Top Ten Greatest Authors

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Best authors, NOT PLAYWRIGHTS so shakespeare doesn't count. Don't agree with the list? Vote for an existing item you think should be ranked higher or if you are a logged in, add a new item for others to vote on or create your own version of this list.

The Top Ten

1
J.R.R. Tolkien
While I don't think Tolkien is The Best Writer ever, when there is a horde Poised to pounce at that Title, Like Camus, Sartre, Dostoevsky, Tolstoy, Hemingway etc etc I think He definitely Crushes Rowling in terms of Sheer Storytelling and Imagination. So Out of spite towards Harry Potter I vote Tolkien, not that Tolkien is bad, I have just Outgrown him after picking up Life-changing, Layered books like Nausea, The Stranger, Fiesta etc. But I do owe this Giant A large amount of Joy and Fond Childhood memories as I explored the Universe he sculpted...
I feel as if there is not author that compares to him. The depth and detail he adds into his writing is amazing. Adding languages, poetry, stories within stories, and just this great depth of history makes you feel like you are in a real world.
He inspired most of today's authors; and not just on fantasy. His techniques and writing style is pleasuring for me to read and he was such a talented man.
The fact that his writing has really stood the test of time for over 70 years is amazing and something most authors strive for. His stories are classics.
Rowling owes it all to Tolkien. She is popular right now due to the fact that she is alive and was still releasing her books. Tolkien, to put it simply, changed the game with LOTR. There is just so much more imagination and creativity in him than in Rowling. But on top of all that, HE MADE UP A COMPLETE LANGUAGE for the LOTR universe. Tolkien will always be the one people refer to for adventure.
[Newest]Great writer that creates excellent and vivid images in your mind
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2J.K. Rowling
She is the best writer I know. That was amazing how she came up with all the names and places and people. At first I did not like Harry Potter. I actually hated it. But when I read her first book I fell in love with it. Harry potter and the Deathly Hollows part 1 is now my favorite movie of all time. Anybody will love it!
I have two favourite authors: J.K. rowling and Rick Riordan. They are both equally amazing and their writing will forever stay with me. Joanne's books were my childhood, I grew up with them and would never change that even if I could. Rick Riordan was the author who got me obsessed with mythology and I am forever in both the author's debt.
JKR taught me so much.
(I could go on about this forever)
J. K Rowling is amazing! I could read Harry potter every night for the rest of my life. Thank you so much for making my reading life so magical. You have made me have an obsession for a life time that I will never forget and never ever stop. I will always love Harry potter'
[Newest]She makes the best books ever.
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3Stephen King
It is really laughable to hail J.K. rowling as the best writer when all she has done a series for children and nothing else. Ten years later her name will be lost in the mists of time unless she manages to follow her current success. On the other hand Stephen King has been in the game for 4 DECADES and he is still going strong -check out his last book 11.22.63, one of his best and hailed by Newyork Times as one of the best ten books of 2011. He is not only master of horror but one of the masters of contemporary American fiction. From horror classics (the shining, the stand, IT, salem's lot) to excellent short story collections (night shift, just after sunset) to novellas (Different seasons, Full Dark No Stars) to epics (the Stand, It, Under the Dome) he produced so many great things that it is astonishing and is horrifying in itself as if King is not a human but an outworldly creature. His awards are numerous.
I have read a lot of books by many a various authors, but nothing has struck me quite like the work of the great Stephen King. When I pick up a King-novel I haven't read already, I always get into a different state of mind. And I don't go back to normal until a few days after I've finished the book. So if I were to stop reading for a few months, I would just go around like I'm high or something. So that's why Stephen King is the best author ever!
Stephen King is to me the only author that will never run out of good idea's. Sure Harry Potter and Lord of the Rings were amazing books but it seems to me those are the only good idea's they have. Stephen King on the other hand has an immense amount of stories I mean 57 books! This also contains a few books loaded with short stories. This man's imagination is vast. I mean look at the facts people, most people voted for J.R. R Tolkien and J. K Rowling because everyone know's how iconic their work is. Most people probably read their works (just guessing here) because everyone else reads it, but it's to me like this quote :If you read the same books as everyone else you'll think like everyone else.
[Newest]My personal favorite author. Read quite a few books of his he has never once let me down. Big horror fan right here and he brings great pride to the horror genre.
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4Charles Dickens
Nicholas Nickleby, Oliver Twist, A Tale of Two Cities, David Copperfield, A Christmas Carol... Come on, he's second only to Shakespeare!
I've read David Copperfield and let me tell you, I'm a Filipino I'm not that good in understanding deep English, but the thousand times I consulted the dictionary the thousand times I'm loving this author. Try to read Oliver Twist and A Tale of Two Cities (200million copies, no. 1)
I think David Copperfeild is enough to show he's made the mark above the others. Great Expectations is also good. he's excellent when it comes to depiction of sufferings in a region or even an era.
[Newest]He is good- but a bit, well, bushwa

