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
Louisa May AlcottLouisa May Alcott
29 November 1832
Writer

Ernest HemingwayErnest Hemingway
21 July 1899
Journalist

MacKenzie BezosMacKenzie Bezos
07 April 1970
Novelist, Journalist

Dr. SeussDr. Seuss
02 March 1904
Writer, Cartoonist

Mark Twain ImageMark Twain
30 November 1835
Author and Humorist
Hunter S. ThompsonHunter S. Thompson
18 July 1937
Journalist and Author

Robert E howardRobert E. Howard
22 January 1906
Pulp Fiction Writer

David Foster WallaceDavid Foster Wallace
21 February 1962
Writer
F. Scott FitzgeraldF. Scott Fitzgerald
24 September 1896
Novelist

Tom ClancyTom Clancy
12 April 1947
Novelist
Toni MorrisonToni Morrison
18 February 1931
Novelist

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

David McCallumDavid McCallum
19 September 1933
Actor

James BaldwinJames Baldwin
02 August 1924
Novelist

John SteinbeckJohn Steinbeck
27 February 1902
Author
Charles BukowskiCharles Bukowski
16 August 1920
Poet

Kurt VonnegutKurt Vonnegut
11 November 1922
American writer

Truman CapoteTruman Capote
30 September 1924
Author

Aldous HuxleyAldous Huxley
26 July 1894
Writer
Philip K. DickPhilip K. Dick
16 December 1928
Novelist

Harper LeeHarper Lee
28 April 1926
Novelist
John GrishamJohn Grisham
08 February 1955
American writer

William FaulknerWilliam Faulkner
25 September 1897
Writer, Nobel Laureate

Ray BradburyRay Bradbury
22 August 1920
Writer
Herman MelvilleHerman Melville
01 August 1819
 

Zora Neale HurstonZora Neale Hurston
07 January 1891
Folklorist, Anthropologist
William S. BurroughsWilliam S. Burroughs
05 February 1914
Novelist, Short Story Writer

Olivia OlsonOlivia Olson
21 May 1992
Actress

Richard BelzerRichard Belzer
04 August 1944
Stand-up Comedian, Actor, Author
Gore VidalGore Vidal
03 October 1925
 

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Vladimir NabokovVladimir Nabokov
22 April 1899
Novelist
Henry JamesHenry James
15 April 1843
Writer

Bruce BoxleitnerBruce Boxleitner
12 May 1950
Actor

Zelda FitzgeraldZelda Fitzgerald
24 July 1900
Novelist

Nathaniel HawthorneNathaniel Hawthorne
04 July 1804
American Novelist
James PattersonJames Patterson
22 March 1947
Writer
Upton SinclairUpton Sinclair
20 September 1878
American writer

George KennedyGeorge Kennedy
18 February 1925
Actor

Nicholas SparksNicholas Sparks
31 December 1965
Novelist

Chuck Palahniuk Chuck Palahniuk
21 February 1962
Novelist & Journalist
Isabel AllendeIsabel Allende
02 August 1942
Writer

William GibsonWilliam Gibson
17 March 1948
Speculative Fiction Writer

Gertrude SteinGertrude Stein
03 February 1874
American novelist

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

Shirley JacksonShirley Jackson
14 December 1916
Author
Philip RothPhilip Roth
19 March 1933
Novelist

Dalton TrumboDalton Trumbo
09 December 1905
Screenwriter, Novelist
Danielle SteelDanielle Steel
14 August 1947
Novelist

Raymond ChandlerRaymond Chandler
23 July 1888
Novelist and Screenwriter

Dirk BlockerDirk Blocker
31 July 1957
Actor
Joyce Carol OatesJoyce Carol Oates
16 June 1938
Writer

Dee Dee RamoneDee Dee Ramone
18 September 1951
Musician
Sterling HaydenSterling Hayden
26 March 1916
Actor

Jake TapperJake Tapper
12 March 1969
Journalist

Robby BensonRobby Benson
21 January 1956
Actor

Khaled HosseiniKhaled Hosseini
04 March 1965
Novelist

Harlan EllisonHarlan Ellison
27 May 1934
Writer
Edgar Rice BurroughsEdgar Rice Burroughs
01 September 1875
Creator of Tarzan

Roxann DawsonRoxann Dawson
11 September 1958
Actress

Mona SimpsonMona Simpson
14 June 1957
Author

Edith WhartonEdith Wharton
24 January 1862
Writer
Willa CatherWilla Cather
07 December 1873
Author

Eileen DavidsonEileen Davidson
15 June 1959
Actress
Tana FrenchTana French
10 May 1973
Writer

John IrvingJohn Irving
02 March 1942
 

Jhumpa LahiriJhumpa Lahiri
11 July 1967
Writer
Sinclair LewisSinclair Lewis
07 February 1885
Nobel Prize Winner in Literature

Beverly ClearyBeverly Cleary
12 April 1916
Writer
Martha GellhornMartha Gellhorn
08 November 1908
Journalist & Writer

Saul Bellow Saul Bellow
10 June 1915
Novelist

Shelby FooteShelby Foote
17 November 1916
Writer
Elijah DanielElijah Daniel
09 January 1994
Comedian

Sandra CisnerosSandra Cisneros
20 December 1954
Writer
Vince FlynnVince Flynn
06 April 1966
Author

Earl Hamner Jr.Earl Hamner Jr.
10 July 1923
Television Writer

Dashiell HammettDashiell Hammett
27 May 1894
Novelist

Denise NicholasDenise Nicholas
12 July 1944
Actress
Anne Morrow LindberghAnne Morrow Lindbergh
22 June 1906
Renowned Author & Aviator
James A. MichenerJames A. Michener
03 February 1907
 

Panio GianopoulosPanio Gianopoulos
07 July 1975
Author

Carson McCullersCarson McCullers
19 February 1917
American novelist

Larry McMurtryLarry McMurtry
03 June 1936
Novelist
Joseph HellerJoseph Heller
01 May 1923
Novelist

Hanya YanagiharaHanya Yanagihara
20 September 1974
Novelist

Jack DunphyJack Dunphy
22 August 1914
Novelist

Amy TanAmy Tan
19 February 1952
Writer

Ralph Waldo EllisonRalph Waldo Ellison
01 March 1914
Novelist
Frances Hodgson BurnettFrances Hodgson Burnett
24 November 1849
Novelist

Claude McKayClaude McKay
15 September 1889
Writer
John CheeverJohn Cheever
27 May 1912
Novelist & Short Story Writer

Edward GoreyEdward Gorey
22 February 1925
 
R. A. SalvatoreR. A. Salvatore
20 January 1959
Novelist
Barbara KingsolverBarbara Kingsolver
08 April 1955
Novelist, Poet, Essayist