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

Ernest HemingwayErnest Hemingway

21 July 1899

MacKenzie BezosMacKenzie Bezos

07 April 1970

Dr. SeussDr. Seuss

02 March 1904

Mark TwainMark Twain

30 November 1835

James BaldwinJames Baldwin

02 August 1924

Hunter S. ThompsonHunter S. Thompson

18 July 1937

David McCallumDavid McCallum

19 September 1933

F. Scott FitzgeraldF. Scott Fitzgerald

24 September 1896

J. D. SalingerJ. D. Salinger

01 January 1919

Kurt VonnegutKurt Vonnegut

11 November 1922

John SteinbeckJohn Steinbeck

27 February 1902

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Tom ClancyTom Clancy

12 April 1947

Truman CapoteTruman Capote

30 September 1924

David Foster WallaceDavid Foster Wallace

21 February 1962

Charles BukowskiCharles Bukowski

16 August 1920

Ray BradburyRay Bradbury

22 August 1920

Philip K. DickPhilip K. Dick

16 December 1928

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Aldous HuxleyAldous Huxley

26 July 1894

Harper LeeHarper Lee

28 April 1926

William FaulknerWilliam Faulkner

25 September 1897

Toni MorrisonToni Morrison

18 February 1931

John GrishamJohn Grisham

08 February 1955

Gore VidalGore Vidal

03 October 1925

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Richard BelzerRichard Belzer

04 August 1944

Herman MelvilleHerman Melville

01 August 1819

Nicholas SparksNicholas Sparks

31 December 1965

William S. BurroughsWilliam S. Burroughs

05 February 1914

Zora Neale HurstonZora Neale Hurston

07 January 1891

Zelda FitzgeraldZelda Fitzgerald

24 July 1900

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Vladimir NabokovVladimir Nabokov

22 April 1899

Chuck Palahniuk Chuck Palahniuk

21 February 1962

Beverly ClearyBeverly Cleary

12 April 1916

James PattersonJames Patterson

22 March 1947

Dirk BlockerDirk Blocker

31 July 1957

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Gertrude SteinGertrude Stein

03 February 1874

Henry JamesHenry James

15 April 1843

Robert A. HeinleinRobert A. Heinlein

07 July 1907

Dalton TrumboDalton Trumbo

09 December 1905

Philip RothPhilip Roth

19 March 1933

Eileen DavidsonEileen Davidson

15 June 1959

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Upton SinclairUpton Sinclair

20 September 1878

Shirley JacksonShirley Jackson

14 December 1916

Sterling HaydenSterling Hayden

26 March 1916

Louisa May AlcottLouisa May Alcott

29 November 1832

Khaled HosseiniKhaled Hosseini

04 March 1965

Isabel AllendeIsabel Allende

02 August 1942

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Robert E howardRobert E. Howard

22 January 1906

Roxann DawsonRoxann Dawson

11 September 1958

William GibsonWilliam Gibson

17 March 1948

Danielle SteelDanielle Steel

14 August 1947

Raymond ChandlerRaymond Chandler

23 July 1888

Harlan EllisonHarlan Ellison

27 May 1934

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Edgar Rice BurroughsEdgar Rice Burroughs

01 September 1875

Mona SimpsonMona Simpson

14 June 1957

Edith WhartonEdith Wharton

24 January 1862

Jhumpa LahiriJhumpa Lahiri

11 July 1967

Panio GianopoulosPanio Gianopoulos

07 July 1975

Martha GellhornMartha Gellhorn

08 November 1908

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Joyce Carol OatesJoyce Carol Oates

16 June 1938

Sinclair LewisSinclair Lewis

07 February 1885

John IrvingJohn Irving

02 March 1942

Saul Bellow Saul Bellow

10 June 1915

Willa CatherWilla Cather

07 December 1873

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Sandra CisnerosSandra Cisneros

20 December 1954

James A. MichenerJames A. Michener

03 February 1907

Olivia OlsonOlivia Olson

21 May 1992

Elijah DanielElijah Daniel

09 January 1994

Amy TanAmy Tan

19 February 1952

Joseph HellerJoseph Heller

01 May 1923

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Edward GoreyEdward Gorey

22 February 1925

Larry McMurtryLarry McMurtry

03 June 1936

John GalsworthyJohn Galsworthy

14 August 1867

Pat ConroyPat Conroy

26 October 1945

Claude McKayClaude McKay

15 September 1889

Carson McCullersCarson McCullers

19 February 1917

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Barbara KingsolverBarbara Kingsolver

08 April 1955

R. A. SalvatoreR. A. Salvatore

20 January 1959

John CheeverJohn Cheever

27 May 1912