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

Emma Goldman Emma Goldman

Emma Goldman was an American anarchist of Russian origin who is credited to have contributed immensely towards the development of anarchist ...

Endre Ady Endre Ady

Endre Ady was a Hungarian poet and journalist famous for his revolutionary pieces of writing in the fields of eroticism, politics, and religion. ...

Enid Blyton Enid Blyton

Enid Mary Blyton was an English writer of over 600 children’s books. She was famous for creating characters like ‘Noddy’ and created many ...

Eric Idle Eric Idle

Eric Idle is a popular English entertainer who has impressed the audience with the versatility of his talent as a comedian, actor, author, ...

Erich Maria Remarque Erich Maria Remarque

Erich Maria Remarque was a German writer. He started writing his first novel “The Dream Room” at the age of 16. During World War I, he was ...

Ernesto Cardenal Ernesto Cardenal

Ernesto Cardenal is a Roman Catholic priest who is also a poet, politician, and revolutionary. Considered by many to be Nicaragua’s second ...

Ethan Hawke Ethan Hawke

Ethan Green Hawke is an American actor, screenwriter and director. This versatile actor has been nominated for the Academy Awards both as an ...

Ezra Weston Loomis Pound Ezra Pound

An expatriate American poet and critic, Ezra Weston Loomis Pound was a chief personality in the initial modernist movement in poetry. He gained ...

Federico Fellini Federico Fellini

Federico Fellini is one of the greatest and most influential filmmakers of the last century. Over a career of more than fifty years, he won five ...

Fernando Pessoa Fernando Pessoa

Fernando António Nogueira Pessoa was a noted literary figure of the 20th century Portugal and is known to be the greatest poet of the ...

Fleur Adcock Fleur Adcock

Fleur Adcock is a New Zealand writer who has been one of the most influential poets in Britain for the past 30 years. Born in New Zealand, she ...

Fran Levstik Fran Levstik

Fran Levstik was a Slovenian poet, playwright, novelist, political activist and a critic. He was one of the most acclaimed writers of the 19th ...

Francesco Petrarch Francesco Petrarch

The illustrious Italian poet, scholar and humanist, Francesco Petrarca or Petrarch is inarguably one of the most influential poets in the world ...

Francis Ford Coppola Francis Ford Coppola

Francis Ford Coppola is a famous American filmmaker, director, producer and a screenwriter. He is the reason behind the iconic change brought ...

Franjo RaÄki Franjo RaÄki

Franjo Rački was a Croatian historian, politician and writer. Franjo Racki lived during the crest of the nineteenth-century’s wave of ...

Frank Miller Frank Miller

Frank Miller is a writer, artist and film director of American origin. He is popular for his dark comic book stories and graphic works of ...

Franz Kafka Franz Kafka

Franz Kafka was an influential German-language novelist whom critics considered as one of the best writers of the 20th century. His writings ...

Frederick Buechner Frederick Buechner

Frederick Buechner aspired to be a writer after completing a stint in the army and graduating from Princeton. His first novel, ‘A Long Day's ...

Friedrich Schiller Friedrich Schiller

Voted by a Franco-German TV network as ‘the second most important playwright in Europe after William Shakespeare’, Friedrich Schiller is ...

Fyodor Dostoyevsky Fyodor Dostoevsky

Fyodor Dostoevsky was a philosopher and novelist whose works portrayed human turmoil in the midst of a politically and socially troubled ...

Gabriel Garcia Marquez Gabriel Garcia Marqu...

Gabriel Garcia Marquez was a Colombian novelist counted among the greatest writers of the 20th century. Known affectionately as Gabo throughout ...

Gabriela Mistral Gabriela Mistral

Gabriela Mistral was a woman with a multi-faceted personality—she was a poet, an educator, a diplomat and a feminist all rolled into one. She ...

Garrison Keillor Garrison Keillor

Garrison Keillor is the legendary radio host of the well-known live radio variety show ‘A Prairie Home Companion’. Also an acclaimed author, ...

Gary Snyder Gary Snyder

Gary Sherman Snyder is a famous American poet, writer, educator, travel writer, translator and environmental activist. He was born and brought ...

