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.
Abbie HoffmanAbbie Hoffman
30 November 1936
Anti-War Activist
Ben ShapiroBen Shapiro
15 January 1984
Political Commentator, Public Speaker

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

Charlie McDowellCharlie McDowell
10 July 1983
Film Director

Tucker CarlsonTucker Carlson
16 May 1969
Journalist

Benjamin FranklinBenjamin Franklin
17 January 1706
Founding Father of the United States
Quentin TarantinoQuentin Tarantino
27 March 1963
Fimmaker

Jamie Lee CurtisJamie Lee Curtis
22 November 1958
Actress, Author

John KrasinskiJohn Krasinski
20 October 1979
Actor, Director, Screenwriter
Helen KellerHelen Keller
27 June 1880
Author

Michelle McNamaraMichelle McNamara
14 April 1970
Freelance Writer, Blogger
Anthony BourdainAnthony Bourdain
25 June 1956
Chef, Author, T.V. Personality

Jordan BelfortJordan Belfort
09 July 1962
Author

Stephen KingStephen King
21 September 1947
Author

Ernest HemingwayErnest Hemingway
21 July 1899
Journalist

Stan LeeStan Lee
28 December 1922
Creator of Daredevil, Fantastic Four, Hulk, Iron
Woody AllenWoody Allen
01 December 1935
American bass guitarist

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

Emilio EstevezEmilio Estevez
12 May 1962
Actor

Ethan HawkeEthan Hawke
06 November 1970
Actor
Edgar Allan PoeEdgar Allan Poe
19 January 1809
Writer

Rosario DawsonRosario Dawson
09 May 1979
Actress
Dan BonginoDan Bongino
04 December 1974
Commentator

Cory BookerCory Booker
27 April 1969
United States Senator

David ArquetteDavid Arquette
08 September 1971
Actor
Sean HannitySean Hannity
30 December 1961
Talk Show Host

Mara WilsonMara Wilson
24 July 1987
Writer, Actress
Jim MorrisonJim Morrison
08 December 1943
Singer-songwriter

Portia de RossiPortia de Rossi
31 January 1973
Model

James BaldwinJames Baldwin
02 August 1924
Novelist
Clayton KershawClayton Kershaw
19 March 1988
Baseball Pitcher

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Jennifer EspositoJennifer Esposito
11 April 1973
Actress, Ex-Wife of Bradley Cooper
Candace Cameron BureCandace Cameron Bure
06 April 1976
Actress

Francis Ford CoppolaFrancis Ford Coppola
07 April 1939
FilmMaker

Mel BrooksMel Brooks
28 June 1926
Director

Nick CannonNick Cannon
08 October 1980
Actor
Ayn RandAyn Rand
02 February 1905
Writer
Steve MartinSteve Martin
14 August 1945
Comedian

Caroline KennedyCaroline Kennedy
27 November 1957
Author

Chaz Bono Chaz Bono
04 March 1969
Actor, LGBT Rights Activist

Guy FieriGuy Fieri
22 January 1968
Restaurateur, Cookbook Author
Mark Twain ImageMark Twain
30 November 1835
Writer

Ben CarsonBen Carson
18 September 1951
Politician, Former Neurosurgeon

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

Larry DavidLarry David
02 July 1947
 

F. Scott FitzgeraldF. Scott Fitzgerald
24 September 1896
Novelist
Shaun KingShaun King
17 September 1979
Writer

Joel McHaleJoel McHale
20 November 1971
Comedian, Actor
Nicolle WallaceNicolle Wallace
04 February 1972
Former White House Communications Director

Fran DrescherFran Drescher
30 September 1957
Actress

Mary-Kate OlsenMary-Kate Olsen
13 June 1986
Actress, Fashion Designer
Maya AngelouMaya Angelou
04 April 1928
Poet

Hunter S. ThompsonHunter S. Thompson
18 July 1937
Journalist and Author
Angela Davis Angela Davis
26 January 1944
Political Activist

Oliver StoneOliver Stone
15 September 1946
Film Director, Screenwriter, Producer

Henry David ThoreauHenry David Thoreau
12 July 1817
Writer and Philosopher

Sidney PoitierSidney Poitier
20 February 1927
 

Steve-OSteve-O
13 June 1974
Actor
Amanda KnoxAmanda Knox
09 July 1987
Writer

Sam ShepardSam Shepard
05 November 1943
Actor

Mackenzie PhillipsMackenzie Phillips
10 November 1959
Actress

Ralph Waldo EmersionRalph Waldo Emerson
25 May 1803
American Lecturer, Philosopher, Essayist & Poet
John LeguizamoJohn Leguizamo
22 July 1964
Actor, Stand-up Comedian

Dr. SeussDr. Seuss
02 March 1904
Author
Isaac AsimovIsaac Asimov
02 January 1920
Writer, Professor

Patti SmithPatti Smith
30 December 1946
Singer

Adrianne PalickiAdrianne Palicki
06 May 1983
Actress
Charles BukowskiCharles Bukowski
16 August 1920
Poet

Sylvia PlathSylvia Plath
27 October 1932
Poet, Novelist, and Writer
William BaldwinWilliam Baldwin
23 February 1963
Actor

Joss WhedonJoss Whedon
23 June 1964
Screenwriter, Director & Producer

Joan RiversJoan Rivers
08 June 1933
Actress
David Foster WallaceDavid Foster Wallace
21 February 1962
Writer

Ann CoulterAnn Coulter
08 December 1961
 
Billy GrahamBilly Graham
07 November 1918
Evangelist

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

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

Aldous HuxleyAldous Huxley
26 July 1894
Writer
Alan WattsAlan Watts
06 January 1915
Philosopher, Writer & Speaker
Gloria VanderbiltGloria Vanderbilt
20 February 1924
Artist, Actress

Sam HarrisSam Harris
09 April 1967
Philosopher, Author

Malcolm GladwellMalcolm Gladwell
03 September 1963
Writer, Journalist

Shirley JacksonShirley Jackson
14 December 1916
Author
Roger StoneRoger Stone
27 August 1952
Political Consultant

Marcela ValladolidMarcela Valladolid
19 July 1978
Chef

Tony RobbinsTony Robbins
29 February 1960
Author

Kurt VonnegutKurt Vonnegut
11 November 1922
American writer

Tracy LettsTracy Letts
04 July 1965
Actor, Screenwriter
Shonda RhimesShonda Rhimes
13 January 1970
Television Producer

Arthur MillerArthur Miller
17 October 1915
 
Carly SimonCarly Simon
25 June 1945
 

Emily DickinsonEmily Dickinson
10 December 1830
Poet
Eartha KittEartha Kitt
17 January 1927
Singer
Jake TapperJake Tapper
12 March 1969
Journalist