Top Ten Greatest Authors

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The Top Ten

1
J.R.R. Tolkien
While I don't think Tolkien is The Best Writer ever, when there is a horde Poised to pounce at that Title, Like Camus, Sartre, Dostoevsky, Tolstoy, Hemingway etc etc I think He definitely Crushes Rowling in terms of Sheer Storytelling and Imagination. So Out of spite towards Harry Potter I vote Tolkien, not that Tolkien is bad, I have just Outgrown him after picking up Life-changing, Layered books like Nausea, The Stranger, Fiesta etc. But I do owe this Giant A large amount of Joy and Fond Childhood memories as I explored the Universe he sculpted...
Rowling owes it all to Tolkien. She is popular right now due to the fact that she is alive and was still releasing her books. Tolkien, to put it simply, changed the game with LOTR. There is just so much more imagination and creativity in him than in Rowling. But on top of all that, HE MADE UP A COMPLETE LANGUAGE for the LOTR universe. Tolkien will always be the one people refer to for adventure.
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.
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2J.K. Rowling
She is the best writer I know. That was amazing how she came up with all the names and places and people. At first I did not like Harry Potter. I actually hated it. But when I read her first book I fell in love with it. Harry potter and the Deathly Hollows part 1 is now my favorite movie of all time. Anybody will love it!
I have two favourite authors: J.K. rowling and Rick Riordan. They are both equally amazing and their writing will forever stay with me. Joanne's books were my childhood, I grew up with them and would never change that even if I could. Rick Riordan was the author who got me obsessed with mythology and I am forever in both the author's debt.
JKR taught me so much.
(I could go on about this forever)
J. K Rowling is amazing! I could read Harry potter every night for the rest of my life. Thank you so much for making my reading life so magical. You have made me have an obsession for a life time that I will never forget and never ever stop. I will always love Harry potter'
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3Stephen King
It is really laughable to hail J.K. rowling as the best writer when all she has done a series for children and nothing else. Ten years later her name will be lost in the mists of time unless she manages to follow her current success. On the other hand Stephen King has been in the game for 4 DECADES and he is still going strong -check out his last book 11.22.63, one of his best and hailed by Newyork Times as one of the best ten books of 2011. He is not only master of horror but one of the masters of contemporary American fiction. From horror classics (the shining, the stand, IT, salem's lot) to excellent short story collections (night shift, just after sunset) to novellas (Different seasons, Full Dark No Stars) to epics (the Stand, It, Under the Dome) he produced so many great things that it is astonishing and is horrifying in itself as if King is not a human but an outworldly creature. His awards are numerous.
I have read a lot of books by many a various authors, but nothing has struck me quite like the work of the great Stephen King. When I pick up a King-novel I haven't read already, I always get into a different state of mind. And I don't go back to normal until a few days after I've finished the book. So if I were to stop reading for a few months, I would just go around like I'm high or something. So that's why Stephen King is the best author ever!
IT, carrie, the shining, christine, the last stand, shawshank redemption, pet semetary and the list goes on..
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4Charles Dickens
Nicholas Nickleby, Oliver Twist, A Tale of Two Cities, David Copperfield, A Christmas Carol... Come on, he's second only to Shakespeare!
I've read David Copperfield and let me tell you, I'm a Filipino I'm not that good in understanding deep English, but the thousand times I consulted the dictionary the thousand times I'm loving this author. Try to read Oliver Twist and A Tale of Two Cities (200million copies, no. 1)
I think David Copperfeild is enough to show he's made the mark above the others. Great Expectations is also good. he's excellent when it comes to depiction of sufferings in a region or even an era.
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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
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6Fyodor 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.
He is the best because he can analyse feelings of human deepest, he is the best. crime and punishment is greatest one.
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7Roald Dahl
Amazing man! Books by him:
Charlie and the chocolate factory
B F G
The twits
Georges marvelous medicine
S many more great books!
So creative, everyone can enjoy his books. No matter what age, anyone will love 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!
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8Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
He is amazing, I love his books! I rad all the adventures of Sherlock Holmes and The lost world!
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
Wow amazing writer... Why don't he write some more sherlock holmes cases which he has written they ain't sufficient.
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9Leo Tolstoy
Read his books. They are all amazing. All his books carry powerful messages and the meaning of life.
Tolstoy and Dostevesky are the best authors, why is neither at the top spot. War and peace, Anna Karenia, Tolstoy should be in the top ten, if not one
Without a doubt leo tolstoy is the greatest, the greatest writer ever lived.
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10Jeff Kinney
His books are good but kinda childish, also they are all the same
Diary of a wimpy kid is a classic book and I think he should be top I have to wonder wheter he wrote any more books because he puts so much time into diary of a wimpy kid

aido17

His stories are really good and full of suspense I have read every one of them including the movie one.
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The Contenders

