People who write or have written books, though not necessarily for a living. Remember, Administrivia/ThereIsNoSuchThingAsNotability.

The preponderance of recent authors probably reflects both the way that many, many, many authors have been lost to history, and the fact that the less memorable authors of the past don't have so many fans nowadays -- or at least not enough of the [[MostTropersAreYoungNerds Young and Nerdy]] persuasion. The nearly exclusive emphasis on authors of fiction reflects the basic purpose of the wiki.

''When adding examples, please put them in the correct chronological section.''

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[[folder:Before A.D. 500 (Classical)]]

Regrettably, many of the oldest classics such as ''Literature/TheEpicOfGilgamesh'' and ''Literature/TheBible'' (Well, sections of the Bible, especially the Old Testament) are essentially anonymous works. For the purposes of this page, "Classical" refers to all writers before the fall of the Western Roman Empire in the fifth century AD. These authors are arranged chronologically, divided by place of origin.

!!Chinese
[[index]]
* Creator/{{Laozi}} (Lao Tse, Lao-Tsu; traditionally, he is said to have lived from 600 BC to 470 BC): Early Chinese philosopher; author of ''Daodejing'' (Tao Te Ching)
* Kong Qiu (Creator/{{Confucius}}; traditionally, September 28, 551 BC - 479 BC): The most influential philosopher in the history of China; author of his ''Analects''.
* Creator/{{Zhuangzi}} (Chuang Tsu, Master Chuang; believed to have lived c. 370 BC to c. 301 BC): Another founding figure of Taoism along with Laozi; author of ''Zhuangzi''. Probably best known in the West for what is probably the [[UrExample ur-example]] of SchrodingersButterfly:
-->Once Zhuangzi dreamt he was a butterfly, a butterfly flitting and fluttering around, happy with himself and doing as he pleased. He didn't know he was Zhuangzi. Suddenly he woke up and there he was, solid and unmistakable Zhuangzi. But he didn't know if he was Zhuangzi who had dreamt he was a butterfly, or a butterfly dreaming he was Zhuangzi.
* Creator/{{Sunzi}} (Sun Tzu; believed to have lived sometime between 476 BC and 221 BC): Author of ''Literature/TheArtOfWar'' (there are others by this title, but this one's the most famous out of them).
* Creator/ShangYang (d. 338 BC): Author of ''Literature/TheBookOfLordShang'', foundational treatise of Legalism.

!!Greek
* Creator/{{Homer}} (c. 800 BC - c. 750 BC): Author/collector of ''Literature/TheIliad'' and ''Literature/TheOdyssey'', the oldest written examples of many tropes. Homer himself was blind and illiterate, so his works were transmitted by oral tradition.
* Creator/{{Hesiod}}: Rough contemporary of Homer whose ''Theogony'' set down the relationships between the gods and other beings of ClassicalMythology.
* Creator/{{Sappho}} (c. 620 BC - c. 570 BC): The only surviving female poet from antiquity, she was a native of Lesbos and the [[TropeNamer reason modern-day lesbians are called lesbians]].
* Creator/{{Aeschylus}} (c. 525 BC - c. 456 BC): a Greek playwright who adapted many myths and legends.
* Creator/{{Sophocles}} (c. 496 BC - c. 406 BC): a Greek playwright who adapted many myths and legends.
* Creator/{{Euripides}} (c. 480 BC - c. 406 BC): a Greek playwright who adapted many myths and legends.
* Creator/{{Aristophanes}}: Comic playwright, contemporary with Euripides and Sophocles, as well as Socrates. The ModernMajorGeneral knows his "Croaking ''Frogs''". The opening lines of ''The Frogs'' contain what may be the earliest reference to {{Dead Horse Trope}}s, as one character beseeches another to do whatever comedy bits he pleases, but not [long list of bits apparently already considered over-used].
* Creator/{{Herodotus}}: "The Father of History", he compiled a history -- aptly titled ''Literature/{{Histories}}'' -- of the known world (Greeks, Persians, and Egyptians, mostly, with Scythians and barbarians around the edges) that sought to explain the causes of the Persian Wars.
* Creator/{{Thucydides}}: What Herodotus did for the Persian Wars, Thucydides did for the Peloponnesian War (but with fewer digressions, more analysis and some awesome speeches). Considered to be the first materialist with respect to history: he completely disregarded supernatural explanations for the events of the war. The result is sad, includes elements of proto-[[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Political_realism realism]], and includes one of the earliest expressions of the sentiment that MightMakesRight.
* Creator/{{Xenophon}}: A slightly less famous historian, whose most famous writings cover events he experienced himself. He can be thought of as the first war correspondent. Most famous for the ''Anabasis,'' the trek of 10000 Greek mercenaries from Mesopotamia through Armenia to the Black Sea. It has inspired quite a lot of fictional knockoffs.
* Creator/{{Socrates}}: Greek philosopher. Left no writings, but was of great influence because of his effect on Plato.
* Creator/{{Plato}}: The first Greek philosopher from whom we have complete works with great influence on later thought.
* Creator/{{Aristotle}}: one of Plato's students, also a Greek philosopher; author of ''Literature/{{Poetics}}'', oldest existing work of literary criticism, in which he identified quite a few tropes.
* Creator/{{Aesop}}: The author, or at least attributed author, of Literature/AesopsFables. May never have existed.
* Creator/{{Plutarch}} (46 AD - 120): Late Greek biographer living under the Roman Empire who wrote parallel ''Lives'' of prominent Greeks and Romans, ranging from the legendary Theseus and Romulus to Gaius Julius Caesar, Cicero, and Alexander the Great.
* [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/True_History Lucian of Samosata]] (120 AD - 200): [[/index]] Wrote among other works Ἀληθῆ διηγήματα (''Literature/TrueHistory'', or ''True Story''), which is often called "the first known text that could be called science fiction". [[index]]

!!Roman
* Creator/{{Plautus}}: Roman comic playwright, the author of ''Miles Gloriosus'' and thus namer of [[MilesGloriosus the corresponding trope]].
* Creator/GaiusJuliusCaesar: Roman general, politician, and dictatorm, but also one of the great Roman authors, writing in a deceptively simple style. His ''Literature/CommentariesOnTheGallicWar'' and ''The Civil War'' are the only surviving descriptions of a Roman general's campaigns written in his own hand. Still widely read, and often the first books studied by Latin students.
* Creator/{{Cicero}}: Roman politician, lawyer, and philosopher. Contemporary of Julius Caesar. Cicero's ''Cataline Orations'', legal and other speeches, letters, philosophical works, and rhetorical treatises are still widely read.
* Creator/{{Virgil}}: Roman poet, contemporary of Augustus, who composed ''Literature/TheAeneid'', setting out how Trojan refugees founded the greatest city in the world. Or, rather, founded the tribe that would later give birth to the founders.
* Creator/{{Ovid}}: Poet, contemporary of Virgil, who wrote ''Literature/TheMetamorphoses'', a large collection of myths dealing with love and transformations, and much other material, including a makeup manual.
* Creator/{{Livy}}: Roman historian who wrote an account of the city's history from its founding by Romulus and Remus on down to his own time (Augustus's reign).
* Creator/{{Petronius}}: Roman senator and Nero's "Arbiter of Elegance," traditionally credited with the ''Satyricon'', a bawdy and satirical proto-novel that lampoons the ''nouveau-riche'' and lower orders alike.
* Creator/{{Juvenal}}: Roman satirist writing in the early second century AD. Treated greed, sexual immorality, and the generally terrible quality of urban life.
* Creator/{{Horace}}: Another poet active around the time of Augustus, wrote a variety of material, including satire and odes. Coined several phrases still in current use, including ''Carpe diem.''
* Creator/{{Martial}}: The epigrammist who wrote pithy little verses about the life of the upper class around the time Juvenal was active.
* Creator/{{Suetonius}}: Contemporary of Juvenal and Martial who is best known for his biographies of the Emperors from Julius Caesar to Domitian. They can be described as a mixture of official record and tabloid journalism.
* Creator/{{Tacitus}}: Contemporary of Juvenal and Martial who recorded events from the death of Augustus up to the assassination of Domitian; most of his work has been lost. He and Suetonius were friends of the younger Pliny and their work form much of the basis for ''Literature/IClaudius''.
* Creator/{{Pliny}}: Father and (adoptive) Son, known as Pliny the Elder and Pliny the Younger, respectively; both historians. Among many other works, the Elder Pliny undertook a work on Natural History, which is now mostly lost. Pliny the Younger is mostly known through his letters, but his description of the explosion of Mt. Vesuvius and subsequent destruction of Pompeii in 79AD (and his uncle and later adoptive father's death there) in a letter to Tacitus is considered the standard reference work on the subject.
* Creator/{{Vegetius}}: Late Roman writer, mostly known for his treatise on military matters.

!!Israelite
* Creator/KingDavid: WarriorPoet and author of almost a hundred Psalms (including "The Lord is my Shepherd" and "Have Mercy on Me, O God").
* Creator/EzraTheScribe: Ezra is credited with compiling [[Literature/TheBible the Torah]] in its final form, as well as writing (what else?) the Book of Ezra.
* Matthew bar-Alpheus, Mark, Luke, and John bar-Zebedee:[[/index]] Wrote the [[Literature/TheFourGospels the four canonical Gospels]], accounts of Jesus' life and ministry. Luke also wrote ''The Acts of the Apostles''. [[index]]
* Creator/PaulOfTarsus: Writer (in Greek) of most of the New Testament, in the form of his Epistles.
* Creator/{{Josephus}}: Jewish writer active around 100AD. Chronicled Jewish history, in particular the Jewish Revolt of 66-70AD, which resulted in the destruction of the Second Temple. His own part in the war was not particularly creditable, as he surrendered to Vespasian early on after fast-talked his way out of a SuicidePact. Claimed to have been the first to pour boiling oil on top of a besieging army.

!!Indian
* Creator/{{Valmiki}} (c. 400 BC) author of ''Literature/{{Ramayana}}'', and attributed with establishing the form for Sanskrit poetry.
* Creator/{{Vyasa}}: Author of ''Literature/{{Mahabharata}}''.
* Creator/{{Kalidasa}} (c. 4th/5th century AD): Founder of the classical Indian theater, writing all manner of plays.

