Top Ten Greatest Authors

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

The Top Ten

1 Stephen King Stephen King Stephen 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 more.

I've only just started reading books by him (the first book I read being Carrie) and he is already my favorite author of all time. Carrie is my current favorite book ever made, but I bet that'll change once I read more of King's books. He is the most influential author both in movies and books, having written books like The Shining, It, Different Seasons, The Green Mile just to name a few, none of which I've read yet but will be reading soon, and having movies based on the books like The Shining, It, Shawshank Redemption, The Green Mile just to name a few. King can write about everything and somehow make it work. I mean, if he can write about a clown monster that isn't really a clown and is called Bob and make that good, you know he can write everything. I've become hooked to his writing, it's fantastic. King is absolutely my favorite author and he deserves to be as high as he is on this list.

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.

Best author ever

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2 J.R.R. Tolkien J.R.R. Tolkien John 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.

Tolkien is the best writer ever. There is something special about his books. Something about the style of writing and the plot or storyline of the story. I read The Hobbit and book 1 of Lord of the Rings and I showed it to my teacher and she said that I should have read Harry Potter instead of those stuff. But I disagreed with her. It was definitely hard to come up with book titles and character names, but Tolkien created a whole new, different language for his books! How amazing is that! Most of the people hate reading, especially teens and children, because parents and tutors and teachers FORCE them to read it. As my father always say,' When don't let your child do something, They'll start wanting to do it.' People should attract and encourage teens and kids to read classic literature not force. My parents used to make me read a chapter of a book before I go to bed, but I always hated them doing that. But then, I saw my friends reading happily and I picked up a book about dinosaurs ...more

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.

His world is deeper and full of more wonder than any before him and I suspect long after as well.

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3 Charles Dickens Charles Dickens Charles John Huffam Dickens (7 February 1812 – 9 June 1870) was an English writer and social critic. He created some of the world's best-known fictional characters and is regarded by many as the greatest novelist of the Victorian era. more.

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)


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4 J.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.

Harry Potter are good novels

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5 Fyodor Dostoevsky Fyodor Dostoevsky Fyodor 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!

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 ...more

The only one worthy of being in front of Dostoevsky is Tolstei and I would still make Tolstei second.

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6 Roald Dahl Roald Dahl Roald Dahl (13 September 1916 – 23 November 1990) was a British novelist, short story writer, poet, screenwriter, and fighter pilot. His books have sold more than 250 million copies worldwide.

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!


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7 Edgar Allan Poe Edgar Allan Poe Edgar 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 more.

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.

He's the King of Horror Short Stories. He's best known for creating masterpiece like "The Raven", "Tell-Tale Hearts", and other works.

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8 C.S. Lewis C.S. Lewis Clive Staples Lewis (29 November 1898 – 22 November 1963) was a British novelist, poet, academic, medievalist, literary critic, essayist, lay theologian, broadcaster, lecturer, and Christian apologist. more.

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

My favorite book by C. S. Lewis is The Horse And His Boy. I want to be an author, I'm trying to write and then publish a book soon.

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9 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.

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.


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10 Mark Twain Mark Twain Samuel 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

My great, great grandmother was buddies with him. Not that close, but they still knew each other. Let's just I stared at my grandma for a bit without moving when she mentioned that casually like it was nothing when we were eating lunch... LOL...

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The Newcomers

? J. M. Barrie J. M. Barrie Sir James Matthew Barrie, 1st Baronet, OM (9 May 1860 – 19 June 1937) was a Scottish novelist and playwright, best remembered today as the creator of Peter Pan.
? Arthur Miller Arthur Miller Arthur Asher Miller (October 17, 1915 – February 10, 2005) was an American playwright, essayist, and figure in 20th-century American theater. He was often in the public eye, particularly between the late 1940s and early 1960s. During this time, he was awarded the Pulitzer Prize for Drama, testified more.

The Contenders

11 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.

Although his books are for children, he is one of the most legendary authors of all. His books were the first many kids ever read, and they're so imaginative! Green Eggs and Ham, Oh, the Places You'll Go, and The can in the Hat were my favorite books growing up. Dr. Seuss is truly a legend, and I hope his books are never forgotten. - ShadestrikeOfDarkClan

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!

The G.O.A.T. He created a whole new type of writing. Simply iconic. Deserves top 10, way before his time in his writing

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12 Leo Tolstoy Leo Tolstoy Count 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.

