We can’t really compare a writer with another as they could have a totally different style and genre of writing. There are no specific ways to judge who is the greatest writer of all time. But some writers simply just have a greater influence on society than others, so here are ten writers that we think are the greatest of all time.
10. Virginia Wolf:
English writer Adeline Virginia Woolf is regarded as one of the most notable modernist 20th-century authors and a pioneer in the use of stream of consciousness as a narrative device. She was born in January 1882 in South Kensington, London and died in March 1941. She is one of the best novelists and short story writers. The Voyage Out is her first novel and To the lighthouse is her best selling book. Her other works include Mrs. Dalloway, Orlando: A Biography, A Room of One’s Own.
9. Oscar Wilde:
One of the most popular and influential writers of all time, Oscar Wilde was born on 16 October 1854 in Westland Row, Dublin, Ireland. In early 1890, he became one of London’s most popular playwrights, especially for his epigrams and plays. His novel The Picture of Dorian Gray and the play The Importance of Being Earnest received a lot of recognition. Though he did have a controversial life, Oscar Wilde remains one of the greatest writers of all time. Wilde passed away on 30 November 1900 in Paris.
8. Edgar Allan Poe:
Edgar Allan Poe is best known for his short stories and poetry. Edgar Poe was born on January 19, 1809, in Boston, Massachusetts, U.S. He was mostly acknowledged as a literary critic and his best-known fiction works are Gothic. Poe was one of the first American authors of the 19th century to become more popular in Europe than in the United States, especially in France. According to many great writers, Poe’s detective fiction tales laid the groundwork for future detectives in literature.
7. Mark Twain:
Mark Twain’s original name is Samuel Langhorne Clemens and he was born on 30 November 1835 in Florida. Some of his work includes Adventure of Huckleberry Finn, considered to be his best seller, The Adventures of Tom Sawyer and The Celebrated Jumping Frog of Calaveras County. The writer, humorist, entrepreneur, publisher, and lecturer, Mark Twain is often recognized as the father of American literature. He died on April 21, 1910.
The legendary author of the Iliad and the Odyssey, Homer holds accounts for most of the history of ancient Greece as we know it. His two epic poems are the central works of ancient Greek literature. A lot of writers mimicked his style of writing. Homer was born in Ionia and he passed away in Ios, Greece.
5. J. R. R. Tolkien:
Born on 3 January 1892 in Bloemfontein, South Africa, John Ronald Reuel Tolkien is best known for his classic fantasy works like The Hobbit, The Lord of the Rings, and The Silmarillion. This fantasy genre became so popular that Tolkien is popularly identified as the father of modern fantasy literature. Tolkien passed away on 2 September 1973 in Bournemouth, England. In 2009, Forbes ranked him the 5th top-earning “dead celebrity”.
4. Leo Tolstoy:
Russian writer Count Lev Nikolayevich Tolstoy was born on 9 September 1828. He was nominated for the Nobel Prize multiple times in his life. For his work in Literature and also for the Nobel Peace Prize. His best-known novels are War and Peace and Anna Karenina. His semi-autobiographical trilogy, Childhood, Boyhood, and Youth, and Sevastopol Sketches was his first literary achievement. Tolstoy also wrote plays and numerous philosophical essays.
3. Fyodor Dostoevsky:
The Russian novelist, short story writer, essayist, journalist and philosopher, Fyodor Dostoevsky was born on 11 November 1821 in Moscow, Russia. Crime and Punishment, The Idiot, Demons, The Brothers Karamazov, Notes from Underground are some of his works that are greatly praised. Fyodor Dostoevsky is regarded as one of the greatest psychologists in world literature as most of his literary works explore human psychology.
2. Charles Dickens:
Born on 7 February 1812 in the United Kingdom, Charles Dickens is more than often regarded as the greatest novelist of the Victorian era. The Pickwick Papers, his first literary success, Oliver Twist, Nicholas Nickleby, A Christmas Carol, Bleak House, Little Dorrit, A Tale of Two Cities, his best-known work of historical fiction, Great Expectations are some of his famous work. Dickens was greatly known for his humor.
1. William Shakespeare:
The English poet, playwright, and actor, William Shakespeare is known as the greatest writer in the English language as well as a great dramatist. Shakespeare is the best-selling fiction author of all time and that tells a lot. He was born on 26 April 1564 in the United Kingdom and he passed away on 23 April 1616. Shakespeare’s works are some of the world’s most popular including Hamlet, Othello, King Lear, and Macbeth.