Notable Writers

This list is comprised of some of the most recognizable names from the literary world. Included are novelists, poets, playwrights and essayists. However, those who are primarily considered to be philosophers or academic writers can be found on the lists of thinkers.
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NameLifespanOther Names
Jamiluddin Aali1925-2015(Khan)
Sait Faik Abasıyanık1906-1954
Abiola Abrams1976-
Douglas Adams1952-2001
Aeschylus525-456 BC
Aesopc. 620-c. 564 BC
Anna Akhmatova1889-1966
Gülten Akın1933-2015
Louisa May Alcott1832-1888
Claribel Alegría1924-2018(Vides)
Rochelle Alers1963-
Sherman Alexie1966-
Sabahattin Ali1907-1948
Dante Alighieric. 1265-1321
Muhsin al-Ramli1967-
Kingsley Amis1922-1995
Hans Christian Andersen1805-1875
Maya Angelou1928-
Reyer Anslo1622-1669
Süreyya Aylin Antmen1981-
William Apess1798-1839(Apes)
Aharon Appelfeld1932-2018
Codrin Ţapu1973-
Apuleiusc. 125-180
Ivan Aralica1930-
Aristophanesc. 446-c. 386 BC
Guillermo Arriaga1958-(Jordán)
Lado Asatiani1917-1943
Isaac Asimov1920-1992
Jane Austen1775-1817
Salih Saeed Ba-Amer1925-
Rachel Tzvia Back1960-
Mate Balota1898-1963(Mirković)
Honoré de Balzac1799-1850
Tristan Bancks1974-
Leanne Banks1959-
J. M. Barrie1860-1937
Enis Batur1952-
Charles Baudelaire1821-1867
L. Frank Baum1856-1919
Simone de Beauvoir1908-1986
Samuel Beckett1906-1989
Saul Bellow1915-2005
Raymond Benson1955-
J. Bernlef1937-2012(Marsman)
Eddy C. Bertin1944-
Inoslav Bešker1950-
Paul Biegel1925-2006
Ambrose Bierce1842-c. 1914
Şakir Bilgin1951-
Sherwin Bitsui1974-
Algernon Blackwood1869-1951
William Blake1757-1827
Giovanni Boccaccio1313-1375
Marica Bodrožić1973-
Godfried Bomans1913-1971
Dyzma Bończa-Tomaszewski1749-1825
F. Bordewijk1884-1965
Anthony Bourdain1956-2018
William Boyd1952-
Joseph Boyden1966-
Ray Bradbury1920-2012
Mary Brave Bird1954-2013(Brave Woman, Crow Dog, Moore, Olguin, Richard)
Bertolt Brecht1898-1956
Gerbrand Adriaenszoon Bredero1585-1618
Ivo Brešan1936-2017
André Breton1896-1966
Barbu Brezianu1909-2008
Otokar Březina1868-1929(Jebavý)
Ivana Brlić-Mažuranić1874-1938
Anne Brontë1820-1849
Charlotte Brontë1816-1855
Emily Brontë1818-1848
Rupert Brooke1887-1915
Demetra Kenneth Brown1877-1946
Dixie Browning1930-
Robert Browning1812-1889
Joseph Bruchac1942-
Cor Bruijn1883-1978
Dick Bruna1927-2017
Boudewijn Büch1948-2002
Pearl S. Buck1892-1973
C. Buddingh'1918-1985
Charles Bukowski1920-1994
Anthony Burgess1917-1993
Frances Burney1752-1840
Robert Burns1759-1796
Edgar Rice Burroughs1875-1950
Shirlee Busbee1941-
Lord Byron1788-1824
Matei Călinescu1934-2009
Janet Campbell Hale1946-
Remco Campert1929-
Albert Camus1913-1960
Truman Capote1924-1984
Viktor Car Emin1870-1963
Simon Carmiggelt1913-1987
Lewis Carroll1832-1898
