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Famous Authors from United States

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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?"

For further information on these historic American authors, click on their names. If you're a bookworm then use this list of celebrated American authors to discover some new books that you will enjoy reading.
  • Angelina Jolie1

    Angelina Jolie

    Notes from My Travels, Justice for Darfur

    BirthplaceLos Angeles, California, United States of America


    NationalityUnited States of America

    Angelina Jolie (; née Voight, formerly Jolie Pitt, born June 4, 1975) is an American actress,... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button

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  • Eminem2


    The Way I Am, Angry Blonde

    BirthplaceSaint Joseph, Buchanan County, United States of America, United States, with Territories


    NationalityUnited States of America

    Marshall Bruce Mathers III (born October 17, 1972), known professionally as Eminem (; often... more on WikipediaSpotify buy button

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  • Allen Ginsberg3

    Allen Ginsberg

    Howl, Pull My Daisy

    BirthplaceArea code 862, Area code 973, Area codes 862 and 973, Essex County, Contiguous United States


    NationalityUnited States of America

    Irwin Allen Ginsberg (; June 3, 1926 – April 5, 1997) was an American poet, philosopher and... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button

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    #136 of 369 The Greatest Poets of All Time#52 of 105 The Most Influential Contemporary Americans

  • Anne Rice4

    Anne Rice

    The Queen of the Damned, Interview with the Vampire

    BirthplaceNew Orleans, Louisiana, United States of America


    NationalityUnited States of America

    Series WrittenThe 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,... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button

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    The Best Anne Rice Books#68 of 183 The Best Fantasy Authors

  • Andy Warhol5

    Andy Warhol

    Popism: The Warhol Sixties, A

    BirthplaceAllegheny County, Pennsylvania, Area code 412, Contiguous United States, United States of America


    NationalityUnited States of America

    Andy Warhol was an American artist who was a leading figure in the visual art movement known... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button

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    True Stories About Andy Warhol's Life In The Underground Art World#1102 of 1,355 The Greatest Minds of All Time

  • Andrew Holleran6

    Andrew Holleran

    Ground Zero, In September


    NationalityUnited States of America

    Andrew Holleran is the pseudonym of Eric Garber (born 1943), an Aruban novelist, essayist, and... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
  • Alfred Hitchcock7

    Alfred Hitchcock

    Sinister Spies, Read With Caution

    BirthplaceLeytonstone, London, United Kingdom


    NationalityUnited States of America, United Kingdom, England

    Sir Alfred Joseph Hitchcock (13 August 1899 – 29 April 1980) was an English film director and... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button

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  • Angela Elwell Hunt8

    Angela Elwell Hunt

    The secret of Cravenhill Castle, The elevator

    BirthplaceWinter Haven, Florida


    NationalityUnited States of America

    Series WrittenYoung Believer on Tour

    Angela Elwell Hunt (born December 20, 1957) is a prolific Christian author, and her books... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
  • Anaïs Nin9

    Anaïs Nin

    Delta of Venus, Henry and June

    BirthplaceNeuilly-sur-Seine, Paris, France


    NationalityFrance, United States of America

    Series WrittenCities of the Interior

    Angela Anaïs Juana Antolina Rosa Edelmira Nin y Culmell (February 21, 1903 – January 14,... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button

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    #686 of 1,172 The Best Writers of All Time#41 of 250 The Best Gay Authors

  • Alice Walker10

    Alice Walker

    The Color Purple, Possessing the Secret of Joy

    BirthplaceEatonton, Putnam County, United States of America, United States, with Territories


    NationalityUnited States of America

    Alice Walker (born February 9, 1944) is an American novelist, short story writer, poet, and... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
  • Adrienne Rich11

    Adrienne Rich

    An Atlas of the Difficult World, On Lies

    BirthplaceBaltimore, Maryland


    NationalityUnited States of America

    Adrienne Cecile Rich (; May 16, 1929 – March 27, 2012) was an American poet, essayist and... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button

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    #77 of 233 The Best Female Authors of All Time#22 of 168 The Best Poets of the 20th Century

  • Andre Norton12

    Andre Norton

    Garan the Eternal, The Elvenbane

    BirthplaceCleveland, Area code 216, Ohio, United States of America, United States


    NationalityUnited States of America

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

    Andre Alice Norton (born Alice Mary Norton, February 17, 1912 – March 17, 2005) was an... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
  • Dick Wolf13

