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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 ...

A. B. Yehoshua A. B. Yehoshua

Counted among the most widely read authors in ...

A. C. Benson A. C. Benson

Arthur Christopher Benson was an accomplished ...

A. E. Housman A. E. Housman

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

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

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

A. N. Wilson A. N. Wilson

Born in Staffordshire England, Andrew Norman ...

A. R. Ammons A. R. Ammons

Multiple award winning American poet Archie ...

A. P. Herbert A.P. Herbert

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

Aaron Allston Aaron Allston

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

Aaron Copland Aaron Copland

Aaron Copland was one of the most appreciated ...

Aaron McGruder Aaron McGruder

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

Abbie Hoffman Abbie Hoffman

A political and social activist and the ...

Abraham Cowley Abraham Cowley

Abraham Cowley, who started composing literary ...

Abraham Valdelomar Abraham Valdelomar

Abraham Valdelomar was a notable Peruvian writer, ...

Ada Cambridge Ada Cambridge

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

Adam Khoo Adam Khoo

Adam Khoo is a Singaporean entrepreneur and ...

Adrian Mitchell Adrian Mitchell

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

Adrienne Rich Adrienne Rich

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

Aeschylus Aeschylus

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

Agatha Christie Agatha Christie

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

Aharon Appelfeld Aharon Appelfeld

Aharon Appelfeld is a celebrated Israeli author ...

Ahlam Mosteghanemi Ahlam Mosteghanemi

Ahlam Mosteghanemi is a contemporary Algerian ...

Ahmad Javad Ahmad Javad

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

Ahmet Zappa Ahmet Zappa

Though the glamorous world of movies is ...

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

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

Alan Coren Alan Coren

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

Alan Cumming Alan Cumming

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

Alan Jay Lerner Alan Jay Lerner

Alan Jay Lerner was an American librettist and ...

Alan Moore Alan Moore

Alan Moore is the eccentric genius who created ...

Alan Sillitoe Alan Sillitoe

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

Alan Watts Alan Watts

Alan Watts or Alan Wilson Watts was a British ...

Alberto Moravia Alberto Moravia

Alberto Moravia was a renowned Italian novelist ...

Aldo Leopold Aldo Leopold

Aldo Leopold was a well known ecologist, ...

Aldous Huxley Aldous Huxley

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

Aleister Crowley Aleister Crowley

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

Aleksa Å antiÄ Aleksa Šantić...

Aleksa Šantić was a Bosnian Serb poet whose ...

Alex Haley Alex Haley

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

Alexander Berkman Alexander Berkman

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

Alexander Herzen Alexander Herzen

Alexander Herzen was a Russian author and ...

Alexander McCall Smith Alexander McCall Smith

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

Alexander Pope Alexander Pope

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

Alexander Woollcott Alexander Woollcott

Alexander Humphreys Woollcott was an American ...

Alexandra Ripley Alexandra Ripley

Alexandra Ripley was a prominent American writer. ...

Alexandre Dumas Alexandre Dumas

Alexandre Dumas, the legendary writer of ...

Alfred de Musset Alfred de Musset

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

Alfred de Vigny Alfred de Vigny

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

Alfred Doblin Alfred Doblin

One of the major figures of German literary ...

Alfred Tennyson Alfred Lord Tennyson

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

Alfred Noyes Alfred Noyes

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

Alfredo Pareja Diezcanseco Alfredo Pareja Diezcansec...

Alfredo Pareja Diezcanseco was an Ecuadorian ...

Alice Munro Alice Munro

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

Alice Roosevelt Longworth Alice Roosevelt Longworth

Popularly known as Princess Alice and ‘The ...

Alice Walker Alice Walker

Alice Walker is a Pulitzer Prize-winning ...

Allan Cunningham Allan Cunningham

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

Allen Ginsberg Allen Ginsberg

Irwin Allen Ginsberg was a famous American poet ...

Allen Tate Allen Tate

Allen Tate was a famous American poet laureate ...

Alphonse Daudet Alphonse Daudet

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

Alphonse de Lamartine Alphonse de Lamartine

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

Alphonsus Liguori Alphonsus Liguori

Alphonsus Liguori was an Italian theologian, ...

Alton Brown Alton Brown

Alton Crawford Brown is a popular American ...

Alva Myrdal Alva Myrdal

Alva Myrdal was a Swedish politician, diplomat ...

Alvin Toffler Alvin Toffler

Alvin Toffler is an American writer, who writes ...

Amiri Baraka Amiri Baraka

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

Amrita Pritam Amrita Pritam

Amrita Pritam, the young poet who emotively ...

Amy Clampitt Amy Clampitt

Amy Clampitt was an American poet and author ...

Amy Levy Amy Levy

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

Amy Sedaris Amy Sedaris

Amy Sedaris is a famous American actress ...

Amy Tan Amy Tan

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

Anais Nin Anais Nin

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

Anatole Broyard Anatole Broyard

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

Anatole France Anatole France

Anatole France is the pseudonym of ...

Andre Breton Andre Breton

Andre Breton was a distinguished writer and poet ...

Andre Dubus Andre Dubus

Andre Dubus was an American short story writer ...

Andre Paul Guillaume Gide Andre Gide

Andre Gide was a French writer and moralist ...

André Malraux Andre Malraux

André Malraux was a French novelist who became ...

Andrea Dworkin Andrea Dworkin

Andrea Dworkin was an American feminist writer, ...

Andrew Lang Andrew Lang

Andrew Lang was a Scottish writer and literary ...

Andrew Marvell Andrew Marvell

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

Angela Carter Angela Carter

Angela Carter was a legendary English fiction ...

Angela Davis Angela Davis

Angela Yvonne Davis is considered to be a ...

Angelus Silesius Angelus Silesius

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

Ann Coulter Ann Coulter

Conservative political commentator Ann Coulter is ...

Anna Comnena Anna Comnena

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

Anna Jameson Anna Jameson

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

Anna Julia Cooper Anna Julia Cooper

Anna Julia Cooper was an American educator, ...

Anna Katherine Green Anna Katharine Green

Anna Katherine Green was an American poet and ...

Anne Bradstreet Anne Bradstreet

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

Anne Frank Anne Frank

Anne frank was one of the million Jewish children ...

Anne Morrow Lindbergh Anne Morrow Lindbergh

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

Anne Rice Anne Rice

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

Anne Sexton Anne Sexton

Anne Sexton was an influential American poet ...

Anthony Burgess Anthony Burgess

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

Antoine de Saint-Exupery Antoine de Saint-Exupery

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

Anton Chekhov Anton Chekhov

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

Anton Hansen Tammsaare Anton Hansen Tammsaare

Anton Hansen Tammsaare was an Estonian writer who ...

Antonin Artaud Antonin Artaud

Antonin Artaud was a playwright for very few ...

Aphra Behn Aphra Behn

Aphra Behn was a British author, poet and ...

Arianna Huffington Arianna Huffington

Arianna Huffington is an author, philanthropist, ...

Aristophanes Aristophanes

Aristophanes was an acclaimed Greek comic ...