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

Horace Horace

Horace, whose real name was Quintus Horatius Flaccus, was the leading Roman poet of the Augustan Age. He was a member of literary circle that ...

Horatio Alger Horatio Alger

Horatio Alger, Jr. was a well-known 19th century American author known for his novels portraying young boys’ struggles and challenges. Most of ...

Isaac Asimov Isaac Asimov

Isaac Asimov is best known as the most successful writer of science fiction and popular science books. Asimov opened the doors for the new age ...

Isaac Bashevis Singer Isaac Bashevis Singe...

Born in an orthodox Jewish family, Singer was well versed in Jewish prayers, Hebrew, and Torah & Talmud, the Jewish scriptures, but his ...

Ishwar Chandra Vidyasagar Ishwar Chandra Vidya...

The social reformer who strived to make life better for the women of India and pushed the British government to pass the Widow Remarriage Act, ...

Ivo Andric Ivo Andric

The Bosnian-Croat lineage made Ivo Andric relate himself more as a Croatian initially and later as a Serbian. Majority of his works were written ...

J.B. Priestley J. B. Priestley

J.B. Priestley was one of England’s most prolific writers, who led a very interesting life. He was a member of the last cohort of ...

J. K. Rowling J. K. Rowling

Little did she, in her wildest dreams, anticipate that a delayed train journey from Manchester to London would change her life for good! The ...

 J. M. Coetze J. M. Coetzee

John Maxwell ‘J. M.’ Coetzee is a celebrated writer, linguist and essayist from South Africa. He was born and brought up in Cape Town and ...

Jack Kerouac Jack Kerouac

Jack Kerouac was a novelist who had broken all literary conventions and traditions. He was popularly known literary iconoclast and is placed ...

Jack Welch Jack Welch

John Francis Welch, Jr., better known as Jack Welch in the business world, was the chairman and CEO of General Electric for a period of two ...

James A Michener James A. Michener

James Michener was an acclaimed short story writer and author of his time who was known for his epic and detailed works which were later ...

James F. Cooper James Fenimore Coope...

James F. Cooper was a 19th century American novelist, best-known for the ‘Leatherstocking Tales’ including ‘The Last of the Mohicans’, ...

James Joyce James Joyce

James Joyce was one of the most influential writers in the early part of the 20th century. This Irish poet, short story writer, novelist and ...

James Weldon Johnson James Weldon Johnson

A multi-faceted personality, James Weldon Johnson grew up to be America's top author, politician, diplomat, critic, journalist, poet, ...

James Wright James Wright

James Arlington Wright, one of the most prolific American poets of the 20th century, was the proud recipient of the Pulitzer Prize. Wright made ...

Jane Austen Jane Austen

Jane Austen is possibly the most well known and widely referred female novelist on earth. Austen’s brilliantly created novels include ‘Sense ...

Jane Jacobs Jane Jacobs

Jane Jacobs was an American-Canadian journalist, author, and activist. In her ground-breaking book, The Death and Life of Great American Cities, ...

Jean Cocteau Jean Cocteau

Jean Maurice Eugene Clement Cocteau was a Parisian writer, artist, poet, playwright and film maker belonging to a wealthy and prominent family ...

Jean Paul Jean Paul

The German novelist Jean Paul was a man counted amongst the most popular humor writers of the early 19th centuries. He was one of the early ...

Jean-Jacques Rousseau Jean-Jacques Roussea...

Jean-Jacques Rousseau was an influential Genevan philosopher, writer, and composer of 18th-century Romanticism. His political philosophy deeply ...

Jerome K. Jerome Jerome K. Jerome

Jerome Klapka Jerome was a renowned English writer and humorist. He is best known for his humorous and comic masterpiece “Three Men in a ...

Jim Cramer Jim Cramer

Jim Cramer is a finance expert and the host of the finance television program ‘Mad Money’ that is broadcast on CNBC. A former hedge fund ...

Joan Aiken Joan Aiken

Joan Aiken was one of the most loved and noted English writers who specialized in writing supernatural thrillers and charmingly quirky ...

