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List of the most popular authors from United States, 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 American 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 American writers, such as when they were born and where their place of birth was.

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Angelina Jolie is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous Authors from United States
Notes from My Travels, Justice for Darfur, Justice Delayed Is Not Justice Denied Angelina Jolie Pitt is an American actress, filmmaker, and humanitarian. She has received an Academy Award, two Screen Actors Guild Awards, and three Golden Globe Awards, and has been cited as ...more

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Eminem is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous Authors from United States
The Way I Am, Angry Blonde Marshall Bruce Mathers III, better known by his stage name Eminem, is an American rapper, record producer, songwriter, and actor. In addition to his solo career, he is a member of the group D12, ...more

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Allen Ginsberg is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous Authors from United States
Howl, Pull My Daisy, Collected poems 1947-1980 Irwin Allen Ginsberg was an American poet and one of the leading figures of both the Beat Generation of the 1950s and the counterculture that soon would follow. He vigorously opposed militarism, ...more

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Anne Rice is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous Authors from United States
The Queen of the Damned, Interview with the Vampire, The Vampire Armand Anne Rice is an American author of gothic fiction, Christian literature, and erotica. She is perhaps best known for her popular and influential series of novels, The Vampire Chronicles, ...more

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Andy Warhol is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous Authors from United States
Popism: The Warhol Sixties, A, A Novel Andy Warhol was an American artist who was a leading figure in the visual art movement known as pop art. His works explore the relationship between artistic expression, celebrity culture and ...more

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Andrew Holleran is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous Authors from United States
Ground Zero, In September, the Light Changes: The Stories of Andrew Holleran Eric Garber is a writer.

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Alfred Hitchcock is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous Authors from United States
Sinister Spies, Read With Caution, The Crooked Cat Sir Alfred Joseph Hitchcock, KBE was an English film director and producer. Often nicknamed "The Master of Suspense", he pioneered many techniques in the suspense and psychological ...more

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Angela Elwell Hunt is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous Authors from United States
The secret of Cravenhill Castle, The elevator, The Riddle of Baby Rosalind Angela Elwell Hunt is a prolific Christian author, and her books include The Tale of Three Trees, The Debt, The Note, and The Nativity Story, among others.

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Anaïs Nin is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Famous Authors from United States
Delta of Venus, Henry and June, Fire: From a Journal of Love Anaïs Nin was an author born to Cuban parents in France, where she was also raised. She spent some time in Spain and Cuba but lived most of her life in the United States where she became an ...more

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Alice Walker is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Famous Authors from United States
The Color Purple, Possessing the Secret of Joy, The Temple of My Familiar Alice Malsenior Walker is an American author and activist. She wrote the critically acclaimed novel The Color Purple for which she won the National Book Award and the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction. ...more

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Adrienne Rich is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Famous Authors from United States
An Atlas of the Difficult World, On Lies, Secrets and Silence Adrienne Cecile Rich was an American poet, essayist and feminist. She was called "one of the most widely read and influential poets of the second half of the 20th century", and was ...more

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Andre Norton is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Famous Authors from United States
Garan the Eternal, The Elvenbane, Sargasso of Space Andre Alice Norton was an American writer of science fiction and fantasy with some works of historical fiction and contemporary fiction. She wrote primarily under the pen name Andre Norton, but ...more

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Dick Wolf is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Famous Authors from United States
The Intercept Richard Anthony "Dick" Wolf is an American television producer, specializing in crime dramas such as Miami Vice and the Law & Order franchise. He has won several awards including ...more

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Ambrose Bierce is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Famous Authors from United States
Tales of Soldiers and Civilians, The Devil's Dictionary, A Sole Survivor: Bits of Autobiography Ambrose Gwinnett Bierce was an American editorialist, journalist, short story writer, fabulist, and satirist. He wrote the short story "An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge" and compiled ...more

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Andrew Preston Peabody is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Famous Authors from United States
Portsmouth Sunday school hymn book, The choice of a profession, Views of duty adapted to the times Andrew Preston Peabody was an American clergyman and author. Born in Beverly, Massachusetts, Peabody was descended from Lieut. Francis Peabody of St. Albans, who emigrated to Massachusetts in ...more

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Anita Desai is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Famous Authors from United States
Fasting, Feasting, The Village by the Sea Anita Mazumdar Desai is an Indian novelist and the Emerita John E. Burchard Professor of Humanities at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. As a writer she has been shortlisted for the ...more

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Andy Rooney is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Famous Authors from United States
Common Nonsense, And more by Andy Rooney, My War Andrew Aitken "Andy" Rooney was an American radio and television writer. He was best known for his weekly broadcast "A Few Minutes with Andy Rooney," a part of the CBS News ...more

