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

Henry FieldingHenry Fielding
22 April 1707, British
Writer

StendhalStendhal
23 January 1783, French
Writer
Oliver GoldsmithOliver Goldsmith
10 November 1728, Irish, British
Novelist, Playwright, Poet

William HazlittWilliam Hazlitt
10 April 1778, British
English Writer & Literary Critic
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

Percy Bysshe ShelleyPercy Bysshe Shelley
04 August 1792, British
Linguist, Poet, Translator, Writer, Playwright,
Alexander PushkinAlexander Pushkin
06 June 1799, Russian
Poet

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

Samuel RichardsonSamuel Richardson
19 August 1689, British
Writer, Novelist

François-René de ChateaubriandFrançois-René de Chateaubriand
04 September 1768, French
Writer, Politician, Diplomat, Historian, Poet,
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,
Maria EdgeworthMaria Edgeworth
01 January 1768, Irish, British
Writer

Giovanni Battista BelzoniGiovanni Battista Belzoni
05 November 1778, Italian
Explorer, Antiquarian, Egyptologist,

Tobias SmollettTobias Smollett
19 March 1721, British, Scottish
Author
Dorothy WordsworthDorothy Wordsworth
25 December 1771, British
Author

Pierre Choderlos de LaclosPierre Choderlos de Laclos
18 October 1741, French
Writer, Inventor, Novelist, Officer
Sarah Josepha HaleSarah Josepha Hale
24 October 1788, American
American author

James HoggJames Hogg
09 December 1770
Poet, Writer, Novelist, Biographer, Songwriter

Cao XueqinCao Xueqin
12 July 1724, Chinese
writer, poet, painter, novelist
Thomas Love PeacockThomas Love Peacock
18 October 1785, British
Novelist

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Walter Savage LandorWalter Savage Landor
30 January 1775, British
Author
Bettina von ArnimBettina von Arnim
04 April 1785, German
Writer, Salon-holder, Composer, Novelist

Frederick MarryatFrederick Marryat
10 July 1792, British
Naval officer

Charles MaturinCharles Maturin
25 September 1780, Irish
Writer

John ClelandJohn Cleland
24 September 1709, British
Novelist
Elizabeth CarterElizabeth Carter
16 December 1717, British
Poet
Madeleine de ScudéryMadeleine de Scudéry
15 November 1607, French
Writer

Pierre de MarivauxPierre de Marivaux
04 February 1688, French
Playwright, Writer, Journalist, Novelist

Charles NodierCharles Nodier
29 April 1780, French
Author

Edward John TrelawnyEdward John Trelawny
13 November 1792, British
Biographer
Charles Brockden BrownCharles Brockden Brown
17 January 1771, American
Novelist

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

Royall TylerRoyall Tyler
18 June 1757, American
Jurist

Elizabeth InchbaldElizabeth Inchbald
15 October 1753, British
Novelist

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

Takizawa BakinTakizawa Bakin
04 July 1767, Japanese
Writer
Justus MöserJustus Möser
14 December 1720, German
Writer

Thomas Jefferson HoggThomas Jefferson Hogg
24 May 1792, British
Barrister

Jakob Michael Reinhold LenzJakob Michael Reinhold Lenz
23 January 1751, Latvian
Writer
Johann KuhnauJohann Kuhnau
06 April 1660, German
Polymath

Wilhelm Heinrich WackenroderWilhelm Heinrich Wackenroder
13 July 1773, German
Author
Alain-René LesageAlain-René Lesage
06 May 1668, French
Novelist

José CadalsoJosé Cadalso
08 October 1741, Spanish
Author

Susanna RowsonSusanna Rowson
1762 AD, British, American
Novelist

Étienne Pivert de SenancourÉtienne Pivert de Senancour
16 November 1770, French
Essayist

William CarletonWilliam Carleton
20 February 1794, Northern Irish
Writer
Charles DibdinCharles Dibdin
04 March 1745, British
Composer

Charlotte LennoxCharlotte Lennox
1730 AD, British
Author

E.T.A. HoffmannE.T.A. Hoffmann
24 January 1776, Prussian
Prussian author

Hugh Henry BrackenridgeHugh Henry Brackenridge
1748 AD, American, Scottish
Writer
Marguerite Gardiner, Countess of BlessingtonMarguerite Gardiner, Countess of Blessington
01 September 1789, British
Poet, Writer

Matthew LewisMatthew Lewis
09 July 1775, British
Novelist
John Wilson CrokerJohn Wilson Croker
20 December 1780, Irish
Author

Hannah Webster FosterHannah Webster Foster
10 September 1758, American
Novelist

Catharine Maria SedgwickCatharine Maria Sedgwick
28 December 1789, American
Writer
Joseph von GörresJoseph von Görres
25 January 1776, German
Writer

Massimo d'AzeglioMassimo d'Azeglio
24 October 1798, Italian
Statesman
Nicolas-Edme RestifNicolas-Edme Restif
23 November 1734, French
Novelist