Joan Collins Joan Collins

Joan Henrietta Collins is an actress and author who, after decades of playing minor roles in films and television rose to great fame with her ...

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe Johann Wolfgang von ...

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe was a key personality in the list of German writers and polymaths. He is regarded as the supreme Genius of modern ...

John Berger John Berger

John Peter Berger is an English painter, art critic, essayist, prose writer and a fiction writer. His fictional work on the alienation of the ...

John Bunyan John Bunyan

John Bunyan was a renowned English Christian preacher in the seventeenth century. He was also a famous Christian writer of that time and wrote ...

John Cheever John Cheever

John William Cheever was a famous novelist and short story writer who is widely recognized as one of the most important short fiction writers of ...

John Clare John Clare

John Clare was an English poet, belonging to the Romantic school, known for his vivid and lyrical descriptions of the rural English countryside. ...

John Cleesed John Cleese

The most revered figure in British comedy, John Cleese is perhaps one among the few comedians to come out with original, innovative slapstick ...

John Dann MacDonald John Dann MacDonald

John Dann MacDonald was an American novelist and short story writer, best known for his thrillers. Even as a child, MacDonald wanted to become a ...

John Dean John Dean

John Dean served as the White House Counsel for former president, Richard Nixon and is best-known for his deep-seated association in the events ...

John Donne John Donne

John Donne was a famous English poet, satirist, lawyer and priest of his time. Known for his realistic and sensual style, his writings include ...

John Dryden John Dryden

A great playwright, exceptional poet, fine translator, solid critic, and an excellent satirist, John Dryden wore many hats during his living. He ...

John Fowles John Fowles

John Fowles initially started out as a teacher and was unaware that his life would change with the publication of his first novel, ‘The ...

John Champlin Gardner, Jr - British Novelist John Gardner

The famous creator of the fictional character ‘Boysie Oakes’, John Gardner, is known for the spy and thriller novels he has written. ...

John Gay John Gay

John Gay, the English poet best remembered as the creator of the immortal fictional characters Captain Macheath and Polly Peachum, was a highly ...

John Greenleaf Whittier John Greenleaf Whitt...

John Greenleaf Whittier was a leading American Quaker poet and a passionate supporter of the abolition of slavery. Born on a farm into a Quaker ...

John Grisham John Grisham

Many years ago, the best-selling author of today, John Grisham was toiling away at a law firm, unaware of his looming luck. Before he began ...

John Hersey John Hersey

John Richard Hersey was a writer and journalist who was one of the first western journalists to cover the events in Hiroshima after the atom ...

John Irving John Irving

John Irving is the author of the best-selling ‘The World According to Garp’ and has also penned many other award-winning books including ...

John Keats John Keats

‘Beauty is truth, truth beauty,—that is all Ye know on earth, and all ye need to know’ is one of the famous lines of the sonnet, ‘Ode to ...

John Krasinski John Krasinski

Known for his debonair good looks and boyish charm, John Krasinski is one of the most ‘popular’ television stars of today. He has appeared ...

John M. Ford John M. Ford

John M. Ford is remembered as the drollest and the most scholarly author in America. He was a regular contributor to several online discussions ...

John Milton John Milton

John Milton was an English poet, polemicist, and civil servant for the Commonwealth of England. He was an influential man of letters and served ...

John Reed John Reed

John Reed was an American journalist, poet, and socialist activist whose short life as a revolutionary writer made him the hero of a generation ...

John Ruskin John Ruskin

Born in London, John Ruskin is mainly known for his magnificent work in the field of art, literature and architecture. A fervent art critic, ...

John Updike John Updike

Considered one of the greatest American writers of the twentieth century, John Updike was a two-time Pulitzer Prize winner author and was also ...

Jonathan Kozol Jonathan Kozol

Jonathan Kozol is best-known for his non-fiction accounts on public education in the United States. He is the author of the famous books, ...

Jonathan Swift Jonathan Swift

Jonathan Swift was an Anglo-Irish poet, writer and cleric who gained reputation as a great political writer and an essayist. Jonathan, who ...

