Who is you favorite American author? As long as they wrote literature and were an American citizen they are eligible for this list.
The Top Ten
1Edgar Allan PoeEdgar Allan Poe (January 19, 1809 – October 7, 1849) was an American writer, editor, and literary critic. Poe is best known for his poetry and short stories, particularly his tales of mystery and the macabre. He is widely regarded as a central figure of Romanticism in the United States and American ...read more.
Better than King
Ligeia, The Black Cat, The Tell Tale Heart, A Descent into the Maelström, The Golden Bug and much more awesome stories, as well as single poems such as: Alone, A Dream Within A Dream, The Raven and Lenore. Some of his stories are heavy and others just on a few words and shows what true beauty yet also what horror can and may be like no others. Was a man well with words but not with the ladies, yet somewhat in a good way actually.
2Ernest HemingwayErnest Miller Hemingway (July 21, 1899 – July 2, 1961) was an American novelist, short story writer, and journalist. His economical and understated style had a strong influence on 20th-century fiction, while his life of adventure and his public image influenced later generations. Hemingway produced ...read more.
3Mark TwainSamuel Langhorne Clemens, better known by his pen name Mark Twain, was an American writer, humorist, entrepreneur, publisher, and lecturer.
4Stephen KingStephen Edwin King is an American author of contemporary horror, supernatural fiction, suspense, science fiction, and fantasy. Many of his most well-known novels include Carrie, It, The Shinning, The Stand, Misery, The Dark Tower series, and Rita Hayworth and the Shawshank Redemption, which was later ...read more.
Doesn't beat England's Peter James, though... - Britgirl
He is great
5John SteinbeckJohn Ernst Steinbeck, Jr. was an American author of twenty-seven books, including sixteen novels, six non-fiction books, and five collections of short stories.
He’s awesome. Always seemed to be pull back in time with his stories, characters, locations, and descriptions.
6F. Scott FitzgeraldFrancis Scott Key Fitzgerald was an American novelist and short story writer, whose works are the paradigmatic writings of the Jazz Age.
7William FaulknerWilliam Cuthbert Faulkner (September 25, 1897 – July 6, 1962) was an American writer and Nobel Prize laureate from Oxford, Mississippi. Faulkner wrote novels, short stories, a play, poetry, essays, and screenplays. He is primarily known for his novels and short stories set in the fictional Yoknapatawpha ...read more.
8Emily DickinsonEmily Elizabeth Dickinson (December 10, 1830 – May 15, 1886) was an American poet . Dickinson was born in Amherst, Massachusetts . ...read more.
9Jack KerouacJack Kerouac (March 12, 1922 – October 21, 1969), born Jean-Louis Kérouac (though he called himself Jean-Louis Lebris de Kérouac) was an American novelist and poet of French-Canadian descent. ...read more.
10Harper LeeNelle Harper Lee, better known by her pen name Harper Lee, was an American novelist widely known for To Kill a Mockingbird, published in 1960. Immediately successful, it won the 1961 Pulitzer Prize and has become a classic of modern American literature.
11Tennessee WilliamsThomas Lanier "Tennessee" Williams III was an American playwright. Along with Eugene O'Neill and Arthur Miller, he is considered among the three foremost playwrights of 20th-century American drama.
12Frederick DouglassFrederick Douglass was an African-American social reformer, abolitionist, orator, writer, and statesman.
13Walt WhitmanWalter "Walt" Whitman (May 31, 1819 – March 26, 1892) was an American poet, essayist and journalist. A humanist, he was a part of the transition between transcendentalism and realism, incorporating both views in his works. Whitman is among the most influential poets in the American canon, often called ...read more.
14Herman MelvilleHerman Melville was an American novelist, short story writer, and poet of the American Renaissance period best known for Typee, a romantic account of his experiences in Polynesian life, and his whaling novel Moby-Dick.V 1 Comment
16J. D. Salinger
Catcher in the Rye may be one of the best American books ever written.It certainly was one of the best I've ever read.
17H.P. LovecraftHoward Phillips Lovecraft (August 20, 1890 – March 15, 1937) was an American author who achieved posthumous fame through his influential works of horror fiction. Virtually unknown and published only in pulp magazines before he died in poverty, he is now regarded as one of the most significant 20th-century ...read more.
19Robert E. Howard
21John IrvingJohn Winslow Irving, born John Wallace Blunt, Jr. on March 2, 1942, is an American novelist and Academy Award-winning screenwriter. ...read more.
24Henry JamesHenry James (15 April 1843 – 28 February 1916) was an American-born British writer. He is regarded as one of the key figures of 19th-century literary realism.
25Jack LondonJohn Griffith "Jack" London, born John Griffith Chaney (January 12, 1876 – November 22, 1916) was an American novelist, journalist, and social activist. A pioneer in the then-burgeoning world of commercial magazine fiction, he was one of the first fiction writers to obtain worldwide celebrity and ...read more.
26Isaac AsimovIsaac Asimov, born Isaak Ozimov (c. January 2, 1920 – April 6, 1992) was an American author and professor of biochemistry at Boston University. He was known for his works of science fiction and popular science.
27Ray BradburyRay Douglas Bradbury (August 22, 1920 – June 5, 2012) was an American author and screenwriter. He worked in a variety of genres, including fantasy, science fiction, horror, and mystery fiction. ...read more.
28Octavia E. ButlerOctavia Estelle Butler was an American science fiction writer. A multiple recipient of both the Hugo and Nebula awards, Butler was one of the best-known women in the field.
30Truman CapoteTruman Garcia Capote, born Truman Streckfus Persons (September 30, 1924 – August 25, 1984) was an American novelist, screenwriter, playwright, and actor, many of whose short stories, novels, plays, and nonfiction are recognized literary classics, including the novella Breakfast at Tiffany's (1958) ...read more.
31George R.R. MartinGeorge Raymond Richard Martin (born George Raymond Martin), also known as George R. R. Martin, is an American author known for his epic fantasy series A Song of Ice and Fire, which was later adapted into the famous HBO series Game of Thrones.
32S. E. Hinton
33Laura Ingalls Wilder
35L. Frank Baum
36Lloyd AlexanderLloyd Chudley Alexander (1924-2007) was an American author of fantasy novels for children and young adults. His most famous work is the fantasy series The Chronicles of Prydain (which was later adapted into the 1985 Disney film The Black Cauldron, which has also earned a reputation for being one of ...read more.
37Dr. SeussTheodor Seuss Geisel was an American writer and illustrator best known for authoring popular children's books under the pen name Dr. Seuss.
38William 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.
39Robert JordanJames Oliver Rigney Jr. (1948-2007), better known by his pen name Robert Jordan, was an American author known for writing the epic fantasy series The Wheel of Time. He was also known for writing stories about Conan the Barbarian, and for writing other books with different pseudonyms. He died from cardiac ...read more.
41Bret Easton EllisBret Easton Ellis (born March 7, 1964) is an American author, screenwriter, and short story writer. His works have been translated into 27 languages. He was at first regarded as one of the so-called literary Brat Pack, which also included Tama Janowitz and Jay McInerney. He is a self-proclaimed satirist, ...read more.
46Joyce Carol Oates
47Hubert Selby, Jr.
49Charles BukowskiHenry Charles Bukowski, born Heinrich Karl Bukowski (August 16, 1920 – March 9, 1994) was a German-born American poet, novelist, and short story writer.