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

William WordsworthWilliam Wordsworth
07 April 1770, British
Poet

VoltaireVoltaire
21 November 1694, French
Writer

William BlakeWilliam Blake
28 November 1757, British
Painter, Poet

Jean-Jacques RousseauJean-Jacques Rousseau
28 June 1712, Swiss, French
Philosopher, Writer, & Composer
Marquis de SadeMarquis de Sade
02 June 1740, French
Erotic Novelist

P B ShelleyP B Shelley
04 August 1792, British
Poet

Johann Wolfgang von GoetheJohann Wolfgang von Goethe
28 August 1749, German
Poet
John KeatsJohn Keats
31 October 1795, British
Romantic poet

Mary WollstonecraftMary Wollstonecraft
27 April 1759, British
Novelist
Thomas PaineThomas Paine
29 January 1737, British, American
Founding Father of the United States

Giacomo CasanovaGiacomo Casanova
02 April 1725, Italian
Womanizer

Samuel ColeridgeSamuel Coleridge
21 October 1772, British
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

Walter ScottWalter Scott
15 August 1771, Scottish
Novelist

Robert BurnsRobert Burns
25 January 1759, Scottish
Poet and Lyricist

Jean-Paul MaratJean-Paul Marat
24 May 1743, Swiss, French
Physician
Washington IrwingWashington Irving
03 April 1783, American
Author, Historian, Diplomat

Phillis Wheatley Phillis Wheatley
08 May 1753, American
Poet
Friedrich SchillerFriedrich Schiller
10 November 1759, German
Poet, Playwright, Historian & Philosopher

Denis DiderotDenis Diderot
05 October 1713, French
Philosopher

Robert OwenRobert Owen
14 May 1771, Welsh
 
James Fenimore CooperJames Fenimore Cooper
15 September 1789, American
Writer

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

Ethan AllenEthan Allen
21 January 1738, American
Revolutionary War Hero

Olympe de GougesOlympe de Gouges
07 May 1748, French
Playwright
Henry FieldingHenry Fielding
22 April 1707, British
Writer

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StendhalStendhal
23 January 1783, French
Writer
Thomas MooreThomas Moore
28 May 1779, Irish
Poet

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

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

John ClareJohn Clare
13 July 1793, British
English poet
E. T. A. HoffmannE. T. A. Hoffmann
24 January 1776, German
Author
William CowperWilliam Cowper
26 November 1731, British
Poet

Thomas De QuinceyThomas De Quincey
15 August 1785, British
Essayist

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

NovalisNovalis
02 May 1772, German
Philosopher & Poet
Frances BurneyFrances Burney
13 June 1752, British
Novelist

Alphonse de LamartineAlphonse de Lamartine
21 October 1790, French
Writer

William Cullen BryantWilliam Cullen Bryant
03 November 1794, American
Romantic Poet

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

Jean PaulJean Paul
21 March 1763, German
Writer
Alfred de VignyAlfred de Vigny
27 March 1797, French
Poet, Playwright, Novelist

Anna JamesonAnna Jameson
19 May 1794, British
Writer, Women Rights Activist
Eugenio EspejoEugenio Espejo
21 February 1747, Ecuadorian
Writer & Medical Pioneer

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

Usman dan FodioUsman dan Fodio
15 December 1754, Nigerian
Teacher
Lady Mary Wortley MontaguLady Mary Wortley Montagu
15 May 1689, British
Writer

Horace WalpoleHorace Walpole
24 September 1717
Writer, Novelist, Autobiographer, Politician
Charles AtlasCharles Atlas
30 October 1893, Italian, American
Bodybuilder

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

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

Henry FuseliHenry Fuseli
07 February 1741, Swiss, British
Writer

Isaac WattsIsaac Watts
17 July 1674, British
Theologian

Honoré Gabriel Riqueti, comte de MirabeauHonoré Gabriel Riqueti, comte de Mirabeau
09 March 1749, French
Journalist, Politician, Diplomat, Writer,
Samuel RichardsonSamuel Richardson
19 August 1689, British
Writer, Novelist

Eugène François VidocqEugène François Vidocq
24 July 1775, French
Detective, Writer, Police officer, Military
Germaine de StaëlGermaine de Staël
22 April 1766, French
Philosopher

Mir Taqi MirMir Taqi Mir
1722 AD, Indian
author, poet

Laurence SterneLaurence Sterne
24 November 1713, British
Writer, Novelist, Autobiographer, Religious
William BlackstoneWilliam Blackstone
10 July 1723, British
Jurist

Marie-Antoine CarêmeMarie-Antoine Carême
08 June 1784, French
Chef
Emmanuel Joseph SieyèsEmmanuel Joseph Sieyès
03 May 1748, French
Writer

Giacomo LeopardiGiacomo Leopardi
29 June 1798, Italian
Writer, Poet, Philosopher, Philologist

Richard Brinsley SheridanRichard Brinsley Sheridan
30 October 1751, Irish
Poet, Politician, Librettist, Writer, Playwright
James BoswellJames Boswell
18 October 1740, British, Scottish
Biographer

Moses MendelssohnMoses Mendelssohn
06 September 1729, German
Philosopher, Translator, Writer, Bible translator
John BurgoyneJohn Burgoyne
24 February 1722
Politician, Playwright, Writer, Military personnel

Robert KnoxRobert Knox
04 September 1791, British
Military physician

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,
Richard AllenRichard Allen
14 February 1760, American
Minister
John Sheffield, 1st Duke of Buckingham and NormanbyJohn Sheffield, 1st Duke of Buckingham and Normanby
08 September 1647, British
Former Lord Privy Seal

Waris ShahWaris Shah
1722 AD, Pakistani
poet

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

Tobias SmollettTobias Smollett
19 March 1721, British, Scottish
Author
Jöns Jacob BerzeliusJöns Jacob Berzelius
20 August 1779, Swedish
Chemist, Non-fiction writer, University teacher

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

Christopher SmartChristopher Smart
11 April 1722, British
Poet

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

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

Maria EdgeworthMaria Edgeworth
01 January 1768, Irish, British
Writer
Anthelme Brillat-SavarinAnthelme Brillat-Savarin
01 April 1755, French
Author

Jules MicheletJules Michelet
21 August 1798, French
Historian, Archivist, Writer, Diarist, Professor,
Jacques Pierre BrissotJacques Pierre Brissot
15 January 1754, French
Writer
Eleanor HibbertEleanor Hibbert
01 September 1906, British
British author