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

Phychocnic

So disappointing to see writers with actual talent occupying lowly positions.
Nineteen Eighty Four is inarguably the greatest piece of literature of all time. Becoming more and more relevant as time has gone on.
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12Edgar Allen Poe
TRUE! nervous, very, very dreadfully nervous I had been and am; but why WILL you say that I am mad?
If madness had a tongue it wold speak the words he wrote. He has the ability to make the macabre seem beautiful and to make death seem desirable.
His poetry touches the soul.

Nejixchan

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13Jane Austen
I love Pride and Prejudice and Sense and Sensibility!
Pride and Prejudice... No need to say anything else. A person who has read that knows why she deserves to be in the top ten.
Just the Best author ever! !
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14Enid Blyton
Enid is one of the best authors of all time her best series is defidintly the famous five its so adventurous and always cheers you up so read more books by enid or else you will regret it later
She is the GREATEST writer EVER known. Her stories are thrilling. I cannot believe she is not yet number 1! Everyone has to vote for her because she is amazing!
She is the greatest author of all times
Her adventure stories are simply thrilling
She must be number 1
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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.
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16Rick Riordan
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"
It is incomprehensible that Jeff Kinney, JEFF KINNEY of all people is in the top ten and not Rick Riordan! He is a MASTER storyteller and is an awesome guy! Knock Jeff Kinney off the top ten and get a master on there!
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17Vladimir Nabokov

18R.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
Author of Goosebumps, Nightmare Room, and more
Hell R. L Stine is not on 1st number! HE IS BETTER THAN J. K rowling!

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

20Oscar Wilde
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.
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... :-)

21Victor Hugo
Undoubtedly the best ever in the human history. Past and Future.

22Agatha Christie
Best mystery novelist ever. Better than Sir Arthur Conan Doyle.
OH MY GOD. How is she not number 1. shes better than all these authors combined like seriously Jeff kinney sucks Stephen King describes too much and Charles dickens is just plain boring. Dame Agatha Christie deserves to be number one. there I said it
What the hell? She should at least have been in the top 5... How could someone rank her seventeen... Man... This sucks.
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23Dan Brown
Hello...
Are you making a fool of this website.
author of the the Vinci code, deception point, angels and demons, digital fortress and the lost symbol.
come on...
He should be in the top ten list
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.
Hey this guy is the best writer
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24Dr. 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.

25Ernest 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.
Legend, that is all

26John Grisham
best ever! never even heard of most of the rest of these and as you can see by my name I love to read!

luvtoread

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

wainboy


27Michael Morpurgo
Love The Wreck of Zanzibar
AWESOME books! Sometimes they can be sad, but that just adds to the effect!
YO

28Homer
Homer is write Illiada and Odyssey, great action story of Odyssey, intellect man in big power. Good art Odyssey to serial Xena: warrior princess - season 2 episode 19. Man in blue is great art Odyssey, good power and intellect fighter, king of Ithaka.
He is the first writer of all time and he wrote Odyseia and Iliada, two books that so many others were based upon he dererves better than place 18!

29Veronica Roth
She wrote the divergent series she is like the best author in the world what happened here

30H.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

31Dav Pilkey

Pilkey should be number 1! He makes the Captain Underpants and Ricky Ricotta books!


32Darren Shan
Author of Cirque Du Freak, Demonata, and the Thin Executioner.

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

DrRyAn


33Jules Verne
Because his stories are so interesting

34Nicholas 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.

His stories are very touchy and mesmerising!. He should have been the top most writer!


35Patricia C. Wrede

36Jack London
More accurately, he ought to be depicted as an artist due to the poignant allusions exuded through his masterful writing.

37Karl May

38Mark Twain
He is the first modern writer of this fair country; humorist extraordinaire he helped define the American wit and wisdom.

mgenet

WHAT HOW IS MARK TWAIN NUMBER 37!?!

