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

American

Mary ShelleyMary Shelley

30 August 1797

British

Jane AustenJane Austen

16 December 1775

British

VoltaireVoltaire

21 November 1694

French

Jean-Jacques RousseauJean-Jacques Rousseau

28 June 1712

Swiss,French

William BlakeWilliam Blake

28 November 1757

British

William WordsworthWilliam Wordsworth

07 April 1770

British

Thomas PaineThomas Paine

29 January 1737

British,American

Johann Wolfgang von GoetheJohann Wolfgang von Goethe

28 August 1749

German

Marquis de SadeMarquis de Sade

02 June 1740

French

John KeatsJohn Keats

31 October 1795

British

Mary WollstonecraftMary Wollstonecraft

27 April 1759

British

Giacomo CasanovaGiacomo Casanova

02 April 1725

Italian

Samuel JohnsonSamuel Johnson

18 September 1709

British

Edmund BurkeEdmund Burke

12 January 1729

Irish,British

Walter ScottWalter Scott

15 August 1771

Scottish

Robert BurnsRobert Burns

25 January 1759

Scottish

Washington IrwingWashington Irving

03 April 1783

American

Honoré de BalzacHonoré de Balzac

20 May 1799

French

Charles LambCharles Lamb

10 February 1775

British

Thomas CarlyleThomas Carlyle

04 December 1795

Scottish

Phillis Wheatley Phillis Wheatley

08 May 1753

American

Ethan AllenEthan Allen

21 January 1738

American

Friedrich SchillerFriedrich Schiller

10 November 1759

German

James Fenimore CooperJames Fenimore Cooper

15 September 1789

American

Robert OwenRobert Owen

14 May 1771

Welsh

Henry FieldingHenry Fielding

22 April 1707

British

William GodwinWilliam Godwin

03 March 1756

British

StendhalStendhal

23 January 1783

French

Oliver GoldsmithOliver Goldsmith

10 November 1728

Irish,British

William CowperWilliam Cowper

26 November 1731

British

William HazlittWilliam Hazlitt

10 April 1778

British

Thomas MooreThomas Moore

28 May 1779

Irish

Mikhail LomonosovMikhail Lomonosov

19 November 1711

Russian

Thomas De QuinceyThomas De Quincey

15 August 1785

British

John ClareJohn Clare

13 July 1793

British

William Cullen BryantWilliam Cullen Bryant

03 November 1794

American

NovalisNovalis

02 May 1772

German

Leigh HuntLeigh Hunt

19 October 1784

British

Alphonse de LamartineAlphonse de Lamartine

21 October 1790

French

Frances BurneyFrances Burney

13 June 1752

British

Jean PaulJean Paul

21 March 1763

German

P B ShelleyP B Shelley

04 August 1792

British

Alfred de VignyAlfred de Vigny

27 March 1797

French

Eugenio EspejoEugenio Espejo

21 February 1747

Ecuadorian

Samuel ColeridgeSamuel Coleridge

21 October 1772

British

Anna JamesonAnna Jameson

19 May 1794

British

Percy Bysshe ShelleyPercy Bysshe Shelley

04 August 1792

British

Samuel Taylor ColeridgeSamuel Taylor Coleridge

21 October 1772

British

Francis Scott KeyFrancis Scott Key

01 August 1779

American

Denis DiderotDenis Diderot

05 October 1713

French

Jean-Paul MaratJean-Paul Marat

24 May 1743

Swiss,French

Adam WeishauptAdam Weishaupt

06 February 1748

German

Marie TussaudMarie Tussaud

01 December 1761

French

Bahadur Shah IIBahadur Shah II

24 October 1775

Indian

Heinrich HeineHeinrich Heine

13 December 1797

German

Olympe de GougesOlympe de Gouges

07 May 1748

French

Robert KnoxRobert Knox

04 September 1791

British

Georges CuvierGeorges Cuvier

23 August 1769

French

Lady Caroline LambLady Caroline Lamb

13 November 1785

British

Horace WalpoleHorace Walpole

24 September 1717

William BlackstoneWilliam Blackstone

10 July 1723

John BurgoyneJohn Burgoyne

24 February 1722

François-René de ChateaubriandFrançois-René de Chateaubriand

04 September 1768

French

Robert ListonRobert Liston

28 October 1794

British

Mir Taqi MirMir Taqi Mir

1722 AD

Indian

Thomas GrayThomas Gray

26 December 1716

British

Giacomo LeopardiGiacomo Leopardi

29 June 1798

Italian

Louis Antoine de Saint-JustLouis Antoine de Saint-Just

25 August 1767

French

Henry FuseliHenry Fuseli

07 February 1741

Swiss,British

Frederick II of PrussiaFrederick II of Prussia

24 January 1712

German

Leopold von RankeLeopold von Ranke

21 December 1795

German

Honoré Gabriel Riqueti, comte de MirabeauHonoré Gabriel Riqueti, comte de Mirabeau

09 March 1749

French

Adolphe ThiersAdolphe Thiers

15 April 1797

French

Samuel RichardsonSamuel Richardson

19 August 1689

British

Jöns Jacob BerzeliusJöns Jacob Berzelius

20 August 1779

Swedish

Moses MendelssohnMoses Mendelssohn

06 September 1729

German

Gotthold Ephraim LessingGotthold Ephraim Lessing

22 January 1729

German

Laurence SterneLaurence Sterne

24 November 1713

British

Eugène François VidocqEugène François Vidocq

24 July 1775

French

Heinrich von KleistHeinrich von Kleist

18 October 1777

German