Top Ten Greatest Authors

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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 ...read more.

Many great books, especially horror/thriller/suspense. Cujo, It, Doctor Sleep, Shining, The Stand, and many more. He is very versatile so he does not write only horror. He has written some great books that were not horror that had turned into even better movies such as Shawshank and Green Mile.

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.

Your books are great!

Terrifying books and long ones too. I'm looking at you, 1,138 page book named IT. - MasterBeef

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.

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...

It's simple. He is just the best

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. ...read more.

He is such a genius. Go read one of his books

Outstanding

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.

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.

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'

She is good but highly overrated. The six of crows series was much better. I have nothing against Harry Potter but it is overrated. She is a great author but Stephen King is much better.

She has to be on top. Even after all she has been through, she has created the amazing Harry Potter series. The characters are unforgettable, and she has that SUPER DUPER COOL ability to make her books interesting while some other people try to make theirs interesting but turns out to be boring and confusing. I wish I had that ability. I'm working on a book right now!

5 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.

Happy Birthday Fyodor Mikhailovich Dostoevsky, one of the greatest authors od Russia and maybe the whole world!

He cool

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!

6 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 ...read more.

I've read some of his stories and poems.
He's one of the best story tellers of all time!

QUOTH THE RAVEN

TRUE! nervous, very, very dreadfully nervous I had been and am; but why WILL you say that I am mad?

Quoth the Raven "Nevermore! "

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

Ask - Cookboy

Easily number 1

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.

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.

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.

Ask - Cookboy

This author is utterly amazing I love reading his books especially the grinch and the new movie

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

9 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.

My kids love roald dahl

Number 9? I do believe he deserves higher.

Roald Dahl is the best author EVER. I've read all of his books except one, and Matilda is my FAVOURITE BOOK OF ALL TIME!

Should be number #1.

10 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 the father of all Modern Literature. Without him, half of these authors on this list would have most likely not rose into fame!

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).

NUMBER 10?

What the heck? 10? He is the most well known writer of all time!?

The Contenders

11 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.

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!

very nice

War and peace brought peace to this world(still wondering where Stan Lee is in this list)

Read his books. They are all amazing. All his books carry powerful messages and the meaning of life.

12 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. ...read more.

Narnia. Do I even need to say any more? - neehawgamer

I loved "The Screwtape Letters" by him. In brought in depth analysis of how a demon, Screwtape, 'writes' to his inept 'dear nephew' on how to possess a young man's soul for Satan's cause. I won't spoil the end but root for the guy so he does not lose to the demon.

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.

Just love C.S. Lewis' closeness to God and his writings bear witness to that. - SwiftM

13 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.

He changed the world with only a couple of books

Animal Farm is in my top five books of all time, and 1984 is good too.

Good

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 ...read 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

15 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 ...read more.

Lovecraft is just love! - srishti15

Jeff Kinney above H.P. Lovecraft? I don't know about that.

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.

16 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 ...read more.

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!

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.

Rick Riordan is one of my favorite authors and has inspired me to write more and read more books. The Percy Jackson series was absolutely the best series that I have ever read and The Heroes of Olympus series was the best series for those Percy Jackson fans as the series is a follow up of the story. Rick Riordan is a talented and awesome writer. His books offer adventure and surprise at every twist and turn. So if you haven't read the Percy Jackson series or Heroes of Olympus I would recommend that you do. Also there are lots of other books and series written by him such as the Kane Chronicles, Trials of Apollo, Magnus Chase and tons of crossover stories.

He is the one who wrote the Percy Jackson series, isn't he?
If he is..I love him'!

17 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. ...read 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.

18 Jeff Kinney

BEST! - nerdfestival

His books rock I have read them about 100 times

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

19 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'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

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?

20 R.L Stine

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.

This needs more votes.

He wrote my favorite book series: Goosebumps!

love books

21 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 ...read more.

