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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
(British)

“A day without a friend is like a pot without a ...

A. B. Yehoshua A. B. Yehoshua
(Israeli)

Counted among the most widely read authors in ...

A. C. Benson A. C. Benson
(British)

Arthur Christopher Benson was an accomplished ...

A. E. Housman A. E. Housman
(British)

Alfred Edward Housman, better known as A. E. ...

A. E. van Vogt A. E. van Vogt
(Canadian)

A. E. van Vogt was one of the most prolific ...

A. J. Liebling A. J. Liebling
(American)

A. J. Liebling was a prominent American ...

A. N. Wilson A. N. Wilson
(British)

Born in Staffordshire England, Andrew Norman ...

A. R. Ammons A. R. Ammons
(American)

Multiple award winning American poet Archie ...

A.P. Herbert A.P. Herbert
(British)

A. P. Herbert played various roles in his ...

Aaron Allston Aaron Allston
(American)

One of the few people, who have contributed ...

Aaron Copland Aaron Copland
(Lithuanian,American)

Aaron Copland was one of the most appreciated ...

Aaron McGruder Aaron McGruder
(American)

Who knew that a satirical comic strip created for ...

Abbie Hoffman Abbie Hoffman
(American)

Abbie Hoffman was an American political and ...

Abraham Cowley Abraham Cowley
(British)

Abraham Cowley, who started composing literary ...

Abraham Valdelomar Abraham Valdelomar
(Peruvian)

Abraham Valdelomar was a notable Peruvian writer, ...

Ada Cambridge Ada Cambridge
(Australian)

Ada Cambridge was a prolific and gifted author. ...

Adam Khoo Adam Khoo
(Singaporean)

Adam Khoo is a Singaporean entrepreneur and ...

Adrian Mitchell Adrian Mitchell
(British)

Adrian Mitchell is one of the finest poets and ...

Adrienne Rich Adrienne Rich
(American)

Adrienne Rich was an American poet, essayist and ...

Aeschylus Aeschylus
(Greek)

Aeschylus was a Greek tragedian who gave his life ...

Agatha Christie Agatha Christie
(British)

Agatha Christie, known as the ‘Queen of ...

Aharon Appelfeld Aharon Appelfeld
(Israeli)

Aharon Appelfeld is a celebrated Israeli author ...

Ahlam Mosteghanemi Ahlam Mosteghanemi
(Algerian)

Ahlam Mosteghanemi is a contemporary Algerian ...

Ahmad Javad Ahmad Javad
(Azerbaijani)

Ahmad Javad was an Azerbaijani poet in the early ...

Ahmet Zappa Ahmet Zappa
(American)

Though the glamorous world of movies is ...

Alain de Botton Alain de Botton
(Swiss,British)

Alain de Botton is the ingenious English/Swiss ...

Alan Coren Alan Coren
(British)

Alan Coren was a humorist, writer, journalist and ...

Alan Cumming Alan Cumming
(Scottish)

Interested in acting since a very young age, Alan ...

Alan Jay Lerner Alan Jay Lerner
(American)

Alan Jay Lerner was an American librettist and ...

Alan Moore Alan Moore
(British)

Alan Moore is the eccentric genius who created ...

Alan Sillitoe Alan Sillitoe
(British)

Alan Sillitoe is one of the best English writers ...

Alan Watts Alan Watts
(British,American)

Alan Watts was a well-known British philosopher, ...

Alberto Moravia Alberto Moravia
(Italian)

Alberto Moravia was a renowned Italian novelist ...

Aldo Leopold Aldo Leopold
(American)

Aldo Leopold was a well known ecologist, ...

Aldous Huxley Aldous Huxley
(British,American)

Aldous Leonard Huxley was a well-known writer, ...

Aleister Crowley Aleister Crowley
(British)

Once notorious as “the wickedest man in the ...

Aleksa Å antiÄ Aleksa Šantić...
(Bosniak)

Aleksa Šantić was a Bosnian Serb poet whose ...

Aleksandr Isayevich Solzhenitsyn Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn
(Soviet Russian,Russian)

Aleksandr Isayevich Solzhenitsyn was a Russian ...

Alex Haley Alex Haley
(American)

Alexander Murray Palmer "Alex" Haley was a ...

Alexander Berkman Alexander Berkman
(Soviet Russian,Russian)

Alexander Berkman was a well-known anarchist who ...

Alexander Herzen Alexander Herzen
(Russian)

Alexander Herzen was a Russian author and ...

Alexander McCall Smith Alexander McCall Smith
(Scottish)

One of the most popular and prolific authors of ...

Alexander Pope Alexander Pope
(British)

An 18th-century English poet, Alexander Pope was ...

Alexander Woollcott Alexander Woollcott
(American)

Alexander Humphreys Woollcott was an American ...

Alexandra Ripley Alexandra Ripley
(American)

Alexandra Ripley was a prominent American writer. ...

Alexandre Dumas Alexandre Dumas
(French)

Alexandre Dumas, the legendary writer of ...

Alfred de Musset Alfred de Musset
(French)

Alfred de Musset was a French dramatist and poet, ...

Alfred de Vigny Alfred de Vigny
(French)

One of the major writers in the era of French ...

Alfred Doblin Alfred Doblin
(German)

One of the major figures of German literary ...

