Top Ten Greatest Authors

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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.

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.

Pennywise man pennywise
is the best ohhh

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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.

He influenced Rowling and Martin, who wouldn't be famous authors without his ideas.

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3 Charles Dickens Charles Dickens

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)

Epic

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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.

Go J.K.Rowling! I love your Harry Potter books beacause when you wrote it your imagination just exploded

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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!

Dostoevsky knew how to explore the depths of the human soul/consciousness in a way that no other author before or since him has. Crime and Punishment alone goes further then anything any horror writer (including King), or writer of psychological thrillers has written. -BMF

J.K. Rowling? Really? J.R.R. Tolkien was a good author but nowhere near F.Dostoevsky. This has got to be a joke...

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6 Edgar Allen Poe

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 writes with such passion that controls you with his finger

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7 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
B F G
The twits
Georges marvelous medicine
S many more great books!

This is just the best writer of all time

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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. ...read 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.

Animal farm. What a classic.

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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

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

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.

I just love Tom Sawyer! Mark Twain is such a good author he is so incredible!

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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.

I love to read and Dr. Seuss where my first books and helped develop my love of reading.

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

He created children's stories that expands your world. He's filled with great stories and drawings that you can't forget!

IIIDOOL! I love writing 'cause of this dude!

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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.

William Shakespeare should be at least in the top 10. There's a reason his works are taught in school

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14 Ernest Hemingway Ernest Hemingway

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. ...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

Professor Pnin

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16 R.L Stine

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...

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

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

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.

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17 Jeff Kinney

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).

There is a fine line within every story, his is just another persons perspective on what children want to read, really just another children's author who want people to read, He seems to have some eager inside for his viewers, same story inside each novel - lame.

My favorite book series - holdentiem

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18 Terry Pratchett Terry Pratchett Sir Terence David John "Terry" Pratchett was an English author of fantasy novels, especially comical works.

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.

I just finish reading Mortimer and I think he his one of the funniest author I've ever read in my long years of reading intensively

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19 H.P Lovecraft

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.

He didn't create Cthulhu it was in his dreams he dreamed it all
Murphy 6

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20 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

Author of the bestselling Percy Jackson

Starting on two new series called "Kane Chronicles" and "The Heros Of Olympus"

Deserves to be the best author of all time

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