Top Ten Greatest Authors


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The Top Ten

Stephen 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]Can't touch this DUH duh duh duh duh, can't touch this ( does the moonwalk while doing this)
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2Charles 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 a great man

3J.R.R. Tolkien
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.
Thank to him, not only do we have Lord Of The Rings (the best trilogy ever), but we also have Harry Potter, Game Of Thrones and many other books. He inspired the imagination of the greatest authors in the world, making him the greatest. Everything J.K. Rolling wrote was inspired by J.R.R. Tolkien. There is no better authors than him.
Creative genius. His uncanny ability to develop charterers and to tell multiple stories is unparalleled. Lord of the Rings is the foundation for fantasy novels that came after it. Tolkien was simply a genius.
[Newest]His the father of modern fiction I mean how on Earth did he managed to come up with a new language all the names and and weird symbols
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4Fyodor Dostoevsky
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.
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!
Tolkien, Rowling and Stephen King in front of Dostoevsky? That's like snails outpace a Ferrari! If you are really into literature, you read Tolstoy and Goethe and Kafka and Joyce and Proust and all the others... compared with Dostoevsky, it's no contest. Sometimes I'm scared how huge he is. In my opinion the world is still not ready to grasp his thinking. If you read - let's say - Stephen King, you'll have a good story, some funny lines and some tention. If you read a novel like "Karamasov", you are not the same person you were on the first page. Dostoevsky forces you to overthink your life, your deepest opinions, emotions and even the people around you. He is going to whisper you secrets, which were always in you, but you could never give them a voice. He does it by creating real people! After crime and punishment you know Raskolnikov as well, if not better than your relatives. That's the difference: he doesn't need horror or a whole new world to spark your fantasy. He tells you about real people, and those people are giants compared with all the Harrys and Frodo Beutlins :) On the other side there is no writer as dangerous as Dostoevsky. Maybe Nietzsche, but no one else. You have to prepare your soul for this kind of adventure. Cheers.
[Newest]Stephen king on top? Gimme a break

5J.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!
You are amazed she came up with all the names? Tolkien invented a whole language for his books!
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'
I fall in love with her type and style of writing. She has created a magical empire which surrounds every single childhood memories. She is clearly amazing and outstanding. Plus, she has know written a new novel for other public, which has received excellent comments and evaluation it's name - the casual vacancy and the cuckoos calling-. In addition, I think she brought a knew world to ours, she is drearily better than stephenie Meyer. Interestingly enough, I have tried to write a magical novel as her, but I could not finish it cause she included all the possible facts and creatures in her -Harry potter- serie. Finally, I want to stand out her narrative style, it's full of adventures and knew discoveries mixed with love and respect.
[Newest]She wrote other books but my favorite is harry potter
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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
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]He is an amazing author with an great imagination power. In the book Charlie and the chocolate factory so many kinds of chocolates were introduced. He is the best author ever

8Leo 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.
[Newest]He is great. Sorry, not the best, but definitely great

9Edgar 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.
Not only did he invent multiple genres, he created some of the best and most popular short stories and poems of all time.
[Newest]He was the of suspense

10George Orwell
1984? Animal farm? Two incredibly influential novels that over time have changed the views of whole societies and warned us of the dangers some political systems pose. Without George Orwells influence through these incredibly well constructed novels the world could be a much darker place. Orwell should be in the top five at least. The fact he is outside the top ten at this present moment in moment is abysmal! I urge anyone who is reading this comment who has not heard of the works of Orwell to firstly read 1984 and animal farm, then secondly come back onto this site and vote 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.


So disappointing to see writers with actual talent occupying lowly positions.
[Newest]How is he below, Riordan...

The Contenders

11Sir 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]He Is A Amazing Writer

12Rick 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]Oh my gods, Rick is my favorite author of all time. His books were the ones who really got me into reading and I love all of his characters so much- Percy, Annabeth, Leo, Hazel, Frank, Jason, Piper, Carter, Sadie- all of them. His books have such amazing plots, a ton of humor, and he does what so many history teachers can't do- making learning about ancient mythologies fun.

13Jeff 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


His stories are really good and full of suspense I have read every one of them including the movie one.
[Newest]Diary of a wimpy kid is good

14Enid Blyton
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!
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
I love her books so much. One of my favourite books of hers that I have read was, The naughtiest girl in the school. I can't wait to read the next naughtiest girl book! I also love the famous five as well, they are brilliant too! She is definitely the BEST author of all time!
[Newest]Amazing books. Great for kids. I've read a lot of books from her and it was an excellent experience.

15R.L Stine
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 now👍👏👏👏👏👏👏👏👏😃😃😃😃😃😃😃😃
You have to say he did pretty good, and he didn't have many other books where he could write the same story, and give the characters different names...
Author of Goosebumps, Nightmare Room, and more

16Vladimir 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.

17Jane 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.
Austen, laid bare the business of marriage, the male upper hand and the social predicaments of the time, whilst retaining humour and of course romance. A tricky wicket but she pulls it off marvellously!
[Newest]All of her books are lovely.

18Mark Twain
He is the first modern writer of this fair country; humorist extraordinaire he helped define the American wit and wisdom.


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.


[Newest]I love Mark Twain and love huck and tom

19Dr. 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.
[Newest]DESERVES A HIGHER PLACE! I mean, what child hasn't heard of Dr. Seuss?

20Oscar 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.

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