Though one might argue that writing a book is an easy task, we challenge - sit on the desk and attempt to write but just a chapter. You shall know what we are talking about. Interestingly, unlike films that have a lot more to them than just the story or script, in books, if you falter at your writing, you shall falter completely, for a reader can put down a book, at any point and any time. Great writers are those who have managed to weave magic in their books. They have articulated their thought and belief seamlessly and managed to capture the attention of the reader effectively. Though every century boasts of having some of the most inspiring and influential writers, 20th century saw the emergence of authors who through their work, helped transcend our reality, and gave expression to our emotions be it happiness, fear, excitement or even anguish. Their books have cast an impact not just on the readers but on the culture, religion and politics of the region as well. Some of the most well-known writers from the 20th century who exerted extraordinary impact through their books include George Orwell, James Joyce, JRR Tolkien, F Scott Fitzgerald, CS Lewis, Virginia Woolf, Anne Frank, T.S. Eliot amongst many others. Browse further to get a list of famous writers of the 20th century.
Ernest HemingwayErnest Hemingway
21 July 1899, American
Journalist
Winston ChurchillWinston Churchill
30 November 1874, British
Former Prime Minister of the United Kingdom

Arnold SchwarzeneggerArnold Schwarzenegger
30 July 1947, American
Former Governor of California

Barack ObamaBarack Obama
04 August 1961, American
44th U.S. President

Kamala HarrisKamala Harris
20 October 1964, American
Vice Preseiden of the United States

Stephen HawkingStephen Hawking
08 January 1942, British
Theoretical Physicist, Cosmologist
Ronald ReaganRonald Reagan
06 February 1911, American
40th U.S. President

Quentin TarantinoQuentin Tarantino
27 March 1963, American
Fimmaker

Anthony BourdainAnthony Bourdain
25 June 1956, American
Chef, Author, T.V. Personality
Nikki GrahameNikki Grahame
28 April 1982, British
Television Personality, Writer

Carrie FisherCarrie Fisher
21 October 1956, American
Actress
Michael J. FoxMichael J. Fox
09 June 1961, Canadian
Actor

Bill ClintonBill Clinton
19 August 1946, American
42nd President of the United States

Emilio EstevezEmilio Estevez
12 May 1962, American
Actor

Jordan BelfortJordan Belfort
09 July 1962, American
Author

Joss WhedonJoss Whedon
23 June 1964, American
Screenwriter, Director & Producer
Helen KellerHelen Keller
27 June 1880, American
Author

J. K. RowlingJ. K. Rowling
31 July 1965, British
Novelist & Producer

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

Jim MorrisonJim Morrison
08 December 1943, American
Singer-songwriter
Anne FrankAnne Frank
12 June 1929, German
Writer

Agatha ChristieAgatha Christie
15 September 1890, British
Writer
Noam ChomskyNoam Chomsky
07 December 1928, American
Linguist

Rosario DawsonRosario Dawson
09 May 1979, American
Actress

Jamie Lee CurtisJamie Lee Curtis
22 November 1958, American
Actress, Author
Stan LeeStan Lee
28 December 1922, American
Creator of Daredevil, Fantastic Four, Hulk, Iron

Fran DrescherFran Drescher
30 September 1957, American
Actress
H. P. LovecraftH. P. Lovecraft
20 August 1890, American
Novelist, Editor

Rabindranath TagoreRabindranath Tagore
07 May 1861, Indian
Poet

Abbie HoffmanAbbie Hoffman
30 November 1936, American
Anti-War Activist
Joan CollinsJoan Collins
23 May 1933, British
Actress

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Sam ShepardSam Shepard
05 November 1943, American
Actor
Ethan HawkeEthan Hawke
06 November 1970, American
Actor

David ArquetteDavid Arquette
08 September 1971, American
Actor

Tom ClancyTom Clancy
12 April 1947, American
Novelist

George OrwellGeorge Orwell
25 June 1903, British
Novelist
Roald DahlRoald Dahl
13 September 1916, British
Novelist
Francis Ford CoppolaFrancis Ford Coppola
07 April 1939, American
FilmMaker

Geri HalliwellGeri Halliwell
06 August 1972, British
Singer

John CleeseJohn Cleese
27 October 1939, British
Actor & Comedian

Sarah FergusonSarah Ferguson
15 October 1959, British
Writer
Stephen FryStephen Fry
24 August 1957, British
Actor

