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Ovid Ovid
Ovid, also known as Publius Ovidius Naso, was a Roman poet. He was best known for his erotic poems such as Heroides, Amores, and Ars Amatoria. ...
P B ShelleyP B Shelley
Percy Bysshe Shelley was one of the greatest contributors to the romantic poetry in the English language and author of the Prometheus Unbound ...
P G WodehouseP G Wodehouse
Sir Pelham Grenville Wodehouse was an English satirist, author and a comic novelist who created the famous fictional characters of Bertie ...
Pablo NerudaPablo Neruda
Pablo Neruda may have evoked a number of controversies throughout his lifetime, but he still remains one of the most influential literati of the ...
Patti SmithPatti Smith
If you are of the belief that rock and roll is only about music and no poetry, and poetry only about verses and no music, you are in for a ...
Paul Benjamin Auster - Author & DirectorPaul Auster
Paul Auster is an internationally acclaimed author, who is well-known for his distinct themes such as that contain elements of absurdism, ...
Paul ValeryPaul Valery
Ambroise-Paul-Toussaint-Jules Valery was a popular French poet, essayist, and philosopher. Paul showed great interest in numerous fields and is ...
Paulo CoelhoPaulo Coelho
The world famous author of several bestselling novels, Paulo Coelho is a novelist counted amongst one of the most widely read writers in the ...
Pearl BuckPearl Buck
Pearl S. Buck, born as Pearl Comfort Sydenstricker, was an American writer most famous as the author of the best selling novel, ‘The Good Earth’ ...
Philip LarkinPhilip Larkin
Philip Larkin was one of the greatest English poets. He was awarded with many honors, including the Queen's Gold Medal for Poetry. He was also ...
Phillis Wheatley Phillis Wheatley
Phillis Wheatley is renowned as the first African-American poetess and the second African-American to get her/his book published. Her work is ...
Primo LeviPrimo Levi
Primo Levi is known for his essays, short stories, poems and novels. Originally a chemist, Levi later became popular as a writer. He is popular ...
R. D. LaingR. D. Laing
Ronald David Laing was a Scottish psychiatrist born in Glasgow. He was an exceptional analyst who worked extensively on a number of mental ...
Rabindranath TagoreRabindranath Tagore
“Let us not pray to be sheltered from dangers but to be fearless when facing them.” said once, one of the most heroic poets of India, at a time ...
Rainer Maria RilkeRainer Maria Rilke
Rainer Maria Rilke was a famous Austrian poet known for his significant contribution in German literature. He was famous for the “Thing poems”, ...
Ralph Waldo EmersionRalph Waldo Emerson
Ralph Waldo Emerson was a famous American lecturer, philosopher, essayist, and poet. He was one of the leading figures of Transcendentalist ...
Rebecca WestRebecca West
Rebecca West was once considered to be "the world's number one woman writer" for her works that covered many genres including politics, ...
Reinaldo ArenasfReinaldo Arenas
Reinaldo Arenas, a writer and poet, spent several years in prison during Fidel Castro’s regime in Cuba. Born and raised in the era of the Cuban ...
Richard Nathaniel Wright - American AuthorRichard Wright
A disturbed childhood, scarred with bitter experiences of racial discrimination, left a permanent mark on young Richard Wright, who later went ...
Robert BrowningRobert Browning
Robert Browning was an English poet and playwright known for his mastery of dramatic verse. His dramatic monologues made him one of the most ...
Robert Burns Robert Burns
Robert Burns was a famous Scottish poet and lyricist. Also known as Rabbie Burns, or Scotland's favorite son, Burns is often credited as the ...
Robert CormierRobert Cormier
Robert Cormier was an American author and journalist, known for his novels/stories that have pessimistic themes. He authored ten major novels ...
Robert FrostRobert Frost
Robert Lee Frost is among the most fecund writers when it comes to poetry and playwriting. He was highly appreciated and admired for his ...
Robert haydenRobert Hayden
Robert Hayden was a famous American poet, essayist, and educator. He is best remembered for his book “Ballad of Remembrance”, for which he was ...
Robert M. PirsigRobert M. Pirsig
Robert M. Pirsig is the renowned author of the bestseller, ‘Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance,” a popular cult classic of the present ...
Robert StoneRobert Stone
Robert Stone is an author of several novels and short story collections. He is known for his powerful depiction of the despair and dark side of ...
Rosanne CashRosanne Cash
Rosanne Cash is a celebrated American Singer and a prolific writer. Even today, she is best known for her worldwide hits ‘I Don’t Know Why You ...