Giacomo Casanova1725-1798
P. C. Cast1960-
Cato the Elder234-149 BC
Jacob Cats1577-1660
Catullus84-54 BC(Valerius)
Miguel de Cervantes1547-1616
Bart Chabot1954-
Chemmanam Chacko1926-2018
Lisa Charleyboy19xx-
Geoffrey Chaucer1343-1400
Anton Chekhov1860-1904
Agatha Christie1890-1976
Lydia Chukovskaya1907-1996
Korney Chukovsky1882-1969
Emil Cioran1911-1995
Tom Clancy1947-2013
Arthur C. Clarke1917-2008
Hugo Claus1929-2008
Jean Cocteau1889-1963
Paulo Coelho1947-
Lela Cole Kitson1891-1970
Samuel Taylor Coleridge1772-1834
Jackie Collins1937-2015
Suzanne Collins1962-
Joseph Conrad1857-1924
James Fenimore Cooper1789-1851
Susan Cooper1935-
Wyatt Emory Cooper1927-1978
Pierre Corneille1606-1684
Louis Couperus1863-1923
Harold Courlander1908-1996
Noël Coward1899-1973
Gwyn Cready1962-
Tanya Anne Crosby1962-
Leonard Crow Dog1942-
Roald Dahl1916-1990
Tor Edvin Dahl1943-
Idris Davies1905-1953
Robertson Davies1913-1995
Vahagn Davtyan1922-1996
Jeffery Deaver1950-
Daphne Deckers1968-
Arsen Dedić1938-2015
Jules Deelder1944-
Daniel Defoec. 1660-1731
Midas Dekkers1946-
Vine Deloria Jr.1933-2005
Michel de Nostredame1503-1566
Germaine de Staël1766-1817
Chrétien de Troyesc. 1135-c. 1183
Jude Deveraux1947-(Gilliam)
Natalie Diaz19xx-
Philip K. Dick1928-1982
Charles Dickens1812-1870
Denis Diderot1713-1784
Ivica Đikić1977-
Blaga Dimitrova1922-2003
Diogenes Laertius?-2xx
Renate Dorrestein1954-
Michael Dorris1945-1997(North)
Fyodor Dostoyevsky1821-1881(Dostoevsky)
Eduard Douwes Dekker "Multatuli"1820-1887(Multatuli)
Arthur Conan Doyle1859-1930
Slavenka Drakulić1949-
Daša Drndić1946-2018
Imme Dros1936-
Delphine Dryden1967-
Du Fu712-770(Tu)
Alexandre Dumas1802-1870
Carola Dunn1946-
Jessica Durlacher1961-
Edward Eager1911-1964
Debra Magpie Earling1957-
Charles Eastman1858-1939
Umberto Eco1932-
Halide Edip Adıvar1884-1964
George Eliot1819-1880(Evans)
T. S. Eliot1888-1965
Willem Elsschot1882-1960(De Ridder)
Elswyth Thane1900-1984(Ricker, Beebe)
Ralph Waldo Emerson1803-1882
D. J. Enright1920-2002
Richard Erdoes1912-2008(Erdős)
Louise Erdrich1954-
Euripidesc. 480-406 BC
Süreyyya Evren1972-
Rainer Werner Fassbinder1945-1982
William Faulkner1897-1962
Sebastian Faulks1953-
Edna Ferber1885-1968
Ferdowsi940-1020
Zoran Ferić1961-
Tevfik Fikret1867-1915
F. Scott Fitzgerald1896-1940
Camille Flammarion1842-1925
Gustave Flaubert1821-1880
Ian Fleming1908-1964
Pierrette Fleutiaux1941-2019
Kjartan Fløgstad1944-
Jonathan Safran Foer1977-
Moderata Fonte1555-1592(di Pozzo di Forzi)
E. M. Forster1879-1970
Anatole France1844-1924
Anne Frank1929-1945
Jeaniene Frost1974-
Robert Frost1874-1963
Neil Gaiman1960-
John Galsworthy1867-1933
Konstantine Gamsakhurdia1893-1975
Eric Gansworth1965-
Federico García Lorca1898-1936
