Top Ten Greatest Authors

Best authors, NOT PLAYWRIGHTS so shakespeare doesn't count.

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1Stephen 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.

Stephen King, I mean honestly does it need explaining?

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2J.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.

J.R.R. tolkien is an amazing author who has created a incredible fantasy world of which many people have lost themselves in, not to mention inventing an entire language and the history of his world. I was looking at the best selling authors on Wikipedia and personally I think it's a crime that more people haven't read this tremendous authors work. I'm gushing a little bit at the moment but even after watching the movies based off his books I fell in love with the abridged version and I fell in love all over again when I actually opened one of his books.

Tolkien created a world so real and imaginative that it's hard to believe that his stories are truly fiction. The worlds had history, lore, languages and alphabets, religions, everything you would expect to see in a world, all done so perfectly. Tolkien, in my opinion, is the greatest author.

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3Charles 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.

I don't know who he is or what he wrote but he seems cool

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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 ...more

No one can get away from under Dostoevsky's shadow.

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5C.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

He should be at least two. I can maybe see tolkien #1. He is amazing and I love his stories

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6J.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.

J.K Rowling's books are some of the best I've read

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7Edgar 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.

He was the of suspense

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8George 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. - Phychocnic

So disappointing to see writers with actual talent occupying lowly positions.

He killed me so wouldn't kill him. I am writing this from heaven although I deserve to be in hell.

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9Leo Tolstoy

Read his books. They are all amazing. All his books carry powerful messages and the meaning of life.

Anna Karenina is probably the best novel ever. Every chapter reveals another insight and every character demands your sympathy. No one else besides Tolstoy has ever crafted a novel of such depth and enthralling story. There is no doubt in my mind he one of the best ever.

Without a doubt leo tolstoy is the greatest, the greatest writer ever lived.

He is amazing author

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10Roald 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.

I can't say anything. I simply love is book the bfg. I can say no more.

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The Newcomers

?L. Frank Baum
?Lois Lowry

The Contenders

11Rick 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"

This author really sparked my interest with history and the past, but most importantly, reading and writing.

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12Mark 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

Mark Twain is the greatest writer of all time from my view. I mostly enjoyed the Adventures of Tom Sawyer.

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13Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

He is amazing, I love his books! I rad all the adventures of Sherlock Holmes and The lost world!

Mystery genre is my favorite and no one can compare to him on this field. I love Sherlock Holmes and John Watson and they are the best characters that ever existed, yay! What would you do without you Doyle?

Wow amazing writer... Why don't he write some more sherlock holmes cases which he has written they ain't sufficient.

Nobody on earth can write better mystery stories than his.

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14Vladimir 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.

15Terry 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.

Adults and children grip the fine line and bind there hands around there mind falling into each chapter of Terry's novels.

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16Dr. 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.

Nobody will forget him.

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17Jane Austen

I love Pride and Prejudice and Sense and Sensibility!

The patience and sprightly zeal with which Austen Jane knits a tale of her own in Pride and Prejudice are astounding!

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.

I really wanna read pride and prejudice.

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18Jeff Kinney

His books are good but kinda childish, also they are all the same

There is a fine line within every story, his is just another persons perspective on what children want to read, really just another children's author who want people to read, He seems to have some eager inside for his viewers, same story inside each novel - lame.

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

He is awesome this brings real adventure of a American school kid.I hope he write more books to amaze us

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19R.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

R.L. Stine is my hero (of books) - spodermanfan1000

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20H.P Lovecraft
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