Literature has influenced the world greatly and has many times even changed it or the better. However, there have also been times where a few works of literature have resulted in wars, conflicts, controversies and has even divided people based on ideologies. Legendary writers like Ernest Hemmingway, Pablo Neruda, T.S Elliott, William Faulkner, Herman Hasse and Rabindranath Tagore have bagged the Nobel Prize for literature in the past. Ernest Hemmingway was honored with the prestigious prize in 1954. This noted novelist and writer from the United States has penned several path breaking literary works like ‘A Farewell To Arms’, ‘For Whom The Bell Tolls’, ‘The Sun Also Rises’ and ‘The Old Man And The Sea’. Hemmingway has also penned several short stories as well. T.S Elliot was considered one of the best poets of the 20th century. Many works of these individuals are famous worldwide and some of their novels have also been the inspiration behind blockbuster flicks.
Bob DylanBob Dylan
24 May 1941, American
Singer & Songwriter
Rabindranath TagoreRabindranath Tagore
07 May 1861, Indian

Toni MorrisonToni Morrison
18 February 1931, American

George Bernard ShawGeorge Bernard Shaw
26 July 1856, Irish

Albert CamusAlbert Camus
07 November 1913, Algerian, French

Rudyard KiplingRudyard Kipling
30 December 1865, British
Author & Poet
Jean-Paul SartreJean-Paul Sartre
21 June 1905, French

John SteinbeckJohn Steinbeck
27 February 1902, American

T. S. EliotT. S. Eliot
26 September 1888, American
William FaulknerWilliam Faulkner
25 September 1897, American
Writer, Nobel Laureate

Aleksandr Isayevich SolzhenitsynAleksandr Solzhenitsyn
11 December 1918, Russian, Russian
Samuel BeckettSamuel Beckett
13 April 1906, Irish
Novelist, Playwright, Theater Director

Pablo NerudaPablo Neruda
12 July 1904, Chilean
Chilean poet

Hermann HesseHermann Hesse
02 July 1877, Swiss, German

Eugene Gladstone O'Neill Eugene O'Neill
16 October 1888, American

Paul Thomas MannThomas Mann
06 June 1875, Swiss, German
Novelist, Short Story Writer
Sinclair LewisSinclair Lewis
07 February 1885, American
Nobel Prize Winner in Literature

Harold PinterHarold Pinter
10 October 1930, British
Nobel Prize Winner in Literature

Mario Vargas LlosaMario Vargas Llosa
28 March 1936, Peruvian

Seamus HeaneySeamus Heaney
13 April 1939, Irish
Wole SoyinkaWole Soyinka
13 July 1934, Nigerian
Author, Poet, Playwright

Boris PasternakBoris Pasternak
10 February 1890, Russian, Russian
Poet & Writer
William GoldingWilliam Golding
19 September 1911, British

Alice MunroAlice Munro
10 July 1931, Canadian

Saul Bellow Saul Bellow
10 June 1915, American
Doris LessingDoris Lessing
22 October 1919, British
Novelist, Short Story Writer

Orhan PamukOrhan Pamuk
07 June 1952, Turkish
Henri BergsonHenri Bergson
18 October 1859, French
Philosopher and Writer

Svetlana AlexievichSvetlana Alexievich
31 May 1948, Belarusian
Write and Nobel Prize Winner in Literature

Naguib Mahfouz Naguib Mahfouz
11 December 1911, Egyptian
Knut HamsunKnut Hamsun
04 August 1859, Norwegian

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Derek WalcottDerek Walcott
23 January 1930, Saint Lucian
Joseph BrodskyJoseph Brodsky
24 May 1940, Russian
Essayist & Poet

Luigi PirandelloLuigi Pirandello
28 June 1867, Italian

Czesław MiłoszCzesław Miłosz
30 June 1911, Polish

Isaac Bashevis SingerIsaac Bashevis Singer
21 November 1902, Polish, American
Anatole FranceAnatole France
16 April 1844, French
Octavio PazOctavio Paz
31 March 1914, Mexican
Writer, Poet, Diplomat and Noble Prize Laureate

John GalsworthyJohn Galsworthy
14 August 1867, American
Nobel Laureate in Literature

Nadine GordimerNadine Gordimer
20 November 1923, South African
Writer, Political Activist

Wisława SzymborskaWisława Szymborska
02 July 1923, Polish
Nobel Laureate in Literature
Dario FoDario Fo
24 March 1926, Italian

Patrick WhitePatrick White
28 May 1912, Australian
Australian Writer

Mo YanMo Yan
17 February 1955, Chinese
Novelist & Short Story Writer

Gabriela MistralGabriela Mistral
07 April 1889, Chilean
Chilean poet

Elfriede JelinekElfriede Jelinek
20 October 1946, Austrian
Novelist & Nobel Prize Winner in Literature
Jean Patrick ModianoPatrick Modiano
30 July 1945, French
French Novelist

Ivan BuninIvan Bunin
22 October 1870, Russian
Sigrid UndsetSigrid Undset
20 May 1882, Norwegian
Nobel Laureate in Literature

Grazia DeleddaGrazia Deledda
27 September 1871, Italian
Nobel Laureate in Literature

Salvatore Quasimodo Salvatore Quasimodo
20 August 1901, Italian
Author & Poet
Pearl BuckPearl Buck
26 June 1892, American
American writer

Ivo AndricIvo Andric
09 October 1892, Yugoslav
Miguel Ãngel AsturiasMiguel Ãngel Asturias
19 October 1899, Guamanian

Yasunari KawabataYasunari Kawabata
11 June 1899, Japanese

Henryk SienkiewiczHenryk Sienkiewicz
05 May 1846, Polish
Writer, Novelist, Screenwriter, Journalist

Romain RollandRomain Rolland
29 January 1866, French
Writer, Playwright, Essayist, Historian, Novelist,

Elias CanettiElias Canetti
25 July 1905, British
Writer, Aphorist, Playwright, Chemist, Essayist
Gao XingjianGao Xingjian
04 January 1940, Chinese, French
Writer, Painter, Translator, Novelist, Playwright,

Shmuel Yosef AgnonShmuel Yosef Agnon
17 July 1888, Israeli

Bjørnstjerne BjørnsonBjørnstjerne Bjørnson
08 December 1832, Norwegian

Odysseas ElytisOdysseas Elytis
02 November 1911, Greek
Eugenio MontaleEugenio Montale
12 January 1896, Italian
poet, writer, journalist, translator

Sully PrudhommeSully Prudhomme
16 March 1839, French
Poet, Writer, Essayist, Diarist
Nelly SachsNelly Sachs
10 December 1891, German, Swedish
Poet, Playwright, Writer

Saint-John PerseSaint-John Perse
31 May 1887, French, Guadeloupean
Poet, Writer, Diplomat

Harry MartinsonHarry Martinson
06 May 1904, Swedish
Writer, Poet, Novelist, Science fiction writer
Claude SimonClaude Simon
10 October 1913, French
Writer, Novelist

Jacinto BenaventeJacinto Benavente
12 August 1866, Spanish
Rudolf Christoph EuckenRudolf Christoph Eucken
05 January 1846, German
Philosopher, Writer, University teacher

José EchegarayJosé Echegaray
19 April 1832, Spanish
Civil Engineer

Johannes V. JensenJohannes V. Jensen
20 January 1873, Danish
Carl SpittelerCarl Spitteler
24 April 1845, Swiss
Poet, Writer

Felix TimmermansFelix Timmermans
05 July 1886, Belgian
Antonio FogazzaroAntonio Fogazzaro
25 March 1842, Italian

George SeferisGeorge Seferis
13 March 1900, Greek