Gabriel García Márquez1927-2014
Miro Gavran1961-
Michael V. Gazzo1923-1995
Theodor Geisel "Dr. Seuss"1904-1991(Seuss)
Geoffrey of Monmouthc. 1100-c. 1155
Chief Dan George1899-1981(Slaholt, Slahoot)
Zarah Ghahramani1981-
Kahlil Gibran1883-1931
Allen Ginsberg1926-1997
Ronald Giphart1965-
Diane Glancy1941-(Hall)
Karel Glastra van Loon1962-2005
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe1749-1832
Nikolai Gogol1809-1852
William Golding1911-1993
Carlo Goldoni1707-1793
Oliver Goldsmith1728-1774
Maxim Gorky1868-1936(Peshkov)
René Goscinny1926-1977
Shelia Goss1968-
Kenneth Grahame1859-1932
Ada J. Graves1870-1918
Graham Greene1904-1991
Germaine Greer1939-
Jacob Grimm1785-1863
Wilhelm Grimm1786-1859
John Grisham1955-
Linda LeGarde Grover1950-
Ruth Gruber1911-2016
Arnon Grunberg1971-
Gaja Grzegorzewska1980-
Ivan Gundulić1589-1638
Paula Gunn Allen1939-2008(Francis)
Reşat Nuri Güntekin1889-1956
Danai Gurira1978-
Hüseyin Rahmi Gürpınar1864-1944
Nedim Gürsel1951-
Hella Haasse1918-2011
Vítězslav Hálek1835-1874
Ludovic Halévy1834-1908
Alex Haley1921-1992
Adena Halpern1968-
Thomas Hardy1840-1928
Johann Hari1979-
Joy Harjo1951-(Foster)
Václav Havel1936-2011
Nathaniel Hawthorne1804-1864
Heinrich Heine1797-1856
Robert A. Heinlein1907-1988
Joseph Heller1923-1999
Ernest Hemingway1899-1961
Shirl Henke1942-
Kevin Henkes1960-
Frank Herbert1920-1986
Willem Frederik Hermans1921-1995
Hesiod?-c. 700 BC
Hermann Hesse1877-1962
Tomson Highway1951-
Susan Hill1942-
Peretz Hirschbein1880-1948
Hrvoje Hitrec1943-
Tami Hoag1959-(Mikkelson)
Cheris F. Hodges1977-
Linda K. Hogan1947-
Homer?-c. 700 BC
Pieter Corneliszoon Hooft1581-1647
Horace65-8 BC
Anthony Horowitz1955-
LeAnne Howe1951-
L. Ron Hubbard1911-1986
Victor Hugo1802-1885
Aldous Huxley1894-1963
Constantijn Huygens1596-1687
Henrik Ibsen1828-1906
Washington Irving1783-1859
Kazuo Ishiguro1954-
Željko Ivanković1954-
Nada Iveljić1931-2009
Jacqui Jacoby1963-
Henry James1843-1916
Marlon James1970-
Maureen Jennings1939-
Miljenko Jergović1966-
E. Pauline Johnson1861-1913
Diana Wynne Jones1934-2011
Stephen Graham Jones1972-
Ben Jonson1572-1637
James Joyce1882-1941
Marija Jurić Zagorka1873-1957
Juvenal?-1xx(Iunius, Iuvenalis)
Ain Kaalep1926-
Franz Kafka1883-1924
Vjekoslav Kaleb1905-1996
John Keats1795-1821
Kaie Kellough1975-
Yaşar Kemal1923-(Gökçeli)
Maurice Kenny1929-2016
Sherrilyn Kenyon1965-
Frank Kermode1919-2010
Jack Kerouac1922-1969
Philip Kerr1956-2018
Jack Ketchum1946-2018(Mayr)
Naseem Kharal1939-1978
Omar Khayyám1048-1131
Kevin Killian1952-2019
Stephen King1947-
Rudyard Kipling1865-1936
Reşat Ekrem Koçu1905-1975
Gerrit Komrij1944-2012
Anton Koolhaas1912-1992
Marinko Koščec1967-
Mirko Kovač1938-2013
Ante Kovačić1854-1889
Ferdo Kozak1894-1957
Juš Kozak1892-1964
Primož Kozak1929-1981
