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
Rashida JonesRashida Jones
25 February 1976
Actress

John KrasinskiJohn Krasinski
20 October 1979
Actor, Director, Screenwriter

Stephen KingStephen King
21 September 1947
Author

Jamie Lee CurtisJamie Lee Curtis
22 November 1958
Actress, Author

Katherine SchwarzeneggerKatherine Schwarzenegger
13 December 1989
Author
Quentin TarantinoQuentin Tarantino
27 March 1963
Fimmaker

Ben ShapiroBen Shapiro
15 January 1984
Political Commentator, Public Speaker

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

Woody AllenWoody Allen
01 December 1935
American bass guitarist
Emily DickinsonEmily Dickinson
10 December 1830
Poet

Mary-Kate OlsenMary-Kate Olsen
13 June 1986
Actress, Fashion Designer
Ernest HemingwayErnest Hemingway
21 July 1899
Journalist

Jordan BelfortJordan Belfort
09 July 1962
Author

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

Benjamin FranklinBenjamin Franklin
17 January 1706
Founding Father of the United States
Edgar Allan PoeEdgar Allan Poe
19 January 1809
Author, Poet, Editor and Literary Critic

Anthony BourdainAnthony Bourdain
25 June 1956
Chef, Author, T.V. Personality

Dr. SeussDr. Seuss
02 March 1904
Writer, Cartoonist
Helen KellerHelen Keller
27 June 1880
Author

Rosario DawsonRosario Dawson
09 May 1979
Actress
Jim MorrisonJim Morrison
08 December 1943
Singer, Lyricist, Poet, Musician, Filmmaker

Emilio EstevezEmilio Estevez
12 May 1962
Actor, Director, Screenwriter

Adrianne PalickiAdrianne Palicki
06 May 1983
Actress

Francis Ford CoppolaFrancis Ford Coppola
07 April 1939
 
H. P. LovecraftH. P. Lovecraft
20 August 1890
Writer
Portia de RossiPortia de Rossi
31 January 1973
Model

Malcolm GladwellMalcolm Gladwell
03 September 1963
Writer, Journalist

Louisa May AlcottLouisa May Alcott
29 November 1832
Writer

Tom ClancyTom Clancy
12 April 1947
Novelist
Ethan HawkeEthan Hawke
06 November 1970
Actor, Director, Screenwriter

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Steve MartinSteve Martin
14 August 1945
Comedian

Amy SedarisAmy Sedaris
29 March 1961
 

Charlie McDowellCharlie McDowell
10 July 1983
Film Director

David ArquetteDavid Arquette
08 September 1971
Actor, Playwright
Mark TwainMark Twain
30 November 1835
Author and Humorist

Mara WilsonMara Wilson
24 July 1987
Writer, Actress
Hoda KotbHoda Kotb
09 August 1964
Journalist, Author, TV Anchor

Sidney PoitierSidney Poitier
20 February 1927
 

Laura IngrahamLaura Ingraham
19 June 1964
Radio Host, Author and Political Commentator
Amanda KnoxAmanda Knox
09 July 1987
Writer

Larry DavidLarry David
02 July 1947
 
Hunter S. ThompsonHunter S. Thompson
18 July 1937
Journalist and Author

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

Maya AngelouMaya Angelou
04 April 1928
Author

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

Tony RobbinsTony Robbins
29 February 1960
 
Jennifer EspositoJennifer Esposito
11 April 1973
Actress, Ex-Wife of Bradley Cooper

Patti SmithPatti Smith
30 December 1946
Singer

Eartha KittEartha Kitt
17 January 1927
Singer

Guy FieriGuy Fieri
22 January 1968
Restaurateur, Cookbook Author
Alan WattsAlan Watts
06 January 1915
Philosopher, Writer & Speaker

Sam ShepardSam Shepard
05 November 1943
Actor
F. Scott FitzgeraldF. Scott Fitzgerald
24 September 1896
Novelist

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

Candace Cameron BureCandace Cameron Bure
06 April 1976
Actress
Billy GrahamBilly Graham
07 November 1918
Evangelist

Kurt VonnegutKurt Vonnegut
11 November 1922
American writer
Caroline KennedyCaroline Kennedy
27 November 1957
Author

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

Carly SimonCarly Simon
25 June 1945
 
Fran DrescherFran Drescher
30 September 1957
Actress

David McCallumDavid McCallum
19 September 1933
Actor
Thomas PaineThomas Paine
29 January 1737
Founding Father of the United States

Olivia OlsonOlivia Olson
21 May 1992
Actress

Tracy LettsTracy Letts
04 July 1965
Actor, Screenwriter

Chuck LorreChuck Lorre
18 October 1952
Writer, Television Producer, Director
Isaac AsimovIsaac Asimov
02 January 1920
Writer, Professor
William BaldwinWilliam Baldwin
23 February 1963
Actor

Arthur MillerArthur Miller
17 October 1915
 

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

John SteinbeckJohn Steinbeck
27 February 1902
Author
Truman CapoteTruman Capote
30 September 1924
Author

Mick MarsMick Mars
04 May 1951
Musician

Gloria VanderbiltGloria Vanderbilt
20 February 1924
Artist, Actress

Toni MorrisonToni Morrison
18 February 1931
Novelist

Joan RiversJoan Rivers
08 June 1933
Actress
Henry David ThoreauHenry David Thoreau
12 July 1817
Writer and Philosopher

Ann CoulterAnn Coulter
08 December 1961
 
Aldous HuxleyAldous Huxley
26 July 1894
Writer

Charles BukowskiCharles Bukowski
16 August 1920
Poet

Ralph Waldo EmersionRalph Waldo Emerson
25 May 1803
American Lecturer, Philosopher, Essayist & Poet
Lisa Brennan-JobsLisa Brennan-Jobs
17 May 1978
Daughter of Steve Jobs

Doris RobertsDoris Roberts
04 November 1925
Actress
Robert FrostRobert Frost
26 March 1874
Poet

Thomas JaneThomas Jane
22 February 1969
 

Walt WhitmanWalt Whitman
31 May 1819
Poet & humanist

Sean HannitySean Hannity
30 December 1961
Talk Show Host
Michael MooreMichael Moore
23 April 1954
Documentary Filmmaker

Rosanne CashRosanne Cash
24 May 1955
Singer-Songwriter, author
David Foster WallaceDavid Foster Wallace
21 February 1962
Writer

Lynne CheneyLynne Cheney
14 August 1941
Author, Former Show Host
Mike FarrellMike Farrell
06 February 1939
Actor

Philip K. DickPhilip K. Dick
16 December 1928
Novelist
Sela WardSela Ward
11 July 1956
Actress