5Fyodor Dostoevsky
I laugh at your J.K. rowling. I laugh at 80% of your so called best authors. Crime and Punishment, The Idiot, Brothers Karamazov etc. Dostoevsky is the writer of all time, better than everyone!
NONE of the authors on this list have ever written anything that can compare to "Crime and Punishment." Dostoevsky understood human nature, insanity, and writing in a way no one before or since has. He is number one.
Dostoevsky knew how to explore the depths of the human soul/consciousness in a way that no other author before or since him has. Crime and Punishment alone goes further then anything any horror writer (including King), or writer of psychological thrillers has written. -BMF
[Newest]Dostoevsky is still not explored! If he will be understood and his writings researched it will be a shock for the humanity!

6C.S. Lewis
Oh god C.S. lewis should be in the top 3! When I read Narnia I literally fell IN LOVE with that book! And the movie was fantastic, too! I used to think his books would suck oh man I was wrong!
I love The Chronicles of Narnia! Best Series ever! Its not like Twilight, I mean twilight is about a girl who has to chose between a vampire and a werewolf! But Narnia makes a persons imagination grow wild and spread! It can make a person imagine they are a part of Narnia!
"You don't have a soul. You ARE a soul. You have a body. " - C.S. "Jack" Lewis
[Newest]He should be at least two. I can maybe see tolkien #1. He is amazing and I love his stories

7Roald Dahl
Amazing man! Books by him:
Charlie and the chocolate factory
B F G
The twits
Georges marvelous medicine
S many more great books!
I had the hardest time in the world deciding between Dahl, Lewis and Tolkien, but I went with Dahl. His imagination and sense of childhood is so alive and real, and unmatched by any other children's book author. He has the best sense of humor!
So creative, everyone can enjoy his books. No matter what age, anyone will love Dahl.
[Newest]All his stories have pure imagination. All Agatha Christie could come up with is murder mysteries set in the 1920s, all Nicholas Sparks could come up with is love stories involving soldiers on shore leave.

8Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
He is amazing, I love his books! I rad all the adventures of Sherlock Holmes and The lost world!
Wow amazing writer... Why don't he write some more sherlock holmes cases which he has written they ain't sufficient.
He puts amazing twists and turns in his book like no other author, I'm sure even jk rowling would admit she was surprised to surpass Sir Arthur
[Newest]SHerlock Holmes! Of course he's a great author!

9Leo Tolstoy
Read his books. They are all amazing. All his books carry powerful messages and the meaning of life.
Without a doubt leo tolstoy is the greatest, the greatest writer ever lived.
Tolstoy's novels share thought on both domestic and international issues, unlike J.K. Rowling's "Harry Potter". I mean, my favorite book of all time, War and Peace, shows the effect of the Napoleonic Wars on the aristocratic families of Russia. Does any other author have the skill to write better than Tolstoy? I think not.
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He is great. Sorry, not the best, but definitely great