!!Sumerian
* Creator/{{Enheduanna}} (c. 2285-2250 BC), Akkadian high priestess, poet and composer, possibly the earliest known author in any genre and also possibly the earliest known woman in human history.

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[[folder:500AD to 1400AD (Mediaeval)]]

These are the writers between the fall of Rome and the Renaissance, loosely dated as between the fifth and fourteenth centuries AD. A number of pieces from this period are also anonymous, including ''Literature/{{Beowulf}}'' and ''Literature/TheSongOfRoland''. These are listed in chronological order and divided by geographic area.

!! British Isles
* Creator/GeoffreyChaucer (c. 1343 - 25 October 1400): English. Author and poet. Best known for ''Literature/TheCanterburyTales'', even though it's an unfinished work. Credited with being the first to regularly use vernacular English rather than Latin or French.
* Creator/GeoffreyOfMonmouth (c. 1100 - c. 1155): [[/index]] Author of the ''Literature/HistoriaRegumBritanniae,'' which includes one of the earliest accounts of KingArthur, as well as much of Creator/WilliamShakespeare's source material. Mixed fiction/legend with history quite freely. [[index]]

!! China
* [[Creator/ShiNaian Shi Nai'an]] (c. 1296 - c. 1372): wrote ''Literature/TheWaterMargin'', one of the Four Great Classical Novels of Chinese Literature. Some believe him to be Luo Guanzhong or one of his teachers.
* Creator/LuoGuanzhong (c. 1330 - 1400): wrote ''Literature/TheRomanceOfTheThreeKingdoms'', one of the Four Great Classical Novels of Chinese Literature.

!! Czech lands (Greater Moravia, Duchy of Bohemia, Bohemian Kingdom)
* Creator/{{Kosmas}}

!! France
* Creator/ChretienDeTroyes (mid- to late-1100's): French troubadour who made great contributions to the Arthurian canon, including the quest for the Holy Grail and possibly Sir Launcelot.

!! Iceland
* Creator/SnorriSturluson (1178 - September 23, 1241): Icelandic poet, lawyer, and lawspeaker who composed the ''Literature/ProseEdda'', setting out many of the elements of NorseMythology. Sturluson also wrote the ''Literature/{{Heimskringla}}'', a history; and ''may'' be the author of ''[[Literature/TheIcelandicSagas Egil's Saga]]''.

!! Italy
* Creator/DanteAlighieri (c. 1265 - September 14, 1321): [[/index]] Poet best known for his ''Literature/DivineComedy''. He did for Italian what Chaucer did for vernacular English, to the point that the French sometimes call Italian ''la langue de Dante''. He's the TropeNamer for WordOfDante, and the ''Inferno'' section of the ''Divine Comedy'' is both the TropeCodifier and Trope Namer for CirclesOfHell. [[index]]
* Creator/GiovanniBoccaccio (1313 - 21 December 1375): Influenced such greats as Creator/WilliamShakespeare and Creator/GeoffreyChaucer. And by "influenced", we mean, "They just rewrote his stories". He, like Dante before him, wrote in Italian rather than Latin.

!!Japanese
* Creator/MurasakiShikibu (c. 973 - c. 1014 or 1025): [[/index]] Author of ''Literature/TheTaleOfGenji'', Japanese noblewoman, novelist and poet. Her real name is unknown. [[index]]
* Creator/SeiShonagon (c. 966 - 1017): [[/index]] Author of ''Literature/ThePillowBook''. A lady-in-waiting of Empress Sadako, her real name is not known for certain, but most scholars believe it is Kiyohara Nagiko. [[index]]

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[[folder:1400-1650 AD (Renaissance)]]

These writers wrote between the fifteenth and mid-seventeenth centuries--a very broad span of time, which includes the Reformation and the beginnings of modern thought. The Renaissance began in Italy, but its influence spread slowly to the rest of Europe. These authors are listed in chronological order, divided by area.

!!Italian
* Creator/NiccoloMachiavelli (May 3, 1469 - June 21, 1527): Author of another ''Art of War'', ''Literature/ThePrince'', and ''[[Literature/DiscoursesOnLivy The Discourses]];'' Italian political thinker whose influence is still felt.

!!British Isles
* Sir Creator/ThomasMallory (c. 1405 - March 14, 1471): English. Compiler or author of ''Literature/LeMorteDarthur'', generally regarded as the foundation of modern Arthurian tales.
* Sir UsefulNotes/ThomasMore (February 7, 1478 - July 6, 1535): [[/index]] English. Author of ''Utopia''. [[index]]
* Creator/ChristopherMarlowe (baptised February 26, 1564 - May 30, 1593): English. Poet, dramatist, and translator, he is probably best known for ''Theatre/TheTragicalHistoryOfDoctorFaustus'', ''The Jew of Malta'', and ''Tamburlaine''. He was one of the first to write English drama in blank verse.
* Creator/WilliamShakespeare (baptised April 26, 1564 - April 23, 1616): English. 38 plays, 154 sonnets and other works. He is the inventor or best-known source of many tropes, phrases and words; generally [[SoCoolItsAwesome well-quoted and well-recognized]] even outside the English-speaking world.
* Creator/JohnMilton (December 9, 1608 - November 8, 1674): English. Poet and pamphleteer, his most seminal works are ''Areopagitica'' and ''Literature/ParadiseLost''.

!!Chinese
* Wu Cheng'en (c. 1500 - c. 1582): [[/index]] wrote ''Literature/JourneyToTheWest'', one of the Four Great Classical Novels of Chinese Literature. Unlike most serious literature in China at the time, it was written in the vernacular. [[index]]

!! Czech lands (Bohemian Kingdom)
* Creator/PetrChelcicky
* Creator/JanHus
* Creator/JanAmosKomensky
* Creator/TomasStitny

!! France
* Creator/FrancoisRabelais (c. 1494 - April 9, 1553): Author of ''Gargantua and Pantagruel'', an extravagantly comic Humanist satire.

!!Germany
* Creator/MartinLuther (November 10, 1483 - February 18, 1546): [[/index]] A teacher, a monk for a time, a minister, social and political critic and a religious reformer. Writer of the Ninety-Five Theses, which inspired many different factions within the Catholic church to break away and form their own denominations. Also wrote many hymns, several socio-political commentaries on both Turkish Islamic and European Jewish communities. Also wrote [[InCaseYouForgotWhoWroteIt Luther's]] Large and Small Catechisms. His works would later inspire many other Protestant reformers, such as Ulrich Zwingli in Switzerland and John Calvin in France, as they formed their own churches and separated from Roman Catholicism. [[index]]
* Creator/PhilippMelanchthon (February 16, 1497 - April 19, 1560): Another Protestant reformer and a contemporary of Luther. Considered the primary (but not sole) author of the Augsburg Confession, a treatise on Lutheran Church doctrines.

!!Portugal
* Creator/GilVicente: Often considered the father of Portuguese drama, although he wrote in Spanish as well.

!!Spain
* Creator/MiguelDeCervantes (September 29, 1547 - April 23, 1616): [[/index]] Author of ''Literature/DonQuixote'' and a pile of plays. ''Don Quixote'' is often considered the first Western novel.[[index]]

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[[folder:1650 - 1800 (Enlightenment)]]
These are listed chronologically, divided by geographic area

!!America
* UsefulNotes/AlexanderHamilton: Co-author of ''The Federalist Papers'' and the United States Constitution.
* Creator/JamesMadison: Primary author of the United States Constitution and the Bill of Rights, and one of the authors of the ''Federalist Papers''.
* UsefulNotes/ThomasJefferson: The Declaration of Independence (principal author), Virginia Statute for Religious Freedom.
* "Creator/{{Publius}}": a pen name used by Alexander Hamilton, John Jay, and James Madison in writing ''The Federalist Papers,'' American political philosophy.
* Creator/ThomasPaine: [[/index]] ''Common Sense,'' ''The Rights of Man,'' and ''The Age of Reason,'' among other works. Famous for involvement in UsefulNotes/TheAmericanRevolution.[[index]]
* Creator/BenjaminFranklin: Epigrammist and author[=/=]publisher of ''Poor Richard's Alamanack''. He's credited with such pithy sayings as "A penny saved is a penny earned.", "Certainty? In this world nothing is certain but death and taxes. ", and "Beer is proof that God loves us and wants us to be happy." He was also the publisher of several newspapers over the years.

!!British Isles:
* [[Literature/TheDiaryOfSamuelPepys Samuel Pepys]]: English civil servant famous for his diary of the years 1660 to 1669.
* Creator/JonathanSwift (1667 - 1745): Irish. ''Literature/GulliversTravels'', "Literature/AModestProposal", and other works. His merit as a satirist can be summed up by his description of lawyers: "A society of men among us, bred from their youth in the art of proving, by words multiplied for the purpose, that white is black, and black white, according as they are paid."
* Creator/ColleyCibber (1671 - 1757): English. Poet Laureate from 1730. Actor and playwright, adapter of Shakespeare, and object of Pope's heroic-couplet satire ''The Dunciad''.
* Creator/AlexanderPope (1688 - 1744): [[/index]] English. Penned numerous poems, among them ''An Essay on Criticism'', ''An Essay on Man'', ''An Epistle to Arbuthnot,'' ''The Dunciad'', and ''Literature/TheRapeOfTheLock''. [[index]]
* Creator/EdmundBurke (1729 - 1797): [[/index]] Anglo-Irish. Political figure who wrote ''Reflections on the Revolution in France'' and many others. Considered by many as the father of modern political conservatism (having supported UsefulNotes/TheAmericanRevolution but not the UsefulNotes/FrenchRevolution, supporting freedom but not complete systemic overhauls based strictly on ideas). [[index]]
* Creator/SamuelJohnson: English. First compiler of an English Dictionary.
* Thomas Hobbes (5 April 1588 – 4 December 1679): An English philosopher whose best known work, ''Leviathan'', argued for a strong state to control a destructive human nature he perceived. Without it, he felt existence was "nasty, brutish, and short."