Alfred Lord Tennyson Alfred Lord Tennyson
(British)

Alfred Lord Tennyson was a poet laureate of the ...

Alfred Noyes Alfred Noyes
(British)

Alfred Noyes was an English author, one of the ...

Alfredo Pareja Diezcanseco Alfredo Pareja Diezcansec...
(Ecuadorian)

Alfredo Pareja Diezcanseco was an Ecuadorian ...

Alice Munro Alice Munro
(Canadian)

Alice Munro, born as Alice Ann Laidlaw, is a ...

Alice Roosevelt Longworth Alice Roosevelt Longworth
(American)

Popularly known as Princess Alice and ‘The ...

Alice Walker Alice Walker
(American)

Alice Walker is a Pulitzer Prize-winning ...

Allan Cunningham Allan Cunningham
(Scottish)

Allan Cunningham didn’t have access to great ...

Allen Ginsberg Allen Ginsberg
(American)

Irwin Allen Ginsberg was a famous American poet ...

Allen Tate Allen Tate
(American)

Allen Tate was a famous American poet laureate ...

Alphonse Daudet Alphonse Daudet
(French)

Alphonse Daudet is considered to be one of the ...

Alphonse de Lamartine Alphonse de Lamartine
(French)

Born into an affluent family, Lamartine had a ...

Alphonsus Liguori Alphonsus Liguori
(Italian)

Alphonsus Liguori was an Italian theologian, ...

Alton Brown Alton Brown
(American)

Alton Crawford Brown is a popular American ...

Alva Myrdal Alva Myrdal
(Swedish)

Alva Myrdal was a Swedish politician, diplomat ...

Alvin Toffler Alvin Toffler
(American)

Alvin Toffler was an American writer, who wrote ...

Ambrose Gwinnett Bierce Ambrose Bierce
(American)

Ambrose Gwinnett Bierce was an American ...

Amir Khusrow Amir Khusrow
(Indian)

Amir Khusro was a Sufi musician, poet and scholar ...

Amiri Baraka Amiri Baraka
(American)

Amiri Baraka was an African-American writer, ...

Amrita Pritam Amrita Pritam
(Indian)

Amrita Pritam, the young poet who emotively ...

Amy Clampitt Amy Clampitt
(American)

Amy Clampitt was an American poet and author ...

Amy Levy Amy Levy
(British)

Amy Levy was a British poetess and novelist, one ...

Amy Sedaris Amy Sedaris
(American)

Amy Sedaris is a famous American actress ...

Amy Tan Amy Tan
(American)

Amy Tan is an American author of Chinese origin ...

Anais Nin Anais Nin
(American)

Anais Nin was a renowned writer who is famous for ...

Anatole Broyard Anatole Broyard
(American)

Anatole Broyard spent most of his life as a ...

Anatole France Anatole France
(French)

Anatole France is the pseudonym of ...

Andre Breton Andre Breton
(French)

Andre Breton was a distinguished writer and poet ...

Andre Dubus Andre Dubus
(American)

Andre Dubus was an American short story writer ...

Andre Gide Andre Gide
(French)

Andre Gide was a French writer and moralist ...

Andre Malraux Andre Malraux
(French)

André Malraux was a French novelist who became ...

Andrea Dworkin Andrea Dworkin
(American)

Andrea Dworkin was an American feminist writer, ...

Andrew Lang Andrew Lang
(Scottish)

Andrew Lang was a Scottish writer and literary ...

Andrew Marvell Andrew Marvell
(British)

One of the major English poets of the 17th ...

Angela Carter Angela Carter
(British)

Angela Carter was a legendary English fiction ...

Angela Davis Angela Davis
(American)

Angela Yvonne Davis is considered to be a ...

Angelus Silesius Angelus Silesius
(German)

Angelus Silesius, who later got converted to a ...

Ann Coulter Ann Coulter
(American)

Conservative political commentator Ann Coulter is ...

Anna Comnena Anna Comnena
(Greek)

Anna Comnena was a Greek princess and scholar who ...

Anna Jameson Anna Jameson
(British)

Anna Jameson was a British author known for her ...

Anna Julia Cooper Anna Julia Cooper
(American)

Anna Julia Cooper was an American educator, ...

Anna Katherine Green Anna Katharine Green
(American)

Anna Katherine Green was an American poet and ...

Anne Bradstreet Anne Bradstreet
(British)

With the publication of her first work “The ...

Anne Brontë Anne Brontë
(British)

Anne Bronte was an English novelist and one of ...

Anne Frank Anne Frank
(German)

Anne Frank was one of the thousands of Jewish ...

Anne Morrow Lindbergh Anne Morrow Lindbergh
(American)

The first American woman of her time to receive a ...

Anne Rice Anne Rice
(American)

A much-loved American fiction author, Anne Rice ...

Anne Sexton Anne Sexton
(American)

Anne Sexton was an influential American poet ...

Anthony Burgess Anthony Burgess
(British)

Anthony Burgess was a well-known English writer ...

Antoine de Saint-Exupery Antoine de Saint-Exupery
(French)

Antoine de Saint-Exupery was a famous French ...

Anton Chekhov Anton Chekhov
(Soviet Russian,Russian)

Anton Chekhov was one of the most illustrious and ...

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