This section of famous people presents the biographies of some of the greatest writers and authors ever.

Writers are the people who produce written material to communicate ideas. Writing encompasses several genres and writers may write for occupational purposes or as an outlet for their creativity. Professional writers include screenwriters, content writers, journalists, etc. whose job entails writing scripts, web content and news reports. Others like short story writers and novelists often begin writing as hobby before converting it to a full time profession. James Howell, a 17th century historian cum writer was the first writer to earn his living from writing alone in the English language; other writers of those times pursued writing as a hobby, not a profession as writing alone never paid enough. The famous American writer Edgar Allan Poe tried to earn a living solely from writing but that resulted in a life of poverty and misery. Times have changed now with writers being paid well for their jobs, encouraging more and more people to try their hands at this art. Writers create written works in a wide range of literary genres with many writers working across genres. Writers can be broadly classified as poets, novelists, journalists, critics, editors, lyricists, playwrights, historians, and biographers. Browse this section to learn about the life and works of famous writers from across the world.

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J. R. R. Tolkien J. R. R. Tolkien
British, South African

Larry David Larry David

Woody Allen Woody Allen

Benjamin Franklin Benjamin Franklin
British, American

Stan Lee Stan Lee

Portia de Rossi Portia de Rossi
Australian, American
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Ben Shapiro Ben Shapiro

Roald Dahl Roald Dahl
British, Welsh

Dr. Seuss Dr. Seuss

Ethan Hawke Ethan Hawke

Mara Wilson Mara Wilson

Leon Trotsky Leon Trotsky
Russian, Ukrainian, Russian

Mark Twain Image Mark Twain

Ayn Rand Ayn Rand
American, Russian
Amy Sedaris Amy Sedaris

Sidney Poitier Sidney Poitier
Bahamian, American

Patti Smith Patti Smith

T. S. Eliot T. S. Eliot

C. S. Lewis C. S. Lewis
Irish, British

Franz Kafka Franz Kafka

Guy Fieri Guy Fieri

Tracy Letts Tracy Letts

Jack London Jack London

Eartha Kitt Eartha Kitt

Tom Clancy Tom Clancy