Remember an author doesn’t become famous because of his personality, but it is mainly the prize-winning possession of his thoughts and imagination which brings fame and name. There are several famous authors that we’ve missed out on this list but have also tried to include some writing stalwarts you couldn’t deny. Let us know your opinion about them in comments.
1. Oscar Wilde (Ireland)
Oscar Fingal O’Flahertie Wills Wilde was born at 21 Westland Row, Dublin, on 16 October 1854. This phenomenon of the 19th century was a gifted poet, playwright, and wit. He was famed for advocating the importance of style in life and art, and of attacking Victorian narrow-mindedness. The triumph of his play Lady Windermere’s Fan (1892) inaugurated his most glorious years. It was followed by A Woman of No Importance (1893), An Ideal Husband (1895) and The Importance of Being Earnest (1895).
2. Kurt Vonnegut (America)
Kurt Vonnegut was born in 1922 in Indianapolis. He attended Cornell University before serving in the U.S. Army during World War II, whereas a prisoner of war he witnessed the bombing of Dresden, Germany, an event which became the basis for his famous work, Slaughterhouse-Five. His masterpiece include Player Piano (1952), Mother Night (1961), Slaughterhouse-Five (1969), Cat’s Cradle (1971), Breakfast of Champions (1973), Slapstick (1976), Deadeye Dick (1982), Gallapagos (1985), Bluebeard (1987), Hocus Pocus (1990), and Timequake (1997).
3. Fyodor Dostoevsky (Russia)
Fyodor (1821 – 1881) was a Russian novelist, journalist, short-story writer whose psychological penetration into the human soul had a profound influence on the 20th-century novel. Released from his imprisonment and service by 1858, he began a fourteen-year period of furious writing, in which he published many significant texts. Among these are: The House of the Dead (1862), Notes From The Underground (1864), Crime and Punishment (1866), The Idiot (1868), and Devils (1871).
4. George Orwell (Britain)
Considered as the twentieth century’s best chronicler of English culture, Orwell was born in on 25 June 1903 in India. Orwell’s various experiences with totalitarian political regimes had a direct impact on his prose. Orwell’s best-known books reflect his opposition to totalitarianism: Animal Farm and Nineteen Eighty-Four.
5. Ernest Hemingway (America)
Ernest Hemingway (1899-1961), born in Oak Park, Illinois, started his career as a writer in a newspaper office in Kansas City at the age of seventeen. His straightforward prose, his spare dialogue, and his predilection for understatement are particularly effective in his short stories, some of which are collected in Men Without Women (1927) and The Fifth Column and the First Forty-Nine Stories (1938).
6. J.K. Rowling (Britain)
Ms. J. K. Rowling was born on July 31st, 1965 in Chipping Sodbury, Gloucestershire, England. Her given name at birth was Joanne Kathleen. Ms. Rowling became a household name when the first three installments of the Harry Potter series took over the top 3 slots in the New York Times bestsellers list. The phenomenal response to Rowling’s books culminated in July 2000, when the fourth volume in the series, Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, became the fastest-selling book in history.
7. J.R.R. Tolkien (Britain)
John Ronald Reuel Tolkien (1892-1973) was a major scholar of the English language, specializing in Old and Middle English. Twice Professor of Anglo-Saxon (Old English) at the University of Oxford, he also wrote a number of stories, including most famously The Hobbit (1937) and The Lord of the Rings (1954-1955), which are set in a pre-historic era in an invented version of the world which he called by the Middle English name of Middle-earth. This was peopled by Men (and women), Elves, Dwarves, Trolls, Orcs (or Goblins) and of course Hobbits.
8. Charles Dickens (Britain)
As a prolific 19th Century author of short stories, plays, novellas, novels, fiction and non fiction, during his lifetime Dickens became known the world over for his remarkable characters, his mastery of prose in the telling of their lives, and his depictions of the social classes, mores and values of his times. Some consider him the spokesman for the poor, for he definitely brought much awareness to their plight, the downtrodden and the have-nots.
9. Leo Tolstoy (Russia)
Considered as one of the world’s greatest writers, Leo (Lev Nikolayevich) Tolstoy was born at Yasnaya Polyana, his family’s estate, on August 28, 1828, in Russia’s Tula Province. Tolstoy is best known for his two longest works, War and Peace and Anna Karenina, which are commonly regarded as among the finest novels ever written.
10. William Shakespeare (Britain)
William Shakespeare (1564 – 1616), English poet, dramatist, actor, he was considered by many to be the greatest dramatist of all time. Some of Shakespeare’s greatest plays, such as Hamlet and Romeo and Juliet, are among the most famous literary works of the world. The plays of Shakespeare have been studied more than any other writer in the English language and have been translated into numerous languages. He was rare as a playwright for excelling in tragedies, comedies, and histories.