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

Writers

John Champlin Gardner, Jr - British NovelistJohn Gardner
The famous creator of the fictional character ‘Boysie Oakes’, John Gardner, is known for the spy and thriller novels he has written. However, ...
John GayJohn 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 GrishamJohn 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 HerseyJohn 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 IrvingJohn 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 ‘A ...
John KeatsJohn 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 a ...
John KrasinskiJohn 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 in a ...
John M. FordJohn 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 MiltonJohn 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 RuskinJohn 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 UpdikeJohn 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 KozolJonathan 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, ‘Death ...
Jonathan SwiftJonathan 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 BorgesJorge 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 RizalJose 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 AddisonJoseph 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 WhedonJoss 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 OatesJoyce 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 VerneJules Verne
Widely regarded as ‘The Father of Science Fiction’, Jules Verne is the second most translated author in the world. This legendary, 19th century ...
Julie AndrewsJulie 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 Coratzar 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 ...
JuvenalJuvenal
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 ChopinKate 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 MansfieldKatherine Mansfield
Witty, gutsy, belligerent and strong-willed, this 19th century writer’s work and life, is both intangible and grappling. One of the most ...
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 his ...
Khalil GibranKhalil Gibran
Khalil Gibran was a Lebanese American artist, writer, philosopher and the third most popular poet in history after Shakespeare and Laozi. Born ...
Khushwant SinghKhushwant 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 AmisKingsley Amis
Sir Kingsley Williams Amis was an English novelist, poet and teacher and his literary work is includes short stories, poetry, books of ...
Kinky FriedmanKinky 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 HughesLangston Hughes
Langston Hughes was an American poet, novelist, playwright, and columnist. He was better known as the earliest innovators of new literary art ...
Larry DavidLarry 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 WilderLaura 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 RostenLeo 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 TolstoyLeo Tolstoy
A celebrated writer, a recognized moralist and a distinguished social reformer – Leo Tolstoy needs no introduction of sorts. He is regarded as ...
Lester BangsLester Bangs
Lester Bangs was a legendary rock critic, journalist, author and musician, who is best-known for his collection of essays entitled, ‘Psychotic ...
Lewis CarrollLewis Carroll
Charles Lutwidge Dodgson, better known by the pseudonym Lewis Carroll, was an English author, mathematician and photographer, who authored the ...
Lin YutangLin Yutang
Lin Yutang was a Chinese writer who worked efficiently towards bridging the cultural gap between east and west through his effective writing ...
Lord ByronLord 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 AlcottLouisa May Alcott
Louisa May Alcott was an American novelist, widely appreciated for the timeless classic novel ‘Little Women’. She was a free spirited girl in ...
Lucille CliftonLucille 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 MontgomeryLucy 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 published ...
Malcolm GladwellMalcolm Gladwell
Malcolm Gladwell is an award-winning English-Canadian, author, journalist and speaker. He is an active contributor and staff writer for ‘The New ...
Malcolm MuggeridgeMalcolm 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 ProustMarcel 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 AtwoodMargaret 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 FullerMargaret 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 PuzoMario Puzo
The author of the world’s bestseller book Godfather, Mario Puzo was an Italian-American author and screenwriter who introduced and acquired fame ...
Mark TwainMark 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 WollstonecraftMary Wollstonecraft
Mary Wollstonecraft was a famous, eighteenth-century British writer who is best known for her work, ‘A Vindication of the Rights of Women’. She ...
Matthew ArnoldMatthew Arnold
Matthew Arnold is a distinguished twentieth century English poet and critic who brought about a revolution in the world of English literature ...
Meg CabotMeg Cabot
As the author of ‘The Princess Diaries’, Meg Cabot takes her starry-eyed and romantic young readers on an engrossing journey through the world ...
Michael Crichton Michael Crichton
Michael Crichton was a man who donned many hats in his lifetime. Right from being a best-selling author to a producer, director and ...
Michael KingMichael King
Michael King was a New Zealand biographer, author and historian and worked on exploring the Maori culture and history throughout his life. He ...
Miguel de CervantesMiguel de Cervantes
Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra was a Spanish author, poet and playwright of the 17th century. His ‘Don Quixote’ is considered to be the first ...