Jorge Luis Borges Jorge Luis Borges

Jorge Francisco Isidoro Luis Borges Acevedo, popularly known as Jorge Luis Borges, was a renowned writer, essayist, and poet from Argentina. He ...

Jose Rizal Jose Rizal

Hailed as the greatest national hero of the Philippines, Jose Rizal was a man of strong convictions who sacrificed his life for the nationalist ...

Joseph Addison Joseph Addison

Joseph Addison was a distinguished 18th century English poet, author, playwright, politician and classical scholar. He is recognised as one of ...

Joseph Conrad Joseph Conrad

Joseph Conrad was one of the greatest novelists of his generation, who wrote in English language even though he did not speak the language ...

Joseph E. Stiglitz Joseph E. Stiglitz

Joseph E. Stiglitz is an American economist and a professor at Columbia University. He is known for his critical view of the management of ...

Joss Whedon Joss Whedon

Joss Whedon started off his career in the entertainment industry as a staff writer. Since then, his career has only spiraled upwards with him ...

Joyce Carol Oates Joyce Carol Oates

The New York Times bestselling author, Joyce Carol Oates is an acclaimed author of several literary genres. She is widely regarded as a ...

Judith Wright Judith Wright

Judith Wright, born in the early 20th century, was a well-known Australian poet, short-story writer and conversationalist. She was also a highly ...

Jules Verne Jules Verne

Widely regarded as ‘The Father of Science Fiction’, Jules Verne is the second most translated author in the world. This legendary, 19th ...

Julie Andrews Julie Andrews

A legendary figure in the world of entertainment, Julie Andrews is a dynamic and talented actress. She is a Golden Globe and Academy Award ...

Julio Cortazar Julio Cortazar

Julio Coratzar was one of the novel and innovative Argentina writers of the 20th century. His uniqueness lied in the fact that he combined ...

Juvenal Juvenal

Decimus Iunius Iuvenalis, popularly known as Juvenal, was a Roman poet active in the period between late 1st and early 2nd century AD. He was ...

Karel Appel Karel Appel

Karel Appel was an expressionist Dutch painter. He was a member of the famous COBRA, the European group of the late 1940s to early 1950s, which ...

Kate Chopin Kate Chopin

Kate Chopin was an American feminist writer. She penned two novels besides writing more than a hundred short stories and sketches. It was her ...

Katherine Dunham Katherine Dunham

Katherine Dunham, an American dancer and choreographer, was a trendsetter in African-American modern dance. She performed a confluence of both ...

Katherine Mansfield Katherine Mansfield

Witty, gutsy, belligerent and strong-willed, this 19th century writer’s work and life, is both intangible and grappling. One of the most ...

Kazi Nazrul Islam Kazi Nazrul Islam

Kazi Nazrul Islam is the ‘National Poet of Bangladesh’. He was an immensely talented person, a gifted literary genius in the field of ...

Kenneth Elton Ken Kesey Ken Kesey

One of America’s most critically acclaimed and controversial authors, Ken Kesey’s rise to literary and cultural prominence was the result of ...

Ken Wilber Ken Wilber

Ken Wilber is one of the most important philosophers in the world today. He is the most widely translated academic writer in America, with 25 ...

Khalil Gibran Khalil Gibran

Khalil Gibran was a Lebanese American artist, writer, philosopher and the third most popular poet in history after Shakespeare and Laozi. Born ...

Khushwant Singh Khushwant Singh

Khushwant Singh was an Indian novelist, journalist, and a lawyer. He was a man of many talents and served the Indian legal system, Indian ...

Kingsley Amis Kingsley Amis

Sir Kingsley Williams Amis was an English novelist, poet and teacher and his literary work is includes short stories, poetry, books of ...

Kinky Friedman Kinky Friedman

Kinky Friedman is a man who dons several hats. He started out as a country musician and achieved cult fame for his satirical and Jewish-themed ...

Kurt Vonnegut Kurt Vonnegut

Kurt Vonnegut was one of the most influential American novelists of the 20th century who brought about a phenomenal distinction in literature. ...

Langston Hughes Langston Hughes

Langston Hughes was an American poet, novelist, playwright, and columnist. He was better known as the earliest innovators of new literary art ...

