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

3Fyodor 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.
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

4J.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]Both the books and movies were awesome
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5Roald 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]This man was wonderful I would read his books again and again it's a shame that he died

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.
[Newest]J. K Rowling books have a rich and pure imagination that I have seen in a very few book in my whole life. its wonderful how she achieves such a amazing story. One of the best writers I have ever seen.
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7C.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

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]He Is A Amazing Writer

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]My favorite book is the raven hands down the movie wasn't bad either

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

11Leo 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

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.

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.
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.

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]The best author known. why she doesn't rank top place is a MYSTERY to me. All of her books are good and she's written over 800. PUT HER IN TOP PLACE

15Oscar 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.

16Jeff 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]I love you and your books πŸ"😍

17Dr. 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?

18Terry 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.

19Mark 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

20Vladimir 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.

21R.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 nowπŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ˜ƒπŸ˜ƒπŸ˜ƒπŸ˜ƒπŸ˜ƒπŸ˜ƒπŸ˜ƒπŸ˜ƒ
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

22H.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.

23Agatha Christie
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
Best mystery novelist ever. Better than Sir Arthur Conan Doyle.
What the hell? She should at least have been in the top 5... How could someone rank her seventeen... Man... This sucks.

24H.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

25John 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!


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


26Franz 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.

27Victor 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.

28George 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.

29Ernest 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

30John Steinbeck
A man who love the earth and the working stiff. The real deal.

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.
The Odyssey is an epic masterpiece, indeed. It's especially great if you love mythology.
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.

32Karl May

33Jules 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.

34James 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".
[Newest]A semantic fraud. Either the best or the worst writer ever.

35Michael Morpurgo
Love The Wreck of Zanzibar
AWESOME books! Sometimes they can be sad, but that just adds to the effect!
He has amazing books

36Nicholas 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!?

37Chuck 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

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

39Albert Camus
A French-Algerian literary mastermind who has crafted such classics as "The Stranger", "The Fall", and "The Plague". This man is the father of the Absurdist philosophy and that mindset factors prominently into many of his works. He had such a way to express thoughts and emotions that so very few had. Highly recommended.

40Veronica 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?

41Suzanne 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!
[Newest]This is so Much better than harry potter and lord if the rings

42Dav 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.

43Jack London
More accurately, he ought to be depicted as an artist due to the poignant allusions exuded through his masterful writing.

44Anton Chekhov
He's the guy everyone else on this list is trying to be.

45Christopher 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.


46Oliver Bowden

47Neil Peart
the greatest and deepest books in history

48Dan 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.
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).

49Francesca Simon

50Arthur Ransome

51James Patterson
I'm in love with the books you mentioned.


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

52John 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!
How is JOHN GREEN 54th? The man is a genius who writes beautiful stories. But the best part is that they're not just fluff. The books actually mean something. They portray a point. That makes sense and a difference.
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...

53Jack Kerouac
Some of the most beautiful literature I have ever read. He was one of the great beat poets of the beat generation. He wrote some great novels too like On the Road and The Dharma Bums. The writing is very expressive and the prose is spontaneous and lively, I've gotten something pretty close to an orgasm reading his stuff it's so beautiful.
Such a great writer. Definitely should be higher on the list- It is so spontaneous, expressive and deep. On the Road and the Dharma Bums are some of my favorite books- Really beautiful stuff- I don't think I have ever gotten such an emotional response from reading any other author.
Beat Generation Writer revolutionized writing with his Unique Stream of Consciousness style. A rather Odd Writer too in his Abandoning of Traditions and Grammar... He wrote from the Heart...

54Paulo 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.
[Newest]I love the way he expressed life in Alchemist. Union of one soul with another through alchemy of love is highest mystic truth.

55Darren 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.



57Hans 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.

58Ruskin Bond

59Dante Alighieri

60Philip K. Dick
This list is a joke. No author of the past 100 years has had a more vivid imagination then P.K.D.J. K seriously? Who votes on these? Her works are hopelessly derivative and she steals ideas from everywhere else. How is P.K. D so low on this list?

