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List of famous novelists, with photos, bios, and other information when available. Who are the top novelists in the world? This includes the most prominent novelists, living and dead, both in America and abroad. This list of notable novelists is ordered by their level of prominence, and can be sorted for various bits of information, such as where these historic novelists were born and what their nationality is. The people on this list are from different countries, but what they all have in common is that they're all renowned novelists.

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From reputable, prominent, and well known novelists to the lesser known novelists of today, these are some of the best professionals in the novelist field. If you want to answer the questions, "Who are the most famous novelists ever?" and "What are the names of famous novelists?" then you're in the right place. (1169 items)

Stephen King is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list List of Famous Novelists
Stephen Edwin King is an American author of contemporary horror, supernatural fiction, suspense, science fiction, and fantasy. His books have sold more than 350 million copies, many of which ...more

Carrie Fisher is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list List of Famous Novelists
Carrie Frances Fisher is an American actress, novelist, screenwriter, and performance artist. She is best known for her portrayal of Princess Leia in the original Star Wars trilogy, and will ...more

Ayn Rand is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list List of Famous Novelists
Ayn Rand was a Russian-American novelist, philosopher, playwright, and screenwriter. She is known for her two best-selling novels, The Fountainhead and Atlas Shrugged, and for developing a ...more

Carl Sagan is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list List of Famous Novelists
Carl Sagan appeared in the 2012 documentary film Beyond Expression Bright.

Arthur Conan Doyle is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list List of Famous Novelists
Sir Arthur Ignatius Conan Doyle KStJ, DL was a Scottish writer and physician, most noted for his fictional stories about the detective Sherlock Holmes, which are generally considered milestones ...more

Agatha Christie is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list List of Famous Novelists
Dame Agatha Mary Clarissa Christie, DBE was an English crime novelist, short story writer, and playwright. She also wrote six romances under the name Mary Westmacott, but she is best known for ...more

Arthur C. Clarke is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list List of Famous Novelists
Sir Arthur Charles Clarke, CBE, FRAS was a British science fiction writer, science writer and futurist, inventor, undersea explorer, and television series host. He is perhaps most famous for ...more

Albert Camus is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list List of Famous Novelists
Albert Camus was a French Nobel Prize winning author, journalist, and philosopher. His views contributed to the rise of the philosophy known as absurdism. He wrote in his essay "The ...more

Alice Walker is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list List of Famous Novelists
Alice Malsenior Walker is an American author and activist. She wrote the critically acclaimed novel The Color Purple for which she won the National Book Award and the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction. ...more

Anne Rice is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list List of Famous Novelists
Anne Rice is an American author of gothic fiction, Christian literature, and erotica. She is perhaps best known for her popular and influential series of novels, The Vampire Chronicles, ...more

Ben Elton is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list List of Famous Novelists
Benjamin Charles "Ben" Elton is an English comedian, author, playwright, actor and director. He was a part of London's alternative comedy movement of the 1980s and became a writer on ...more

Alan Moore is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list List of Famous Novelists
Alan Moore is an English writer primarily known for his work in comic books including Watchmen, V for Vendetta, and From Hell. Frequently described as the best graphic novel writer in history, ...more

August Strindberg is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list List of Famous Novelists
Johan August Strindberg was a Swedish playwright, novelist, poet, essayist and painter. A prolific writer who often drew directly on his personal experience, Strindberg's career spanned four ...more

C. S. Lewis is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list List of Famous Novelists
Clive Staples Lewis, commonly known as C. S. Lewis, was a novelist, poet, academic, medievalist, literary critic, essayist, lay theologian, broadcaster, lecturer, and Christian apologist. Born ...more

Billy Dee Williams is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list List of Famous Novelists
William December "Billy Dee" Williams, Jr. is an American actor, artist, singer, and writer best known for his role as Lando Calrissian in the Star Wars film franchise, as well as ...more

Aleister Crowley is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list List of Famous Novelists
Aleister Crowley, born Edward Alexander Crowley was a British occultist, writer and mystic. He is perhaps best known today for his occult writings, especially The Book of the Law, the central ...more

Aiden Shaw is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list List of Famous Novelists
Aiden Shaw is a British author, musician, model and former gay pornographic film actor.

Aldous Huxley is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list List of Famous Novelists
Aldous Leonard Huxley was an English writer, philosopher and a prominent member of the Huxley family. He was best known for his novels including Brave New World, set in a dystopian London, and ...more

Carl Sandburg is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list List of Famous Novelists
Carl August Sandburg was an American poet, writer, and editor who won three Pulitzer Prizes, two for his poetry and one for his biography of Abraham Lincoln. During his lifetime, Sandburg was ...more

Anton Chekhov is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list List of Famous Novelists
Anton Pavlovich Chekhov was a Russian physician, playwright and author who is considered to be among the greatest writers of short stories in history. His career as a playwright produced four ...more

Anthony Burgess is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list List of Famous Novelists
John Anthony Burgess Wilson, FRSL – who published under the pen name Anthony Burgess – was an English writer and composer. From relatively modest beginnings in a Catholic family in Manchester, ...more

Ben Hecht is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list List of Famous Novelists
Ben Hecht was an American screenwriter, director, producer, playwright, journalist and novelist. He received screen credits, alone or in collaboration, for the stories or screenplays of some ...more

Brian Kennedy is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list List of Famous Novelists
Brian Edward Patrick Kennedy is an Irish singer-songwriter and author, who is known for his ballads, and has represented Ireland in the Eurovision Song Contest 2006. He is the younger brother of ...more

Bram Stoker is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list List of Famous Novelists
Abraham "Bram" Stoker was an Irish author known today for his 1897 Gothic novel, Dracula. During his lifetime, he was better known as personal assistant of actor Henry Irving and ...more

Andrew Holleran is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list List of Famous Novelists
Eric Garber is a writer.

