author

An author is a person who writes books or articles, usually for money. It can also refer to the person responsible for something, like the author of a plan to overthrow the student government.

Author comes from the Latin word auctorem, meaning "founder, master, leader." Bow down to the author! Well, no need for that, just make sure the author gets credit. Author usually refers to a professional writer. In fact, author can be used interchangeably with the word writer. But author packs a little more punch — an author is involved in the creation of the work and generating the ideas behind it; strictly speaking, a writer could just execute the written product.

Definitions of author
  1. noun
    a person who writes (books or stories or articles or the like) professionally (for pay)
    synonyms: writer
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    Conrad Potter Aiken
    United States writer (1889-1973)
    Horatio Alger
    United States author of inspirational adventure stories for boys; virtue and hard work overcome poverty (1832-1899)
    Nelson Algren
    United States writer (1909-1981)
    Hans Christian Andersen
    a Danish author remembered for his fairy stories (1805-1875)
    Sherwood Anderson
    United States author whose works were frequently autobiographical (1876-1941)
    Louis Aragon
    French writer who generalized surrealism to literature (1897-1982)
    Shalom Asch
    United States writer (born in Poland) who wrote in Yiddish (1880-1957)
    Isaac Asimov
    United States writer (born in Russia) noted for his science fiction (1920-1992)
    Louis Stanton Auchincloss
    United States writer (born in 1917)
    Jane Austen
    English novelist noted for her insightful portrayals of middle-class families (1775-1817)
    James Arthur Baldwin
    United States author who was an outspoken critic of racism (1924-1987)
    Imamu Amiri Baraka
    United States writer of poems and plays about racial conflict (born in 1934)
    John Simmons Barth
    United States novelist (born in 1930)
    Donald Barthelme
    United States author of sometimes surrealistic stories (1931-1989)
    Lyman Frank Brown
    United States writer of children's books (1856-1919)
    Simone de Beauvoir
    French feminist and existentialist and novelist (1908-1986)
    Samuel Beckett
    a playwright and novelist (born in Ireland) who lived in France; wrote plays for the theater of the absurd (1906-1989)
    Sir Henry Maxmilian Beerbohm
    English writer and caricaturist (1872-1956)
    Joseph Hilaire Peter Belloc
    English author (born in France) remembered especially for his verse for children (1870-1953)
    Solomon Bellow
    United States author (born in Canada) whose novels influenced American literature after World War II (1915-2005)
    Robert Charles Benchley
    United States humorist (1889-1945)
    William Rose Benet
    United States writer; brother of Stephen Vincent Benet (1886-1950)
    Ambrose Gwinett Bierce
    United States writer of caustic wit (1842-1914)
    Heinrich Theodor Boell
    German novelist and writer of short stories (1917-1985)
    Arna Wendell Bontemps
    United States writer (1902-1973)
    Jorge Luis Borges
    Argentinian writer remembered for his short stories (1899-1986)
    James Boswell
    Scottish author noted for his biography of Samuel Johnson (1740-1795)
    Kay Boyle
    United States writer (1902-1992)
    Ray Douglas Bradbury
    United States writer of science fiction (born 1920)
    Charlotte Bronte
    English novelist; oldest of three Bronte sisters (1816-1855)
    Emily Jane Bronte
    English novelist; one of three Bronte sisters (1818-1848)
    Anne Bronte
    English novelist; youngest of three Bronte sisters (1820-1849)
    Charles Farrar Browne
    United States writer of humorous tales of an itinerant showman (1834-1867)
    Pearl Sydenstricker Buck
    United States author whose novels drew on her experiences as a missionary in China (1892-1973)
    John Bunyan
    English preacher and author of an allegorical novel, Pilgrim's Progress (1628-1688)
    Anthony Burgess
    English writer of satirical novels (1917-1993)
    Frances Eliza Hodgson Burnett
    United States writer (born in England) remembered for her novels for children (1849-1924)
    Edgar Rice Burroughs
    United States novelist and author of the Tarzan stories (1875-1950)
    William Seward Burroughs
    United States writer noted for his works portraying the life of drug addicts (1914-1997)
    Samuel Butler
    English novelist who described a fictitious land he called Erewhon (1835-1902)
    James Branch Cabell
    United States writer of satirical novels (1879-1958)
    Erskine Preston Caldwell
    United States author remembered for novels about poverty and degeneration (1903-1987)
    Italo Calvino