!!China
* Creator/CaoXueqin: (c. 1715 - c. 1764); [[/index]] ''Literature/DreamOfTheRedChamber'', one of the Four Great Classical Novels of Chinese literature. It is believed by many to be the greatest novel written in the Chinese language. [[index]]

!!Czech lands (Bohemian Kingdom)
* Creator/JosefDobrovsky
* Creator/VaclavKlimentKlicpera

!!France
* Creator/MarquisDeSade (1740-1814)
* Creator/{{Moliere}} (Jean-Baptiste Poquelin; January 15, 1622 - February 17, 1673): Playwright and actor, considered by many to have written some of the most brilliant comedies in the Western theatre. Best known for ''Theatre/{{Tartuffe}}'', ''Theatre/TheMisanthrope'', ''The School for Wives'', and ''The Imaginary Invalid''. ''Les Fourberies de Scapin'' (literally, "Scapin's Deceits") was adapted for the Broadway stage as ''Scapino!''.
* François, Duc de Creator/LaRochefoucauld (1613-1680), renowned to this day for his ''Maxims''. Perhaps the first to dispense advice and observation a sentence at a time.
* Creator/CharlesPerrault (January 12, 1628 - May 16, 1703): Credited creating the genre of ''Fairy Tale'' when he published ''Tales and Stories of the Past with Morals (Histoires ou Contes du Temps passe)'' in 1697 with the subtitle ''Tales of Mother Goose (Les Contes de ma Mere l'Oie)''.
* Creator/{{Voltaire}} (Francois Marie Arouet; 1694 - 1778): Prolific author of over 20,000 works ranging from pamphlets to treatises to novels. Best known for ''Literature/{{Candide}}'' and the short story ''Micromegas'' (one of the earliest works depicting aliens visiting Earth).
* Rene Descartes (31 March 1596 – 11 February 1650): Mathematician and philosopher famed for his theory of dualism, in which he held the soul met the body at the [[PinealWeirdness pineal gland]], and for the saying which summed up the proof he offered of self-existence: "I think, therefore I am."

!![[AllTheLittleGermanies German lands]]
* Creator/JohannWolfgangVonGoethe (1749 - 1832): Often claimed to be most important German language author. Wrote many poems, ''Literature/TheSorrowsOfYoungWerther'' and an important adaptation of ''Theatre/{{Faust}}''. Many phrases originating in his works found their way into everyday German language.
* Creator/FriedrichSchiller (1759 - 1805): Best buddy (so to speak) of Goethe. Wrote plays like ''William Tell'', ''Maria Stuart'' and ''Theatre/TheRobbers''. Wrote an ode "To Joy" that was famously set to music by LudwigVanBeethoven.

!!Switzerland
* Creator/JeanJacquesRousseau (1712-1778): Genevan philosopher, writer, and composer of French expression. His political philosophy influenced the FrenchRevolution as well as the overall development of modern political, sociological, and educational thought. ''Discourse on the Origin of Inequality'' and ''On the Social Contract'' are cornerstones in modern political and social thought.
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[[folder:19th Century]]
!!American
* Creator/LouisaMayAlcott: Author of ''Literature/LittleWomen'' and several other novels, which in modern works would probably be considered YoungAdult Literature.
* Creator/AmbroseBierce: Author of ''TheDevilsDictionary'' and contributor to the Franchise/CthulhuMythos.
* Creator/RobertWChambers: Author of ''Literature/TheKingInYellow'', which inspired (and was subsumed into) the Franchise/CthulhuMythos.
* Creator/EmilyDickinson (poet)
* Creator/OHenry, best known for his short fiction chock-full of [[TwistEnding twist endings]].
* Creator/HenryJames: Known for intimate, psychologically complex prose that helped lay a foundation for {{Modernism}}. Famous works include ''Literature/DaisyMiller'', ''Literature/WashingtonSquare'', ''PortraitOfALady'' and ''Literature/TheTurnOfTheScrew''.
* Creator/JackLondon: Best known for ''The Call of the Wild''.
* Creator/HermanMelville: Author of ''Literature/MobyDick'' and the short story "BartlebyTheScrivener".
* Creator/DorothyParker: Poet, screenwriter, comedian, journalist and short story author.
* Creator/EdgarAllanPoe: Pretty much ''the'' horror story writer. Also wrote the first detective story.
* Creator/GeneStrattonPorter: Author of children's books.
* Creator/HenryDavidThoreau: Essayist and thinker, best known for ''{{Walden}}'' and CivilDisobedience.
* Creator/MarkTwain: Author and humorist. Best known for ''Literature/TheAdventuresOfTomSawyer'' and ''TheAdventuresOfHuckleberryFinn'', and for being endlessly quotable due to his rather... direct outlook on life. Other notable works include PuddnheadWilson and Literature/AConnecticutYankeeInKingArthursCourt
* Creator/HoratioAlgerJr: Author of ''Ragged Dick'' and many other similar stories; the TropeMaker for RagsToRiches.

!!Australian
* Creator/BanjoPaterson

!!Brazillian
* Creator/MachadoDeAssis

!!British Isles
* Creator/AlfredLordTennyson
* Creator/JaneAusten: A GenreSavvy DeadpanSnarker who loved ConversationalTroping and would probably have been OneOfUs if born a few centuries later; most famously known for ''PrideAndPrejudice'' and ''Literature/SenseAndSensibility''.
* Creator/WilliamBlake
* The Brontë sisters:
** Creator/CharlotteBronte [[/index]] (author of ''Literature/JaneEyre'') [[index]]
** Creator/EmilyBronte [[/index]] (author of ''Literature/WutheringHeights'') [[index]]
** Creator/AnneBronte
* Creator/EdwardBulwerLytton [[/index]] (''"It was a dark and stormy night..."'') [[index]]
* Creator/LordByron [[/index]] (TropeNamer for ByronicHero)[[index]]
* Creator/LewisCarroll [[/index]] (Wrote ''Literature/AliceInWonderland'', which probably inspired the first use of the critique [[WhatDoYouMeanItWasntMadeOnDrugs "What was he smoking?"]]) [[index]]
* Creator/SamuelTaylorColeridge
* Creator/WilkieCollins: Author of ''Literature/TheMoonstone'', arguably the first detective novel in English literature, and ''Literature/TheWomanInWhite''.
* Creator/CharlesDickens: Voluminous English writer known for ''Literature/ATaleOfTwoCities'', ''Literature/OliverTwist'', ''Literature/GreatExpectations'', etc.; a great deal of his writings shine a spotlight on the social ills of his day.
* Creator/BenjaminDisraeli (also known in his other career as a [[UsefulNotes/TheMenOfDowningStreet Prime Minister]])
* Sir Creator/ArthurConanDoyle: Creator of Literature/SherlockHolmes and ProfessorChallenger (from ''TheLostWorld'').
* Creator/GeorgeEliot
* Creator/ElizabethGaskell
* Creator/HRiderHaggard: Author of adventure stories including ''Literature/KingSolomonsMines'' and ''Literature/{{She}}''
* Creator/ThomasHardy: English novelist and poet.
* Creator/JosephJacobs: FairyTale collector
* Creator/JohnKeats: Romantic poet with oodles of potential who popped his clogs at 25.
* Creator/AndrewLang: FairyTale collector
* Creator/GeorgeMacDonald
* Creator/ArthurMachen
* Creator/WilliamMorris
* Creator/AmandaMcKittrickRos
* Creator/WalterScott: Author of ''Literature/{{Ivanhoe}}'', ''RobRoy'' and a pile of 'Scottish novels'. He was the first to write historical novels in Europe.
* Creator/RobertLouisStevenson : Author of ''Literature/TreasureIsland'', ''Kidnapped'' and other novels.
* Creator/BramStoker: Author of ''Literature/{{Dracula}}''.
* Creator/AnthonyTrollope
* Creator/MaryShelley: Author of ''Literature/{{Frankenstein}}'' and mother of ScienceFiction.
* Creator/PercyByssheShelley: Husband of Mary Shelley, friend of Creator/LordByron. Poet.
* Creator/HGWells: British science fiction writer, who, along with Jules Verne, practically invented the genre. ''Literature/TheWarOfTheWorlds'' and ''TheTimeMachine'' are probably his two best known works.
* Creator/OscarWilde: Author of ''Literature/ThePictureOfDorianGray''. Known for his wit as well as his life's DownerEnding.
* Creator/WilliamWordsworth
* Creator/WilliamButlerYeats

!!Czech (Bohemian Kingdom, a part of the Habsburg Monarchy)
* Creator/KarelJaromirErben
* Creator/JanKollar
* Creator/VitezslavHalek
* Creator/KarelHavlicekBorovsky
* Creator/KarelHynekMacha
* Creator/BozenaNemcova
* Creator/JanNeruda
* Creator/JosefVaclavSladek
* Creator/KarolinaSvetla
* Creator/JosefKajetanTyl

!!Danish
* Creator/HansChristianAndersen: Known mostly for his fairy tales, such as "Literature/TheLittleMermaid" and the "Literature/TheUglyDuckling".
* Søren Kierkegaard: Considered the first [[{{UsefulNotes/Existentialism}} existentialist]] philosopher, he was a theologian likely best known for his works ''Fear and Trembling'', ''Philosophical Fragments'', ''Stages On Life's Way'', and ''The Sickness Unto Death.''

!!French
* [[Creator/HonoreDeBalzac Honoré de Balzac]], who wrote ''La Comédie Humaine''.
* Creator/AlexandreDumas, ''père et fils'': The father wrote ''Literature/TheThreeMusketeers'', ''Literature/TheCountOfMonteCristo'' and a pile of other stuff; the son wrote ''La Dame aux Camelias''.
* Creator/PaulFeval, author of ''Literature/JohnDevil'', ''Literature/TheBlackCoats'', ''Literature/TheVampireCountess'', and ''Literature/VampireCity''
* Creator/VictorHugo, author of ''Literature/LesMiserables''.
* Creator/GuyDeMaupassant, a pioneer of the modern short story.
* Creator/ArthurRimbaud, poet, teenage prodigy and cultural icon.
* Creator/{{Stendhal}}
* Creator/JulesVerne: Father of ScienceFiction and author of ''Literature/TwentyThousandLeaguesUnderTheSea'', ''Literature/JourneyToTheCenterOfTheEarth'' and ''Literature/AroundTheWorldInEightyDays''.

