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List of the most popular authors from Great Britain, listed alphabetically with photos when available. For centuries authors have been among the world's most important people, helping chronicle history and keep us entertained with one of the earliest forms of storytelling. Whether they're known for fiction, non-fiction, poetry or even technical writing, the famous British authors on this list have kept that tradition alive by writing renowned works that have been praised around the world. You can find useful information below about these notable British writers, such as when they were born and where their place of birth was.

Authors on this list include Francis Burdett and William Dalrymple.

This list answers the questions, "Which famous authors are from Great Britain?" and "Who are the best British authors?"

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South Africa is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous Authors from Great Britain
South Africa, officially the Republic of South Africa, is a country located in Southern Africa. It has 2,798 kilometres of coastline that stretches along the South Atlantic and Indian oceans. To ...more

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Samuel Johnson is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous Authors from Great Britain
A Dictionary of the English Language, Lives of the Most Eminent English Poets, A Journey to the Western Islands of Scotland Samuel Johnson, often referred to as Dr Johnson, was an English writer who made lasting contributions to English literature as a poet, essayist, moralist, literary critic, biographer, editor and ...more

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James Boswell is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous Authors from Great Britain
The Life of Samuel Johnson, LL.D., London Journal James Boswell, 9th Laird of Auchinleck, was a Scottish lawyer, diarist, and author born in Edinburgh. He is best known for the biography he wrote of one of his contemporaries, the English ...more

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John Wesley is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous Authors from Great Britain
A survey of the wisdom of God in the creation, or, A compendium of natural philosophy John Wesley was an Anglican divine and theologian who, with his brother Charles Wesley and fellow cleric George Whitefield, is credited with the foundation of the evangelical movement known as ...more

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George Washington is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous Authors from Great Britain
George Washington's Farewell Address, Rules of civility, Writings George Washington was the first President of the United States, the Commander-in-Chief of the Continental Army during the American Revolutionary War, and one of the Founding Fathers of the ...more

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John Keats is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous Authors from Great Britain
The Eve of St. Agnes, The poems of John Keats, John Keats: Selected Letters John Keats was an English Romantic poet. He was one of the main figures of the second generation of Romantic poets along with Lord Byron and Percy Bysshe Shelley, despite his work having been in ...more

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Jane Porter is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous Authors from Great Britain
Playboy Lovers, One Christmas Night, The Scottish Chiefs Jane Porter was a British historical novelist, dramatist and literary figure.

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Isaac Newton is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous Authors from Great Britain
Opticks, Philosophiæ Naturalis Principia Mathematica, Observations upon the prophecies of Daniel Sir Isaac Newton PRS MP was an English physicist and mathematician who is widely recognised as one of the most influential scientists of all time and as a key figure in the scientific ...more

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John Newton is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Famous Authors from Great Britain
Steam in My Family, The Episcopalian's plea and help to a holy and consistent life, Twenty-one letters written to a near relative at school John Newton was an English sailor, in the Royal Navy for a period, and later a captain of slave ships. He became ordained as an evangelical Anglican cleric, served Olney, Buckinghamshire for two ...more

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Virginia Henley is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Famous Authors from Great Britain
Deck the Halls, El Amor Puede Esperar, A Gift of Joy Virginia Henley, née Virginia Syddall, is a British successful writer of historical-romance novels. She is well-known for her Medieval, Renaissance and other period piece romance novels.

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Robert Walpole is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Famous Authors from Great Britain
A short history of the Parliament, A brief account of the debts provided for by the South-Sea Act, and the times when they were incur'd Robert Walpole, 1st Earl of Orford, KG, KB, PC, known before 1742 as Sir Robert Walpole, was a British statesman who is generally regarded as the first Prime Minister of Great Britain. Although ...more

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Karen Armstrong is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Famous Authors from Great Britain
A History of God, El Islam, The spiral staircase Karen Armstrong FRSL is a British author and commentator known for her books on comparative religion. A former Roman Catholic religious sister, she went from a conservative to a more liberal and ...more

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James Cook is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Famous Authors from Great Britain
Voyages round the world, A voyage to the Pacific Ocean, Hunt for the Southern Continent Captain James Cook, FRS, RN was a British explorer, navigator, cartographer, and captain in the Royal Navy. Cook made detailed maps of Newfoundland prior to making three voyages to the Pacific ...more

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William Pitt the Younger is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Famous Authors from Great Britain
Select parliamentary speeches of W. Pitt, Orations on the French war, to the peace of Amiens William Pitt the Younger was a British politician of the late 18th and early 19th centuries. He became the youngest Prime Minister in 1783 at the age of 24. He left office in 1801, but was Prime ...more

