Ten Most Famous Authors of All Time

I left reading novels and storybooks a long time ago but then I guess I started with J.K. Rowling when Harry Potter came out. Later, I started following Stephen King and Sidney Sheldon and have been in love with reading ever since. Today it is all about authors and stories at Smashinglists and this time around we are bringing you ten of the most of famous authors from around the world. Again, it is based on opinions so if your favorite writer is not in the list, you can always let us know about him or her in the comments. Enjoy the read!



Oscar Wilde - Ten Most Famous Authors of All Time
Oscar Wilde was an Irish writer and poet. His actual name is Oscar Fingal O’Flahertie Wills Wilde and he was born on the 16th October in 1854 in Dublin, Ireland. In the early 1890s, he became the most famous playwrights in all of London and he is remembered by his plays now. He is imprisoned which later led to his early demise; something we will not be discussing here. He was married to Constance Lloyd and his most notable works include The Importance of Being Earnest and the Picture of Dorian Gray.



James Joyce - Ten Most Famous Authors of All Time
This is another Irish novelist and poet. James Augustine Aloysius Joyce was born on the 2nd February of 1882 and is considered to be very influential at the time. He is best known for Ulysses, Dubliners, A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man and Finnegans Wake. You can find a statue of James Joyce on the North Earl Street in Dublin, Ireland.



Fyodor Dostoevsky - Ten Most Famous Authors of All Time
This particular writer comes from Russia. Fyodor Mikhailovich Dostoyevsky was born on the 11th November in 1821. He used to write novels, short stories and essays. His works would generally talk about human psychology and the troubled political and social society of the Russian world. His most notable works include Notes from Underground, Crime and Punishment, The Idiot, Demons and The Brothers and Karamzov. He was married to Maria Dmitriyevna Isayeva who died in 1864. Fyodor died on the 9th February 1881.



William Faulkner - Ten Most Famous Authors of All Time
William Cuthbert Faulkner was born on the 25th September of 1897. He is a Nobel laureate from Oxford, Mississippi. He is an American writer and has written many novels, short stories, essays and screenplays. He is popular for his novels and short stories though and interestingly, most of them are set in a fictional Yoknapatawpha County. He is known for The Sound and the Fury, As I Lay Dying, Light in August, Absalom, Absalom! And A Rose for Emily. He was married to Estelle Oldham and he died on the 6th July of 1962.



Ernest Hemingway - Ten Most Famous Authors of All Time
This is another writer that needs no introduction. Earnest Miller Hemmingway was born on the 21st July of 1899 and was an American author and journalist. He had a strong influence on the 20th century fiction. This guy won the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1954. He has published around seven novels, six short stories and two non-fiction works. He has been married many times in his lifetime (four) and the longest one of his marriages stayed for fifteen years. Earnest died on the 2nd July of 1961.



4 thoughts on “Ten Most Famous Authors of All Time

  1. J. R. R. Tolkien really really really deserves to be in here. One of the best writers ever. His legendarium is just epic, including books like Lord of the Rings, the Hobbit, the Silmarillion, Unfinished Tales and I could go on and on and on. His books like the Hobbit and The Return of the King are more often than not, regarded as the best works of literature. And indeed they are the best books one could read in his lifetime. Another striking aspect of his works is that the man created languages of his own and added it to the books. The favourite movie series of several hundred millions around the world were adapted from his works (LOTR series directed by Peter Jackson). Don’t tell me that he doesn’t deserve a spot in here. The man’s earned it. Do not agree with this list at all without Tolkien’s name being mentioned.
    P.S. The Hobbit is one of the best selling books and The Lord Of The Rings is one of the best selling series of all time.
    P.S.S. Sincere apologies for all the typos in here. English is not my first language and I am still not a teenager.

  2. While many other authors had published works of fantasy before Tolkien, the great success of The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings led directly to a popular resurgence of the genre (So, indirectly, the success of the Harry Potter series also goes to him).*cough* J. K. Rowling (a writer who is mentioned in here) *cough* This has caused Tolkien to be popularly identified as the “father” of modern fantasy literature—or, more precisely, of high fantasy. In 2008, The Times ranked him sixth on a list of “The 50 greatest British writers since 1945”. Forbes ranked him the 5th top-earning “dead celebrity” in 2009.

  3. By far the most read author in history was the Apostle John. He wrote one of the four
    Gospels in the Bible, plus two letters to churches, and the book The Revelation. His
    writings cover the past, the present and the future. Here’s why he is the most read in
    1. In every Bible printed are his books
    2. In every New Testament printed are his books
    3. In more languages than any other book printed are his writings.
    4. Millions of booklets of just his Gospel have been printed, and are being printed in
    more languages than any other booklet.

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