Josip Kozarac1858-1906
Betina Krahn19xx-
Vincas Krėvė-Mickevičius1882-1954
Miroslav Krleža1893-1981
Vesna Krmpotić1932-2018
Ursula K. Le Guin1929-2018(Kroeber)
Vincas Kudirka1858-1899
Guus Kuijer1942-
Eugen Kumičić1850-1904
Milan Kundera1929-
Ivan Kušan1933-2012
Dick Laan1894-1973
Tomislav Ladan1932-2008
Winona LaDuke1959-
Jean de La Fontaine1621-1695
Thierry Laget1959-
Arnette Lamb1947-1998
Leonida Lari1949-2011
Stieg Larsson1954-2004
D. H. Lawrence1885-1930
Harper Lee1926-
Stan Lee1922-2018
Madeleine L'Engle1918-2007(Camp)
Lutfi Lepaja1945-
Mikhail Lermontov1814-1841
Janko Leskovar1861-1949
C. S. Lewis1898-1963
Sinclair Lewis1885-1951
Li Bai701-762
Thomas Ligotti1953-
Astrid Lindgren1907-2002
Rosina Lippi1956-(Green)
Cvetka Lipuš1966-
Florjan Lipuš1937-
Jack London1876-1916
Henry Wadsworth Longfellow1807-1882
Layli Long Soldier19xx-
Kevin Loring1974-
H. P. Lovecraft1890-1937
Mato Lovrak1899-1974
Lucian of Samosatac. 125-c. 180
George MacDonald1824-1905
Norman Mailer1923-2007
Mahmut Makal1930-2018
Josh Malerman19xx-
Thomas Mann1875-1955
Lee Maracle1950-
Ranko Marinković1913-2001
Peretz Markish1895-1952
Christopher Marlowe1564-1593
Leslie Marmon Silko1948-
Catherine Marshall1914-1983(Wood, LeSourd)
Martial40-102(Valerius, Martialis)
George R. R. Martin1948-
Antonio Martínez Menchén1930-
Julijana Matanović1959-
John Joseph Mathews1894-1979
Matsuo Basho1644-1694
W. Somerset Maugham1874-1965
Cormac McCarthy1933-
Cheyenne McCray1965-
D'Arcy McNickle1904-1977
Emerenz Meier1874-1928
Herman Melville1819-1891
Menander342-291 BC
Melinda Metz1962-
Stephenie Meyer1973-
Arthur Miller1915-2005
Serena B. Miller1950-
A. A. Milne1882-1956
John Milton1608-1674
Marga Minco1920-(Menco)
Margaret Mitchell1900-1949
John Mohawk1945-2006
Albert Mol1917-2004
N. Scott Momaday1934-
Kees Momma1965-
Theodor Mommsen1817-1903
Michel de Montaigne1533-1592(Eyquem)
Lucy Maud Montgomery1874-1942
Michael Moorcock1939-
Toni Morrison1931-(Wofford)
Mourning Dove1884-1936(Quintasket)
Farley Mowat1921-2014
Harry Mulisch1927-2010
Robert Musil1880-1942
Vladimir Nabokov1899-1977
Mikha'il Na'ima1889-1988
Nazım Hikmet1902-1963(Ran)
Vladimir Nazor1876-1949
Pablo Neruda1904-1973
E. Nesbit1858-1924(Bland)
Duane Niatum1938-(McGinniss)
Munir Niazi1928-2006
Jappe Nilssen1870-1931
Fan Noli1882-1965
Enn Nõu1933-
Slobodan Novak1924-2016
Vjenceslav Novak1859-1905
Winston Ntshona1941-2018
Halide Nusret Zorlutuna1901-1984
Jef Nys1927-2009
Máirtín Ó Cadhain1906-1970
Pádraic Ó Conaire1882-1928
Máirtín Ó Direáin1910-1988
Baroness Orczy1865-1947(Orczy de Orci)
Simon J. Ortiz1941-
George Orwell1903-1950(Blair)
Pádraig Ó Siochfhradha1883-1964
John Milton Oskison1874-1947
Leonie Ossowski1925-2019(Tiedemann, von Brandenstein)
Ovid43 BC-17
