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

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 ...

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 ...

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 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 ...

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 ...