Books are keystones. They express volumes through their words, their pages, their covers, and their content. America has been home to many splendid writers — of enlightened minds and liberated American spirits, and of capacious verbal heritage. It is both startling and sad that so little credit has heretofore been given to the American writers, the key keepers of American culture. Across decades, from the time of the Revolution till now, America's home-bred writers have stressed on the issues and concerns of the American people and have, in turn, influenced their thinking. Kudos to these writers for producing some of the world’s great literature, essays and poetry! The literate world has acknowledged and lauded famous American writers since Thoreau and Emerson. Poets like Whitman and Emily Dickinson have inspired a whole generation of poem lovers and rank among the oft-translated poets of their time. The writing force continues, with more and more readers seeking solace in the pantheon of America’s great writers. And while America’s literary traditions are not as expansive as other cultures, its literature is as rich and enduring as any in the canon. Read the biographies to explore the timelines, life stories and interesting trivia & facts related to the lives of famous literary illuminates that America has produced.
Ben ShapiroBen Shapiro
15 January 1984
Political Commentator, Public Speaker
Michelle McNamaraMichelle McNamara
14 April 1970
Freelance Writer, Blogger

Tucker CarlsonTucker Carlson
16 May 1969
Journalist

James BaldwinJames Baldwin
02 August 1924
Novelist

Shaun KingShaun King
17 September 1979
Writer

Anthony BourdainAnthony Bourdain
25 June 1956
Chef, Author, T.V. Personality
Benjamin FranklinBenjamin Franklin
17 January 1706
Founding Father of the United States

Angela Davis Angela Davis
26 January 1944
Political Activist

Quentin TarantinoQuentin Tarantino
27 March 1963
Fimmaker
Woody AllenWoody Allen
01 December 1935
American bass guitarist

Jordan BelfortJordan Belfort
09 July 1962
Author
Nick CannonNick Cannon
08 October 1980
Actor

Roger StoneRoger Stone
27 August 1952
Political Consultant

H. P. LovecraftH. P. Lovecraft
20 August 1890
Writer

John KrasinskiJohn Krasinski
20 October 1979
Actor, Director, Screenwriter

Helen KellerHelen Keller
27 June 1880
Author
Ernest HemingwayErnest Hemingway
21 July 1899
Journalist

Steve BingSteve Bing
31 March 1965
Businessman

Stephen KingStephen King
21 September 1947
Author

Jamie Lee CurtisJamie Lee Curtis
22 November 1958
Actress, Author
Emilio EstevezEmilio Estevez
12 May 1962
Actor

Mel BrooksMel Brooks
28 June 1926
Director
Stan LeeStan Lee
28 December 1922
Creator of Daredevil, Fantastic Four, Hulk, Iron

Katherine SchwarzeneggerKatherine Schwarzenegger
13 December 1989
Daughter of Arnold Schwarzenegger, Author

Sean HannitySean Hannity
30 December 1961
Talk Show Host
Portia de RossiPortia de Rossi
31 January 1973
Model

Guy FieriGuy Fieri
22 January 1968
Restaurateur, Cookbook Author
Mara WilsonMara Wilson
24 July 1987
Writer, Actress

Jim MorrisonJim Morrison
08 December 1943
Singer-songwriter

Rosario DawsonRosario Dawson
09 May 1979
Actress
Oliver StoneOliver Stone
15 September 1946
Film Director, Screenwriter, Producer

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Chaz Bono Chaz Bono
04 March 1969
Actor, LGBT Rights Activist
Candace Cameron BureCandace Cameron Bure
06 April 1976
Actress

Ben CarsonBen Carson
18 September 1951
Politician, Former Neurosurgeon

Joel McHaleJoel McHale
20 November 1971
Comedian, Actor

Ethan HawkeEthan Hawke
06 November 1970
Actor
David ArquetteDavid Arquette
08 September 1971
Actor
Cory BookerCory Booker
27 April 1969
United States Senator

Ayn RandAyn Rand
02 February 1905
Writer

Assata ShakurAssata Shakur
16 July 1947
Murder Convict

Steve MartinSteve Martin
14 August 1945
Comedian
MacKenzie BezosMacKenzie Bezos
07 April 1970
Novelist, Journalist