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Al Capp is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Famous Authors from United States
Michael Wm. Kaluta Sketchbook, From Dogpatch to Slobbovia, The return of the Shmoo Alfred Gerald Caplin, better known as Al Capp, was an American cartoonist and humorist best known for the satirical comic strip Li'l Abner, which he created in 1934 and continued writing and ...more

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Alfred D. Chandler, Jr. is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Famous Authors from United States
The Visible Hand: The Managerial Revolution in American Business, Nation Transformed by Information, Express trusts under the common law Alfred DuPont Chandler, Jr. was a professor of business history at Harvard Business School and Johns Hopkins University, who wrote extensively about the scale and the management structures of ...more

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Andrew Greeley is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Famous Authors from United States
Confessions of a Parish Priest: An Autobiography, Ethnicity, Irish Cream Andrew M. Greeley was an American Roman Catholic priest, sociologist, journalist and popular novelist. Greeley was a Professor of Sociology at the University of Arizona and the University of ...more

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Allan Havis is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Famous Authors from United States
Haut Goût, American Political Plays, Haunting of Jim Crow Allan Havis is a playwright with pronounced political themes and probes on colliding cultures. His works range from minimal-language texts to ambiguous, ironic narratives that delineate the ...more

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Abraham Verghese is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Famous Authors from United States
The Tennis Partner, My Own Country: A Doctor's Story of a Town and Its People in the Age of Aids, Cutting for Stone Abraham Verghese is a physician-author, Professor for the Theory and Practice of Medicine at Stanford University Medical School and Senior Associate Chair of the Department of Internal Medicine. ...more

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Alan Alda is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Famous Authors from United States
Never Have Your Dog Stuffed And Other Things I've Learned, Things I Overheard While Talking to Myself (Random House Large Print Alan Alda is an American actor, director, screenwriter, and author. A six-time Emmy Award and Golden Globe Award winner, he is best known for his starring roles as Hawkeye Pierce in the TV ...more

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Alyssa Milano is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Famous Authors from United States
Safe At Home: Confessions of a Baseball Fanatic Alyssa Jayne Milano (born December 19, 1972) is an American actress, activist, producer and former singer. She is best known for her roles in Who's the Boss?, Melrose Place, Charmed, My Name is ...more

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Aaron Sorkin is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Famous Authors from United States
The West Wing Script Book, The Farnsworth Invention, The "West Wing" Scriptbook Aaron Benjamin Sorkin is an American screenwriter, producer, and playwright. His works include the Broadway plays A Few Good Men and The Farnsworth Invention; the television series Sports Night, ...more

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Anne McCaffrey is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list Famous Authors from United States
Dragonflight, Dragonsong, Sassinak Anne Inez McCaffrey was an American-born Irish writer, best known for the Dragonriders of Pern science fiction series. Early in McCaffrey's 46-year career as a writer, she became the first woman ...more

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Alex Sánchez is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list Famous Authors from United States
Rainbow Boys, Getting It, Rainbow High Alex Sánchez is a Mexican-American author of award-winning novels for teens and adults. His first novel, Rainbow Boys, was selected by the American Library Association, as a Best Book for ...more

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Amanda Foreman is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list Famous Authors from United States
Georgiana: Duchess of Devonshire, Georgiana. Das lustvolle Leben der Herzogin von Devonshire., Georgiana's World Amanda Foreman is a film producer and screenwriter.

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Aimee Nezhukumatathil is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list Famous Authors from United States
Miracle fruit, At the Drive-In Volcano, Fishbone Aimee Nezhukumatathil is an Asian American poet, best known for her jovial and accessible reading style and lush descriptions of exotic foods and landscapes. Nezhukumatathil draws upon her ...more

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Alice French is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list Famous Authors from United States
A slave to duty & other women, Otto the knight, The lion's share Alice French, better known as Octave Thanet, was an American novelist and short fiction writer.

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Alma Routsong is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list Famous Authors from United States
Patience and Sarah, The Love of Good Women, A place for us Alma Routsong was an American novelist best known for her lesbian fiction, published under the pen name Isabel Miller.

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Adi Da is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list Famous Authors from United States
The heart's shout, The heart conversion talk series, The knee of listening Adi Da Samraj, born Franklin Albert Jones, was an American spiritual teacher, writer and artist. He was the founder of a new religious movement known as Adidam. He changed his name numerous ...more

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Achy Obejas is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list Famous Authors from United States
We Came All the Way from Cuba So You Could Dress Like This?: Stories, Days of Awe, This Is What Happened in Our Other Life Achy Obejas is a Cuban American writer and journalist focused on personal and national identity issues, living in Oakland, California. She frequently writes on her sexuality and nationality, and ...more

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André Previn is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list Famous Authors from United States
The Giraffes Go to Hamburg, Priestley's The good companions, No Minor Chords André George Previn, KBE is a German-American pianist, conductor, and composer. He is considered one of the most versatile musicians in the world and is the winner of four Academy Awards ...more