Gene Roddenberry Gene Roddenberry

Gene Roddenberry was an American Television screenwriter and producer, who is universally renowned for creating and conceptualizing the ...

Geoffrey Chaucer Geoffrey Chaucer

Also known as the Father of English literature, Geoffrey Chaucer was the greatest English poet of the Middle Ages. He was also the first poet to ...

George Elliot George Elliot

Mary Ann (Marian) Evans, more popular by her pen name George Eliot, was one of the most acclaimed English novelists of the Victorian era. Her ...

George Herbert George Herbert

George Herbert was an English poet, orator and Anglican priest with a Welsh origin. He had descended from a wealthy family and thus, was ...

George Moore George Moore

George Augustus Moore was an Irish writer, poet and dramatist who is credited for being the leading influence on naturalism in English and Irish ...

George Sand George Sand

George Sand was the pseudonym of Amantine Lucile Aurore Dupin, who was a French novelist. After her marriage with Baron Casimir Dudevant at a ...

George Santayana George Santayana

George Santayana was a Spanish American philosopher, essayist, poet, and novelist. He never gave up his Spanish citizenship, despite being ...

Germaine Greer Germaine Greer

One of the most noteworthy and significant voices of feminism in the 20th century, Germaine Greer is an Australian writer, journalist and ...

Gertrude Stein Gertrude Stein

Gertrude Stein was a writer, poet and an ardent collector of Modernist art. She rejected the conventional style of early nineteenth-century ...

Gilbert K. Chesterton Gilbert K. Chesterto...

Gilbert Keith Chesterton, better known as G. K. Chesterton, was a prominent literary figure of the 20th century London. He was a highly ...

Girolamo Fracastoro Girolamo Fracastoro

Girolamo Fracastoro was a prominent Italian physician, poet and scholar in astronomy, mathematics and geography. He propagated the philosophy of ...

Glenn Beck Glenn Beck

Glenn Lee Beck is an American television and radio host, political commentator, writer, producer and businessman. His conservative political ...

Gore Vidal Gore Vidal

Eugene Luther Gore Vidal was an American writer, novelist, essayist, screenwriter and playwright. Vidal was born in New York and brought up in ...

Günter Grass Günter Grass...

Gunter Wilhelm Grass was a prominent German author who rose to international fame with his very first novel, ‘The Tin Drum’, which became a ...

Gustav Suits Gustav Suits

Gustav Suits was an Estonian poet and one of the greatest writers of his times. He was also an early leader of the literary movement group ...

Gustave Flaubert Gustave Flaubert

Gustave Flaubert was a French prose writer considered to be one of the best western authors of his time. He was born and brought up in France ...

Guy de Maupassant Guy de Maupassant

Widely regarded as the ‘Father of Modern Short Story’ writing, Guy de Maupassant was one of the greatest French writers in the 19th century. ...

Gwendolyn Brooks Gwendolyn Brooks

Gwendolyn Elizabeth Brooks, the Pulitzer-prize winning poet from the Midwest, is one name that needs no introduction. Revered as the ‘patron ...

H. E. Bates H. E. Bates

Herbert Ernest Bates was a renowned English short story writer of the 20thcentury who published more than 20 short story anthologies in his ...

H. P. Lovecraft H. P. Lovecraft

H. P. Lovecraft is greatly known as an American horror fiction writer. Lovecraft started generating a trend in fantasy, science fiction (sci-fi) ...

Hans Christian Andersen Hans Christian Ander...

Danish author Hans Christian Andersen is one of the few writers whose work spans the two distinct literary periods, ‘Romanticism’ and ...

Harlan Ellison Harlan Ellison

Harlan Ellison is considered to be one of the greatest writers ever in the genre of speculative fiction. As a youngster, Ellison displayed his ...

Harper Lee Harper Lee

Harper Lee, as she is best known, is the pen name of Nelle Harper Lee. This author did not seem to have many companions during her childhood ...

Harriet Beecher Stowe Harriet Beecher Stow...

Harriet Beecher Stowe was an American author and social reformer. She was born at a time when the United States was experiencing a great deal of ...

Haruki Murakami Haruki Murakami

Haruki Murakami is a Japanese author cum translator whose works of fiction and non-fiction are critically acclaimed the world over and not just ...