10Rick Riordan
Seriously! The Percy Jackson series and Heroes of Olympus are THE BEST! Rick Riordan is just such a talented writer. His books don't just capture a specific age group but a very wide age range of readers. You can tell what a good book is if a wide age group read them. Also his books are really really surprising and have a lot of information in them. Rick Riordan constantly twists and changes the books making you sometimes just gasp with amazement and sometimes want to throw the book out of the window because you feel so attached to the book. Also when you do read the Percy Jackson series and Heroes of Olympus they inform you SOOO much about greek mythology in a really awesome way. So if your just glancing at some his books or thinking of reading them DO NOT HESITATE! GRAB THE BOOK AND START READING! TRUST ME, YOU WILL NOT REGRET IT.
I was gonna vote for Rowling, but then I saw that ROALD DAHL and JEFF KINNEY were in the top ten, but Rick wasn't! Roald Dahl's are pretty good, but seriously, Jeff Kinney? Rick Riordan is my favorite author! All of his books that I've read are in my favorites list. He wrote Percy Jackson, Heroes of Olympus, Kane Chronicles, and sometimes 39 Clues. (Multiple authors. ) And also, his best book series was inspired by his son, who loved greek myths, but was found to have ADHD and dyslexia. Rick told him greek myths every night until his son finally told him to make his own greek myth. There he created Percy Jackson, the average ADHD and dyslexia demigod! The reason I know this is because of his Heroes of Olympus/Percy Jackson short stories collection. I hope you take your vote to vote for Rick Riordan
Author of the bestselling Percy Jackson

Starting on two new series called "Kane Chronicles" and "The Heros Of Olympus"
[Newest]Why is he not in the top ten?! He is the best writer ever. he pulls you into the story (with his amazing writing) in every book in EVERY BOOK DAMN BOOK.

The Contenders

11George Orwell
What 23... You gotta be so badly... I mean so badly kidding me. 1984, The Animal Farm... Ring any bells. Oh come on people he deserve to be in top 3 beside Shakespeare and J.R.R. tolkien. Please vote.

Phychocnic

So disappointing to see writers with actual talent occupying lowly positions.
I'm not saying he is the greatest, as I have not read all books ever written, but he is damn near close. 1984 and Animal Farm!
[Newest]How is he below, Riordan...

12Enid Blyton
Enid is one of the best authors of all time her best series is defidintly the famous five its so adventurous and always cheers you up so read more books by enid or else you will regret it later
She is the GREATEST writer EVER known. Her stories are thrilling. I cannot believe she is not yet number 1! Everyone has to vote for her because she is amazing!
She is the greatest author of all times
Her adventure stories are simply thrilling
She must be number 1

13Jane Austen
I love Pride and Prejudice and Sense and Sensibility!
Pride and Prejudice... No need to say anything else. A person who has read that knows why she deserves to be in the top ten.
Just the Best author ever! !

14Jeff Kinney
His books are good but kinda childish, also they are all the same
Diary of a wimpy kid is a classic book and I think he should be top I have to wonder wheter he wrote any more books because he puts so much time into diary of a wimpy kid

aido17

His stories are really good and full of suspense I have read every one of them including the movie one.
[Newest]Very funny and real life situations books

15Edgar Allen Poe
TRUE! nervous, very, very dreadfully nervous I had been and am; but why WILL you say that I am mad?
If madness had a tongue it wold speak the words he wrote. He has the ability to make the macabre seem beautiful and to make death seem desirable.
His poetry touches the soul.

Nejixchan

[Newest]How is he not top 10, he is definitely #1 for me. A Tell-Tale Heart, The Raven, The Cask of Amontillado, so many great stories...

16Terry Pratchett
The depth of layers of meaning in his books is profound. The leavening of comedy often fools people into thinking his work is fluff, which allows the satire to sneak past their barriers.
Pratchett's books are well-written, gripping, moving, hilarious and thought-provoking all at the same time. I've never read a book by any other author that ticks all of these boxes.
He saved my heart when it was in a dark place. I will never forget my cell mate wondering what the hell I was laughing at. Yes the only author other than Douglas Adams that can get me to do that.