Larry David Larry David

Larry David is an American stand-up comedian, actor and television producer. He came into the limelight as the writer and executive producer of ...

Laura Ingalls Wilder Laura Ingalls Wilder

Laura Ingalls Wilder was an American writer who became famous with the ‘Little House’ series of children’s novels based on the childhood ...

Leo Rosten Leo Rosten

Leo Calvin Rosten was a Polish-born American author, teacher and researcher. He is branded as a comedian in the sphere of screenwriting, ...

Leo Tolstoy Leo Tolstoy

A celebrated writer, a recognized moralist and a distinguished social reformer – Leo Tolstoy needs no introduction of sorts. He is regarded as ...

Leon Trotsky Leon Trotsky

Leon Trotsky was one of the key revolutionaries in the history of Russia, who fought, alongside the likes of Lenin, for the liberation of the ...

Lester Bangs Lester Bangs

Lester Bangs was a legendary rock critic, journalist, author and musician, who is best-known for his collection of essays entitled, ‘Psychotic ...

Lewis Carroll Lewis Carroll

Charles Lutwidge Dodgson, better known by the pseudonym Lewis Carroll, was an English author, mathematician and photographer, who authored the ...

Lin Yutang Lin Yutang

Lin Yutang was a Chinese writer who worked efficiently towards bridging the cultural gap between east and west through his effective writing ...

Lord Byron Lord Byron

Lord Byron was a famous British poet better known as the leading figure of Romanticism. His best known poems include, “She Walks in Beauty”, ...

Louisa May Alcott Louisa May Alcott

Louisa May Alcott was an American novelist, widely appreciated for the timeless classic novel ‘Little Women’. She was a free spirited girl ...

Lucille Clifton Lucille Clifton

Lucille Clifton, born as Thelma Lucille Sayles, was a prolific poet and author best known for writing on themes related to African-American ...

Lucy Maud Montgomery Lucy Maud Montgomery

Lucy Maud Montgomery was a Canadian author who is remembered till date for her novels on ‘Anne of Green Gables’. In her lifetime, she ...

Malcolm Cowley Malcolm Cowley

Malcolm Cowley was an American literary critic, poet, editor and a social historian who went on to become a representative of the America’s ...

Malcolm Gladwell Malcolm Gladwell

Malcolm Gladwell is an award-winning English-Canadian, author, journalist and speaker. He is an active contributor and staff writer for ‘The ...

Malcolm Muggeridge Malcolm Muggeridge

Malcolm Muggeridge was a a prominent English journalist and author of his times. Some of his well-known works include ‘The Earnest Atheist’, ...

Marcel Proust Marcel Proust

Marcel Proust, whose novels inspired a whole generation of great writers, is regarded as one of most acclaimed writers of the modern times. This ...

Margaret Mitchell Margaret Mitchell

Even though Margaret Mitchell wrote only one novel ‘Gone with the Wind’, she managed to capture the attention of readers around the world ...

Margaret Atwood Margaret Atwood

Margaret Atwood is a Canadian writer, best known for her novels, short stories and poems. She decided to pursue writing as a career in the early ...

Margaret Fuller Margaret Fuller

One of the first feminists to emerge in the United States of America, Margaret Fuller was a highly influential and sought-after women’s rights ...

Mario Puzo Mario Puzo

The author of the world’s bestseller book Godfather, Mario Puzo was an Italian-American author and screenwriter who introduced and acquired ...

Mark Twain Mark Twain

Samuel Langhorne Clemens, better known by his pen name Mark Twain, was an American author, essayist, lecturer and humorist who wrote a series of ...

Mary Wollstonecraft Mary Wollstonecraft

Mary Wollstonecraft was a famous, eighteenth-century British writer who is best known for her work, ‘A Vindication of the Rights of Women’. ...

Matthew Arnold Matthew Arnold

Matthew Arnold is a distinguished twentieth century English poet and critic who brought about a revolution in the world of English literature ...

Meg Cabot Meg Cabot

As the author of ‘The Princess Diaries’, Meg Cabot takes her starry-eyed and romantic young readers on an engrossing journey through the ...