    Italian writer of novels and short stories (born in Cuba) (1923-1987)
    Albert Camus
    French writer who portrayed the human condition as isolated in an absurd world (1913-1960)
    Elias Canetti
    English writer born in Germany (1905-1994)
    Karel Capek
    Czech writer who introduced the word `robot' into the English language (1890-1938)
    Charles Lutwidge Dodgson
    English author; Charles Dodgson was an Oxford don of mathematics who is remembered for the children's stories he wrote under the pen name Lewis Carroll (1832-1898)
    Willa Sibert Cather
    United States writer who wrote about frontier life (1873-1947)
    Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra
    Spanish writer best remembered for `Don Quixote' which satirizes chivalry and influenced the development of the novel form (1547-1616)
    Raymond Thornton Chandler
    United States writer of detective thrillers featuring the character of Philip Marlowe (1888-1959)
    Francois Rene Chateaubriand
    French statesman and writer; considered a precursor of the romantic movement in France (1768-1848)
    John Cheever
    United States writer of novels and short stories (1912-1982)
    Gilbert Keith Chesterton
    conservative English writer of the Roman Catholic persuasion; in addition to volumes of criticism and polemics he wrote detective novels featuring Father Brown (1874-1936)
    Kate O'Flaherty Chopin
    United States writer who described Creole life in Louisiana (1851-1904)
    Dame Agatha Mary Clarissa Christie
    prolific English writer of detective stories (1890-1976)
    Sir Winston Leonard Spenser Churchill
    British statesman and leader during World War II; received Nobel prize for literature in 1953 (1874-1965)
    Samuel Langhorne Clemens
    United States writer and humorist best known for his novels about Tom Sawyer and Huckleberry Finn (1835-1910)
    Jean Cocteau
    French writer and film maker who worked in many artistic media (1889-1963)
    Sidonie-Gabrielle Claudine Colette
    French writer of novels about women (1873-1954)
    William Wilkie Collins
    English writer noted for early detective novels (1824-1889)
    Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
    British author who created Sherlock Holmes (1859-1930)
    Teodor Josef Konrad Korzeniowski
    English novelist (born in Poland) noted for sea stories and for his narrative technique (1857-1924)
    James Fenimore Cooper
    United States novelist noted for his stories of American Indians and the frontier life (1789-1851)
    Stephen Crane
    United States writer (1871-1900)
    Edward Estlin Cummings
    United States writer noted for his typographically eccentric poetry (1894-1962)
    Clarence Shepard Day Jr.
    United States writer best known for his autobiographical works (1874-1935)
    Daniel Defoe
    English writer remembered particularly for his novel about Robinson Crusoe (1660-1731)
    Thomas De Quincey
    English writer who described the psychological effects of addiction to opium (1785-1859)
    Charles John Huffam Dickens
    English writer whose novels depicted and criticized social injustice (1812-1870)
    Joan Didion
    United States writer (born in 1934)
    Baroness Karen Blixen
    Danish writer who lived in Kenya for 19 years and is remembered for her writings about Africa (1885-1962)
    Edgard Lawrence Doctorow
    United States novelist (born in 1931)
    John Roderigo Dos Passos
    United States novelist remembered for his portrayal of life in the United States (1896-1970)
    Feodor Mikhailovich Dostoyevsky
    Russian novelist who wrote of human suffering with humor and psychological insight (1821-1881)
    Theodore Herman Albert Dreiser
    United States novelist (1871-1945)
    Alexandre Dumas
    French writer remembered for his swashbuckling historical tales (1802-1870)
    George Louis Palmella Busson du Maurier
    English writer and illustrator; grandfather of Daphne du Maurier (1834-1896)
    Dame Daphne du Maurier
    English writer of melodramatic novels (1907-1989)
    Lawrence George Durrell
    English writer of Irish descent who spent much of his life in Mediterranean regions (1912-1990)
    Ilya Grigorievich Ehrenberg
    Russian novelist (1891-1967)
    Mary Ann Evans
    British writer of novels characterized by realistic analysis of provincial Victorian society (1819-1880)
    Ralph Waldo Ellison
    United States novelist who wrote about a young Black man and his struggles in American society (1914-1994)
    Ralph Waldo Emerson
    United States writer and leading exponent of transcendentalism (1803-1882)
    James Thomas Farrell
    United States writer remembered for his novels (1904-1979)
    Edna Ferber
    United States novelist; author of several popular novels (1887-1968)
    Henry Fielding
    English novelist and dramatist (1707-1754)
