Top Ten Greatest Authors

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

The Top Ten

1 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.

What makes Stephen King different from other horror authors is that he tries to link up the elements of fantasy horror from our imaginations, whether it’s vampires, werewolves, witches, zombies, and other supernatural beings, with real-life horrors of personal tragedies and traumas, racism, sexism, homophobia, pollution, collapse of the environment, and thus lend the social or psychological issues some of the weight that horror fiction could offer. Most of us have little to fear from monsters, and yet we live in cultures that are every bit as dangerous despite the non-existence of terrible supernatural forces.

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.

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.

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.

Yes it is laughable to hail Rowling the best author ever. It is equally laughable to hail King the best author ever.

2 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.

I am a big huge Lord of the Rings fan And I l really love J. RR Tolkien so very much . I have all of the Lord of the Rings movies , and I have the first book the fellowship of the ring , but I am asking my parents for the other two books in the Lord of the Ring series for my birthday

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

I love Harry Potter as much as the next person, but what Rowling did was not nearly as powerful nor did it encompass the genius associated with the greatest writer of all time. Tolkien created a world, a language, and one of the greatest Hero's Journeys in the history of literature all from scratch. He commented on the corruption of the human soul and the lust of evil found within our hearts, and yet he still made each and every reader believe in the quiet dignity of the hobbits and the triumph of Good over Evil. Harry Potter is a wonderful and empowering story for children, but Lord of the Rings and the Hobbit touches humanity at its core. Now what am I doing? I have an English essay to be writing right now.

One author makes a high school full of magic that children can relate to when they don't finish their homework or they get bullied because they bullied other kids only to make money. Another makes an entire world of relating to politics, how bad power can be, how gold and riches close people's minds, friendship and how everyone can change the coarse of the world. Guess what happens, the author who only cares for kids to relate to their stupidest dilemmas at school gets more fans than the one who explained some very important life lessons to us. Why? Because nobody wants to think what is the story telling you, no body thinks that stories are just filters that makes the light of the lesson behind them more interesting, except every one thinks "look some one was racist on me today like this story" but not how to stop it. This is why I love LOTR, because every page has a life lesson in it, you just have to think.

3 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.

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.

A FABNIFICENT Oliver Twist takes you thousands of decades back; Oliver an orphan welcomes you into a brand new situation, It's mind boggling.

Dickens and Dostoevsky for me are joint #1. There are many great authors but I can't quite think of anyone who is quite in the same league as these two (Shakespeare probably pips both of these chaps though if you expand to include all writers). I'm surprised not to see Joyce, Steinbeck or Christie in this top 10.

How can anyone place King--a horror story writer-- ahead of Dickens, or for that matter, any of the world's great writers. Dickens is one of the greatest writers in history. King is definitely not in this class. And, by the way, when it comes to the horror genre, Mary Shelley is a horror story writer, not KIng.

4 J.K. Rowling Joanne Rowling, CH, OBE, FRSL, FRCPE, writing under the pen names J. K. Rowling and Robert Galbraith, is a British novelist, philanthropist, film and television producer and screenwriter best known for writing the Harry Potter fantasy series.

You know what seperates Harry Potter from ALL other YA books, that it's
Okay to have a sidekick who has flaws but is human enough to be better the next time(RON)
It's okay to have a hero who doesn't do as much YA heroes are expected to do(HARRY)
It's okay to have an Einstein who prefers friendship and bravery more than stereotypical preference of being a 100% Bookworm(HERMIONE)
It's okay to have the two main sidekicks falling in love and marrying each other(Ron and Hermione)
It's not the hero getting the female protagonist (not a heroine) it's the sidekick
The heroine is not a cliched person who is infatuated with the hero(Hermione is her own heroine and she CHOSE Ron as her hero)
That death is the greatest sacrifice for the greater good(Fred,Tonks,Lupin,Moody and 50 others)
Thank you Jo for revolutionizing the way we except romance in the YA books
Even though you doubt Romione
But you created the most beautifully crafted love story that makes Harry ...more

I love reading classics and thought that modern authors wrote nothing. But after reading the first Harry Potter book, my point of view changed completely. Beautifully written, it contains bravery, sacrifice, love, friendship, deceit, war against evil, and humour in perfect proportion, written in beautiful simplistic language. I am 40 now, but whenever I pick up a Harry Potter book, no matter how much I have read the book before it is always new to me. She fought depression, personal problems and went on to give the best literary series in history, her life story is an inspiration. She has invoked a whole generation who showed a cool indifference to reading to read. She is the best

I fell 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 now 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 new world to ours. She is clearly 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.

