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The Best Writers of All Time

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The pen is truly mightier than the sword, and if you’re a book enthusiast you know that to be true. Some of history’s most influential people were authors, writing the most important literature and political works of all time. Writers have shaped human history, capturing some of the most important historical events and reflecting the culture of a changing world around us in a profound way. Who are the best writers of all time? Vote up the authors you think are the best and see how they rank!

The writers on this list are the best in history, writing books, plays, essays, and poetry that has stood the test of time and make up the world’s canon of literature and written work. No matter what type of writing you like to read, you can’t go wrong with a book by one of these best writers of all time.

This list features the best writers ever, including, William Shakespeare, Jane Austen, Emily Bronte, Geoffrey Chaucer, Homer, Joseph Conrad, Charles Dickens, Herman Melleville, William Faulkner, and Edgar Allan Poe. Vote up the best authors of all time below or add the writer you think is the best who isn’t already on the list.

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+ 2.721 1.327

William Shakespeare is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Writers of All Time

William ShakespeareKing Lear, Romeo & Juliet, Hamlet

BEST MOVIES36 people have voted onThe Best Movies of 2017, RankedItem ImageErnest Hemingway/ rising to #4The Greatest American Writers of All Time

2

+ 2.155 1.043

Fyodor Dostoevsky is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Writers of All Time

Fyodor DostoevskyCrime and Punishment, Demons, The Idiot

3

+ 1.658 789

Leo Tolstoy is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Writers of All Time

Leo TolstoyWar and Peace, Anna Karenina, A Confession

4

+ 1.427 718

Charles Dickens is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Writers of All Time

Charles DickensGreat Expectations, A Christmas Carol, Bleak House

5

+ 1.254 633

Homer is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Writers of All Time

HomerIliad, Odyssey

6

+ 1.383 713

J. R. R. Tolkien is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Writers of All Time

J. R. R. TolkienThe Lord of the Rings, The Hobbit, The Silmarillion

7

+ 1.077 540

Mark Twain is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Writers of All Time

Mark TwainAdventures of Huckleberry Finn, The Adventures of Tom Sawyer

8

+ 1.181 600

Edgar Allan Poe is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Writers of All Time

Edgar Allan PoeThe Raven, The Tell-Tale Heart, The Cask of Amontillado

9

+ 1.149 584

George Orwell is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Writers of All Time

George Orwell1984, Animal Farm

10

+ 658 307

Victor Hugo is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Writers of All Time

Victor HugoLes Misérables, The Hunchback of Notre-Dame, Odes et Ballades

11

+ 970 499

Ernest Hemingway is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Writers of All Time

Ernest HemingwayThe Old Man and the Sea, Farewell to Arms, The Sun Also Rises

12

+ 829 419

Oscar Wilde is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Writers of All Time

Oscar WildeThe Picture of Dorian Gray, The importance of being Earnest and other plays, An Ideal Husband

13

+ 808 407

Franz Kafka is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Writers of All Time

Franz KafkaThe Metamorphosis, The Trial, The Castle

14

+ 1.476 807

Miguel de Cervantes is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Writers of All Time

Miguel de CervantesDon Quixote, Entremeses

15

+ 724 364

F. Scott Fitzgerald is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Writers of All Time

F. Scott FitzgeraldThe Great Gatsby, The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, This Side of Paradise

Item ImageAlice Munro/ rising to #16The Greatest Living Writers & Most Famous Authors TodayItem ImageLarry Niven/ rising to #12The Best Science-Fiction Authors

16

+ 821 425

Dante Alighieri is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Writers of All Time

Dante AlighieriLa Vita Nuova, Divine Comedy

17

+ 644 319

Jane Austen is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Writers of All Time

Jane AustenPride & Prejudice, Sense & Sensibility, Emma

18

+ 677 342

John Steinbeck is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Writers of All Time

John SteinbeckLifeboat, Of Mice and Men, The Grapes of Wrath

19

+ 714 365

James Joyce is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Writers of All Time

James JoyceUlysses

20

+ 570 278

Arthur Conan Doyle is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Writers of All Time

Arthur Conan DoyleThe Lost World, The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes, The Hound of the Baskervilles

21

+ 564 280

Alexandre Dumas is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Writers of All Time

Alexandre DumasThe Count of Monte Cristo, The Three Musketeers, The Black Tulip

22

+ 605 317

C. S. Lewis is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Writers of All Time

C. S. LewisThe Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, The Screwtape Letters

23

+ 589 308

Jules Verne is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Writers of All Time

