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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.

List authors include Amos Eaton, Andrew I. Porter and more.

This list answers the questions, "Which famous authors are from United States?" and "Who are the best American authors?"

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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

Birthplace: Los Angeles, California, United States of America

Birthdate: 1975-06-04

Nationality: Cambodia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, United States of America

Angelina Jolie (; née Voight, formerly Jolie Pitt, born June 4, 1975) is an American actress, filmmaker, and humanitarian. The recipient of such accolades as an Academy Award and three ...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

Birthplace: Saint Joseph, Missouri

Birthdate: 1972-10-17

Nationality: United States of America

Marshall Bruce Mathers III (born October 17, 1972), known professionally as Eminem (; often stylized as EMINƎM), is an American rapper, songwriter, record producer, record executive, film ...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

Birthplace: Newark, New Jersey, United States of America

Birthdate: 1926-06-03

Nationality: United States of America

Irwin Allen Ginsberg (; June 3, 1926 – April 5, 1997) was an American poet, philosopher and writer. He is considered to be one of the leading figures of both the Beat Generation during the 1950s ...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

Birthplace: New Orleans, Louisiana, United States of America

Birthdate: 1941-10-04

Nationality: United States of America

Series Written: The Vampire Chronicles, New Tales of the Vampires, Lives of the Mayfair Witches, Sleeping Beauty

Anne Rice (born Anne O'Brien, October 4, 1941) is an American author of gothic fiction, Christian literature, and erotic literature. She is perhaps best known for her series of novels, The ...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

Birthplace: Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, United States of America

Birthdate: 1928-08-06

Nationality: United States of America

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

Birthdate: 1944

Nationality: United States of America

Andrew Holleran is the pseudonym of Eric Garber (born 1943), an Aruban novelist, essayist, and short story writer. He is a prominent novelist of post-Stonewall gay literature. He was a member of ...more
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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

Birthplace: Leytonstone, London, United Kingdom

Birthdate: 1899-08-13

Nationality: United Kingdom, England

Sir Alfred Joseph Hitchcock (13 August 1899 – 29 April 1980) was an English film director and producer, widely regarded as one of the most influential filmmakers in the history of cinema. Known ...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

Birthplace: Winter Haven, Florida

Birthdate: 1957-12-20

Nationality: United States of America

Series Written: Young Believer on Tour

Angela Elwell Hunt (born December 20, 1957) 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

Birthplace: Île-de-France, Europe, Metropolitan France, France, Hauts-de-Seine, + more

Birthdate: 1903

Nationality: France, United States of America

Series Written: Cities of the Interior

Angela Anaïs Juana Antolina Rosa Edelmira Nin y Culmell (February 21, 1903 – January 14, 1977), known professionally as Anaïs Nin (, French: [ana.is nin]) was a French-Cuban American ...more

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#679 of 1,173 The Best Writers of All Time #134 of 341 The Greatest American Writers of All Time #36 of 250 The Best Gay Authors

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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

Birthplace: Eatonton, Georgia, United States of America

Birthdate: 1944-02-09

Nationality: United States of America

Alice Walker (born February 9, 1944) is an American novelist, short story writer, poet, and social activist. In 1982, she wrote the novel The Color Purple, for which she won the National Book ...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

Birthplace: Baltimore, Maryland

Birthdate: 1929

Nationality: United States of America

Adrienne Cecile Rich (; May 16, 1929 – March 27, 2012) was an American poet, essayist and feminist. She was called "one of the most widely read and influential poets of the second half of ...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

Birthplace: Cleveland, Ohio, United States of America

Birthdate: 1912-02-17

Nationality: United States of America

Series Written: Witch World Stories, Imperial Lady, Witch World: The Turning, Moon Singer/Free Trader/Moon Magic, Carolus Rex, + more

Andre Alice Norton (born Alice Mary Norton, February 17, 1912 – March 17, 2005) was an American writer of science fiction and fantasy, who also wrote works of historical fiction and contemporary ...more
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Dick Wolf is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Famous Authors from United States
The Intercept

