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
Quentin TarantinoQuentin Tarantino
27 March 1963

Rush LimbaughRush Limbaugh
12 January 1951
Radio Host, Political Commentator, Author, Former

John KrasinskiJohn Krasinski
20 October 1979
Actor, Director, Screenwriter

Louisa May AlcottLouisa May Alcott
29 November 1832

Katherine SchwarzeneggerKatherine Schwarzenegger
13 December 1989
Stephen KingStephen King
21 September 1947

Larry DavidLarry David
02 July 1947

Jamie Lee CurtisJamie Lee Curtis
22 November 1958
Actress, Author
Mary-Kate OlsenMary-Kate Olsen
13 June 1986
Actress, Fashion Designer

Ernest HemingwayErnest Hemingway
21 July 1899
Jordan BelfortJordan Belfort
09 July 1962

Woody AllenWoody Allen
01 December 1935
American bass guitarist

Benjamin FranklinBenjamin Franklin
17 January 1706
Founding Father of the United States

Emilio EstevezEmilio Estevez
12 May 1962

MacKenzie BezosMacKenzie Bezos
07 April 1970
Novelist, Journalist
Stan LeeStan Lee
28 December 1922
Creator of Daredevil, Fantastic Four, Hulk, Iron

Portia de RossiPortia de Rossi
31 January 1973

Helen KellerHelen Keller
27 June 1880

Rosario DawsonRosario Dawson
09 May 1979
Anthony BourdainAnthony Bourdain
25 June 1956
Chef, Author, T.V. Personality

Ben ShapiroBen Shapiro
15 January 1984
Political Commentator, Public Speaker
Edgar Allan PoeEdgar Allan Poe
19 January 1809
Author, Poet, Editor and Literary Critic

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

Jim MorrisonJim Morrison
08 December 1943
Steve MartinSteve Martin
14 August 1945

Maya AngelouMaya Angelou
04 April 1928
Fran DrescherFran Drescher
30 September 1957

Dr. SeussDr. Seuss
02 March 1904
Writer, Cartoonist

Emily DickinsonEmily Dickinson
10 December 1830
Ethan HawkeEthan Hawke
06 November 1970
Actor, Director, Screenwriter

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Mara WilsonMara Wilson
24 July 1987
Writer, Actress
Francis Ford CoppolaFrancis Ford Coppola
07 April 1939

Mark Twain ImageMark Twain
30 November 1835
Author and Humorist

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

Amy SedarisAmy Sedaris
29 March 1961
Isaac AsimovIsaac Asimov
02 January 1920
Writer, Professor
Sidney PoitierSidney Poitier
20 February 1927

David ArquetteDavid Arquette
08 September 1971
Actor, Playwright

Wendy WilliamsWendy Williams
18 July 1964
TV Host, Actress, Fashion Designer, Author

Laura IngrahamLaura Ingraham
19 June 1964
Radio Host, Author and Political Commentator
Patti SmithPatti Smith
30 December 1946

Malcolm GladwellMalcolm Gladwell
03 September 1963
Writer, Journalist

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

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

Robert E howardRobert E. Howard
22 January 1906
Pulp Fiction Writer
Guy FieriGuy Fieri
22 January 1968
Restaurateur, Cookbook Author

Tracy LettsTracy Letts
04 July 1965
Actor, Screenwriter
Sylvia PlathSylvia Plath
27 October 1932
Poet, Novelist, and Writer

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

David Foster WallaceDavid Foster Wallace
21 February 1962
F. Scott FitzgeraldF. Scott Fitzgerald
24 September 1896

Tony RobbinsTony Robbins
29 February 1960
Jack LondonJack London
12 January 1876

Eartha KittEartha Kitt
17 January 1927

Tom ClancyTom Clancy
12 April 1947

Lisa Brennan-JobsLisa Brennan-Jobs
17 May 1978
Daughter of Steve Jobs

William BaldwinWilliam Baldwin
23 February 1963
Billy GrahamBilly Graham
07 November 1918

Alan WattsAlan Watts
06 January 1915
Philosopher, Writer & Speaker

Toni MorrisonToni Morrison
18 February 1931

J. D. SalingerJ. D. Salinger
01 January 1919
Sam ShepardSam Shepard
05 November 1943

Candace Cameron BureCandace Cameron Bure
06 April 1976
Gloria VanderbiltGloria Vanderbilt
20 February 1924
Artist, Actress

Andy CohenAndy Cohen
02 June 1968
Television Show Host

Caroline KennedyCaroline Kennedy
27 November 1957
Langston HughesLangston Hughes
01 February 1902
Poet, Novelist, Playwright, & Columnist

Chaz Bono Chaz Bono
04 March 1969
Actor, LGBT Rights Activist
Amanda KnoxAmanda Knox
09 July 1987

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

David McCallumDavid McCallum
19 September 1933
Thomas JaneThomas Jane
22 February 1969

James BaldwinJames Baldwin
02 August 1924
John SteinbeckJohn Steinbeck
27 February 1902

Joan RiversJoan Rivers
08 June 1933

Ben CarsonBen Carson
18 September 1951
Politician, Former Neurosurgeon

Charles BukowskiCharles Bukowski
16 August 1920
Carly SimonCarly Simon
25 June 1945
Kurt VonnegutKurt Vonnegut
11 November 1922
American writer

Sean HannitySean Hannity
30 December 1961
Talk Show Host

Robert FrostRobert Frost
26 March 1874

Ralph Waldo EmersionRalph Waldo Emerson
25 May 1803
American Lecturer, Philosopher, Essayist & Poet
Arthur MillerArthur Miller
17 October 1915

Truman CapoteTruman Capote
30 September 1924

Michael MooreMichael Moore
23 April 1954
Documentary Filmmaker

Angela Davis Angela Davis
26 January 1944
Political Activist

Henry David ThoreauHenry David Thoreau
12 July 1817
Writer and Philosopher
Laura Ingalls WilderLaura Ingalls Wilder
07 February 1867
American writer

Doris RobertsDoris Roberts
04 November 1925
John LeguizamoJohn Leguizamo
22 July 1964
Actor, Stand-up Comedian

Ann CoulterAnn Coulter
08 December 1961
Michael CrichtonMichael Crichton
23 October 1942
Author, Screenwriter, Film Director
Mackenzie PhillipsMackenzie Phillips
10 November 1959