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Andrea Cagan is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list Famous Authors from United States
Up and Running, Peace Is Possible, Held Hostage Andrea Cagan is an American writer and biographer. She has edited, and collaborated on more than fifteen books, including biographies of Diana Ross, Grace Slick, Joan Lunden, and Prem Rawat. She ...more

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Alan Dean Foster is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list Famous Authors from United States
Interlopers, The Mocking Program, Phylogenesis Alan Dean Foster is an American writer of fantasy and science fiction, a prolific creator of and contributor to book series as well as the author of more than 20 single novels. He is especially ...more

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Albert Einstein is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list Famous Authors from United States
The Evolution of Physics, Ideas and Opinions, The Origins of the General Theory of Relativity Albert Einstein was a German-born theoretical physicist. Einstein's work is also known for its influence on the philosophy of science. He developed the general theory of relativity, one of the ...more

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Aaron Spelling is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list Famous Authors from United States
Aaron Spelling Aaron Spelling was an American film and television producer. As of 2009, Spelling's eponymous production company Spelling Television holds the record as the most prolific television writer, with ...more

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Akiva Goldsman is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list Famous Authors from United States
Screenwriters Award-Winner Set, Collection 3, The Da Vinci Code Illustrated Screenplay Akiva J. Goldsman from Manhattan, New York is an American film and television writer, director, and producer. He received an Academy Award for Best Adapted Screenplay for the 2001 film, A ...more

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Ang Lee is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list Famous Authors from United States
Two Films by Ang Lee Eat Drink Man Woman & The Wedding Banquet, Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon Ang Lee OBS is a Taiwanese-born American film director, screenwriter and producer. Lee's earlier films, such as The Wedding Banquet, Pushing Hands, and Eat Drink Man Woman explored the ...more

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Alan Jay Lerner is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list Famous Authors from United States
My Fair Lady, On a Clear Day You Can See Forever, Brigadoon Alan Jay Lerner was an American lyricist and librettist. In collaboration with Frederick Loewe, and later Burton Lane, he created some of the world's most popular and enduring works of musical ...more

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Aaron Copland is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list Famous Authors from United States
What to Listen for in Music, Our new music, Como Escuchar La Musica Aaron Copland was an American composer, composition teacher, writer, and later in his career a conductor of his own and other American music. Instrumental in forging a distinctly American style ...more

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Albert Brooks is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list Famous Authors from United States
2030 Albert Lawrence Brooks is an American actor, writer, comedian, and director. He received an Academy Award nomination in 1987 for his role in Broadcast News. His voice acting credits include ...more

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Adolphe Menjou is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list Famous Authors from United States
It took nine tailors Adolphe Jean Menjou was an American actor. His career spanned both silent films and talkies. He appeared in such films as Charles Chaplin's A Woman of Paris, in which he played the lead role; ...more

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Alan Menken is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list Famous Authors from United States
Disney's Pocahontas Illustrated Songbook, Alan Menken Songbook, E.Z. Play Today Pocahontas Alan Irwin Menken is an American musical theatre and film composer and pianist. Menken is best known for his scores for films produced by Walt Disney Animation Studios. His scores for The Little ...more

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André De Toth is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list Famous Authors from United States
De Toth on De Toth André de Toth was a Hungarian-American film director, born and raised in Makó, Csanád, Hungary in the Austro-Hungarian Empire. He directed the 3-D film House of Wax, despite ...more

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Alexander Hamilton is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list Famous Authors from United States
The Federalist Papers, The law practice of Alexander Hamilton, Hamilton: Writings Alexander Hamilton was a founding father of the United States, chief staff aide to General George Washington, one of the most influential interpreters and promoters of the U.S. Constitution, the ...more

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Al Roker is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list Famous Authors from United States
Don't Make Me Stop This Car!, Al Roker's Hassle-Free Holiday Cookbook Albert Lincoln "Al" Roker, Jr. is an American television personality, weather forecaster, actor, and book author. He is best known as being the weather anchor on NBC's Today. On ...more

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Bruce Nash is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list Famous Authors from United States
SPORTS HALL OF SHAME'S FUNTASTIC TRIVIA AND STICKER BOOK, MORE LITTLE BIG LEAGUERS, BASEBALL HALL OF SHAME'S FUNTASTIC TRIVIA AND STICKER BOOK Bruce Mitchell Nash is an American reality television producer. Nash first entered reality TV with Before They Were Stars. His credits include the Sci Fi Channel series Who Wants to Be a ...more

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Martin Mull is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list Famous Authors from United States
Martin Mull Martin Eugene Mull is an American actor who has appeared in many television and film roles. He is also a comedian, painter, and recording artist. As an actor, he first became known in his role ...more