cute ...

A. C. Benson A. C. Benson

Arthur Christopher Benson was an accomplished English author, poet and essayist. A number of his ghost stories have also been published along ...

A. E. Housman A. E. Housman

Alfred Edward Housman, better known as A. E. Housman, was an English classical scholar and poet regarded as one of the greatest scholars of all ...

A. E. van Vogt A. E. van Vogt

A. E. van Vogt was one of the most prolific writers of the Golden Age of science fiction, which also saw writers such as Isaac Asimov, Arthur C. ...

A. N. Wilson A. N. Wilson

Born in Staffordshire England, Andrew Norman Wilson is a illustrious novelist and award winning biographer who made a name for himself in the ...

A. R. Ammons A. R. Ammons

Multiple award winning American poet Archie Randolph Ammons, better known as A. R. Ammons, was famous for his works describing the wonders of ...

A. P. Herbert A.P. Herbert

A. P. Herbert played various roles in his lifetime and excelled in each of them. From being a playwright to a law reformist to Member of ...

Aaron Allston Aaron Allston

One of the few people, who have contributed immensely towards making science fiction a popular genre amongst the masses across the globe, was ...

Aaron Copland Aaron Copland

Aaron Copland was one of the most appreciated American classical composers of the twentieth century. He innovatively blended popular forms of ...

Aaron McGruder Aaron McGruder

Who knew that a satirical comic strip created for a student newspaper at the University of Maryland, College Park would not only bring its ...

Abbie Hoffman Abbie Hoffman

A political and social activist and the co-founder the Youth International Party, Abbie Hoffman earned himself popularity for his successful ...

Ada Cambridge Ada Cambridge

Ada Cambridge was a prolific and gifted author. Reading her works, one can get terrific insights into the sensibilities and styles of the then ...

Adrienne Rich Adrienne Rich

Adrienne Rich was an American poet, essayist and feminist. She was born to Jewish-Protestant parents. Her father encouraged her to read and ...

Aeschylus Aeschylus

Aeschylus was a Greek tragedian who gave his life to dramatic arts. He laid the foundation and groundwork that was required for the art to ...

Agatha Christie Agatha Christie

Agatha Christie, known as the ‘Queen of Crime’, was a renowned English writer who wrote over 66 detective novels. She is best known as the ...

Alain de Botton - Writer, Philosopher, Entrepreneur Alain de Botton

Alain de Botton is the ingenious English/Swiss author who has written a number of publications on a wide array of themes, ranging from ...

Alan Coren Alan Coren

Alan Coren was a humorist, writer, journalist and satirist of British origin. He was the former editor of Punch magazine and served there for ...

Alan Jay Lerner Alan Jay Lerner

Alan Jay Lerner was an American librettist and lyricist who along with Frederick Loewe created some of the most renowned and enduring works of ...

Alan Moore Alan Moore

Alan Moore is the eccentric genius who created some of the world’s most marvellous comic books and graphic novels. The first British writer to ...

Alan Sillitoe Alan Sillitoe

Alan Sillitoe is one of the best English writers of the 20th century. His career is one of the best examples to prove that a good education is ...

Alan Watts Alan Watts

Alan Watts or Alan Wilson Watts was a British philosopher, writer, and speaker who popularized and interpreted Eastern Philosophy for the ...

Alberto Moravia Alberto Moravia

Alberto Moravia was a renowned Italian novelist and journalist. He authored novels which explored modern sexuality, social alienation and ...

Aldo Leopold Aldo Leopold

Aldo Leopold was a well known ecologist, forester, environmentalist, scientist and a well-known American author. Besides teaching at the ...

Aldous Huxley Aldous Huxley

Aldous Leonard Huxley was a well-known writer, essayist and screenwriter. He wrote his fist novel at the age of 17, the novel was never ...

Alexander Berkman Alexander Berkman

Alexander Berkman was a well-known anarchist who led an avant-garde movement in the U.S. He was a part of a principal Jewish anarchist group, ...

Alexander Herzen Alexander Herzen

Alexander Herzen was a Russian author and political activist, popularly known as the ‘Father of Russian socialism’. He fought all his life for ...

Alexander McCall Smith Alexander McCall Smi...