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Charles Cornwallis, 1st Marque... is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Famous Authors from Great Britain
Correspondence of Charles, first marquis of Cornwallis Charles Cornwallis, 1st Marquess Cornwallis KG, styled Viscount Brome between 1753 and 1762 and known as The Earl Cornwallis between 1762 and 1792, was a British Army officer and colonial ...more

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William Roy is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Famous Authors from Great Britain
Military antiquities of the Romans in Britain Major-General William Roy FRS, AS was a Scottish military engineer, surveyor, and antiquarian. He was an innovator who applied new scientific discoveries and newly emerging technologies to the ...more

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John Hamilton Reynolds is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Famous Authors from Great Britain
John Hamilton Reynolds The Eden of imagination, Selected prose of John Hamilton Reynolds, The letters of John Hamilton Reynolds John Hamilton Reynolds was an English poet, satirist, critic, and playwright. He was a close friend and correspondent of poet John Keats whose letters to Reynolds constitute a significant body ...more

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Howard Brenton is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Famous Authors from Great Britain
Magnificence, Pravda, In Extremis Howard John Brenton is an English playwright and screenwriter.

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George Byng, 1st Viscount Torr... is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Famous Authors from Great Britain
The Byng papers Admiral of the Fleet George Byng, 1st Viscount Torrington, KB PC was a British naval officer and statesman of the late 17th and early 18th centuries. His career included service as First Lord of ...more

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Charles Wentworth Dilke is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Famous Authors from Great Britain
Charles Wentworth Dilke Old plays, The case of the reformers in the Literary Fund, The papers of a critic Charles Wentworth Dilke was an English liberal critic and writer on literature.

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Charles Beauclerk, 1st Duke of... is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Famous Authors from Great Britain
Nell Gwynn Charles Beauclerk, 1st Duke of St Albans, KG was an illegitimate son of King Charles II of England by his mistress Nell Gwynne.

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Francis Rawdon-Hastings, 1st M... is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Famous Authors from Great Britain
The private journal of the Marquess of Hastings Francis Edward Rawdon-Hastings, 1st Marquess of Hastings KG PC, styled The Honourable Francis Rawdon from birth until 1762, as The Lord Rawdon between 1762 and 1783, and known as The Earl of ...more

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George Brydges Rodney, 1st Bar... is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Famous Authors from Great Britain
The Rodney Papers: Selections From The Correspondence Of Admiral Lord Rodney 1742-1763, The Rodney Papers: Selections from the Correspondence of Admiral Lord Rodney, Volume II: 1763-1780 George Brydges Rodney, 1st Baron Rodney, KB was a British naval officer. He is best known for his commands in the American War of Independence, particularly his victory over the French at the ...more

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Thomas Wright is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Famous Authors from Great Britain
Second or singular thoughts upon the theory of the universe, Arbours & grottos Thomas Wright was an English astronomer, mathematician, instrument maker, architect and garden designer. He was the first to describe the shape of the Milky Way and speculate that faint nebulae ...more

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John Byng is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Famous Authors from Great Britain
The trial of the Honourable Admiral John Byng Admiral John Byng was a Royal Navy officer. After joining the navy at the age of thirteen, he participated at the Battle of Cape Passaro in 1718. Over the next thirty years he built up a ...more

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George Anson, 1st Baron Anson is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list Famous Authors from Great Britain
Anson's Voyage Round the World, A Voyage Round the World in the Years 1740-1744 Admiral of the Fleet George Anson, 1st Baron Anson PC, FRS, RN was a British admiral and a wealthy aristocrat from the Anson family, noted for his circumnavigation of the globe and his role ...more

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Francis Burdett is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list Famous Authors from Great Britain
Sir Francis Burdett to his constituents Sir Francis Burdett, 5th Baronet was an English reformist politician, the son of Francis Burdett and his wife Eleanor, daughter of William Jones of Ramsbury manor, Wiltshire, and grandson of Sir ...more

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Thomas Beddoes is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list Famous Authors from Great Britain
Observations on the medical and domestic management of the consumptive, Observations on the nature and cure of calculus, sea scurvy Thomas Beddoes, English physician and scientific writer, was born in Shifnal, Shropshire. He was a reforming practitioner and teacher of medicine, and an associate of leading scientific figures. ...more

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Henry Clinton is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list Famous Authors from Great Britain
Henry Clinton Observations on some parts of the Answer of Earl Cornwallis to Sir Henry Clinton's Narrative, The American rebellion General Sir Henry Clinton, KB was a British army officer and politician, best known for his service as a general during the American War of Independence. First arriving in Boston in May 1775, ...more

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Brian Hinton is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list Famous Authors from Great Britain
Whodunit, Country roads, Bob Dylan complete discography Brian Hinton, MBE is an English poet and musicologist. In June 2006 he was honoured in H. M. the Queen’s Birthday Honours List with an MBE for services to the Arts.

