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The Best Writers of All Time  

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The pen is truly mightier than the sword, and if you’re a book enthusiast you know that to be true. Some of history’s most influential people were authors, writing the most important literature and political works of all time. Writers have shaped human history, capturing some of the most important historical events and reflecting the culture of a changing world around us in a profound way. Who are the best writers of all time? Vote up the authors you think are the best and see how they rank! 

The famous writers on this list are the best in history, writing books, plays, essays, and poetry that has stood the test of time and make up the world's canon of literature and written work. No matter what type of writing you like to read, you can't go wrong with a book by one of these best writers of all time. Simply put, they're easily some of the most famous authors of all time.

This list of authors features the best writers ever, including, William Shakespeare, Jane Austen, Emily Bronte, Geoffrey Chaucer, Homer, Joseph Conrad, Charles Dickens, Herman Melleville, William Faulkner, and Edgar Allan Poe. Vote up the best authors of all time below or add the writer you think is the best who isn't already on the list.

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Franz Kafka is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Writers of All Time
The Metamorphosis, The Trial, The Castle
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Miguel de Cervantes is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Writers of All Time
Don Quixote, Entremeses
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Plato is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Writers of All Time
MacAroni added The Republic, Lysis, Ion
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Agatha Christie is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Writers of All Time
SerafínGonzálezRedondo added The Murder of Roger Ackroyd, The Mirror Crack'd, Evil Under the Sun
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Jane Austen is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Writers of All Time
Pride & Prejudice, Sense & Sensibility, Emma
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Albert Camus is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Writers of All Time
The Plague, The Stranger, A Happy Death
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John Steinbeck is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Writers of All Time
damalrooney added Lifeboat, Of Mice and Men, The Grapes of Wrath
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F. Scott Fitzgerald is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Writers of All Time
drpaulgleason added The Great Gatsby, The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, This Side of Paradise
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Jules Verne is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Writers of All Time
Arthur Williams added 20.000 Leagues Under the Sea, Journey to the Center of the Earth, The Castaways of the Flag
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C. S. Lewis is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Writers of All Time
DavidSanders1 added The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, The Screwtape Letters
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Johann Wolfgang von Goethe is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Writers of All Time
Faust, The Sorrows of Young Werther, Wilhelm Meister's Apprenticeship
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James Joyce is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Writers of All Time
Ulysses
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Gabriel García Márquez is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Writers of All Time
One Hundred Years of Solitude, Autumn of the Patriarch, Love in the Time of Cholera
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Friedrich Nietzsche is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Writers of All Time
Merker94 added On the Genealogy of Morals, Thus Spoke Zarathustra, My Sister and I
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Anton Chekhov is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Writers of All Time
Uncle Vanya, Three Sisters, The Cherry Orchard
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Hans Christian Andersen is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Writers of All Time
The Little Mermaid, The Ugly Duckling, The Nightingale
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Guram Rcheulishvili is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Writers of All Time
Cotne Gogoli added
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Brothers Grimm is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Writers of All Time
but chickens double d added Snow White and Rose Red, Rumpelstiltskin, Pied Piper of Hamelin
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Stephen King is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Writers of All Time
Rocky Holmes added Pet Sematary, Creepshow, Salem's Lot
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Lewis Carroll is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Writers of All Time
drpaulgleason added Alice's Adventures in Wonderland, Through the Looking-Glass, Alice's Adventures in Wonderland and Through the Looking Glass
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Jack London is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Writers of All Time
but chickens double d added The Call of the Wild, White Fang, John Barleycorn
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William Faulkner is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Writers of All Time
The Sound and the Fury, As I Lay Dying
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Roald Dahl is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Writers of All Time
djmenj added Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, You Only Live Twice
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H. G. Wells is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Writers of All Time
djmenj added The Time Machine, Abbott and Costello Meet the Invisible Man, Things to Come
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Robert Louis Stevenson is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Writers of All Time
drpaulgleason added Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde, Treasure Island, The Master of Ballantrae