Novels The Best Selling Fiction Authors of all Time

Walter Graves
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A list of the most popular best selling fiction authors of all time ranked by how well their books have sold. Obviously, many of those books have gone on to become classics. With the introduction of the Nook, Kindle, and iPad with iBooks, reading is hot again. The writers on this list wrote everything from pulp fiction novels to literature still revered to this day. This list is intended to help long-time readers, and newcomers alike with discovering (and rediscovering) some of the best selling novelists the world has ever seen.

Also, please note that this list only includes fiction writers with sales figures that could at least be estimated.

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William Shakespeare is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Selling Fiction Authors of all Time
Othello, Romeo and Juliet, Hamlet - Estimated Sales: 4 Billion

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Agatha Christie is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Selling Fiction Authors of all Time
The A.B.C. Murders, The Murder of Roger Ackroyd, A Pocket Full of Rye - Estimated Sales: 4 Billion

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Barbara Cartland is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Selling Fiction Authors of all Time
Love in the ruins, As eagles fly, Messenger of love - Estimated Sales: 1 Billion

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Harold Robbins is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Selling Fiction Authors of all Time
The Dream Merchants, The Carpetbaggers, Stiletto - Estimated Sales: 750 Million

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Georges Simenon is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Selling Fiction Authors of all Time
La Premiere enquete de Maigret, La Marie Du Port, La Veuve Couderc - Estimated Sales: 700 Million

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Sidney Sheldon is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Selling Fiction Authors of all Time
Bloodline, Rage of Angels, The Naked Face - Estimated Sales: 600 Million

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Enid Blyton is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Selling Fiction Authors of all Time
Fifth Formers of St. Clare's, Third Year at Malory Towers, The Rockingdown mystery - Estimated Sales: 600 Million

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Danielle Steel is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Selling Fiction Authors of all Time
The Long Road Home, Mirror Image, Honor Thyself - Estimated Sales: 600 Million

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Dr. Seuss is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Selling Fiction Authors of all Time
The Cat in the Hat, Green Eggs and Ham, Oh - Estimated Sales: 500 Million

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Gilbert Patten is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Selling Fiction Authors of all Time
Gilbert Patten Frank Merriwell at Yale, Frank Merriwell, Junior's - Estimated Sales: 500 Million

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J. K. Rowling is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Selling Fiction Authors of all Time
Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows - Estimated Sales: 450 Million

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Leo Tolstoy is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Selling Fiction Authors of all Time
War and Peace, Anna Karenina, Resurrection - Estimated Sales: 413 Million

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Jackie Collins is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Selling Fiction Authors of all Time
Hollywood Husbands, Hollywood Wives, The World Is Full of Married Men - Estimated Sales: 400 Million

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Horatio Alger, Jr. is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Selling Fiction Authors of all Time
Ragged Dick, Ragged Dick, or - Estimated Sales: 400 Million

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R. L. Stine is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Selling Fiction Authors of all Time
Goosebumps, The Barking Ghost, The Curse Of The Mummy's Tomb - Estimated Sales: 400 Million

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Corín Tellado is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Selling Fiction Authors of all Time
Los amigos, Confundí tu cobardía, El Regreso De Guy/the Return of Guy - Estimated Sales: 400 Million

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Dean Koontz is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Selling Fiction Authors of all Time
Watchers, Intensity, Phantoms - Estimated Sales: 400 Million

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Aleksandr Sergeyevich Pushkin is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Selling Fiction Authors of all Time
Aleksandr Sergeyevich Pushkin Estimated Sales: 357 Million

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Stephen King is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Selling Fiction Authors of all Time
Needful Things, The Stand, The Shining - Estimated Sales: 350 Million

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Louis L'Amour is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Selling Fiction Authors of all Time
Bendigo Shafter, Yondering, Dark Canyon - Estimated Sales: 330 Million

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Erle Stanley Gardner is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Selling Fiction Authors of all Time
Bedrooms have windows, Gold Comes in Bricks, The case of the gilded lily - Estimated Sales: 325 Million

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Jin Yong is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Selling Fiction Authors of all Time
Jin Yong Estimated Sales: 300 Million

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Jirō Akagawa is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Selling Fiction Authors of all Time
Jirō Akagawa Estimated Sales: 300 Million

