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
Novelist

Mary ShelleyMary Shelley
30 August 1797, British
Novelist

William WordsworthWilliam Wordsworth
07 April 1770, British
Poet

VoltaireVoltaire
21 November 1694, French
Writer

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

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

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

Mary WollstonecraftMary Wollstonecraft
27 April 1759, British
Writer
John KeatsJohn Keats
31 October 1795, British
Romantic poet

Edmund BurkeEdmund Burke
12 January 1729, Irish, British
Statesman

Samuel JohnsonSamuel Johnson
18 September 1709, British
Writer

Giacomo CasanovaGiacomo Casanova
02 April 1725, Italian
Womanizer

Washington IrwingWashington Irving
03 April 1783, American
Author, Historian, Diplomat
Robert BurnsRobert Burns
25 January 1759, Scottish
Poet and Lyricist

Walter ScottWalter Scott
15 August 1771, Scottish
Novelist

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

Jean-Paul MaratJean-Paul Marat
24 May 1743, Swiss, French
Physician
Phillis Wheatley Phillis Wheatley
08 May 1753, American
Poet

Denis DiderotDenis Diderot
05 October 1713, French
Philosopher
Friedrich SchillerFriedrich Schiller
10 November 1759, German
Poet, Playwright, Historian & Philosopher

James Fenimore CooperJames Fenimore Cooper
15 September 1789, American
Writer

Robert OwenRobert Owen
14 May 1771, Welsh
 
William GodwinWilliam Godwin
03 March 1756, British
Journalist

Ethan AllenEthan Allen
21 January 1738, American
Revolutionary War Hero
Charles LambCharles Lamb
10 February 1775, British
Writer & Essayist

Olympe de GougesOlympe de Gouges
07 May 1748, French
Playwright

Henry FieldingHenry Fielding
22 April 1707, British
Writer
StendhalStendhal
23 January 1783, French
Writer

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Thomas MooreThomas Moore
28 May 1779, Irish
Poet
Oliver GoldsmithOliver Goldsmith
10 November 1728, Irish, British
Novelist, Playwright, Poet

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

William CowperWilliam Cowper
26 November 1731, British
Poet

Thomas De QuinceyThomas De Quincey
15 August 1785, British
Essayist
NovalisNovalis
02 May 1772, German
Philosopher & Poet
William HazlittWilliam Hazlitt
10 April 1778, British
English Writer & Literary Critic

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

John ClareJohn Clare
13 July 1793, British
English poet

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

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
Eugenio EspejoEugenio Espejo
21 February 1747, Ecuadorian
Writer & Medical Pioneer

Samuel ColeridgeSamuel Coleridge
21 October 1772, British
Poet
Anna JamesonAnna Jameson
19 May 1794, British
Writer, Women Rights Activist

P B ShelleyP B Shelley
04 August 1792, British
Poet

Percy Bysshe ShelleyPercy Bysshe Shelley
04 August 1792, British
Linguist, Poet, Translator, Writer, Playwright,
John GaltJohn Galt
02 May 1779, Scottish
Novelist

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

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

Eugène François VidocqEugène François Vidocq
24 July 1775, French
Detective, Writer, Police officer, Military

Johann Gottfried HerderJohann Gottfried Herder
25 August 1744, German, Polish
Philosopher
Louis Antoine de Saint-JustLouis Antoine de Saint-Just
25 August 1767, French
Politician, Writer

James BoswellJames Boswell
18 October 1740, British, Scottish
Biographer

John BurgoyneJohn Burgoyne
24 February 1722
Politician, Playwright, Writer, Military personnel

William BlackstoneWilliam Blackstone
10 July 1723, British
Jurist
Henry FuseliHenry Fuseli
07 February 1741, Swiss, British
Writer

Germaine de StaëlGermaine de Staël
22 April 1766, French
Philosopher
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

Jöns Jacob BerzeliusJöns Jacob Berzelius
20 August 1779, Swedish
Chemist, Non-fiction writer, University teacher
Laurence SterneLaurence Sterne
24 November 1713, British
Writer, Novelist, Autobiographer, Religious

Thomas GrayThomas Gray
26 December 1716, British
Poet, Writer, Literary critic
Leopold von RankeLeopold von Ranke
21 December 1795, German
Historian, Academic, University teacher, Writer

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

Elizabeth Cavendish, Duchess of DevonshireElizabeth Cavendish, Duchess of Devonshire
13 May 1758, British
Writer
Isaac WattsIsaac Watts
17 July 1674, British
Theologian

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

Emmanuel Joseph SieyèsEmmanuel Joseph Sieyès
03 May 1748, French
Writer

Samuel RichardsonSamuel Richardson
19 August 1689, British
Writer, Novelist
Robert SurcoufRobert Surcouf
12 December 1773, French
Privateer, Writer, Shipowner, Slave trader
Richard Brinsley SheridanRichard Brinsley Sheridan
30 October 1751, Irish
Poet, Politician, Librettist, Writer, Playwright

Waris ShahWaris Shah
1722 AD, Pakistani
poet

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

Jean-Baptiste SayJean-Baptiste Say
05 January 1767, French
Economist, Politician, Writer, Professor,
Christopher SmartChristopher Smart
11 April 1722, British
Poet

Robert KnoxRobert Knox
04 September 1791, British
Military physician

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

Benjamin ConstantBenjamin Constant
25 October 1767, Swiss, French
Philosopher, Politician, Writer, Diarist

Wilhelm GrimmWilhelm Grimm
24 February 1786, German
Lexicographer, Anthropologist, Librarian, Writer,
Sayat-NovaSayat-Nova
14 June 1712, Armenian
Poet

Eleanor HibbertEleanor Hibbert
01 September 1906, British
British author
Jules MicheletJules Michelet
21 August 1798, French
Historian, Archivist, Writer, Diarist, Professor,

Pierre Samuel du Pont de NemoursPierre Samuel du Pont de Nemours
14 December 1739, French, American
Economist
Eliza LucasEliza Lucas
28 December 1722, Antiguan, American
Business person
William WhewellWilliam Whewell
24 May 1794, British
Economist, Physicist, Historian, Philosopher,