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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?"

For further information on these historic British authors, click on their names. If you're a bookworm then use this list of celebrated British authors to discover some new books that you will enjoy reading.

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South Africa is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous Authors from Great Britain

12 Historic Things Britain Was the First to Do The Greatest Graphic Novels and Collected Editions

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Samuel Johnson is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous Authors from Great Britain
Samuel Johnson A Dictionary of the English Language, Lives of the Most Eminent English Poets, A Journey to the Western Islands of Scotland

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James Boswell is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous Authors from Great Britain
James Boswell The Life of Samuel Johnson^! LL.D., London Journal, The conversations of Dr. Johnson

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John Wesley is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous Authors from Great Britain
John Wesley A survey of the wisdom of God in the creation^! or^! A compendium of natural philosophy, Sermons on several occasions, Selected letters

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George Washington is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous Authors from Great Britain
George Washington George Washington's Farewell Address, Rules of civility, Writings

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John Keats is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous Authors from Great Britain
John Keats The Eve of St. Agnes, The poems of John Keats, John Keats: Selected Letters

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Jane Porter is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous Authors from Great Britain
Jane Porter Playboy Lovers, One Christmas Night, The Scottish Chiefs

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Isaac Newton is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous Authors from Great Britain
Isaac Newton Opticks, PhilosophiƦ Naturalis Principia Mathematica, Observations upon the prophecies of Daniel

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John Newton is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Famous Authors from Great Britain
John Newton 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

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Virginia Henley is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Famous Authors from Great Britain
Virginia Henley Deck the Halls, El Amor Puede Esperar, A Gift of Joy

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Robert Walpole is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Famous Authors from Great Britain
Robert Walpole 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, The debts of the nation stated and consider'd in four papers

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Karen Armstrong is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Famous Authors from Great Britain
Karen Armstrong A History of God, El Islam, The spiral staircase

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James Cook is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Famous Authors from Great Britain
James Cook Voyages round the world, A voyage to the Pacific Ocean, Hunt for the Southern Continent

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William Pitt the Younger is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Famous Authors from Great Britain
William Pitt the Younger Select parliamentary speeches of W. Pitt, Orations on the French war^! to the peace of Amiens, Speech of the Right Honourable William Pitt

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Charles Cornwallis, 1st Marque... is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Famous Authors from Great Britain
Charles Cornwallis, 1st Marquess Cornwallis Correspondence of Charles^! first marquis of Cornwallis

Prince Charles's Raging Libido Almost Destabilized The Entire British Monarchy The Best Female Characters in Literature

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William Roy is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Famous Authors from Great Britain
William Roy Military antiquities of the Romans in Britain

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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

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Howard Brenton is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Famous Authors from Great Britain
Howard Brenton Magnificence, Pravda, In Extremis

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George Byng, 1st Viscount Torr... is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Famous Authors from Great Britain

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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

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Charles Beauclerk, 1st Duke of... is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Famous Authors from Great Britain

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Francis Rawdon-Hastings, 1st M... is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Famous Authors from Great Britain
Francis Rawdon-Hastings, 1st Marquess of Hastings The private journal of the Marquess of Hastings

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George Brydges Rodney, 1st Bar... is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Famous Authors from Great Britain
George Brydges Rodney, 1st Baron Rodney 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, Letter-books and order-book of George^! lord Rodney^! admiral of the white squadron^! 1780-1782

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Thomas Wright is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Famous Authors from Great Britain
Thomas Wright Second or singular thoughts upon the theory of the universe, Arbours & grottos

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John Byng is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Famous Authors from Great Britain
John Byng The trial of the Honourable Admiral John Byng

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George Anson, 1st Baron Anson is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list Famous Authors from Great Britain
George Anson, 1st Baron Anson Anson's Voyage Round the World, A Voyage Round the World in the Years 1740-1744

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Francis Burdett is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list Famous Authors from Great Britain
Francis Burdett Sir Francis Burdett to his constituents

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Thomas Beddoes is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list Famous Authors from Great Britain
Thomas Beddoes Observations on the medical and domestic management of the consumptive, Observations on the nature and cure of calculus^! sea scurvy^! consumption^! catarrh^! and fever

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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

The Top Must-See Attractions in London The Greatest Shower Thoughts Ever Thought

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Brian Hinton is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list Famous Authors from Great Britain
Brian Hinton Whodunit, Country roads, Bob Dylan complete discography

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James Waldegrave, 2nd Earl Wal... is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list Famous Authors from Great Britain
James Waldegrave, 2nd Earl Waldegrave The memoirs and speeches of James^! 2nd Earl Waldegrave^! 1742-1763

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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 ...

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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

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Thomas Warton is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list Famous Authors from Great Britain
Thomas Warton The Winchester guide^! or^! A description of the antiquities and curiosities of the ancient city, An enquiry into the authenticity of the poems attributed to Thomas Rowley

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Robert Fulke Greville is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list Famous Authors from Great Britain
Robert Fulke Greville The diaries

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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William Cornwallis is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list Famous Authors from Great Britain
William Cornwallis An authentic copy of the proceedings on the trial of the Honorable Vice-Admiral Cornwallis