Muhammad IqbalMuhammad Iqbal
Sir Muhammad Iqbal, also famously known as Allama Iqbal, was a famous poet, philosopher, lawyer and politician from British India. He is ...
Mulk Raj AnandMulk Raj Anand
One of the first Indian writers in the English language to make a mark on the international scenario, Mulk Raj Anand was an author with hundreds ...
Munshi PremchandMunshi Premchand
Dhanpat Rai, better known by his pseudonym Munshi Premchand, was a famous Indian author and poet who ushered into the Modern Hindi and Urdu ...
Nadine GordimerNadine Gordimer
Nadine Gordimer, the South African writer and political activist, was a woman deeply disturbed by the racial issues and inequalities prevalent ...
Naomi KleinNaomi Klein
Naomi Klein is an award-winning author, journalist and syndicated columnist. She is also a fellow at The Nation Institute and the author of the ...
Neale Donald WalschNeale Donald Walsch
Neale Donald Walsch is a famous American author of the ‘Conversation with God’ Series: ‘Conversations With God (books 1–3)’, ‘Friendship with ...
Neil SimonNeil Simon
Neil Simon is an American playwright and screenwriter. He has written around thirty plays and same number of movie scripts that have been mainly ...
Nick HornbyNick Hornby
Nick Hornby is an English novelist, essayist, columnist and screenwriter whose work and creativity is mostly inspired from pop culture, music ...
 Nirad C. ChaudhuriNirad C. Chaudhuri
The only Indian ever to be awarded the prestigious Duff Cooper memorial Award, Nirad C. Chaudhuri was one of the best known Indian fiction ...
Nora EphronNora Ephron
Nora Ephron was an American journalist, playwright, screenwriter, novelist, columnist, director and producer. She is mostly known for the ...
Norman Mailer Norman Mailer
Norman Kingsley Mailer, better known by his pen name Norman Mailer was an American novelist, journalist, playwright, screen writer, essayist and ...
Norman ThomasNorman Thomas
Norman Thomas, the American Presbyterian minister is best remembered for being the leader of the socialist movement in United States for more ...
Georg Philipp Friedrich Freiherr von Hardenberg/NovalisNovalis
Novalis was amongst the most renowned poet, author and philosophers of the early German romanticism era. Mostly known to the world by his ...
Octavio Paz Octavio Paz
Octavio Paz was a Mexican writer, poet, and diplomat. A Nobel Prize laureate, his works were translated into English by many writers which ...
Ogden NashOgden Nash
A master of light verse, Frederic Ogden Nash was born in America. Not only did the elements of humor and wit in his poetry make him popular, ...
Oliver GoldsmithOliver Goldsmith
Oliver Goldsmith was undoubtedly one of the greatest poets, dramatists, playwrights and novelist of his time. Even his contemporaries abided by ...
Omar KhayyamOmar Khayyam
Omar Khayyám was an extremely talented and famous Persian mathematician, astronomer, philosopher and poet. It is believed that Omar adopted the ...
Orhan PamukOrhan Pamuk
Books like ‘My Name is Red’, ‘The Museum of Innocence’ and ‘Snow’ carved a niche in the literary world and earned Orhan Pamuk the rightful Nobel ...
Oscar WildeOscar Wilde
Oscar Fingal O’Flahertie Wills Wilde, better known as Oscar Wilde was an Irish poet, author and one of the most successful playwrights of the ...
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 ...
P. J. O’RourkeP. J. O'Rourke
Patrick Jake ‘P. J.’ O'Rourke is an American political satirist, journalist and author. He is well-known for his books, of which the latest ones ...
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 ...
Pat ConroyPat Conroy
Pat Conroy is an international bestselling author, who has in his four decades of career, authored several top-rated books and novels. Born in a ...
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 ...
R. K. NarayanR. K. Narayan
R. K. Narayan is considered as one of leading figures of early Indian literature in English. He is the one who made India accessible to the ...
R. L. StineR. L. Stine
Robert Lawrence “R. L.” Stine is the man who gave goose bumps to children and kept scared teenagers from sleeping through dark, stormy nights ...
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 ...