Connie Palmen1955-
Christopher Paolini1983-
Aaron Paquette19xx-
Vesna Parun1922-2010
Katherine Paterson1932-
James Patterson1947-
Donita K. Paul1950-
Jurica Pavičić1965-
Pavao Pavličić1946-
Bernardin Pavlović17xx
Cass Pennant1958-
Samuel Pepys1633-1703
Robert Perišić1969-
Ela Peroci1922-2001
Charles Perrault1628-1703
Francesco Petrarca1304-1374
Petroniusc. 27-66(Arbiter)
Rosamunde Pilcher1924-2019
Pindarc. 522-443 BC
Nélida Piñon1937-
Sylvia Plath1932-1963
Plautus254-184 BC(Maccius)
Pliny the Younger61-c. 113(Plinius, Caecilius, Secundus)
Edgar Allan Poe1809-1849
Simon Pokagonc. 1830-1899
Janko Polić Kamov1886-1910
Alexander Pope1688-1744
Jean Baptiste Poquelin "Molière"1622-1673(Molière)
Beatrix Potter1866-1943
Ezra Pound1885-1972
Adélia Prado1935-(de Freitas)
Terry Pratchett1948-
Dražen Prćić1967-
Martín Prechtel19xx-
Marcel Proust1871-1922
Luigi Pulci1432-1484
Philip Pullman1946-
Aleksandr Pushkin1799-1837
Aleksandre Qazbegi1848-1893(Kazbegi)
Quintilian35-100(Fabius, Quintilianus)
François Rabelaisc. 1494-1553
Jean Racine1639-1699
Ayn Rand1905-1982
Duke Redbird1939-
Erich Maria Remarque1898-1970
Gerard Reve1923-2006(van het Reve)
Anne Rice1941-
John Rollin Ridge1827-1867
Rainer Maria Rilke1875-1926
Arthur Rimbaud1854-1891
Francine Rivers1947-
Hallie Erminie Rives1874-1956
Rebecca Roanhorse1971-
Jancis Robinson1950-
Lynda Suzanne Robinson1951-
Michael Scott Rohan1951-2018
Wendy Rose1948-(Edwards, Khanshendel)
Philip Roth1933-2018
Patrick Rothfuss1973-
J. K. Rowling1965-
Vedrana Rudan1949-
Jalal ad-Din Muhammad Rumi1207-1273
Salman Rushdie1947-
John Ruskin1819-1900
Gerri Russell1962-(Garding)
Shota Rustavelic. 1160-c. 1220
Rafael Sabatini1875-1950
Marquis de Sade1740-1814(de Sade)
Lilith Saintcrow1976-
J. D. Salinger1919-2010
George Sand1804-1876(Dupin)
Aksel Sandemose1899-1965(Nielsen)
Iben Sandemose1950-
Sapphoc. 620-570 BC
Jean-Paul Sartre1905-1980
Olja Savičević1974-
Friedrich Schiller1759-1805
Annie M. G. Schmidt1911-1995
Walter Scott1771-1832
Petar Šegedin1909-1998
David Seidler1937-
Saken Seifullin1894-1939
Meša Selimović1910-1982
Maurice Sendak1928-2012
August Šenoa1838-1881(Schönoa)
Raivo Seppo1973-
Anna Sewell1820-1878
Ikbal Ali Shah1894-1969
William Shakespeare1564-1616
George Bernard Shaw1856-1950
Mary Shelley1797-1851
Percy Bysshe Shelley1792-1822
Sam Shepard1943-2017(Rogers)
Gena Showalter1975-
Philip Sidney1554-1586
Neil Simon1927-2018
Linnea Sinclair1954-
Nalini Singh1977-
Sunčana Škrinjarić1931-2004
Ivan Slamnig1930-2001
Carry Slee1949-
Bertrice Small1937-
Cynthia Leitich Smith1967-
Slobodan Šnajder1948-
Lemony Snicket1970-
Ivana Šojat1971-
Antun Šoljan1932-1993
Sophoclesc. 497-c. 406 BC
LaVyrle Spencer1943-
Edmund Spenserc. 1552-1599
John Steinbeck1902-1968