Birthplace: New York City, New York, United States of America

Birthdate: 1946-12-20

Nationality: United States of America

Richard Anthony Wolf (born December 20, 1946) is an American television producer, best known as the creator and executive producer of the Law & Order franchise, which since 1990 has included ...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

Birthplace: Ohio

Birthdate: 1842-06-24

Nationality: United States of America

Ambrose Gwinnett Bierce (June 24, 1842 – circa 1914) was an American short story writer, journalist, poet, and Civil War veteran. Bierce's book The Devil's Dictionary was named as one of ...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

Birthplace: Beverly, Massachusetts

Birthdate: 1811

Nationality: United States of America

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

Birthplace: Mussoorie, India

Birthdate: 1937-06-24

Nationality: India

Anita Desai, born Anita Mazumdar (born 24 June 1937) is an Indian novelist and the Emerita John E. Burchard Professor of Humanities at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. As a writer she ...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

Birthplace: Albany, Contiguous United States, New York, Albany County, United States of America, + more

Birthdate: 1919

Nationality: United States of America

Andrew Aitken Rooney (January 14, 1919 – November 4, 2011) was an American radio and television writer who was best known for his weekly broadcast "A Few Minutes with Andy Rooney", a ...more

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#158 of 194 Celebrities Who Identify as Atheists #135 of 310 300+ Famous People Who Went to Prep School #38 of 42 42 Famous ENFPs

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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

Birthplace: Eastern United States, New Haven, New England, New Haven County, Connecticut, + more

Birthdate: 1909

Nationality: United States of America

Alfred Gerald Caplin (September 28, 1909 – November 5, 1979), better known as Al Capp, was an American cartoonist and humorist best known for the satirical comic strip Li'l Abner, which he ...more

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Sadie Hawkins Day Has A Much Darker Origin Story Than You Would've Imagined #22 of 54 54 Famous Amputees

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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

Birthplace: Guyencourt, Delaware

Birthdate: 1918

Nationality: United States of America

Alfred DuPont Chandler Jr. (September 15, 1918 – May 9, 2007) was a professor of business history at Harvard Business School and Johns Hopkins University, who wrote extensively about the scale ...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

Birthplace: Oak Park, Illinois

Birthdate: 1928-02-05

Nationality: United States of America

Series Written: Nuala Anne McGrail series, Time Between the Stars, Angel Fire, World of Maggie Ward, Family Saga, + more

Andrew M. Greeley (February 5, 1928 – May 29, 2013) was an American Roman Catholic priest, sociologist, journalist and popular novelist. Greeley was a Professor of Sociology at 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

Birthplace: New York City, New York

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

Birthplace: Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

Birthdate: 1955-01-01

Nationality: India, United States of America

Abraham Verghese (born 1955) is an American physician, author, Professor for the Theory and Practice of Medicine at Stanford University Medical School and Senior Associate Chair of the ...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

Birthplace: New York City, New York, United States of America

Birthdate: 1936-01-28

Nationality: United States of America

Alan Alda (born January 28, 1936) is an American actor, director, screenwriter, comedian and author. A six-time Emmy Award and Golden Globe Award winner, he played Hawkeye Pierce in the war ...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

Birthplace: New York City, USA, Bensonhurst, New York

Birthdate: 1972-12-19

Nationality: United States of America

Alyssa Jayne Milano (born December 19, 1972) is an American actress, producer, activist, and former singer. She is known for her roles as Samantha Micelli in Who's the Boss?, Jennifer Mancini in ...more

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#447 of 853 The Best Actresses in Film History #22 of 110 The Greatest '80s Teen Starslisted on Unicef Goodwill Ambassadors For The United States

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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

Birthplace: New York City, Manhattan, USA, New York

Birthdate: 1961-06-09

Nationality: United States of America

Aaron Benjamin Sorkin (born June 9, 1961) is an American screenwriter, director, producer, and playwright. His works include the Broadway plays A Few Good Men, The Farnsworth Invention and To ...more

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