Havelock Ellis Havelock Ellis

Henry Havelock Ellis, better known as Havelock Ellis was a British physician and psychologist who co-authored the first known textbook on ...

Helen Keller Helen Keller

Helen Keller is an iconic name that finds a starry place in history. There is possibly no one on this earth who has never heard of her name even ...

Hélène Cixous Hélène Cixous...

Hélène Cixous is a Jewish-French author from Algeria, who is known for her participation in the feminist movement of France. Having lost her ...

Hella Wuolijoki Hella Wuolijoki

One of Finland’s foremost playwrights, Hella Wuolijoki, led a fascinating life as playwright, politician, reporter, businesswoman, and mother. ...

Henrik Ibsen Henrik Ibsen

A famous Norwegian playwright, theatre director, and poet, Henrik Ibsen is often considered as “the father” of modern theater and one of the ...

Henry Adams Henry Adams

Henry Adams was a renowned American academician and journalist. He was also a historian and novelist, well-known for his books like ...

Henry George Henry George

Henry George is remembered as an economist who brought significant changes in politics and eco-political theories. George was a great writer who ...

Henry Graham Greene -  English Writer Henry Graham Greene

Graham Greene, one of the most popular writers of the twentieth century, is also unquestionably one of the best novelists known to us. With ...

Henry Van Dyke Henry Van Dyke

A multitalented personality, Henry Van Dyke was an American author, educator, and clergyman, known for his works which included short stories, ...

Henry Wadsworth Longfellow Henry Wadsworth Long...

Henry Wadsworth Longfellow was an American poet and educator. He was famous for writing lyric poems, which were popular for their musicality and ...

Herman Melville Herman Melville

One of the first authors to have his works published in the Library of America, Herman Melville was an acclaimed American novelist, poet and a ...

Hermann Hesse Hermann Hesse

Celebrated as one of the finest and most influential writers, Hermann Hesse belonged to the set of writers who were largely disillusioned by ...

Hilaire Belloc Hilaire Belloc

Hilaire Belloc was a writer, orator, poet, and historian of Anglo-French origin. He was deeply religious and held a strong Catholic faith which ...

Homer Homer

Homer was a legendary ancient Greek poet who wrote the epics, the “Iliad” and the “Odyssey”. These epics were a part of Western canon of ...

Honore de Balzac Honoré de Balzac...

Honoré de Balzac, the French novelist and playwright is best known for his magnum opus titled, ‘La Comédie humaine’, a sequence of short ...

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 ...

Hristo Botev Hristo Botev

Hristo Botev was a Bulgarian poet and revolutionary who is recognized as an iconic revolutionary amongst the 19th century Post-Liberation ...

Humayun Ahmed Humayun Ahmed

Humayun Ahmed, a native of Bangladesh, wore many hats during his lifetime. These include: filmmaker, screenwriter, playwright, author, teacher ...

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 ...

Isabel Allende Isabel Allende

Chilean-American writer Isabel Allende is the prolific author of twenty books which have been translated into numerous languages and sold over ...

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, ...

Ivan Cankar Ivan Cankar

Ivan Cankar is a writer and playwright who is venerated as the father of modern Slovene literature and theater. Born in extreme poverty, Ivan ...

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 ...

J R R Tolkien J. R. R. Tolkien

Never had he thought that a bedtime story he narrated to his children would transform into a cult award-winning novel, with hundreds of millions ...

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 London Jack London

Jack London is also known as John Griffith Chaney was a prolific writer of the nineteenth century. He did not have a usual childhood like most ...

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 ...

Jalil Mammadguluzadeh Jalil Mammadguluzade...

Jalil Mammadguluzadeh was a famous Azerbaijani writer and satirist. He was born to Iranian parents in what is now Azerbaijan, and he lived and ...

Jamaica Kincaid Jamaica Kincaid

Jamaica Kincaid was born in Antigua in the West Indies. She has a very distinctive prose style and voice: it is accessible but also has a ...

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 ...

Jerzy KosiÅski Jerzy Kosiński...

Jerzy Kosinski was a Polish novelist who emigrated to the United States after escaping Nazi persecution in Poland. He survived the Holocaust by ...

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 ...