Shame that many young readers flock to J.K Rowling as well as all the other modern writers, neglecting more deeper, focused philosophical writings such as Tolstoy. The words in Tolstoy's novels stay with you for months lingering in your head. They reveal more insight into even the most basic human interactions, why people do what they do and what they are thinking. Very ashamed to see that he is so low on this list, particularly as War and Peace has been hailed as the greatest novel of all time.

Without a doubt leo tolstoy is the greatest, the greatest writer ever lived.

He is an awesome writer. I love War and Peace.

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13 William Shakespeare William Shakespeare William 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.

Honestly, William Shakespeare is an incredible writer/author; his plays will leave a mark on you no matter how old you are, provided you have been taught to read the language. Believe me, as of right now, Stephen King is one of the best authors of all time, and his novels have impacted me. But I want to look at the overall effect, and William Shakespeare's impact is so much greater. I mean people; his works are taught in school for a reason. He is a genius, and has many of his plays vary in so many genres, and they're all wonderfully told. Honestly, this is a top 5 author/writer at the least. Rowling is good, but Harry Potter is all she has. Same for Tolkien and the Lord of the Rings + The Hobbit. Don't let one of the most influential people in history remain in 13 place because his series 'don't provide what modern society needs' because really, his works are what inspired these modern day stories (well, most of them anyway).

Why the hell is this guy number 13? I mean, don't get me wrong, I love Stephen King, But there is no way by any stretch of the imagination that he could beat Shakespeare in terms of influence or originality. Shakespeare was the ultimate pioneer of the art of writing. Sure, there was Homer, but Homer's influence doesn't impact us as much today as Shakespeare's has. He has added many words and expressions that we use in our day to day life without even knowing that they are of Shakespearean origin. To sum things up, I cannot believe that this literary master didn't make the top spot. It shouldn't have even been a question.

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.

How it can be possible that william shakespeare the greatest writer is placed at 13th. He should be at first and he should be.

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14 Ernest Hemingway Ernest Hemingway Ernest 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 more.

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

Stephen King? No, no, no... Hemingway created a new style of writing, and wo a Noble prize - jeff4295

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

Yes he is my favorite author ever

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15 Vladimir Nabokov Vladimir Nabokov Vladimir Vladimirovich Nabokov, also known by the pen name Vladimir Sirin (22 April [O.S. 10 April] 1899 – 2 July 1977) was a Russian-American novelist and entomologist. His first nine novels were in Russian, and he achieved international prominence after he began writing English prose. more.

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

Professor Pnin

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16 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.

I believe that H.P. Lovecraft should be #1 on this list. I do believe that without him, there are some pretty famous authors that would not exist in the creative way that we know them today. He mastered the art of instilling fear in his tales, and it was not what he said, it was what he inferred that was terrifying. His writing is so powerful that you are able to put yourself into the story. The greatest writer of our time Stephen King, I was told, was a fan of HP Lovecraft, and his influence is felt in the style that King is famous for - letting you see through the eyes of his characters, pulling you in to the tale and instilling a thought, or idea. And once a thing is known, it can't be unknown. That kind of writing is powerful. If you have never read HP Lovecraft, please check out any one of his many books, you won't be disappointed.

He basically took Poe's style and used to create a creatively terrifying mythos that is still regularly referenced to this day (Cthulhu). The only author of old pulp fiction that has withstood the test of time. One of the most accessible authors right now because none of his stories are copyrighted so you can buy big portions of his writings on eBook format or audiobook format for extremely inexpensive or for no cost at all.

Honestly, my favorite author.The reason he isn't higher is because most people can't read it. The people who think Harry Potter is hard to read. You know, idiots. Hast** the unspeakable is also pretty terrifying.

Poor Lovecraft. He was never known until the 70's. He was never famous while alive. He was afraid of dying without fame and he did.
He is the Grandfather of Modern Horror. Some of today's best authors have been inspired by them. Stephen King is obviously inspired by his works. People just pass him as the guy who created Cthulhu. He is very underrated and a very interesting piece of history. - Aguythatpeopleignores

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17 Sir Arthur Conan Doyle Sir Arthur Conan Doyle Sir 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!

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

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?

Best author.

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18 Jeff Kinney

Jeff Kinney does not possess any great talent when it comes to writing. I do enjoy "Diary of a Wimpy Kid" but Jeff Kinney definitely isn't the 16th greatest author in the world. In my humble opinion he wouldn't even be considered in the top 100. There is barely a difference between his books and his tendency to portray Greg as a sociopath has gotten out of hand. He is an imaginative novelist and he deserves credit for his writing but I truly do not think he deserves the very fortunate 16th place that he got.

