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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Larry David Larry David

Diane Ladd Diane Ladd

Joel McHale Joel McHale
Italian, American

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

Woody Allen Woody Allen

Benjamin Franklin Benjamin Franklin
British, American

Ben Shapiro Ben Shapiro

Stan Lee Stan Lee
Portia de Rossi Portia de Rossi
Australian, American
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Dr. Seuss Dr. Seuss

Ethan Hawke Ethan Hawke

Guy Fieri Guy Fieri

Ben Carson Ben Carson

Leon Trotsky Leon Trotsky
Russian, Ukrainian, Russian

Sidney Poitier Sidney Poitier
Bahamian, American

Ayn Rand Ayn Rand
American, Russian
Mark Twain Image Mark Twain

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

Mara Wilson Mara Wilson

Jack Welch Jack Welch

Albert Camus Albert Camus
Algerian, French

Franz Kafka Franz Kafka

Carly Simon Carly Simon

Jack London Jack London

Chaz Bono Chaz Bono

Patti Smith Patti Smith

Hoda Kotb Hoda Kotb
Egyptian, American