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
Julie AndrewsJulie Andrews
01 October 1935, British
Actress

Rashida JonesRashida Jones
25 February 1976, American
Actress

John KrasinskiJohn Krasinski
20 October 1979, American
Actor, Director, Screenwriter

Jamie Lee CurtisJamie Lee Curtis
22 November 1958, American
Actress, Author

Quentin TarantinoQuentin Tarantino
27 March 1963, American
Fimmaker
Sacha Baron CohenSacha Baron Cohen
13 October 1971, British
Actor

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

Woody AllenWoody Allen
01 December 1935, American
American bass guitarist

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
Vinayak Damodar SavarkarVinayak Damodar Savarkar
28 May 1883, Indian
Independence Activist, Reformer

Ernest HemingwayErnest Hemingway
21 July 1899, American
Journalist

Jordan BelfortJordan Belfort
09 July 1962, American
Author
Anne FrankAnne Frank
12 June 1929, German
Writer

Stan LeeStan Lee
28 December 1922, American
Creator of Daredevil, Fantastic Four, Hulk, Iron
J. R. R. TolkienJ. R. R. Tolkien
03 January 1892, British, South African
Writer

Edward HeathEdward Heath
09 July 1916, British
Former British Prime Minister

Anthony BourdainAnthony Bourdain
25 June 1956, American
Chef, Author, T.V. Personality
Dr. SeussDr. Seuss
02 March 1904, American
Writer, Cartoonist

Helen KellerHelen Keller
27 June 1880, American
Author
Rosario DawsonRosario Dawson
09 May 1979, American
Actress

Leonard CohenLeonard Cohen
21 September 1934, Canadian
Singer-songwriter

Jim MorrisonJim Morrison
08 December 1943, American
Singer, Lyricist, Poet, Musician, Filmmaker

Emilio EstevezEmilio Estevez
12 May 1962, American
Actor, Director, Screenwriter
Adrianne PalickiAdrianne Palicki
06 May 1983, American
Actress
Francis Ford CoppolaFrancis Ford Coppola
07 April 1939, American
 

George OrwellGeorge Orwell
25 June 1903, British
Writer

H. P. LovecraftH. P. Lovecraft
20 August 1890, American
Writer

Roald DahlRoald Dahl
13 September 1916, British, Welsh
Novelist, Short Story Writer
Portia de RossiPortia de Rossi
31 January 1973, Australian, American
Model

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Malcolm GladwellMalcolm Gladwell
03 September 1963, American
Writer, Journalist

Tom ClancyTom Clancy
12 April 1947, American
Novelist

Ethan HawkeEthan Hawke
06 November 1970, American
Actor, Director, Screenwriter

Steve MartinSteve Martin
14 August 1945, American
Comedian
Sharon OsbourneSharon Osbourne
09 October 1952, British
Television host

Amy SedarisAmy Sedaris
29 March 1961, American
 
Richard AyoadeRichard Ayoade
12 June 1977, British
Actor

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

Alan MooreAlan Moore
18 November 1953, British
 
John CleeseJohn Cleese
27 October 1939, British
Actor & Comedian

Sidney PoitierSidney Poitier
20 February 1927, Bahamian, American
 
Virginia WoolfVirginia Woolf
25 January 1882, British
Novelist

Conor WoodmanConor Woodman
21 March 1974, Irish
Film Director

Laura IngrahamLaura Ingraham
19 June 1964, American
Radio Host, Author and Political Commentator

Larry DavidLarry David
02 July 1947, American
 

Hunter S. ThompsonHunter S. Thompson
18 July 1937, American
Journalist and Author
Ayn RandAyn Rand
02 February 1905, American, Russian
Author, Screenwriter, Playwright, Developer of a

Maya AngelouMaya Angelou
04 April 1928, American
Author

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

Tony RobbinsTony Robbins
29 February 1960, American
 
Jennifer EspositoJennifer Esposito
11 April 1973, American
Actress, Ex-Wife of Bradley Cooper

Patti SmithPatti Smith
30 December 1946, American
Singer
Neil GaimanNeil Gaiman
10 November 1960, British
Author

Eartha KittEartha Kitt
17 January 1927, American
Singer

Guy FieriGuy Fieri
22 January 1968, American
Restaurateur, Cookbook Author
H. G. WellsH. G. Wells
21 September 1866, British
Writer

Gertrude BellGertrude Bell
14 July 1868, British
Writer, Diplomat
Alan WattsAlan Watts
06 January 1915, British, American
Philosopher, Writer & Speaker

Sam ShepardSam Shepard
05 November 1943, American
Actor

Martin McDonaghMartin McDonagh
26 March 1970, Irish, British
Playwright, Screenwriter, Filmmaker
Candace Cameron BureCandace Cameron Bure
06 April 1976, American
Actress

Billy GrahamBilly Graham
07 November 1918, American
Evangelist
Kurt VonnegutKurt Vonnegut
11 November 1922, American
American writer

Caroline KennedyCaroline Kennedy
27 November 1957, American
Author

Wendy WilliamsWendy Williams
18 July 1964, American
TV Host, Actress, Fashion Designer, Author

Salman RushdieSalman Rushdie
19 June 1947, British
 
Joan CollinsJoan Collins
23 May 1933, British
Actress & Author
Carly SimonCarly Simon
25 June 1945, American
 

Fran DrescherFran Drescher
30 September 1957, American
Actress

Albert CamusAlbert Camus
07 November 1913, Algerian, French
Philosopher

Tracy LettsTracy Letts
04 July 1965, American
Actor, Screenwriter
Chuck LorreChuck Lorre
18 October 1952, American
Writer, Television Producer, Director

Isaac AsimovIsaac Asimov
02 January 1920, American
Writer, Professor

Geri HalliwellGeri Halliwell
06 August 1972, British
Singer

William BaldwinWilliam Baldwin
23 February 1963, American
Actor

Arthur MillerArthur Miller
17 October 1915, American
 
John LeguizamoJohn Leguizamo
22 July 1964, Colombian, American
Actor, Stand-up Comedian

Nigella LawsonNigella Lawson
06 January 1960, British
Television Personality, Gourmet, Food Writer
John SteinbeckJohn Steinbeck
27 February 1902, American
Author

Alan CummingAlan Cumming
27 January 1965, Scottish
Actor

Truman CapoteTruman Capote
30 September 1924, American
Author
Mick MarsMick Mars
04 May 1951, American
Musician

Gloria VanderbiltGloria Vanderbilt
20 February 1924, American
Artist, Actress
Toni MorrisonToni Morrison
18 February 1931, American
Novelist

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

Denis VilleneuveDenis Villeneuve
03 October 1967, Canadian
Film Director, Screenwriter, Playwright

Joan RiversJoan Rivers
08 June 1933, American
Actress
Haruki MurakamiHaruki Murakami
12 January 1949, Japanese
 

Ann CoulterAnn Coulter
08 December 1961, American
 
Carice van HoutenCarice van Houten
05 September 1976, Dutch
Actress

Charles BukowskiCharles Bukowski
16 August 1920, German, American
Poet
Doris RobertsDoris Roberts
04 November 1925, American
Actress

Robert FrostRobert Frost
26 March 1874, American
Poet
Thomas JaneThomas Jane
22 February 1969, American