Find out more about the greatest 18th Century Novelists, including Voltaire, Mary Shelley, Percy Bysshe Shelley, Marquis de Sade and Denis Diderot.
Mary ShelleyMary Shelley
30 August 1797, British
Novelist
VoltaireVoltaire
21 November 1694, French
Writer

Marquis de SadeMarquis de Sade
02 June 1740, French
Erotic Novelist

Walter ScottWalter Scott
15 August 1771, Scottish
Novelist

Honoré de BalzacHonoré de Balzac
20 May 1799, French
French Novelist and Playwright

Denis DiderotDenis Diderot
05 October 1713, French
Philosopher
StendhalStendhal
23 January 1783, French
Writer

Henry FieldingHenry Fielding
22 April 1707, British
Writer

E. T. A. HoffmannE. T. A. Hoffmann
24 January 1776, Prussian
Author
Oliver GoldsmithOliver Goldsmith
10 November 1728, Irish, British
Novelist, Playwright, Poet

Thomas De QuinceyThomas De Quincey
15 August 1785, British
Essayist
William HazlittWilliam Hazlitt
10 April 1778, British
English Writer & Literary Critic

Frances BurneyFrances Burney
13 June 1752, British
Novelist

Jean PaulJean Paul
21 March 1763, German
Writer

Alfred de VignyAlfred de Vigny
27 March 1797, French
Poet, Playwright, Novelist

Percy Bysshe ShelleyPercy Bysshe Shelley
04 August 1792, British
Linguist, Poet, Translator, Writer, Playwright,
John GaltJohn Galt
02 May 1779, Scottish
Novelist

Horace WalpoleHorace Walpole
24 September 1717
Writer, Novelist, Autobiographer, Politician

Laurence SterneLaurence Sterne
24 November 1713, British
Writer, Novelist, Autobiographer, Religious

Heinrich von KleistHeinrich von Kleist
18 October 1777, German
Playwright, Poet, Short story writer, Novelist,
Samuel RichardsonSamuel Richardson
19 August 1689, British
Writer, Novelist

Eleanor HibbertEleanor Hibbert
01 September 1906, British
British author
James HoggJames Hogg
09 December 1770
Poet, Writer, Novelist, Biographer, Songwriter

Tobias SmollettTobias Smollett
19 March 1721, British, Scottish
Author

Maria EdgeworthMaria Edgeworth
01 January 1768, Irish, British
Writer
Giovanni Battista BelzoniGiovanni Battista Belzoni
05 November 1778, Italian
Explorer, Antiquarian, Egyptologist,

Pierre Choderlos de LaclosPierre Choderlos de Laclos
18 October 1741, French
Writer, Inventor, Novelist, Officer
Dorothy WordsworthDorothy Wordsworth
25 December 1771, British
Author

Frederick MarryatFrederick Marryat
10 July 1792, British
Naval officer

Friedrich SchlegelFriedrich Schlegel
10 March 1772, German
Poet
Cao XueqinCao Xueqin
1724 AD, Chinese
Writer

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Thomas Love PeacockThomas Love Peacock
18 October 1785, British
Novelist
Joseph Freiherr von EichendorffJoseph Freiherr von Eichendorff
10 March 1788, German, Prussian
Poet

Ludvig HolbergLudvig Holberg
03 December 1684, Danish, Norwegian
Writer

Walter Savage LandorWalter Savage Landor
30 January 1775, British
Author

Bettina von ArnimBettina von Arnim
04 April 1785, German
Writer, Salon-holder, Composer, Novelist
Sarah Josepha HaleSarah Josepha Hale
24 October 1788, American
American author
Clemens BrentanoClemens Brentano
09 September 1778, German
Poet

John ClelandJohn Cleland
24 September 1709, British
Novelist

Nikolay KaramzinNikolay Karamzin
12 December 1766, Russian
Writer

Ivan KrylovIvan Krylov
13 February 1769, Russian
Fabulist
Madeleine de ScudéryMadeleine de Scudéry
15 November 1607, French
Writer

Charles MaturinCharles Maturin
25 September 1780, Irish
Writer

Friedrich de la Motte FouquéFriedrich de la Motte Fouqué
12 February 1777, German
Writer

