No high school graduate is alien to the famous nineteenth and twentieth century British classic novels like Emma, Pride and Prejudice, and Treasure Island. But come to think of this millennium and suddenly you will find the world of novels murkier and gray. While there is no dearth of classic novelists, we often find it hard to recommend a new age fiction to our book-loving cronies. So does that mean there is a dearth of new classics today? Absolutely not! America has always had a bunch of novelists — some old, some new and a few overlooked — who have given the world some great novels that shouldn’t be missed. From best-selling novelists Emma Donoghue and Colm Toibin to essential new reads from Michael Lewis and Lena Dunham, America’s novel scene is pretty fascinating. But before you dig into American classics, take a quick tour of the biographies, trivia and facts of famous American novelists.
George R. R. MartinGeorge R. R. Martin
20 September 1948
Screenwriter, Novelist
Ernest HemingwayErnest Hemingway
21 July 1899
Journalist

MacKenzie BezosMacKenzie Bezos
07 April 1970
Novelist, Journalist

Dr. SeussDr. Seuss
02 March 1904
Writer, Cartoonist

Louisa May AlcottLouisa May Alcott
29 November 1832
Writer

Tom ClancyTom Clancy
12 April 1947
Novelist
Mark TwainMark Twain
30 November 1835
Author and Humorist

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

F. Scott FitzgeraldF. Scott Fitzgerald
24 September 1896
Novelist

Kurt VonnegutKurt Vonnegut
11 November 1922
American writer
David McCallumDavid McCallum
19 September 1933
Actor

Olivia OlsonOlivia Olson
21 May 1992
Actress
John SteinbeckJohn Steinbeck
27 February 1902
Author

Truman CapoteTruman Capote
30 September 1924
Author

Toni MorrisonToni Morrison
18 February 1931
Novelist
Aldous HuxleyAldous Huxley
26 July 1894
Writer

Charles BukowskiCharles Bukowski
16 August 1920
Poet
David Foster WallaceDavid Foster Wallace
21 February 1962
Writer

Philip K. DickPhilip K. Dick
16 December 1928
Novelist

James BaldwinJames Baldwin
02 August 1924
Novelist
J. D. SalingerJ. D. Salinger
01 January 1919
Writer

John GrishamJohn Grisham
08 February 1955
American writer
Robby BensonRobby Benson
21 January 1956
Actor

Harper LeeHarper Lee
28 April 1926
Novelist

Ray BradburyRay Bradbury
22 August 1920
Writer

William FaulknerWilliam Faulkner
25 September 1897
Writer, Nobel Laureate
Herman MelvilleHerman Melville
01 August 1819
 
Gore VidalGore Vidal
03 October 1925
 

William S. BurroughsWilliam S. Burroughs
05 February 1914
Novelist, Short Story Writer

Nathaniel HawthorneNathaniel Hawthorne
04 July 1804
American Novelist

Richard BelzerRichard Belzer
04 August 1944
Stand-up Comedian, Actor, Author
Vladimir NabokovVladimir Nabokov
22 April 1899
Novelist

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Bruce BoxleitnerBruce Boxleitner
12 May 1950
Actor

George KennedyGeorge Kennedy
18 February 1925
Actor

James PattersonJames Patterson
22 March 1947
Writer

Henry JamesHenry James
15 April 1843
Writer
Gertrude SteinGertrude Stein
03 February 1874
American novelist

Shirley JacksonShirley Jackson
14 December 1916
Author
Zelda FitzgeraldZelda Fitzgerald
24 July 1900
Novelist

Robert A. HeinleinRobert A. Heinlein
07 July 1907
Science Fiction Writer

Beverly ClearyBeverly Cleary
12 April 1916
Writer
Nicholas SparksNicholas Sparks
31 December 1965
Novelist

Chuck Palahniuk Chuck Palahniuk
21 February 1962
Novelist & Journalist
Upton SinclairUpton Sinclair
20 September 1878
American writer

