Famous Writers - List of Famous Writers

Writers are the people who produce written material to communicate ideas. Writing encompasses several genres and writers may write for occupational purposes or as an outlet for their creativity. Professional writers include screenwriters, content writers, journalists, etc. whose job entails writing scripts, web content and news reports. Others like short story writers and novelists often begin writing as hobby before converting it to a full time profession. James Howell, a 17th century historian cum writer was the first writer to earn his living from writing alone in the English language; other writers of those times pursued writing as a hobby, not a profession as writing alone never paid enough. The famous American writer Edgar Allan Poe tried to earn a living solely from writing but that resulted in a life of poverty and misery. Times have changed now with writers being paid well for their jobs, encouraging more and more people to try their hands at this art. Writers create written works in a wide range of literary genres with many writers working across genres. Writers can be broadly classified as poets, novelists, journalists, critics, editors, lyricists, playwrights, historians, and biographers. Browse this section to learn about the life and works of famous writers from across the world.

The Most Famous Writers

NameBirthdayNationalityBio
Joyce MeyerJune 4, 1943AmericanJoyce Meyer is a Christian author and speaker
Charles BukowskiAugust 16, 1920German, AmericanCharles Bukowski was a German-born American novelist, short story writer and poet
Jack WelchNovember 19, 1935AmericanJack Welch is an American business executive famous for serving as the CEO of General Electric
Michael SchurOctober 29, 1975AmericanMichael Schur is an American television actor, producer, and writer
Rhett McLaughlinOctober 11, 1977AmericanCheck out all that you wanted to know about Rhett McLaughlin, the famous YouTube personality; his birthday, his family and personal life, fun trivia facts and more.
David IckeApril 29, 1952BritishDavid Icke is a prominent English writer and public speaker
Robert GraysmithSeptember 17, 1942AmericanRobert Graysmith is an author best identified for his works on the ‘Zodiac Killer case’
Alan WattsJanuary 6, 1915British, AmericanAlan Watts was a famous British philosopher known for his Zen teachings and interpretations of Eastern philosophy
August WilsonApril 27, 1945AmericanAugust Wilson is a Pulitzer Prize winning play writer, who is known to have authored the ten play series, The Pittsburgh Cycle
Gertrude BellJuly 14, 1868BritishGertrude Bell was an English writer and diplomat, who was highly influential in helping the British Empire exert its dominance in the Middle East
Charles Bukowski

Charles Bukowski

Charles Bukowski was a German-born American novelist, short story writer and poet

GermanAugust 16, 19201,767 views

Varg Vikernes

Varg Vikernes is a Norwegian black metal rock artist, writer and producer

NorwegianFebruary 11, 1973179 views

Portia de Rossi

Portia Lee James DeGeneres, known professionally as Portia de Rossi, is a famous Australian-American model, actress and philanthropist

AustralianJanuary 31, 1973145 views

Carlos Fuentes

Carlos Fuentes was a Mexican novelist, diplomat and scholar who was an important influence on the Latin American Boom Movement

MexicanNovember 11, 1928139 views

Carlos Castaneda

Carlos Castaneda was an American author who penned ‘The Teachings of Dan Juan’

AmericanDecember 25, 1925320 views

Gloria Vanderbilt

Gloria Vanderbilt is an American author, actor, socialite, artist, heiress, and fashion designer

AmericanFebruary 20, 1924394 views

Bram Stoker

Bram Stoker was a master diction writer who created the popular character Dracula, with his masterpiece of the same name

IrishNovember 8, 1847141 views

Geraldo Rivera

Geraldo Rivera is an American reporter, author, attorney, and talk show host

AmericanJuly 4, 1943567 views

Buffalo Bill

Buffalo Bill was an American scout, soldier, hunter, and an entertainer

AmericanFebruary 26, 1846126 views

Billy Graham

Billy Graham is an American Baptist evangelist, known for preaching the message of Christianity around the world