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.
George R. R. MartinGeorge R. R. Martin
20 September 1948, American
Screenwriter, Novelist
Gloria VanderbiltGloria Vanderbilt
20 February 1924, American
Artist, Actress

Stan LeeStan Lee
28 December 1922, American
Creator of Daredevil, Fantastic Four, Hulk, Iron

Rashida JonesRashida Jones
25 February 1976, American
Actress

Quentin TarantinoQuentin Tarantino
27 March 1963, American
Fimmaker

John KrasinskiJohn Krasinski
20 October 1979, American
Actor, Director, Screenwriter
Anthony BourdainAnthony Bourdain
25 June 1956, American
Chef, Author, T.V. Personality

Anne FrankAnne Frank
12 June 1929, German
Writer

Carice van HoutenCarice van Houten
05 September 1976, Dutch
Actress

Mary-Kate OlsenMary-Kate Olsen
13 June 1986, American
Actress, Fashion Designer
J. K. RowlingJ. K. Rowling
31 July 1965, British
Author

Michael J. FoxMichael J. Fox
09 June 1961, Canadian
Actor
Jordan BelfortJordan Belfort
09 July 1962, American
Author

Sacha Baron CohenSacha Baron Cohen
13 October 1971, British
Actor

Emilio EstevezEmilio Estevez
12 May 1962, American
Actor, Director, Screenwriter
Jim MorrisonJim Morrison
08 December 1943, American
Singer, Lyricist, Poet, Musician, Filmmaker

Julie AndrewsJulie Andrews
01 October 1935, British
Actress, Singer & Author
Neil GaimanNeil Gaiman
10 November 1960, British
Author

Woody AllenWoody Allen
01 December 1935, American
American bass guitarist

Jamie Lee CurtisJamie Lee Curtis
22 November 1958, American
Actress, Author
Adrianne PalickiAdrianne Palicki
06 May 1983, American
Actress

Danai GuriraDanai Gurira
14 February 1978, American, Zimbabwean
Actress
Geri HalliwellGeri Halliwell
06 August 1972, British
Singer

Jennifer EspositoJennifer Esposito
11 April 1973, American
Actress, Ex-Wife of Bradley Cooper

Roald DahlRoald Dahl
13 September 1916, British, Welsh
Novelist, Short Story Writer

George OrwellGeorge Orwell
25 June 1903, British
Writer
H. P. LovecraftH. P. Lovecraft
20 August 1890, American
Writer
Steve MartinSteve Martin
14 August 1945, American
Comedian

Salman RushdieSalman Rushdie
19 June 1947, British
 

Tony RobbinsTony Robbins
29 February 1960, American
 

Ethan HawkeEthan Hawke
06 November 1970, American
Actor, Director, Screenwriter
John CleeseJohn Cleese
27 October 1939, British
Actor & Comedian

Hunter S. ThompsonHunter S. Thompson
18 July 1937, American
Journalist and Author

Joan CollinsJoan Collins
23 May 1933, British
Actress & Author

Dr. SeussDr. Seuss
02 March 1904, American
Writer, Cartoonist

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Laura IngrahamLaura Ingraham
19 June 1964, American
Radio Host, Author and Political Commentator
Wendy WilliamsWendy Williams
18 July 1964, American
TV Host, Actress, Fashion Designer, Author

Conor WoodmanConor Woodman
21 March 1974, Irish
Film Director
Maya AngelouMaya Angelou
04 April 1928, American
Author

Leonard CohenLeonard Cohen
21 September 1934, Canadian
Singer-songwriter

Chaz Bono Chaz Bono
04 March 1969, American
Actor, LGBT Rights Activist
Robert FrostRobert Frost
26 March 1874, American
Poet

Guy FieriGuy Fieri
22 January 1968, American
Restaurateur, Cookbook Author
Francis Ford CoppolaFrancis Ford Coppola
07 April 1939, American
 

Ruskin BondRuskin Bond
19 May 1934, Indian
Writer

Martin McDonaghMartin McDonagh
26 March 1970, Irish, British
Playwright, Screenwriter, Filmmaker