Jules Verne20.000 Leagues Under the Sea, Journey to the Center of the Earth, The Castaways of the Flag

24

+ 503 254

William Faulkner is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Writers of All Time

William FaulknerThe Sound and the Fury, As I Lay Dying

25

+ 483 245

Plato is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Writers of All Time

PlatoThe Republic, Lysis, Ion

26

+ 540 286

Anton Chekhov is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Writers of All Time

Anton ChekhovUncle Vanya, Three Sisters, The Cherry Orchard

27

+ 466 241

Albert Camus is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Writers of All Time

Albert CamusThe Plague, The Stranger, A Happy Death

28

+ 447 230

Herman Melville is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Writers of All Time

Herman MelvilleMoby Dick, Benito Cereno

29

+ 441 230

Sophocles is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Writers of All Time

SophoclesOedipus the King, Electra, Antigone

Item ImageWilliam Shakespeare\ falling to #12The Most Influential People of All TimeItem ImageThe Lord of the Rings/ rising to #2The Best Novels Ever Written

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+ 394 200

Brothers Grimm is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Writers of All Time

Brothers GrimmSnow White and Rose Red, Rumpelstiltskin, Pied Piper of Hamelin

31

+ 436 229

Lewis Carroll is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Writers of All Time

Lewis CarrollAlice’s Adventures in Wonderland, Through the Looking-Glass, Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland and Through the Looking Glass

32

+ 544 302

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Writers of All Time

Johann Wolfgang von GoetheFaust, The Sorrows of Young Werther, Wilhelm Meister’s Apprenticeship

33

+ 488 266

Hans Christian Andersen is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Writers of All Time

Hans Christian AndersenThe Little Mermaid, The Ugly Duckling, The Nightingale

34

+ 422 224

Roald Dahl is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Writers of All Time

Roald DahlWilly Wonka & the Chocolate Factory, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, You Only Live Twice

35

+ 609 350

Friedrich Nietzsche is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Writers of All Time

Friedrich NietzscheOn the Genealogy of Morals, Thus Spoke Zarathustra, My Sister and I

36

+ 388 204

Robert Louis Stevenson is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Writers of All Time

Robert Louis StevensonStrange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde, Treasure Island, The Master of Ballantrae

37

+ 339 171

H. G. Wells is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Writers of All Time

H. G. WellsThe Time Machine, Abbott and Costello Meet the Invisible Man, Things to Come

38

+ 393 211

Vladimir Vladimirovich Nabokov is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Writers of All Time

Vladimir Vladimirovich NabokovLolita, Machenka, The Defense

39

+ 340 176

Mary Shelley is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Writers of All Time

Mary ShelleyFrankenstein, Son of Frankenstein, Political Justice

40

+ 402 219

Gabriel García Márquez is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Writers of All Time

Gabriel García MárquezOne Hundred Years of Solitude, Autumn of the Patriarch, Love in the Time of Cholera

41

+ 364 195

Emily Dickinson is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Writers of All Time

Emily DickinsonThe complete poems, The letters, Acts of Light: The World of Emily Dickinson

42

+ 506 294

Stephen King is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Writers of All Time

Stephen KingPet Sematary, Creepshow, Salem’s Lot

43

+ 347 186

Virginia Woolf is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Writers of All Time

Virginia WoolfTo the Lighthouse, Mrs. Dalloway, Orlando: A Biography

Item ImageErnest Hemingway\ falling to #6The Best Short Story Writers of All TimeItem ImageIsaac Newton/ rising to #2The Greatest Minds of All Time

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+ 309 160

Robert Frost is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Writers of All Time

Robert FrostThe Collected Poems, Come in, The Road Not Taken

45

+ 304 157

Jonathan Swift is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Writers of All Time

Jonathan SwiftGulliver’s Travels, A Modest Proposal, A Journal to Stella

46

+ 321 169

Rudyard Kipling is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Writers of All Time

Rudyard KiplingThe Jungle Book, Kim, The Man Who Would Be King

47

+ 422 244

Aldous Huxley is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Writers of All Time

Aldous HuxleyAlice in Wonderland, Brave New World, Pride and Prejudice

48

+ 251 123

Ray Bradbury is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Writers of All Time

Ray BradburySomething Wicked This Way Comes, Fahrenheit 451, King of Kings

49

+ 268 137

Jack London is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Writers of All Time

