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
Toni MorrisonToni Morrison
18 February 1931
Novelist

Ernest HemingwayErnest Hemingway
21 July 1899
Journalist

MacKenzie BezosMacKenzie Bezos
07 April 1970
Novelist, Journalist

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

Mark TwainMark Twain
30 November 1835
Author and Humorist
Dr. SeussDr. Seuss
02 March 1904
Writer, Cartoonist

F. Scott FitzgeraldF. Scott Fitzgerald
24 September 1896
Novelist

David McCallumDavid McCallum
19 September 1933
Actor

Truman CapoteTruman Capote
30 September 1924
Author
Kurt VonnegutKurt Vonnegut
11 November 1922
American writer

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

John SteinbeckJohn Steinbeck
27 February 1902
Author

Tom ClancyTom Clancy
12 April 1947
Novelist
James BaldwinJames Baldwin
02 August 1924
Novelist

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

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

Robby BensonRobby Benson
21 January 1956
Actor
Harper LeeHarper Lee
28 April 1926
Novelist

Herman MelvilleHerman Melville
01 August 1819
 
John GrishamJohn Grisham
08 February 1955
American writer

William FaulknerWilliam Faulkner
25 September 1897
Writer, Nobel Laureate

Nicholas SparksNicholas Sparks
31 December 1965
Novelist

Ray BradburyRay Bradbury
22 August 1920
Writer
William S. BurroughsWilliam S. Burroughs
05 February 1914
Novelist, Short Story Writer
Richard BelzerRichard Belzer
04 August 1944
Stand-up Comedian, Actor, Author

Gore VidalGore Vidal
03 October 1925
 

James PattersonJames Patterson
22 March 1947
Writer

Zelda FitzgeraldZelda Fitzgerald
24 July 1900
Novelist
George KennedyGeorge Kennedy
18 February 1925
Actor

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Louisa May AlcottLouisa May Alcott
29 November 1832
Writer

Bruce BoxleitnerBruce Boxleitner
12 May 1950
Actor

Vladimir NabokovVladimir Nabokov
22 April 1899
Novelist

Shirley JacksonShirley Jackson
14 December 1916
Author
Chuck Palahniuk Chuck Palahniuk
21 February 1962
Novelist & Journalist

Robert A. HeinleinRobert A. Heinlein
07 July 1907
Science Fiction Writer
Beverly ClearyBeverly Cleary
12 April 1916
Writer

Gertrude SteinGertrude Stein
03 February 1874
American novelist

Nathaniel HawthorneNathaniel Hawthorne
04 July 1804
American Novelist
Henry JamesHenry James
15 April 1843
Writer

Dirk BlockerDirk Blocker
31 July 1957
Actor
Dee Dee RamoneDee Dee Ramone
18 September 1951
Musician

Dalton TrumboDalton Trumbo
09 December 1905
Screenwriter, Novelist

Philip RothPhilip Roth
19 March 1933
Novelist

Eileen DavidsonEileen Davidson
15 June 1959
Actress

Roxann DawsonRoxann Dawson
11 September 1958
Actress
William GibsonWilliam Gibson
17 March 1948
Speculative Fiction Writer

Joseph HellerJoseph Heller
01 May 1923
Novelist

Edgar Rice BurroughsEdgar Rice Burroughs
01 September 1875
Creator of Tarzan

Danielle SteelDanielle Steel
14 August 1947
Novelist
Sterling HaydenSterling Hayden
26 March 1916
Actor

Sinclair LewisSinclair Lewis
07 February 1885
Nobel Prize Winner in Literature
Raymond ChandlerRaymond Chandler
23 July 1888
Novelist and Screenwriter

Zora Neale HurstonZora Neale Hurston
07 January 1891
Folklorist, Anthropologist

Harlan EllisonHarlan Ellison
27 May 1934
Writer
Robert E howardRobert E. Howard
22 January 1906
Pulp Fiction Writer

Khaled HosseiniKhaled Hosseini
04 March 1965
Novelist
Mona SimpsonMona Simpson
14 June 1957
Author

Upton SinclairUpton Sinclair
20 September 1878
American writer

Joyce Carol OatesJoyce Carol Oates
16 June 1938
Writer
Edith WhartonEdith Wharton
24 January 1862
Writer

Martha GellhornMartha Gellhorn
08 November 1908
Journalist & Writer
Isabel AllendeIsabel Allende
02 August 1942
Writer

Jhumpa LahiriJhumpa Lahiri
11 July 1967
Writer

Elijah DanielElijah Daniel
09 January 1994
Comedian

John IrvingJohn Irving
02 March 1942
 
Willa CatherWilla Cather
07 December 1873
Author
Saul Bellow Saul Bellow
10 June 1915
Novelist

James A. MichenerJames A. Michener
03 February 1907
 

Anne Morrow LindberghAnne Morrow Lindbergh
22 June 1906
Renowned Author & Aviator

Panio GianopoulosPanio Gianopoulos
07 July 1975
Author
Olivia OlsonOlivia Olson
21 May 1992
Actress

Larry McMurtryLarry McMurtry
03 June 1936
Novelist

John CheeverJohn Cheever
27 May 1912
Novelist & Short Story Writer

Pat ConroyPat Conroy
26 October 1945
Writer

R. A. SalvatoreR. A. Salvatore
20 January 1959
Novelist
Edward GoreyEdward Gorey
22 February 1925
 

Barbara KingsolverBarbara Kingsolver
08 April 1955
Novelist, Poet, Essayist
Amy TanAmy Tan
19 February 1952
Writer

Sandra CisnerosSandra Cisneros
20 December 1954
Writer

Carson McCullersCarson McCullers
19 February 1917
American novelist
John GreenJohn Green
24 August 1977
Author, Vlogger

Caspar WeinbergerCaspar Weinberger
18 August 1917
Politician
Isaac Bashevis SingerIsaac Bashevis Singer
21 November 1902
Writer

Robert BlochRobert Bloch
05 April 1917
Novelist, Short-story Writer

Kinky FriedmanKinky Friedman
01 November 1944
Country Singer, Songwriter, Novelist

Robert M. PirsigRobert M. Pirsig
06 September 1928
Writer, Philosopher
John GalsworthyJohn Galsworthy
14 August 1867
Nobel Laureate in Literature

Jerzy KosińskiJerzy Kosiński
14 June 1933
Novelist
Richard FordRichard Ford
16 February 1944
Novelist & Short Story Writer

Henry AdamsHenry Adams
16 February 1838
Historian
Sholem AleichemSholem Aleichem
02 March 1859
Author

Sherwood AndersonSherwood Anderson
13 September 1876
Writer
Jamaica KincaidJamaica Kincaid
25 May 1949
Novelist