17Vladimir Nabokov
Only author to explore the mind of a pedophile straying into the usual controversies while writing, Lolita, a book that is both hailed and condemned.

18Dr. Seuss
He created children's stories that expands your world. He's filled with great stories and drawings that you can't forget!
I can't believe people forgot about this guy! Sure his books are cartoony and for young kids, but he creates childhoods!
I love to read and Dr. Seuss where my first books and helped develop my love of reading.
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Yes, his books are primarily for children. But any person living in a 21st century first world country has to have read one of his books. In addition...
-Even after death, his books are still being adapted into books.
-The Cat In The Cat and Grinch have become household names.
-He was one of the first people to realize how terrible cutting down trees was for the environment.
-He invented the word nerd.

19H.P Lovecraft
His stories touch the soul:
Dagon, At Mountains of Madness, Call of the ctuhlhu, shawdow over innsmouth... How can he not be at least in the top three.

20R.L Stine
Author of Goosebumps, Nightmare Room, and more
He is a REALLY good author I love his books and this comes from a girl who doesn't read much his books made me want to read so thanks to him I like reading nowπŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ˜ƒπŸ˜ƒπŸ˜ƒπŸ˜ƒπŸ˜ƒπŸ˜ƒπŸ˜ƒπŸ˜ƒ
He was the Steven King of Y/A fiction. Goosebumps

21Oscar Wilde
He was a fantastic writer : his texts that were both funny and full of an unsuspected philosophical depth! Not to mention his brillant storytelling, his very subtile sense of irony, the music of his perfectly crafted sentences... :-)
Just pure satirical genius and very enthralling Tolkien and Rowling can't compare to this man's genius, no one recognises good literarture anymore. By the way where is Shakespeare and Christopher Marlow? I know they were both mainly playwrites but show them some respect.

22Dan Brown
While many may feel why Dan Brown isn't considered one of the greatest, it is necessary that people don't undermine his brilliant sense of story telling, his suspense and moreover his ability to research on topics and mildly skew them to make his piece of work into a delight for readers.
Hello...
Are you making a fool of this website.
author of the the Vinci code, deception point, angels and demons, digital fortress and the lost symbol.
come on...
He should be in the top ten list
The reason why I voted this guy is based on what was the reaction of the people after he released his book, The the Vinci's Code. It was so well written that even the Vatican is concerned that it will change how Christians thinks about their own history (when most of them doesn't really care about it).

23Victor Hugo
Undoubtedly the best ever in the human history. Past and Future.
One of the greatest authors ever. The Misareblas is the best novel I have read.

24Agatha Christie
Best mystery novelist ever. Better than Sir Arthur Conan Doyle.
OH MY GOD. How is she not number 1. shes better than all these authors combined like seriously Jeff kinney sucks Stephen King describes too much and Charles dickens is just plain boring. Dame Agatha Christie deserves to be number one. there I said it
What the hell? She should at least have been in the top 5... How could someone rank her seventeen... Man... This sucks.

25John Steinbeck
Wrote timeless classics like the Grapes of Wrath, East of Eden, and Of Mice and Men. A truly visionary writer!
I'm in the middle of reading Grapes of Wrath right now.

Alpha101


26Homer
When I read the Iliad I became so consumed by the immersive, mythic story-telling that I began to feel the presence of the Greek Gods looking over my shoulder. I also began to change the way I talked. When a friend asked me if I was going out that evening, I would say "If it is by the will of Zeus, then..." and so on. Unfortunately none of friends were reading it, so I was living in a different universe for a while.
Homer is write Illiada and Odyssey, great action story of Odyssey, intellect man in big power. Good art Odyssey to serial Xena: warrior princess - season 2 episode 19. Man in blue is great art Odyssey, good power and intellect fighter, king of Ithaka.
He is the first writer of all time and he wrote Odyseia and Iliada, two books that so many others were based upon he dererves better than place 18!

