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American People Famous Irish American Writers  

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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
Died 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)

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John Patrick Shanley is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list Famous Irish American Writers

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Kate Chopin is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list Famous Irish American Writers
Died at 54 (1850-1904)

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Kirby Doyle is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list Famous Irish American Writers
Died at 71 (1932-2003)

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Louise Bogan is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list Famous Irish American Writers
Died at 73 (1897-1970)

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Lucy Grealy is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list Famous Irish American Writers
Died at 39 (1963-2002)

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Margaret Mitchell is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list Famous Irish American Writers
Died at 49 (1900-1949)

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Mary Chase is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list Famous Irish American Writers
Died at 75 (1906-1981)

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Mary Higgins Clark is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list Famous Irish American Writers

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Maureen Daly is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list Famous Irish American Writers
Died at 85 (1921-2006)

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Michael Donaghy is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list Famous Irish American Writers
Died at 50 (1954-2004)

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Michael Lally is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list Famous Irish American Writers
age 76

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Michael Patrick MacDonald is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list Famous Irish American Writers

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Mickey Spillane is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list Famous Irish American Writers
Died at 88 (1918-2006)

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Nora Roberts is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list Famous Irish American Writers
age 68

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Pat Conroy is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list Famous Irish American Writers
age 73

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Pete Hamill is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list Famous Irish American Writers
age 83

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Philip Barry is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list Famous Irish American Writers
Died at 53 (1896-1949)

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R. A. Lafferty is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list Famous Irish American Writers
Died at 88 (1914-2002)

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Robert Kelly is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list Famous Irish American Writers
Robert Kelly age 83

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Susan Howe is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list Famous Irish American Writers
age 81

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Ted Berrigan is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list Famous Irish American Writers
Died at 49 (1934-1983)

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Tess Gallagher is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list Famous Irish American Writers

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Thomas Flanagan is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list Famous Irish American Writers
Died at 79 (1923-2002)

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Thomas Lynch is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list Famous Irish American Writers
age 70

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Thomas McGrath is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list Famous Irish American Writers
Died at 74 (1916-1990)