Find out more about the greatest 18th Century Writers, including Benjamin Franklin, Lord Byron, Jean-Jacques Rousseau, Jane Austen and William Blake.
Jane AustenJane Austen
16 December 1775, British
Novelist
Mary ShelleyMary Shelley
30 August 1797, British
Novelist

Robert BurnsRobert Burns
25 January 1759, Scottish
Poet and Lyricist

VoltaireVoltaire
21 November 1694, French
Writer

William WordsworthWilliam Wordsworth
07 April 1770, British
Poet

Mary WollstonecraftMary Wollstonecraft
27 April 1759, British
Writer
Jean-Jacques RousseauJean-Jacques Rousseau
28 June 1712, Swiss, French
Philosopher, Writer, & Composer

William BlakeWilliam Blake
28 November 1757, British
Painter

P B ShelleyP B Shelley
04 August 1792, British
Poet
Marquis de SadeMarquis de Sade
02 June 1740, French
Erotic Novelist

Johann Wolfgang von GoetheJohann Wolfgang von Goethe
28 August 1749, German
Poet
Thomas PaineThomas Paine
29 January 1737, British, American
Founding Father of the United States

John KeatsJohn Keats
31 October 1795, British
Romantic poet

Edmund BurkeEdmund Burke
12 January 1729, Irish, British
Statesman

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

Samuel JohnsonSamuel Johnson
18 September 1709, British
Writer
Giacomo CasanovaGiacomo Casanova
02 April 1725, Italian
Womanizer

Jean-Paul MaratJean-Paul Marat
24 May 1743, Swiss, French
Physician

Walter ScottWalter Scott
15 August 1771, Scottish
Novelist

Samuel ColeridgeSamuel Coleridge
21 October 1772, British
Poet
Washington IrwingWashington Irving
03 April 1783, American
Author, Historian, Diplomat

Denis DiderotDenis Diderot
05 October 1713, French
Philosopher
James Fenimore CooperJames Fenimore Cooper
15 September 1789, American
Writer

Friedrich SchillerFriedrich Schiller
10 November 1759, German
Poet, Playwright, Historian & Philosopher

Phillis Wheatley Phillis Wheatley
08 May 1753, American
Poet
Robert OwenRobert Owen
14 May 1771, Welsh
 

William GodwinWilliam Godwin
03 March 1756, British
Journalist
Charles LambCharles Lamb
10 February 1775, British
Writer & Essayist

Olympe de GougesOlympe de Gouges
07 May 1748, French
Playwright

Ethan AllenEthan Allen
21 January 1738, American
Revolutionary War Hero
E. T. A. HoffmannE. T. A. Hoffmann
24 January 1776, Prussian
Author

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Henry FieldingHenry Fielding
22 April 1707, British
Writer
Thomas MooreThomas Moore
28 May 1779, Irish
Poet

StendhalStendhal
23 January 1783, French
Writer

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

William CowperWilliam Cowper
26 November 1731, British
Poet
Thomas De QuinceyThomas De Quincey
15 August 1785, British
Essayist
William HazlittWilliam Hazlitt
10 April 1778, British
English Writer & Literary Critic

Mikhail LomonosovMikhail Lomonosov
19 November 1711, Russian
Scientist, Poet, Geologist, Astronomer

NovalisNovalis
02 May 1772, German
Philosopher & Poet

John ClareJohn Clare
13 July 1793, British
English poet
William Cullen BryantWilliam Cullen Bryant
03 November 1794, American
Romantic Poet

Alphonse de LamartineAlphonse de Lamartine
21 October 1790, French
Writer

Frances BurneyFrances Burney
13 June 1752, British
Novelist

Leigh HuntLeigh Hunt
19 October 1784, British
English Essayist, Poet & Critic

Jean PaulJean Paul
21 March 1763, German
Writer
Eugenio EspejoEugenio Espejo
21 February 1747, Ecuadorian
Writer & Medical Pioneer

Alfred de VignyAlfred de Vigny
27 March 1797, French
Poet, Playwright, Novelist
Anna JamesonAnna Jameson
19 May 1794, British
Writer, Women Rights Activist

Thomas PayneThomas Payne
09 January 1737, American
Philosopher, Politician, Writer, Entrepreneur,