    Francis Scott Key Fitzgerald
    United States author whose novels characterized the Jazz Age in the United States (1896-1940)
    Gustave Flaubert
    French writer of novels and short stories (1821-1880)
    Ian Lancaster Fleming
    British writer famous for writing spy novels about secret agent James Bond (1908-1964)
    Ford Hermann Hueffer
    English writer and editor (1873-1939)
    Cecil Scott Forester
    English writer of adventure novels featuring Captain Horatio Hornblower (1899-1966)
    Jacques Anatole Francois Thibault
    French writer of sophisticated novels and short stories (1844-1924)
    Benjamin Franklin
    printer whose success as an author led him to take up politics; he helped draw up the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution; he played a major role in the American Revolution and negotiated French support for the colonists; as a scientist he is remembered particularly for his research in electricity (1706-1790)
    Carlos Fuentes
    Mexican novelist (born in 1928)
    Emile Gaboriau
    French writer considered by some to be a founder of the detective novel (1832-1873)
    John Galsworthy
    English novelist (1867-1933)
    Erle Stanley Gardner
    writer of detective novels featuring Perry Mason (1889-1970)
    Elizabeth Cleghorn Stevenson Gaskell
    English writer who is remembered for her biography of Charlotte Bronte (1810-1865)
    Theodor Seuss Geisel
    United States writer of children's books (1904-1991)
    Kahlil Gibran
    United States writer (born in Lebanon) (1883-1931)
    Andre Paul Guillaume Gide
    French author and dramatist who is regarded as the father of modern French literature (1869-1951)
    Karl Gjellerup
    Danish novelist (1857-1919)
    Nikolai Vasilievich Gogol
    Russian writer who introduced realism to Russian literature (1809-1852)
    Sir William Gerald Golding
    English novelist (1911-1993)
    Oliver Goldsmith
    Irish writer of novels and poetry and plays and essays (1728-1774)
    Witold Gombrowicz
    Polish author (1904-1969)
    Edmond Louis Antoine Huot de Goncourt
    French writer who collaborated with his brother Jules de Goncourt on many books and who in his will established the Prix Goncourt (1822-1896)
    Jules Alfred Huot de Goncourt
    French writer who collaborated with his brother Edmond de Goncourt on many books (1830-1870)
    Nadine Gordimer
    South African novelist and short-story writer whose work describes the effects of apartheid (born in 1923)
    Aleksey Maksimovich Peshkov
    Russian writer of plays and novels and short stories; noted for his depiction of social outcasts
    Kenneth Grahame
    English writer (born in Scotland) of children's stories (1859-1932)
    Gunter Wilhelm Grass
    German writer of novels and poetry and plays (born 1927)
    Robert Ranke Graves
    English writer known for his interest in mythology and in the classics (1895-1985)
    Henry Graham Greene
    English novelist and Catholic (1904-1991)
    Zane Grey
    United States writer of western adventure novels (1875-1939)
    Jakob Ludwig Karl Grimm
    the older of the two Grimm brothers remembered best for their fairy stories; also author of Grimm's law describing consonant changes in Germanic languages (1785-1863)
    Wilhelm Karl Grimm
    the younger of the two Grimm brothers remembered best for their fairy stories (1786-1859)
    Sir Henry Rider Haggard
    British writer noted for romantic adventure novels (1856-1925)
    Elizabeth Sanderson Haldane
    Scottish writer and sister of Richard Haldane and John Haldane (1862-1937)
    Edward Everett Hale
    prolific United States writer (1822-1909)
    Alex Haley
    United States writer and Afro-American who wrote a fictionalized account of tracing his family roots back to Africa (1921-1992)
    Marguerite Radclyffe Hall
    English writer whose novel about a lesbian relationship was banned in Britain for many years (1883-1943)
    Samuel Dashiell Hammett
    United States writer of hard-boiled detective fiction (1894-1961)
    Knut Pedersen
    Norwegian writer of novels (1859-1952)
    Thomas Hardy
    English novelist and poet (1840-1928)
    James Thomas Harris
    Irish writer noted for his sexually explicit but unreliable autobiography (1856-1931)
    Joel Chandler Harris
    United States author who wrote the stories about Uncle Remus (1848-1908)
    Bret Harte
    United States writer noted for his stories about life during the California gold rush (1836-1902)
    Jaroslav Hasek
    Czech author of novels and short stories (1883-1923)
    Nathaniel Hawthorne
    United States writer of novels and short stories mostly on moral themes (1804-1864)
    Ben Hecht
    United States writer of stories and plays (1894-1946)
    Robert Anson Heinlein
    United States writer of science fiction (1907-1988)
