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

Jennifer EspositoJennifer Esposito

11 April 1973

George R. R. MartinGeorge R. R. Martin

20 September 1948

Quentin TarantinoQuentin Tarantino

27 March 1963

John KrasinskiJohn Krasinski

20 October 1979

Stephen KingStephen King

21 September 1947

Ernest HemingwayErnest Hemingway

21 July 1899

Woody AllenWoody Allen

01 December 1935

Benjamin FranklinBenjamin Franklin

17 January 1706

Portia de RossiPortia de Rossi

31 January 1973

MacKenzie BezosMacKenzie Bezos

07 April 1970

Katherine SchwarzeneggerKatherine Schwarzenegger

13 December 1989

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Helen KellerHelen Keller

27 June 1880

Jordan BelfortJordan Belfort

09 July 1962

Anthony BourdainAnthony Bourdain

25 June 1956

Dr. SeussDr. Seuss

02 March 1904

Emilio EstevezEmilio Estevez

12 May 1962

Jim MorrisonJim Morrison

08 December 1943

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Maya AngelouMaya Angelou

04 April 1928

Jamie Lee CurtisJamie Lee Curtis

22 November 1958

Mary-Kate OlsenMary-Kate Olsen

13 June 1986

Wendy WilliamsWendy Williams

18 July 1964

Danai GuriraDanai Gurira

14 February 1978

Edgar Allan PoeEdgar Allan Poe

19 January 1809

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Charlie McDowellCharlie McDowell

10 July 1983

H. P. LovecraftH. P. Lovecraft

20 August 1890

Ethan HawkeEthan Hawke

06 November 1970

Amanda KnoxAmanda Knox

09 July 1987

Hoda KotbHoda Kotb

09 August 1964

Mark TwainMark Twain

30 November 1835

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Steve MartinSteve Martin

14 August 1945

James BaldwinJames Baldwin

02 August 1924

David ArquetteDavid Arquette

08 September 1971

Hunter S. ThompsonHunter S. Thompson

18 July 1937

Sidney PoitierSidney Poitier

20 February 1927

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Tony RobbinsTony Robbins

29 February 1960

David McCallumDavid McCallum

19 September 1933

Ayn RandAyn Rand

02 February 1905

Rod SerlingRod Serling

25 December 1924

Laura IngrahamLaura Ingraham

19 June 1964

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Ann CoulterAnn Coulter

08 December 1961

Mara WilsonMara Wilson

24 July 1987

Guy FieriGuy Fieri

22 January 1968

F. Scott FitzgeraldF. Scott Fitzgerald

24 September 1896

Sylvia PlathSylvia Plath

27 October 1932

Chaz Bono Chaz Bono

04 March 1969

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Mackenzie PhillipsMackenzie Phillips

10 November 1959

Langston HughesLangston Hughes

01 February 1902

Amy SedarisAmy Sedaris

29 March 1961

J. D. SalingerJ. D. Salinger

01 January 1919

Caroline KennedyCaroline Kennedy

27 November 1957

Sam HarrisSam Harris

09 April 1967

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Sam ShepardSam Shepard

05 November 1943

Larry DavidLarry David

02 July 1947

Emily DickinsonEmily Dickinson

10 December 1830

Alan WattsAlan Watts

06 January 1915

Thomas JaneThomas Jane

22 February 1969

Isaac AsimovIsaac Asimov

02 January 1920

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Billy GrahamBilly Graham

07 November 1918

Kurt VonnegutKurt Vonnegut

11 November 1922

Ben CarsonBen Carson

18 September 1951

Robert FrostRobert Frost

26 March 1874

Angela Davis Angela Davis

26 January 1944

John SteinbeckJohn Steinbeck

27 February 1902

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Gloria VanderbiltGloria Vanderbilt

20 February 1924

Sela WardSela Ward

11 July 1956

Arthur MillerArthur Miller

17 October 1915

Lynne CheneyLynne Cheney

14 August 1941

T. S. EliotT. S. Eliot

26 September 1888

Morris ChestnutMorris Chestnut

01 January 1969

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Carly SimonCarly Simon

25 June 1945

Robert KiyosakiRobert Kiyosaki

08 April 1947

Tom ClancyTom Clancy

12 April 1947

Joss WhedonJoss Whedon

23 June 1964

Patti SmithPatti Smith

30 December 1946

Shonda RhimesShonda Rhimes

13 January 1970

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Truman CapoteTruman Capote

30 September 1924

Joan RiversJoan Rivers

08 June 1933