Should be at least top 5

She's the best murder mystery that using logic

Shouln be number one

I agree, she should be #1

22 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. ...read 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.

23 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 ...read more.

Every written by him is purely orgasmic

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.

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.

One book does not make a writer the "best."

The man responsible for Dracula.

Dracula is a very well written and interesting story. And he's been portrayed by many actors in all kinds of movies. He's a classic.

25 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.

He made realistic, interesting and very complex fantasy world, I can't be bored while reading his books. A Song of Ice & Fire is more than fantasy book series. Martin has great character lines and development.

Game of throne is the best

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.

26 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.

The characters in Steinbeck's novels were everyday people who found themselves confronted with extraordinary challenges, and Steinbeck was extremely adept at capturing the down to earth nature of the challenges and the common man's struggle to endure them.

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

Should be top ten, easily.

East of Eden. Period.

27 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.

28 P.G. Wodehouse

Wodehouse is absolutely hilarious! You can read so many quotes by him out of context and they are still hilarious! Just Google Wodehouse quotes and you'll see that.

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.

Brilliant humorist, comparable to the great William Shakespeare for the intricately woven plots and the masterful language.

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

29 Suzanne Collins

Great book lot of politics

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!

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! '

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!

30 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

31 Ian Flemming

Every Ian Fleming fan knows the phrase "The name is Bond, James Bond." - lithuania777

The name’s Bond, James Bond.

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

Aha, sorry, THIS IS THE AUTHOR OF JAMES BOND. WHY IS HE SO LOW ON THE LIST?

32 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.

Pratchett's books are well-written, gripping, moving, hilarious and thought-provoking all at the same time. I've never read a book by any other author that ticks all of these boxes.

He saved my heart when it was in a dark place. I will never forget my cell mate wondering what the hell I was laughing at. Yes the only author other than Douglas Adams that can get me to do that.

Adults and children grip the fine line and bind there hands around there mind falling into each chapter of Terry's novels.

33 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. ...read more.

If you can read Ulysses, you've accomplished something. Not only is it difficult, but it is one of those moments of amazing discovery... when you get it...

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.

34 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. ...read more.

One of the great writer

I am shocked! he should be in top ten

35 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) ...read 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.

36 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. ...read more.

Best short story writer ever.

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

His stories are really excellent.

Great with human touch story

37 Michael Ende
38 Ann M. Martin

She is the best! Her BABYSITTERS CLUB rocks

39 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.

Why 39? Who made this? They you only know... this should be in top ten at less!

#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!

40 James Patterson James Brendan Patterson is an American author and philanthropist. Among his works are the Alex Cross, Michael Bennett, Women's Murder Club, Maximum Ride, Daniel X, NYPD Red, Witch and Wizard, and Private series, as well as many stand-alone thrillers, non-fiction and romance novels.

He's THE BEST

He's that dude str8 up!

MAZE RUNNER IS THE BEST BOOk

That’s all I read

41 Veronica Roth

She wrote one great book, one okay book, and one stupid book and she is the 30 best author?

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

42 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.

Super Mario odyssey anyone anybody

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.

43 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

44 Joan Aiken
45 David Almond

He's a good lad!

46 Mary Shelley Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley, née Godwin (30 August 1797 – 1 February 1851) was an English novelist, short story writer, dramatist, essayist, biographer, and travel writer, best known for her Gothic novel Frankenstein: or, The Modern Prometheus (1818). She also edited and promoted the works of her ...read more.

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.

47 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 ...read more.
48 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.

Ok people, this is sad. Jane Austen is incredible. You don't even need to like her books to understand that she is a superb writer. I love her and please do yourselves a favor and read one of her books (Pride and Prejudice is the best)

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

49 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

Great adventurous stories, I'm very keen about his genre.

50 Lois Lowry

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

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

Deserves higher

The Giver I amazing! And so is The Number In The Stars, she is an amazing,fantastic writer, she DEFINITELY deserves higher

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