Stendhal1783-1842(Beyle)
Robert Louis Stevenson1850-1894
Igor Štiks1977-
Tena Štivičić1977-
Bram Stoker1847-1912
Harriet Beecher Stowe1811-1896
Lytton Strachey1880-1932
Noel Streatfeild1895-1986
Snorri Sturluson1179-1241
William Styron1925-2006
Sun Bear1929-1992(LaDuke)
Derviš Sušić1925-1990
Matthew Sweeney1952-2018
Jonathan Swift1667-1745
Algernon Charles Swinburne1837-1909
Madelon Szekely-Lulofs1899-1958
Galaktion Tabidze1892-1959
Titsian Tabidze1895-1937
Ida Tarbell1857-1944
Jovica Tasevski-Eternijan1976-
Drew Hayden Taylor1962-
Janelle Taylor1944-
Tais Teng1952-(van Ebbenhorst Tengbergen)
Alfred Tennyson1809-1892
Terence195-159 BC(Terentius, Afer)
Marcus Terentius Varro116-27 BC
Maarten 't Hart1944-
Dylan Thomas1914-1953
Flora Thompson1876-1947
Felix Timmermans1886-1947
Colm Tóibín1955-
J. R. R. Tolkien1892-1973
Eckhart Tolle1948-
Leo Tolstoy1828-1910
Ante Tomić1970-
Zdena Tomin1941-
Marten Toonder1912-2005
Haunani-Kay Trask1949-
P. L. Travers1899-1996(Goff)
Anton Treuer1969-
David Treuer1970-
Goran Tribuson1948-
John Trudell1946-2015
Jagoda Truhelka1864-1957
J. Dalton Trumbo1905-1976
Ivan Turgenev1818-1883
Mark Twain1835-1910(Clemens)
Şadi Üçüncü1948-2004
Dubravka Ugrešić1949-
John Updike1932-2009
Eduard Uspensky1937-2018
Raymond van de Klundert "Kluun"1964-(Kluun)
Joost van den Vondel1587-1679
Willy Vandersteen1913-1990
Prudens van Duyse1804-1859
Peter van Gestel1937-2019
Kees van Kooten1941-
Corneel van Kuyck1919-1991(Laerman, Leeman)
Paul van Loon1955-
Jacob van Maerlantc. 1235-c. 1300
Heleen van Royen1965-
Hendrik van Veldekec. 1150-c. 1184(von Veldeke)
Hovik Vardoumian1940-
Jules Verne1828-1905
Simon Vestdijk1898-1971
Enn Vetemaa1936-
Emanuil A. Vidinski1978-
Heiki Vilep1960-
Virgil70-19 BC
Ida Vitale1923-
Milovan Vitezović1944-
Gerald Vizenor1934-
Wolfram von Eschenbachc. 1170-c. 1220
Kurt Vonnegut1922-2007
Mihály Vörösmarty1800-1855
Jan Vos1612-1667
Vinko Vrbanić1951-
Irena Vrkljan1930-
Richard Wagamese1955-2017
Phoebe Waller-Bridge1985-
Robert James Waller1939-2017
Velma Wallis1960-
Neale Donald Walsch1943-
Elsie B. Washington1942-2009
Mary Webb1881-1927(Meredith)
James Welch1940-2003
H. G. Wells1866-1946
Edith Wharton1862-1937
William Wharton1925-2008(Du Aime)
E. B. White1899-1985
Oscar Wilde1854-1900
Tennessee Williams1911-1983
August Wilson1945-2005
Jacqueline Wilson1945-(Aitken)
Robley Wilson1930-2018
P. G. Wodehouse1881-1975
Jan Wolkers1925-2007
Sherryl Woods1944-
Virginia Woolf1882-1941
William Wordsworth1770-1850
Hedd Wyn1887-1917(Evans)
William Butler Yeats1865-1939
Derviş Zaim1964-
Lada Žigo1970-
Marion Zimmer Bradley1930-1999
Zitkála-Šá1876-1938(Simmons, Bonnin)
Émile Zola1840-1902
Petar Zoranić1508-1569
Cvijeta Zuzorićc. 1552-1648(Zuzzeri)
Joost Zwagerman1963-2015