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.
Anthony BourdainAnthony Bourdain

25 June 1956

American

Stan LeeStan Lee

28 December 1922

American

Sacha Baron CohenSacha Baron Cohen

13 October 1971

British

John KrasinskiJohn Krasinski

20 October 1979

American

Anne FrankAnne Frank

12 June 1929

German

Quentin TarantinoQuentin Tarantino

27 March 1963

American

Michael J. FoxMichael J. Fox

09 June 1961

Canadian

J. K. RowlingJ. K. Rowling

31 July 1965

British

Mary-Kate OlsenMary-Kate Olsen

13 June 1986

American

Jordan BelfortJordan Belfort

09 July 1962

American

Steve MartinSteve Martin

14 August 1945

American

Woody AllenWoody Allen

01 December 1935

American

Julie AndrewsJulie Andrews

01 October 1935

British

Jim MorrisonJim Morrison

08 December 1943

American

Ethan HawkeEthan Hawke

06 November 1970

American

Jamie Lee CurtisJamie Lee Curtis

22 November 1958

American

Philip RothPhilip Roth

19 March 1933

American

Danai GuriraDanai Gurira

14 February 1978

American,Zimbabwean

Tom WolfeTom Wolfe

02 March 1931

American

Hunter S. ThompsonHunter S. Thompson

18 July 1937

American

Emilio EstevezEmilio Estevez

12 May 1962

American

George OrwellGeorge Orwell

25 June 1903

British

Ayn RandAyn Rand

02 February 1905

American,Russian

Ruskin BondRuskin Bond

19 May 1934

Indian

Michael CrichtonMichael Crichton

23 October 1942

American

Margaret AtwoodMargaret Atwood

18 November 1939

Canadian

H. P. LovecraftH. P. Lovecraft

20 August 1890

American

Sam ShepardSam Shepard

05 November 1943

American

Alan CummingAlan Cumming

27 January 1965

Scottish

Roald DahlRoald Dahl

13 September 1916

British,Welsh

Dr. SeussDr. Seuss

02 March 1904

American

John CleeseJohn Cleese

27 October 1939

British

Candace Cameron BureCandace Cameron Bure

06 April 1976

American

Guy FieriGuy Fieri

22 January 1968

American

Maya AngelouMaya Angelou

04 April 1928

American

Chaz Bono Chaz Bono

04 March 1969

American

Larry DavidLarry David

02 July 1947

American

George R. R. MartinGeorge R. R. Martin

20 September 1948

American

Neil GaimanNeil Gaiman

10 November 1960

British

J. D. SalingerJ. D. Salinger

01 January 1919

American

Laura IngrahamLaura Ingraham

19 June 1964

American

Harlan EllisonHarlan Ellison

27 May 1934

American

Francis Ford CoppolaFrancis Ford Coppola

07 April 1939

American

Jennifer EspositoJennifer Esposito

11 April 1973

American

Tony RobbinsTony Robbins

29 February 1960

American

Caroline KennedyCaroline Kennedy

27 November 1957

American

R. K. NarayanR. K. Narayan

10 October 1906

Indian

Sharon OsbourneSharon Osbourne

09 October 1952

British

Leonard CohenLeonard Cohen

21 September 1934

Canadian

Nigella LawsonNigella Lawson

06 January 1960

British

Sylvia PlathSylvia Plath

27 October 1932

American

Geri HalliwellGeri Halliwell

06 August 1972

British

Salman RushdieSalman Rushdie

19 June 1947

British

Thomas JaneThomas Jane

22 February 1969

American

Isaac AsimovIsaac Asimov

02 January 1920

American

Sidney PoitierSidney Poitier

20 February 1927

Bahamian,American

Richard AyoadeRichard Ayoade

12 June 1977

British

Ann CoulterAnn Coulter

08 December 1961

American

Joan CollinsJoan Collins

23 May 1933

British

Kurt VonnegutKurt Vonnegut

11 November 1922

American

Joan RiversJoan Rivers

08 June 1933

American

Joe PaternoJoe Paterno

21 December 1926

American

Joss WhedonJoss Whedon

23 June 1964

American

Joel McHaleJoel McHale

20 November 1971

Italian,American

Billy GrahamBilly Graham

07 November 1918

American

Sean HannitySean Hannity

30 December 1961

American

Malcolm GladwellMalcolm Gladwell

03 September 1963

American

Alan WattsAlan Watts

06 January 1915

British,American

Gloria VanderbiltGloria Vanderbilt

20 February 1924

American

Haruki MurakamiHaruki Murakami

12 January 1949

Japanese

Albert CamusAlbert Camus

07 November 1913

Algerian,French

Wendy WilliamsWendy Williams

18 July 1964

American

Truman CapoteTruman Capote

30 September 1924

American

Denis VilleneuveDenis Villeneuve

03 October 1967

Canadian

Patti SmithPatti Smith

30 December 1946

American

Charles BukowskiCharles Bukowski

16 August 1920

German,American

Princess Michael of KentPrincess Michael of Kent

15 January 1945

British

Mark RylanceMark Rylance

18 January 1960

British

Carly SimonCarly Simon

25 June 1945

American

Peter JacksonPeter Jackson

31 October 1961

New Zealander

John SteinbeckJohn Steinbeck

27 February 1902

American