39Oliver Bowden
Cause I say so

40Suzanne 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! '

41Mary Pope Osborne

42Anton Chekhov

43Herge

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


44Arthur Ransome

45Christopher Paolini
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?
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!
Created the alagaesia trilogy.

ozzydog12


46Jerry Spinelli
Author of newberry honor book "Maniac Magee"
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!
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47Neil Peart
the greatest and deepest books in history

48Ruskin Bond

49John Steinbeck

Wrote timeless classics like the Grapes of Wrath, East of Eden, and Of Mice and Men. A truly visionary writer!


50P.B. Kerr
Come on! Don't be so dumb... He doesn't desreve 85 at all with his children of the lamp!
You suck you should be in the 100 place

51P.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...

HezarioSeth


52Isaac Asimov
He is awesome read old generation too please

53DJ Machale
Pendragon is one of the best series I have read. With comedy, Drama, and creative plots, this sci-fi series is amazing.
Author of Pendragon and Morpheus Road

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

54Hans 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.

55Francesca Simon

56G. A. Henty

57Cormac McCarthy

58Paulo Coelho
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.
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.
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:)

59Γ–dΓΆn von HorvΓ‘th

60Chuck 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

61Barbara Park

62Michael Crichton
What the heck? 58? You have got to be kidding me.
58?!?!? Wow. Definitely top 5.
The guy is a genius
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63Stefan Zweig

64Anthony Horowitz
Author of the Alex Rider series
Outstanding author with series' Alex Rider, Power of Five and Diamond brothers

65George R.R. Martin
This guy is LEGENDARY!
Complex story lines, fascinating characters, great dialogue, perfect pacing... Awesome!
I don't understnad how George RR Martin is only number 66. He is incredible and his books are five of the best book I have ver read.

66Robert Louis Stevenson

67Paul Langan

68Albert Camus

69Meg Cabot

70L. J. Smith

71Steve Cole

72W. Somerset Maugham

73Lewis Carol

74Aldous Huxley
A Brave New World... Nothing more is needed. Huxley is brilliant. A visionary and a political writer with dark visions of the future and one of sci-fi's best.
Very underrated author. Great books

fuadmondeo


75Jeffrey Archer
Come on man. You might be joking. He deserves a seat in the top ten
Best writer of all time

76Rabindranath Tagore
One of the finest authors ever to walk this earth...inspired an entire nation..
He is a brilliant writer and the 1st nobel prize winner of India for literature for Geetanjali.

77August Strindberg


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


78Franz Kafka

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


79Ken Spillman

80James Joyce
Top ten 'greatest'? This reads like a top ten most popular list. Anyone who can seriously believe that Rowling or Tolkien is of a higher greatness than Joyce is misguided completely. Joyce created and sculpted masterpieces based on ideas and aesthetics, not plots and magic. He is the Stanley Kubrick of writing, the Tesla of prose, the mad genius amongst the rabble. He set out to create books that 'scholars would fuss over' for years after he died, and he did. His works are some of the few that when closely analysed, are not over analysed, because Joyce built and created works that were MEANT to be studied. He is the greatest author to live so far, and I doubt anyone will ever top him in terms of innovation, style and pure beauty in writing.
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".
I cannot even start to fathom the fact that Rowling, King, and Kinney (what? ) are in the Top 10 when the single greatest author - and maybe the single greatest artist of the 20th century - is ranked at place 75.
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81Michael Coleman

82Khalil 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

83Plato

84Robert Jordan
He wrote wheel of time! Wheel of time has to be the best series I have ever read and the only reason he is not higher on this list is because most people get put off reading it due to the sheer length of the series!
Author of the monumental "Wheel of Time" series, and referred to as the next J.R.R. Tolkien.

jblackwell1989


85Haruki Murakami

86Mario Puzo

87T. S. Eliot

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


88Andrew Cope

89Mika Waltari

90Bernard Cornwell

91Ursula K. Le Guin

Extremely underrated, H. G. Wells should be second

CaptainComedy17


92Margaret Peterson Haddix
Author of the best selling "Shadow Children Series"
The best book in the world

93Bram Stoker

94Nora Roberts
Her novels are just so interesting

95O. Henry (William Sydney Porter)

96Dacia Maraini

97Cathy Cassidy

98Raymond E. Feist

HE IS BEHIND THE RIFT WAR BOOKS SHOULD BE IN TOP 3


99Dan Gutman

100Natsume Soseki

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