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.
Julie AndrewsJulie Andrews

01 October 1935

William ShakespeareWilliam Shakespeare

23 April 1564

J. K. RowlingJ. K. Rowling

31 July 1965

Charles DickensCharles Dickens

07 February 1812

Sacha Baron CohenSacha Baron Cohen

13 October 1971

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

03 January 1892

Mary ShelleyMary Shelley

30 August 1797

Agatha ChristieAgatha Christie

15 September 1890

Roald DahlRoald Dahl

13 September 1916

Jane AustenJane Austen

16 December 1775

Mary BerryMary Berry

24 March 1935

Aleister CrowleyAleister Crowley

12 October 1875

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George OrwellGeorge Orwell

25 June 1903

Geri HalliwellGeri Halliwell

06 August 1972

John CleeseJohn Cleese

27 October 1939

Rudyard KiplingRudyard Kipling

30 December 1865

Virginia WoolfVirginia Woolf

25 January 1882

Nigella LawsonNigella Lawson

06 January 1960

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C. S. LewisC. S. Lewis

29 November 1898

Darcey BussellDarcey Bussell

27 April 1969

Joan CollinsJoan Collins

23 May 1933

Lord ByronLord Byron

22 January 1788

Neil GaimanNeil Gaiman

10 November 1960

A. A. MilneA. A. Milne

18 January 1882

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Salman RushdieSalman Rushdie

19 June 1947

Alan WattsAlan Watts

06 January 1915

William BlakeWilliam Blake

28 November 1757

Richard AyoadeRichard Ayoade

12 June 1977

David McCallumDavid McCallum

19 September 1933

William WordsworthWilliam Wordsworth

07 April 1770

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Lewis CarrollLewis Carroll

27 January 1832

Lucy HawkingLucy Hawking

02 November 1970

Aldous HuxleyAldous Huxley

26 July 1894

H. G. WellsH. G. Wells

21 September 1866

Sharon OsbourneSharon Osbourne

09 October 1952

Mark RylanceMark Rylance

18 January 1960

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David IckeDavid Icke

29 April 1952

Ian FlemingIan Fleming

28 May 1908

Eric IdleEric Idle

29 March 1943

Thomas PaineThomas Paine

29 January 1737

Wilfred OwenWilfred Owen

18 March 1893

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Walter RaleighWalter Raleigh

22 January 1554

John MiltonJohn Milton

09 December 1608

John KeatsJohn Keats

31 October 1795

Alan MooreAlan Moore

18 November 1953

Mary WollstonecraftMary Wollstonecraft

27 April 1759

Thomas HardyThomas Hardy

02 June 1840

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Harold PinterHarold Pinter

10 October 1930

Gertrude BellGertrude Bell

14 July 1868

Beatrix PotterBeatrix Potter

28 July 1866

Sophie HunterSophie Hunter

16 March 1978

George EliotGeorge Eliot

22 November 1819

Samuel JohnsonSamuel Johnson

18 September 1709

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D. H. LawrenceD. H. Lawrence

11 September 1885

Douglas AdamsDouglas Adams

11 March 1952

William Morris William Morris

24 March 1834

Kazuo IshiguroKazuo Ishiguro

08 November 1954

Joseph ConradJoseph Conrad

03 December 1857

Ted HughesTed Hughes

17 August 1930

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Edmund BurkeEdmund Burke

12 January 1729

Emily BrontëEmily Brontë

30 July 1818

Enid BlytonEnid Blyton

11 August 1897

Karl PilkingtonKarl Pilkington

23 September 1972

Martin McDonaghMartin McDonagh

26 March 1970

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Bernard CornwellBernard Cornwell

23 February 1944

John DonneJohn Donne

22 January 1572

Alex GarlandAlex Garland

26 May 1970

John RuskinJohn Ruskin

08 February 1819

Daniel DefoeDaniel Defoe

13 September 1660

Siegfried SassoonSiegfried Sassoon

08 September 1886

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W. H. AudenW. H. Auden

21 February 1907

E. M. ForsterE. M. Forster

01 January 1879

Alexander PopeAlexander Pope

21 May 1688

V. S. NaipaulV. S. Naipaul

17 August 1932

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Spike MilliganSpike Milligan

16 April 1918

William GoldingWilliam Golding

19 September 1911

Robert BrowningRobert Browning

07 May 1812