19th century was a period of writer’s paradise – with so many literary giants and eminent authors who penned classics one after the other, how else can one describe the period? Literature flourished and burgeoned in its full bloom during the century with the world having some of the most influential writers take to pen to churn out archetypal books that have defined various literary genres. Their body of work are today considered magnum opuses. Though a century has passed on from thence, their greatness can still be felt in their books and volumes that mirror their outstanding capabilities and their monumental achievements. When Charles Dickens took to pen, out came classics such as ‘Oliver Twist’, ‘David Copperfield’ and ‘Great Expectations’ that depicted the social condition of Victorian Britain. Walt Whitman dodged convention when he came up with his literary masterpiece ‘Leaves of Grass’. Have you grown up reading the tales of the characters of Rip Van Winkle or Ichabod Crane? If yes, then you have Washington Irving to thank for your first literary experience. Ralph Waldo Emerson started what eventually became known as Era of Transcendentalism in literature when he penned his essays. However, these are just a handful of the numerous magnificent writers that 19th century bestowed upon us. It is to these great legendary litterateurs that we have this segment here. Read on to find out more about famous writers of the 19th century.
Alexandre DumasAlexandre Dumas
24 July 1802, French
 
Helen KellerHelen Keller
27 June 1880, American
Author

Ernest HemingwayErnest Hemingway
21 July 1899, American
Journalist

J. R. R. TolkienJ. R. R. Tolkien
03 January 1892, British, South African
Writer

Rabindranath TagoreRabindranath Tagore
07 May 1861, Indian
Poet

Edgar Allan PoeEdgar Allan Poe
19 January 1809, American
Writer
Oscar WildeOscar Wilde
16 October 1854, Irish
Playwright

Leo TolstoyLeo Tolstoy
09 September 1828, Russian
 

Charles DickensCharles Dickens
07 February 1812, British
Writer
Aleister CrowleyAleister Crowley
12 October 1875, British
Occultist

Mark Twain ImageMark Twain
30 November 1835, American
Writer
F. Scott FitzgeraldF. Scott Fitzgerald
24 September 1896, American
Novelist

Franz KafkaFranz Kafka
03 July 1883, Austrian
Novelist

Virginia WoolfVirginia Woolf
25 January 1882, British
Novelist

Henry David ThoreauHenry David Thoreau
12 July 1817, American
Writer and Philosopher

C. S. LewisC. S. Lewis
29 November 1898, Irish, British
Writer
Ralph Waldo EmersionRalph Waldo Emerson
25 May 1803, American
American Lecturer, Philosopher, Essayist & Poet

George Bernard ShawGeorge Bernard Shaw
26 July 1856, Irish
Playwright

Sarojini NaiduSarojini Naidu
13 February 1879, Indian
Poet and Freedom Fighter

Fyodor DostoevskyFyodor Dostoevsky
11 November 1821, Russian
Russian novelist
Lord ByronLord Byron
22 January 1788, British
Poet, Politician

Aldous HuxleyAldous Huxley
26 July 1894, British, American
Writer
Rudyard KiplingRudyard Kipling
30 December 1865, British
Author & Poet

Emily DickinsonEmily Dickinson
10 December 1830, American
Poet

Joseph ConradJoseph Conrad
03 December 1857, Polish, Ukrainian, British
Writer
Laura Ingalls WilderLaura Ingalls Wilder
07 February 1867, American
American writer

H. G. WellsH. G. Wells
21 September 1866, British
Writer
Louisa May AlcottLouisa May Alcott
29 November 1832, American
Writer

Henry JamesHenry James
15 April 1843, American
Writer

Walt WhitmanWalt Whitman
31 May 1819, American
Poet & humanist
T. S. EliotT. S. Eliot
26 September 1888, American
Poet

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Victor HugoVictor Hugo
26 February 1802, French
Author & Poet
Lewis CarrollLewis Carroll
27 January 1832, British
Author, Mathematician and Photographer

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

Muhammad IqbalMuhammad Iqbal
09 November 1877, Pakistani
Poet & Philosopher

Hans Christian AndersenHans Christian Andersen
02 April 1805, Danish
 
Robert FrostRobert Frost
26 March 1874, American
Poet
Jules VerneJules Verne
08 February 1828, French
Writer

Maximilian Carl Emil WeberMax Weber
21 April 1864, German
Sociologist

James JoyceJames Joyce
02 February 1882, Irish
Writer

William FaulknerWilliam Faulkner
25 September 1897, American
Writer, Nobel Laureate
Robert Louis StevensonRobert Louis Stevenson
13 November 1850, Scottish
Novelist, Poet

