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Famous Irish American Writers 

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Updated January 21, 2018 15.1k views 55 items

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
Dec. at 80 (1923-2003)
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Alice Fulton is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous Irish American Writers
Age: 67
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Alice McDermott is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous Irish American Writers
Age: 66
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Cormac McCarthy is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous Irish American Writers
Age: 86
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Dennis Lehane is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous Irish American Writers
Age: 54
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Edwin O'Connor is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous Irish American Writers
Dec. at 50 (1918-1968)
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Eugene O'Neill is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous Irish American Writers
Dec. at 65 (1888-1953)
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F. Scott Fitzgerald is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous Irish American Writers
Dec. at 44 (1896-1940)
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Flannery O'Connor is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Famous Irish American Writers
Dec. at 39 (1925-1964)
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Frank McCourt is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Famous Irish American Writers
Dec. at 79 (1930-2009)
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Frank O'Hara is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Famous Irish American Writers
Dec. at 40 (1926-1966)
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Galway Kinnell is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Famous Irish American Writers
Age: 92
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George V. Higgins is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Famous Irish American Writers
Dec. at 60 (1939-1999)
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J. F. Powers is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Famous Irish American Writers
Dec. 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
Dec. at 83 (1914-1997)
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James T. Farrell is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Famous Irish American Writers
Dec. at 75 (1904-1979)
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Jean Kerr is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Famous Irish American Writers
Dec. at 81 (1922-2003)
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Jim Carroll is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Famous Irish American Writers
Dec. at 60 (1949-2009)
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John Berryman is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Famous Irish American Writers
Dec. at 58 (1914-1972)
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John Horne Burns is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Famous Irish American Writers
Dec. 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: 58
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John Montague is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Famous Irish American Writers
Age: 90
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John O'Hara is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Famous Irish American Writers
Dec. at 65 (1905-1970)