    Joseph Heller
    United States novelist whose best known work was a black comedy inspired by his experiences in the Air Force during World War II (1923-1999)
    Ernest Hemingway
    an American writer of fiction who won the Nobel prize for literature in 1954 (1899-1961)
    Hermann Hesse
    Swiss writer (born in Germany) whose novels and poems express his interests in eastern spiritual values (1877-1962)
    Paul Johann Ludwig von Heyse
    German writer (1830-1914)
    Edwin DuBois Hayward
    United States writer (1885-1940)
    Thomas Wentworth Storrow Higginson
    United States writer and soldier who led the first Black regiment in the Union Army (1823-1911)
    Ernst Theodor Amadeus Hoffmann
    German writer of fantastic tales (1776-1822)
    Oliver Wendell Holmes
    United States writer of humorous essays (1809-1894)
    William Dean Howells
    United States writer and editor (1837-1920)
    Edmond Hoyle
    English writer on card games (1672-1769)
    L. Ron Hubbard
    a United States writer of science fiction and founder of Scientology (1911-1986)
    James Langston Hughes
    United States writer (1902-1967)
    James Henry Leigh Hunt
    British writer who defended the Romanticism of Keats and Shelley (1784-1859)
    Aldous Leonard Huxley
    English writer; grandson of Thomas Huxley who is remembered mainly for his depiction of a scientifically controlled utopia (1894-1963)
    John Irving
    United States writer of darkly humorous novels (born in 1942)
    Washington Irving
    United States writer remembered for his stories (1783-1859)
    Christopher William Bradshaw Isherwood
    United States writer (born in England) whose best known novels portray Berlin in the 1930's and who collaborated with W. H. Auden in writing plays in verse (1904-1986)
    Helen Maria Fiske Hunt Jackson
    United States writer of romantic novels about the unjust treatment of Native Americans (1830-1885)
    Jane Jacobs
    United States writer and critic of urban planning (born in 1916)
    William Wymark Jacobs
    English writer of macabre short stories (1863-1943)
    Henry James
    writer who was born in the United States but lived in England (1843-1916)
    Johannes Vilhelm Jensen
    modernistic Danish writer (1873-1950)
    Samuel Johnson
    English writer and lexicographer (1709-1784)
    Erica Jong
    United States writer (born in 1942)
    James Augustine Aloysius Joyce
    influential Irish writer noted for his many innovations (such as stream of consciousness writing) (1882-1941)
    Franz Kafka
    Czech novelist who wrote in German about a nightmarish world of isolated and troubled individuals (1883-1924)
    Helen Adams Keller
    United States lecturer and writer who was blind and deaf from the age of 19 months; Anne Sullivan taught her to read and write and speak; Helen Keller graduated from college and went on to champion the cause of blind and deaf people (1880-1968)
    Jean-Louis Lebris de Kerouac
    United States writer who was a leading figure of the beat generation (1922-1969)
    Ken Elton Kesey
    United States writer whose best-known novel was based on his experiences as an attendant in a mental hospital (1935-2001)
    Joseph Rudyard Kipling
    English author of novels and poetry who was born in India (1865-1936)
    Arthur Koestler
    British writer (born in Hungary) who wrote a novel exposing the Stalinist purges during the 1930s (1905-1983)
    Jean de La Fontaine
    French writer who collected Aesop's fables and published them (1621-1695)
    Ringgold Wilmer Lardner
    United States humorist and writer of satirical short stories (1885-1933)
    Francois de La Rochefoucauld
    French writer of moralistic maxims (1613-1680)
    David Herbert Lawrence
    English novelist and poet and essayist whose work condemned industrial society and explored sexual relationships (1885-1930)
    Thomas Edward Lawrence
    Welsh soldier who from 1916 to 1918 organized the Arab revolt against the Turks; he later wrote an account of his adventures (1888-1935)
    David John Moore Cornwell
    English writer of novels of espionage (born in 1931)
    Elmore John Leonard
    United States writer of thrillers (born in 1925)
    Mikhail Yurievich Lermontov
    Russian writer (1814-1841)
    Doris May Lessing
    English author of novels and short stories who grew up in Rhodesia (now Zimbabwe) (born in 1919)
    Clive Staples Lewis
    English critic and novelist; author of theological works and of books for children (1898-1963)
    Harry Sinclair Lewis
    United States novelist who satirized middle-class America in his novel Main Street (1885-1951)
    John Griffith Chaney
    United States writer of novels based on experiences in the Klondike gold rush (1876-1916)
    Clarence Malcolm Lowry
    English novelist (1909-1957)
    John Lyly
