Find out more about the greatest 20th Century Writers, including Tommy Wiseau, Ric Flair, Dick Van Dyke, Woody Allen and Guillermo del Toro

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.
Billy GrahamBilly Graham

07 November 1918

Charlotte, North Carolina

American

Scorpio

Stan LeeStan Lee

28 December 1922

New York City, US

American

Capricorn

John KrasinskiJohn Krasinski

20 October 1979

Newton

American

Libra

Woody AllenWoody Allen

01 December 1935

The Bronx, New York City

American

Sagittarius

Quentin TarantinoQuentin Tarantino

27 March 1963

Knoxville

American

Aries

J. K. RowlingJ. K. Rowling

31 July 1965

Yate

British

Leo

Anne FrankAnne Frank

12 June 1929

01 March 1945

Frankfurt am Main, Weimar Germany

German

Gemini

Maya AngelouMaya Angelou

04 April 1928

28 May 2014

St. Louis

American

Aries

Jordan BelfortJordan Belfort

09 July 1962

The Bronx

American

Cancer

Laura IngrahamLaura Ingraham

19 June 1964

Glastonbury, Connecticut, U.S.

American

Gemini

Martin McDonaghMartin McDonagh

26 March 1970

Camberwell

Irish,British

Aries

Michael J. FoxMichael J. Fox

09 June 1961

Edmonton, Canada

Canadian

Gemini

Dr. SeussDr. Seuss

02 March 1904

24 September 1991

Springfield, Massachusetts, U.S.

American

Pisces

Jamie Lee CurtisJamie Lee Curtis

22 November 1958

Santa Monica, California, U.S.

American

Scorpio

Sacha Baron CohenSacha Baron Cohen

13 October 1971

Hammersmith

British

Libra

Jim MorrisonJim Morrison

08 December 1943

03 July 1971

Melbourne, Florida, U.S.

American

Sagittarius

Julie AndrewsJulie Andrews

01 October 1935

Walton-on-Thames

British

Libra

Candace Cameron BureCandace Cameron Bure

06 April 1976

Panorama City, Los Angeles, California, United States

American

Aries

Emilio EstevezEmilio Estevez

12 May 1962

Staten Island, New York, United States

American

Taurus

Sidney PoitierSidney Poitier

20 February 1927

Miami, Florida, U.S.

Bahamian,American

Pisces

Ethan HawkeEthan Hawke

06 November 1970

Austin, Texas, United States

American

Scorpio

Alan CummingAlan Cumming

27 January 1965

Aberfeldy

Scottish

Aquarius

George OrwellGeorge Orwell

25 June 1903

21 January 1950

Motihari

British

Cancer

Mary-Kate OlsenMary-Kate Olsen

13 June 1986

Sherman Oaks, Los Angeles, California, United States

American

Gemini

Roald DahlRoald Dahl

13 September 1916

23 November 1990

Llandaff, Cardiff, Wales, United Kingdom

British,Welsh

Virgo

Steve MartinSteve Martin

14 August 1945

Waco

American

Leo

Ayn RandAyn Rand

02 February 1905

06 March 1982

Saint Petersburg

American,Russian

Aquarius

James BaldwinJames Baldwin

02 August 1924

01 December 1987

Harlem

American

Leo

Larry DavidLarry David

02 July 1947

Brooklyn

American

Cancer

H. P. LovecraftH. P. Lovecraft

20 August 1890

15 March 1937

Providence, Rhode Island, United States

American

Leo

Francis Ford CoppolaFrancis Ford Coppola

07 April 1939

Detroit

American

Aries

Tony RobbinsTony Robbins

29 February 1960

California

American

Pisces

Sam ShepardSam Shepard

05 November 1943

27 July 2017

Fort Sheridan, Illinois, United States

American

Scorpio

Guy FieriGuy Fieri

22 January 1968

Columbus, Ohio, United States

American

Aquarius

Anthony BourdainAnthony Bourdain

25 June 1956

New York City

American

Cancer

John CleeseJohn Cleese

27 October 1939

Weston-super-Mare

British

Scorpio

Ben CarsonBen Carson

18 September 1951

Detroit, Michigan, U.S.

