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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
Alan Dugan Died at 80 (1923-2003)

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Alice Fulton is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous Irish American Writers
Alice Fulton age 65

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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
Dennis Lehane age 52

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

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

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

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

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

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Frank O'Hara is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Famous Irish American Writers
Frank O'Hara 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
George V. Higgins Died at 60 (1939-1999)

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J. F. Powers is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Famous Irish American Writers
J. F. Powers 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
James Laughlin Died at 83 (1914-1997)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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John Logan is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Famous Irish American Writers
John Logan age 56

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John Montague is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Famous Irish American Writers
John Montague age 88

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John O'Hara is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Famous Irish American Writers
John O'Hara 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
Kate Chopin Died at 54 (1850-1904)

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

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

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

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

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Mary Chase is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list Famous Irish American Writers
Mary Chase 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
Maureen Daly Died at 85 (1921-2006)

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

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Michael Lally is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list Famous Irish American Writers
Michael Lally age 75

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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
Mickey Spillane Died at 88 (1918-2006)

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Nora Roberts is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list Famous Irish American Writers
Nora Roberts age 67

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Pat Conroy is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list Famous Irish American Writers
Pat Conroy age 72

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Pete Hamill is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list Famous Irish American Writers
Pete Hamill age 82

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

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R. A. Lafferty is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list Famous Irish American Writers
R. A. Lafferty 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 82

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Susan Howe is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list Famous Irish American Writers
Susan Howe age 80

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Ted Berrigan is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list Famous Irish American Writers
Ted Berrigan 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
Thomas Flanagan Died at 79 (1923-2002)

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Thomas Lynch is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list Famous Irish American Writers
Thomas Lynch age 69

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