Find out more about the greatest 18th Century Novelists, including Voltaire, Mary Shelley, Percy Bysshe Shelley, Marquis de Sade and Denis Diderot.
Jane AustenJane Austen
16 December 1775, British
Novelist
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

Johann Wolfgang von GoetheJohann Wolfgang von Goethe
28 August 1749, German
Poet

Mary WollstonecraftMary Wollstonecraft
27 April 1759, British
Novelist
Honoré de BalzacHonoré de Balzac
20 May 1799, French
French Novelist and Playwright

Walter ScottWalter Scott
15 August 1771, Scottish
Novelist

Denis DiderotDenis Diderot
05 October 1713, French
Philosopher
Henry FieldingHenry Fielding
22 April 1707, British
Writer

StendhalStendhal
23 January 1783, French
Writer
William HazlittWilliam Hazlitt
10 April 1778, British
English Writer & Literary Critic

Oliver GoldsmithOliver Goldsmith
10 November 1728, Irish, British
Novelist, Playwright, Poet

E. T. A. HoffmannE. T. A. Hoffmann
24 January 1776, German
Author

Thomas De QuinceyThomas De Quincey
15 August 1785, British
Essayist

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

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

Jacob GrimmJacob Grimm
04 January 1785, German
Philologist
Elizabeth Cavendish, Duchess of DevonshireElizabeth Cavendish, Duchess of Devonshire
13 May 1758, British
Writer

Samuel RichardsonSamuel Richardson
19 August 1689, British
Writer, Novelist
Laurence SterneLaurence Sterne
24 November 1713, Irish, British
Novelist

Heinrich von KleistHeinrich von Kleist
18 October 1777, German
Poet

Tobias SmollettTobias Smollett
19 March 1721, British, Scottish
Author
Maria EdgeworthMaria Edgeworth
01 January 1768, Irish, British
Writer

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

Pierre Choderlos de LaclosPierre Choderlos de Laclos
18 October 1741, French
Writer, Inventor, Novelist, Officer

Dorothy WordsworthDorothy Wordsworth
25 December 1771, British
Author
Friedrich SchlegelFriedrich Schlegel
10 March 1772, German
Poet

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Giovanni Battista BelzoniGiovanni Battista Belzoni
05 November 1778, Italian
Explorer, Antiquarian, Egyptologist,
Cao XueqinCao Xueqin
1724 AD, Chinese
Writer

Matthew LewisMatthew Lewis
09 July 1775, British
Novelist

Frederick MarryatFrederick Marryat
10 July 1792, British
Naval officer

Joseph Freiherr von EichendorffJoseph Freiherr von Eichendorff
10 March 1788, German
Poet
Thomas Love PeacockThomas Love Peacock
18 October 1785, British
Novelist
Charlotte SmithCharlotte Smith
04 May 1749, British
Writer

John ClelandJohn Cleland
24 September 1709, British
Novelist

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
Ludvig HolbergLudvig Holberg
03 December 1684, Danish, Norwegian
Writer

Eliza de FeuillideEliza de Feuillide
22 December 1761, British
Novelist

Clemens BrentanoClemens Brentano
09 September 1778, German
Poet

Walter Savage LandorWalter Savage Landor
30 January 1775, British
Author

Johann David WyssJohann David Wyss
28 May 1743, Swiss
Author
Nikolay KaramzinNikolay Karamzin
12 December 1766, Russian
Writer

John GaltJohn Galt
02 May 1779, Scottish
Novelist
Pierre de MarivauxPierre de Marivaux
04 February 1688, French
Novelist

Edward John TrelawnyEdward John Trelawny
13 November 1792, British
Biographer

Charles Brockden BrownCharles Brockden Brown
17 January 1771, American
Novelist
Stéphanie Félicité, comtesse de GenlisStéphanie Félicité, comtesse de Genlis
25 January 1746, French
Writer, Harpist

Madeleine de ScudéryMadeleine de Scudéry
15 November 1607, French
Writer
Takizawa BakinTakizawa Bakin
04 July 1767, Japanese
Writer

Adelbert von ChamissoAdelbert von Chamisso
30 January 1781, German
Poet

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

Charles MaturinCharles Maturin
25 September 1780, Irish
Writer

Thomas Jefferson HoggThomas Jefferson Hogg
24 May 1792, British
Barrister
Sarah FieldingSarah Fielding
08 November 1710, British
Author

Vivant DenonVivant Denon
04 January 1747, French
Artist

John Pendleton KennedyJohn Pendleton Kennedy
25 October 1795, American
Novelist

Charles DibdinCharles Dibdin
04 March 1745, British
Composer
Charles NodierCharles Nodier
29 April 1780, French
Author

Elizabeth CarterElizabeth Carter
16 December 1717, British
Poet
Amelia OpieAmelia Opie
12 November 1769, British
Novelist and poet

Alain-René LesageAlain-René Lesage
06 May 1668, French
Novelist

Johann KuhnauJohann Kuhnau
06 April 1660, German
Polymath
Massimo d'AzeglioMassimo d'Azeglio
24 October 1798, Italian
Statesman

Horace SmithHorace Smith
31 December 1779, British
Poet
William-Henry IrelandWilliam-Henry Ireland
02 August 1775, British
Poet

Louis-Sébastien MercierLouis-Sébastien Mercier
06 June 1740, French
Author

Tayama KataiTayama Katai
22 January 1872, Japanese
Novelist
Charlotte von SteinCharlotte von Stein
25 December 1742, German
Writer

Elizabeth InchbaldElizabeth Inchbald
15 October 1753, British
Novelist
Charlotte LennoxCharlotte Lennox
1730 AD, British
Author

Charles Paul de KockCharles Paul de Kock
21 May 1793, French
Novelist

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

Jean-François MarmontelJean-François Marmontel
11 July 1723, French
Historian
Helen Maria WilliamsHelen Maria Williams
1761 AD, British
Novelist
Marguerite Gardiner, Countess of BlessingtonMarguerite Gardiner, Countess of Blessington
01 September 1789, British
Poet, Writer

Marceline Desbordes-ValmoreMarceline Desbordes-Valmore
20 June 1786, French
Poet

Achim von ArnimAchim von Arnim
26 January 1781, German
Poet

Pierce Egan, the ElderPierce Egan, the Elder
1772 AD, British
Writer
Catharine Maria SedgwickCatharine Maria Sedgwick
28 December 1789, American
Writer

Susanna RowsonSusanna Rowson
1762 AD, British, American
Novelist

Jakob Michael Reinhold LenzJakob Michael Reinhold Lenz
23 January 1751, Latvian
Writer

Isabelle de CharrièreIsabelle de Charrière
20 October 1740, Swiss, Dutch
Writer

Royall TylerRoyall Tyler
18 June 1757, American
Jurist
Silvio PellicoSilvio Pellico
24 June 1789, Italian
Italian author

John Gibson LockhartJohn Gibson Lockhart
14 July 1794, Scottish
Biographer
Nicolas-Edme RestifNicolas-Edme Restif
23 November 1734, French
Novelist

William CarletonWilliam Carleton
20 February 1794, Northern Irish
Writer
Georges RodenbachGeorges Rodenbach
16 July 1855, Belgian
Poet
Sophie von La RocheSophie von La Roche
06 December 1730, German
Writer