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James Waldegrave, 2nd Earl Wal... is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list Famous Authors from Great Britain
The memoirs and speeches of James, 2nd Earl Waldegrave, 1742-1763 James Waldegrave, 2nd Earl Waldegrave KG PC FRS was a British statesman. The eldest son of the 1st Earl Waldegrave, Waldegrave was educated at Westminster and Eton and he inherited his father's ...more

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Henry Moore is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list Famous Authors from Great Britain
Henry Moore The life of Mrs. Mary Fletcher ... Henry Moore was an English Wesleyan minister and biographer.

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George Collier is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list Famous Authors from Great Britain
George Collier Selima & Azor, France on the eve of the great revolution, Selima and Azor Vice Admiral Sir George Collier was an officer of the Royal Navy who saw service during the Seven Years' War, the American War of Independence and the French Revolutionary Wars. As commander of ...more

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Thomas Warton is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list Famous Authors from Great Britain
The Winchester guide, or, A description of the antiquities and curiosities of the ancient city Thomas Warton was an English literary historian, critic, and poet. From 1785 to 1790 he was the Poet Laureate of England. He is sometimes called Thomas Warton the younger to distinguish him from ...more

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Robert Fulke Greville is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list Famous Authors from Great Britain
The diaries Lieutenant-Colonel Robert Fulke Greville FRS MP was a British Member of Parliament and courtier. The son of Francis Greville, 1st Earl of Warwick and Elizabeth Hamilton, and brother to Charles ...more

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Francis North, 4th Earl of Gui... is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list Famous Authors from Great Britain
Francis North, 4th Earl of Guilford The Kentish barons Francis North, 4th Earl of Guilford, styled The Honourable Francis North until 1802, was a British peer, Army officer, and playwright. North was the second son of Frederick North, 2nd Earl of ...more

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William Dalrymple is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list Famous Authors from Great Britain
William Dalrymple Travels through Spain and Portugal in 1774 William Dalrymple was a Scottish soldier and Member of Parliament in the British Parliament and Parliament of Ireland. He was the son of the Hon. George Dalrymple, brother of John Dalrymple, 5th ...more

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Philip Wharton, 1st Duke of Wh... is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list Famous Authors from Great Britain
Philip Wharton, 1st Duke of Wharton The life and writings of Philip, late Duke of Wharton Philip Wharton, 1st Duke of Wharton was a powerful Jacobite politician, was one of the few people in English history, and the first since the 15th century, to have been raised to a Dukedom ...more

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Frances Seymour, Duchess of So... is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list Famous Authors from Great Britain

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Sir Robert Wilmot, 1st Baronet is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list Famous Authors from Great Britain
Sir Robert Wilmot, 1st Baronet The king's business Sir Robert Wilmot, 1st Baronet was an English servant of the Crown, Secretary to successive Viceroys of Ireland from 1740 to 1772, and after 1758 Secretary to the Lord Chamberlain of the ...more

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Walter Harte is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list Famous Authors from Great Britain
Walter Harte An essay on satire, particularly on the Dunciad, An essay on reason Walter Harte was an English poet and historian. He was a friend of Alexander Pope, Oxford don, canon of Windsor, and vice-principal of St. Mary's Hall, Oxford. The son of the Reverend Walter ...more

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Thomas Mathews is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list Famous Authors from Great Britain
Thomas Mathews Admiral Matthews's account of the action in the Mediterranean Thomas Mathews was a British officer of the Royal Navy, who rose to the rank of admiral. Mathews joined the navy in 1690 and saw service on a number of ships, including during the Nine Years' ...more

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Constantine Phipps, 2nd Baron ... is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list Famous Authors from Great Britain
Constantine Phipps, 2nd Baron Mulgrave Voyage of Captain Phipps towards the North Pole Constantine John Phipps, 2nd Baron Mulgrave, PC was an English explorer and officer in the Royal Navy. He served during the Seven Years' War and the American War of Independence, seeing action ...more

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William Cornwallis is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list Famous Authors from Great Britain
An authentic copy of the proceedings on the trial of the Honorable Vice-Admiral Cornwallis Admiral the Honourable Sir William Cornwallis GCB was a Royal Navy officer. He was the brother of Charles Cornwallis, the 1st Marquess Cornwallis, British commander at the siege of Yorktown. ...more