Britain’s Most Famous Writers Through History


Rank number. Name (birth year, birth city)

  1. William Shakespeare (1564, Stratford-upon-Avon)
  2. Daniel Defoe (1660, London)
  3. William Blake (1757, Soho)
  4. Arthur Conan Doyle (1859, Edinburgh)
  5. George Gordon Noel Byron (1788, London)
  6. Agatha Christie (1890, Torquay)
  7. Jane Austen (1775, Steventon)
  8. Charles Dickens (1812, Portsmouth)
  9. Lewis Carroll (1832, Daresbury)
  10. Virginia Woolf (1882, London)
  11. Geoffrey Chaucer (1343, London)
  12. John Milton (1608, Cheapside)
  13. Walter Scott (1771, Edinburgh)
  14. Emily Brontë (1818, Thornton, West Yorkshire)
  15. Aldous Huxley (1894, Godalming)
  16. Christopher Marlowe (1564, Canterbury)
  17. Charlotte Brontë (1816, Thornton)
  18. Roald Dahl (1916, Llandaff)
  19. William Wordsworth (1770, Cockermouth)
  20. John Keats (1795, Moorgate)
  21. Percy Bysshe Shelley (1792, Horsham)
  22. Alexander Pope (1688, London)
  23. Alfred Tennyson, 1st Baron Tennyson (1809, Somersby)
  24. William Golding (1911, Newquay)
  25. C. S. Lewis (1898, Belfast)
  26. Mary Shelley (1797, London)
  27. John Donne (1572, London)
  28. Graham Greene (1904, Berkhamsted)
  29. Samuel Taylor Coleridge (1772, Ottery St Mary)
  30. Geoffrey of Monmouth (1100, Wales)
  31. Terry Pratchett (1948, Beaconsfield)
  32. John Galsworthy (1867, Kingston upon Thames)
  33. Walter Raleigh (1552, Devon)
  34. Mary Wollstonecraft (1759, Spitalfields)
  35. Robert Louis Stevenson (1850, Edinburgh)
  36. Thomas Paine (1737, Thetford)
  37. H. G. Wells (1866, Bromley)
  38. Samuel Johnson (1709, Lichfield)
  39. George Eliot (1819, Nuneaton)
  40. Harold Pinter (1930, London)
  41. D. H. Lawrence (1885, Eastwood)
  42. Arthur C. Clarke (1917, Minehead)
  43. Anne Brontë (1820, Thornton)
  44. Ian Fleming (1908, London)
  45. Aubrey Beardsley (1872, Brighton)
  46. Thomas Hardy (1840, Stinsford)
  47. G. K. Chesterton (1874, London)
  48. Henry Fielding (1707, Sharpham)
  49. Anthony Burgess (1917, Harpurhey)
  50. Enid Blyton (1897, East Dulwich)
  51. Ben Jonson (1572, London)
  52. Dante Gabriel Rossetti (1828, London)
  53. John Bunyan (1628, Elstow)
  54. Samuel Richardson (1689, Mackworth)
  55. Edmund Spenser (1552, London)
  56. Robert Graves (1895, Wimbledon)
  57. John Dryden (1631, Aldwincle)
  58. Patrick White (1912, Knightsbridge)
  59. Edgar Wallace (1875, Greenwich)
  60. Frederick Forsyth (1938, Ashford)
  61. Dylan Thomas (1914, Uplands, Swansea)
  62. E. M. Forster (1879, Marylebone)
  63. Ann Radcliffe (1764, Holborn)
  64. Frances Hodgson Burnett (1849, Cheetham Hill)
  65. Thomas Malory (1405, Warwickshire)
  66. Joseph Addison (1672, Milston)
  67. Beatrix Potter (1866, London)
  68. John Fowles (1926, Leigh-on-Sea)
  69. Daphne du Maurier (1907, London)
  70. Ian McEwan (1948, Aldershot)
  71. Ken Follett (1949, Cardiff)
  72. David Irving (1938, Brentwood)
  73. Robert Browning (1812, Camberwell)
  74. Samuel Pepys (1633, London)
  75. Elizabeth Gaskell (1810, Chelsea)
  76. J. M. Barrie (1860, Kirriemuir)
  77. Jerome K. Jerome (1859, Walsall)
  78. Robert Burns (1759, Alloway)
  79. A. A. Milne (1882, Hampstead)
  80. Wilkie Collins (1824, Marylebone)
  81. Elizabeth Barrett Browning (1806, Kelloe)
  82. Philip Pullman (1946, Norwich)
  83. J. K. Rowling (1965, Yate)
  84. John le Carré (1931, Poole)
  85. A. J. Cronin (1896, Cardross)
  86. P. G. Wodehouse (1881, Guildford)
  87. H. Rider Haggard (1856, Bradenham)
  88. Clive Barker (1952, Liverpool)
  89. Kingsley Amis (1922, Clapham)
  90. W. H. Auden (1907, York)
  91. Robert Southey (1774, Bristol)
  92. Annie Besant (1847, Clapham)
  93. Evelyn Waugh (1903, Hampstead)
  94. Matthew Arnold (1822, Laleham)
  95. Douglas Adams (1952, Cambridge)
  96. Christopher Tolkien (1924, Leeds)
  97. Seamus Heaney (1939, Castledawson)
  98. Ted Hughes (1930, Mytholmroyd)
  99. Irvine Welsh (1958, Leith)
  100. Wilfred Owen (1893, Oswestry)
  101. Alan Sillitoe (1928, Nottingham)
  102. Julian Barnes (1946, Leicester)
  103. Neil Gaiman (1960, Portchester)
  104. Noël Coward (1899, Teddington)
  105. Robert Fisk (1946, Maidstone)
  106. Edward Lear (1812, Holloway)
  107. Martin Amis (1949, Swansea)
  108. Simon Pegg (1970, Brockworth)
  109. Richard Hammond (1969, Solihull)
  110. Iain Banks (1954, Dunfermline)

Source:

Yu, A. Z., et al. (2016). Pantheon 1.0, a manually verified dataset of globally famous biographies. Scientific Data 2:150075. doi: 10.1038/sdata.2015.75

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