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.
Stan LeeStan Lee

28 December 1922

John KrasinskiJohn Krasinski

20 October 1979

Portia de RossiPortia de Rossi

31 January 1973

Dorothy Bush KochDorothy Bush Koch

18 August 1959

Benjamin FranklinBenjamin Franklin

17 January 1706

Anthony BourdainAnthony Bourdain

25 June 1956

Jamie Lee CurtisJamie Lee Curtis

22 November 1958

Quentin TarantinoQuentin Tarantino

27 March 1963

Ernest HemingwayErnest Hemingway

21 July 1899

Jordan BelfortJordan Belfort

09 July 1962

Dr. SeussDr. Seuss

02 March 1904

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Stephen KingStephen King

21 September 1947

Ann CoulterAnn Coulter

08 December 1961

Jennifer EspositoJennifer Esposito

11 April 1973

Woody AllenWoody Allen

01 December 1935

Helen KellerHelen Keller

27 June 1880

Jim MorrisonJim Morrison

08 December 1943

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Katherine SchwarzeneggerKatherine Schwarzenegger

13 December 1989

Edgar Allan PoeEdgar Allan Poe

19 January 1809

George R. R. MartinGeorge R. R. Martin

20 September 1948

H. P. LovecraftH. P. Lovecraft

20 August 1890

Emilio EstevezEmilio Estevez

12 May 1962

John LeguizamoJohn Leguizamo

22 July 1964

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Steve MartinSteve Martin

14 August 1945

Mark TwainMark Twain

30 November 1835

Ethan HawkeEthan Hawke

06 November 1970

Mara WilsonMara Wilson

24 July 1987

Sylvia PlathSylvia Plath

27 October 1932

Amanda KnoxAmanda Knox

09 July 1987

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David ArquetteDavid Arquette

08 September 1971

Mary-Kate OlsenMary-Kate Olsen

13 June 1986

J. D. SalingerJ. D. Salinger

01 January 1919

Chuck LorreChuck Lorre

18 October 1952

Caroline KennedyCaroline Kennedy

27 November 1957

Tony RobbinsTony Robbins

29 February 1960

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Ayn RandAyn Rand

02 February 1905

Chaz Bono Chaz Bono

04 March 1969

Laura IngrahamLaura Ingraham

19 June 1964

Guy FieriGuy Fieri

22 January 1968

Larry DavidLarry David

02 July 1947

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F. Scott FitzgeraldF. Scott Fitzgerald

24 September 1896

James BaldwinJames Baldwin

02 August 1924

Wendy WilliamsWendy Williams

18 July 1964

Sam ShepardSam Shepard

05 November 1943

Maya AngelouMaya Angelou

04 April 1928

Lynne CheneyLynne Cheney

14 August 1941

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Hunter S. ThompsonHunter S. Thompson

18 July 1937

John GrishamJohn Grisham

08 February 1955

Joan RiversJoan Rivers

08 June 1933

Isaac AsimovIsaac Asimov

02 January 1920

Gloria VanderbiltGloria Vanderbilt

20 February 1924

Sidney PoitierSidney Poitier

20 February 1927

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Sam HarrisSam Harris

09 April 1967

Hoda KotbHoda Kotb

09 August 1964

Thomas JaneThomas Jane

22 February 1969

Philip K. DickPhilip K. Dick

16 December 1928

MacKenzie BezosMacKenzie Bezos

07 April 1970

Danai GuriraDanai Gurira

14 February 1978

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Alan WattsAlan Watts

06 January 1915

David McCallumDavid McCallum

19 September 1933

Patti SmithPatti Smith

30 December 1946

John SteinbeckJohn Steinbeck

27 February 1902

Angela Davis Angela Davis

26 January 1944

Billy GrahamBilly Graham

07 November 1918

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Tom ClancyTom Clancy

12 April 1947

Kurt VonnegutKurt Vonnegut

11 November 1922

Arthur MillerArthur Miller

17 October 1915

Robert FrostRobert Frost

26 March 1874

Ben CarsonBen Carson

18 September 1951

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David Foster WallaceDavid Foster Wallace

21 February 1962

T. S. EliotT. S. Eliot

26 September 1888

Charles BukowskiCharles Bukowski

16 August 1920

Tracy LettsTracy Letts

04 July 1965

Emily DickinsonEmily Dickinson

10 December 1830

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Aldous HuxleyAldous Huxley

26 July 1894

Ree DrummondRee Drummond

06 January 1969

Michael MooreMichael Moore

23 April 1954