One of the most popular and prolific authors of the 21st century, Alexander McCall Smith is a much admired literary figure and a Medical Law ...

Alexander Pope Alexander Pope

An 18th-century English poet, Alexander Pope was best known for his satirical verse and for his translation of the works of Homer. Born in ...

Alexander Woollcott Alexander Woollcott

Alexander Humphreys Woollcott was an American critic and commentator of “The New Yorker” magazine. He was also a member of the Algonquin Round ...

Alexandra Ripley Alexandra Ripley

Alexandra Ripley was a prominent American writer. She was best known for her novel “Scarlet”, the sequel to the famous novel “Gone with the ...

Alexandre Dumas Alexandre Dumas

Alexandre Dumas, the legendary writer of historical and adventure novels is one of the most widely read French authors of all time. Born as ...

Alfred de Musset Alfred de Musset

Alfred de Musset was a French dramatist and poet, regarded as one of the first Romantic writers. He was also a prolific novelist of the romantic ...

Alfred de Vigny Alfred de Vigny

One of the major writers in the era of French Romanticism, Alfred de Vigny was a poet, playwright and novelist who began his career as a ...

Alfred Doblin Alfred Doblin

One of the major figures of German literary modernism, Alfred Doblin, was a doctor, novelist and essayist who authored the novel ‘Berlin ...

Alfred Tennyson Alfred Lord Tennyson

Alfred Lord Tennyson was a poet laureate of the United Kingdom during the reign of Queen Victoria and also one of the most known poets in ...

Alice Munro Alice Munro

Alice Munro, born as Alice Ann Laidlaw, is a Canadian writer who won the 2013 Nobel Prize in Literature and the Man Booker International Prize ...

Alice Roosevelt Longworth Alice Roosevelt Long...

Popularly known as Princess Alice and ‘The Other Washington Monument’, Alice Roosevelt Longworth was the oldest child of President Theodore ...

Allen Ginsberg Allen Ginsberg

Irwin Allen Ginsberg was a famous American poet who passionately battled against militarism, materialism and sexual repression. A prominent ...

Alvin Toffler Alvin Toffler

Alvin Toffler is an American writer, who writes on futurism related to communication, digitalization and corporate growth. He is known to be the ...

Amiri Baraka Amiri Baraka

Amiri Baraka is an African-American writer, essayist, playwright and music critic, known for his abstruse writing style which has often been ...

Amy Sedaris Amy Sedaris

Amy Sedaris is a famous American actress best-known for her character as ‘Jerri Blank’ in the hit Comedy Central series, ‘Strangers with Candy’. ...

Amy Tan Amy Tan

Amy Tan is an American author of Chinese origin who mainly explores the elements of mother-daughter relationships in her works. She has produced ...

Anais Nin Anais Nin

Anais Nin was a renowned writer who is famous for her journals written for a period spanning six decades. Nin was born French-Cuban but lived in ...

Anatole France Anatole France

Anatole France is the pseudonym of Francois-Anatole Thibault, a much celebrated novelist and critic of his times. His father was a bookseller ...

Andre Breton Andre Breton

Andre Breton was a distinguished writer and poet from France. He was one of the few personalities who reinforced and led the Surrealist movement ...

Andre Paul Guillaume Gide Andre Gide

Andre Gide was a French writer and moralist popular for his fiction and autobiographical works. He was a controversial figure and his life and ...

Angela Carter Angela Carter

Angela Carter was a legendary English fiction writer and journalist. She figured in ‘The Times’ list of ‘The 50 Greatest British Writers Since ...

Angela Davis Angela Davis

Angela Yvonne Davis is considered to be a distinguished social and political activist of the United States. She has made a huge contribution in ...

Ann Coulter Ann Coulter

Conservative political commentator Ann Coulter is known for her sharp tongue and ruthless commentary that spares none of those who support a ...

Anne Bradstreet Anne Bradstreet

With the publication of her first work “The Tenth Muse Lately Sprung Up in America, by a Gentlewoman of those Parts” in London in 1650, Anne ...

Anne Frank Anne Frank

Anne frank was one of the million Jewish children who died in the Holocaust. She was well-acclaimed for her style of writing in her diary, which ...

Anne Morrow Lindbergh Anne Morrow Lindberg...