BEST WRITER EVER! Those other authors have nothing compared to her genius. Harry potter wasn't just a book series or fictional world it was and still is a remark of exellence and true meaning of literature. Unlike all the other authors instead of just putting big words in the text from time to time she grips you in her her story so easily that it's even hard to blink because you don't want to look away from her books. She even puts meanings behind everything she writes so it goes to show how much effort she put into writing the Harry Potter fantasies because who knew there was actually a meaning to the first dialogue Snape ever said to Harry. She is also an inspiration to all young minds who never think outside the box because they don't think it would help them but Rowling shows everyone that you can achieve anything with just a bit of imagination.

5 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.

About ten percent of his work is horror, his essays, poetry and the first detective story ever written that leant much to Sherlock Holmes are what? Forgotten!

A master among masters. His ability with words stands unrivaled.

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.

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

Not only did he invent multiple genres, he created some of the best and most popular short stories and poems of all time.

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

Most of us probably read him in translation, so I don't know if it's fair that he's up high on an "all time" list, when we haven't been reading Dostoevsky, but a translator's interpretation of him.

The books with Dostoevsky's name on them are good. I've mostly read the Constance Garnette translations, and though I hear that they're utter crap and don't do F.D any honor, they are still some of the most engaging and thought-filled books I've ever read. Scenes that would be boring slogs in the hands of any other classical author are rendered into something impossible to stop reading. His best stories are ones you'll be thinking about intermittently through your life after you've read them.

Is Stephen King seriously at the top of this list? His works are basically shallow serials, his use of self referencing within the text is nonexistent because he's not a planner he's a discovery writer. The guy is basically the adult version of R.L. Stein. Dostoevsky is already setting up every stage of the story at the beginning, his complex stories feature some of the strongest psychological depth and use of archetypes, impeccably written characters and just overall storytelling power. Seriously Stephen King this blows my mind.

I really hate to see that J.K Rowling, J.R.R Tolkien and Stephen King are above authors like Dostoevsky, Tolstoy and Victor Hugo. Is nice to read books like Harry Potter, The Lord of the Rings, The Shining because they will give you nice action, good characters that you will fall in love with, bad characters that you will hate and a good plot. But there is a difference when you read ''The Brothers Karamazov'', ''War and Peace'' or ''Les Miserables''. Fiction is a good genre to read when you're bored, but these books present the human nature so well that it will make you sad. It's a shame if you won't read them, believe me.

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

7 Mark Twain Samuel Langhorne Clemens, better known by his pen name Mark Twain, was an American writer, humorist, entrepreneur, publisher, and lecturer.

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.

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...

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.

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

8 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.

I am a big huge number one fan of Doctor Suess , I grew up reading his books like cat in the hat, Red fish blue fish one fish two fish and Green eggs and ham and even hop on pop . I really love Doctor Suess so much

Even if I rarely read anything written by him (which I regret) I still have a very high respect for Dr. Seuss. In my opinion, the man was a genius. Almost all of his books are allegories that teach us valuable lessons while being enjoyable for young audiences at the same time. It's actually amazing how he put messages into his books, which were super creative and memorable.

Yes, his books are primarily for children. But any person living in a 21st century first world country has to have read one of his books. In addition...
-Even after death, his books are still being adapted into books.
-The Cat In The Cat and Grinch have become household names.
-He was one of the first people to realize how terrible cutting down trees was for the environment.
-He invented the word nerd.

He is best author because he inspires kids to believe in there self and he's also funny at making them rhyme especially The cat and the hat, Green eggs and ham, Oh, the places you will go, Marvin K.Mooney will you please go now, and Thidwick the Big-Hearted Moose.These books inspire me by trying something new, to always be wacky at making new friends, and places you go in the future like college. THANKS DR. SEUSS FOR EVERYTHING.

9 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.

C S Lewis is a wonderful author of my favorite book series the chronicles of Narnia and I really love every single one including horse and his boy , the dawn treader . and also the silver chair . I really love them and I really enjoy Cs Lewis

I love C. S Lewis he is truly a inspiring person I am eleven and for my 9 birth day we went and saw voyage of the dawn treader. Narnia makesv you imagine things you never could it lets your thoughts run wild and free. Lewis has such a vivid imagination.

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!

C.S. Lewis is greatly underappreciated as an author. The man was a pure genius with words and had deep insight into life and the spiritual realm. He should be ranked higher in my opinion.

10 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.

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.

Leo Tolstoy is of the greatest authors of all time, no question about it!
And you people who say he's overrated, it's most likely because you've never actually read any of his books. His storytelling power is up there with the likes of Dostoevsky, Dickens, Shakespeare, Poe and many other greats!