Dirk BlockerDirk Blocker
31 July 1957
Actor

Dee Dee RamoneDee Dee Ramone
18 September 1951
Musician

Joyce Carol OatesJoyce Carol Oates
16 June 1938
Writer

Dalton TrumboDalton Trumbo
09 December 1905
Screenwriter, Novelist
Eileen DavidsonEileen Davidson
15 June 1959
Actress

Zora Neale HurstonZora Neale Hurston
07 January 1891
Folklorist, Anthropologist

Roxann DawsonRoxann Dawson
11 September 1958
Actress

Philip RothPhilip Roth
19 March 1933
Novelist
William GibsonWilliam Gibson
17 March 1948
Speculative Fiction Writer

Sterling HaydenSterling Hayden
26 March 1916
Actor
Jake TapperJake Tapper
12 March 1969
Journalist

Raymond ChandlerRaymond Chandler
23 July 1888
Novelist and Screenwriter

Harlan EllisonHarlan Ellison
27 May 1934
Writer
Isabel AllendeIsabel Allende
02 August 1942
Writer

Danielle SteelDanielle Steel
14 August 1947
Novelist
Edgar Rice BurroughsEdgar Rice Burroughs
01 September 1875
Creator of Tarzan

Khaled HosseiniKhaled Hosseini
04 March 1965
Novelist

Mona SimpsonMona Simpson
14 June 1957
Author
Edith WhartonEdith Wharton
24 January 1862
Writer

Robert E howardRobert E. Howard
22 January 1906
Pulp Fiction Writer
Jhumpa LahiriJhumpa Lahiri
11 July 1967
Writer

John IrvingJohn Irving
02 March 1942
 

Martha GellhornMartha Gellhorn
08 November 1908
Journalist & Writer

Shelby FooteShelby Foote
17 November 1916
Writer
Sinclair LewisSinclair Lewis
07 February 1885
Nobel Prize Winner in Literature
Willa CatherWilla Cather
07 December 1873
Author

Denise NicholasDenise Nicholas
12 July 1944
Actress

Saul Bellow Saul Bellow
10 June 1915
Novelist

Sandra CisnerosSandra Cisneros
20 December 1954
Writer
Elijah DanielElijah Daniel
09 January 1994
Comedian

Dashiell HammettDashiell Hammett
27 May 1894
Novelist

Tana FrenchTana French
10 May 1973
Writer

Vince FlynnVince Flynn
06 April 1966
Author

Panio GianopoulosPanio Gianopoulos
07 July 1975
Author
James A. MichenerJames A. Michener
03 February 1907
 

Anne Morrow LindberghAnne Morrow Lindbergh
22 June 1906
Renowned Author & Aviator
Joseph HellerJoseph Heller
01 May 1923
Novelist

Jack DunphyJack Dunphy
22 August 1914
Novelist

Edward GoreyEdward Gorey
22 February 1925
 
Ralph Waldo EllisonRalph Waldo Ellison
01 March 1914
Novelist

Amy TanAmy Tan
19 February 1952
Writer
Larry McMurtryLarry McMurtry
03 June 1936
Novelist

Carson McCullersCarson McCullers
19 February 1917
American novelist

Pat ConroyPat Conroy
26 October 1945
Writer

R. A. SalvatoreR. A. Salvatore
20 January 1959
Novelist
Junot DíazJunot Díaz
31 December 1968
Writer

John CheeverJohn Cheever
27 May 1912
Novelist & Short Story Writer
Hanya YanagiharaHanya Yanagihara
20 September 1974
Novelist

George SaundersGeorge Saunders
02 December 1958
Writer
Isaac Bashevis SingerIsaac Bashevis Singer
21 November 1902
Writer

Barbara KingsolverBarbara Kingsolver
08 April 1955
Novelist, Poet, Essayist
Kinky FriedmanKinky Friedman
01 November 1944
Country Singer, Songwriter, Novelist