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.
Virginia WoolfVirginia Woolf

25 January 1882

28 March 1941

England

Aquarius

William ShakespeareWilliam Shakespeare

23 April 1564

23 April 1616

Stratford-upon-Avon

Taurus

Julie AndrewsJulie Andrews

01 October 1935

Walton-on-Thames

Libra

J. K. RowlingJ. K. Rowling

31 July 1965

Yate

Leo

Charles DickensCharles Dickens

07 February 1812

09 June 1870

Landport

Aquarius

Agatha ChristieAgatha Christie

15 September 1890

12 January 1976

Torquay, Devon, England

Virgo

Sacha Baron CohenSacha Baron Cohen

13 October 1971

Hammersmith

Libra

J. R. R. TolkienJ. R. R. Tolkien

03 January 1892

02 September 1973

Bloemfontein, Orange Free State

Capricorn

Nigella LawsonNigella Lawson

06 January 1960

London, United Kingdom

Capricorn

Martin McDonaghMartin McDonagh

26 March 1970

Camberwell

Aries

Roald DahlRoald Dahl

13 September 1916

23 November 1990

Llandaff, Cardiff, Wales, United Kingdom

Virgo

George OrwellGeorge Orwell

25 June 1903

21 January 1950

Motihari

Cancer

Jane AustenJane Austen

16 December 1775

18 July 1817

Steventon Rectory, Hampshire, England

Sagittarius

Princess Michael of KentPrincess Michael of Kent

15 January 1945

Karlovy Vary

Capricorn

C. S. LewisC. S. Lewis

29 November 1898

22 November 1963

Belfast

Sagittarius

Sharon OsbourneSharon Osbourne

09 October 1952

Brixton, South London, England

Libra

Aleister CrowleyAleister Crowley

12 October 1875

01 December 1947

Leamington Spa

Libra

Salman RushdieSalman Rushdie

19 June 1947

Mumbai

Gemini

Lord ByronLord Byron

22 January 1788

19 April 1824

Dover, United Kingdom

Aquarius

John CleeseJohn Cleese

27 October 1939

Weston-super-Mare

Scorpio

Joan CollinsJoan Collins

23 May 1933

Paddington

Gemini

Robert BurnsRobert Burns

25 January 1759

21 July 1796

Ayrshire, Scotland, United Kingdom

Aquarius

Mark RylanceMark Rylance

18 January 1960

Ashford, United Kingdom

Capricorn

Rudyard KiplingRudyard Kipling

30 December 1865

18 January 1936

India

Capricorn

William BlakeWilliam Blake

28 November 1757

12 August 1827

Soho

Sagittarius

Alan WattsAlan Watts

06 January 1915

16 November 1973

Chislehurst, Kent, England

Capricorn

Neil GaimanNeil Gaiman

10 November 1960

Portchester, Hampshire, England

Scorpio

Mary ShelleyMary Shelley

30 August 1797

01 February 1851

Somers Town, London

Virgo

A. A. MilneA. A. Milne

18 January 1882

31 January 1956

Kilburn, London

Capricorn

Kazuo IshiguroKazuo Ishiguro

08 November 1954

Nagasaki, Japan

Scorpio

William WordsworthWilliam Wordsworth

07 April 1770

23 April 1850

Kingdom of Great Britain

Aries

Lewis CarrollLewis Carroll

27 January 1832

14 January 1898

England

Aquarius

John RuskinJohn Ruskin

08 February 1819

20 January 1900

England

Aquarius

Aldous HuxleyAldous Huxley

26 July 1894

22 November 1963

Godalming

Leo

Thomas PaineThomas Paine

29 January 1737

08 June 1809

Thetford, Norfolk, Great Britain

Aquarius

Walter RaleighWalter Raleigh

22 January 1554

29 October 1618

East Budleigh

Aquarius

Ian FlemingIan Fleming

28 May 1908

12 August 1964

Mayfair, London

Gemini

John KeatsJohn Keats

31 October 1795

23 February 1821

Moorgate

Scorpio

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

Douglas AdamsDouglas Adams

11 March 1952

11 May 2001

Cambridge

Pisces

George EliotGeorge Eliot

22 November 1819

22 December 1880

Warwickshire, England

Scorpio

Thomas HardyThomas Hardy

02 June 1840

11 January 1928

England

Gemini

E. M. ForsterE. M. Forster

01 January 1879

07 June 1970

Marylebone

Capricorn

Joseph ConradJoseph Conrad

03 December 1857

03 August 1924

Berdychiv

Sagittarius

Mary WollstonecraftMary Wollstonecraft

27 April 1759

10 September 1797

Spitalfields

Taurus

D. H. LawrenceD. H. Lawrence

11 September 1885

02 March 1930

Eastwood

Virgo

Alan MooreAlan Moore

18 November 1953

Northampton

Scorpio

Beatrix PotterBeatrix Potter

28 July 1866

22 December 1943

Kensington

Leo

Edmund BurkeEdmund Burke

12 January 1729

09 July 1797

Dublin, Republic of Ireland

Capricorn

