They have penned some of the most classic tales of romance that have kindled a feeling of love in the most brazen of hearts, created characters whose fame extends beyond the novel and tides, conceived plots that have captivated the minds and sense of many for decades, and written lines that have been the most quoted and the most recognized ones – British literary connoisseurs are not holding it back and giving British literature a new avenue with every passing decade and century. Though 19th century literature undoubtedly belonged to the British (with the greatest minds at pen, a counted few including Charles Dickens, Lewis Carroll, Thomas Hardy and Oscar Wilde), they continued their dominance well into the 20th century as well. If you don’t believe us, here’s a sneak peek. JRR Tolkien, one of the greatest 20th century writers was a British. He was the man behind epic works of fantasy including ‘The Hobbit’, ‘The Lord of the Rings’ and so on. Tolkien did not just create characters and plots but an entire mythology to go with them. Queen of Crime, Agatha Christie is a British who is credited for creating two of the most well-known literary sleuths, Hercule Poirot and Miss Marple. If you love the James Bond series of spy novels, you have a British to thank – Ian Fleming. Other famous British writers include William Golding, Graham Greene, Evelyn Waugh and so on. Take a look at some of the famous British writers of the 20th century.
Roald DahlRoald Dahl
13 September 1916
Novelist
J. R. R. TolkienJ. R. R. Tolkien
03 January 1892
Writer

J. K. RowlingJ. K. Rowling
31 July 1965
Author

George OrwellGeorge Orwell
25 June 1903
Novelist

Agatha ChristieAgatha Christie
15 September 1890
Writer

Gavin McInnesGavin McInnes
17 July 1970
Writer
Richard AyoadeRichard Ayoade
12 June 1977
Actor

Aleister CrowleyAleister Crowley
12 October 1875
Occultist

Stephen FryStephen Fry
24 August 1957
Actor
Virginia WoolfVirginia Woolf
25 January 1882
Novelist

Sharon OsbourneSharon Osbourne
09 October 1952
Television host
David ThewlisDavid Thewlis
20 March 1963
Actor

John CleeseJohn Cleese
27 October 1939
Actor & Comedian

James HerriotJames Herriot
03 October 1916
Writer

Steve-OSteve-O
13 June 1974
Actor

Nigella LawsonNigella Lawson
06 January 1960
Television Personality, Gourmet, Food Writer
Mary BerryMary Berry
24 March 1935
Food Writer, TV Presenter

Sue PerkinsSue Perkins
22 September 1969
Comedian

Kazuo IshiguroKazuo Ishiguro
08 November 1954
Nobel Prize Winner in Literature

Geri HalliwellGeri Halliwell
06 August 1972
Singer
Neil GaimanNeil Gaiman
10 November 1960
Author

Salman RushdieSalman Rushdie
19 June 1947
British-Indian novelist
Joan CollinsJoan Collins
23 May 1933
Actress

P. L. TraversP. L. Travers
09 August 1899
Writer

Edward HeathEdward Heath
09 July 1916
Former British Prime Minister
Caroline AherneCaroline Aherne
24 December 1963
Comedian

Alan WattsAlan Watts
06 January 1915
Philosopher, Writer & Speaker
David IckeDavid Icke
29 April 1952
Writer

H. G. WellsH. G. Wells
21 September 1866
Writer

Ian FlemingIan Fleming
28 May 1908
Author of James Bond Series
Mark RylanceMark Rylance
18 January 1960
Actor

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Peter MorganPeter Morgan
10 April 1963
Screenwriter
Jill IrelandJill Ireland
24 April 1936
Actress

Lady Colin CampbellLady Colin Campbell
17 August 1949
Writer

Lashana LynchLashana Lynch
27 November 1987
Actress

Princess Michael of KentPrincess Michael of Kent
15 January 1945
Author
Martin McDonaghMartin McDonagh
26 March 1970
Playwright, Screenwriter, Filmmaker
Simon SinekSimon Sinek
09 October 1973
Author