Antoine de Saint-Exupéry is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list List of Famous Novelists
Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, officially Antoine Marie Jean-Baptiste Roger, comte de Saint Exupéry was a French aristocrat, writer, poet, and pioneering aviator. He became a laureate ...more

Alex Haley is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list List of Famous Novelists
Alexander Murray Palmer "Alex" Haley was an American writer known as the author of the 1976 book Roots: The Saga of an American Family. The book was adapted by ABC as a TV mini-series ...more

Andrew Lang is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list List of Famous Novelists
Andrew Lang was a Scots poet, novelist, literary critic, and contributor to the field of anthropology. He is best known as a collector of folk and fairy tales. The Andrew Lang lectures at the ...more

Catherine Webb is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list List of Famous Novelists
Catherine Webb is a British author, educated at the Godolphin and Latymer School, London, and the London School of Economics. She was 14 years old when she completed Mirror Dreams, which was ...more

Allan Gurganus is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list List of Famous Novelists
Allan Gurganus is an American novelist, short story writer, and essayist whose work, which includes Oldest Living Confederate Widow Tells All and Local Souls, is often influenced by and set in ...more

Booth Tarkington is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list List of Famous Novelists
Newton Booth Tarkington was an American novelist and dramatist best known for his novels The Magnificent Ambersons and Alice Adams. He is, with William Faulkner and John Updike, one of only ...more

Brendan Behan is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list List of Famous Novelists
Brendan Francis Aidan Behan was an Irish poet, short story writer, novelist, and playwright who wrote in both English and Irish. He was also an Irish republican and a volunteer in the Irish ...more

Aleksandr Pushkin is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list List of Famous Novelists
Alexander Sergeyevich Pushkin was a Russian author of the Romantic era who is considered by many to be the greatest Russian poet and the founder of modern Russian literature. Pushkin was born ...more

Bret Easton Ellis is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list List of Famous Novelists
Bret Easton Ellis is an American novelist, screenwriter, and short story writer. His works have been translated into 27 languages. He was at first regarded as one of the so-called literary Brat ...more

Alfred de Musset is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list List of Famous Novelists
Alfred Louis Charles de Musset-Pathay was a French dramatist, poet, and novelist. Along with his poetry, he is known for writing La Confession d'un enfant du siècle from 1836.

Alan Hollinghurst is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list List of Famous Novelists
Alan James Hollinghurst FRSL is an English novelist, poet, short story writer and translator. He is the recipient of numerous awards, including the 1989 Somerset Maugham Award, the 1994 James ...more

André Gide is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list List of Famous Novelists
André Paul Guillaume Gide was a French author and winner of the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1947 "for his comprehensive and artistically significant writings, in which human ...more

Alan Titchmarsh is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list List of Famous Novelists
Alan Fred Titchmarsh, MBE DL is an English gardener, broadcaster, and novelist. After working as a professional gardener and a gardening journalist, he established himself as a media personality ...more

Bruce Benderson is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list List of Famous Novelists
Bruce Benderson is an American author, born to Jewish parents of Russian descent, who lives in New York. He attended William Nottingham High School in Syracuse, New York and then Binghamton ...more

Antony Sher is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list List of Famous Novelists
Sir Antony Sher, KBE is a South African-born British actor, writer and theatre director.

Beverley Nichols is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list List of Famous Novelists
John Beverley Nichols was an author, playwright, journalist, composer, and public speaker.

Alex Sánchez is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list List of Famous Novelists
Alex Sánchez is a Mexican-American author of award-winning novels for teens and adults. His first novel, Rainbow Boys, was selected by the American Library Association, as a Best Book for ...more

Bruce Chatwin is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list List of Famous Novelists
Charles Bruce Chatwin was an English writer whose best known works are In Patagonia and The Songlines. Although he was often referred to as a travel writer, a term he eschewed, Chatwin was also ...more

Ambrose Bierce is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list List of Famous Novelists
Ambrose Gwinnett Bierce was an American editorialist, journalist, short story writer, fabulist, and satirist. He wrote the short story "An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge" and compiled ...more

Alexander Bek is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list List of Famous Novelists
Alexander Bek Alexander Alfredovich Bek, sometimes transliterated from the Russian Cyrillic as Aleksandr Bek or Anglicized to Alexander Beck, was a Soviet novelist and writer.

Carlos Fuentes is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list List of Famous Novelists
Carlos Fuentes Macías audio was a Mexican novelist and essayist. Among his works are The Death of Artemio Cruz, Aura, Terra Nostra, The Old Gringo and Christopher Unborn. In his obituary, ...more

Audre Lorde is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list List of Famous Novelists
Audre Lorde was a Caribbean-American writer, radical feminist, womanist, lesbian, and civil rights activist. Lorde served as an inspiration to women worldwide, one of her most notable efforts ...more

Aziz Nesin is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list List of Famous Novelists
Aziz Nesin was a Turkish writer and humorist who authored more than 100 books.

Amy Tan is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list List of Famous Novelists
Amy Tan is an American writer whose works explore mother-daughter relationships and the Chinese-American experience. Her best-known work is The Joy Luck Club, which has been translated into 35 ...more

Anatole France is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list List of Famous Novelists
Anatole France was a French poet, journalist, and novelist. He was born in Paris, and died in Saint-Cyr-sur-Loire. He was a successful novelist, with several best-sellers. Ironic and skeptical, ...more