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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.

This is a list that includes people like Jimmy Carter and William Shatner.

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. (1164 items)
Stephen King is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list List of Famous Novelists
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Carrie Fisher is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list List of Famous Novelists
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Ayn Rand is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list List of Famous Novelists
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Carl Sagan is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list List of Famous Novelists
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Arthur Conan Doyle is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list List of Famous Novelists
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Agatha Christie is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list List of Famous Novelists
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Arthur C. Clarke is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list List of Famous Novelists
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Albert Camus is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list List of Famous Novelists
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Alice Walker is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list List of Famous Novelists
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Anne Rice is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list List of Famous Novelists
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Ben Elton is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list List of Famous Novelists
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Alan Moore is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list List of Famous Novelists
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August Strindberg is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list List of Famous Novelists
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C. S. Lewis is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list List of Famous Novelists
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Billy Dee Williams is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list List of Famous Novelists
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Aleister Crowley is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list List of Famous Novelists
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Aldous Huxley is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list List of Famous Novelists
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Carl Sandburg is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list List of Famous Novelists
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Anton Chekhov is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list List of Famous Novelists
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Anthony Burgess is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list List of Famous Novelists
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Ben Hecht is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list List of Famous Novelists
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Brian Kennedy is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list List of Famous Novelists
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Bram Stoker is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list List of Famous Novelists
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Andrew Holleran is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list List of Famous Novelists
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