Greatest Writers of All Time


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41 Johann Wolfgang von Goethe Johann Wolfgang von Goethe Johann Wolfgang Goethe (28 August 1749 – 22 March 1832) was a German writer and statesman. His body of work includes epic and lyric poetry written in a variety of metres and styles; prose and verse dramas; memoirs; an autobiography; literary and aesthetic criticism; treatises on botany, anatomy, and more.

His works are dramatic yet the characters are relatable, despite how old they are [much like Shakespeare's English, Goethe's German is pretty out-dated]. It never is hard to read them, they are full of wonderful poetry. "Faust" (based on "Doctor Faustus") or "Die Leiden des jungen Werther" (a fictionalized version of his own biography that is so tragic many people killed themselves at the time of its release) rank among the best I have ever read. And I am not a sucker for old stuff, but I treasure pure heartfelt poetry.

Also: those who like Rammstein and want to fully understand the lyrics, Goethe was an inspiration for some of them, most notably "Rosenrot" and "Dalai Lama". - Martin_Canine

42 Francis Scott Fitzgerald Francis Scott Fitzgerald Francis Scott Key Fitzgerald was an American novelist and short story writer, whose works are the paradigmatic writings of the Jazz Age.
43 Stephen King Stephen King Stephen Edwin King is an American author of contemporary horror, supernatural fiction, suspense, science fiction, and fantasy.

He's books great, awesome and interesting

44 George Orwell George Orwell Eric Arthur Blair (25 June 1903 – 21 January 1950), who used the pen name George Orwell, was an English novelist, essayist, journalist and critic. His work is marked by lucid prose, awareness of social injustice, opposition to totalitarianism, and outspoken support of democratic socialism.
45 Romain Gary Romain Gary Romain Gary, born Roman Kacew (21 May [O.S. 8 May] 1914 – 2 December 1980) and also known by pen names such as Émile Ajar, was a French diplomat, novelist, film director and World War II aviator of Litvak origin. He is the only author to have won the Prix Goncourt under two different names.
46 Sophocles Sophocles Sophocles (c. 497/6 – winter 406/5 BC) is one of three ancient Greek tragedians whose plays have survived. His first plays were written later than those of Aeschylus, and earlier than or contemporary with those of Euripides. Sophocles wrote 120 plays during the course of his life, but only seven have more.
47 José Saramago
48 Dr. Seuss Dr. Seuss Theodor Seuss Geisel was an American writer and illustrator best known for authoring popular children's books under the pen name Dr. Seuss.

Do my eyes deceive me? Or is Dr. Seuss seriously missing from this list? Ok, his books might not seem like they're worth much when compared to Shakespeare, Asimov, Rowling and the other entries on this list, but he taught multiple generations about serious subjects in a fun and silly way. When the Lorax was published, not that many people knew that cutting down trees and building factories was killing the environment. But Dr. Seuss did. But, when he wrote the book, he specifically geared it towards children. He taught the people who would run the world someday. I'd like to think that many trees have been saved thanks to this man. In addition, while some books may eventually be forgotten, Dr. Seuss's won't be. Some of his books are over fifty years old and are still popular in classrooms.
I said this on another list, but I'll gladly repeat it: Dr. Seuss and Shakespeare are easily the two greatest authors of all time in my opinion.

49 Michel de Montaigne Michel de Montaigne Michel Eyquem de Montaigne (28 February 1533 – 13 September 1592) was one of the most significant philosophers of the French Renaissance, known for popularizing the essay as a literary genre.
50 Omar Khayyam
51 Isaac Asimov Isaac Asimov Isaac 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.
52 H.P. Lovecraft H.P. Lovecraft Howard 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 more.
53 Hermann Hesse Hermann Hesse Hermann Karl Hesse (2 July 1877 – 9 August 1962) was a German-born Swiss poet, novelist, and painter.
54 Shota Rustaveli
55 Fernando Pessoa Fernando Pessoa Fernando Pessoa, born Fernando António Nogueira Pessoa (June 13, 1888 – November 30, 1935), was a Portuguese poet, writer, literary critic, translator, publisher and philosopher, described as one of the most significant literary figures of the 20th century and one of the greatest poets in the Portuguese more.
56 Robert Jordan
57 Terry Pratchett Terry Pratchett Sir Terence David John "Terry" Pratchett was an English author of fantasy novels, especially comical works.
58 W. B. Yeats W. B. Yeats William Butler Yeats (13 June 1865 – 28 January 1939) was an Irish poet and one of the foremost figures of 20th-century literature. He was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1923.
59 John Irving John Irving John Winslow Irving, born John Wallace Blunt, Jr. on March 2, 1942, is an American novelist and Academy Award-winning screenwriter. more.

Modern classical of America.

60 Jonathan Swift Jonathan Swift
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