List of famous British writers with their biographies that include trivia, interesting facts, timeline and life history.

Britain, with its rich literary heritage has produced more famous writers than any other country. The British literary tradition dates back to over a thousand years and has played a predominant role in shaping the development of English literature on the international scenario. The 14th century writer Geoffrey Chaucer is considered by many to be the Father of English Literature and the greatest poet of the Middle Ages. He was instrumental in developing the use of the vernacular Middle English. The most famous writer of all time is probably William Shakespeare. Also known as “The Bard”, the 16th century writer’s influence on the world literature has been so profound that his works are read even today. Another highly influential British writer was William Wordsworth who played a prominent role in the development of the literary movement called Romanticism. Britain has also produced a number of acclaimed female writers like Jane Austen, George Eliot (Mary Ann Evans), and the Bronte sisters. In the contemporary era, British writers like Lauren Child and J. K. Rowling have emerged amongst the most popular writers of children’s books. This section provides you information about the life and works of famous British writers.
William ShakespeareWilliam Shakespeare

23 April 1564

23 April 1616

Stratford-upon-Avon

Taurus

Charles DickensCharles Dickens

07 February 1812

09 June 1870

Landport

Aquarius

J. K. RowlingJ. K. Rowling

31 July 1965

Yate

Leo

J R R TolkienJ. R. R. Tolkien

03 January 1892

02 September 1973

Bloemfontein, Orange Free State

Capricorn

Roald DahlRoald Dahl

13 September 1916

23 November 1990

Llandaff, Cardiff, Wales, United Kingdom

Virgo

Sacha Baron CohenSacha Baron Cohen

13 October 1971

Hammersmith

Libra

George OrwellGeorge Orwell

25 June 1903

21 January 1950

Motihari

Cancer

Joan CollinsJoan Collins

23 May 1933

Paddington

Gemini

C. S. LewisC. S. Lewis

29 November 1898

22 November 1963

Belfast

Sagittarius

Lord ByronLord Byron

22 January 1788

19 April 1824

Dover, United Kingdom

Aquarius

Jane AustenJane Austen

16 December 1775

18 July 1817

Steventon Rectory, Hampshire, England

Sagittarius

Ian FlemingIan Fleming

28 May 1908

12 August 1964

Mayfair, London

Gemini

Julie AndrewsJulie Andrews

01 October 1935

Walton-on-Thames

Libra

Salman RushdieSalman Rushdie

19 June 1947

Mumbai

Gemini

Aldous HuxleyAldous Huxley

26 July 1894

22 November 1963

Godalming

Leo

Agatha ChristieAgatha Christie

15 September 1890

12 January 1976

Torquay, Devon, England

Virgo

Aleister CrowleyAleister Crowley

12 October 1875

01 December 1947

Leamington Spa

Libra

Virginia WoolfVirginia Woolf

25 January 1882

28 March 1941

England

Aquarius

Rudyard KiplingRudyard Kipling

30 December 1865

18 January 1936

India

Capricorn

John CleeseJohn Cleese

27 October 1939

Weston-super-Mare

Scorpio

Mark RylanceMark Rylance

18 January 1960

Ashford, United Kingdom

Capricorn

William BlakeWilliam Blake

28 November 1757

12 August 1827

Soho

Sagittarius

Walter RaleighWalter Raleigh

22 January 1554

29 October 1618

East Budleigh

Aquarius

Lewis CarrollLewis Carroll

27 January 1832

14 January 1898

England

Aquarius

Thomas PaineThomas Paine

29 January 1737

08 June 1809

Thetford, Norfolk, Great Britain

Aquarius

William WordsworthWilliam Wordsworth

07 April 1770

23 April 1850

Kingdom of Great Britain

Aries

Neil GaimanNeil Gaiman

10 November 1960

Portchester, Hampshire, England

Scorpio

Thomas MertonThomas Merton

31 January 1915

10 December 1968

Prades

Aquarius

Mary ShelleyMary Shelley

30 August 1797

01 February 1851

Somers Town, London

Virgo

Nigella LawsonNigella Lawson

06 January 1960

London, United Kingdom

Capricorn

Alan WattsAlan Watts

06 January 1915

16 November 1973

Chislehurst, Kent, England

Capricorn

Samuel JohnsonSamuel Johnson

18 September 1709

13 December 1784

Lichfield, United Kingdom

Virgo

Geoffrey ChaucerGeoffrey Chaucer

1343 AD

25 October 1400

London, United Kingdom

John MiltonJohn Milton

09 December 1608

08 November 1674

Cheapside, City of London, United Kingdom

Sagittarius

Thomas HardyThomas Hardy

02 June 1840

11 January 1928

England

Gemini

Edmund BurkeEdmund Burke

12 January 1729

09 July 1797

Dublin, Republic of Ireland

Capricorn

John KeatsJohn Keats

31 October 1795

23 February 1821

Moorgate

Scorpio

Alan MooreAlan Moore

18 November 1953

Northampton

Scorpio

Mary WollstonecraftMary Wollstonecraft

27 April 1759

10 September 1797

Spitalfields

Taurus

William Morris William Morris

24 March 1834

03 October 1896

Walthamstow, England

Aries

Ted HughesTed Hughes

17 August 1930

28 October 1998

Mytholmroyd

Leo

Charlotte BronteCharlotte Bronte

21 April 1816