Rudyard KiplingRudyard Kipling
Joseph Rudyard Kipling was an English author, journalist and poet who wrote the famous fiction The Jungle Book. Born in the British India, ...
RumiRumi
Maulana Jalaluddin Rumi was a 13th century Persian poet, an Islamic dervish and a Sufi mystic. He is regarded as one of the greatest spiritual ...
Salman RushdieSalman Rushdie
One of the most popular and controversial writers of the twentieth century, Salman Rushdie is a British Indian essayist and novelist. He has ...
Samuel ColeridgeSamuel Coleridge
Samuel Taylor Coleridge was an English poet, critic and philosopher who along with William Wordsworth laid the foundation for English Romantic ...
Sarojini NaiduSarojini Naidu
Sarojini Naidu, also known as Sarojini Chattopadhyaya, was a famous Indian poet and a major freedom fighter who went on becoming the first ...
Seamus Heaney - Irish WriterSeamus Heaney
Seamus Heaney, one of greatest living poets of our age, is a wordsmith from Ireland, who was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature. His poems, ...
Sean HannitySean Hannity
The immensely popular host of the radio talk show ‘The Sean Hannity Show’, Sean Hannity is more than just a radio or television presenter. The ...
Seth GodinSeth Godin
Seth Godin is sometimes also known as ‘the ultimate entrepreneur for the information age’. He is an American writer and has written around 17 ...
Sharon OsbourneSharon Osbourne
Sharon Osbourne is a celebrity wife turned media personality and businesswoman. She came into view of the public eye when she married the famous ...
Shel SilversteinShel Silverstein
Sheldon Allan Silverstein, better known as Shel Silverstein, was an American poet, singer-songwriter, musician, composer, cartoonist and ...
Sherman AlexieSherman Alexie
Sherman Joseph Alexie, Jr. is an award winning author whose works primarily fall under the genre of Native American literature. His works are ...
Sidney PoitierSidney Poitier
Sir Sidney Poitier is an actor, director and diplomat best known for being the first black person to have been awarded the Academy Award for ...
Siegfried Loraine SassoonSiegfried Sassoon
One the most iconic figures of the 20th century, Siegfried Sassoon was a famous historian, poet, writer and soldier. He was among the first ...
Sir Arthur Charles ClarkeSir Arthur Charles C...
Sir Arthur Clarke was a British science fiction writer, inventor and futurist. For a long time, Clarke Robert Heinlein and Isaac Asimov, were ...
Sir Arthur Conan DoyleSir Arthur Conan Doy...
Sir Arthur Ignatius Conan Doyle was a Scottish doctor, author and poet, and is most notably remembered for his stories about the detective ...
Sir Noël Peirce Coward - British Actor, Playwright, Composer & DirectorSir Noël Peirce Cowa...
Noel Coward was one of the most prominent actors and playwrights of the 1930s, who amused the audience with his wit and satire, for nearly four ...
Sophocles Sophocles
Sophocles was an ancient Greek poet and one of three ancient Greek tragedians whose plays have survived. His plays belonged to the period after ...
Spike MilliganSpike Milligan
Born as Terence Alan Patrick Sean Milligan but popularly known as Spike Milligan, Spike was a comedian, actor, poet and writer all rolled into ...
Stephen Edwin KingStephen Edwin King
Stephen Edwin King is an American author, novelist, actor, director, producer and screenwriter, but most of all, he is noted for his excellence ...
Stephen LeacockStephen Leacock
Stephen Butler Leacock was an English-born Canadian writer, teacher, political scientist and humorist. He was a polyglot having proficiency in ...
Sylvia PlathSylvia Plath
A Pulitzer Prize winner, Sylvia Plath was a stunning impressive poet, novelist and short story writer. She was also the first poet to win this ...
T S EliotT S Eliot
Thomas Stearns Eliot, often shorten as T. S. Eliot was a poet, dramatist and literary critic and a Nobel Prize winner for his exceptional work ...
Ted HughesTed Hughes
Many critics named him as one of the best poets of his generation. He was British Poet Laureate from 1984 until his death. He was also appointed ...
Tennessee WilliamsTennessee Williams
Tennessee Williams, one of the greatest playwrights of the 20th century, was the man behind unforgettable characters like Blanche DuBois and ...
TertullianTertullian
Tertullian, the prominent early apologist who produced the world’s first extensive corpus of Latin Christian literature was born as Quintus ...