P. L. TraversP. L. Travers
09 August 1899, Australian, British
Writer

Jack LondonJack London
12 January 1876, American
Author

Bram StokerBram Stoker
08 November 1847, Irish
Creator of Dracula

Vladimir NabokovVladimir Nabokov
22 April 1899, Swiss, American, Russian
Novelist
Anton ChekhovAnton Chekhov
29 January 1860, German, Russian
 

Vinayak Damodar SavarkarVinayak Damodar Savarkar
28 May 1883, Indian
Independence Activist, Reformer
Buffalo BillBuffalo Bill
26 February 1846, American
Hunter

Marcel ProustMarcel Proust
10 July 1871, French
French novelist

Herman MelvilleHerman Melville
01 August 1819, American
 
George EliotGeorge Eliot
22 November 1819, British
Author and Novelist

Alice Roosevelt LongworthAlice Roosevelt Longworth
12 February 1884, American
Writer
Gertrude SteinGertrude Stein
03 February 1874, American
American novelist

A. A. MilneA. A. Milne
18 January 1882, British
Novelist, Playwright, Poet

Enid BlytonEnid Blyton
11 August 1897, British
Writer

Thomas HardyThomas Hardy
02 June 1840, British
Novelist & Poet

Alexander PushkinAlexander Pushkin
06 June 1799, Russian
Poet
Ezra PoundEzra Pound
30 October 1885, American
Poet

Emily BrontëEmily Brontë
30 July 1818, British
Novelist

Jorge Luis BorgesJorge Luis Borges
24 August 1899, Argentinian
Poet

D. H. LawrenceD. H. Lawrence
11 September 1885, British
Novelist
Ishwar Chandra VidyasagarIshwar Chandra Vidyasagar
26 September 1820, Indian
Social Reformer, Philosopher

Bertolt BrechtBertolt Brecht
10 February 1898, German
Poet
Emma GoldmanEmma Goldman
27 June 1869, American
Writer

Nathaniel HawthorneNathaniel Hawthorne
04 July 1804, American
American Novelist

Beatrix PotterBeatrix Potter
28 July 1866, British
Author
John J. PershingJohn J. Pershing
13 September 1860, American
US Army Officer During WW I

Zora Neale HurstonZora Neale Hurston
07 January 1891, American
Folklorist, Anthropologist
Rainer Maria RilkeRainer Maria Rilke
04 December 1875, Austrian
Poet & Novelist

Hermann HesseHermann Hesse
02 July 1877, Swiss, German
Poet

Eugene Gladstone O'Neill Eugene O'Neill
16 October 1888, American
Playwright
William Morris William Morris
24 March 1834, British
Textile Designer, Poet

Maria MontessoriMaria Montessori
31 August 1870, Italian
Physician and Educator
Lucy Maud MontgomeryLucy Maud Montgomery
30 November 1874, Canadian
Author

Harriet Beecher StoweHarriet Beecher Stowe
14 June 1811, American
American author

Arthur RimbaudArthur Rimbaud
20 October 1854, French
Poet

John RuskinJohn Ruskin
08 February 1819, British
Art Critic and Painter
ColetteColette
28 January 1873, French
Novelist
O. HenryO. Henry
11 September 1862, American
Short Story Writer

Charles BaudelaireCharles Baudelaire
09 April 1821, French
Poet

Upton SinclairUpton Sinclair
20 September 1878, American
American writer

Dorothy ParkerDorothy Parker
22 August 1893, American
Poet
E. M. ForsterE. M. Forster
01 January 1879, British
Writer

Napoleon HillNapoleon Hill
26 October 1883, American
Writer of personal-success literature

Paul Thomas MannThomas Mann
06 June 1875, Swiss, German
Novelist, Short Story Writer

Henrik IbsenHenrik Ibsen
20 March 1828, Norwegian
Playwright, Poet.

Marcelo H. del PilarMarcelo H. del Pilar
30 August 1850, Filipino
Writer
Federico García LorcaFederico García Lorca
05 June 1898, Spanish
Poet

Edgar Rice BurroughsEdgar Rice Burroughs
01 September 1875, American
Creator of Tarzan
Guy de MaupassantGuy de Maupassant
05 August 1850, French
Novelist & Short Story Writer

Francis Scott KeyFrancis Scott Key
01 August 1779, American
Lawyer
Raymond ChandlerRaymond Chandler
23 July 1888, American
Novelist and Screenwriter
George SandGeorge Sand
01 July 1804, French