27John Grisham
If you have never read a John Grisham book then your are sadly missing out on one of the best crime writer's to ever put pen to paper. His work is beautiful put together to always leave you wanting more and with over twenty books written you won't be left waiting.
best ever! never even heard of most of the rest of these and as you can see by my name I love to read!

luvtoread

Modern Day literature genius. He always manages to capture a reader.

wainboy


28Ernest Hemingway
A Farewell to Arms, The Sun Also Rises, Men Without Women, The Old Man and the Sea, and For Whom the Bell Tolls. Each one of these are better than that joke J.K. Rowling and her little fairy tales. thus list is terrible if Ernest Hemmingway is below all these laughable authors.
Twenty Eighth? I don't remember Jeff Kinney winning a Nobel Prize.
Legend, that is all

29Michael Morpurgo
Love The Wreck of Zanzibar
AWESOME books! Sometimes they can be sad, but that just adds to the effect!
YO
He has amazing books

30Jules Verne
This man is the greatest author ever 20,000 leagues under the sea is the greatest book ever written the throw in journey to the center of the earth and the mysterious island and you have the greatest author ever
Because his stories are so interesting
Great adventurous stories, I'm very keen about his genre.

31Veronica Roth
Veronica Roth is amazing. She is the best author that I have ever read from and she needs to be in the top 10! Lets get some votes!
She wrote the divergent series she is like the best author in the world what happened here
She writes such amazing books full of details and great plots. What is there not to love?

32Herge
Tinting man...
One of the most famous of comics.
Please vote for him.

33Suzanne Collins
We're talking about the woman who wrote the Hunger Games, the greatest books of all time! She should NOT be 106th. At least in the top ten! If you haven't voted for her then 'May The Odds Be Ever In Your Favour! '
Please, she has to be one of the best. Maybe not the best but better than a lot.
She wrote the hunger games really creative!

34H.G. Wells
#27!?!? If anyone has ever read The War of the Worlds, I don't quite see how you can't vote for him!
YAY! I love H. G wells books

35George R.R. Martin
This guy is LEGENDARY!
Complex story lines, fascinating characters, great dialogue, perfect pacing... Awesome!
I've enjoyed his books, however, they are very long and often rambling - that's not to say they aren't creative and wonderful, totally on the top 50.
George RR Martin has created one of the most complex and intricate stories ever written. It is a story similar in scale, if not larger, to Lord of the Rings, with the creation of languages, religious and hundreds of years of history. Authors like J.K. Rowling, while good, can't be compared to the craftsmanship of A Song of Ice and Fire. To be placed lower than twenty on the list is an outrage, but to put him at 67 is an abysmal insult to the literary field.

36Mark Twain
He is the first modern writer of this fair country; humorist extraordinaire he helped define the American wit and wisdom.

mgenet

Mark Twain should, at the very least, make the top five. He wrote the most highly anthologized book in the history of the U.S. His grasp of irony and dialect was, and still is, astounding. Their are very few people in this country who do not recognize his name.

I believe that he should be ranked #1. This needs to be based on something other than who your writing hero is or who's writing you enjoy the most. It should be based on historical impact.
One of my favorite books of all time was The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn. It was amazing. I may go read it again later, now that I think about it.

Alpha101

[Newest]You are greatest writer of all time

37Dav Pilkey
Pilkey should be number 1! He makes the Captain Underpants and Ricky Ricotta books!
I enjoyed CU as a child for fun, but seriously this is a joke. No, just no.

38Nicholas Sparks
Nicholas Sparks is one of the best-known writers in America and overseas for good reason: He has written stories that reveal yearning for our most prized possesion:love.
Is there any Sparks' novel that doesn't involve a sailor/soldier on shore leave as a love interest
Oh my gosh what is their not to love? There's romance, action, sadness, tears, and he fills out hearts and sometimes even make us cry and get emotionally attached to his charactes. Why isn't he in the top ten!? Why!?

39Darren Shan
Author of Cirque Du Freak, Demonata, and the Thin Executioner.

