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

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
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

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

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

Sarah Josepha HaleSarah Josepha Hale
24 October 1788, American
American author

Laurence SterneLaurence Sterne
24 November 1713, British
Writer, Novelist, Autobiographer, Religious
Elizabeth Cavendish, Duchess of DevonshireElizabeth Cavendish, Duchess of Devonshire
13 May 1758, British
Writer

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

Eleanor HibbertEleanor Hibbert
01 September 1906, British
British author

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

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

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

Friedrich SchlegelFriedrich Schlegel
10 March 1772, German
Poet
Charlotte SmithCharlotte Smith
04 May 1749, British
Writer

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Matthew LewisMatthew Lewis
09 July 1775, British
Novelist
James HoggJames Hogg
09 December 1770
Poet, Writer, Novelist, Biographer, Songwriter

Bettina von ArnimBettina von Arnim
04 April 1785, German
Writer, Salon-holder, Composer, Novelist

Cao XueqinCao Xueqin
1724 AD, Chinese
Writer

Frederick MarryatFrederick Marryat
10 July 1792, British
Naval officer
Joseph Freiherr von EichendorffJoseph Freiherr von Eichendorff
10 March 1788, German, Prussian
Poet
Thomas Love PeacockThomas Love Peacock
18 October 1785, British
Novelist

Ludvig HolbergLudvig Holberg
03 December 1684, Danish, Norwegian
Writer

John ClelandJohn Cleland
24 September 1709, British
Novelist

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

Massimo d'AzeglioMassimo d'Azeglio
24 October 1798, Italian
Statesman

Walter Savage LandorWalter Savage Landor
30 January 1775, British
Author

John GaltJohn Galt
02 May 1779, Scottish
Novelist

Charles Brockden BrownCharles Brockden Brown
17 January 1771, American
Novelist
Clemens BrentanoClemens Brentano
09 September 1778, German
Poet

Nikolay KaramzinNikolay Karamzin
12 December 1766, Russian
Writer
Nicolas-Edme RestifNicolas-Edme Restif
23 November 1734, French
Novelist

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

Takizawa BakinTakizawa Bakin
04 July 1767, Japanese
Writer
Charles MaturinCharles Maturin
25 September 1780, Irish
Writer

Pierre de MarivauxPierre de Marivaux
04 February 1688, French
Novelist
Horace SmithHorace Smith
31 December 1779, British
Poet

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

John Pendleton KennedyJohn Pendleton Kennedy
25 October 1795, American
Novelist

Edward John TrelawnyEdward John Trelawny
13 November 1792, British
Biographer

Thomas Jefferson HoggThomas Jefferson Hogg
24 May 1792, British
Barrister
Pierce Egan, the ElderPierce Egan, the Elder
1772 AD, British
Writer

Johann KuhnauJohann Kuhnau
06 April 1660, German
Polymath

Sarah FieldingSarah Fielding
08 November 1710, British
Author

Elizabeth CarterElizabeth Carter
16 December 1717, British
Poet
Christian August VulpiusChristian August Vulpius
23 January 1762, German
Novelist

Helen Maria WilliamsHelen Maria Williams
1761 AD, British
Novelist
Vivant DenonVivant Denon
04 January 1747, French
Artist

Charles NodierCharles Nodier
29 April 1780, French
Author

Charles Paul de KockCharles Paul de Kock
21 May 1793, French
Novelist
Sydney, Lady MorganSydney, Lady Morgan
25 December 1781, Irish
Writer

Elizabeth InchbaldElizabeth Inchbald
15 October 1753, British
Novelist
Royall TylerRoyall Tyler
18 June 1757, American
Jurist

Charlotte von SteinCharlotte von Stein
25 December 1742, German
Writer

Isabelle de CharrièreIsabelle de Charrière
20 October 1740, Swiss, Dutch
Writer
Catharine Maria SedgwickCatharine Maria Sedgwick
28 December 1789, American
Writer

Susanna RowsonSusanna Rowson
1762 AD, British, American
Novelist
Charles DibdinCharles Dibdin
04 March 1745, British
Composer

Marguerite Gardiner, Countess of BlessingtonMarguerite Gardiner, Countess of Blessington
01 September 1789, British
Poet, Writer

William-Henry IrelandWilliam-Henry Ireland
02 August 1775, British
Poet

Hugh Henry BrackenridgeHugh Henry Brackenridge
1748 AD, American, Scottish
Writer
Alain-René LesageAlain-René Lesage
06 May 1668, French
Novelist
Charlotte LennoxCharlotte Lennox
1730 AD, British
Author

Tayama KataiTayama Katai
22 January 1872, Japanese
Novelist

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

Jean-François MarmontelJean-François Marmontel
11 July 1723, French
Historian
Julie de LespinasseJulie de Lespinasse
09 November 1732, French
FrWriter

Georges RodenbachGeorges Rodenbach
16 July 1855, Belgian
Poet

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

Amelia OpieAmelia Opie
12 November 1769, British
Novelist and poet

Jeremias GotthelfJeremias Gotthelf
04 October 1797, Swiss
Novelist
John Gibson LockhartJohn Gibson Lockhart
14 July 1794, Scottish
Biographer

William CarletonWilliam Carleton
20 February 1794, Northern Irish
Writer
Silvio PellicoSilvio Pellico
24 June 1789, Italian
Italian author

Sergey AksakovSergey Aksakov
01 October 1791, Russian
Autobiographer
James Justinian MorierJames Justinian Morier
15 August 1782, British
Diplomat
Claudine-Alexandrine Guérin de TencinClaudine-Alexandrine Guérin de Tencin
27 April 1682, French
Author