Thirty Great Authors

(Necessarily a personal choice - our apologies if you disagree!)

This list concentrates on authors writing in English, and those writing in other languages who are most frequently translated into English. This is not to denigrate writers in other languages, but to inform the reader of English.

1343-1400  Geoffrey Chaucer  English  The Canterbury Tales
1628-1688  John Bunyan  English  The Pilgrim's Progress
1660-1731  Daniel Defoe  English  Robinson Crusoe
1667-1754  Jonathan Swift  Irish  Gulliver's Travels
1707-1754  Henry Fielding  English  Tom Jones
1771-1832  Sir Walter Scott  Scottish  The Heart of Midlothian
1775-1817  Jane Austen  English  Pridge and Prejudice
1802-1870  Alexandre Dumas  French  The Three Musketeers
1804-1864  Nathaniel Hawthorne  American  The Scarlet Letter
1812-1870  Charles Dickens  English  David Copperfield
1816-1855  Charlotte Bronte  English  Jane Eyre
1819-1891  Herman Melville  American  Moby Dick
1821-1881  Fyodor Dostoevsky  Russian  The Brothers Karamazov
1828-1905  Jules Verne  French  Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea
1828-1910  Leo Tolstoy  Russian  War and Peace
1835-1910  Mark Twain  American  The Adventures of Tom Sawyer
1840-1928  Thomas Hardy  English  Tess of the D'Urbervilles
1847-1912  Bram Stoker  Irish  Dracula
1857-1924  Joseph Conrad  Anglo-Polish  Lord Jim
1859-1930  Sir Arthur Conan Doyle  English  The Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes
1865-1936  Rudyard Kipling  English  The Jungle Books
1866-1946  H.G. Wells  English  The War of the Worlds
1874-1965  W. Somerset Maugham  English  Of Human Bondage
1882-1941  James Joyce  Irish  Ulysses
1885-1930  D.H. Lawrence  English  Lady Chatterley's Lover
1892-1973  J.R.R. Tolkien  English  The Lord of the Rings
1896-1940  F.Scott Fitzgerald  American  The Great Gatsby
1899-1961  Ernest Hemingway  American  For Whom the Bell Tolls
1902-1968  John Steinbeck  American  The Grapes of Wrath
1922-1969  Jack Kerouac  American  On The Road
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