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List of Famous Novelists

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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. {#nodes}
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