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.
Ernest HemingwayErnest Hemingway
21 July 1899
Journalist
Jake TapperJake Tapper
12 March 1969
Journalist

Dr. SeussDr. Seuss
02 March 1904
Author

James BaldwinJames Baldwin
02 August 1924
Novelist

Mark Twain ImageMark Twain
30 November 1835
Writer

F. Scott FitzgeraldF. Scott Fitzgerald
24 September 1896
Novelist
Hunter S. ThompsonHunter S. Thompson
18 July 1937
Journalist and Author

George R. R. MartinGeorge R. R. Martin
20 September 1948
Screenwriter, Novelist

Kurt VonnegutKurt Vonnegut
11 November 1922
American writer
Aldous HuxleyAldous Huxley
26 July 1894
Writer

David McCallumDavid McCallum
19 September 1933
Actor
Shirley JacksonShirley Jackson
14 December 1916
Author

Louisa May AlcottLouisa May Alcott
29 November 1832
Writer

Upton SinclairUpton Sinclair
20 September 1878
American writer

Henry JamesHenry James
15 April 1843
Writer

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

John SteinbeckJohn Steinbeck
27 February 1902
Author

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

Toni MorrisonToni Morrison
18 February 1931
Novelist
Truman CapoteTruman Capote
30 September 1924
Author

John GreenJohn Green
24 August 1977
Author, Vlogger
Zelda FitzgeraldZelda Fitzgerald
24 July 1900
Novelist

Philip K. DickPhilip K. Dick
16 December 1928
Novelist

John GrishamJohn Grisham
08 February 1955
American writer
Tom ClancyTom Clancy
12 April 1947
Novelist

Ray BradburyRay Bradbury
22 August 1920
Writer
Harper LeeHarper Lee
28 April 1926
Novelist

Olivia OlsonOlivia Olson
21 May 1992
Actress

Gore VidalGore Vidal
03 October 1925
 
Cormac McCarthyCormac McCarthy
20 July 1933
Novelist

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William FaulknerWilliam Faulkner
25 September 1897
Writer, Nobel Laureate
William S. BurroughsWilliam S. Burroughs
05 February 1914
Novelist, Short Story Writer

Richard BelzerRichard Belzer
04 August 1944
Stand-up Comedian, Actor, Author

Vladimir NabokovVladimir Nabokov
22 April 1899
Novelist

George KennedyGeorge Kennedy
18 February 1925
Actor
Bruce BoxleitnerBruce Boxleitner
12 May 1950
Actor
Dalton TrumboDalton Trumbo
09 December 1905
Screenwriter, Novelist

Nicholas SparksNicholas Sparks
31 December 1965
Novelist

James PattersonJames Patterson
22 March 1947
Writer

Nathaniel HawthorneNathaniel Hawthorne
04 July 1804
American Novelist
Chuck Palahniuk Chuck Palahniuk
21 February 1962
Novelist & Journalist

Herman MelvilleHerman Melville
01 August 1819
 

Elizabeth GilbertElizabeth Gilbert
18 July 1969
Writer

William GibsonWilliam Gibson
17 March 1948
Speculative Fiction Writer

Joe HillJoe Hill
04 June 1972
Novelists
Robert A. HeinleinRobert A. Heinlein
07 July 1907
Science Fiction Writer

Gertrude SteinGertrude Stein
03 February 1874
American novelist
Sterling HaydenSterling Hayden
26 March 1916
Actor

Philip RothPhilip Roth
19 March 1933
Novelist

Dee Dee RamoneDee Dee Ramone
18 September 1951
Musician
Zora Neale HurstonZora Neale Hurston
07 January 1891
Folklorist, Anthropologist

Isabel AllendeIsabel Allende
02 August 1942
Writer
Thomas Clayton WolfeThomas Clayton Wolfe
03 October 1900
Novelist

Anais NinAnais Nin
21 February 1903
Essayist

Robert GreeneRobert Greene
14 May 1959
Writer, Playwright

Dirk BlockerDirk Blocker
31 July 1957
Actor

Robby BensonRobby Benson
21 January 1956
Actor
Eileen DavidsonEileen Davidson
15 June 1959
Actress

Henry Valentine MillerHenry Valentine Miller
26 December 1891
Writer

Diana GabaldonDiana Gabaldon
11 January 1952
Author

Harlan EllisonHarlan Ellison
27 May 1934
Writer
Raymond ChandlerRaymond Chandler
23 July 1888
Novelist and Screenwriter

Mona SimpsonMona Simpson
14 June 1957
Author
Robert E howardRobert E. Howard
22 January 1906
Pulp Fiction Writer

Khaled HosseiniKhaled Hosseini
04 March 1965
Novelist

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

Tana FrenchTana French
10 May 1973
Writer
Edith WhartonEdith Wharton
24 January 1862
Writer

Roxann DawsonRoxann Dawson
11 September 1958
Actress

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

Frances Hodgson BurnettFrances Hodgson Burnett
24 November 1849
Novelist
Joyce Carol OatesJoyce Carol Oates
16 June 1938
Writer

Martha GellhornMartha Gellhorn
08 November 1908
Journalist & Writer

Denise NicholasDenise Nicholas
12 July 1944
Actress

Donna TarttDonna Tartt
23 December 1963
Author
Dashiell HammettDashiell Hammett
27 May 1894
Novelist
Shelby FooteShelby Foote
17 November 1916
Writer

Beverly ClearyBeverly Cleary
12 April 1916
Writer

Saul Bellow Saul Bellow
10 June 1915
Novelist

Louis L’AmourLouis L’Amour
22 March 1908
Novelist
Hanya YanagiharaHanya Yanagihara
20 September 1974
Novelist

John IrvingJohn Irving
02 March 1942
 

Kelly KillorenKelly Killoren
01 May 1968
Author, Socialite, Model

Willa CatherWilla Cather
07 December 1873
Author

Earl Hamner Jr.Earl Hamner Jr.
10 July 1923
Television Writer
MacKenzie BezosMacKenzie Bezos
07 April 1970
Novelist, Journalist

Ralph Waldo EllisonRalph Waldo Ellison
01 March 1914
Novelist
Anne Morrow LindberghAnne Morrow Lindbergh
22 June 1906
Renowned Author & Aviator

Edward GoreyEdward Gorey
22 February 1925
 
Oscar AcostaOscar Acosta
08 April 1935
Attorney, Author
Caspar WeinbergerCaspar Weinberger
18 August 1917
Politician