!!Filipino
* Creator/JoseRizal: best known for making the propagandic novels ''NoliMeTangere'' and ''ElFilibusterismo''

!!German
* Creator/WilhelmBusch
* Creator/TheBrothersGrimm: while best known for publishing collections of fairy tales and folk stories, the Brothers Grimm were also prominent in linguistics.
* Creator/ETAHoffmann: Germany's most prominent author of GothicHorror and dark {{romanticism}}.
* Creator/KarlMay, famous in particular for the ''Literature/{{Winnetou}}'' novels and infamous for [[DanBrowned Dan Browning]] his fans because he let them believe his novels were factual accounts of his own adventures, although he had no first-hand experience and rather imperfect knowledge of his books' settings when he wrote them.
* Creator/FriedrichNietzsche, prolific philosopher and writer who wrote ''Literature/ThusSpokeZarathustra'' and TropeNamer for ''EternalRecurrence'', ''GodIsDead'', ''HeWhoFightsMonsters'', ''NietzscheWannabe'' and ''{{Ubermensch}}''. Quoted too many times to count.

!!Indian
* Creator/RabindranathTagore

!!Norwegian
* Creator/AsbjornsenAndMoe
* Creator/KnutHamsun
* Creator/HenrikIbsen (playwright)
* Creator/HenrikWergeland

!!Polish
* Creator/JosephConrad (early Modernist author whose works extend into the early twentieth century, though best known for ''Literature/HeartOfDarkness'')

!!Russian
* Creator/AlexanderAfanasyev: FairyTale collector.
* Creator/AntonChekhov: Playwright and short story author. Tropers will know this man best for his concept of ChekhovsGun. Famous works include ''Theatre/TheSeagull'', ''Theatre/ThreeSisters'', ''Theatre/UncleVanya'' and ''Theatre/TheCherryOrchard''.
* Creator/FyodorDostoevsky: wrote ''Literature/CrimeAndPunishment'', ''Literature/TheBrothersKaramazov'', and ''Literature/NotesFromUnderground''.
* Creator/AlexanderPushkin: Writer of ''Literature/EugeneOnegin'' and ''Boris Godunov'', the Russian answer to Creator/WilliamShakespeare.
* Creator/LeoTolstoy, author of such famed {{doorstopper}}s as ''Literature/WarAndPeace'' and ''Literature/AnnaKarenina''.
* Creator/NikolaiGogol
[[/folder]]

[[folder:20th and 21st Centuries]]