His books are good but kinda childish, also they are all the same

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).

Mr. Kinney, sorry, but maybe you should try writing something worth reading, or at least something people want to read - Swiftdawn

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19 Terry Pratchett Terry Pratchett Sir Terence David John "Terry" Pratchett (1948-2015) was an English author of fantasy novels, especially comical works. He is best known for writing the comic fantasy book series Discworld.

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.

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.

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.

Boss, by the way, kinney is AWFUL! - riki1234

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20 R.L Stine

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

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...

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

I love his horror books I am a big fan of scary stuff and plus he was in the movie goosebumps...uhh...I think

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21 Jane Austen Jane Austen Jane Austen was an English novelist known principally for her five major novels which interpret, critique and comment upon the life of the British landed gentry at the end of the 18th century.

I love Pride and Prejudice and Sense and Sensibility!

Jane Austen is an amazing author! I'm not a big romance-reader, but her stories are so beautifully written and her plots so intricate. Sense and Sensibility, Pride and Prejudice, and Northanger Abbey are my favorites. I would definitely put Jane Austen in the "Top 10" list.

Pride And Prejudice was one of the most influential pieces of literature at the time, its truly remarkable and is a real insight to that time period - YOUnique253

She's the worst. Pride and prejudice was the worst book one can read. I hate her.

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22 H.G. Wells H.G. Wells Herbert George Wells - known as H. G. Wells - was a prolific English writer in many genres, including the novel, history, politics, and social commentary, and textbooks and rules for war games.

#27!?!? If anyone has ever read The War of the Worlds, I don't quite see how you can't vote for him!

How is 26?! He made war of the worlds a great in depth and detailed book predicting a actual possible outcome with amazing plot.

The Outline of History is my favorite!

YAY! I love H. G wells books

23 Rick Riordan Rick 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

READ THE BOOKS! Percy Jackson is my favorite book series. This not only lets me have fun while reading, but teaches me all about mythology and Social Science is exiting new ways. There are other books that I have read which completely fail when bringing the myths to life. They are a disgrace to books. (see what I did there! ) I highly recommend you to read them as well because you get to learn something new while you are at it. I could not believe my eyes that Rick Riordan is not in the top ten authors! I am a picky person when it comes to books, very picky, and the first ones that caught my attention at the library were these. I have read and re-read them so many times that I have memorized the story all together. Rick Riordan brings the myths to life. Many ages can read his books, starting at the Lightning Theif. The twists and turns in the story get you immersed into it and you just cannot stop reading. READ THE BOOKS!

How is he 22

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24 Bram Stoker

Dracula is cool. Stoker's Dracula could walk in the daytime and he's been in all types of movies ever since.

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25 Agatha Christie Agatha Christie Dame Agatha Mary Clarissa Christie, Lady Mallowan, was an English crime novelist, short story writer and playwright.

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

Definitely the best mystery writer in my opinion. Sir Arthur Conan Doyle is amazing, but Agatha Christie has written over 80 mysteries that ALL have a completely shocking and entertaining twist. She manages to make each ending amazing and different for EVERY book! That's what I call genius! Her characters are delightful too. Come on, you can't help being amused by Hercule Poirot's swelled ego, and stunned by his brilliance! She should have a higher ranking than this!

Best mystery novelist ever. Better than Sir Arthur Conan Doyle.

If AGATHA CHRISTIE is outside top 5... This is the most miserable list possible.

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26 Oscar Wilde Oscar Wilde Oscar Fingal O'Flahertie Wills Wilde (16 October 1854 – 30 November 1900) was an Irish playwright, novelist, essayist, and poet. After writing in different forms throughout the 1880s, he became one of London's most popular playwrights in the early 1890s. He is remembered for his epigrams, his novel more.

If he had written any scripture I could believe in that, because anything that Wilde said is %100 right in reality. But still I can't understand how this genius believed in a homophobic god who is one of the worst figures in the religion history, who is unaware of the nature he created, who is the father of Jesus who was able to walk on the water. On the other hand it is told that Oscar was an atheist in fact.

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... :-)

True genius - as he so famously declared! Such a character of a man, who lived a tragic life, due to his being persecuted how being a homosexual.

This magnificent man should not be this low - JacksonRauch

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27 P.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.