Tom Parker BowlesTom Parker Bowles
18 December 1974
Food Writer

Randolph ChurchillRandolph Churchill
28 May 1911
Journalist, Politician

Lucy HawkingLucy Hawking
02 November 1970
Journalist, Novelist, Writer
Phillip SchofieldPhillip Schofield
01 April 1962
Television Presenter

Douglas AdamsDouglas Adams
11 March 1952
Writer

Eric IdleEric Idle
29 March 1943
Comedian

Sir Arthur Charles ClarkeSir Arthur Charles Clarke
16 December 1917
Writer

Alan MooreAlan Moore
18 November 1953
 
Ted HughesTed Hughes
17 August 1930
Poet and Children's Writer

Gemma CollinsGemma Collins
31 January 1981
Businesswoman
Henry Graham GreeneHenry Graham Greene
02 October 1904
Novelist

Darcey BussellDarcey Bussell
27 April 1969
Ballerina

W. H. AudenW. H. Auden
21 February 1907
Poet
Janet McTeerJanet McTeer
05 August 1961
Actress

Karl PilkingtonKarl Pilkington
23 September 1972
Television Presenter, Radio Producer
Nassim Nicholas TalebNassim Nicholas Taleb
1960 AD
Essayist

Cilla BlackCilla Black
27 May 1943
Singer

Mark GatissMark Gatiss
17 October 1966
Actor

Christopher TolkienChristopher Tolkien
21 November 1924
English editor

Monty DonMonty Don
08 July 1955
TV Presenter
Tim MinchinTim Minchin
07 October 1975
Comedian

Daphne du MaurierDaphne du Maurier
13 May 1907
 

Sir James Matthew BarrieSir James Matthew Barrie
09 May 1860
Writer

Lawrence DurrellLawrence Durrell
27 February 1912
Novelist
Tom StoppardTom Stoppard
03 July 1937
Playwright

Spike MilliganSpike Milligan
16 April 1918
Comedian
Richard BriersRichard Briers
14 January 1934
Actor

Edd ChinaEdd China
09 May 1971
Television Presenter

Evelyn WaughEvelyn Waugh
28 October 1903
Writer
Liza TarbuckLiza Tarbuck
21 November 1964
Actress

David IrvingDavid Irving
24 March 1938
Writer
Mary SoamesMary Soames
15 September 1922
Youngest Child of Winston Churchill

Robert GreeneRobert Greene
14 May 1959
Writer, Playwright

Ricky TomlinsonRicky Tomlinson
26 September 1939
Actor
Peter Edward CookPeter Edward Cook
17 November 1937
Actor, Comedian, Satirist, Writer

Jhumpa LahiriJhumpa Lahiri
11 July 1967
Writer
Gertrude BellGertrude Bell
14 July 1868
Writer, Diplomat

Bernard CornwellBernard Cornwell
23 February 1944
Author of Historical Novels

Quentin CrispQuentin Crisp
25 December 1908
English Writer & Gay Icon

Harold PinterHarold Pinter
10 October 1930
Nobel Prize Winner in Literature
Arthur KoestlerArthur Koestler
05 September 1905
 
William GoldingWilliam Golding
19 September 1911
Novelist

Alfred DouglasAlfred Douglas
22 October 1870
Poet

Rory StewartRory Stewart
03 January 1973
Political Leader

Tim VineTim Vine
04 March 1967
Comedian, Actor, Writer
Jill GascoineJill Gascoine
11 April 1937
Actress

Roger ScrutonRoger Scruton
27 February 1944
Philosopher

Amelia BullmoreAmelia Bullmore
31 January 1964
Actress

Anthony BurgessAnthony Burgess
25 February 1917
 

Alain de BottonAlain de Botton
20 December 1969
Author
Philip LarkinPhilip Larkin
09 August 1922
Poet

Michael MorpurgoMichael Morpurgo
05 October 1943
Author
V. S. NaipaulV. S. Naipaul
17 August 1932
Writer

Nick HornbyNick Hornby
17 April 1957
Author & Editor
Carol Ann DuffyCarol Ann Duffy
23 December 1955
 
Alan CorenAlan Coren
27 June 1938
Writer