Aleister CrowleyAleister Crowley
12 October 1875, British
Occultist

Bernie SandersBernie Sanders
08 September 1941, American
Politician

George R. R. MartinGeorge R. R. Martin
20 September 1948, American
Screenwriter, Novelist

Ayn RandAyn Rand
02 February 1905, American, Russian
Writer
Steve MartinSteve Martin
14 August 1945, American
Comedian

Larry DavidLarry David
02 July 1947, American
 
F. Scott FitzgeraldF. Scott Fitzgerald
24 September 1896, American
Novelist

Ruskin BondRuskin Bond
19 May 1934, Indian
Writer

Sidney PoitierSidney Poitier
20 February 1927, Bahamian, American
 
Leon TrotskyLeon Trotsky
07 November 1879, Ukrainian, Russian
Politician

Hunter S. ThompsonHunter S. Thompson
18 July 1937, American
Journalist and Author
David ThewlisDavid Thewlis
20 March 1963, British
Actor

Chaz Bono Chaz Bono
04 March 1969, American
Actor, LGBT Rights Activist

Sylvia PlathSylvia Plath
27 October 1932, American
Poet, Novelist, and Writer

Guy FieriGuy Fieri
22 January 1968, American
Restaurateur, Cookbook Author

Virginia WoolfVirginia Woolf
25 January 1882, British
Novelist
Jennifer EspositoJennifer Esposito
11 April 1973, American
Actress, Ex-Wife of Bradley Cooper

Richard AyoadeRichard Ayoade
12 June 1977, British
Actor

Salman RushdieSalman Rushdie
19 June 1947, Indian, British
British-Indian novelist

James BaldwinJames Baldwin
02 August 1924, American
Novelist
Caroline KennedyCaroline Kennedy
27 November 1957, American
Author

Joan RiversJoan Rivers
08 June 1933, American
Actress
Joel McHaleJoel McHale
20 November 1971, Italian, American
Comedian, Actor

Neil GaimanNeil Gaiman
10 November 1960, British
Author

Holly MadisonHolly Madison
23 December 1979, American
Author, Model, Reality TV Star
Martha GellhornMartha Gellhorn
08 November 1908, American
Journalist & Writer

Maya AngelouMaya Angelou
04 April 1928, American
Poet
Isaac AsimovIsaac Asimov
02 January 1920, American
Novelist, Professor

Carice van HoutenCarice van Houten
05 September 1976, Dutch
Actress

Chuck LorreChuck Lorre
18 October 1952, American
Writer, Television Producer, Director
Leonard CohenLeonard Cohen
21 September 1934, Canadian
Singer-songwriter

Steve-OSteve-O
13 June 1974, Canadian, British, American
Actor
Dr. SeussDr. Seuss
02 March 1904, American
Author

Nigella LawsonNigella Lawson
06 January 1960, British
Television Personality, Gourmet, Food Writer

Malcolm GladwellMalcolm Gladwell
03 September 1963, American
Writer, Journalist

Dan BonginoDan Bongino
04 December 1974, American
Commentator
Lou ReedLou Reed
02 March 1942, American
Musician, Singer
Eartha KittEartha Kitt
17 January 1927, American
Singer

Adrianne PalickiAdrianne Palicki
06 May 1983, American
Actress

Margaret AtwoodMargaret Atwood
18 November 1939, Canadian
Writer, Environmental Activist

Tony RobbinsTony Robbins
29 February 1960, American
Author
Sharon OsbourneSharon Osbourne
09 October 1952, British
Television host

Peter JacksonPeter Jackson
31 October 1961, New Zealander
Film Director, Producer & Screenwriter

John SteinbeckJohn Steinbeck
27 February 1902, American
Author

Jocko WillinkJocko Willink
08 September 1971, American
Author

Mackenzie PhillipsMackenzie Phillips
10 November 1959, American
Actress
Adam McKayAdam McKay
17 April 1968, American
Film director

Carly SimonCarly Simon
25 June 1945, American
 
Philip RothPhilip Roth
19 March 1933, American
Novelist

Haruki MurakamiHaruki Murakami
12 January 1949, Japanese
 
Thomas JaneThomas Jane
22 February 1969, American
 
Alan CummingAlan Cumming
27 January 1965, Scottish
Actor