Reading him, in my mind, I "hear" his stories in an English accent! BRILLIANT!

Wimpy Kid. Before this.
Alas, this site has gone crazy... - HezarioSeth

Below jeff kinney?!?

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28 Victor Hugo Victor Hugo Victor Marie Hugo (26 February 1802 – 22 May 1885) was a French poet, novelist, and dramatist of the Romantic movement. Hugo is considered to be one of the greatest and best-known French writers. more.

Undoubtedly the best ever in the human history. Past and Future.

Socialism is explored in his novels, the western society owes him

Why the hell is Jeff Kinney higher? - 445956

One of the greatest authors ever. The Misareblas is the best novel I have read.

29 Mary Shelley Mary Shelley

If you like science-fiction, techno-thrillers, or suspense then you must recognize the creator of these genre's. She was also a very strong person from my recalling my literature classes. Her lover was what today we'd classify as a sex offender, during a "vacation" that was in reality more of an enforced isolation from family, that was dismal in weather and attitude she channels it into Frankenstein.

To be honest, I wouldn't have even liked reading with Frankenstein and Mary Shelley.

30 John Steinbeck John Steinbeck John Ernst Steinbeck, Jr. was an American author of twenty-seven books, including sixteen novels, six non-fiction books, and five collections of short stories.

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

Should be top ten, easily.

East of Eden. Period.

"A guy needs somebody―to be near him. A guy goes nuts if he ain't got nobody. Don't make no difference who the guy is, long's he's with you. I tell ya, I tell ya a guy gets too lonely an' he gets sick.”

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31 Dante Alighieri Dante Alighieri Durante degli Alighieri, simply called Dante (c. 1265 – 1321), was a major Italian poet of the Late Middle Ages. His Divine Comedy is widely considered the greatest literary work composed in the Italian language and a masterpiece of world literature.

Read the Divine Comedy. You will understand.

One of the most influential Italian writers to ever live. Although 'Inferno' was hard to read at times and contextual historical knowledge is needed, it's certainly the best depiction of hell, which is created by beautiful allegorys.

32 Veronica 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

Actually three books pretty cool she should be on top of the list - aloverttyl

She writes such amazing books full of details and great plots. What is there not to love?

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33 James Joyce James Joyce James Augustine Aloysius Joyce (2 February 1882 – 13 January 1941) was an Irish novelist and poet. He contributed to the modernist avant-garde and is regarded as one of the most influential and important authors of the 20th century. more.

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.

James joyce is amazing. He is the one author that every other author after him is influenced by. Many people call him the father of modernism. If it weren't for this guy, literature wouldn't be where it is today. Try reading Ulysses. It's amazing, but very long.

Jeff Kinney? R.L. Stein? Greater than Joyce? Doesn't seem right.

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34 Robert Louis Stevenson Robert Louis Stevenson Robert Louis Balfour Stevenson (13 November 1850 – 3 December 1894) was a Scottish novelist, poet, essayist, and travel writer. His most famous works are Treasure Island, Kidnapped, Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde and A Child's Garden of Verses. more.

One of the great writer

I am shocked! he should be in top ten

35 Homer Homer The Greek poet Homer was born sometime between the 12th and 8th centuries BC, possibly somewhere on the coast of Asia Minor. He is famous for the epic poems The Iliad and The Odyssey, which have had an enormous effect on Western culture, but very little is known about their alleged author.

The Iliad is awesome. People should really read the classics more than they do right now because they're basically missing out on some of the greatest stories of all time. Regardless of your interest of mythology you will find something to love about these stories. Whether it be the epic battles or love triangles, everything is covered and is all extremely original.

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.

He may be old like way old but his books have stood the test of time and are way better that's anything Rick fiord an has to offer

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36 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.

He is awesome read old generation too please

Excellent author. My personal favorite Sci-Fi author. He had a great many classics to his name. Foundation, The Caves of Steel, The Naked Sun, and all the other robot novels to name a few.

37 Truman Capote Truman Capote Truman 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) more.

I recently picked up Breakfast at Tiffany's and finished it in one day. (It's a short book.) His style has me hooked--the combination of appealing characters and flowing prose is irresistible. - PetSounds

In Cold Blood is in my top 5.

38 Lois Lowry

Deserves higher, he book The Giver is my favorite book of all time!

It's not The Number In The Stars it's Number The Stars - Swiftdawn

Deserves higher

The book The Numbers OF The Stars Is AMAZNG!