James F. CooperJames F. Cooper
15 September 1789, American
 
Clement Clarke MooreClement Clarke Moore
15 July 1779, American
Author

E.T.A. HoffmannE.T.A. Hoffmann
24 January 1776, Prussian
Author
Mir Taqi MirMir Taqi Mir
1722 AD, Indian
author, poet

Charles AtlasCharles Atlas
30 October 1893, Italian, American
Bodybuilder

Usman dan FodioUsman dan Fodio
15 December 1754, Nigerian
Teacher

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

Isaac WattsIsaac Watts
17 July 1674, British
Theologian
Eugène François VidocqEugène François Vidocq
24 July 1775, French
Detective, Writer, Police officer, Military

Lady Mary Wortley MontaguLady Mary Wortley Montagu
15 May 1689, British
Writer

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

Louis Antoine de Saint-JustLouis Antoine de Saint-Just
25 August 1767, French
Politician, Writer
Thomas GrayThomas Gray
26 December 1716, British
Poet, Writer, Literary critic

Johann Gottfried HerderJohann Gottfried Herder
25 August 1744, German, Polish
Philosopher
Henry FuseliHenry Fuseli
07 February 1741, Swiss, British
Writer

Elizabeth Cavendish, Duchess of DevonshireElizabeth Cavendish, Duchess of Devonshire
13 May 1758, British
Writer

Joseph MohrJoseph Mohr
11 December 1792, Austrian
Composer, Writer
Honoré Gabriel Riqueti, comte de MirabeauHonoré Gabriel Riqueti, comte de Mirabeau
09 March 1749, French
Journalist, Politician, Diplomat, Writer,

Laurence SterneLaurence Sterne
24 November 1713, British
Writer, Novelist, Autobiographer, Religious
John BurgoyneJohn Burgoyne
24 February 1722
Politician, Playwright, Writer, Military personnel

Samuel RichardsonSamuel Richardson
19 August 1689, British
Writer, Novelist

James BoswellJames Boswell
18 October 1740, British, Scottish
Biographer
Leopold von RankeLeopold von Ranke
21 December 1795, German
Historian, Academic, University teacher, Writer

William BlackstoneWilliam Blackstone
10 July 1723, British
Jurist
Giacomo LeopardiGiacomo Leopardi
29 June 1798, Italian
Writer, Poet, Philosopher, Philologist

Germaine de StaëlGermaine de Staël
22 April 1766, French
Philosopher

John Sheffield, 1st Duke of Buckingham and NormanbyJohn Sheffield, 1st Duke of Buckingham and Normanby
08 September 1647, British
Former Lord Privy Seal

Moses MendelssohnMoses Mendelssohn
06 September 1729, German
Philosopher, Translator, Writer, Bible translator
Emmanuel Joseph SieyèsEmmanuel Joseph Sieyès
03 May 1748, French
Writer
Richard Brinsley SheridanRichard Brinsley Sheridan
30 October 1751, Irish
Poet, Politician, Librettist, Writer, Playwright

Heinrich von KleistHeinrich von Kleist
18 October 1777, German
Playwright, Poet, Short story writer, Novelist,

Gotthold Ephraim LessingGotthold Ephraim Lessing
22 January 1729, German
Writer, Philosopher, Playwright, Poet, Librarian,

Waris ShahWaris Shah
1722 AD, Pakistani
poet
Jöns Jacob BerzeliusJöns Jacob Berzelius
20 August 1779, Swedish
Chemist, Non-fiction writer, University teacher

Robert KnoxRobert Knox
04 September 1791, British
Military physician

Richard AllenRichard Allen
14 February 1760, American
Minister

Wilhelm GrimmWilhelm Grimm
24 February 1786, German
Lexicographer, Anthropologist, Librarian, Writer,

François-Noël BabeufFrançois-Noël Babeuf
23 November 1760, French
Journalist, Writer, Archivist, Politician
Anthelme Brillat-SavarinAnthelme Brillat-Savarin
01 April 1755, French
Author

Jean-Baptiste SayJean-Baptiste Say
05 January 1767, French
Economist, Politician, Writer, Professor,
Pierre Samuel du Pont de NemoursPierre Samuel du Pont de Nemours
14 December 1739, French, American
Economist

David GarrickDavid Garrick
19 February 1717, British
Actor, Playwright, Film producer, Writer,
Benjamin ConstantBenjamin Constant
25 October 1767, Swiss, French
Philosopher, Politician, Writer, Diarist
Richard SteeleRichard Steele
12 March 1672, Irish
Writer