Ayn RandAyn Rand
02 February 1905, American, Russian
Author, Screenwriter, Playwright, Developer of a

Larry DavidLarry David
02 July 1947, American
 
John LeguizamoJohn Leguizamo
22 July 1964, Colombian, American
Actor, Stand-up Comedian

Gertrude BellGertrude Bell
14 July 1868, British
Writer, Diplomat

Patti SmithPatti Smith
30 December 1946, American
Singer

Joss WhedonJoss Whedon
23 June 1964, American
Screenwriter, Director & Producer
Sylvia PlathSylvia Plath
27 October 1932, American
Poet, Novelist, and Writer

Sam ShepardSam Shepard
05 November 1943, American
Actor
Margaret AtwoodMargaret Atwood
18 November 1939, Canadian
Writer, Environmental Activist

Candace Cameron BureCandace Cameron Bure
06 April 1976, American
Actress

Sharon OsbourneSharon Osbourne
09 October 1952, British
Television host
Caroline KennedyCaroline Kennedy
27 November 1957, American
Author

Alan WattsAlan Watts
06 January 1915, British, American
Philosopher, Writer & Speaker
Alan CummingAlan Cumming
27 January 1965, Scottish
Actor

J. D. SalingerJ. D. Salinger
01 January 1919, American
Writer

Ben CarsonBen Carson
18 September 1951, American
Politician, Former Neurosurgeon
Sidney PoitierSidney Poitier
20 February 1927, Bahamian, American
 

Isaac AsimovIsaac Asimov
02 January 1920, American
Writer, Professor
Richard AyoadeRichard Ayoade
12 June 1977, British
Actor

Thomas JaneThomas Jane
22 February 1969, American
 

Kurt VonnegutKurt Vonnegut
11 November 1922, American
American writer

Allen GinsbergAllen Ginsberg
03 June 1926, American
Poet
Arthur MillerArthur Miller
17 October 1915, American
 
John SteinbeckJohn Steinbeck
27 February 1902, American
Author

Rod SerlingRod Serling
25 December 1924, American
Screenwriter, TV Producer, Narrator

John DeanJohn Dean
14 October 1938, American
Author

Sam HarrisSam Harris
09 April 1967, American
Philosopher, Author
Albert CamusAlbert Camus
07 November 1913, Algerian, French
Philosopher

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

Ian FlemingIan Fleming
28 May 1908, British
Author of James Bond Series

David Foster WallaceDavid Foster Wallace
21 February 1962, American
Writer

Neil SimonNeil Simon
04 July 1927, American
Playwright & Screenwriter
Billy GrahamBilly Graham
07 November 1918, American
Evangelist

Tom ClancyTom Clancy
12 April 1947, American
Novelist
Haruki MurakamiHaruki Murakami
12 January 1949, Japanese
 

Truman CapoteTruman Capote
30 September 1924, American
Author

Carly SimonCarly Simon
25 June 1945, American
 
Lynne CheneyLynne Cheney
14 August 1941, American
Author, Former Show Host

Robert KiyosakiRobert Kiyosaki
08 April 1947, American
Businessman, Motivational Speaker & Author
Steve-OSteve-O
13 June 1974, Canadian, British, American
Actor

Mike FarrellMike Farrell
06 February 1939, American
Actor

Philip K. DickPhilip K. Dick
16 December 1928, American
Novelist

Bret Easton EllisBret Easton Ellis
07 March 1964, American
Writer
Sela WardSela Ward
11 July 1956, American
Actress

Harper LeeHarper Lee
28 April 1926, American
Novelist
H. G. WellsH. G. Wells
21 September 1866, British
Writer

Amy SedarisAmy Sedaris
29 March 1961, American
 

James BaldwinJames Baldwin
02 August 1924, American
Novelist

Joan RiversJoan Rivers
08 June 1933, American
Actress
Nigella LawsonNigella Lawson
06 January 1960, British
Television Personality, Gourmet, Food Writer