    English writer noted for his elaborate style (1554-1606)
    Edward George Earle Bulwer-Lytton
    English writer of historical romances (1803-1873)
    Norman Mailer
    United States writer (born in 1923)
    Bernard Malamud
    United States writer (1914-1986)
    Sir Thomas Malory
    English writer who published a translation of romances about King Arthur taken from French and other sources (died in 1471)
    Andre Malraux
    French novelist (1901-1976)
    Thomas Mann
    German writer concerned about the role of the artist in bourgeois society (1875-1955)
    Kathleen Mansfield Beauchamp
    New Zealand writer of short stories (1888-1923)
    Alessandro Manzoni
    Italian novelist and poet (1785-1873)
    John Philip Marquand
    United States writer who created the Japanese detective Mr. Moto and wrote other novels as well (1893-1960)
    Ngaio Marsh
    New Zealand writer of detective stories (1899-1982)
    Alfred Edward Woodley Mason
    English writer (1865-1948)
    William Somerset Maugham
    English writer (born in France) of novels and short stories (1874-1965)
    Henri Rene Albert Guy de Maupassant
    French writer noted especially for his short stories (1850-1893)
    Francois Charles Mauriac
    French novelist who wrote about the conflict between desire and religious belief (1885-1970)
    Andre Maurois
    French writer best known for his biographies (1885-1967)
    Mary Therese McCarthy
    United States satirical novelist and literary critic (1912-1989)
    Carson Smith McCullers
    United States novelist (1917-1967)
    Herbert Marshall McLuhan
    Canadian writer noted for his analyses of the mass media (1911-1980)
    Herman Melville
    United States writer of novels and short stories (1819-1891)
    Thomas Merton
    United States religious and writer (1915-1968)
    James Albert Michener
    United States writer of historical novels (1907-1997)
    Henry Valentine Miller
    United States novelist whose novels were originally banned as pornographic (1891-1980)
    Alan Alexander Milne
    English writer of stories for children (1882-1956)
    Margaret Munnerlyn Mitchell
    United States writer noted for her novel about the South during the American Civil War (1900-1949)
    Nancy Freeman Mitford
    English writer of comic novels (1904-1973)
    Jessica Lucy Mitford
    United States writer (born in England) who wrote on American culture (1917-1996)
    Michel Eyquem Montaigne
    French writer regarded as the originator of the modern essay (1533-1592)
    Lucy Maud Montgomery
    Canadian novelist (1874-1942)
    Sir Thomas More
    English statesman who opposed Henry VIII's divorce from Catherine of Aragon and was imprisoned and beheaded; recalled for his concept of Utopia, the ideal state
    Chloe Anthony Wofford
    United States writer whose novels describe the lives of African-Americans (born in 1931)
    Hector Hugh Munro
    British writer of short stories (1870-1916)
    Dame Jean Iris Murdoch
    British writer (born in Ireland) known primarily for her novels (1919-1999)
    Louis Charles Alfred de Musset
    French poet and writer (1810-1857)
    Vladimir vladimirovich Nabokov
    United States writer (born in Russia) (1899-1977)
    Ogden Nash
    United States writer noted for his droll epigrams (1902-1971)
    Sir Harold George Nicolson
    English diplomat and author (1886-1968)
    Benjamin Franklin Norris Jr.
    United States writer (1870-1902)
    Joyce Carol Oates
    United States writer (born in 1938)
    Edna O'Brien
    Irish writer (born in 1932)
    Mary Flannery O'Connor
    United States writer (1925-1964)
    Liam O'Flaherty
    Irish writer of short stories (1896-1984)
    John Henry O'Hara
    United States writer (1905-1970)
    Philip Michael Ondaatje
    Canadian writer (born in Sri Lanka in 1943)
    Baroness Emmusca Orczy
    British writer (born in Hungary) (1865-1947)
    Eric Arthur Blair
    imaginative British writer concerned with social justice (1903-1950)
    Thomas Nelson Page
    United States diplomat and writer about the Old South (1853-1922)
    Dorothy Rothschild Parker
    United States writer noted for her sharp wit (1893-1967)
    Boris Leonidovich Pasternak
    Russian writer whose best known novel was banned by Soviet authorities but translated and published abroad (1890-1960)
    Alan Stewart Paton
    South African writer (1903-1988)
    Walker Percy
    United States writer whose novels explored human alienation (1916-1990)
    Petronius Arbiter
    Roman satirist (died in 66)
    Sylvia Plath
    United States writer and poet (1932-1963)
    Gaius Plinius Secundus
    Roman author of an encyclopedic natural history; died while observing the eruption of Vesuvius (23-79)
    Gaius Plinius Caecilius Secundus
    Roman writer and nephew of Pliny the Elder; author of books of letters that commented on affairs of the day (62-113)