Hes going to release his new series called "The Saga Of Larten Crepsley" which is the prequel to Cirque Du Freak. Cirque Du Freak was made into a major motion film
What Darren Shan is a great author how is he not in the top 30?
Author of my favorite book series Cirque Du Freak and Zom-B.

DrRyAn


40Patricia C. Wrede

41Jack London
More accurately, he ought to be depicted as an artist due to the poignant allusions exuded through his masterful writing.

42Karl May

43Oliver Bowden

44Anton Chekhov

45Francesca Simon

46Arthur Ransome

47Christopher Paolini
He wrote the best books ever being so young! He invented many new LANGUAGES! All of the books were creative and very unexpected. I couldn't put the books down!
Laugh out loud Christopher Paolini never invented any languages, he just wrote his own fiction which is a ripoff of Tolkien's universe. The Inheritance Cycle where each book is worse than the previous.
Have you ever heard of George. R.R. martin?
Created the alagaesia trilogy.

ozzydog12


48Neil Peart
the greatest and deepest books in history

49Jerry Spinelli
Jerry Spinelli deserves higher. He has a very talented skill in writing, and he is also good with school stories, like Crash. If you venture in to Spinelli's world, you'll find he is one of the greatest authors in history.
Author of newberry honor book "Maniac Magee"
Jerry Spinelli's books are awesome! I've read Stargirl, Love, Stargirl, Maniac Magee, Eggs, Wringer, and Milkweed, and I like them all!
[Newest]I am still reading his book Loser and it is great so dar.

50John Green
Veronica Roth and John Green are the two best authors that I have ever read from. The way John Green (being a dude) wrote in the eyes of Hazel amazes me. It also amazed me how well he did it. The Fault In Our Stars is so amazing and I can't wait to read more of his books!
He really knows how to write. Some people just write without any information on what their writing or with out reserch, to write such good books as he did, including The Fault In Our Stars, he must have had to do reserch on what it's like to have cancer... Wish I was as good of a writer as him...
The fault in our stars, looking for Alaska, paper towns, abundance of Katherines... Best books ever love John Green! X

51Ruskin Bond

52P.B. Kerr
You suck you should be in the 100 place
Come on! Don't be so dumb... He doesn't desreve 85 at all with his children of the lamp!

53P.G. Wodehouse
Excuse me, but you vote Jeff Kinney over P.G. wodehouse! This man has been thought of in some cases the best comic author of the 21st century. He has wrote many novels and short story's and I would vote Jeeves and Wooster over 'Diary of a Wimpy Kid' any day.
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Wimpy Kid. Before this.
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Alas, this site has gone crazy...

HezarioSeth

He isto many the number 1

54Isaac Asimov
He is awesome read old generation too please

55Hans Christian Andersen
His fairy tales has several dimensions and can be enjoyed by both children and grown ups.
He takes the 19th century society and puts it on the edge.

56DJ Machale
Pendragon is one of the best series I have read. With comedy, Drama, and creative plots, this sci-fi series is amazing.
Author of Pendragon and Morpheus Road

Also creator of the show "Are you afraid of the dark? "

57G. A. Henty

58Cormac McCarthy

59Paulo Coelho
I did not like 2 read books until I read"THE ALCHEMIST".
Amazing book! And I would proudly love 2 recommand it to every person I know... AMAZING!
And it is the book that made me realize that reading is not boring... And now I am determined 2 read more and more books
Paulo Coelho is an intimate writer about love lost and love found, living in dying and so many other things. Sometimes serious, sometimes humorous, but always profound. He is one of the best.
If you are trying hard to figure out the meaning of your life, then try to read his books. You will be emancipated as you take a tour with him.

