Authors and novelists, their lifetime’s work fill the library, public and private. These men and women draw from experiences and are able to tell us a story, fiction or non-fiction, that they weave from the treasury of their mind. Thanks to them, we learn, thanks to them, we are challenged to think. That is the gift authors, writers, and novelists have provided for us.
William Shakespeare (1564-1616)
Famous For: Bard of Avon, tragic & comedic plays
Shakespeare is a very big name in the world of literature, virtually known to everyone who has been educated in English literature. Some of his works are Julius Caesar, Macbeth, Hamlet, Romeo and Juliet, Othello, King Lear and so many more. He wrote plays about romance, tragedies, and comedies. His Sonnets have also become poems well remembered.
Edgar Allan Poe (1809-1849)
Famous For: The Raven
Nevermore! Edgar Allan Poe and his work as a writer will never be equaled. His
famous works include Masque of the Red Death, The Cask of Amontillado,
The Black Cat, The Pit and the Pendulum, and Murders in the Rue
Morgue only to name a few. And who can forget his poetry such as Annabel
Lee, Tamerlane, and The Raven.
Famous For: Diary of Anne Frank
The Diary of a Young Girl was actually a diary by Anne Frank. She chronicles her time in hiding during World War II before being taken to Nazi concentration camps. It is the only piece of literature she wrote, she died of typhus in 1945 at the age of 16.
Famous For: The Alchemist
Brazilian writer Paulo Coelho is known for his books entitled The Alchemist, Eleven Minutes, Veronika Decides to Die and many others. Sixty-five million copies of The Alchemist have sold worldwide and translated in 71 languages
Stephen King (1947)
Famous For: Carrie & The Shining
When it comes to fantasy, horror, science fiction, and suspense novels, the name of Stephen King quickly comes to mind. He has written 200 short stories, fifty novels, and five non-fiction books. He is known for The Shining, Salem’s Lot, Carrie, Cujo, Miseryand even The Green Mile.
J. K. Rowling (1965)
Famous For: Harry Potter book series
Joanne Rowling became a novelist over a seven year period. She is known for writing the Harry Potter series, the first of which is entitled Harry Potter and the Philosophers Stone. Today, she writes novels for adults, The Casual Vacancy, a “tragicomedy.”
Oscar Wilde (1854)
Famous For: The Importance of Being Earnest
The Importance of Being Earnest is considered Oscar Wilde’s masterpiece written for the stage. The lone novel he is known for is entitled The Picture of Dorian Gray. His last work was a poem entitled The Ballad of Reading Gaol.
Dr. Seuss (1904-1991)
Famous For: The Cat in the Hat
Rosetta Stone and Theo LeSieg are pen names used by Theodor Seuss Geisel, also known as Dr. Seuss. This writer of children books is best remembered for How the Grinch stole Christmas, Green Eggs and Ham, Horton Hears a Who, Horton Hatches the Egg and of course The Cat in the Hat.
Mark Twain (1835-1910)
Famous For: Adventures of Huckleberry Finn & Tom Sawyer
Though he is known as Mark Twain, Samuel Langhorne Clemens is the author of Adventures of Huckleberry Finn and The Adventures of Tom Sawyer, two great American classics. The first piece he wrote that gained him attention is entitled Jumping Frog of Calavera County. Other books he wrote include The Prince and the Pauper and A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur’s Court
Agatha Christie (1890-1976)
Famous For: Murder on the Orient Express
Murder and mystery novels is synonymous to the name Agatha Christie. Her novels often revolve one with the other with the likes of Murder on the Orient Express, Death on the Nile and Evil Under the Sun. And who can forget the lead characters in her novels, “Hercule Poirot, Tommy & Tuppence, and Miss Jane Marple.”
Ernest Hemingway (1899-1961)
Famous For: The Old Man and the Sea
One of America’s Nobel Prize recipients for literature is Ernest Hemingway. Many of his novels are considered classics, they include,For Whom the Bell Tolls, A Farewell to Arms, The Sun also Rises, and The Old Man and the Sea. He also received a Pulitzer Prize award for fiction in 1953.
Nicholas Sparks (1965)
Famous For: The Notebook & Message in a Bottle
Hope and romance are themes the novels Nicholas Sparks have. Sparks first novel was The Notebook which was followed later by Message in a Bottle, A Walk to Remember, The Guardian, Nights in Rodanthe along with many other up and coming titles. His newest book, The Longest Ride is due to be released later in 2013.
Jane Austen (1775-1817)
Famous For: Pride and Prejudice
English romance writer Jane Austen and her novels often feature women and other romantic escapades. Austen is known for writing Sense and Sensibility, Pride and Prejudice, Emma, Mansfield Park and published after her death Northanger Abbey & Persuasion.
Charles Dickens (1812-1870)
Famous For: Great Expectations and A Christmas Carol
Who can forget the characters created from the mind of Charles Dickens and his novels. Dickens’ work include such Victorian masterpieces like The Pickwick Papers, A Christmas Carol, David Copperfield, A Tale of Two Cities, Great Expectations and even Oliver Twist.
Ayn Rand (1905-1982)
Famous For: Atlas Shrugged
The Fountainhead and Atlas Shrugged were written by author Ayn Rand. She wrote another novel early in her career entitled We the Living in 1936. Prior to writing the first two books mentioned, she also wrote Night of January 16th and Anthem.
Roald Dahl (1916-1990)
Famous For: Charlie & the Chocolate Factory
Considered one of the fifty greatest British writers post World War 2, Roald Dahl is known for writing children’s books. Among his memorable titles include Jack and the Giant Peach, Matilda, The Gremlins, and of course Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. Dahl also wrote adult fiction, with two titles Sometime Never: A Fable for Supermen and My Uncle Oswald.
George R. R. Martin (1948)
Famous For: A Song of Fire and Ice
Those familiar with the science fiction fantasy genre know who “GRRM” is, George R.R. Martin. His bestselling series of novels include A Song of Ice and Fire, the first of which is entitled A Game of Thrones then A Feast for Crows, and the latest A Dance with Dragons.
Dan Brown (1964)
Famous For: The Da Vinci Code
Before the movie, there was the book. Dan Brown’s novel The Da Vinci Code became popular that his other works became equally popular as well. He wrote Angels & Demons, The Lost Symbol, and his most recent one, Inferno. His earliest novel which published in 1998 is entitled Digital Fortress.
Stephenie Meyer (1973)
Famous For: the “Twilight” series
With her books translated in 37 languages and nearly 100 million printed, Stephenie Meyer is responsible for the Twilight series and that was the title of her first book. This was followed by three more, New Moon, Eclipse, and Breaking Dawn.
Douglas Adams (1952-2001)
Famous For: The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy
English author and humorist Douglas Noel Adams is best remembered for his book “The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy.” His unfinished novel, The Salmon of Doubt was published in 2002. He also wrote The Meaning of Liff and The Deeper Meaning of Liff.
Herman Melville (1819-1891)
Famous For: Moby Dick
Moby Dick is Herman Melville’s greatest work as a novelist. His other novels include Redburn and White Jacket. The first book he published was a bestseller, Typee.
Sylvia Plath (1932-1963)
Famous For: The Colossus and Other Poems
The genre brought about by Sylvia Plath was known as confessional poetry. Among her well known works include The Bell Jar, Ariel, and The Colossus and Other Poems, for which she received a Pulitzer Prize for poetry posthumously in 1982.