Writers Whose First Name Starts With W

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Discover the famous writers whose name starts with W. The list includes people like Winston Churchill, William Shakespeare, Woody Harrelson, Wendy Williams, William Wordsworth and many more. This list of celebrities is loosely sorted by popularity. This list of writers whose names start with W includes people from United States, England, Germany, China and other countries all over the world.
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 1 
William Shakespeare
151
Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: April 26, 1564
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Stratford-upon-Avon, England
Died: April 23, 1616
 2 
Winston Churchill
(Prime Minister of the United Kingdom (1940 - 1945, 1951 - 1955))
Winston Churchill
73
Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: November 30, 1874
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Blenheim Palace, England, United Kingdom
Died: January 24, 1965
 3 
Woody Harrelson
33
Birthdate: July 23, 1961
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Midland, Texas, United States
Height: 5'10" (178 cm)
 4 
W. E. B. Du Bois
(Civil Rights Activists)
W. E. B. Du Bois
25
Birthdate: February 23, 1868
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Great Barrington, Massachusetts, United States
Died: August 27, 1963
William Wordsworth
54
Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: April 7, 1770
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Kingdom of Great Britain
Died: April 23, 1850
 6 
William Blake
(Poet and Visual Artist of the Romantic Age)
William Blake
19
Birthdate: November 28, 1757
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Soho, London, England
Died: August 12, 1827
 7 
Walt Whitman
(One of the Most Influential Poets in the American Canon, Regarded as the 'Father of Free Verse')
Walt Whitman
5
Birthdate: May 31, 1819
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: West Hills, New York, United States
Died: March 26, 1892
 8 
W B Yeats
(One of the Greatest English-Language Poets of the 20th Century and 1923 Nobel Prize for Literature Winner)
W B Yeats
16
Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: June 13, 1865
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Sandymount, Ireland
Died: January 28, 1939
 9 
William Faulkner
(Regarded as One of the Most Significant American Writers of All Time)
William Faulkner
9
Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: September 25, 1897
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: New Albany, Mississippi, United States
Died: July 6, 1962
 10 
Walter Raleigh
(Politician, Writer, Explorer)
Walter Raleigh
6
Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: 1552 AD
Birthplace: Hayes Barton, England
Died: October 29, 1618
 11 
Woody Guthrie
(Singer-songwriter)
Woody Guthrie
14
Listed In: Singers
Birthdate: July 14, 1912
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Okemah, Oklahoma, United States
Died: October 3, 1967
 12 
William Penn
(Writer)
William Penn
4
Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: October 14, 1644
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: London, England
Died: July 30, 1718
 13 
Washington Irving
(Author, Historian, Diplomat)
Washington Irving
2
Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: April 3, 1783
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: New York City, New York
Died: November 28, 1859
 14 
Wilfred Owen
20
Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: March 18, 1893
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Oswestry
Died: November 4, 1918
 15 
William Morris
(Textile Designer, Poet)
William Morris
15
Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: March 24, 1834
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Walthamstow, England
Died: October 3, 1896
 16 
William S. Burroughs
(Best Known for His Third Novel 'Naked Lunch')
William S. Burroughs
8
Birthdate: February 5, 1914
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: St. Louis, Missouri, United States
Died: August 2, 1997
 17 
Wole Soyinka
(Author, Poet, Playwright)
Wole Soyinka
8
Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: July 13, 1934
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Abeokuta
 18 
Walter Scott
(Novelist and Poet known for his Works Ivanhoe, Rob Roy, and The Lady of the Lake)
Walter Scott
9
Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: August 15, 1771
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Edinburgh, Scotland
Died: September 21, 1832
 19 
Wayne Dyer
(Self-Help Author and Motivational Speaker)
Wayne Dyer
7
Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: May 10, 1940
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Detroit
Died: August 29, 2015
 20 
William Maugham
(Novelist & Playwright)
William Maugham
5
Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: January 25, 1874
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Paris, France
Died: December 15, 1965
 21 
W. H. Auden
(One of the Greatest Authors of 20th Century)
W. H. Auden
2
Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: February 21, 1907
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: York, England, United Kingdom
Died: September 29, 1973
 22 
William Golding
(Novelist)
William Golding
3
Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: September 19, 1911
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Newquay
Died: June 19, 1993
William F. Buckley, Jr.
