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

26 April 1564

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

03 January 1892

Virginia WoolfVirginia Woolf

25 January 1882

J. K. RowlingJ. K. Rowling

31 July 1965

Agatha ChristieAgatha Christie

15 September 1890

Sacha Baron CohenSacha Baron Cohen

13 October 1971

Julie AndrewsJulie Andrews

01 October 1935

Mary ShelleyMary Shelley

30 August 1797

Salman RushdieSalman Rushdie

19 June 1947

Joan CollinsJoan Collins

23 May 1933

Jane AustenJane Austen

16 December 1775

Roald DahlRoald Dahl

13 September 1916

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Charles DickensCharles Dickens

07 February 1812

George OrwellGeorge Orwell

25 June 1903

Geri HalliwellGeri Halliwell

06 August 1972

C. S. LewisC. S. Lewis

29 November 1898

Neil GaimanNeil Gaiman

10 November 1960

Aleister CrowleyAleister Crowley

12 October 1875

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David McCallumDavid McCallum

19 September 1933

Lord ByronLord Byron

22 January 1788

John CleeseJohn Cleese

27 October 1939

Sharon OsbourneSharon Osbourne

09 October 1952

Mary BerryMary Berry

24 March 1935

Alan WattsAlan Watts

06 January 1915

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Rudyard KiplingRudyard Kipling

30 December 1865

William BlakeWilliam Blake

28 November 1757

Ian FlemingIan Fleming

28 May 1908

Gertrude BellGertrude Bell

14 July 1868

H. G. WellsH. G. Wells

21 September 1866

William WordsworthWilliam Wordsworth

07 April 1770

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Richard AyoadeRichard Ayoade

12 June 1977

Nigella LawsonNigella Lawson

06 January 1960

Lewis CarrollLewis Carroll

27 January 1832

Aldous HuxleyAldous Huxley

26 July 1894

A. A. MilneA. A. Milne

18 January 1882

Eric IdleEric Idle

29 March 1943

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David IckeDavid Icke

29 April 1952

Mary WollstonecraftMary Wollstonecraft

27 April 1759

Walter RaleighWalter Raleigh

22 January 1554

Thomas PaineThomas Paine

29 January 1737

John KeatsJohn Keats

31 October 1795

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John MiltonJohn Milton

09 December 1608

Lucy HawkingLucy Hawking

02 November 1970

Karl PilkingtonKarl Pilkington

23 September 1972

George EliotGeorge Eliot

22 November 1819

Sophie HunterSophie Hunter

16 March 1978

Douglas AdamsDouglas Adams

11 March 1952

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Thomas HardyThomas Hardy

02 June 1840

John RuskinJohn Ruskin

08 February 1819

Beatrix PotterBeatrix Potter

28 July 1866

Alan MooreAlan Moore

18 November 1953

William Morris William Morris

24 March 1834

Mark RylanceMark Rylance

18 January 1960

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Edmund BurkeEdmund Burke

12 January 1729

Joseph ConradJoseph Conrad

03 December 1857

Samuel JohnsonSamuel Johnson

18 September 1709

D. H. LawrenceD. H. Lawrence

11 September 1885

Kazuo IshiguroKazuo Ishiguro

08 November 1954

Emily BrontëEmily Brontë

30 July 1818

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Jane AsherJane Asher

05 April 1946

Enid BlytonEnid Blyton

11 August 1897

Ted HughesTed Hughes

17 August 1930

Martin McDonaghMartin McDonagh

26 March 1970

John DonneJohn Donne

22 January 1572

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Daniel DefoeDaniel Defoe

13 September 1660

Spike MilliganSpike Milligan

16 April 1918

Robert BrowningRobert Browning

07 May 1812

W. H. AudenW. H. Auden

21 February 1907

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Wilfred OwenWilfred Owen

18 March 1893

E. M. ForsterE. M. Forster

01 January 1879

Harold PinterHarold Pinter

10 October 1930

Alexander PopeAlexander Pope

21 May 1688

Alex GarlandAlex Garland

26 May 1970

Cilla BlackCilla Black

27 May 1943

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William GoldingWilliam Golding

19 September 1911

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Anthony BurgessAnthony Burgess

25 February 1917