Tolstoy's novels share thought on both domestic and international issues, unlike J.K. Rowling's "Harry Potter". I mean, my favorite book of all time, War and Peace, shows the effect of the Napoleonic Wars on the aristocratic families of Russia. Does any other author have the skill to write better than Tolstoy? I think not.

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.

The Contenders

11 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.

Dahl, a wonderful novelist the award winning Matilda and BFG both turned into a movie, a whopping adventure, major twist and turns my favourite. He expresses and his subtle wits, Magnificent!

I used the LONGEST time to decide who is my favourite author between Roald Dahl,Dav Pilkey and Mary Pope Osborne and I chose Dahl. His books are like the best and I am a BIG fan of his books. Dahl's books are completely amazing, especially the books The BFG and James and the Giant Peach. I enjoyed his books a lot. In this list, I think Roald Dahl deserves the Top 3 places. His books are not funny and Hilarious, but the stories were very creative and no other authors can write such interesting books as him.The stories Dahl made up completely match up to Quentin Blake's incredible illustrations.Dahl's books are simply the BEST.

Charlie and the chocolate factory, James and the giant peach and his autobiographys! They're all amazing books! And you can't miss out the BFG. His humour is amazing! For me he is the best author by far. He's lived such an amazing and he has written fabulous books. He has great imagination. He has books for every age. Even I have most of his books and autobiographys. I was thinking so hard weather I should go for Dahl or Dickens. But you just can't say no to Dahl.

I have read many of his book when I was child.His books extremely full of suspension that if you read the first page then your hearts want to read it completely

12 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.

George Orwell, the best writer of all time. His writing whether novels, short stories or essays evokes a sense of experience, when the piece of writing is finished, you have a deep sense of having been there, of actual involvement and leave the experience with understanding and further knowledge. His writings are a window into historical social boundaries, ideologies and inadequacies, which were not only prevalent in the early twentieth century and times of the empire, but also ring true today, and will ring true in the years to come. Genius.

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.

13 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.

William Shakespeare is a wonderful play write and I really love and enjoy his amazing plays like Hamlet , Othello , Richard the third , Romeo and Juliet , midsummer nights dream the taming of the shrew ! the genre of William Shakespeare plays are comical and drama . Shakespeare is perfect for ages between 20 and 30 !

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.

14 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.

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.

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

For Whom The Bell Tolls is the greatest piece of literature to ever be written

15 Rick Riordan Richard Russell Riordan Jr. (born June 5, 1964) is an American author. He is known for writing the Percy Jackson & the Olympians series. His books have been translated into 42 languages and sold more than 30 million copies in the US. 20th Century Fox has adapted the first two books of his Percy Jackson more.

I love his books that revolve around Greek/Roman mythology (and I'm wearing a Camp Half-Blood T-shirt, as I'm typing this.) His Egyptian mythology trilogy- The Kane Chronicles- and his Norse mythology trilogy- Magnus Chase and the Gods of Asgard- are good, too, but Percy Jackson & the Olympians, The Heroes of Olympus and The Trials of Apollo are clearly his strongholds. I'm yet to read his 39 clues book.

The entire book series was written magnificently...
his writing captures perfect character development...
- the characters are all relatable and amazing
- interesting plot twists and hilarious humor
I think Rick Riordan is an amazing writer.

Harry Potter is great too, but it seems just a bit overrated.

His books are fantastic! So exciting! You never know what is going to happen next. You also get to know about some other places: Greece, Roman, Norse, and Egyptian mythology.

Whoever thinks that Rick Riordan, the Storyteller of the Gods, The Lord of Writing, Author of Percy Jackson and the Olympians, The Heroes of Olympus, The Kane Chronicles, Magnus Chase and the Gods of Asgard, and The Trials of Apollo (the series listed above are the best books in the world. That makes sense, since he wrote them) is NOT the best author in the world, DOES NOT HAVE A BRAIN AND MUST GET ONE IMMEDIATLY OR ELSE YOU WILL FEEL THE WRATH OF THE GODS. BECAUSE HE IS THE BEST AUTHOR IN THE WORLD. YOU THINK NOT. READ HIS BOOKS AND YOU WILL UNDERSTAND. And Rick, if your reading this, we worship you (not literally, unless you want us to). To Rick Riordan!

16 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.

Others have wrote several novels, created a whole new world, n other fantasies, but Sir Conan Doyle has created one character that will without doubt, stand the end of times without any partiality.
Yes he is Mr. Sherlock Holmes

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's the best detective books and also the detective book had biology and chemistry on it this is Brilliant masterpiece Author and also the story he wrote use common logic and sense

It's a surprise that authors like Doyle, Wells, Stevenson, Verne, Dumas etc. are so far down the list. Do only kids who despise literature vote here or what!

