Hey readers! Welcome to the page. Today we’re gonna tell you about the best writers in the world and we’ll discuss some of their greatest works of literature. Just like writing the Best Novels: Top 10 novels article, ranking them one above the other was highly difficult and took a cold-hearted approach, as being a true bookaholic I love each and every one of them and they’re as fabulous and amazing as the other one. But in the end, every writer has some characteristics which make them superior to the other. So let’s look into the list of best writers in the world. Would your favorite author make it into the list of the best writers in the world?
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Best Writers in the World
1) Leo Tolstoy
Well, I guess you already know this legend and there’s no introduction required. But, let’s give you one- Lev Nikolayevich Tolstoy, famously known as Leo Tolstoy was a Russian author. He was born on 9th September 1828, in Yasnaya Polyana, Russian Empire, and died on November 20, 1910. Tolstoy won the Noble Peace prize in 1901, 1902, and 1909 and was nominated for the Noble Prize in Literature every year from 1902-1906, quite remarkable. Isn’t it? Tolstoy’s writing style was greatly influenced by realism, which is probably the reason for his exceptional and masterful works of literature. Even Mahatma Gandhi was highly influenced by his idea of ‘nonresistance to evil’.
Leo Tolstoy’s greatest works include War and Peace (1869), The Death of Ivan Ilyich (1886), and Anna Karenina (1877).
War and Peace is probably Tolstoy’s finest work. It’s a very long novel but surely worth the time. War and Peace discuss Napoleon’s invasion of Russia and its effects on Russian society, from the narrative of five Russian aristocratic families. The novel also consists of a number of highly remarkable essays about the ‘Philosophy of History.’
No wonder why he retains the top spot on the list of Best Writers in the World!
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2) William Shakespeare
“Bard of Avon” and “The National Poet of England”. Hamlet, Romeo and Juliet, Othello, Macbeth, and numerous other phenomenal fictions. William Shakespeare was indeed a supernatural writer and poet. William Shakespeare was baptized on 26th April 1564 at Warwickshire, England, and died on April 23, 1616, in Stratford. He was an English playwright, poet, and actor. Shakespeare is considered the ‘Greatest Writer in the English language’ and ‘World’s Greatest dramatist’. William Shakespeare has written 154 sonnets, 39 plays, and 3 long narrative poems.
His greatest work Hamlet (The Tragedy of Hamlet, Prince of Denmark) is a Shakespearean Tragedy (quite an amazing genre though) is Shakespeare’s longest play and the ‘most filmed story’ after Cinderella. The story is set in Denmark, Prince Hamlet seeks revenge against his father’s killer, his own uncle Claudius, who killed his father to seize his throne and marry Hamlet’s mother.
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3) Charles Dickens
‘The Greatest novelist of the Victorian era.’ Charles John Huffam Dickens was a true legend. Dickens was born on 7th February 1812 in Portsmouth and died on 9th June 1870. The fact is, Dickens never completed his formal education due to his poverty and was coerced to work at a factory in a debtor’s prison. Despite these shortcomings in his life, he wrote 15 novels, 5 novellas, and numerous legendary short-stories and edited a weekly journal for almost 20 years (indeed a phenomenal person). Dickens has now become an international literary celebrity.
Dickens’s prominent novels and novellas include A Christmas Carol, A Tale of Two Cities, David Copperfield, and Great Expectations which are widely adapted in movies and plays and are translated in almost each and every major language.
Dickens’s greatest novel, ‘A Tale of Two Cities’ is often considered the greatest historical novel of all time, and its introductory paragraph is one of its kind and phenomenal. A Tale of Two Cities is set during the time of the French Revolution and depicts the conditions of France during the period. Lucie Manette, the protagonist reunites with her father who was imprisoned in Bastille, and seeks to start a new life. But the unfortunate events of the revolution awaits to make their life miserable.
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4) Jane Austen
Jane Austen was is famously known for her works of Romantic Fiction. Austen was an English writer who was born on 16th December 1775 and died on 18th July 1817. Her novels depicted the life of middle-class English people and women’s lives and their dependence on marriage and husbands. It won’t be wrong to say that she was the first feminist author.
Jane Austen wrote some remarkable novels which are critically acclaimed all over the world. Her major works of romantic fiction include Sense and Sensibility, Mansfield Park, Northanger Abbey, Persuasion, and the most distinguished Pride and Prejudice.
Pride and Prejudice depict the life of the Bennet Family, which consists of 5 sisters. Their mother is often anxious about their marriage. The novel mainly revolves around the eldest sister, Jane Austen. The Bennet family’s property can only be passed to a male, so in order to prevent destitution upon the death of their father, at least one of the girls needs to get married. Their life gets quite complicated after Mr. Bennet dies.
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5) George Orwell
‘The Anti-Totalitarian’ author Eric Arthur Blair, is known by his pen name George Orwell. Orwell was born on 25th June 1903 and died on 21st January 1950. He was an English novelist, essayist, journalist, and literary critic. Most of his works were marked by an awareness of social justice, opposition to totalitarianism, and an affirmation of democratic socialism. He is commonly ranked as one of the most powerful writers and chroniclers of the 20th century. Orwell was ranked second on the list of the “50 greatest British writers since 1945” by the Times. For his much-acclaimed novel Nineteen Eighty Four, he was honored with the Prometheus Award. He posthumously received the award again in 2011 for Animal Farm.
George Orwell’s major works include The Road to Wigan Pier, Homage to Catalonia, Animal Farm, and Nineteen Eighty Four.