Jack LondonThe Call of the Wild, White Fang, John Barleycorn

50

+ 260 133

Voltaire is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Writers of All Time

VoltaireCandide, Zaïre, The age of Louis XIV

51

+ 343 194

Jorge Luis Borges is listed (or ranked) 51 on the list The Best Writers of All Time

Jorge Luis BorgesFictions, The Aleph

Item ImageThe Man in the High Castle\ falling to #27The Best Current TV Shows No One Is WatchingItem ImageRobert Louis Stevenson/ rising to #14The All-Time Greatest Horror Writers

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+ 232 114

Charlotte Brontë is listed (or ranked) 52 on the list The Best Writers of All Time

Charlotte BrontëJane Eyre, Jane Eyre

53

+ 319 177

Joseph Conrad is listed (or ranked) 53 on the list The Best Writers of All Time

Joseph ConradHeart of Darkness, Lord Jim

54

+ 273 144

Geoffrey Chaucer is listed (or ranked) 54 on the list The Best Writers of All Time

Geoffrey ChaucerThe Canterbury Tales, House of Fame

55

+ 317 177

Kurt Vonnegut is listed (or ranked) 55 on the list The Best Writers of All Time

Kurt VonnegutSlaughterhouse-Five, Cat’s Cradle

56

+ 304 168

John Milton is listed (or ranked) 56 on the list The Best Writers of All Time

John MiltonParadise Lost, Areopagitica

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+ 353 206

Hermann Hesse is listed (or ranked) 57 on the list The Best Writers of All Time

Hermann HesseSiddhartha, Steppenwolf

58

+ 299 167

Virgil is listed (or ranked) 58 on the list The Best Writers of All Time

VirgilAeneid, The Georgics

59

+ 303 171

T. S. Eliot is listed (or ranked) 59 on the list The Best Writers of All Time

T. S. EliotThe Waste Land, The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock

60

+ 284 160

Walt Whitman is listed (or ranked) 60 on the list The Best Writers of All Time

Walt WhitmanLeaves of Grass, Franklin Evans

61

+ 253 137

Harper Lee is listed (or ranked) 61 on the list The Best Writers of All Time

Harper LeeTo Kill a Mockingbird

62

+ 266 147

Marcel Proust is listed (or ranked) 62 on the list The Best Writers of All Time

Marcel ProustIn Search of Lost Time, Swann in love

63

+ 194 96

Agatha Christie is listed (or ranked) 63 on the list The Best Writers of All Time

Agatha ChristieThe Murder of Roger Ackroyd, The Mirror Crack’d

64

+ 236 129

Aleksandr Pushkin is listed (or ranked) 64 on the list The Best Writers of All Time

Aleksandr PushkinEugene Onegin, The Captain’s Daughter

65

+ 263 151

Bram Stoker is listed (or ranked) 65 on the list The Best Writers of All Time

Bram StokerDracula, The Lair of the White Worm

66

+ 291 173

Dr. Seuss is listed (or ranked) 66 on the list The Best Writers of All Time

Dr. SeussThe Cat in the Hat, The Cat in the Hat

67

+ 271 159

Nikolai Gogol is listed (or ranked) 67 on the list The Best Writers of All Time

Nikolai GogolTaras Bulba, Marriage

68

+ 256 149

Emily Brontë is listed (or ranked) 68 on the list The Best Writers of All Time

Emily BrontëWuthering Heights

69

+ 228 131

Thomas Mann is listed (or ranked) 69 on the list The Best Writers of All Time

Thomas MannBuddenbrooks, The Magic Mountain

70

+ 278 172

J. D. Salinger is listed (or ranked) 70 on the list The Best Writers of All Time

J. D. SalingerThe Catcher in the Rye, Franny and Zooey

71

+ 196 110

Gustave Flaubert is listed (or ranked) 71 on the list The Best Writers of All Time

Gustave FlaubertMadame Bovary, Correspondence

72

+ 375 254

J. K. Rowling is listed (or ranked) 72 on the list The Best Writers of All Time

J. K. RowlingHarry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone

73

+ 200 117

Ovid is listed (or ranked) 73 on the list The Best Writers of All Time

OvidMetamorphoses, Heroides

74

+ 255 162

Honoré de Balzac is listed (or ranked) 74 on the list The Best Writers of All Time