31 March 1855

Thornton, Yorkshire, England

Taurus

Douglas AdamsDouglas Adams

11 March 1952

11 May 2001

Cambridge

Pisces

Joseph ConradJoseph Conrad

03 December 1857

03 August 1924

Berdychiv

Sagittarius

John RuskinJohn Ruskin

08 February 1819

20 January 1900

England

Aquarius

D. H. LawrenceD. H. Lawrence

11 September 1885

02 March 1930

Eastwood

Virgo

John DonneJohn Donne

22 January 1572

31 March 1631

London, England

Aquarius

George EliotGeorge Eliot

22 November 1819

22 December 1880

Warwickshire, England

Scorpio

Sharon OsbourneSharon Osbourne

09 October 1952

Brixton, South London, England

Libra

Wilfred OwenWilfred Owen

18 March 1893

04 November 1918

Oswestry

Pisces

Bernard CornwellBernard Cornwell

23 February 1944

Pisces

Alexander PopeAlexander Pope

21 May 1688

30 May 1744

London

Taurus

Robert BurnsRobert Burns

25 January 1759

21 July 1796

Ayrshire, Scotland, United Kingdom

Aquarius

Daniel DefoeDaniel Defoe

13 September 1660

24 April 1731

London, England

Virgo

Eric IdleEric Idle

29 March 1943

South Shields

Aries

Emily BrontëEmily Brontë

30 July 1818

19 December 1848

Thornton, West Yorkshire

Leo

Enid BlytonEnid Blyton

11 August 1897

28 November 1968

East Dulwich, London, England

Leo

BedeBede

0672 AD

26 May 0735

Jarrow

W. H. AudenW. H. Auden

21 February 1907

29 September 1973

York

Pisces

George HerbertGeorge Herbert

03 April 1593

01 March 1633

Montgomery

Aries

Beatrix PotterBeatrix Potter

28 July 1866

22 December 1943

Kensington

Leo

SakiSaki

18 December 1870

13 November 1916

Sittwe

Sagittarius

Robert BrowningRobert Browning

07 May 1812

12 December 1889

Camberwell

Taurus

Doris LessingDoris Lessing

22 October 1919

17 November 2013

Kermanshah

Libra

Daphne du MaurierDaphne du Maurier

13 May 1907

19 April 1989

London

Taurus

Harold PinterHarold Pinter

10 October 1930

24 December 2008

Metropolitan Borough of Hackney

Libra

William GoldingWilliam Golding

19 September 1911

19 June 1993

Newquay

Virgo

A. A. MilneA. A. Milne

18 January 1882

31 January 1956

Kilburn, London

Capricorn

Ben JonsonBen Jonson

11 June 1572

06 August 1637

Westminster, London, England

Gemini

Anthony BurgessAnthony Burgess

25 February 1917

22 November 1993

Harpurhey, Manchester, England

Pisces

Siegfried SassoonSiegfried Sassoon

08 September 1886

01 September 1967

Matfield, Kent, England

Virgo

Philip LarkinPhilip Larkin

09 August 1922

02 December 1985

Radford, Coventry, United Kingdom

Leo

Elizabeth Barrett BrowningElizabeth Barrett Browning

06 March 1806

29 June 1861

Kelloe, Durham, England

Pisces

Nick HornbyNick Hornby

17 April 1957

Redhill

Aries

E. M. ForsterE. M. Forster

01 January 1879

07 June 1970

Marylebone

Capricorn

Spike MilliganSpike Milligan

16 April 1918

27 February 2002

Ahmednagar

Aries

Kazuo IshiguroKazuo Ishiguro

08 November 1954

Nagasaki, Japan

Scorpio

Munshi PremchandMunshi Premchand

31 July 1880

08 October 1936

Lamhi

Leo

Alain de BottonAlain de Botton

20 December 1969

Zürich, Switzerland

Sagittarius

Tom StoppardTom Stoppard

03 July 1937

Zlín, Czechoslovakia

Cancer

Matthew ArnoldMatthew Arnold

24 December 1822

15 April 1888

Laleham, United Kingdom

Capricorn

Henry Morton StanleyHenry Morton Stanley

28 January 1841

10 May 1904

Denbigh

Aquarius

J. B. PriestleyJ. B. Priestley

13 September 1894

14 August 1984

Bradford, West Riding of Yorkshire, England

Virgo

Robert GravesRobert Graves

24 July 1895

07 December 1985

Wimbledon

Leo

Anne BradstreetAnne Bradstreet

20 March 1612

16 September 1672

Northampton

Pisces

John DrydenJohn Dryden

09 August 1631

12 May 1700

Northamptonshire, England

Leo

Carol Ann DuffyCarol Ann Duffy

23 December 1955

Glasgow

Capricorn

Richard Francis BurtonRichard Francis Burton

19 March 1821

20 October 1890

Torquay

Pisces

Princess Michael of KentPrincess Michael of Kent

15 January 1945

Karlovy Vary

Capricorn

Michael MorpurgoMichael Morpurgo

05 October 1943

St Albans

Libra

John BunyanJohn Bunyan

28 November 1628

31 August 1688

Elstow, Bedfordshire, England

Sagittarius

Arthur KoestlerArthur Koestler

05 September 1905

01 March 1983

Budapest, Austria-Hungary

Virgo

Rupert BrookeRupert Brooke

03 August 1887

23 April 1915

Rugby

Leo

Angela CarterAngela Carter

07 May 1940

16 February 1992

Eastbourne, England

Taurus

Martin McDonaghMartin McDonagh

26 March 1970

Camberwell

Aries

Kingsley AmisKingsley Amis

16 April 1922

22 October 1995

England

Aries

Jerome K. JeromeJerome K. Jerome

02 May 1859

14 June 1927

Caldmore, United Kingdom

Taurus

Pat CondellPat Condell

23 November 1949

Dublin, Ireland

Sagittarius

William Makepeace ThackerayWilliam Makepeace Thackeray

18 July 1811

24 December 1863

India

Cancer

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