Find out more about the greatest 20th Century Writers, including Dulce María, William Gibson, Michael J. Fox, Ben Carson and B. K. S. Iyengar

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.
William GibsonWilliam Gibson

17 March 1948

Conway, South Carolina, USA

Canadian,American

Pisces

Michael J. FoxMichael J. Fox

09 June 1961

Edmonton, Canada

Canadian

Gemini

Ben CarsonBen Carson

18 September 1951

Detroit, Michigan, U.S.

American

Virgo

Quentin TarantinoQuentin Tarantino

27 March 1963

Knoxville

American

Aries

J. K. RowlingJ. K. Rowling

31 July 1965

Yate

British

Leo

Rod SerlingRod Serling

25 December 1924

28 June 1975

Syracuse

American

Capricorn

Woody AllenWoody Allen

01 December 1935

The Bronx, New York City

American

Sagittarius

Jamie Lee CurtisJamie Lee Curtis

22 November 1958

Santa Monica, California, U.S.

American

Scorpio

Anne FrankAnne Frank

12 June 1929

01 March 1945

Frankfurt am Main, Weimar Germany

German

Gemini

Roald DahlRoald Dahl

13 September 1916

23 November 1990

Llandaff, Cardiff, Wales, United Kingdom

British,Welsh

Virgo

Jordan BelfortJordan Belfort

09 July 1962

The Bronx

American

Cancer

John KrasinskiJohn Krasinski

20 October 1979

Newton

American

Libra

Svetlana AlexievichSvetlana Alexievich

31 May 1948

Ivano-Frankivsk

Belarusian

Gemini

Caroline KennedyCaroline Kennedy

27 November 1957

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

American

Sagittarius

Emilio EstevezEmilio Estevez

12 May 1962

Staten Island, New York, United States

American

Taurus

Mona SimpsonMona Simpson

14 June 1957

Green Bay, Wisconsin, USA

American

Gemini

Dr. SeussDr. Seuss

02 March 1904

24 September 1991

Springfield, Massachusetts, U.S.

American

Pisces

H. P. LovecraftH. P. Lovecraft

20 August 1890

15 March 1937

Providence, Rhode Island, United States

American

Leo

Stan LeeStan Lee

28 December 1922

New York City, US

American

Capricorn

Sacha Baron CohenSacha Baron Cohen

13 October 1971

Hammersmith

British

Libra

George OrwellGeorge Orwell

25 June 1903

21 January 1950

Motihari

British

Cancer

Joan CollinsJoan Collins

23 May 1933

Paddington

British

Gemini

Jim MorrisonJim Morrison

08 December 1943

03 July 1971

Melbourne, Florida, U.S.

