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.
John KrasinskiJohn Krasinski
20 October 1979
Actor, Director, Screenwriter
Quentin TarantinoQuentin Tarantino
27 March 1963
Fimmaker

Joel McHaleJoel McHale
20 November 1971
Comedian, Actor

Shaun KingShaun King
17 September 1979
Writer

Tucker CarlsonTucker Carlson
16 May 1969
Journalist

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

Ben ShapiroBen Shapiro
15 January 1984
Political Commentator, Public Speaker

Jordan BelfortJordan Belfort
09 July 1962
Author
James BaldwinJames Baldwin
02 August 1924
Novelist

Jamie Lee CurtisJamie Lee Curtis
22 November 1958
Actress, Author
Benjamin FranklinBenjamin Franklin
17 January 1706
Founding Father of the United States

Stephen KingStephen King
21 September 1947
Author

Helen KellerHelen Keller
27 June 1880
Author

Angela Davis Angela Davis
26 January 1944
Political Activist

Woody AllenWoody Allen
01 December 1935
American bass guitarist
Ernest HemingwayErnest Hemingway
21 July 1899
Journalist

Gloria VanderbiltGloria Vanderbilt
20 February 1924
Artist, Actress

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

Guy FieriGuy Fieri
22 January 1968
Restaurateur, Cookbook Author
Stan LeeStan Lee
28 December 1922
Creator of Daredevil, Fantastic Four, Hulk, Iron

Laura IngrahamLaura Ingraham
19 June 1964
Radio Host, Author and Political Commentator
Rosario DawsonRosario Dawson
09 May 1979
Actress

Emilio EstevezEmilio Estevez
12 May 1962
Actor

Larry DavidLarry David
02 July 1947
 
Jim MorrisonJim Morrison
08 December 1943
Singer-songwriter

MacKenzie BezosMacKenzie Bezos
07 April 1970
Novelist, Journalist
Ethan HawkeEthan Hawke
06 November 1970
Actor

Michelle McNamaraMichelle McNamara
14 April 1970
Freelance Writer, Blogger

Candace Cameron BureCandace Cameron Bure
06 April 1976
Actress
Mara WilsonMara Wilson
24 July 1987
Writer, Actress

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H. P. LovecraftH. P. Lovecraft
20 August 1890
Writer
Portia de RossiPortia de Rossi
31 January 1973
Model

Fran DrescherFran Drescher
30 September 1957
Actress

Joe ScarboroughJoe Scarborough
09 April 1963
Former United States Representative

Edgar Allan PoeEdgar Allan Poe
19 January 1809
Writer
Steve MartinSteve Martin
14 August 1945
Comedian
Mark Twain ImageMark Twain
30 November 1835
Writer

Francis Ford CoppolaFrancis Ford Coppola
07 April 1939
 

Sean HannitySean Hannity
30 December 1961
Talk Show Host

Maya AngelouMaya Angelou
04 April 1928
Poet
Ayn RandAyn Rand
02 February 1905
Author, Screenwriter, Playwright, Developer of a

Sidney PoitierSidney Poitier
20 February 1927
 

Ben CarsonBen Carson
18 September 1951
Politician, Former Neurosurgeon

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

Louisa May AlcottLouisa May Alcott
29 November 1832
Writer
Andy CohenAndy Cohen
02 June 1968
Television Show Host

David ArquetteDavid Arquette
08 September 1971
Actor
F. Scott FitzgeraldF. Scott Fitzgerald
24 September 1896
Novelist

Caroline KennedyCaroline Kennedy
27 November 1957
Author

Hunter S. ThompsonHunter S. Thompson
18 July 1937
Journalist and Author
Chirlane McCrayChirlane McCray
29 November 1954
Writer, Social Activist

Jennifer EspositoJennifer Esposito
11 April 1973
Actress, Ex-Wife of Bradley Cooper
Dr. SeussDr. Seuss
02 March 1904
Author

Carly SimonCarly Simon
25 June 1945
 

Toni MorrisonToni Morrison
18 February 1931
Novelist

Isaac AsimovIsaac Asimov
02 January 1920
Writer, Professor

Dalton TrumboDalton Trumbo
09 December 1905
Screenwriter, Novelist
Sam ShepardSam Shepard
05 November 1943
Actor

John LeguizamoJohn Leguizamo
22 July 1964
Actor, Stand-up Comedian

Assata ShakurAssata Shakur
16 July 1947
Murder Convict

Henry David ThoreauHenry David Thoreau
12 July 1817
Writer and Philosopher
William BaldwinWilliam Baldwin
23 February 1963
Actor

Michael CrichtonMichael Crichton
23 October 1942
Author, Screenwriter, Film Director
Lisa Brennan-JobsLisa Brennan-Jobs
17 May 1978
Daughter of Steve Jobs

Cory BookerCory Booker
27 April 1969
United States Senator

George R. R. MartinGeorge R. R. Martin
20 September 1948
Screenwriter, Novelist
Mackenzie PhillipsMackenzie Phillips
10 November 1959
Actress

Shirley JacksonShirley Jackson
14 December 1916
Author
Malcolm GladwellMalcolm Gladwell
03 September 1963
Writer, Journalist

Truman CapoteTruman Capote
30 September 1924
Author

Emily DickinsonEmily Dickinson
10 December 1830
Poet
Ralph Waldo EmersionRalph Waldo Emerson
25 May 1803
American Lecturer, Philosopher, Essayist & Poet

Roger StoneRoger Stone
27 August 1952
Political Consultant
Patti SmithPatti Smith
30 December 1946
Singer

Adrianne PalickiAdrianne Palicki
06 May 1983
Actress

Sam HarrisSam Harris
09 April 1967
Philosopher, Author

Tony RobbinsTony Robbins
29 February 1960
Author
David Foster WallaceDavid Foster Wallace
21 February 1962
Writer
Laura Ingalls WilderLaura Ingalls Wilder
07 February 1867
American writer

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

Joan RiversJoan Rivers
08 June 1933
Actress

Shonda RhimesShonda Rhimes
13 January 1970
Television Producer
Billy GrahamBilly Graham
07 November 1918
Evangelist

Michael MooreMichael Moore
23 April 1954
Documentary Filmmaker

Ann CoulterAnn Coulter
08 December 1961
 

Alan WattsAlan Watts
06 January 1915
Philosopher, Writer & Speaker

Joss WhedonJoss Whedon
23 June 1964
Screenwriter, Director & Producer
Steve-OSteve-O
13 June 1974
Actor

Rush LimbaughRush Limbaugh
12 January 1951
Radio Host, Political Commentator, Author, Former
Amanda KnoxAmanda Knox
09 July 1987
Writer

Amy SedarisAmy Sedaris
29 March 1961
 
Arthur MillerArthur Miller
17 October 1915
 
Deepak ChopraDeepak Chopra
22 October 1946
Motivational Speaker, Writer