The first American woman of her time to receive a glider pilot's license, Anne Morrow Lindbergh was a highly acclaimed and bestselling author ...

Anne Rice Anne Rice

A much-loved American fiction author, Anne Rice is known for her supernatural fiction and erotica. Originally named Howard Allen by her bohemian ...

Anne Sexton Anne Sexton

Anne Sexton was an influential American poet famous for her highly personal and confessional poetry. She had extensively used her knowledge of ...

Anthony Burgess Anthony Burgess

Anthony Burgess was a well-known English writer and an accomplished musician in his own right, whose reputation rests on his exclusive, ...

Antoine de Saint-Exupery Antoine de Saint-Exu...

Antoine de Saint-Exupery was a famous French writer and an aviator whose image is carved in the French literary world as a legend and a cultural ...

Anton Chekhov Anton Chekhov

Anton Chekhov was one of the most illustrious and celebrated short-story writers in the history of literature. Trained as a physician, he ...

Antonin Artaud Antonin Artaud

Antonin Artaud was a playwright for very few plays during his lifetime, but he exercised a considerable amount of influence with his small ...

Arianna Huffington Arianna Huffington

Arianna Huffington is an author, philanthropist, television personality and owner of the independently liberal online news magazine, ‘The ...

Aristophanes Aristophanes

Aristophanes was an acclaimed Greek comic playwright and poet. Among his originally written forty plays, only eleven are still extant. These, ...

Arthur Koestler Arthur Koestler

Arthur Koestler was a British author and journalist of Hungarian origins who was best known for his political novel ‘Darkness at Noon.’ He was ...

Arthur M Schlesinger Arthur M. Schlesinge...

An American historian, educator and public official, Arthur M Schlesinger was one of the influential personalities, who explored the history of ...

Arthur Miller Arthur Miller

Arthur Asher Miller is one of the greatest American dramatists of the 20th century. His work was respected in the literary circuit, for its ...

 Arthur Rimbaud Arthur Rimbaud

Jean Nicolas Arthur Rimbaud was a famous French poet and adventurer. He came out with some of his finest poems while he was still in his late ...

Audre Lorde Audre Lorde

Audre Lorde was a famous Caribbean-American writer, poet and activist, mostly remembered for being a great warrior poet who bravely fought ...

August Wilson August Wilson

Two-time Pulitzer Prize winning, critically acclaimed African-American playwright, August Wilson was one of the leading writers of the twentieth ...

Avicenna Avicenna

Avicenna was the most influential and renowned philosopher and scientist of the Islamic world. Popularly known as the father of modern medicine, ...

Ayn Rand Ayn Rand

Ayn Rand is famous for her hugely popular novels, ‘The Fountainhead’ and ‘Atlas Shrugged’. Besides writing novels Rand also worked as a ...

Bankim Chandra Chattopadhya Bankim Chandra Chatt...

Bankim Chandra Chattopadhyay was a famous Bengali poet, writer and journalist. He was the author of Anandamath containing the National Song of ...

Barbara Cartland Barbara Cartland

Barbara Cartland was one of the prominent British authors of the 20th century. After her marriage, she used to write under her married name, ...

Ben Jonson Ben Jonson

A highly acclaimed, literary figure from the 17trh century, Ben Jonson is widely hailed as ‘one of the most vigorous minds that ever added to ...

Benjamin Franklin Benjamin Franklin

Benjamin Franklin was a distinguished human being, who possessed uncanny mind and sharp wit, which he used tirelessly for the betterment of his ...

Bernard Malamud Bernard Malamud

In Saul Bellow’s words, Bernard Malamud was a ‘writer of exquisite parables’, through which he explicitly described the urban ghetto of ...

Bertolt Brecht Bertolt Brecht

Bertolt Brecht, born as Eugen Berthold Friedrich Brecht, was a German poet, playwright and theatre practitioner. He was a visionary who departed ...

Bill Scott Bill Scott

Bill Scott was one of the most cherished named in the entertainment circles known for being a talented voice artist, writer and singer. A man ...

Brendan Behan Brendan Behan

One of the most influential Irish literary figures of the 20th century, Brendan Behan was known for his rugged, earthy satire and powerful ...