17 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.

In my opinion, the best horror author to tread the surface of this planet. I love Stephen King, but his works would not be what they are without Lovecraft: as he pointed out countless times, King was avidly reading Lovecraft as a child, and his works are influenced by Lovecraft.
Nobody else came close to inflicting terror on readers as Howard Philips Lovecraft; the fear in his work stems not from spooky sea monsters, but the incomprehensible cosmic horrors he hints at.
His works practicaly shaped the modern horror genre.
P.S. sorry if I seemed melodramatic, or was victim to grammer mistakes: I wrote this on a mobile device.

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.

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.

18 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

A great writer in the field of erotic writing.

19 Jeff Kinney

The first few were pretty good, but after a while, it became clear that he follows the same formula every year. In the recent books, he's edited the reality/ backstory of the first few books.
Book One: Greg met Rowley a few years ago when Rowley moved into the neighborhood
Wrecking Ball: Greg and Rowley have known each other since they were in elementary school.
Other authors, do the same kind of things with their books, (which makes me wonder if they actually READ their own books,) but it stands out more in Diary of a Wimpy Kid

This is a stupid author Diary of a Wimpy Kid is stupid he's Kinney's dumb and stupid he don't deserve to even be on top 1000 he's trash and stupid, way to childish.

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.

Literally every single one of his books is just a random sample of an average middle schooler's life. It usually only focuses on a tiny theme, or none at all. And he hasn't written except for Diary Of A Wimpy Kid. It's one thing to say Rowling is overrated because she only wrote one series. Hey, at least it was one of the best book series of all time! I'm disappointed in the 2% of you who voted for this guy

20 Agatha Christie Dame Agatha Mary Clarissa Christie, Lady Mallowan, was an English crime novelist, short story writer and playwright. She is the best-selling novelist ever. She also made the longest play ever. She is remembered for making multiple mystery books including; And Then There Were None, Murder on the Orient more.

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!

Let me give you some info. Agatha Christie is the second most best selling author of all time, with about 4 million copies of all her books combined ever sold. She is only second to Shakespeare, who only giant authors can compete with, such as stephen king, dickens, h.g. wells (who is probably the best sci fi author of all time), Tolstoy, dostoevsky, and, of course, Christie. She is the ruler when it comes to mystery novels.

To have Agatha Christie not be in the top 5 is a joke. Her mysteries are better than all of the authors in this list combined. After I read And Then There Were None, I realized how amazing an author she was. She should and will always be remembered as one of the greatest writers of all time.

I had to read And Then There Were None for summer reading. I never had read mystery until then, but I liked it quite a bit. However, it got pretty drawn out and vague towards the end. I'm not sure if all of her books are like that, but it makes it hard to finish them when you lose interest.

21 R.L Stine

Goosebumps books are very interesting and exiting especially Night of the living dummy, Monster blood, Revenge of the lawn gnomes, and The curse of the mummy's tomb!

I grew up on Goosebumps. The books and the T.V. series. Now there are two live action movies. He is very creative and comes up with many good stories and monsters.

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...

He deserves to be at 1st position. What a great imagination he has! I just love his books. Goosebumps, Fear Street and Mostly Ghostly are AWESOME.

22 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.

Just pure satirical genius and very enthralling. Tolkien and Rowling can't compare to this man's genius. No one recognises good literature anymore. By the way, where are Shakespeare and Christopher Marlowe? I know they were both mainly playwrights but show them some respect.

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.

He was a fantastic writer: his texts that were both funny and full of an unsuspected philosophical depth! Not to mention his brilliant storytelling, his very subtle sense of irony, the music of his perfectly crafted sentences...

23 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.

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

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

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

Why the hell is Jeff Kinney higher?

24 Suzanne Collins

Much like Percy Jackson, I loved the books but hated the movies. I just couldn't stay interested. I fell asleep once, even. Nonetheless, the books are good. At first, I couldn't finish the Hunger Games because it was a little unethical, but these days, I like it, and the rest of the series. (Okay, at Mockingjay, I got a little bored, but still, the other two are good.)

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! '

I hate reading but I find myself constantly wanting to re-read the Hunger Games. Suzanne Collins has made me enjoy reading and she deserves to be higher up on this list!

Seriously guys 38th? She deserves to be in the top 10. Who doesn't love The Hunger games, I find myself reading it over and over again. She is the Best!

25 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.

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