    Edgar Allan Poe
    United States writer and poet (1809-1849)
    William Sydney Porter
    United States writer of short stories whose pen name was O. Henry (1862-1910)
    Katherine Anne Porter
    United States writer of novels and short stories (1890-1980)
    Emily Price Post
    United States female author who wrote a book and a syndicated newspaper column on etiquette (1872-1960)
    Ezra Loomis Pound
    United States writer who lived in Europe; strongly influenced the development of modern literature (1885-1972)
    John Cowper Powys
    British writer of novels about nature; one of three literary brothers (1872-1963)
    Theodore Francis Powys
    British writer of allegorical novels; one of three literary brothers (1875-1953)
    Llewelyn Powys
    British writer of essays; one of three literary brothers (1884-1939)
    Howard Pyle
    United States writer and illustrator of children's books (1853-1911)
    Thomas Pynchon
    United States writer of pessimistic novels about life in a technologically advanced society (born in 1937)
    Ayn Rand
    United States writer (born in Russia) noted for her polemical novels and political conservativism (1905-1982)
    Mordecai Richler
    Canadian novelist (born in 1931)
    Kenneth Roberts
    United States writer remembered for his historical novels about colonial America (1885-1957)
    Anna Eleanor Roosevelt
    wife of Franklin Roosevelt and a strong advocate of human rights (1884-1962)
    Philip Milton Roth
    United States writer whose novels portray middle-class Jewish life (born in 1933)
    Jean-Jacques Rousseau
    French philosopher and writer born in Switzerland; believed that the natural goodness of man was warped by society; ideas influenced the French Revolution (1712-1778)
    Alfred Damon Runyon
    United States writer of humorous stylized stories about Broadway and the New York underground (1884-1946)
    Ahmed Salman Rushdie
    British writer of novels who was born in India; one of his novels is regarded as blasphemous by Muslims and a fatwa was issued condemning him to death (born in 1947)
    George William Russell
    Irish writer whose pen name was A.E. (1867-1935)
    Comte Donatien Alphonse Francois de Sade
    French soldier and writer whose descriptions of sexual perversion gave rise to the term `sadism' (1740-1814)
    Jerome David Salinger
    United States writer (born 1919)
    Amandine Aurore Lucie Dupin
    French writer known for works concerning women's rights and independence (1804-1876)
    Carl Sandburg
    United States writer remembered for his poetry in free verse and his six volume biography of Abraham Lincoln (1878-1967)
    William Saroyan
    United States writer of plays and short stories (1908-1981)
    Dorothy Leigh Sayers
    English writer of detective fiction (1893-1957)
    Johann Christoph Friedrich von Schiller
    German romantic writer (1759-1805)
    Sir Walter Scott
    British author of historical novels and ballads (1771-1832)
    Robert William Service
    Canadian writer (born in England) who wrote about life in the Yukon Territory (1874-1958)
    George Bernard Shaw
    British playwright (born in Ireland); founder of the Fabian Society (1856-1950)
    Mary Godwin Wollstonecraft Shelley
    English writer who created Frankenstein's monster and married Percy Bysshe Shelley (1797-1851)
    Nevil Shute Norway
    English writer who settled in Norway after World War II (1899-1960)
    Georges Joseph Christian Simenon
    French writer (born in Belgium) best known for his detective novels featuring Inspector Maigret (1903-1989)
    Upton Beall Sinclair
    United States writer whose novels argued for social reform (1878-1968)
    Isaac Bashevis Singer
    United States writer (born in Poland) of Yiddish stories and novels (1904-1991)
    Tobias George Smollett
    Scottish writer of adventure novels (1721-1771)
    Baron Snow of Leicester
    English writer of novels about moral dilemmas in academe (1905-1980)
    Alexander Isayevich Solzhenitsyn
    Soviet writer and political dissident whose novels exposed the brutality of Soviet labor camps (born in 1918)
    Susan Sontag
    United States writer (born in 1933)
    Muriel Sarah Spark
    Scottish writer of satirical novels (born in 1918)
    Frank Morrison Spillane
    United States writer of popular detective novels (born in 1918)
    Baronne Anne Louise Germaine Necker de Steal-Holstein
    French romantic writer (1766-1817)
    Sir Richrd Steele
    English writer (1672-1729)
    Gertrude Stein
    experimental expatriate United States writer (1874-1946)
    John Ernst Steinbeck
    United States writer noted for his novels about agricultural workers (1902-1968)
    Marie Henri Beyle
    French writer whose novels were the first to feature psychological analysis of the character (1783-1842)