Honoré de BalzacLa Comédie humaine

75

+ 256 163

H. P. Lovecraft is listed (or ranked) 75 on the list The Best Writers of All Time

H. P. LovecraftThe Call of Cthulhu and Other Weird Stories, At the Mountains of Madness

76

+ 225 142

Aeschylus is listed (or ranked) 76 on the list The Best Writers of All Time

AeschylusOresteia, The Persians

77

+ 183 108

Henry David Thoreau is listed (or ranked) 77 on the list The Best Writers of All Time

Henry David ThoreauWalden, The Service

78

+ 196 120

Isaac Asimov is listed (or ranked) 78 on the list The Best Writers of All Time

Isaac AsimovI, Robot

79

+ 214 137

William Butler Yeats is listed (or ranked) 79 on the list The Best Writers of All Time

William Butler YeatsFour years, Memoirs

Item ImageKarl Marx/ rising to #16The Lamest Authors of All TimeItem ImageMiguel de Cervantes\ falling to #17The Best Novelists of All Time

80

+ 201 127

Samuel Beckett is listed (or ranked) 80 on the list The Best Writers of All Time

Samuel BeckettWaiting for Godot, Endgame

81

+ 202 128

Euripides is listed (or ranked) 81 on the list The Best Writers of All Time

EuripidesHippolytus, Andromache

82

+ 190 118

John Keats is listed (or ranked) 82 on the list The Best Writers of All Time

John KeatsJohn Keats: Selected Letters, The Eve of St. Agnes

83

+ 197 129

Henrik Ibsen is listed (or ranked) 83 on the list The Best Writers of All Time

Henrik IbsenBrand, Peer Gynt

84

+ 216 146

George Eliot is listed (or ranked) 84 on the list The Best Writers of All Time

George EliotSilas Marner, Middlemarch

85

+ 134 76

Ralph Waldo Emerson is listed (or ranked) 85 on the list The Best Writers of All Time

Ralph Waldo EmersonThe fortune of the Republic, English traits

86

+ 163 101

Molière is listed (or ranked) 86 on the list The Best Writers of All Time

MolièreTartuffe, The School for Wives

87

+ 137 79

Tennessee Williams is listed (or ranked) 87 on the list The Best Writers of All Time

Tennessee WilliamsA Streetcar Named Desire, The Night of the Iguana

88

+ 172 110

Søren Kierkegaard is listed (or ranked) 88 on the list The Best Writers of All Time

Søren KierkegaardFear and Trembling, The seducer’s diary – Like Nietzsche, he was a great writer.

89

+ 189 126

Nathaniel Hawthorne is listed (or ranked) 89 on the list The Best Writers of All Time

Nathaniel HawthorneThe Scarlet Letter, The Blithedale Romance

90

+ 197 134

Friedrich Schiller is listed (or ranked) 90 on the list The Best Writers of All Time

Friedrich SchillerIntrigue and Love, Ode to Joy

91

+ 161 104

George Gordon Byron is listed (or ranked) 91 on the list The Best Writers of All Time

George Gordon ByronDon Juan, She Walks in Beauty

92

+ 163 106

Giovanni Boccaccio is listed (or ranked) 92 on the list The Best Writers of All Time

Giovanni BoccaccioDecameron, On Famous Women

93

+ 166 109

Stendhal is listed (or ranked) 93 on the list The Best Writers of All Time

StendhalThe Red and the Black, The Charterhouse of Parma

94

+ 167 110

Charles Baudelaire is listed (or ranked) 94 on the list The Best Writers of All Time

Charles BaudelaireLes Fleurs du mal, 33 Poemas Simbolistas

95

+ 160 106

Ivan Turgenev is listed (or ranked) 95 on the list The Best Writers of All Time

Ivan TurgenevFathers and Sons, On the Eve

96

+ 120 71

Leonardo da Vinci is listed (or ranked) 96 on the list The Best Writers of All Time

Leonardo da VinciStreet Music, The Notebooks of Leonardo Da Vinci

97

+ 142 91

E. B. White is listed (or ranked) 97 on the list The Best Writers of All Time

E. B. WhiteCharlotte’s Web, Stuart Little

98

+ 197 140

Astrid Lindgren is listed (or ranked) 98 on the list The Best Writers of All Time

Astrid LindgrenPippi Longstocking Series, Karlsson-on-the-Roof

99

+ 176 123

Rainer Maria Rilke is listed (or ranked) 99 on the list The Best Writers of All Time

Rainer Maria RilkeSonnets to Orpheus, Duino Elegies

100

+ 163 112

William Wordsworth is listed (or ranked) 100 on the list The Best Writers of All Time

William WordsworthLyrical ballads, with other poems

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