!!American
* Creator/LloydAlexander
* Creator/ShermanAlexie
* Creator/SteveAllen
* Creator/PaulAllgood;also of the band {{Wedlock}}
* Creator/AaronAllston
* Creator/KevinJAnderson
* Creator/CatherineAnderson
* Creator/MatthewTobinAnderson
* Creator/PoulAnderson
* Creator/VCAndrews: You can tell the books are popular when they keep writing them [[FranchiseZombie after the author's death]].
* Creator/PiersAnthony: creator of ''Literature/{{Xanth}}'' and the IncarnationsOfImmortality.
* Creator/KAApplegate: Creator of ''Literature/{{Animorphs}}'', ''Literature/{{Everworld}}'', and ''Literature/{{Remnants}}''.
* Creator/CatherineAsaro
* Creator/IsaacAsimov: Prolific founder of modern Science Fiction.
* Creator/AmeliaAtwaterRhodes
* Creator/PaoloBacigalupi
* Creator/EDBaker
* Creator/WayneBarlowe
* Creator/DaveBarry: Syndicated newspaper humor columnist, he is largely responsible for the popularization of the memes [[NotMakingThisUpDisclaimer "I am not making this up!"]] and "..., which would be AGoodNameForARockBand."
* Creator/DonaldBarthelme
* Creator/LFrankBaum: Creator of ''Literature/TheWonderfulWizardOfOz''
* Creator/PeterSBeagle
* Creator/ElizabethBear: SpeculativeFiction author; writes cyberpunk, urban fantasy, alternate history and post-apocalyptic {{Magitek}} fantasy with equal facility.
* Creator/GregBear
* Creator/HilariBell
* Creator/JohnBellairs: Author of ''The Face in the Frost'', a work mixing humor and horror, and many scary novels for children.
* Creator/PeterBenchley: Author of ''Jaws'' and numerous other maritime novels.
* Creator/GregoryBenford
* Creator/AlfredBester
* Creator/HollyBlack
* Creator/JamesBlish
* Creator/JudyBlume: (born February 12, 1938), Author of teen-age novels dealing straight-forwardly with the problems of growing up. Probably the best known are ''Are You There, God? It's Me, Margaret'' and ''Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing''
* Creator/LarryBond: Author of PossibleWar and spy-thriller novels; a sometime associate of Creator/TomClancy.
* Creator/SandraBoynton: Children's books
* Creator/LeighBrackett: Speculative fiction, crime, and western author; also screenwriter.
* Creator/LibbaBray: Young adult literature.
* Creator/RayBradbury: prolific in a wide number of media, but best known for his speculative fiction like ''{{Fahrenheit 451}}'' and ''TheMartianChronicles''.
* Creator/MarionZimmerBradley: (June 3, 1930 – September 25, 1999) Speculative fiction author, most well-known for the ''{{Darkover}}'' series and ''TheMistsOfAvalon'', her version of the Arthurian legend told from the perspective of the female characters.
* Creator/RichardBrautigan
* Creator/PatriciaBriggs
* Creator/DavidBrin
* Creator/PoppyZBrite
* Creator/TerryBrooks: American fantasy author, best known for the ''Literature/{{Shannara}}'' franchise.
* Creator/DaleBrown
* Creator/DanBrown: (born June 22, 1964) Author of mystery-thrillers; ''AngelsAndDemons'' and ''TheDaVinciCode'' are the best-known. Particularly noted in some circles for his insistence that his books are factually accurate despite the fact that they are riddled with factual errors. TropeNamer for DanBrowned for this reason.
* Creator/FredricBrown
* Creator/StevenBrust
* Creator/BillBryson
* Music/JimmyBuffett
* Creator/LoisMcMasterBujold
* Creator/CharlesBukowski
* Creator/EmmaBull
* Creator/EricBurnsWhite: Webcomics critic and writer of speculative fiction.
* Creator/EdgarRiceBurroughs: Creator of ''Literature/{{Tarzan}}'' and ''Literature/JohnCarterOfMars'', among other works.
* Creator/WilliamSBurroughs: Author of the influential but incredibly controversial ''Literature/NakedLunch'', a novel that essentially ended literary censorship in the United States.
* Creator/JimButcher
* [[Creator/OctaviaButler Octavia E. Butler]]
* Creator/MegCabot
* Creator/MartinCaidin
* Creator/JamesMCain
* Creator/PeterCameron, author of "Literature/SomedayThisPainWillBeUsefulToYou"
* Creator/JohnWCampbell, author of ''Literature/WhoGoesThere'' and influential editor of ''AstoundingScienceFiction''
* Creator/JanellCannon
* Creator/OrsonScottCard, author of ''EndersGame'' and its continuation series.
* Creator/JohnDicksonCarr
* Creator/EGCastle
* Creator/MichaelChabon
* Creator/JackChalker
* Creator/RaymondChandler
* Creator/CJCherryh
* Creator/TomClancy: While not the first to write techno-thrillers (that was Craig Thomas), Clancy defined the genre.
* Creator/CassandraClare
* Creator/ChrisClaremont
* Creator/BeverlyCleary
* Creator/HalClement
* Creator/BrianClevinger
* Creator/WaltCoburn
* Creator/PauloCoelho
* Creator/RachelCohn
* Creator/SuzanneCollins
* Creator/AaronCometbus
* Creator/MichaelConnelly
* Creator/GlenCook
* Creator/RickCook
* Creator/RobertCormier
* Creator/GregCostikyan
* Creator/BruceCoville
* Creator/JeanCraigheadGeorge
* Creator/MichaelCrichton -- Author of ''Literature/JurassicPark'' and various other techno-thrillers.
* Creator/JenniferCrusie
* Creator/EECummings
* Creator/BrianDaley
* Creator/HenryDarger: Author of the longest novel in history, the 15,145 page ''In the Realms of the Unreal'', which wasn't discovered until after his death.
* Creator/PeterDavid
* Creator/AvramDavidson
* Creator/BryanDavis
* Creator/PamelaDean
* Creator/LSpragueDeCamp
* Creator/TedDekker: author of over twenty novels. He most famous works are The BooksOfHistoryChronicles, ''Adam'', ''Thr3e'', and ''The Bride Collector''.
* Creator/SamuelRDelany
* Creator/TroyDenning
* Creator/AugustDerleth
* Creator/SarahDessen
* Creator/KateDiCamillo
* Creator/PeterDeVries
* Creator/PhilipKDick
* Creator/GordonRDickson
* Creator/DavidDrake: Scifi and fantasy author. Known for his realistic portrayal of combat.
* Creator/DianeDuane: Fantasy author most well-known for her ''Literature/YoungWizards'' series and several of ''Franchise/StarTrek'''s best (and best-loved) novels, including ''Spock's World'', ''The Wounded Sky'', ''Doctor's Orders'', and the ''Rihannsu'' series.
* Creator/LoisDuncan
* Creator/AmandaDownum
* Creator/EdwardEager
* Creator/RogerEbert: Extremely well-known film critic; also a screenwriter, and wrote several books besides about film.
* Creator/DavidEddings: Took most of the HighFantasy tropes, smushed them together, and wrote four rather excellent quintets with them. They're so good mostly because he ''knows'' he's using them, so he doesn't take himself very seriously. AirportFantasy at its finest.
* Creator/GeorgeAlecEffinger
* Creator/TeresaEdgerton
* Creator/ElizabethEinspanier: Author of cross-genre fiction and hater of sparkly vampires.
* Creator/TSEliot
* Creator/BretEastonEllis
* Creator/HarlanEllison: Noted not only for his works and influence, but also for his temper and tendency to sue at the drop of a hat. Once posted a dead gopher to a New York publisher because said publisher placed cigarette ads in a collection of short stories, in violation of contract.
* Creator/JamesEllroy
* Creator/JeffreyEugenides
* Creator/PhilipJoseFarmer: Taboo-busting sci-fi and fantasy writer with a wild array of original ideas. Best known for the ''{{Riverworld}}'' and ''World of Tiers'' series.
* Creator/DavidFarland
* Creator/WilliamFaulkner
* Creator/RaymondEFeist, author of ''TheRiftwarCycle''
* Creator/TimothyFindley : Canadian author
* Creator/FScottFitzgerald
* Creator/SidFleischman: Author of children's books including the Newbery winner ''Literature/TheWhippingBoy''.
* Creator/EricFlint
* Creator/MichaelFlynn
* Creator/VinceFlynn
* Creator/LeoFrankowski
* Creator/EstherFriesner
* Creator/PhilFoglio
* Creator/JohnMFord
* Creator/WilliamRForstchen: Author of science fiction and historical fiction novels.
* Creator/AlanDeanFoster: Sci-fi author, and responsible for some truly awesome novelisations.
* Creator/AlFranken: Comedy writer, political satirist, Senator.
* Creator/JonathanFranzen
* Music/KinkyFriedman
* Creator/RobertFrost: Poet, probably best known for "two roads diverged in a yellow wood."
* Creator/AlanFurst
* Creator/RandallGarrett
* Creator/WilliamGibson: Grandfather of {{Cyberpunk}}.
* Creator/DorothyGilman
* Creator/NewtGingrich: Also a former Speaker of the House of Representatives.
* Creator/KyellGold
* Creator/WilliamGoldman: Not even slightly dead.
* Creator/TerryGoodkind, author of the popular fantasy series ''SwordOfTruth''.
* Creator/MichaelGrant - Wrote the Literature/{{Gone}} and Literature/{{BZRK}} series on his own, and co-wrote ''Literature/{{Animorphs}}'', ''Literature/{{Everworld}}'', and ''Literature/{{Remnants}}'' with his wife, Creator/KAApplegate.
* Creator/JohnGreen - [[/index]] Author of several books, including PaperTowns, and co-founder (kinda) of Nerdfighteria. [[index]]
* Creator/JohnGrisham
* Creator/JessGulbranson
* Creator/MargaretPetersonHaddix
* Creator/JoeHaldeman
* Creator/ShannonHale
* Creator/BarbaraHambly
* Creator/DashiellHammett
* Creator/JackHandey: Humorist best known for his ''Deep Thoughts'' series.
* Creator/VictorDavisHanson: Classicist, Military Historian, Farmer and Political Columnist. Writes mostly nonfiction but at least one fiction, ''The End of Sparta''.
* Creator/LyndonHardy
* Creator/ThomasHarlan
* Creator/CharlaineHarris
* Creator/HarryHarrison
* Creator/RobertAHeinlein: Dean of Science Fiction: the man who perfected the young adult SF novel, assuming you believe he didn't invent it. Defined time loop/time paradox stories with ''Literature/AllYouZombies''.
* Creator/ErnestHemingway: Those who consider PurpleProse as the cardinal writing sin can take refuge in his work.
* Creator/FrankHerbert, author of the epic ''Literature/{{Dune}}'' series and more.
* Creator/CarlHiaasen
* Creator/JoeHill
* Creator/LawrenceHill
* Creator/SandraHill
* Creator/JimCHines
* Creator/KennethHite
* Creator/RobinHobb: author of the Low Fantasy trilogy-of-trilogies the ''Literature/RealmOfTheElderlings''
* Creator/EdwardDHoch
* Creator/MCAHogarth
* Creator/EllenHopkins
* Creator/RobertEHoward: Widely regarded as the father of the SwordAndSorcery genre, he was the creator of ''Franchise/ConanTheBarbarian'', ''SolomonKane'' (long before he was a comic book character), ''[[{{Kull}} Kull the Conqueror]]'', and ''BranMakMorn'', as well as making contributions to the CthulhuMythos. Along with J.R.R. Tolkien, he is one of the most influential figures in modern fantasy.
* Creator/LRonHubbard
* Creator/ErinHunter: Pseudonym used by four women; author of the ''Literature/WarriorCats'' and ''SeekerBears'' series.
* Creator/EvanHunter, a.k.a. [=Ed McBain=]
* Creator/JohnIrving
* Creator/DavidIves
* Creator/ShirleyJackson, best known for her creepy, influential story "Literature/TheLottery".
* [[Tropers/{{Sdouglasjohnson}} S. Douglas Johnson]]
* Creator/CleolindaJones
* Creator/JamesJones: Lived through the worst of UsefulNotes/WorldWarII and wrote prolifically about it.
* Creator/WilliamJoyce
* Creator/JulieKagawa
* Creator/JanetKagan
* Creator/MorganKalka
* Creator/HarryStephenKeeler: Prolific writer of very odd books.
* Creator/BrianKeene
* Creator/WilliamHKeithJr: Prolific author of science and military fiction.
* Creator/JackKerouac, spiritual father of the Beatnik counterculture movement.
* Creator/KenKesey: Author of ''Literature/OneFlewOverTheCuckoosNest''. Also major player in 1960s psychedelic culture.
* Creator/AlexanderKey
* Creator/StephenKing: Hugely successful author of modern horror and fantasy.
* Creator/JamesKirkwood
* Creator/ChuckKlosterman
* Creator/RichardKnaak
* Creator/DamonKnight
* Creator/DeanKoontz: Not quite so popular as Stephen King, but still, a successful author of modern horror and fantasy.
* Creator/MaryRobinetteKowal: Sci-fi/fantasy author, puppeteer, blogger. friend of Creator/JohnScalzi, Cory Doctorow, and many others (she has served in several leadership capacities in the SFWA). Author of ''Literature/ShadesOfMilkAndHoney'' and its sequels, as well as ''TheTransfiguredLady''.