American

Virgo

Arthur MillerArthur Miller

17 October 1915

10 February 2005

Harlem, New York City, United States

American

Libra

Langston HughesLangston Hughes

01 February 1902

22 May 1967

Joplin, Missouri, United States

American

Aquarius

Leonard CohenLeonard Cohen

21 September 1934

07 November 2016

Westmount

Canadian

Virgo

Mark RylanceMark Rylance

18 January 1960

Ashford, United Kingdom

British

Capricorn

Sylvia PlathSylvia Plath

27 October 1932

11 February 1963

Boston, Massachusetts, United States

American

Scorpio

Margaret AtwoodMargaret Atwood

18 November 1939

Ottawa, Ontario, Canada

Canadian

Scorpio

Hunter S. ThompsonHunter S. Thompson

18 July 1937

20 February 2005

Louisville

American

Cancer

Salman RushdieSalman Rushdie

19 June 1947

Mumbai

British

Gemini

Caroline KennedyCaroline Kennedy

27 November 1957

Cornell Medical Center Hospital, New York City, New York, U.S.

American

Sagittarius

Ruth GrahamRuth Graham

10 June 1920

14 June 2007

Qingjiang, Kiangsu, China

Chinese,American

Gemini

Truman CapoteTruman Capote

30 September 1924

25 August 1984

New Orleans

American

Libra

Denis VilleneuveDenis Villeneuve

03 October 1967

Trois-Rivières, Quebec, Canada

Canadian

Libra

Zelda FitzgeraldZelda Fitzgerald

24 July 1900

10 March 1948

Montgomery, Alabama, United States

American

Leo

Gloria VanderbiltGloria Vanderbilt

20 February 1924

Manhattan, New York

American

Pisces

Ann CoulterAnn Coulter

08 December 1961

New York City, United States

American

Sagittarius

Harper LeeHarper Lee

28 April 1926

19 February 2016

Monroeville

American

Taurus

Angela Davis Angela Davis

26 January 1944

Birmingham

American

Aquarius

Isaac AsimovIsaac Asimov

02 January 1920

06 April 1992

Petrovichi, Russian SFSR

American

Capricorn

Thomas JaneThomas Jane

22 February 1969

Baltimore, Maryland, USA

American

Pisces

Robert HerjavecRobert Herjavec

14 September 1962

Varaždin, Croatia

Canadian

Virgo

Alan WattsAlan Watts

06 January 1915

16 November 1973

Chislehurst, Kent, England

British,American

Capricorn

Joan CollinsJoan Collins

23 May 1933

Paddington

British

Gemini

Neil GaimanNeil Gaiman

10 November 1960

Portchester, Hampshire, England

British

Scorpio

Peter JacksonPeter Jackson

31 October 1961

Pukerua Bay, New Zealand

New Zealander

Scorpio

Albert CamusAlbert Camus

07 November 1913

04 January 1960

Dréan

Algerian,French

Scorpio

John LeguizamoJohn Leguizamo

22 July 1964

Bogotá, Colombia

Colombian,American

Cancer

John SteinbeckJohn Steinbeck

27 February 1902

20 December 1968

Salinas

American

Pisces

Joan RiversJoan Rivers

08 June 1933

04 September 2014

Brooklyn

American

Gemini

Kurt VonnegutKurt Vonnegut

11 November 1922

11 April 2007

Indianapolis, Indiana,, United States

American

Scorpio

J. D. SalingerJ. D. Salinger

01 January 1919

27 January 2010

New York City

American

Capricorn

Michael CrichtonMichael Crichton

23 October 1942

04 November 2008

Chicago

American

Libra

Carly SimonCarly Simon

25 June 1945

New York City

American

Cancer

Chaz Bono Chaz Bono

04 March 1969

Los Angeles

American

Pisces

Sean HannitySean Hannity

30 December 1961

New York City

American

Capricorn

Dan BrownDan Brown

22 June 1964

Exeter, New Hampshire U.S

American

Cancer

Charles BukowskiCharles Bukowski

16 August 1920

09 March 1994

Andernach

German,American

Leo

Joss WhedonJoss Whedon

23 June 1964

New York City

American

Cancer

Haruki MurakamiHaruki Murakami

12 January 1949

Kyoto

Japanese

Capricorn

Douglas AdamsDouglas Adams

11 March 1952

11 May 2001

Cambridge

British,American

Pisces

Ian FlemingIan Fleming

28 May 1908

12 August 1964

Mayfair, London

British

Gemini

Jack KerouacJack Kerouac

12 March 1922

21 October 1969

Lowell

American

Pisces

Sharon OsbourneSharon Osbourne

09 October 1952

Brixton, South London, England

British

Libra

Patti SmithPatti Smith

30 December 1946

Chicago, Illinois, USA

American

Capricorn

Tennessee WilliamsTennessee Williams

26 March 1911

25 February 1983

Columbus, Mississippi, United States

American

Aries