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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 ...

A. B. Yehoshua A. B. Yehoshua

Counted among the most widely read authors in Israel, Abraham B. Yehoshua, is the man who wrote novels like ‘Mr. Mani’ and ‘Journey to the ...

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 ...

Aharon Appelfeld Aharon Appelfeld

Aharon Appelfeld is a celebrated Israeli author who has written over two dozen novels as well as collections of poetry, essays and short ...

Ahmet Zappa Ahmet Zappa

Though the glamorous world of movies is recognised for its superstars, filmmakers, and their multi-million grosser flicks, there are also many ...

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 ...

Aleister Crowley Aleister Crowley

Once notorious as “the wickedest man in the world”, Aleister Crowley was an occultist and ceremonial magician. He is still regarded as the ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

Alfred Noyes Alfred Noyes

Alfred Noyes was an English author, one of the most prolific writers of the 20th century, notably known for his ballads ‘The Highwayman’ and ...

Alfredo Pareja Diezcanseco Alfredo Pareja Diezc...

Alfredo Pareja Diezcanseco was an Ecuadorian writer, best known for his work as a novelist, essayist and journalist. His work also touched on ...

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 ...

Allan Cunningham Allan Cunningham

Allan Cunningham didn’t have access to great education unlike many of his other contemporaries yet he authored some of the finest works of ...

Allen Ginsberg Allen Ginsberg

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

Alphonse Daudet Alphonse Daudet

Alphonse Daudet is considered to be one of the most iconic names of French literature. Unlike many famous writers in world history, Alphonse ...

Alphonsus Liguori Alphonsus Liguori

Alphonsus Liguori was an Italian theologian, scholastic philosopher and Catholic bishop. He was the pioneer of a new aspect of Christianity ...

Alton Brown Alton Brown

Alton Crawford Brown is a popular American celebrity chef, reality television personality, author, cinematographer and actor. He started out his ...

Alva Myrdal Alva Myrdal

Alva Myrdal was a Swedish politician, diplomat and a sociologist, best remembered as the winner of 1982 Nobel Prize for Peace. She worked ...

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 ...

Amrita Pritam Amrita Pritam

Amrita Pritam, the young poet who emotively invoked Waris Shah in what would become her best known poem, ‘Ajj aakhaan Waris Shah nu’, was ...

Amy Clampitt Amy Clampitt

Amy Clampitt was an American poet and author known for works marked by dense language and complex allusions. She published her first book of ...

Amy Levy Amy Levy

Amy Levy was a British poetess and novelist, one of the most remembered authors of the Victorian era. She came from an Anglo-Jewish family and ...

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 ...

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 Broyard Anatole Broyard

Anatole Broyard spent most of his life as a writer, literary critic, teacher and editor. Broyard worked as a book critic for the New York Times ...

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 ...

André Malraux Andre Malraux

André Malraux was a French novelist who became France’s first ‘Minister of Cultural Affairs’. He was also a renowned art theorist who ...

Andrea Dworkin Andrea Dworkin

Andrea Dworkin was an American feminist writer, best known for her blunt criticism and campaign against pornography. She spent her life fighting ...

Andrew Lang Andrew Lang

Andrew Lang was a Scottish writer and literary critic best known for collecting folk and fairy tales and publishing them in a series. He also ...

Andrew Marvell Andrew Marvell

One of the major English poets of the 17th century, Andrew Marvell was a metaphysical poet known for his passionate, sensuous and elegant ...

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 ...

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 ...

Anna Comnena Anna Comnena

Anna Comnena was a Greek princess and scholar who wrote the ‘Alexiad’, an account of her father’s—Emperor Alexios I Komnenos of ...

Anna Jameson Anna Jameson

Anna Jameson was a British author known for her travel memoirs which give an account of her amazing journeys and vivid experiences. A bright and ...

Anna Julia Cooper Anna Julia Cooper

Anna Julia Cooper was an American educator, writer, and scholar remembered for her pioneering crusade for the upliftment of African-American ...

Anna Katherine Green Anna Katharine Green

Anna Katherine Green was an American poet and novelist, famously dubbed as the ‘Mother of the detective novel’. With such memorable ...

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 ...

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 ...

Assi Rahbani Assi Rahbani

Assi Rahbani was a Lebanese composer, musician, lyricist, playwright and poet whose many musical and theatrical works helped to bring the work ...

Assia Djebar Assia Djebar

Assia Djebar was an Algerian author, essayist, and professor. She was known throughout the world for her feminist and post-colonial views on ...

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, ...

Ayaan Hirsi Ali Ayaan Hirsi Ali

Ayaan Hirsi Ali is a Somali-born American activist, writer and feminist. She is known for her extensive work fighting for the rights of Islamic ...

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, ...

Barbara Ehrenreich Barbara Ehrenreich

Barbara Ehrenreich is an American writer and political activist. Throughout her life, she has proved herself as one of the most influential ...

Barbara Grizzuti Harrison Barbara Grizzuti Har...

Barbara Harrison was an American author and journalist, most famous for her autobiographical works and travel writings. Despite experiencing a ...

Barbara Kingsolver Barbara Kingsolver

Barbara Kingsolver is an American novelist, poet, social activist and author of the best-selling novel ‘The Poisonwood Bible’. A prolific ...

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 ...