Pierre de MarivauxPierre de Marivaux
04 February 1688, French
Novelist

Edward John TrelawnyEdward John Trelawny
13 November 1792, British
Biographer
Takizawa BakinTakizawa Bakin
04 July 1767, Japanese
Writer

Johann KuhnauJohann Kuhnau
06 April 1660, German
Polymath
Charles Brockden BrownCharles Brockden Brown
17 January 1771, American
Novelist

Charles NodierCharles Nodier
29 April 1780, French
Author

Thomas Jefferson HoggThomas Jefferson Hogg
24 May 1792, British
Barrister
Amelia OpieAmelia Opie
12 November 1769, British
Novelist and poet

Louis-Sébastien MercierLouis-Sébastien Mercier
06 June 1740, French
Author
Alain-René LesageAlain-René Lesage
06 May 1668, French
Novelist

Royall TylerRoyall Tyler
18 June 1757, American
Jurist

José CadalsoJosé Cadalso
08 October 1741, Spanish
Author

Vivant DenonVivant Denon
04 January 1747, French
Artist

Jakob Michael Reinhold LenzJakob Michael Reinhold Lenz
23 January 1751, Latvian
Writer
Silvio PellicoSilvio Pellico
24 June 1789, Italian
Italian author

Charles DibdinCharles Dibdin
04 March 1745, British
Composer

Susanna RowsonSusanna Rowson
1762 AD, British, American
Novelist

Jeremias GotthelfJeremias Gotthelf
04 October 1797, Swiss
Novelist
Sarah FieldingSarah Fielding
08 November 1710, British
Author

Charlotte LennoxCharlotte Lennox
1730 AD, British
Author
Charles Paul de KockCharles Paul de Kock
21 May 1793, French
Novelist

Elizabeth CarterElizabeth Carter
16 December 1717, British
Poet

Étienne-Gabriel MorellyÉtienne-Gabriel Morelly
1717 AD, French
Novelist
Justus MöserJustus Möser
14 December 1720, German
Writer

Isabelle de CharrièreIsabelle de Charrière
20 October 1740, Swiss, Dutch
Writer
Elizabeth InchbaldElizabeth Inchbald
15 October 1753, British
Novelist

Sydney, Lady MorganSydney, Lady Morgan
25 December 1781, Irish
Writer

Étienne Pivert de SenancourÉtienne Pivert de Senancour
16 November 1770, French
Essayist
Marguerite Gardiner, Countess of BlessingtonMarguerite Gardiner, Countess of Blessington
01 September 1789, British
Poet, Writer

Wilhelm Heinrich WackenroderWilhelm Heinrich Wackenroder
13 July 1773, German
Author
Charlotte von SteinCharlotte von Stein
25 December 1742, German
Writer

John Wilson CrokerJohn Wilson Croker
20 December 1780, Irish
Author

Johann Adam HillerJohann Adam Hiller
25 December 1728, German
Composer

Achim von ArnimAchim von Arnim
26 January 1781, German
Poet
Jean-François MarmontelJean-François Marmontel
11 July 1723, French
Historian
E.T.A. HoffmannE.T.A. Hoffmann
24 January 1776, Prussian
Prussian author

William CarletonWilliam Carleton
20 February 1794, Northern Irish
Writer

Hugh Henry BrackenridgeHugh Henry Brackenridge
1748 AD, American, Scottish
Writer

Helen Maria WilliamsHelen Maria Williams
1761 AD, British
Novelist
John Gibson LockhartJohn Gibson Lockhart
14 July 1794, Scottish
Biographer

James Kirke PauldingJames Kirke Paulding
22 August 1778, American
Writer

Georges RodenbachGeorges Rodenbach
16 July 1855, Belgian
Poet

William HoneWilliam Hone
03 June 1780, British
Writer

Bernhard Severin IngemannBernhard Severin Ingemann
28 March 1789, Danish
Novelist
Sophie von La RocheSophie von La Roche
06 December 1730, German
Writer

William CombeWilliam Combe
25 March 1742, British
Author
Henry MackenzieHenry Mackenzie
26 August 1745, Scottish
Lawyer

John HillJohn Hill
17 November 1714, British
Author and botanist
William WarburtonWilliam Warburton
24 December 1698, British
Writer
Marceline Desbordes-ValmoreMarceline Desbordes-Valmore
20 June 1786, French
Poet