 C. Day Lewis C. Day Lewis

Cecil Day-Lewis, commonly known as C. Day Lewis CBE, was an Irish-born poet and novelist. He was also a British poet Laureate from 1968, until ...

C. L. R. James C. L. R. James

C. L. R. James was a renowned Afro-Trinidadian historian, journalist, socialist theorist and essayist, who was also a popular cricket writer. ...

C. S. Forester C. S. Forester

C.S. Forester was one of the greatest authors of his time, who outshone and transcended many of his counterparts. He is particularly known for ...

C. S. Lewis C. S. Lewis

C. S. Lewis was an internationally recognized literary figures, who is widely regarded as a pioneer of the children’s fantasy novels. Often ...

Carl Sandburg Carl Sandburg

Carl Sandburg was a famous American writer and editor, much acclaimed for his poetry. During his lifetime, he won three Pulitzer Prizes, two for ...

Carlos Fuentes Carlos Fuentes

Carlos Fuentes was a Mexican diplomat, novelist, scholar and critic famous for his experimental novels. He was one of Mexico’s most celebrated ...

Carly Simon Carly Simon

Carly Simon is an American singer who rose to fame in the 1970’s with back-to-back hit records. She has written many of her own songs and has ...

Carol Ann Duffy Carol Ann Duffy

The first woman Poet Laureate of the United Kingdom, Carol Ann Duff is a much-admired, award-winning female poet. Many of her poems are part of ...

Carson McCullers Carson McCullers

Carson McCullers, the author of the celebrated piece of fiction ‘The Heart is a Lonely Hunter’ was born as Lula Carson Smith. The author is ...

Caryl Churchill Caryl Churchill

Caryl Churchill is an English dramatist and women’s rights activist, known for her unconventional plays representing feminist themes. She is one ...

Cesare Pavese Cesare Pavese

Cesare Pavese was one of the most creatively proficient novelist and translator who introduced modern US and English writers to Italy. His works ...

Chaim Potok Chaim Potok

A Jewish rabbi, critically acclaimed writer and a novelist, Chaim Potok gained international acclaim with his debut novel, ‘The Chosen’. His ...

Charles Baudelaire Charles Baudelaire

Charles Baudelaire was a notable French poet, also known as an essayist, art critic and pioneering translator of Edgar Allan Poe. Being a critic ...

Charles Kingsley Charles Kingsley

Charles Kinsley was an English priest of the Church of English who was also a university professor, novelist, historian and amateur naturalist ...

Charlotte Bronte Charlotte Bronte

Charlotte Bronte was a famous English novelist and poet who left behind a rich legacy of written work which includes classical novels like ‘Jane ...

Charlotte Perkins Gilman Charlotte Perkins Gi...

Charlotte Perkins Gilman was a prominent American novelist, feminist and sociologist. Her best-known work today is her semi-autobiography, ‘The ...

Chinua Achebe Chinua Achebe

Called "the father of modern African writing", Chinua Achebe was one of the most widely read novelists from Nigeria who played a pivotal role in ...

Christopher Morley Christopher Morley

Christopher Morley was an extremely illustrious journalist, novelist and a man of many words. Apart from his career in journalism, he also ...

Claude McKay Claude McKay

One of the most influential figures in the Harlem Renaissance, Festus Claudius McKay was a Jamaican-American novelist and poet. Better known as ...

Cyril Connolly Cyril Connolly

Cyril Connolly was an English literary critic and novelist best known for his autobiography, ‘Enemies of Promise’ in which he explained why he ...

Dan Brown Dan Brown

For lovers of secrets, codes, symbols and conspiracies, books by Dan Brown are ultimate fixtures of excitement, ecstasy and exhilaration. Set in ...

Daniel Defoe Daniel Defoe

Till date, Daniel Defoe is considered to be the founder of British journalism. In his life, he served as a trader, writer, journalist, ...

Dante Alighieri Dante Alighieri

Durante degli Alighieri, popularly known as Dante, was a chief Italian poet during the middle ages. Born in Florence, he spent a large portion ...

Daphne Du Maurier Daphne du Maurier

Daphne du Maurier was a famous English writer and playwright. Her best-known works are ‘Rebecca’ and ‘The Birds’, both of which have been ...