Top Ten Greatest Authors

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

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1Stephen KingStephen Edwin King is an American author of contemporary horror, supernatural fiction, suspense, science fiction, and fantasy.

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!

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.

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.

Many other writers are deserve on this dite

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2J.R.R. TolkienJohn Ronald Reuel Tolkien (3 January 1892 – 2 September 1973), known by his pen name J. R. R. Tolkien, was an English writer, poet, philologist, and university professor who is best known as the author of the classic high-fantasy works The Hobbit, The Lord of the Rings, and The Silmarillion.

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.

I think he is one of the best fantasy writes to ever walk this earth!

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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 think the reason why many of us teens and children think his books are boring is because the school forces us to read it. In school, we have to stop every 5 seconds and "analyze" it. That isn't immersive at all! It makes it hard to lose yourself in the world of the story when you have to stop reading every so often. Teachers say that the beauty of literature is that it contains so many hidden messages if you look between the lines. But really, the real beauty of books is that it creates a whole new world to the reader that they can experience at their own pace. I think this also relates to why children today prefer video games to school reading, but I'm going off topic. Dickens was a great author. After reading Great Expectations in my free time at my own pace, I found it to be a masterpiece.

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 this writer write a lot about the lower class but write outstanding when I read his novel I find me in the story

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4J.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.

Shes so good at making books

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5Fyodor DostoevskyFyodor Mikhailovich Dostoyevsky, sometimes transliterated Dostoevsky, was a Russian novelist, short story writer, essayist, journalist and philosopher.

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!

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

He is the greatest, I really love his work. I just started 'crime and punishment'

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6Edgar 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.

E.A.P. is simple one of the greatest American Gothic writers.

I admire edgar allan poe's work the black cat is the best story period - Tylervel

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7C.S. Lewis

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!

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!

"You don't have a soul. You ARE a soul. You have a body. " - C.S. "Jack" Lewis

I am on the 6th book and the series is awesome! However, I feel some of the names and ideas comes from Rowling's books.

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8Roald Dahl

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.

Amazing man! Books by him:
Charlie and the chocolate factory
The twits
Georges marvelous medicine
S many more great books!

Best author ever

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9George Orwell

There are many great writers that deserve to be on this list, however Orwell's prose is second to none. From the incredible journalistic skills he manifested into 'Down and Out in Paris and London' to the greatest political work of the 20th century (and possibly beyond) '1984' his writing skills are simply sensational. (Emily) Bronte, Austen, Hemingway, Stevenson, Fitzgerald, Eliot, (amongst others) could make you see a world, Orwell could make you feel the world. 1984 is an absolute masterpiece, and the fact that he wrote it whilst dying exemplifies his magnitude as an author.

The only authors I consider being close to Orwell are Shakespeare, Swift, Hardy and Dickens. Not only is it his novels that are sensational, his essays are just as readable as his novels. The only essayist I have enjoyed like Orwell is TS Eliot.

How anybody can rank JK Rowling above one of the greatest political minds of the 20th century is beyond all reasonable comprehension.

Just read ...more

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.

I loved animal farm a whole lot. It's one of the first classics that actually taught me that reading is great. I mean, he got me into loving the history of the Soviet Union, as well as getting me into communist China, and what not. He actually explains very well what happens in communist countries, which I find to be great. I still find it to be disappointing that Ray Bradbury isn't here. He's my favorite author; then goes Orwell. But yeah. Orwell can really get you into books.

7th place? Really?

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10Leo TolstoyCount Lev Nikolayevich Tolstoy, usually referred to in English as Leo Tolstoy, was a Russian writer who is regarded as one of the greatest authors of all time.

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.

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.

Tolstoy, more than anyone else, portrayed the world as it really is. If the world could pick up a pen, it would write exactly like Tolstoy.

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11Mark TwainSamuel Langhorne Clemens, better known by his pen name Mark Twain, was an American author and humorist.

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

I love his adventures of tom sawyer it's beautiful, fantastic.!

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12Dr. SeussTheodor Seuss Geisel was an American writer and illustrator best known for authoring popular children's books under the pen name Dr. Seuss.

I love to read and Dr. Seuss where my first books and helped develop my love of reading.

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!

Should be at least in top 5

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13William ShakespeareWilliam Shakespeare was an English poet, playwright, and actor, widely regarded as the greatest writer in the English language and the world's pre-eminent dramatist.

Shakespeare was the greatest write, playwright, poet and actor of all time. He invented a mass amount of words that we use daily when speaking English. His plays were the ultimate classics and truly reflect on the history in the Elizabethan Era. His descriptions were extraordinary and even though most people find his plays hard to comprehend due to the old English, I say, give it a go to experience Shakespeare's world and it will change he way you thing about the power of words.

To be fair, the compiler of this list says right on page one that Shakespeare is considered a playwright, not an author, and I can see the point. Believe me, there are much worse things to criticize about this list, which is about the worst I've seen. And that's really saying something.

How is William Shakespeare in last. William Shakespeare is not as good as some of these other people that I have never heard of. I'm not trying to offend anyone but.. come on he deserves to be in the top 10 at least.

Didn't the rules say he was disqualified for being a writer of SCREEN PLAYS

We live in bizarro world! He is below R.L Stine!

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14Ernest Hemingway

Some of the deepest, most meaningful authors of all time. The Sun Also Rises, For Whom the Bell Tolls, A Farewell to Arms, The Old Man and the Sea, and so much more. Stephen King's great but he didn't write nearly as many legendary novels. - EGBrett

Hemingway can do more with one page than others can do with an entire novel.

Twenty Eighth? I don't remember Jeff Kinney winning a Nobel Prize.

Yes he is my favorite author ever

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15Rick 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"

He should be in top ten

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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.

He's the greatest prose writer of all time, in my opinion. His style is pure, unadulterated genius.

A great Writer. Really enjoyed reading Lolita

A great writer in the field of erotic writing.

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17R.L Stine

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

I loved his books. Every time I finished one I couldn't wait to go to the library and check-out another

Many say including myself that R.L Stine is like the children's Stephen King

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18Sir Arthur Conan DoyleSir Arthur Ignatius Conan Doyle was a British writer and physician, most noted for creating the fictional detective Sherlock Holmes and writing stories about him which are generally considered milestones in the field of crime fiction.

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?

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

Such an inspiration to everyone who loves a cheeky little bit of mystery

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19Jeff 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.

This is stupid. He is not even a writer. He is a cartoonist who wrote a "novel". That novel is a sham, it is an insult to all these great novelists to even consider putting this guy's name on the same list as theirs (don't call me close-minded, I actually love Diary Of A Wimpy Kid, all I'm saying is that he does not have any literary merit).

He's really funny and he also does other jibs like game designing

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20Terry PratchettSir Terence David John "Terry" Pratchett was an English author of fantasy novels, especially comical works.

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.

His works of fantasy are sheer bliss. He is among the greatest writers in the fantasy genre of the modern era

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