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.
George R. R. MartinGeorge R. R. Martin
20 September 1948
Screenwriter, Novelist
Gloria VanderbiltGloria Vanderbilt
20 February 1924
Artist, Actress

Stan LeeStan Lee
28 December 1922
Creator of Daredevil, Fantastic Four, Hulk, Iron

Rashida JonesRashida Jones
25 February 1976
Actress

Quentin TarantinoQuentin Tarantino
27 March 1963
Fimmaker

Katherine SchwarzeneggerKatherine Schwarzenegger
13 December 1989
Author
John KrasinskiJohn Krasinski
20 October 1979
Actor, Director, Screenwriter

Ben ShapiroBen Shapiro
15 January 1984
Political Commentator, Public Speaker

Stephen KingStephen King
21 September 1947
Author

Anthony BourdainAnthony Bourdain
25 June 1956
Chef, Author, T.V. Personality
Mary-Kate OlsenMary-Kate Olsen
13 June 1986
Actress, Fashion Designer

Ernest HemingwayErnest Hemingway
21 July 1899
Writer
MacKenzie BezosMacKenzie Bezos
07 April 1970
Novelist, Journalist

Jordan BelfortJordan Belfort
09 July 1962
Author

Benjamin FranklinBenjamin Franklin
17 January 1706
Founding Father of the United States
Helen KellerHelen Keller
27 June 1880
Writer, Member of Socialist Party of America,

Emilio EstevezEmilio Estevez
12 May 1962
Actor, Director, Screenwriter
Portia de RossiPortia de Rossi
31 January 1973
Actor, Writer, Model

Jim MorrisonJim Morrison
08 December 1943
Singer, Lyricist, Poet, Musician, Filmmaker

Woody AllenWoody Allen
01 December 1935
American bass guitarist
Amanda KnoxAmanda Knox
09 July 1987
Writer

Jamie Lee CurtisJamie Lee Curtis
22 November 1958
Actress, Author
Adrianne PalickiAdrianne Palicki
06 May 1983
Actress

Danai GuriraDanai Gurira
14 February 1978
Actress

Jennifer EspositoJennifer Esposito
11 April 1973
Actress, Ex-Wife of Bradley Cooper

H. P. LovecraftH. P. Lovecraft
20 August 1890
Writer
Edgar Allan PoeEdgar Allan Poe
19 January 1809
Author, Poet, Editor and Literary Critic
Steve MartinSteve Martin
14 August 1945
Comedian

Charlie McDowellCharlie McDowell
10 July 1983
Film Director

Tony RobbinsTony Robbins
29 February 1960
 

David ArquetteDavid Arquette
08 September 1971
Actor, Playwright
Ethan HawkeEthan Hawke
06 November 1970
Actor, Director, Screenwriter

Hoda KotbHoda Kotb
09 August 1964
Journalist, Author, TV Anchor

Mark TwainMark Twain
30 November 1835
Author and Humorist

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

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Dr. SeussDr. Seuss
02 March 1904
Writer, Cartoonist
Mara WilsonMara Wilson
24 July 1987
Writer, Actress

Laura IngrahamLaura Ingraham
19 June 1964
Radio Host, Author and Political Commentator
Wendy WilliamsWendy Williams
18 July 1964
TV Host, Actress, Fashion Designer, Author

Maya AngelouMaya Angelou
04 April 1928
Author

Chaz Bono Chaz Bono
04 March 1969
Actor, LGBT Rights Activist
Robert FrostRobert Frost
26 March 1874
Poet

Guy FieriGuy Fieri
22 January 1968
Restaurateur, Cookbook Author
Francis Ford CoppolaFrancis Ford Coppola
07 April 1939
 

F. Scott FitzgeraldF. Scott Fitzgerald
24 September 1896
Novelist

Ayn RandAyn Rand
02 February 1905
Author, Screenwriter, Playwright, Developer of a

Larry DavidLarry David
02 July 1947
 

John LeguizamoJohn Leguizamo
22 July 1964
Actor, Stand-up Comedian
Patti SmithPatti Smith
30 December 1946
Singer

Joss WhedonJoss Whedon
23 June 1964
Screenwriter, Director & Producer

Sylvia PlathSylvia Plath
27 October 1932
Poet, Novelist, and Writer

Sam ShepardSam Shepard
05 November 1943
Actor
Candace Cameron BureCandace Cameron Bure
06 April 1976
Actress

Caroline KennedyCaroline Kennedy
27 November 1957
Author
Alan WattsAlan Watts
06 January 1915
Philosopher, Writer & Speaker

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

David McCallumDavid McCallum
19 September 1933
Actor
Ben CarsonBen Carson
18 September 1951
Politician, Former Neurosurgeon

Sidney PoitierSidney Poitier
20 February 1927
 
Isaac AsimovIsaac Asimov
02 January 1920
Writer, Professor

Walt WhitmanWalt Whitman
31 May 1819
Poet & humanist

Thomas JaneThomas Jane
22 February 1969
 
Kurt VonnegutKurt Vonnegut
11 November 1922
American writer

Allen GinsbergAllen Ginsberg
03 June 1926
Poet
Arthur MillerArthur Miller
17 October 1915
 

Emily DickinsonEmily Dickinson
10 December 1830
Poet

John SteinbeckJohn Steinbeck
27 February 1902
Author

Rod SerlingRod Serling
25 December 1924
Screenwriter, TV Producer, Narrator
John DeanJohn Dean
14 October 1938
Author
Sam HarrisSam Harris
09 April 1967
Philosopher, Author

T. S. EliotT. S. Eliot
26 September 1888
Poet

David Foster WallaceDavid Foster Wallace
21 February 1962
Writer

Neil SimonNeil Simon
04 July 1927
Playwright & Screenwriter
Billy GrahamBilly Graham
07 November 1918
Evangelist

Tom ClancyTom Clancy
12 April 1947
Novelist

Truman CapoteTruman Capote
30 September 1924
Author

Carly SimonCarly Simon
25 June 1945
 

Laura Ingalls WilderLaura Ingalls Wilder
07 February 1867
American writer
Lisa Brennan-JobsLisa Brennan-Jobs
17 May 1978
Daughter of Steve Jobs

Lynne CheneyLynne Cheney
14 August 1941
Author, Former Show Host
Robert KiyosakiRobert Kiyosaki
08 April 1947
Businessman, Motivational Speaker & Author

Steve-OSteve-O
13 June 1974
Actor

Mike FarrellMike Farrell
06 February 1939
Actor
Philip K. DickPhilip K. Dick
16 December 1928
Novelist

Bret Easton EllisBret Easton Ellis
07 March 1964
Writer
Sela WardSela Ward
11 July 1956
Actress

Harper LeeHarper Lee
28 April 1926
Novelist

Amy SedarisAmy Sedaris
29 March 1961
 

James BaldwinJames Baldwin
02 August 1924
Novelist
Joan RiversJoan Rivers
08 June 1933
Actress

Charles BukowskiCharles Bukowski
16 August 1920
Poet
Henry David ThoreauHenry David Thoreau
12 July 1817
Writer and Philosopher

Jack KerouacJack Kerouac
12 March 1922
Novelist, Poet

Chuck LorreChuck Lorre
18 October 1952
Writer, Television Producer, Director

Morris ChestnutMorris Chestnut
01 January 1969
Actor
Aldous HuxleyAldous Huxley
26 July 1894
Writer