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Janet Dailey is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Selling Fiction Authors of all Time
Calder pride, Lone Calder star, The Proud and the Free - Estimated Sales: 300 Million

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Nora Roberts is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Selling Fiction Authors of all Time
Portrait in Death, Vengeance in Death, Promises in Death - Estimated Sales: 300 Million

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Edgar Wallace is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Selling Fiction Authors of all Time
The Crimson Circle, Kate Plus Ten, The Man Who Changed His Name - Estimated Sales: 300 Million

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Robert Ludlum is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Selling Fiction Authors of all Time
The Bourne Identity, The Matarese Countdown, The Holcroft Covenant - Estimated Sales: 290 Million

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Frédéric Dard is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Selling Fiction Authors of all Time
Frédéric Dard Estimated Sales: 290 Million

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Stan and Jan Berenstain is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Selling Fiction Authors of all Time
The Bears' Christmas, The Bears' Picnic, Pajaritos Abejitas Y Los Osos Berenstain - Estimated Sales: 260 Million

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John Grisham is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Selling Fiction Authors of all Time
The Client, A Time to Kill, The Firm - Estimated Sales: 250 Million

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Zane Grey is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Selling Fiction Authors of all Time
Riders of the Purple Sage, To the Last Man, The Lone Star Ranger - Estimated Sales: 250 Million

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Irving Wallace is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Selling Fiction Authors of all Time
The Seven Minutes, The Love Machine, The Fan Club - Estimated Sales: 250 Million

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J. R. R. Tolkien is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Selling Fiction Authors of all Time
The Lord of the Rings, The Hobbit, The Silmarillion - Estimated Sales: 250 Million

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Jeffrey Archer is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Selling Fiction Authors of all Time
Kane and Abel, A Matter of Honour, Honour Among Thieves - Estimated Sales: 250 Million

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Karl May is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Selling Fiction Authors of all Time
Der Mahdi, The Treasure of Silver Lake, In den Kordilleren - Estimated Sales: 200 Million

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Mickey Spillane is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Selling Fiction Authors of all Time
I, the Jury, The Goliath Bone - Estimated Sales: 200 Million

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C. S. Lewis is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Selling Fiction Authors of all Time
The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, Mere Christianity - Estimated Sales: 200 Million

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Kyotaro Nishimura is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Selling Fiction Authors of all Time
Kyotaro Nishimura The mystery train disappears - Estimated Sales: 200 Million

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Charles Dickens is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Selling Fiction Authors of all Time
A Tale of Two Cities, Great Expectations, A Christmas Carol - Estimated Sales: 200 Million

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Ann M. Martin is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Selling Fiction Authors of all Time
Belle Teal, Bummer Summer, The Complete Guide to the Baby-Sitters Club

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Ryōtarō Shiba is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Selling Fiction Authors of all Time
Ryōtarō Shiba Estimated Sales: 180 Million

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Arthur Hailey is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Selling Fiction Authors of all Time
Airport, Hotel, The Moneychangers - Estimated Sales: 170 Million

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Gérard de Villiers is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Selling Fiction Authors of all Time
Vengeance Tchétchène, Sas 148, SAS broie du noir - Estimated Sales: 150 Million

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Beatrix Potter is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Selling Fiction Authors of all Time
The Tale of Peter Rabbit, The Tailor of Gloucester, The Tale of Benjamin Bunny - Estimated Sales: 150 Million

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Michael Crichton is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Selling Fiction Authors of all Time
Jurassic Park, The Lost World, The Andromeda Strain - Estimated Sales: 150 Million

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Richard Scarry is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Selling Fiction Authors of all Time
Richard Scarry's busiest busytown ever!, Cars, Trucks and Things That Go - Estimated Sales: 150 Million

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James Patterson is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Selling Fiction Authors of all Time
Kiss the Girls, Violets Are Blue, Along Came a Spider - Estimated Sales: 150 Million

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Clive Cussler is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Selling Fiction Authors of all Time
Raise the Titanic, Sahara Romanzo, Trojan Odyssey - Estimated Sales: 150 Million

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Alistair McLean is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Selling Fiction Authors of all Time
Alistair McLean Estimated Sales: 150 Million

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Astrid Lindgren is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Selling Fiction Authors of all Time
Ronia the Robber's Daughter, Karlsson-on-the-Roof, Cherry Time at Bullerby - Estimated Sales: 145 Million