* Creator/TomKratman: Writes [[MohsScaleOfScienceFictionHardness fairly hard]] MilitaryScienceFiction, usually with politics rather prominently featured in them. Has started to play in contemporary military fiction, with his ''Countdown'' series.
* Creator/NancyKress
* Creator/MichaelKurland: writes mystery and speculative fiction.
* Creator/KatherineKurtz: writes historical fantasy, most notably the ''{{Deryni}}'' novels.
* Creator/HenryKuttner: Science fiction and fantasy author
* Creator/MercedesLackey: Does fantasy (''HeraldsOfValdemar'') and Urban Fantasy.
* Creator/RALafferty
* Creator/LouisLAmour: [[TheWestern Western]] novelist.
* Creator/LJagiLamplighter: Fantasy writer
* Creator/RingLardner: Best known as a sportswriter, his 1916 book ''You Know Me Al'' is considered one of the high-water marks in American humor.
* Creator/ErikLarson
* Creator/MargaretLaurence : Award-winning Canadian author.
* Creator/KeithLaumer
* Creator/UrsulaKLeGuin, prolific and influential science fiction writer and feminist.
* Creator/DennisLehane, best known for ''Literature/MysticRiver'' and ''Literature/ShutterIsland''.
* Creator/FritzLeiber
* Creator/MurrayLeinster: Prolific science fiction author, pioneer of AlternateHistory fiction, coiner of the term "FirstContact", and predicter of the Internet.
* Creator/MadeleineLEngle
* Creator/ElmoreLeonard: The Lay's Potato Chip of crime fiction -- can't read just one. His terse prose and chatty dialog make for effortlessly enjoyable reading.
* Creator/JonathanLethem
* Creator/DavidLevithan
* Creator/ThomasLigotti
* Creator/JaneLindskold
* Creator/BentleyLittle
* Creator/HughLofting
* Creator/HPLovecraft: "weird fiction" author who had a major impact on the horror genre; created the CosmicHorrorStory, and changed how we see "monsters".
* Creator/DavidLubar: Young adult fiction writer.
* Creator/RobertLudlum
* Creator/RAMacAvoy
* Creator/ElliotSMaggin
* Creator/NormanMailer
* Creator/DavidMamet: [[MametSpeak Pretty fuckin' good]] playwright/screenwriter.
* Creator/BillMantlo: Comic book author of ''RomSpaceknight'' and ''[[Franchise/{{Micronauts}} The Micronauts.]]''
* Creator/RJeanMathieu
* Creator/GeorgeRRMartin: Famous for ''Literature/ASongOfIceAndFire''. He also helped kick-start the ''Literature/WildCards'' series.
* Creator/MelissaMarr
* Creator/LisaMason
* Creator/RichardMatheson
* Creator/AnneMcCaffrey: Author of the ''Literature/DragonridersOfPern'' series.
* Creator/CormacMcCarthy
* Creator/ScottMcCloud
* Creator/JackMcDevitt
* Creator/SeananMcGuire
* Creator/PatriciaAMcKillip
* Creator/RobinMcKinley
* Creator/PatrickMcManus
* Creator/StephenieMeyer
* Creator/MissManners: pen name of etiquette expert Judith Martin
* Creator/CarltonMellickIII: Author of SatanBurger, which inspired the BizarroFiction literary movement
* Creator/HLMencken
* Creator/FernMichaels
* Creator/MelisaMichaels
* Creator/LEModesittJR
* Creator/SarahMonette
* Creator/DevonMonk
* Creator/ElizabethMoon
* Creator/ChristopherMoore
* Creator/JohnMoore
* Creator/PerryMoore
* Creator/DanielKeysMoran
* Creator/ToniMorrison
* Creator/MarkLVanName
* Creator/OgdenNash: poet, noted for wordplay and odd rhymes.
* Creator/LarryNiven: Author of ''{{Ringworld}}'' and the ''Known Space'' universe.
* Creator/AndreNorton
* Creator/FlanneryOConnor
* Creator/TawniODell
* Creator/NnediOkorafor: Born and raised in America, though both her parents are Nigerian and she often writes about Nigerian characters.
* Creator/ChuckPalahniuk
* Creator/ChristopherPaolini: ''Literature/InheritanceCycle''.
* Creator/KatherinePaterson: Children's book author
* Creator/JamesPatterson: Thriller writer.
* Creator/SJPerelman: Humorist. Know that he wrote scripts for the Creator/MarxBrothers, and you get a pretty clear picture of his style.
* Creator/JulieAnnePeters
* Creator/JodiPicoult
* Creator/TamoraPierce: Fantasy author known for inverting TheSmurfettePrinciple. Really likes writing quartets, although not so much lately.
* Creator/ChristopherPike
* Creator/DanielPinkwater
* Creator/HBeamPiper: Science fiction writer; worked out an extensive future history as well as several AlternateHistory stories. Committed suicide in 1964 because of financial problems. A check was literally in the mail.
* Creator/SylviaPlath
* Creator/EricPlume (''Literature/MarginPlay''/ The Amber Eckart Mysteries)
* Creator/FrederikPohl
* Creator/TimPowers
* Creator/StevenHPropp
* Creator/ThomasPynchon
* Creator/ElleryQueen
* Creator/JuliaQuinn: Regency romance novelist.
* Creator/SeaburyQuinn
* Creator/NathanRabin: Film critic and head writer for [[Website/TheOnion The AV Club]]
* Creator/MelanieRawn
* Creator/RobertReed
* Creator/RuthanneReid
* Creator/MikeResnick
* Creator/AnneRice
* Creator/ChristopherRice
* Creator/JohnRidley
* Creator/JohnRingo: Started with MilitaryScienceFiction works (the first book of the ''Literature/LegacyOfTheAldenata'' was his authorial debut), but has branched out to other genres, including {{fantasy}} (urban and traditional) and adventure stories.
* Creator/RickRiordan
* Creator/TomRobbins
* Creator/NoraRoberts: Synonymous with well-written romance.
* Creator/PhilipRoth
* Creator/PatrickRothfuss
* Creator/GregRucka: crime novelist, also noted for his work on Franchise/{{Batman}}, Franchise/WonderWoman and his own comic book titles, such as ''ComicBook/{{Whiteout}}'' and ''ComicBook/QueenAndCountry''.
* Creator/MattRuff
* Creator/DamonRunyon
* Creator/KristineKathrynRusch (also pen-names KrisRusch, KrisNelscott, KristineGrayson, SandySchofield (joint works with husband DeanWesleySmith), and KathrynWesley)
* Creator/BertrandRussell: Tremendously influential philosopher and mathematician who focused on essay writing in his later years, and apparently kicked enough ass at it to win the 1950 Nobel Prize in Literature. Famous for his vigorous skepticism and anti-war work.
* Creator/FredSaberhagen
* Creator/CarlSagan
* Creator/JDSalinger
* Creator/CarlSandburg
* Creator/JohnSandford
* Creator/BrandonSanderson
* Creator/JohnScalzi
* Creator/RichardScarry
* Creator/JamesHSchmitz
* Creator/DavidSedaris
* Creator/DrSeuss: The definitive picture-book author.
* Creator/RogerSharpe
* Creator/RichardSharpeShaver
* Creator/LisaShearin
* Creator/RobertSheckley
* Creator/SidneySheldon: His tales of treachery amongst TheBeautifulElite made his books blockbusters from TheSeventies through the TurnOfTheMillennium.
* Music/SamShepard: Cowboy playwright
* Creator/JosephaSherman
* Creator/RobertSilverberg
* Creator/ShelSilverstein
* Creator/CliffordSimak: one of the best SF writers.
* Creator/DanSimmons: Former public-school English teacher turned writer, he is responsible for the sci-fi epic, ''The Literature/HyperionCantos'', as well as ''Literature/{{Ilium}}''. ''Olympos'', ''The Terror'', and most recently ''Drood'' -- among many others.
* Creator/GeneSiskel
* Creator/WilliamSleator
* Creator/ClarkAshtonSmith: Known best for his dark fantasy short stories, but also wrote horror, science fiction, and poetry.
* Creator/CordwainerSmith: Classic author of Science Fiction, also wrote the first definitive book on modern psychological warfare. His style is a generally excerpts from the DaysOfFuturePast, and is nearly all set in his TheVerse 'verse: The Instrumentality of Mankind. Philosophically, He fused Christian symbolism with Chinese philosophy. StudioGainax have an affinity for his work and keep naming things after it.
* Creator/EEDocSmith, author of the ''Lensman'' series. One of the first major science fiction writers. Ultimately responsible for, or provided some of the earliest descriptions of, a fair proportion of the weaponry and gadgetry seen in modern SF, and some in reality as well.
* Creator/LJSmith, author of ''Literature/NightWorld'', ''Literature/TheVampireDiaries'', and ''The Secret Circle''.
* Creator/MargaretSnyder
* Creator/WenSpencer
* Creator/MickeySpillane: pulp crime author and creator of private eye MikeHammer.
* Creator/NormanSpinrad
* Creator/RykESpoor
* Creator/MichaelStackpole
* Creator/RobertStanek
* Creator/JohnSteakley
* Creator/AllenSteele
* Creator/JohnSteinbeck: Pulitzer and Noble Peace Prize-winning author of many books such as ''Literature/TheGrapesOfWrath'' commonly used in SchoolStudyMedia. Influential in both his views and writing style. Responsible for traumatizing generations of schoolchildren forever more.
* Creator/DanielleSteel
* Creator/NealStephenson: Cyberpunk author, TropeMaker of TheMetaverse
* Creator/BruceSterling
* Creator/CarolineStevermer: Historical fantasy, author of ''A College of Magics'' and co-author of ''Literature/SorceryAndCecelia''
* Creator/SMStirling
* Creator/MattStover: Writer of ''Literature/TheActsOfCaine'' series as well as many fine ''Franchise/StarWars'' novels
* Creator/TheodoreSturgeon: {{SpeculativeFiction}} writer, and the man who gave us SturgeonsLaw.
* Creator/AmyTan
* Creator/TravisSTaylor: Super science genius with two doctorates, three master's, and one bachelor's degree, all in hard science and engineering. Also writes Sci-Fi.
* Creator/WilliamTenn: Prolific writer of 50's and 60's science-fiction short stories.
* Creator/SheriSTepper
* Creator/CateTiernan Young Adult fantasy author, best known as the author of ''{{Sweep}}''.
* Creator/JimThompson Pulp writer known for his hard-boiled style and bleak worldview. Known for works such as ''The Killer Inside Me'', ''The Grifters'', ''Pop. 1280'', and ''After Dark, My Sweet''. Many of his books have been adapted for film.
* Creator/HunterSThompson: Madcap drug-addled journalist best known for writing ''FearAndLoathingInLasVegas''. One of the main reasons Rolling Stone Magazine took off instead of folding early like many other magazines of the time.
* Creator/JamesThurber
* Creator/BarbaraTuchman: A historian who gave great examples of real life idiotic tropes. Her ''March of Folly'' is especially noteworthy in that respect.
* Creator/HarryTurtledove: Alternative-fiction author probably best-known for his Timeline 191 series.
* Creator/AndrewVachss
* Creator/CatherynneMValente: TropeNamer of {{Mythpunk}}.
* Creator/JackVance: Author of the stories of The Dying Earth, which served as the inspiration for the magic system of D&D, called "Vancian magic". Also wrote several SF series, and stand-alones.
* Creator/JohnVarley
* Creator/BrianKVaughan
* Creator/GoreVidal
* Creator/VernorVinge
* Creator/KurtVonnegut
* Creator/SarahVowell
* Creator/KarlEdwardWagner
* Creator/HowardWaldrop
* Creator/DavidFosterWallace
* Creator/AnneBWalsh
* Creator/MatthewWaterhouse
* Creator/LawrenceWattEvans
* Creator/DavidWeber
* Creator/MargaretWeis: co-creator of the ''Literature/{{Dragonlance}}'' setting and co-author of a number of books in that setting. Also author of numerous other fantasy novels.
* Creator/ManlyWadeWellman
* Creator/DanWells
* Creator/RobisonWells
* Creator/RosemaryWells: Prolific picture book author of ''Literature/MaxAndRuby'', ''WesternAnimation/TimothyGoesToSchool'', ''Bunny Planet'' and many others; occasionally writes titles for older audiences
* Creator/KDWentworth
* Creator/MaeWest
* Creator/ScottWesterfeld
* Creator/MelissaWiley
* Creator/TadWilliams
* Creator/TennesseeWilliams
* Creator/WalterJonWilliams
* Creator/JackWilliamson
* Creator/ConnieWillis
* Creator/RobertAntonWilson: Master of the MindScrew
* Creator/GaryWolf: Author of ''Literature/WhoCensoredRogerRabbit'' and ''Literature/SpaceVulture''
* Creator/GeneWolfe: Author of ''The Book of the New Sun'' and other works.
* Creator/CornellWoolrich
* Creator/PatriciaCWrede
* Creator/JohnCWright
* Creator/JannyWurts
* Creator/LaurenceYep
* Creator/JaneYolen
* Creator/EliezerYudkowsky
* Creator/TimothyZahn
* Creator/RogerZelazny: Poetic sci-fi and fantasy writer: ''Literature/TheChroniclesOfAmber'', ''Literature/DamnationAlley'', ''Literature/LordOfLight'' and ''Literature/DoorwaysInTheSand''. Winner of 6 Hugos, 3 Nebulas, and 2 Locus Awards, among other awards.
* Creator/MaureenJohnson