    Sir Leslie Stephen
    English writer (1832-1904)
    Laurence Sterne
    English writer (born in Ireland) (1713-1766)
    Robert Louis Balfour Stevenson
    Scottish author (1850-1894)
    Francis Richard Stockton
    United States writer (1834-1902)
    Abraham Stoker
    Irish writer of the horror novel about Dracula (1847-1912)
    Harriet Elizabeth Beecher Stowe
    United States writer of a novel about slavery that advanced the abolitionists' cause (1811-1896)
    William Styron
    United States writer best known for his novels (born in 1925)
    Eugene Sue
    French writer whose novels described the sordid side of city life (1804-1857)
    John Addington Symonds
    English writer (1840-1893)
    Sir Rabindranath Tagore
    Indian writer and philosopher whose poetry (based on traditional Hindu themes) pioneered the use of colloquial Bengali (1861-1941)
    Ida Minerva Tarbell
    United States writer remembered for her muckraking investigations into industries in the early 20th century (1857-1944)
    William Makepeace Thackeray
    English writer (born in India) (1811-1863)
    Henry David Thoreau
    United States writer and social critic (1817-1862)
    Alexis Charles Henri Maurice de Tocqueville
    French political writer noted for his analysis of American institutions (1805-1859)
    Alice B. Toklas
    United States writer remembered as the secretary and companion of Gertrude Stein (1877-1967)
    John Ronald Reuel Tolkien
    British philologist and writer of fantasies (born in South Africa) (1892-1973)
    Count Lev Nikolayevitch Tolstoy
    Russian author remembered for two great novels (1828-1910)
    Anthony Trollope
    English writer of novels (1815-1882)
    Ivan Sergeevich Turgenev
    Russian writer of stories and novels and plays (1818-1883)
    Sigrid Undset
    Norwegian novelist (1882-1949)
    Louis Untermeyer
    United States writer (1885-1977)
    John Hoyer Updike
    United States author (born 1932)
    Carl Clinton Van Doren
    United States writer and literary critic (1885-1950)
    Jorge Mario Pedro Vargas Llosa
    Peruvian writer (born in 1936)
    Jules Verne
    French writer who is considered the father of science fiction (1828-1905)
    Eugene Luther Vidal
    United States writer (born in 1925)
    Francois-Marie Arouet
    French writer who was the embodiment of 18th century Enlightenment (1694-1778)
    Kurt Vonnegut
    United States writer whose novels and short stories are a mixture of realism and satire and science fiction (born in 1922)
    John Barrington Wain
    English writer (1925-1994)
    Alice Malsenior Walker
    United States writer (born in 1944)
    Richard Horatio Edgar Wallace
    English writer noted for his crime novels (1875-1932)
    Fourth Earl of Orford
    English writer and historian; son of Sir Robert Walpole (1717-1797)
    Izaak Walton
    English writer remember for his treatise on fishing (1593-1683)
    Mary Augusta Arnold Ward
    English writer of novels who was an active opponent of the women's suffrage movement (1851-1920)
    Robert Penn Warren
    United States writer and poet (1905-1989)
    Evelyn Arthur Saint John Waugh
    English author of satirical novels (1903-1966)
    Martha Beatrice Potter Webb
    English writer and a central member of the Fabian Society (1858-1943)
    Herbert George Wells
    prolific English writer best known for his science-fiction novels; he also wrote on contemporary social problems and wrote popular accounts of history and science (1866-1946)
    Eudora Welty
    United States writer about rural southern life (1909-2001)
    Franz Werfel
    United States writer (1890-1945)
    Cicily Isabel Fairfield
    British writer (born in Ireland) (1892-1983)
    Edith Newbold Jones Wharton
    United States novelist (1862-1937)
    Elwyn Brooks White
    United States writer noted for his humorous essays (1899-1985)
    Patrick Victor Martindale White
    Australian writer (1912-1990)
    Eliezer Wiesel
    United States writer (born in Romania) who survived Nazi concentration camps and is dedicated to keeping alive the memory of the Holocaust (born in 1928)
    Oscar Fingal O'Flahertie Wills Wilde
    Irish writer and wit (1854-1900)
    Thornton Niven Wilder
    United States writer and dramatist (1897-1975)
    Angus Frank Johnstone Wilson
    English writer of novels and short stories (1913-1991)
    Harriet Wilson
    author of the first novel by an African American that was published in the United States (1808-1870)
    Owen Wister
    United States writer (1860-1938)
    Pelham Grenville Wodehouse
    English writer known for his humorous novels and stories (1881-1975)
    Thomas Clayton Wolfe
    United States writer best known for his autobiographical novels (1900-1938)
    Thomas Kennerly Wolfe Jr.