Thomas HardyThomas Hardy
Thomas Hardy was an English author, novelist and poet, who is mainly known for his contribution in the naturalist movement. Though he always ...
Thomas JaneThomas Jane
Thomas Jane is an American actor who over his almost three-decade long career has acted in films spanning varied genres like horror, romance, ...
Thomas Merton Thomas Merton
Thomas Merton was a very famous American Catholic author of the twentieth century who is greatly known for writing classics like ‘The Seven ...
Thomas MooreThomas Moore
What Robert Burns is to Scotland is Thomas Moore to Ireland. Popularly referred to as Anacreon Moore, Moore is considered as the National Bard ...
Thomas PaineThomas Paine
‘These are the times that try men’s souls’ is quoted by one of the famous founding fathers of American Revolution, Thomas Paine. He became one ...
Timothy FindleyTimothy Findley
Timothy Irving Frederick Findley was one of the famous contemporary Canadian writers. His novels are extraordinarily diverse in genre and ...
Tom WolfeTom Wolfe
One of the most popular and audacious journalists/authors of our age, Tom Wolfe heralded the ‘New Journalism’ movement, which broke the ...
Toni MorrisonToni Morrison
Toni Morrison, born Chloe Ardelia Wofford, is a novelist and professor who has won several prestigious awards for her literary works. As the ...
Tony RobbinsTony Robbins
Anthony J. Mahavoric, famously known as Tony Robbins, is an American life-coach, self-help guru, motivational speaker and author. The most ...
Upton Sinclair Upton Sinclair
Upton Sinclair was an American author and social reformer known for his influential political writings that exposed various social injustices in ...
Victor HugoVictor Hugo
Victor Hugo was a French poet, novelist and playwright and a leading supporter of the Romantic Movement in France. He was also a visual artist, ...
Virgil Virgil
Publius Vergilius Maro, popularly known as Virgil was a magnificent classical Roman poet. Initially a student of rhetoric, medicine, and ...
Virginia SatirVirginia Satir
This famous personality once stated, ‘The family is a microcosm. By knowing how to heal the family, I know how to heal the world’; and so she ...
Virginia WoolfVirginia Woolf
Virginia Woolf was an English writer, author and novelist and a pioneer of modernism in English literature. Among her most famous work are ...
W B YeatsW B Yeats
William Butler Yeats was a famous Irish poet, dramatist and one of the pioneers of the literary world in 20th century. The author was also a ...
W. C. FieldsW. C. Fields
William Claude Dukenfield, better known as W. C. Fields was a juggler and comedian widely regarded as one of the greatest personalities of early ...
Wallace StevensWallace Stevens
Wallace Stevens was considered as one of the most critical American Modernist poets of the 20th century. He was born in Reading, Pennsylvania ...
Walt WhitmanWalt Whitman
Walter Whitman was an American poet, journalist and humanist. The poet is mainly known for his approach to Transcendentalism and realism and ...
Walter LippmannWalter Lippmann
Pulitzer Prize-winning American journalist, Walter Lippmann was one of the most influential and respected political writers of the twentieth ...
Wendell BerryWendell Berry
Wendell Erdman Berry is a famous American author, critic and farmer who helped people in diagnosing the nature and the range of the problems ...
William GodwinWilliam Godwin
William Godwin was the father of philosophical anarchism, and was also a prominent a novelist and journalist. He is best-remembered for two of ...
William Makepeace ThackerayWilliam Makepeace Th...
William Makepeace Thackeray was an English author, novelist and satirist who gained international fame and popularity for his novel Vanity Fair. ...
William MaughamWilliam Maugham
William Somerset Maugham was a famous English author, novelist and playwright. His popularity lies in the fact that by early 1930's, he had ...
William ShakespeareWilliam Shakespeare
Literature without Shakespeare is like an aquarium without fishes. Though it would have all the adoration and kinds, a look at it would tell you ...
William Thomas SteadWilliam Thomas Stead
William Thomas Stead was a news paper editor of England. He is considered as the forefather of investigative journalism. His ‘New journalism’ ...
William WordsworthWilliam Wordsworth
William Wordsworth was a famous English poet who played a central role in the English Romantic Movement. He is best known for ushering in the ...
Wole SoyinkaWole Soyinka
One of Africa’s greatest writers, Wole Soyinka is the first African to be awarded the prestigious Nobel Prize in Literature. He is regarded as ...
Woody AllenWoody Allen
Having a penchant for humor and wit, Woody Allen still stands strong for his age in the entertainment industry and is respected by the world for ...