Top Ten Greatest Authors


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

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

His stories are really excellent.

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42 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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43 Michael Ende
44 James Patterson 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.

I'm in love with the books you mentioned. - funnyuser

Jane AUsten is terrible

Middle school series daniel x witch and wizard ifunny and who knows what's coming next!

Alex Cross! - EliteRates

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45 Dav Pilkey

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

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

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


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

This man is the greatest author ever 20,000 leagues under the sea is the greatest book ever written the throw in journey to the center of the earth and the mysterious island and you have the greatest author ever

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

Because his stories are so interesting

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

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

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

An expressive genius. The godfather of surrealism. An existentialist tour de force. Pretty much influenced every great author of modern times. He's easily one of the top 5 greatest writers who ever lived.

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

One of the greatest authors in the human history

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48 Ray Bradbury Ray Bradbury

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

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

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49 Joan Aiken
50 John Grisham

If you have never read a John Grisham book then your are sadly missing out on one of the best crime writer's to ever put pen to paper. His work is beautiful put together to always leave you wanting more and with over twenty books written you won't be left waiting.

best ever! never even heard of most of the rest of these and as you can see by my name I love to read! - luvtoread

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

An absolute genius; effortless excellence

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51 Jack Kerouac Jack Kerouac

Some of the most beautiful literature I have ever read. He was one of the great beat poets of the beat generation. He wrote some great novels too like On the Road and The Dharma Bums. The writing is very expressive and the prose is spontaneous and lively, I've gotten something pretty close to an orgasm reading his stuff it's so beautiful.

Such a great writer. Definitely should be higher on the list- It is so spontaneous, expressive and deep. On the Road and the Dharma Bums are some of my favorite books- Really beautiful stuff- I don't think I have ever gotten such an emotional response from reading any other author.

Beat Generation Writer revolutionized writing with his Unique Stream of Consciousness style. A rather Odd Writer too in his Abandoning of Traditions and Grammar... He wrote from the Heart...

52 Mary Shelley Mary Shelley

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

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

53 Alexandre Dumas Alexandre Dumas Alexandre Dumas, born Dumas Davy de la Pailleterie (24 July 1802 – 5 December 1870), also known as Alexandre Dumas, père, was a French writer. His works have been translated into nearly 100 languages, and he is one of the most widely read French authors.

Just finished The Count of Monte Cristo yesterday! It was one of those books that I couldn't put down.

This guy wrote the Three Musketeers. All for one and one for all!

I love the Count of Monte Cristo. Its really a great book.

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55 Nicholas Sparks

Nicholas Sparks is one of the best-known writers in America and overseas for good reason: He has written stories that reveal yearning for our most prized possesion:love.

Is there any Sparks' novel that doesn't involve a sailor/soldier on shore leave as a love interest

Oh my gosh what is their not to love? There's romance, action, sadness, tears, and he fills out hearts and sometimes even make us cry and get emotionally attached to his charactes. Why isn't he in the top ten!? Why!?

Ain't all Nicholas Sparks novels all the same?

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56 Philip K. Dick

Phillip K. Dick is one of the greates authors of all time, hell' of a lot better than Veronica Roth!

This list is a joke. No author of the past 100 years has had a more vivid imagination then P.K.D.J. K seriously? Who votes on these? Her works are hopelessly derivative and she steals ideas from everywhere else. How is P.K. D so low on this list?

57 Emile Zola Emile Zola Émile Édouard Charles Antoine Zola (2 April 1840 – 29 September 1902) was a French novelist, playwright, journalist, the best-known practitioner of the literary school of naturalism, and an important contributor to the development of theatrical naturalism.
58 Jerry Spinelli

Jerry Spinelli deserves higher. He has a very talented skill in writing, and he is also good with school stories, like Crash. If you venture in to Spinelli's world, you'll find he is one of the greatest authors in history.

Jerry Spinelli's books are awesome! I've read Stargirl, Love, Stargirl, Maniac Magee, Eggs, Wringer, and Milkweed, and I like them all!

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59 Sage Blackwood
60 Neil Peart Neil Peart Neil Ellwood Peart, OC (born September 12, 1952 in Hamilton, Canada) is a Canadian-American musician and author, best known as the drummer and primary lyricist for the rock band Rush. Peart has received numerous awards for his musical performances.

I do have to take back my statement somewhat as I discovered Peart has done some writing. Still, he is known mainly as a drummer, and is a great one. I find it hard to believe he is in the top 50 authors of all time, however.

How are we getting musicians on this list? Can we please just disqualify votes if they don't fit the category? Who's your favorite drummer, Agatha Christie?

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