Samuel JohnsonSamuel Johnson

18 September 1709

13 December 1784

Lichfield, United Kingdom

Virgo

John DonneJohn Donne

22 January 1572

31 March 1631

London, England

Aquarius

William Morris William Morris

24 March 1834

03 October 1896

Walthamstow, England

Aries

Eric IdleEric Idle

29 March 1943

South Shields

Aries

Enid BlytonEnid Blyton

11 August 1897

28 November 1968

East Dulwich, London, England

Leo

Daniel DefoeDaniel Defoe

13 September 1660

24 April 1731

London, England

Virgo

Ted HughesTed Hughes

17 August 1930

28 October 1998

Mytholmroyd

Leo

Wilfred OwenWilfred Owen

18 March 1893

04 November 1918

Oswestry

Pisces

W. H. AudenW. H. Auden

21 February 1907

29 September 1973

York

Pisces

Robert BrowningRobert Browning

07 May 1812

12 December 1889

Camberwell

Taurus

Daphne du MaurierDaphne du Maurier

13 May 1907

19 April 1989

London

Taurus

Alexander PopeAlexander Pope

21 May 1688

30 May 1744

London

Taurus

William GoldingWilliam Golding

19 September 1911

19 June 1993

Newquay

Virgo

Spike MilliganSpike Milligan

16 April 1918

27 February 2002

Ahmednagar

Aries

Harold PinterHarold Pinter

10 October 1930

24 December 2008

Metropolitan Borough of Hackney

Libra

BedeBede

0672 AD

26 May 0735

Jarrow

Elizabeth Barrett BrowningElizabeth Barrett Browning

06 March 1806

29 June 1861

Kelloe, Durham, England

Pisces

Siegfried SassoonSiegfried Sassoon

08 September 1886

01 September 1967

Matfield, Kent, England

Virgo

Ben JonsonBen Jonson

11 June 1572

06 August 1637

Westminster, London, England

Gemini

Philip LarkinPhilip Larkin

09 August 1922

02 December 1985

Radford, Coventry, United Kingdom

Leo

Tom StoppardTom Stoppard

03 July 1937

Zlín, Czechoslovakia

Cancer

Thomas MertonThomas Merton

31 January 1915

10 December 1968

Prades

Aquarius

SakiSaki

18 December 1870

13 November 1916

Sittwe

Sagittarius

Michael MorpurgoMichael Morpurgo

05 October 1943

St Albans

Libra

Bernard CornwellBernard Cornwell

23 February 1944

Pisces

John DrydenJohn Dryden

09 August 1631

12 May 1700

Northamptonshire, England

Leo

Matthew ArnoldMatthew Arnold

24 December 1822

15 April 1888

Laleham, United Kingdom

Capricorn

Carol Ann DuffyCarol Ann Duffy

23 December 1955

Glasgow

Capricorn

Anthony BurgessAnthony Burgess

25 February 1917

22 November 1993

Harpurhey, Manchester, England

Pisces

Henry Morton StanleyHenry Morton Stanley

28 January 1841

10 May 1904

Denbigh

Aquarius

Doris LessingDoris Lessing

22 October 1919

17 November 2013

Kermanshah

Libra

Carlton LeachCarlton Leach

12 March 1959

Canning Town, Essex

Pisces

J. B. PriestleyJ. B. Priestley

13 September 1894

14 August 1984

Bradford, West Riding of Yorkshire, England

Virgo

Alain de BottonAlain de Botton

20 December 1969

Zürich, Switzerland

Sagittarius

William Makepeace ThackerayWilliam Makepeace Thackeray

18 July 1811

24 December 1863

India

Cancer

John BunyanJohn Bunyan

28 November 1628

31 August 1688

Elstow, Bedfordshire, England

Sagittarius

Robert GravesRobert Graves

24 July 1895

07 December 1985

Wimbledon

Leo

Barbara CartlandBarbara Cartland

09 July 1901

21 May 2000

Edgbaston, Birmingham

Cancer

Tim VineTim Vine

04 March 1967

Cheam

Pisces

Charles LambCharles Lamb

10 February 1775

27 December 1834

Inner Temple, London, England

Aquarius

Richard Francis BurtonRichard Francis Burton

19 March 1821

20 October 1890

Torquay

Pisces

Elizabeth GaskellElizabeth Gaskell

29 September 1810

12 November 1865

Chelsea

Libra

Nick HornbyNick Hornby

17 April 1957

Redhill

Aries

Henry FieldingHenry Fielding

22 April 1707

08 October 1754

Sharpham

Taurus

Rupert BrookeRupert Brooke

03 August 1887

23 April 1915

Rugby

Leo

Arthur KoestlerArthur Koestler

05 September 1905

01 March 1983

Budapest, Austria-Hungary

Virgo

Quentin CrispQuentin Crisp

25 December 1908

21 November 1999

Sutton, Surrey, UK

Capricorn

William GodwinWilliam Godwin

03 March 1756

07 April 1836

Wisbech

Pisces

Alan CorenAlan Coren

27 June 1938

18 October 2007

Paddington

Cancer

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