Edgar Allan PoeEdgar Allan Poe
19 January 1809
Writer

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

Caroline KennedyCaroline Kennedy
27 November 1957
Author

Sidney PoitierSidney Poitier
20 February 1927
 
Mary-Kate OlsenMary-Kate Olsen
13 June 1986
Actress, Fashion Designer

Mark Twain ImageMark Twain
30 November 1835
Writer
Maya AngelouMaya Angelou
04 April 1928
Poet

Francis Ford CoppolaFrancis Ford Coppola
07 April 1939
FilmMaker

Dan BonginoDan Bongino
04 December 1974
Commentator
Toni MorrisonToni Morrison
18 February 1931
Novelist

Jessica SeinfeldJessica Seinfeld
12 September 1971
Cookbook Author, Wife of Jerry Seinfeld
Jennifer EspositoJennifer Esposito
11 April 1973
Actress, Ex-Wife of Bradley Cooper

Chris ColferChris Colfer
27 May 1990
Actor

Henry David ThoreauHenry David Thoreau
12 July 1817
Writer and Philosopher

Larry DavidLarry David
02 July 1947
 

Chirlane McCrayChirlane McCray
29 November 1954
Writer, Social Activist
Shirley JacksonShirley Jackson
14 December 1916
Author

Isaac AsimovIsaac Asimov
02 January 1920
Writer, Professor

Sam HarrisSam Harris
09 April 1967
Philosopher, Author

Dr. SeussDr. Seuss
02 March 1904
Author
Joss WhedonJoss Whedon
23 June 1964
Screenwriter, Director & Producer

Ralph Waldo EmersionRalph Waldo Emerson
25 May 1803
American Lecturer, Philosopher, Essayist & Poet
F. Scott FitzgeraldF. Scott Fitzgerald
24 September 1896
Novelist

Fran DrescherFran Drescher
30 September 1957
Actress

Mackenzie PhillipsMackenzie Phillips
10 November 1959
Actress
Sam ShepardSam Shepard
05 November 1943
Actor

Malcolm GladwellMalcolm Gladwell
03 September 1963
Writer, Journalist
Lisa Brennan-JobsLisa Brennan-Jobs
17 May 1978
Daughter of Steve Jobs

William BaldwinWilliam Baldwin
23 February 1963
Actor

Gloria VanderbiltGloria Vanderbilt
20 February 1924
Artist, Actress
Eartha KittEartha Kitt
17 January 1927
Singer

Steve-OSteve-O
13 June 1974
Actor
George R. R. MartinGeorge R. R. Martin
20 September 1948
Screenwriter, Novelist

Charles BukowskiCharles Bukowski
16 August 1920
Poet

Tony RobbinsTony Robbins
29 February 1960
Author

Carly SimonCarly Simon
25 June 1945
 
Joan RiversJoan Rivers
08 June 1933
Actress
David Foster WallaceDavid Foster Wallace
21 February 1962
Writer

Francis Scott KeyFrancis Scott Key
01 August 1779
Lawyer

Adrianne PalickiAdrianne Palicki
06 May 1983
Actress

John LeguizamoJohn Leguizamo
22 July 1964
Actor, Stand-up Comedian
Laura Ingalls WilderLaura Ingalls Wilder
07 February 1867
American writer

Billy GrahamBilly Graham
07 November 1918
Evangelist

Patti SmithPatti Smith
30 December 1946
Singer

Andy CohenAndy Cohen
02 June 1968
Television Show Host

Ann CoulterAnn Coulter
08 December 1961
 
Louisa May AlcottLouisa May Alcott
29 November 1832
Writer

Sylvia PlathSylvia Plath
27 October 1932
Poet, Novelist, and Writer
Aldous HuxleyAldous Huxley
26 July 1894
Writer

Alan WattsAlan Watts
06 January 1915
Philosopher, Writer & Speaker
Ta-Nehisi CoatesTa-Nehisi Coates
30 September 1975
Author
Michael CrichtonMichael Crichton
23 October 1942
Author, Screenwriter, Film Director