Top Ten Greatest Authors

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

I love Pride and Prejudice and Sense and Sensibility!

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

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

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

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

OH MY GOD. How is she not number 1. shes better than all these authors combined like seriously Jeff kinney sucks Stephen King describes too much and Charles dickens is just plain boring. Dame Agatha Christie deserves to be number one. there I said it

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

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

R.l stine above her?
along with edgar allan poe she is my favorite

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23 Sir Arthur Conan Doyle Sir Arthur Conan Doyle Sir Arthur Ignatius Conan Doyle was a British writer and physician, most noted for creating the fictional detective Sherlock Holmes and writing stories about him which are generally considered milestones in the field of crime fiction.

He is amazing, I love his books! I rad all the adventures of Sherlock Holmes and The lost world!

He puts amazing twists and turns in his book like no other author, I'm sure even jk rowling would admit she was surprised to surpass Sir Arthur

Mystery genre is my favorite and no one can compare to him on this field. I love Sherlock Holmes and John Watson and they are the best characters that ever existed, yay! What would you do without you Doyle?

Best author.

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

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

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

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

This magnificent man should not be this low - JacksonRauch

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

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

The Outline of History is my favorite!

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26 Victor Hugo Victor Hugo Victor Marie Hugo (26 February 1802 – 22 May 1885) was a French poet, novelist, and dramatist of the Romantic movement.

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

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

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

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

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

Should be top ten, easily.

East of Eden. Period.

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

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

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.

29 Veronica Roth

Veronica Roth is amazing. She is the best author that I have ever read from and she needs to be in the top 10! Lets get some votes!

She wrote the divergent series she is like the best author in the world what happened here

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

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

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

Top ten 'greatest'? This reads like a top ten most popular list. Anyone who can seriously believe that Rowling or Tolkien is of a higher greatness than Joyce is misguided completely. Joyce created and sculpted masterpieces based on ideas and aesthetics, not plots and magic. He is the Stanley Kubrick of writing, the Tesla of prose, the mad genius amongst the rabble. He set out to create books that 'scholars would fuss over' for years after he died, and he did. His works are some of the few that when closely analysed, are not over analysed, because Joyce built and created works that were MEANT to be studied. He is the greatest author to live so far, and I doubt anyone will ever top him in terms of innovation, style and pure beauty in writing.

His prose goes beyond being simply "unparalleled" to literal perfection; Ulysses is the finest spark of ambition, of wonder and humanism the literary world will ever see. Joyce's ranking at number 81 is not only undeserved but an absolute blasphemy, a gob of spit in the face of the literary world.

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

How can Joyce be this far down in the list? He should be number one! He wrote the single greatest novel of all time and can be matched only by Shakespeare as a writer

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

One of the great writer

I am shocked! he should be in top ten

32 P.G. Wodehouse

Excuse me, but you vote Jeff Kinney over P.G. wodehouse! This man has been thought of in some cases the best comic author of the 21st century. He has wrote many novels and short story's and I would vote Jeeves and Wooster over 'Diary of a Wimpy Kid' any day.

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

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

Below jeff kinney?!?

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

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

When I read the Iliad I became so consumed by the immersive, mythic story-telling that I began to feel the presence of the Greek Gods looking over my shoulder. I also began to change the way I talked. When a friend asked me if I was going out that evening, I would say "If it is by the will of Zeus, then..." and so on. Unfortunately none of friends were reading it, so I was living in a different universe for a while.

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

The Odyssey is an epic masterpiece, indeed. It's especially great if you love mythology.

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34 Isaac Asimov Isaac Asimov Isaac Asimov, born Isaak Ozimov (c. January 2, 1920 – April 6, 1992) was an American author and professor of biochemistry at Boston University. He was known for his works of science fiction and popular science.

He is awesome read old generation too please

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

35 Chuck Palahniuk

His writing method is rare and interesting. Nothing is sugar coated and fairytale-like... he gives us the sick truth, and I love it.

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

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

My favorite book.

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

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36 Lois Lowry

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

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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37 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

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

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

His stories are really excellent.

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39 George R.R. Martin

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

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

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

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

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

A French-Algerian literary mastermind who has crafted such classics as "The Stranger", "The Fall", and "The Plague". This man is the father of the Absurdist philosophy and that mindset factors prominently into many of his works. He had such a way to express thoughts and emotions that so very few had. Highly recommended.

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