George Orwell’s best-known novel, Nineteen Eighty-Four is one of the definitive texts of modern dystopian literature which serves as a powerful warning against totalitarian regimes and extreme political ideologies. A warning against the absolute control of the state over people and even their mindset. The novel is set in Oceania which is ruled by the dictator ‘Big Brother’ and his extreme authoritarian party. The protagonist, Winston Smith wants to start a rebellion, even though he’s sure that it’s nothing but a suicide.
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6) James Joyce
“Think you’re escaping and run into yourself. Longest way round is the shortest way home.” James Augustine Aloysius Joyce, known as James Joyce was born on 2nd February 1882 and died on 13th January 1931. Joyce was an Irish novelist, poet, and like George Orwell, a literary critic. James Joyce is often considered the most influential writer of the 20th century. In 1904 Joyce moved to Europe with his partner and wandered around Trieste, Paris, and Zurich. However, Joyce’s works are centered in Dublin, Ireland. Joyce said, “For myself, I always write about Dublin because if I can get to the heart of Dublin, I can get to the hearts of all cities of the world. In the particular is contained the universe.”
Joyce’s major works include Dubliners, Finnegans Wake, A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man, and Ulysses.
James Joyce’s most extraordinary novel, Ulysses follows a day in the life of the Dubliner protagonist Stephen Dedalus and his friends Buck Mulligan and Leopold Bloom, the novel discusses the features of Dublin including details that are quite controversial and the relationship between Ireland and Britain.
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7) Gabriel Garcia Marquez
“Reality is also the myths of common people. I realized that reality isn’t just the police that kills people, but also everything that forms part of the life of common people.” Gabriel José de la Concordia García Márquez, known as Gabriel Garcia Marquez was a Columbian author, journalist, and screenwriter. Marquez was born on 6th March 1927 and died on 17th April 2014. Gabriel Garcia Marquez was probably the most influential realistic (realism) novelist of the 20th century. Marquez won the Neustadt International Prize for Literature in 1972 and Noble Prize in Literature in 1982.
Marquez’s major works of highly influential ‘magical realism’ include One 100 Years of Solitude, Love in the Time of Cholera, and Chronicle of a Death Foretold.
Marquez’s most significant novel, One 100 Years of Solitude is the story of seven generations of the Buendia family living in the fictitious town of Macondo. The novel discusses the ups and downs in their life over the century and the protagonist tries to deal with the problems of their past. Through the fictitious town of Macondo, Marquez portrays the utopian view of the new United States, which is still a dream of many.
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8) F. Scott Fitzgerald
“Show me a hero, and I’ll write you a tragedy.” Francis Scott Key Fitzgerald, known as F Scott Fitzgerald was born on 24th September 1896 and died on 21st December 1940, was an American novelist, short-story writer, and screenwriter. Fitzgerald is often considered one of the best authors of the 20th century. F Scott was greatly influenced by the modernist writers in Europe, which is clearly seen in his novels such as The Great Gatsby which is set in the Jazz age and is full of youthfulness and spirit.
Major works of F. Scott Fitzgerald include This Side of Paradise, The Beautiful and Damned, Tender is the Night, and The Great Gatsby.
F Scott’s most acclaimed work, probably his most controversial novel, The Great Gatsby revolves around the life of a mysterious millionaire Jay Gatsby. The novel is full of spirit, set in the Jazz Age, an age of youth, the rise of the American economy, billionaires, and drugs.
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9) Miguel de Cervantes
“Too much sanity may be madness and the maddest of all, to see life as it is and not as it should be.” Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra, known as Miguel de Cervantes was born on 29th September(uncertain) and died on 22nd April 1616 was a Spanish author, often regarded as the greatest Spanish writer of all time. Cervantes was a soldier, who fought the Battle of Lepanto and was captured by the Turk and became a war prisoner for over 5 years. Miguel’s novel, Don Quixote, written in 1600, is still considered as world’s greatest literary masterpieces and the first modern European novel.
Miguel de Cervantes’s major include La Galatea, Don Quixote Part 1, Don Quixote Part 2, Viaje del Parnaso and Los Trabajos de Persiles y Sigismunda.
Miguel de Cervantes’s greatest literary masterpiece, Don Quixote centers around the life of a crazy man, who, being so influenced by the stories of knights and wars, disguises himself as a knight and leaves his village to seek his fantasy.
Don Quixote is also the world’s first-ever bestseller!
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10) Harper Lee
“You never really understand a person until you consider things from his point of view… Until you climb inside of his skin and walk around in it.” Nelle Harper Lee, popularly known as Harper Lee was born on 28th April 1926 and died on 19th February 2016. Harper Lee was an American novelist. She won the Pulitzer Prize in 1961. She was also awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2007.
Harper Lee wrote just two novels, To Kill a Mockingbird and Go Set a Watchman. But both of them were highly successful and To Kill a Mockingbird is often considered the greatest novel of the 20th Century and has become a ‘modern classic’.
Her most significant novel, To Kill a Mockingbird discusses some eminent issues like discrimination, prejudice, and hypocrisy, which were at their peak in America during the 1930s. Atticus Finch, a respected lawyer tries to protect a black man who was falsely accused of the rape of a white woman in the orthodox town of Maycomb. The protagonist, Jean Louise, a six-year-old girl, daughter of Atticus Finch, narrates the story from her point of view.
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That’s all on the list of best writers in the world, hope you liked it.