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39 Chuck 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.

Everything he writes is sick and twisted, yet so brilliant all at once. His plots are original and carefully planned out. He's an astounding author.

"If it can't be beautiful, I want to be invisible. "
-Invisible Monsters

My favorite book.

"you are all singing all dancing crap of the world"

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40 Ian Flemming

Many of the Sean Connery era Bond films were based off stories by Ian Flemming


James bond,man, James Bond! He obviously should recieve a higher spot on the list

41 Darren 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

I just love him. His books always enthrall the reader to the very end.

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

42 George R.R. Martin George R.R. Martin George 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.

Although in sheer terms, George R.R. martin is not the greatest writer of all time, with authors like Charles Dickens, Shakespeare, and Hemingway publishing many more popular books than him, none of their novels even compare to A Song of Ice and Fire. Martin's series in scope is by far one of the largest of all time, and his creative and non-archetypal take on fantasy rank him even higher than the likes of J.R.R Tolkien. Not only is his work the greatest fantasy series of all time, yet, but for my opinion, it is the greatest drama, combining Shakespearean characters and plays, with Tolkien's fantasy, and an excellent writing style that brings his world to life unlike any. In the end, is still believe that there are a few writers that surpass him because of larger number of well done books, his work of A Song of Ice and Fire remains to be the greatest literary achievement of all time.

I'm quite surprised that George isn't ranked higher. He is not the greatest writer but the way he writes about each character, giving each their own world and background is incredible. It's unbelievable that a writer can think of the world portrayed in GOT. He goes in so much detail of each character and is very creative with the events in the books. He is my all time favorite author.

I expected him to be in Top 10 at least. I don't know much about writing so I'm not going to blabber something I don't know much about. His books has like 1000 of characters, each has a back story, each has its motives. Everything connects. And the best thing is plots, you can't predict whats going to happen next. Love this guy.

George R.R. Martin, I will never forgive you for killing off my favorite characters but the complicated plot lines in your books have driven me crazy (in a good way)

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43 Anton Chekhov Anton Chekhov Anton Pavlovich Chekhov (29 January 1860 – 15 July 1904) was a Russian playwright and short story writer, who is considered to be among the greatest writers of short fiction in history. more.

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

His stories are really excellent.

Great with human touch story

44 Albert Camus Albert Camus Albert Camus (7 November 1913 – 4 January 1960) was a French philosopher, author, and journalist. He is best known for such novels as L’Étranger (The Stranger, 1942), La Peste (The Plague, 1947), and La Chute (The Fall, 1956). He received the 1957 Nobel Prize for Literature.

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.

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45 Michael Ende
46 John 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! - luvtoread

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

An absolute genius; effortless excellence

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47 Dav Pilkey

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

Pilkey's new dogman series, Captain Underpants and the Rick Ricotta books are awesome! He could've done more awesome books.

I enjoyed CU as a child for fun, but seriously this is a joke. No, just no.


48 Franz Kafka Franz Kafka Franz Kafka was a German-language writer of novels and short stories who is widely regarded as one of the major figures of 20th-century literature.

The greatest writer of all: understands and writes life as it is. Combines the bizarre, the surreal, and the existential, with great depth and humour. He is also masterful at showing the human condition in all its absurdity and harshness

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.

Strange, but enticingly so - things aren't explained they just are. Perplexing and masterful.

One of the greatest authors in the human history

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49 Jules Verne Jules Verne Jules Gabriel Verne was a French novelist, poet, and playwright best known for his adventure novels and his profound influence on the literary genre of science fiction.

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

Voted for him because he's too low for being so influential... The greatest adventure author of all time!

Because his stories are so interesting

He is so good at imagining stuff, that is called the father of science fiction. come on, I know Stephen king is good, but Jules Verne is even more legendary. this guy made the ideas to create a lot of modern day stuff in his books.

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50 Ray Bradbury Ray Bradbury Ray 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. more.

He wrote Fahrenheit 451 which deals with what American society could become. It was truly an influential novel.

A hallmark of incorporating sic-fi and technology aspects into his writing, he knew it was faulty to ignore the progress around him. His best know work is probably the dystopian novel "Farenheit 451" but his collection of short stories compiled in "The Illustrated Man" should be a good read for anyone.

Farenheit 451 was amazing, so you get my vote.

This man arranges words in the most amazing way and should be at least in the top twenty. You’d agree after reading Farenheit 451.

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