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List of famous Irish American writers of both today and throughout history. This list of notable Irish American authors includes poets, playwrights, and novelists. Irish immigrants are part of the fabric that is the great American melting pot.

Important Irish writers in the U.S. include many leading and distinguished scribes who are well known to American readers, including F. Scott Fitzgerald and Tom Clancy.

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Alan Dugan is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous Irish American Writers
Died at 80 (1923-2003)

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Alice Fulton is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous Irish American Writers
age 66

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Alice McDermott is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous Irish American Writers

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Cormac McCarthy is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous Irish American Writers

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Dennis Lehane is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous Irish American Writers
age 53

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Edwin O'Connor is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous Irish American Writers
Died at 50 (1918-1968)

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Eugene O'Neill is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous Irish American Writers
Died at 65 (1888-1953)

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F. Scott Fitzgerald is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous Irish American Writers
Died at 44 (1896-1940)

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Flannery O'Connor is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Famous Irish American Writers
Died at 39 (1925-1964)

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Frank McCourt is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Famous Irish American Writers
Died at 79 (1930-2009)

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Frank O'Hara is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Famous Irish American Writers
Died at 40 (1926-1966)

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Galway Kinnell is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Famous Irish American Writers

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George V. Higgins is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Famous Irish American Writers
Died at 60 (1939-1999)

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J. F. Powers is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Famous Irish American Writers
Died at 82 (1917-1999)

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J.P. Donleavy is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Famous Irish American Writers
J.P. Donleavy

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James Laughlin is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Famous Irish American Writers
Died at 83 (1914-1997)

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James T. Farrell is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Famous Irish American Writers
Died at 75 (1904-1979)

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Jean Kerr is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Famous Irish American Writers
Died at 81 (1922-2003)

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Jim Carroll is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Famous Irish American Writers
Died at 60 (1949-2009)

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John Berryman is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Famous Irish American Writers
Died at 58 (1914-1972)

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John Horne Burns is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Famous Irish American Writers
Died at 37 (1916-1953)

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John Kennedy Toole is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Famous Irish American Writers
Dec. at 32 (1937-1969)

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John Logan is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Famous Irish American Writers
age 57

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John Montague is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Famous Irish American Writers
age 89

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John O'Hara is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Famous Irish American Writers
Died at 65 (1905-1970)