!!Argentinian
* Creator/JorgeLuisBorges: (August 24, 1899 – June 14, 1986), Writer, essayist, and poet. He helped to create the genre of "MagicalRealism" with his woks like ''The Aleph'' and ''Ficciones''.
* Creator/JulioCortazar

!!Australian
* Creator/GraemeBase
* Creator/MaryGrantBruce
* Creator/TrudiCanavan
* Creator/IsobelleCarmody
* Creator/ChrisComerford
* Creator/StephenDedman
* Creator/GregEgan
* Creator/KerryGreenwood
* Creator/PaulJennings
* Creator/RobinKlein
* Creator/DaveLuckett
* Creator/MelinaMarchetta
* Creator/JulietMarillier
* Creator/GarthNix
* Creator/BanjoPaterson
* Creator/MatthewReilly
* Creator/EthelTurner
* Creator/ShaunTan
* Creator/SeanWilliams

!!Austrian
* Creator/LudwigWittgenstein

!!Brazilian
* Creator/LuisFernandoVerissimo
* Creator/RaphaelDraccon

!!British (United Kingdom)
* Creator/DanAbnett: Comic book writer for 2000AD and Marvel (along with a few DC pieces), who is also known for writing a number of Warhammer 40,000 novels, particularly the Literature/GauntsGhosts series.
* Creator/DouglasAdams: author of ''Literature/TheHitchhikersGuideToTheGalaxy'' in its many, many mediums.
* Creator/RichardAdams
* Creator/BrianWAldiss
* Creator/MartinAmis
* Creator/IainBanks: major science fiction author, known for grand SpaceOpera -- particularly his ''Literature/TheCulture'' novels.
* Creator/CliveBarker
* Creator/StephenBaxter
* Creator/AlanBennett
* Creator/AlgernonBlackwood
* Creator/RobertBloch
* Creator/EnidBlyton - possibly the most prolific and famous (or infamous, depending on your viewpoint) children's authors ever.
* Creator/MadeleineBrent, author of romantic suspense novels
* Creator/RaymondBriggs
* Creator/ChristopherBrookmyre
* Creator/JohnBrunner
* Creator/AnthonyBurgess
* Creator/AlastairCampbell
* Creator/AngelaCarter
* Creator/GKChesterton: English writer who is ''the'' Christian apologist to know, probably second in popularity only to Creator/CSLewis. Known primarily for his witty essays and use of paradoxical statements, but also for his "Father Brown" Mysteries
* Creator/AgathaChristie: Epitomises the classic age of mystery fiction. See her [[Bibliography/AgathaChristie bibliography]] also.
* Creator/JohnChristopher
* Creator/ArthurCClarke
* Creator/JackieCollins : author of many bestselling soap opera novels about [[TheBeautifulElite rich, beautiful people]].
* Creator/JohnConnolly
* Creator/StormConstantine
* Creator/SusanCooper: ''Literature/TheDarkIsRising''
* Creator/PaulCornell: Writer for the Literature/DoctorWhoNewAdventures, creator of BerniceSummerfield and also did a few Magazine/DoctorWhoMagazine comics.
* Creator/BernardCornwell
* Creator/BenCounter
* Creator/AleisterCrowley: Author of ''Moonchild'', founder of the magical and religious school of Thelema, and seminal contributor to modern occult thought. Put the "k" in "magick", to the chagrin of many.
* Creator/RoaldDahl: A highly influential children's author, known for his macabre sense of humour. After all, "Violence accompanied by wit is much loved."
* Creator/AndrewDavies
* Creator/RichardDawkins: Author of several scientific books, and the well-known ''The God Delusion''. Known for his political activism on behalf of atheism.
* Creator/LouisDeBernieres
* Creator/LenDeighton: British spy writer and historian.
* Creator/PeterDickinson
* Creator/TerranceDicks: Prolific [[Literature/DoctorWhoNovelisations Doctor Who novelisation]] author
* Creator/DougalDixon: Set the stage for speculative biology.
* Creator/GeraldDurrell: Naturalist, zookeeper, conservationist, and the author of many books (most of them being autobiographical).
* Creator/JTEdson: Prolific British author of Westerns.
* Creator/WarrenEllis: Vitriolic comic book writer best-known for writing the ''ComicBook/{{Transmetropolitan}}'' series.
* Creator/BenElton
* Creator/GarthEnnis: co-created the ''ComicBook/{{Preacher}}'' comic book series and revived ''ComicBook/ThePunisher'' line.
* Creator/JasperFforde
* Creator/NicholasFisk
* Creator/IanFleming: Creator of Franchise/JamesBond '''and''' ''Film/ChittyChittyBangBang''.
* Creator/GeorgeMacDonaldFraser: Creator of ''Literature/{{Flashman}}''
* Creator/DickFrancis: British jockey and crime/mystery writer
* Creator/FrederickForsyth
* Creator/StephenFry
* Creator/NeilGaiman: Creator of ''ComicBook/TheSandman'' as well as accomplished novelist and screenplay writer.
* Creator/AlanGarner
* Creator/DavidGemmell
* Creator/MaryGentle
* Creator/SimonRGreen
* Creator/PhilippaGregory
* Creator/PeterFHamilton: Author of Literature/TheNightsDawnTrilogy, Greg Mandel, Commonwealth Saga and Void Trilogies.
* Creator/SophieHannah: Crime-psychological author.
* Creator/FrancesHardinge
* Creator/LPHartley
* Creator/RalphHayesJr
* Creator/JamesHerriot -- The archetypal KindlyVet.
* Creator/GeorgetteHeyer: Does Regency Romance. Heavily inspired by Creator/JaneAusten.
* Creator/WilliamHopeHodgson
* Creator/TomHolt
* Creator/AnthonyHorowitz
* Creator/StephenHunt
* Creator/ErinHunter
* Creator/DavidIcke: Conspiracy theorist
* Creator/MontagueRhodesJames
* Creator/RobinJarvis
* Creator/DianaWynneJones
* Creator/MarkKermode
* Creator/DickKingSmith
* Creator/RudyardKipling: Widely prolific Indian-born author and poet, best known for ''Literature/TheJungleBook'' and a good deal of poetry.
* Creator/JenniferKirk
* Creator/ZoeKirkRobinson
* Creator/DavidLangford
* Creator/NigellaLawson: Journalist, restaurant critic, food writer and author of several bestselling cookery books.
* Creator/JohnLeCarre: Master of the Cold War spy thriller, he was instrumental in creating the spy anti-hero in counterpoint to the high-adventure James Bond-type spy. Notable works include ''The Spy Who Came In From The Cold'', ''The Tailor Of Panama'', and ''Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy''.
* Creator/TanithLee
* Creator/CSLewis: best known for writing ''TheChroniclesOfNarnia'' and ''TheScrewtapeLetters''. A good friend of Creator/JRRTolkien, with whom he had a friendly rivalry.
* Creator/BrianLumley
* Creator/AlistairMacLean
* Creator/KenMacLeod
* Creator/JohnMasefield
* Creator/GrahamMasterton
* Creator/WSomersetMaugham
* Creator/TuckerMax
* Creator/IanMcDonald
* Creator/GrahamMcNeill
* Creator/ChinaMieville
* Creator/MartinMillar
* Creator/AAMilne
* Creator/MeiLinMiranda
* Creator/SandyMitchell: Pseudonym used by author of the Literature/CiaphasCain '''HERO OF THE IMPERIUM''' novels.
* Creator/RichardKMorgan: Sci-fi and fantasy writer. Also known for his work on the 2012 VideoGame/{{Syndicate}} reboot and VideoGame/{{Crysis}} 2.
* Creator/MichaelMoorcock
* Creator/AlanMoore: Comic book writer and novelist. Best known for his work on ''Comicbook/SwampThing'' as well as his stories such as the ''LeagueOfExtraordinaryGentlemen'', ''Comicbook/VForVendetta'', and ''ComicBook/{{Watchmen}}''.
* Creator/ENesbit
* Creator/KimNewman
* Creator/GeorgeOrwell: Political writer and journalist. Creator of [[CrapsackWorld such depressing works]] as ''Literature/NineteenEightyFour'' and ''AnimalFarm''. Has contributed several well-known phrases to the English language, including "Orwellian" as a byword for authoritarianism and censorship. TropeNamer for BigBrotherIsWatching.
* Creator/EllisPeters
* Creator/HaroldPinter
* Creator/AlanPlater: Wrote ''Literature/{{Misterioso}}'' (1987) and ''[[Literature/OliversTravels Oliver's Travels]]'' (1994).
* Creator/MarcPlatt
* Creator/BeatrixPotter: Writer and illustrator of much-loved [[AnAesop morality tales]] for children, including a series revolving around the feisty CivilizedAnimal Peter Rabbit.
* Creator/AnthonyPrice
* [[Creator/ChristopherPriestNovelist Christopher Priest (novelist)]] The British author, as distinct from the American comic book writer of the same name.
* Creator/TerryPratchett: Author of the Literature/{{Discworld}} series.
* Creator/PhilipPullman, author of the controversial fantasy series ''HisDarkMaterials''.
* Creator/RobertRankin: Author of FarFetchedFiction.
* Creator/MaryRenault
* Creator/RuthRendell
* Creator/AlastairReynolds: Sci-fi/SpaceOpera author, creator of the ''Revelation Space'' universe.
* Creator/DerekRobinson
* Creator/JKRowling: The creator of ''Literature/HarryPotter''.
* Creator/EricFrankRussell
* Creator/EdwardRutherfurd
* Creator/{{Saki}} (pen name of H.H. Munro)
* Creator/DorothyLSayers
* Creator/RafaelSabatini
* Creator/SiegfriedSassoon
* Creator/TomSharpe
* Creator/MichaelMarshallSmith
* Creator/MurielSpark: Known best for ''Literature/ThePrimeOfMissJeanBrodie''
* Creator/NicholasSparks
* Creator/WenSpencer
* Creator/OlafStapledon
* Creator/MaryStewart
* Creator/TomStoppard
* Creator/CharlesStross: writer of ''Accelerando'' and other works concerning posthumanism (as well as [[Franchise/JamesBond Bond]] crossed with the CthulhuMythos).
* Creator/RosemarySutcliff: writer of historical fiction; best known for ''Literature/TheEagleOfTheNinth''.
* Creator/JamesSwallow
* Creator/JosephineTey
* Creator/DylanThomas
* Creator/JRRTolkien: Oxford professor and linguist who created the Middle-Earth legendarium, ''Literature/TheLordOfTheRings''. The father of modern fantasy. Good friends with Creator/CSLewis.
* Creator/KarenTraviss
* Creator/EllestonTrevor, who wrote under several pseudonyms, including Adam Hall (author of the ''Literature/{{Quiller}}'' espionage novels)
* Creator/DannyWallace
* Creator/JoWalton
* Creator/EvelynWaugh
* Creator/CatherineWebb
* Creator/IrvineWelsh
* Creator/DennisWheatley
* Creator/RobertWestall
* Creator/CharlesWilliams
* Creator/ColinWilson
* Creator/JacquelineWilson: Popular author of children's and teenage fiction.
* Creator/LudwigWittgenstein: Became a British citizen in 1939.
* Creator/PGWodehouse: Prolific and enormously entertaining comic writer, helped shape the image of the GenteelInterbellumSetting.
* Creator/VirginiaWoolf: Modernist, famous for her feminist politics and being the [[TropeMakers Trope Maker]] for "stream of consciousness" writing.
* Creator/JohnWyndham
* [[Creator/ThatPersonYouMightKnow [=ThatPersonYouMightKnow=]]]