    United States writer who has written extensively on American culture (born in 1931)
    Mary Wollstonecraft Godwin
    English writer and early feminist who denied male supremacy and advocated equal education for women; mother of Mary Shelley (1759-1797)
    Ellen Price Wood
    English writer of novels about murders and thefts and forgeries (1814-1887)
    Adeline Virginia Stephen Woolf
    English author whose work used such techniques as stream of consciousness and the interior monologue; prominent member of the Bloomsbury Group (1882-1941)
    Herman Wouk
    United States writer (born in 1915)
    Richard Wright
    United States writer whose work is concerned with the oppression of African Americans (1908-1960)
    Willard Huntington Wright
    United States writer of detective novels (1888-1939)
    Israel Zangwill
    English writer (1864-1926)
    Stefan Zweig
    Austrian writer (1881-1942)
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    abstracter, abstractor
    one who makes abstracts or summarizes information
    alliterator
    a speaker or writer who makes use of alliteration
    authoress
    a woman author
    biographer
    someone who writes an account of a person's life
    coauthor, joint author
    a writer who collaborates with others in writing something
    commentator, reviewer
    a writer who reports and analyzes events of the day
    compiler
    a person who compiles information (as for reference purposes)
    contributor
    a writer whose work is published in a newspaper or magazine or as part of a book
    cyberpunk
    a writer of science fiction set in a lawless subculture of an oppressive society dominated by computer technology
    drafter
    a writer of a draft
    dramatist, playwright
    someone who writes plays
    essayist, litterateur
    a writer of literary works
    folk writer
    a writer of folktales
    framer
    someone who writes a new law or plan
    gagman, gagster, gagwriter
    someone who writes comic material for public performers
    ghost, ghostwriter
    a writer who gives the credit of authorship to someone else
    Gothic romancer
    a writer of Gothic romances
    hack, hack writer, literary hack
    a mediocre and disdained writer
    journalist
    a writer for newspapers and magazines
    librettist
    author of words to be set to music in an opera or operetta
    lyricist, lyrist
    a person who writes the words for songs
    novelist
    one who writes novels
    pamphleteer
    a writer of pamphlets (usually taking a partisan stand on public issues)
    paragrapher
    a writer of paragraphs (as for publication on the editorial page of a newspaper)
    poet
    a writer of poems (the term is usually reserved for writers of good poetry)
    polemic, polemicist, polemist
    a writer who argues in opposition to others (especially in theology)
    poetiser, poetizer, rhymer, rhymester, versifier
    a writer who composes rhymes; a maker of poor verses (usually used as terms of contempt for minor or inferior poets)
    scenarist
    a writer of screenplays
    scriptwriter
    someone who writes scripts for plays or movies or broadcast dramas
    space writer
    a writer paid by the area of the copy
    speechwriter
    a writer who composes speeches for others to deliver
    tragedian
    a writer (especially a playwright) who writes tragedies
    wordmonger
    a writer who uses language carelessly or pretentiously with little regard for meaning
    word-painter
    a writer of vivid or graphic descriptive power
    wordsmith
    a fluent and prolific writer
    autobiographer
    someone who writes their own biography
    bard
    a lyric poet
    broadcast journalist
    a journalist who broadcasts on radio or television
    columnist, editorialist
    a journalist who writes editorials
    correspondent, newspaperman, newspaperwoman, newswriter, pressman
    a journalist employed to provide news stories for newspapers or broadcast media
    elegist
    the author of a mournful poem lamenting the dead
    encyclopaedist, encyclopedist
    a person who compiles information for encyclopedias
    folk poet
    a folk writer who composes in verse
    gazetteer
    a journalist who writes for a gazette
    hagiographer, hagiographist, hagiologist
    the author of a worshipful or idealizing biography
    lexicographer, lexicologist
    a compiler or writer of a dictionary; a student of the lexical component of language
    odist
    a poet who writes odes
    photojournalist
    a journalist who presents a story primarily through the use of photographs
    poetess
    a woman poet
    poet laureate
    the poet officially appointed to the royal household in Great Britain
    poet laureate
    a poet who is unofficially regarded as holding an honorary position in a particular group or region
    film writer, screenwriter
    someone who writes screenplays
    penman, scribbler, scribe
    informal terms for journalists
    sob sister
    a journalist who specializes in sentimental stories
    sonneteer
    a poet who writes sonnets
    sports writer, sportswriter
    a journalist who writes about sports
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    communicator
    a person who communicates with others
  2. noun
    someone who originates or causes or initiates something
    synonyms: generator, source
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    types:
    coiner
    someone who is a source of new words or new expressions
    type of:
    maker, shaper
    a person who makes things
  3. verb
    be the author of
    “She authored this play”
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    co-author
    be a co-author on (a book, a paper)
    ghost, ghostwrite
    write for someone else
    type of:
    compose, indite, pen, write
    produce a literary work
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