61Mario Puzo

62Jeffrey Archer
Come on man. You might be joking. He deserves a seat in the top ten
He deserves to be in prison where he already has quite a history.
Best writer of all time
He deserves to be rated higher than this. ! His stories are really entertaining

63Rabindranath 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 greatest philosopher and writer ever in the world, his every creation is surrounded us in our every step of our life.
One of the finest authors ever to walk this earth...inspired an entire nation..

64Isaac Asimov
He is awesome read old generation too please

65Aldous Huxley
While many remember him for his masterly crafted dystopian novel "Brave New World", the man has so much more to offer from the eclectic "Point/Counterpoint" to his wonderfully insightful "The Doors of Perception". An interesting author with an even more intriguing life.
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


66P.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.
Wimpy Kid. Before this.
Alas, this site has gone crazy...


He isto many the number 1

67DJ Machale
Pendragon is one of the best series I have read. With comedy, Drama, and creative plots, this sci-fi series is amazing.
I quite admire how he makes real world references like Scooby-Doo. Have you noticed that referencing pop culture like T.V. shows is almost taboo in writing?
Author of Pendragon and Morpheus Road

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

68G. A. Henty

69Robert Louis Stevenson

70Cormac McCarthy
A massively depressed giant.

71Γ–dΓΆn von HorvΓ‘th

72Hunter S. Thompson
A brilliant maniac. A twisted saint. Such a deeply caring man veiled by a shroud of drugs and lunacy. No one ever cared more about the real stuff than Hunter. I was at Owl Farm. I witness his constellation. A flawed angel - Hells or otherwise.

73Anthony Horowitz
Author of the Alex Rider series
Outstanding author with series' Alex Rider, Power of Five and Diamond brothers

74Jerry 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.
Jerry Spinelli's books are awesome! I've read Stargirl, Love, Stargirl, Maniac Magee, Eggs, Wringer, and Milkweed, and I like them all!
Author of newberry honor book "Maniac Magee"
[Newest]I am still reading his book Loser and it is great so dar.

75Patricia C. Wrede

76Stefan Zweig

77Miroslav KrleΕΎa

78W. Somerset Maugham

79Khalil 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

80Meg Cabot

81L. J. Smith

82August Strindberg
Strindberg is perhaps the a'writer that uses the most different words.
He has a very special talent to describe situations and things.

83Lewis Carol
But... He's number one. Alice?

84Steve Cole

85Michael Crichton
What the heck? 58? You have got to be kidding me.
58?!?!? Wow. Definitely top 5.
The guy is a genius

86Bram Stoker
Dracula is cool. Stoker's Dracula could walk in the daytime and he's been in all types of movies ever since.
The man responsible for Dracula.
Dracula is a very well written and interesting story. And he's been portrayed by many actors in all kinds of movies. He's a classic.

87Bret Easton Ellis
One of the most controversial but thought provoking authors ever.

88Haruki Murakami
Just a sheer quality story teller.
Seriusly, I can write a comment alike every other comment on every other author but instead I will give you the tip to just read a book. It doesn't matter which book from which author - just read a book. We all got different tastes so what does it matter? It's just idiotic to insult other authors because you believe your author is so much better. Instead we should all who actually read books, read what we like. And if we are to bash on people then bash on those who doesn't even read books becuase they are to incompetent to appreciete litterature wheter form or shape.

89Mika Waltari

90Robert 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.


91Ken Spillman

92Michael Coleman

93Geronimo Stilton
Why was this even considered?
Should be number 1 it's the first book I read in 2nd grade and I loved it now I just finished the kingdom of fantasy dude best book ever it's a child book but 350 pages is great it's touching at the end where scribblehopper leaves. But there is 75 books 20 special aditons 10 kingdom of fantasy 10 cave mice 8 spacemice 22 Thea Stilton and tons more

94Samuel Beckett

95Bernard Cornwell

96Gabriel GarcΓ­a MΓ‘rquez
Go read Love in the Time of Cholera then come back. You'll be amazed that GGM is number 90.

97T. S. Eliot
Vote for him too over on the list Greatest English Language Poets - he is THE BEST and defined modernism in English

Love is all. It transcends ISIS/ISIL, bin Laden, and Nixon.


100Ursula K. Le Guin
Extremely underrated, H. G. Wells should be second


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