10 Greatest and Popular Authors of all Time

10 Greatest and Popular Authors of all Time

Some of you might have read over hundreds of books but do you ever think of popular writers of all time or story behind these authors? The following authors ranked according to popularity and bestselling books but you are invited to suggest us your favorite authors. These authors always influenced and become the idol of today’s writers. There are many famous writers in the world, but in the following list we are representing only the 10 Greatest and Popular Authors of all Time.

10. Stephen King

Stephen King

Stephen King is an American author, story writer, screen writer and a novelist, born on 21st September 1947. All his novels are based on horror, suspense, science fiction and fantasy. For his work he received the Bram Stoker Award, World Fantasy Award and British Fantasy Society Award. 350 million copies have been sold worldwide and some of them have been adapted into films and comic books. Some of his popular novels are The man in the black suit, Misery and Black house.

9. Oscar Wilde

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Oscar Wilde was an Irish poet and writer, born on 16th October 1854. He was considered as the one of London’s most popular writers in the early 1890s. His only novel, The Picture of Dorian Gray made him one of the most successful playwrights in London. Other than this, he also writes many plays, poems and stories. At the end of the 1890s he was imprisoned for two years and there he wrote his last poem, The Ballad of Reading Gaol, commemorating the harsh life of prison. On 30th November 1900 he died of bacterial infection in the brain.

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8. James Joyce

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James Joyce born on 2nd February 1882, was an Irish poet and novelist. He got popularity and known for Ulysses (1922). He was considered to be one of the most influential writers of the 20th century. His other major works include “A Portrait of the Artist as a young man” and “Exiles and Poetry”. In 1999, Time magazine named him one of the 100 most important people of the 20th century.

7. Virginia Woolf

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Virginia Woolf was an English writer and novelist, born on 25th January 1882 in London. She was considered as one of the major innovators in the English language. Some of her most famous novels are Mrs. Dalloway (1925), To The Lighthouse (1927), Orlando (1928) and A Room of One’s Own (1929). She had mental illness, bipolar disorder due to which she committed suicide at the age of 59.

6. Ernest Hemingway

Ernest Hemingway

Ernest Hemingway was an American author, born on 21st July 1899 in Chicago. Throughout his career he published seven novels, six short stories, two non-fictions and won the Nobel Prize in literature in 1954. Some of his popular world includes The Sun Also Rises, A Farewell To Arms and The Old Man and the Sea. He had a strong influence on 20th century fiction writing and influenced later generations too. On 2nd July 1961 he committed suicide at the age of 61.

5. George Orwell

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George Orwell was a novelist, journalist and political writer born on 25th June 1903 in India during British rule. He was ranked as one of the most influential writers of the 20th century. He is known for his novel Nineteen Eighty Four published in 1949 and Animal Farm published in 1945. The Times Magazine ranked him second on the list of 50 Greatest British Writers.

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4. J.K Rowling

J.K. Rowling is a British novelist and worldwide known as the author of the Harry Potter series. Harry Potter has been sold more than 400 million copies worldwide, making it the best-selling book series ever. She is also the richest author in the world. She also wrote The Casual Vacancy, the crime fiction novel The Cuckoo’s Calling and The Silkworm. She won many awards including Freedom of the city of London, British Academy Film Award and Bram Stoker Award.

3. William Faulkner

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William Faulkner was an American writer and novelist, born on 25th September 1897. He was known for many writing styles including novels, short story, essay, screenplay and poetry. His work was published in 1920s but William was unknown until he received Nobel Prize in literature in 1949. Some of his most popular novels are A Fable (1954), The Reivers (1962) and The Sound and the fury (1929). He died on 6th July 1962 from a heart attack in Mississippi.

2. Charles Dickens

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Charles Dickens was an English writer and regarded as the greatest novelist of the 19th century. He is known as creator of some of the world’s unforgettable fictional characters. Some of his notable works include The Chimes, The Battle of Life, A Tale of Two Cities and Our Mutual Friend. His 1843 novel, A Christmas Carol is one of the most prestigious works ever written.

1. William Shakespeare

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William Shakespeare was an English poet and playwright and actor, born on 26th April 1564 in England. He widely regarded as the greatest and popular author of all time. His first few plays were about comedies and histories genre. Then he wrote tragedies plays including Hamlet, King Lear and Macbeth, which are considered the excellent work in English language. All his plays have been translated into every major language and performed more than any other play.