Find out more about the greatest 18th Century Writers, including Benjamin Franklin, Lord Byron, Jean-Jacques Rousseau, Jane Austen and William Blake.
Benjamin FranklinBenjamin Franklin
17 January 1706, British, American
Founding Father of the United States
Jane AustenJane Austen
16 December 1775, British

Mary ShelleyMary Shelley
30 August 1797, British

William WordsworthWilliam Wordsworth
07 April 1770, British

21 November 1694, French

Jean-Jacques RousseauJean-Jacques Rousseau
28 June 1712, Swiss, French
Philosopher, Writer, & Composer
William BlakeWilliam Blake
28 November 1757, British

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

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

Mary WollstonecraftMary Wollstonecraft
27 April 1759, British

Samuel JohnsonSamuel Johnson
18 September 1709, British

Giacomo CasanovaGiacomo Casanova
02 April 1725, Italian

Walter ScottWalter Scott
15 August 1771, Scottish
Robert BurnsRobert Burns
25 January 1759, Scottish
Poet and Lyricist

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

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

Washington IrwingWashington Irving
03 April 1783, American
Author, Historian, Diplomat
Friedrich SchillerFriedrich Schiller
10 November 1759, German
Poet, Playwright, Historian & Philosopher

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

Robert OwenRobert Owen
14 May 1771, Welsh

Phillis Wheatley Phillis Wheatley
08 May 1753, American
William GodwinWilliam Godwin
03 March 1756, British

Charles LambCharles Lamb
10 February 1775, British
Writer & Essayist
23 January 1783, French

Ethan AllenEthan Allen
21 January 1738, American
Revolutionary War Hero

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

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Olympe de GougesOlympe de Gouges
07 May 1748, French
John ClareJohn Clare
13 July 1793, British
English poet

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

William CowperWilliam Cowper
26 November 1731, British

Oliver GoldsmithOliver Goldsmith
10 November 1728, Irish, British
Novelist, Playwright, Poet
Mikhail LomonosovMikhail Lomonosov
19 November 1711, Russian
Scientist, Poet, Geologist, Astronomer
William HazlittWilliam Hazlitt
10 April 1778, British
English Writer & Literary Critic

02 May 1772, German
Philosopher & Poet

Thomas De QuinceyThomas De Quincey
15 August 1785, British

William Cullen BryantWilliam Cullen Bryant
03 November 1794, American
Romantic Poet
Alphonse de LamartineAlphonse de Lamartine
21 October 1790, French

Frances BurneyFrances Burney
13 June 1752, British

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

Jean PaulJean Paul
21 March 1763, German

Alfred de VignyAlfred de Vigny
27 March 1797, French
Poet, Playwright, Novelist
Eugenio EspejoEugenio Espejo
21 February 1747, Ecuadorian
Writer & Medical Pioneer

Samuel ColeridgeSamuel Coleridge
21 October 1772, British
P B ShelleyP B Shelley
04 August 1792, British

Anna JamesonAnna Jameson
19 May 1794, British
Writer, Women Rights Activist

Percy Bysshe ShelleyPercy Bysshe Shelley
04 August 1792, British
Linguist, Poet, Translator, Writer, Playwright,
Ahmad Shah DurraniAhmad Shah Durrani
1722 AD, Afghan
Mughal emperor

John GaltJohn Galt
02 May 1779, Scottish
Charles AtlasCharles Atlas
30 October 1893, Italian, American

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

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

Usman dan FodioUsman dan Fodio
15 December 1754, Nigerian

Eugène François VidocqEugène François Vidocq
24 July 1775, French
Detective, Writer, Police officer, Military
François-René de ChateaubriandFrançois-René de Chateaubriand
04 September 1768, French
Writer, Politician, Diplomat, Historian, Poet,

Louis Antoine de Saint-JustLouis Antoine de Saint-Just
25 August 1767, French
Politician, Writer

Christopher SmartChristopher Smart
11 April 1722, British

Germaine de StaëlGermaine de Staël
22 April 1766, French
Giacomo LeopardiGiacomo Leopardi
29 June 1798, Italian
Writer, Poet, Philosopher, Philologist

James BoswellJames Boswell
18 October 1740, British, Scottish
Henry FuseliHenry Fuseli
07 February 1741, Swiss, British

Honoré Gabriel Riqueti, comte de MirabeauHonoré Gabriel Riqueti, comte de Mirabeau
09 March 1749, French
Journalist, Politician, Diplomat, Writer,

Mir Taqi MirMir Taqi Mir
1722 AD, Indian
author, poet
Laurence SterneLaurence Sterne
24 November 1713, British
Writer, Novelist, Autobiographer, Religious

Thomas GrayThomas Gray
26 December 1716, British
Poet, Writer, Literary critic
Isaac WattsIsaac Watts
17 July 1674, British

William BlackstoneWilliam Blackstone
10 July 1723, British

Samuel RichardsonSamuel Richardson
19 August 1689, British
Writer, Novelist
Moses MendelssohnMoses Mendelssohn
06 September 1729, German
Philosopher, Translator, Writer, Bible translator

Gotthold Ephraim LessingGotthold Ephraim Lessing
22 January 1729, German
Writer, Philosopher, Playwright, Poet, Librarian,
John BurgoyneJohn Burgoyne
24 February 1722
Politician, Playwright, Writer, Military personnel

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

Emmanuel Joseph SieyèsEmmanuel Joseph Sieyès
03 May 1748, French

Richard Brinsley SheridanRichard Brinsley Sheridan
30 October 1751, Irish
Poet, Politician, Librettist, Writer, Playwright
Leopold von RankeLeopold von Ranke
21 December 1795, German
Historian, Academic, University teacher, Writer
Waris ShahWaris Shah
1722 AD, Pakistani

Jean-Baptiste SayJean-Baptiste Say
05 January 1767, French
Economist, Politician, Writer, Professor,

David GarrickDavid Garrick
19 February 1717, British
Actor, Playwright, Film producer, Writer,

Jöns Jacob BerzeliusJöns Jacob Berzelius
20 August 1779, Swedish
Chemist, Non-fiction writer, University teacher
Benjamin ConstantBenjamin Constant
25 October 1767, Swiss, French
Philosopher, Politician, Writer, Diarist

François-Noël BabeufFrançois-Noël Babeuf
23 November 1760, French
Journalist, Writer, Archivist, Politician

Friedrich SchlegelFriedrich Schlegel
10 March 1772, German

Maria EdgeworthMaria Edgeworth
01 January 1768, Irish, British

Carlo GoldoniCarlo Goldoni
25 February 1707, Italian
Playwright, Writer, Librettist, Screenwriter,
Jules MicheletJules Michelet
21 August 1798, French
Historian, Archivist, Writer, Diarist, Professor,

James HoggJames Hogg
09 December 1770
Poet, Writer, Novelist, Biographer, Songwriter
Robert KnoxRobert Knox
04 September 1791, British
Military physician

John EvelynJohn Evelyn
31 October 1620, British
Eleanor HibbertEleanor Hibbert
01 September 1906, British
British author
Wilhelm GrimmWilhelm Grimm
24 February 1786, German
Lexicographer, Anthropologist, Librarian, Writer,