    Dick Wolf

    The Intercept

    BirthplaceNew York City, Area code 917, Contiguous United States, New York, United States of America


    NationalityUnited States of America

    Richard Anthony Wolf (born December 20, 1946) is an American television producer, best known... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button

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  • Ambrose Bierce14

    Ambrose Bierce

    Tales of Soldiers and Civilians, The Devil's Dictionary



    NationalityUnited States of America

    Ambrose Gwinnett Bierce (June 24, 1842 – circa 1914) was an American short story writer,... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
  • Andrew Preston Peabody15

    Andrew Preston Peabody

    Portsmouth Sunday school hymn book, The choice of a profession

    BirthplaceBeverly, Massachusetts


    NationalityUnited States of America

    Andrew Preston Peabody was an American clergyman and author. Born in Beverly, Massachusetts,... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
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    Anita Desai

    Fasting, Feasting

    BirthplaceMussoorie, Eurasia, Uttarakhand, India, Dehradun district


    NationalityIndia, United States of America, Germany

    Anita Desai, born Anita Mazumdar (born 24 June 1937) is an Indian novelist and the Emerita... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
  • Andy Rooney17

    Andy Rooney

    Common Nonsense, And more by Andy Rooney

    BirthplaceAlbany, Contiguous United States, New York, Albany County, United States of America


    NationalityUnited States of America

    Andrew Aitken Rooney (January 14, 1919 – November 4, 2011) was an American radio and... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button

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    #161 of 194 Celebrities Who Identify as Atheists#38 of 42 42 Famous ENFPs

  • Al Capp18

    Al Capp

    Michael Wm. Kaluta Sketchbook, From Dogpatch to Slobbovia

    BirthplaceEastern United States, New Haven, New England, New Haven County, Connecticut


    NationalityUnited States of America

    Alfred Gerald Caplin (September 28, 1909 – November 5, 1979), better known as Al Capp, was an... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button

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  • Alfred D. Chandler, Jr.19

    Alfred D. Chandler, Jr.

    The Visible Hand: The Managerial Revolution in American Business, Nation Transformed by Information

    BirthplaceGuyencourt, Delaware


    NationalityUnited States of America

    Alfred DuPont Chandler Jr. (September 15, 1918 – May 9, 2007) was a professor of business... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
  • Andrew Greeley20

    Andrew Greeley

    Confessions of a Parish Priest: An Autobiography, Ethnicity

    BirthplaceOak Park, Illinois


    NationalityUnited States of America

    Series WrittenNuala Anne McGrail series, Time Between the Stars, Angel Fire, World of Maggie Ward, Family Saga

    Andrew M. Greeley (February 5, 1928 – May 29, 2013) was an American Roman Catholic priest,... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
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    Allan Havis

    Haut Goût, American Political Plays

    BirthplaceNew York City, New York

    Allan Havis is a playwright with pronounced political themes and probes on colliding cultures.... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
  • Abraham Verghese22

    Abraham Verghese

    The Tennis Partner, My Own Country: A Doctor's Story of a Town and Its People in the Age of Aids

    BirthplaceAddis Ababa, Africa, Ethiopia


    NationalityIndia, United States of America

    Abraham Verghese (born 1955) is an American physician, author, Professor for the Theory and... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
  • Alan Alda23

    Alan Alda

    Never Have Your Dog Stuffed And Other Things I've Learned, Things I Overheard While Talking to Myself (Random House Large Print

    BirthplaceNew York City, USA, New York


    NationalityUnited States of America

    Alan Alda (born January 28, 1936) is an American actor, director, screenwriter, comedian and... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button

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    #106 of 339 The Funniest People Of All Time#189 of 1,019 The Best Actors in Film History

  • Alyssa Milano24

    Alyssa Milano

    Safe At Home: Confessions of a Baseball Fanatic

    BirthplaceBensonhurst, New York City, New York, United States of America


    NationalityUnited States of America

    Alyssa Jayne Milano (born December 19, 1972) is an American actress, producer, activist, and... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button

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    #12 of 22 Unicef Goodwill Ambassadors For The United States#453 of 843 The Best Actresses in Film History

  • Aaron Sorkin25

    Aaron Sorkin

    The West Wing Script Book, The Farnsworth Invention

    BirthplaceManhattan, New York City, New York, United States of America


    NationalityUnited States of America

    Aaron Benjamin Sorkin (born June 9, 1961) is an American screenwriter, director, producer, and... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button