In the present time, we read novels, poems, plays and essays that continue to inspire and awaken us about culture, history and everyday living. These are written by incredible writers who were very passionate in capturing the world. Here is our list of the 10 best writers of all time:
William Shakespeare, 1564 – 1616
William Shakespeare was an English poet, playwright, and actor and is considered to be one of the greatest writers of all time. He was the man behind the ever popular “Romeo and Juliet” and “Hamlet”. Apart from plays, he is also known for his poems and sonnets. His works are translated into over 50 languages and performed all over the world for audiences of all ages.
Homer, c. 800 BCE–c. 701 BCE
Homer is a Greek poet who is credited as the first writer of the epic stories of “The Odyssey” and “The Iliad” which had an enormous impact on Western culture. Homer’s style falls more in the minstrel poet or balladeer category, with repetitive elements and epic content.
Fyodor Dostoevsky, 1821 – 1881
Dostoevsky is a Russian novelist and a short-story writer who is best known for his novella “Notes from the Underground” and novels “Crime and Punishment”, “The Idiot” and “The Possessed”. Dostoevsky is considered to be one of the greatest psychologists in the history of literature.
Jane Austen, 1775 – 1817
Jane Austen was a Georgian era author who was popular for her social commentary in literary classics “Pride and Prejudice” and “Sense and Sensibility” which bridged the gap between romance and realism.
Leo Tolstoy, 1828 – 1910
Tolstoy is also a Russian author who wrote the acclaimed novels “Anna Karenina”, “Death of Ivan Ilyich” and “War and Peace”. Tolstoy was remarkable of his realistic approach, basing his novels from his day-to-day life activities.
Charles Dickens, 1812 – 1870
English novelist Charles Dickens was considered one of the greatest writers of the Victorian era. He received wider popularity for his simple and sophisticated appeal to his stories. He is widely known for his “A Tale of Two Cities” and “A Christmas Carol”.
J. R. R. Tolkien, 1892-1973
Tolkien was the man behind award-winning novels and blockbuster films “The Hobbit” and “The Lord of the Rings” trilogy. He found writing fantasy fiction a hobby. He even felt before that his fans considered him as “lunatic”.
George Orwell, 1903 – 1950
Orwell was an English novelist and essayist known for his “Animal Farm” and “Nineteen Eighty-Four”. He addressed some major political movements such as imperialism, fascism, and communism in his works.
Mark Twain, 1835 – 1910
Twain made his adventures an inspiration to his works including “The Adventures of Tom Sawyer” and “The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn”. Twain, who used the pseudonym Samuel Langhorne Clemens was most notable for his distinct humor in how works.
Victor Hugo, 1802 – 1885
Victor Hugo was a French poet, author, and playwright widely known for his “Les Miserables”. He also had his own brand of romanticism which he portrayed on his “The Hunchback of Notre Dame”. In this novel, he also presented how harsh and degrading a society can be.
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