2
Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: November 24, 1925
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: New York, New York, United States
Died: February 27, 2008
Height: 6'1" (185 cm)
 24 
William Goldman
(Novelist)
William Goldman
0
Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: August 12, 1931
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Highland Park, Illinois, USA
Died: November 16, 2018
Height: 6'1" (185 cm)
 25 
William Gibson
(Science-Fiction Writer Known for His Novel ‘Neuromancer’ and a Pinoeer of 'Cyberpunk' Genre)
William Gibson
2
Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: March 17, 1948
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Conway, South Carolina, United States
 26 
W. Kamau Bell
(Comedian)
W. Kamau Bell
0
Birthdate: January 26, 1973
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Palo Alto, California, United States U.S.
Height: 6'4" (193 cm)
 27 
Willa Cather
(Author)
Willa Cather
1
Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: December 7, 1873
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Winchester
Died: April 24, 1947
Wendell Berry
6
Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: August 5, 1934
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Henry County
 29 
Walter Benjamin
(German Jewish Philosopher, Cultural Critic and Essayist)
Walter Benjamin
4
Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: July 15, 1892
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Berlin, Germany
Died: September 26, 1940
 30 
Wilhelm Reich
(One of the Most Radical Figures in the History of Psychiatry)
Wilhelm Reich
3
Birthdate: March 24, 1897
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Dobryanychi, Ukraine
Died: November 3, 1957
 31 
William Makepeace Thackeray
(Author & Novelist)
William Makepeace Thackeray
3
Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: July 18, 1811
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Kolkata, West Bengal, India
Died: December 24, 1863
 32 
Wilbur A. Smith
(Novelist)
Wilbur A. Smith
2
Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: January 9, 1933
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Kabwe, Zambia
Died: November 13, 2021
 33 
William Cowper
13
Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: November 26, 1731
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Berkhamsted
Died: April 25, 1800
 34 
Win Butler
(Songwriter, Singer, Composer, Poet, Guitarist)
Win Butler
2
Listed In: Singers
Birthdate: April 14, 1980
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Truckee, California, United States
Height: 6'4" (193 cm)
 35 
William Hazlitt
(English Writer & Literary Critic)
William Hazlitt
2
Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: April 10, 1778
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Maidstone, Kent, England
Died: September 18, 1830
 36 
William Saroyan
(American-Armenian novelist)
William Saroyan
0
Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: August 31, 1908
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Fresno
Died: May 18, 1981
William Carlos Williams
2
Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: September 17, 1883
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Rutherford, New Jersey, United States
Died: March 4, 1963
 38 
Wallace Stegner
1
Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: February 18, 1909
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Lake Mills
Died: April 13, 1993
 39 
Walter Dean Myers
8
Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: August 12, 1937
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Martinsburg
Died: July 1, 2014
 40 
Will Durant
(American Writer Best Known for His Work 'The Story of Civilization')
Will Durant
1
Birthdate: November 5, 1885
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: North Adams, Massachusetts, United States
Died: November 7, 1981
 41 
Wallace Stevens
(Modernist poet)
Wallace Stevens
0
Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: October 2, 1879
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Reading, Pennsylvania, United States
Died: August 2, 1955
 42 
Wilkie Collins
(Novelist, Playwright)
Wilkie Collins
0
Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: January 8, 1824
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: London
Died: September 23, 1889
 43 
Wisława Szymborska
(Polish Poet, Essayist, Translator and Winner of 1996 Nobel Prize in Literature)
Wisława Szymborska
1
Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: July 2, 1923
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Kórnik, Poland
Died: February 1, 2012
 44 
Will Eisner
(Cartoonist)
Will Eisner
0
Birthdate: March 16, 1917
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Brooklyn, New York, United States
Died: January 3, 2005
 45 
William Cullen Bryant
(Romantic Poet)
William Cullen Bryant
2
Birthdate: November 3, 1794
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Cummington, Massachusetts
Died: June 12, 1878
 46 
William Blackstone
(British Jurist and Judge Known for Writing the 'Commentaries on the Laws of England')
William Blackstone
0
Listed In: Lawyers & Judges
Birthdate: July 10, 1723
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: London, England
Died: February 14, 1780
 47 
Walter Tevis
(Novelist)
Walter Tevis
0
Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: February 28, 1928
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: San Francisco, California, United States
Died: August 9, 1984
 48 
William Ernest Henley
(English Poet Best Known for His Poem 'Invictus' (1875))
William Ernest Henley
1
Birthdate: August 23, 1849
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Gloucester, England
Died: July 11, 1903
 49 
Wilhelm Grimm
(German Anthropologist, Author and One Half of the Popular Literary Duo, 'The Brothers Grimm')
Wilhelm Grimm
0
Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: February 24, 1786
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Hanau
Died: December 16, 1859
 50 
Warsan Shire
(Writer)
Warsan Shire
0
Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: August 1, 1988
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Kenya