British Famous Authors from Great Britain

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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, and one of the Founding Fathers of the United States. He presided over 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, PhilosophiƦ 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
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
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