!!Canadian
* Creator/KelleyArmstrong
* Creator/EleanorCameron
* Creator/DouglasCoupland
* Creator/JulieECzerneda
* Creator/CharlesDeLint
* Creator/CoryDoctorow
* Creator/BarbaraGowdy
* Creator/TanyaHuff
* Creator/GuyGavrielKay
* Creator/ScottKeith. {{Base Break|er}}ing commentator on ProfessionalWrestling.
* Creator/GordonKorman (Writes high school books populated with CrazyAwesome or GenreSavvy characters.)
* Creator/LMMontgomery
* Creator/SpiderRobinson (Science Fiction writer who gives Piers Anthony a run for his money when it comes to the puns).
* Creator/KarlSchroeder
* Creator/HarmaMaeSmit
* Creator/MargaretAtwood
* Creator/MelanieWatt (Author and illustrator of numerous children's picture books)
* Creator/PeterWatts
* [[Creator/MasonWilliams Mason "Tailsteak" Williams]]
* Creator/RobertCharlesWilson
* Creator/MordecaiRichler (Author of darkly humourous books, with characters drawn from the Montreal Jewish community and beyond.)
* Creator/WPKinsella
* Creator/AEVanVogt (another sci-fi writer with a thing for ugly monsters, corrupt monarchies, and Aristotelian philosophy.)
* Creator/AliceMunro : Short story author and winner of the 2013 NobelPrizeInLiterature
* Creator/RobertJSawyer : Sci-fi writer whose work often explores issues with artificial intelligence and consciousness.

!!Chilean
* Creator/IsabelAllende
* Creator/RobertoBolano
* Creator/GabrielaMistral
* Creator/PabloNeruda

!!Chinese
%%Surname comes first
* Creator/JinYong: Prolific author, and one of, if not ''the'' biggest author in the genre of {{Wuxia}}.
* Creator/LuXun: Founder of modern Chinese literature.

!!Colombian
* Creator/GabrielGarciaMarquez: Man whose name is engraved in MagicRealism.

!!Czech (Bohemian Kingdom, Czechoslovakia, the Czech Republic)
* Creator/EduardBass
* Creator/PetrBezruc
* Creator/EgonBondy
* Creator/JosefCapek
* Creator/KarelCapek: Author of various genres, best known for philosophical and speculative fiction. Indirectly coined the word ''robot'' in its modern meaning, in his play ''Theatre/{{RUR}}''.
* Creator/JakubDeml
* Creator/RadkaDenemarkova
* Creator/ViktorDyk
* Creator/JaroslavDurych
* Creator/LadislavFuks
* Creator/FrantisekGellner
* Creator/JarmilaGlazarova
* Creator/FrantisekHalas
* Creator/JaroslavHasek
* Creator/VaclavHavel: Playwright, known for his absurd drama. He was a promenent figure in disent and became the first president of democratic Czechoslovakia.
* Creator/JaroslavHavlicek
* Creator/DanielaHodrova
* Creator/VladimirHolan
* Creator/MiroslavHolub
* Creator/JosefHora
* Creator/BohumilHrabal
* Creator/FrantiekHrubin
* Creator/ZdenekJirotka
* Creator/FranzKafka: Author of surrealist literature. Considered a rather influential writer despite completing and publishing very little. Best known for ''Literature/TheMetamorphosis'' and ''The Trial''.
* Creator/JiriKarasek
* Creator/IvanKlima
* Creator/LadislavKlima
* Creator/JiriKolar
* Creator/PavelKohout
* Creator/JiriKratochvil
* Creator/JiriKulhanek: Author of vampire fiction
* Creator/MilanKundera
* Creator/ArnostLustig
* Creator/StanislavKostkaNeuman
* Creator/VitezslavNezval
* Creator/JiriOrten
* Creator/VladimirParal
* Creator/OtaPavel
* Creator/KarelPolacek
* Creator/BohuslavReynek
* Creator/JaroslavSeifert
* Creator/JanSkacel
* Creator/JosefSkvorecky
* Creator/FranaSramek
* Creator/KarelToman
* Creator/JachymTopol
* Creator/JosefTopol
* Creator/MilosUrban
* Creator/JosefVachal
* Creator/LudvikVaculik
* Creator/VladislavVancura
* Creator/MichalViewegh
* Creator/RichardWeiner
* Creator/JanWerich
* Creator/JiriWolker
* Creator/JanZahradnicek
* Creator/VilemZavada
* Creator/TomasZmeskal

!!Danish
* Creator/SvenHassel
* Creator/HenrikDrescher, author of Literature/PatTheBeastie.

!!French
* Creator/MarcelProust, author of ''A La Recherche du Temps Perdu''
* Creator/AntoineDeSaintExupery, author of ''Literature/TheLittlePrince''
* Creator/GeorgesSimenon, prolific Belgian-French writer of pulps, detective fiction and psychological fiction, creator of Inspector Maigret.
* Creator/AlbertCamus, existentialist and absurdist writer. His best-known novel is ''TheStranger''.
* Creator/RolandBarthes, literary critic and academic, pioneer of structuralism and post-structuralism.
* Creator/JacquesDerrida, pioneer of the concept of {{Deconstruction}}
* Creator/BernardWerber, author of ''Les Fourmis''

!!German
* Creator/BertoltBrecht
* Creator/MichaelEnde
* Creator/CorneliaFunke
* Creator/HermannHesse: Nobel Prize winning author of books like ''Siddhartha'', ''Steppenwolf'', ''Demian'', and ''Literature/TheGlassBeadGame''.
* Creator/{{Janosch}}
* Creator/WalterMoers
* Creator/RainerMariaRilke

!!Irish
* Creator/MaeveBinchy
* Creator/EoinColfer
* Creator/LordDunsany: Early and prolific fantasy author best known for ''Literature/TheGodsOfPegana''. Highly admired by Creator/HPLovecraft and also influenced authors ranging from Tolkien to Gaiman.
* Creator/JamesJoyce: Not too shabby: in 1998, ''Modern Library'' ranked ''{{Ulysses}}'' No. 1, and ''Literature/APortraitOfTheArtistAsAYoungMan'' No. 3, on its list of the 100 best English-language novels of the 20th century.
* Creator/PaulKearney, fantasy author, often compared to Creator/DavidGemmell.
* Creator/MarianKeyes: pioneer of ChickLit.
* Creator/DerekLandy
* Creator/SpikeMilligan
* Creator/GeorgeBernardShaw, prolific writer of plays and social activist.
* Creator/PaulAnthonyShortt, urban fantasy author.


!!Israeli
* Creator/EphraimKishon

!!Italian
* Creator/UmbertoEco
* Creator/PieroScaruffi

!!Japanese
* Creator/{{Gamma}}
* Creator/GenUrobuchi
* Creator/HarukiMurakami
* Creator/KazumaKamachi
* Creator/ShigesatoItoi - he's published quite a few books, but it's not his primary profession.
* Creator/ShuheiFujisawa
* Creator/ShusakuEndo
* Creator/YukioMishima


!!New Zealand
* Creator/BarryCrump
* Creator/BJKWhite
* Creator/MargaretMahy

!!Norwegian
* Creator/MariMoenHolsve
* Creator/RubenEliassen

!!Peruvian
* Creator/MarioVargasLlosa

!!Polish
* Creator/JacekDukaj
* Creator/StanislawLem
* Creator/AndrzejSapkowski

!!Russian
* Creator/MikhailAkhmanov
* Creator/IsaacBabel: Writer of short stories, notably the cycles ''Tales from Odessa'' and ''Red Cavalry''.
* Creator/AndreiBelyanin
* Creator/KirBulychev: Creator of ScienceFiction series such as ''Literature/AliceGirlFromTheFuture''.
* Creator/OlegDivov: Popular modern scifi author.
* Creator/YuliaLatynina
* Creator/AndreyLivadny
* Creator/SergeyLukyanenko: ''Literature/NightWatch''.
* Creator/VladimirNabokov: Wrote a lot of stuff worth seeking out, but best known for "[[Literature/{{Lolita}} that novel with the pervy old guy]]".
* Creator/NickPerumov
* Creator/DmitryPuchkov
* Creator/AynRand: Philosopher and novelist. Inspired TerryGoodkind.
* Creator/AleksandrSolzhenitsyn
* The Creator/StrugatskyBrothers: Authors of Soviet ScienceFiction and satire.
* VladimirVasilyev: co-wrote the ''Day Watch'' with Lukyanenko, but is also the author of many original works.

!!Spanish
* Creator/FedericoGarciaLorca: Famous Andalusian playwright and poet full of angst. Killed right at the beginning of the UsefulNotes/SpanishCivilWar.

!!South African
* Creator/DaveFreer
* Creator/WilburSmith

!!Swedish
* Creator/AstridLindgren
* Creator/SimonaAhrnstedt

!!Thai
* Creator/PitiYindee, a.k.a. {{Mokamoka}}

!!West Indian
* Creator/AnthonyWinkler: Jamaican-born author and lecturer, he is the writer of several novels set in Jamaica, including ''Literature/TheLunatic,'' ''Literature/ThePaintedCanoe,'' and his autobiographical work ''Literature/GoingHomeToTeach.''
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