American

Sagittarius

Ayn RandAyn Rand

02 February 1905

06 March 1982

Saint Petersburg

American,Russian

Aquarius

Isaac AsimovIsaac Asimov

02 January 1920

06 April 1992

Petrovichi, Russian SFSR

American

Capricorn

Ian FlemingIan Fleming

28 May 1908

12 August 1964

Mayfair, London

British

Gemini

Julie AndrewsJulie Andrews

01 October 1935

Walton-on-Thames

British

Libra

Larry DavidLarry David

02 July 1947

Brooklyn

American

Cancer

Salman RushdieSalman Rushdie

19 June 1947

Mumbai

British

Gemini

Ethan HawkeEthan Hawke

06 November 1970

Austin, Texas, United States

American

Scorpio

Francis Ford CoppolaFrancis Ford Coppola

07 April 1939

Detroit

American

Aries

Sylvia PlathSylvia Plath

27 October 1932

11 February 1963

Boston, Massachusetts, United States

American

Scorpio

Carly SimonCarly Simon

25 June 1945

New York City

American

Cancer

Patti SmithPatti Smith

30 December 1946

Chicago, Illinois, USA

American

Capricorn

R. L. StineR. L. Stine

08 October 1943

Columbus, Ohio, United States

American

Libra

John CleeseJohn Cleese

27 October 1939

Weston-super-Mare

British

Scorpio

Leonard CohenLeonard Cohen

21 September 1934

07 November 2016

Westmount

Canadian

Virgo

Albert CamusAlbert Camus

07 November 1913

04 January 1960

Dréan

Algerian,French

Scorpio

Anthony BourdainAnthony Bourdain

25 June 1956

New York City

American

Cancer

Maya AngelouMaya Angelou

04 April 1928

28 May 2014

St. Louis

American

Aries

Steve MartinSteve Martin

14 August 1945

Waco

American

Leo

Hunter S. ThompsonHunter S. Thompson

18 July 1937

20 February 2005

Louisville

American

Cancer

R. K. NarayanR. K. Narayan

10 October 1906

13 May 2001

Chennai

Indian

Libra

Ann CoulterAnn Coulter

08 December 1961

New York City, United States

American

Sagittarius

Ruskin BondRuskin Bond

19 May 1934

Kasauli

Indian

Taurus

Denis VilleneuveDenis Villeneuve

03 October 1967

Trois-Rivières, Quebec, Canada

Canadian

Libra

Kurt VonnegutKurt Vonnegut

11 November 1922

11 April 2007

Indianapolis, Indiana,, United States

American

Scorpio

John SteinbeckJohn Steinbeck

27 February 1902

20 December 1968

Salinas

American

Pisces

Arthur MillerArthur Miller

17 October 1915

10 February 2005

Harlem, New York City, United States

American

Libra

Neil GaimanNeil Gaiman

10 November 1960

Portchester, Hampshire, England

British

Scorpio

Gene RoddenberryGene Roddenberry

19 August 1921

24 October 1991

El Paso

American

Leo

Joss WhedonJoss Whedon

23 June 1964

New York City

American

Cancer

Peter JacksonPeter Jackson

31 October 1961

Pukerua Bay, New Zealand

New Zealander

Scorpio

Gore VidalGore Vidal

03 October 1925

31 July 2012

West Point

American

Libra

Haruki MurakamiHaruki Murakami

12 January 1949

Kyoto

Japanese

Capricorn

Harper LeeHarper Lee

28 April 1926

19 February 2016

Monroeville

American

Taurus

Billy GrahamBilly Graham

07 November 1918

Charlotte, North Carolina

American

Scorpio

Thomas MertonThomas Merton

31 January 1915

10 December 1968

Prades

French,British,American

Aquarius

Tom ClancyTom Clancy

12 April 1947

01 October 2013

Baltimore County, Maryland, United States of America

American

Aries

Joan RiversJoan Rivers

08 June 1933

04 September 2014

Brooklyn

American

Gemini

Ray BradburyRay Bradbury

22 August 1920

05 June 2012

Waukegan, Illinois, U.S.

American

Leo

Charles BukowskiCharles Bukowski

16 August 1920

09 March 1994

Andernach

German,American

Leo

Allen GinsbergAllen Ginsberg

03 June 1926

05 April 1997

Newark, New Jersey, U.S.

American

Gemini

John CageJohn Cage

05 September 1912

12 August 1992

Los Angeles, California, United States

American

Virgo

Jack KerouacJack Kerouac

12 March 1922

21 October 1969

Lowell

American

Pisces

Nigella LawsonNigella Lawson

06 January 1960

London, United Kingdom

British

Capricorn

Truman CapoteTruman Capote

30 September 1924

25 August 1984

New Orleans

American

Libra

Alan WattsAlan Watts

06 January 1915

16 November 1973

Chislehurst, Kent, England

British,American

Capricorn

Pope John Paul IPope John Paul I

17 October 1912

28 September 1978

Canale d'Agordo

Italian

Libra

Thomas JaneThomas Jane

22 February 1969

Baltimore, Maryland, USA

American

Pisces

Jack WelchJack Welch

19 November 1935

Peabody, Massachusetts, U.S

American

Scorpio

Sidney PoitierSidney Poitier

20 February 1927

Miami, Florida, U.S.

Bahamian,American

Pisces

Elie WieselElie Wiesel

30 September 1928

02 July 2016

Transylvania

Romanian,American

Libra

Deepak ChopraDeepak Chopra

22 October 1946

New Delhi

American

Libra

Alan CummingAlan Cumming

27 January 1965

Aberfeldy

Scottish

Aquarius

Tony RobbinsTony Robbins

29 February 1960

California

American

Pisces

Dan BrownDan Brown

22 June 1964

Exeter, New Hampshire U.S

American

Cancer

Oliver StoneOliver Stone

15 September 1946

New York City

American

Virgo

Michael CrichtonMichael Crichton

23 October 1942

04 November 2008

Chicago

American

Libra

Margaret AtwoodMargaret Atwood

18 November 1939

Ottawa, Ontario, Canada

Canadian

Scorpio

J. D. SalingerJ. D. Salinger

01 January 1919

27 January 2010

New York City

American

Capricorn

Langston HughesLangston Hughes

01 February 1902

22 May 1967

Joplin, Missouri, United States

American

Aquarius

Alan MooreAlan Moore

18 November 1953

Northampton

British

Scorpio

Ayaan Hirsi AliAyaan Hirsi Ali

13 November 1969

Mogadishu

American

Scorpio

Simone de BeauvoirSimone de Beauvoir

09 January 1908

14 April 1986

Paris

French

Capricorn

Tennessee WilliamsTennessee Williams

26 March 1911

25 February 1983

Columbus, Mississippi, United States

American

Aries

Samuel BeckettSamuel Beckett

13 April 1906

22 December 1989

Foxrock, Ireland

Irish

Aries

Robert HerjavecRobert Herjavec

14 September 1962

Varaždin, Croatia

Canadian

Virgo

William S. BurroughsWilliam S. Burroughs

05 February 1914

02 August 1997

St. Louis, Missouri, U.S.

American

Aquarius

Germaine GreerGermaine Greer

29 January 1939

Melbourne

Australian

Aquarius

Malcolm GladwellMalcolm Gladwell

03 September 1963

Fareham, Hampshire, United Kingdom

American

Virgo

Toni MorrisonToni Morrison

18 February 1931

Lorain, Ohio

American

Aquarius

Paulo CoelhoPaulo Coelho

24 August 1947

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Brazilian

Virgo

John GrishamJohn Grisham

08 February 1955

Jonesboro, Arkansas

American

Aquarius

James BaldwinJames Baldwin

02 August 1924

01 December 1987

Harlem

American

Leo

Glenn BeckGlenn Beck

10 February 1964

Everett

American

Aquarius

Suzanne CollinsSuzanne Collins

10 August 1962

Hartford

American

Leo

Ted HughesTed Hughes

17 August 1930

28 October 1998

Mytholmroyd

British

Leo

Pablo NerudaPablo Neruda

12 July 1904

23 September 1973

Parral, Chile

Chilean

Cancer

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