Top Ten Greatest Authors

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

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61 Sage Blackwood
62 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?

the greatest and deepest books in history

63 Aldous Huxley

While many remember him for his masterly crafted dystopian novel "Brave New World", the man has so much more to offer from the eclectic "Point/Counterpoint" to his wonderfully insightful "The Doors of Perception". An interesting author with an even more intriguing life.

A Brave New World... Nothing more is needed. Huxley is brilliant. A visionary and a political writer with dark visions of the future and one of sci-fi's best.

Very underrated author. Great books - fuadmondeo

Just saying there is another time he is on here in the top 15.

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64 Cormac McCarthy

A beautiful and unique wordsmith. Evocative, powerful creator of raw and haunting landscapes of human dilemma.

A master of simple sentences. With a Pulitzer Prize under his belt, I believe he should be a little higher on the list. While he isn't the greatest of all time, he at least deserves to be in the top 50.

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65 Alan Moore
66 James Dashner

HE SHOULD BE AT TOP! He is amazing I love The Maze Runner and I just can't say anything else he is just a great writer!

Totally deserves to be top 5! Savage

Come on, 75? He's not THAT bad!

He should at least be in the top 10! I just started reading the Maze Runner. I’m on chapter 9. I’m already in love with this book! - Silverswift

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67 Rudyard Kipling Rudyard Kipling

I loved the Just So Stories book, it enticed me, and occupied me. Love Rudyard.

He writes such great stories to me he's one of the best writers

Writer of the Jungle Book, won a Pulitzer Prize and almost a Nobel for literature, his books appeal to children and adults.

68 Mario Puzo
69 Hunter S. Thompson Hunter S. Thompson Hunter Stockton Thompson was an American journalist and author, and the founder of the gonzo journalism movement.

A brilliant maniac. A twisted saint. Such a deeply caring man veiled by a shroud of drugs and lunacy. No one ever cared more about the real stuff than Hunter. I was at Owl Farm. I witness his constellation. A flawed angel - Hells or otherwise.

A true individual among a society of followers. His unapologetic gonzo journalism is wonderful to read.

70 F. Scott Fitzgerald F. Scott Fitzgerald Francis Scott Key Fitzgerald was an American novelist and short story writer, whose works are the paradigmatic writings of the Jazz Age.

He should be higher than John green! His dumb books are nothing in comparison to Fitzgerald, he deserves much higher! Maybe the dumb teens of today should read quality books like The Great Gatsby, Tender is the Night, This Side of Paradise, and Beautiful and the Damned. His writing style is a true piece of art that would be a total loss not to look into.

F. Scott Fitzgerald would trail Neil Peart and Steven Tyler as musicians, but this isn't supposed to be a list of musicians.

Ok, so I scrolled through this list and found a number of atrocities. Namely the high rank of people such as J.K. Rowling, Rick Riordan, and John Green, don't get me wrong these authors are all good, but they are not top 50 all time material. They have written essentially "pop" books. They might last they might not. I also found no listing of F. Scott Fitzgerald writer of one of if not the greatest novels of all time with "The Great Gatsby." Mr. Fitzgerald may not be top 5 material. But, he is definitely is top 20. He was able to not only define the 1920s but also have a huge lasting impact on the world. Read "Gatsby" or "Tender Is The Night" and you will be amazed by the lyrical prose, vivid imagery, and bittersweet stories.

What? This is the worst list ever compiled on "Greatest Writers of All-Time." F. Scott Fitzgerald may only be remembered by most U.S. school kids as writing that stupid Gatsby book, but he wrote tons of short stories, mostly for the cash, and a lot are fabulous. "Babylon Revisited" anyone? Nicholas Sparks ranks higher, hell even Dan Brown does. A reflection of the sad state of literature. Awful, atrocious, absolutely appalling.

71 Patricia C. Wrede
72 Friedrich Nietzsche Friedrich Nietzsche Friedrich Wilhelm Nietzsche was a German philosopher, cultural critic, poet, and Latin and Greek scholar whose work has exerted a profound influence on Western philosophy and modern intellectual history.
73 Orson Scott Card
74 Margaret Mitchell
75 DJ Machale

Pendragon is one of the best series I have read. With comedy, Drama, and creative plots, this sci-fi series is amazing.

I quite admire how he makes real world references like Scooby-Doo. Have you noticed that referencing pop culture like T.V. shows is almost taboo in writing?

Author of Pendragon and Morpheus Road

Also creator of the show "Are you afraid of the dark? "

76 Karl May
77 Antoine de Saint-Exupéry Antoine de Saint-Exupéry Antoine Marie Jean-Baptiste Roger, comte de Saint-Exupéry (29 June 1900 – 31 July 1944) was a French writer, poet, aristocrat, journalist, and pioneering aviator. He is best remembered for his novella The Little Prince (Le Petit Prince) and for his lyrical aviation writings, including Wind, Sand more.

The little prince is by far the most impactful book I've ever read, and has changed the way I view everything and everyone around me. I love him!

78 Plato Plato Plato was a philosopher in Classical Greece and the founder of the Academy in Athens, the first institution of higher learning in the Western world.

All of philosophy is still pretty much a footnote to Plato!

79 Marcel Proust Marcel Proust Valentin Louis Georges Eugène Marcel Proust (10 July 1871 – 18 November 1922), better known as Marcel Proust, was a French novelist, critic, and essayist. He is considered by English critics and writers to be one of the most influential authors of the 20th century.

When someone asks for the greatest novelist of all time, a few names should pop up; Dickens, Tolstoy, Dostoevsky, Camus, Joyce, (George) Eliot... the list could go on. Perhaps towering at the pinnacle of this list would stand 'Proust', the length of whose novel renders him far less readable or widely read, but certainly among the greatest. Though I'm all for other people's opinions... come on: there's no way this guy deserves to be number '145' when Tolkien and Rowling are '1' and '2'!

If any of the voters had read Proust they'd know he should be higher/highest.

80 Michael Morpurgo Michael Morpurgo Michael Morpurgo is an English book author, poet, playwright, and librettist who is known best for children's novels such as War Horse.

Love The Wreck of Zanzibar

I don't understand why he's all the way down, on number 63. His books are extremely poignant, and I love the fact that he's been writing since 1974, and his latest book was made in 2014.

AWESOME books! Sometimes they can be sad, but that just adds to the effect!

I love his stories it's amazing

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