60Michael Crichton
What the heck? 58? You have got to be kidding me.
58?!?!? Wow. Definitely top 5.
The guy is a genius

61Γ–dΓΆn von HorvΓ‘th

62Chuck Palahniuk
His writing method is rare and interesting. Nothing is sugar coated and fairytale-like... he gives us the sick truth, and I love it.
"If it can't be beautiful, I want to be invisible. "
-Invisible Monsters

My favorite book.
You're not your khakis

63Barbara Park

64Stefan Zweig

65Anthony Horowitz
Author of the Alex Rider series
Outstanding author with series' Alex Rider, Power of Five and Diamond brothers

66Paul Langan

67Robert Louis Stevenson

68Rabindranath Tagore
The greatest ever. Yes I say this considering all the other writers who walked this planet. The only pity people these days know so little about this nobel laureates, is because his works are in Bengali. Had he converted all his writings to English (not possible in a life time), he would have been considered the greatest philosopher and writer of all time.
One of the finest authors ever to walk this earth...inspired an entire nation..
He is a brilliant writer and the 1st nobel prize winner of India for literature for Geetanjali.

69Albert Camus

70Meg Cabot

71L. J. Smith

72Steve Cole

73W. Somerset Maugham

74Jeffrey Archer
Come on man. You might be joking. He deserves a seat in the top ten
Best writer of all time

75Lewis Carol
But... He's number one. Alice?

76Aldous Huxley
A Brave New World... Nothing more is needed. Huxley is brilliant. A visionary and a political writer with dark visions of the future and one of sci-fi's best.
Very underrated author. Great books

fuadmondeo


77August Strindberg
Strindberg is perhaps the a'writer that uses the most different words.
He has a very special talent to describe situations and things.

78Franz Kafka
An expressive genius. The godfather of surrealism. An existentialist tour de force. Pretty much influenced every great author of modern times. He's easily one of the top 5 greatest writers who ever lived.

79Ken Spillman

80James Joyce
Top ten 'greatest'? This reads like a top ten most popular list. Anyone who can seriously believe that Rowling or Tolkien is of a higher greatness than Joyce is misguided completely. Joyce created and sculpted masterpieces based on ideas and aesthetics, not plots and magic. He is the Stanley Kubrick of writing, the Tesla of prose, the mad genius amongst the rabble. He set out to create books that 'scholars would fuss over' for years after he died, and he did. His works are some of the few that when closely analysed, are not over analysed, because Joyce built and created works that were MEANT to be studied. He is the greatest author to live so far, and I doubt anyone will ever top him in terms of innovation, style and pure beauty in writing.
His prose goes beyond being simply "unparalleled" to literal perfection; Ulysses is the finest spark of ambition, of wonder and humanism the literary world will ever see. Joyce's ranking at number 81 is not only undeserved but an absolute blasphemy, a gob of spit in the face of the literary world.
Greatest Author who ever lived, period. Greatest prose stylist, outstanding philosopher and psychologist. Brilliant artist and he wrote the greatest novel of all times, "Ulysses".

81Michael Coleman

82Geronimo Stilton
Why was this even considered?

83Haruki Murakami

84Khalil Gibran
His heart touching quotes and understanding about life and end, strikes an unmatched approach. He should be surely in the top 10.
His words touch the heart deeply, he is genius in describing feelings

85Robert Jordan
He wrote wheel of time! Wheel of time has to be the best series I have ever read and the only reason he is not higher on this list is because most people get put off reading it due to the sheer length of the series!
Author of the monumental "Wheel of Time" series, and referred to as the next J.R.R. Tolkien.

jblackwell1989


86Mika Waltari

87Plato

88Bernard Cornwell

89Mario Puzo

90T. S. Eliot
Vote for him too over on the list Greatest English Language Poets - he is THE BEST and defined modernism in English

91Bram Stoker
The man responsible for Dracula.

92Andrew Cope

93Ursula K. Le Guin
Extremely underrated, H. G. Wells should be second

CaptainComedy17


94Gabriel GarcΓ­a MΓ‘rquez

95Margaret Peterson Haddix
Author of the best selling "Shadow Children Series"
The best book in the world

96Nora Roberts
Her novels are just so interesting

97Dacia Maraini

98James Patterson
I'm in love with the books you mentioned.

funnyuser

Middle school series daniel x witch and wizard ifunny and who knows what's coming next!

99O. Henry (William Sydney Porter)

100Cathy Cassidy
I love her books

Rosh16


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