100 Most Famous Writers Of The 20th Century

1. Jean-Paul Sartre (1905, Paris, FRANCE) ✰✰✰✰

2. George Orwell (1903, Motihari, India) ✰✰✰✰

3. Gabriel García Márquez (1927, Aracataca, COLOMBIA) ✰✰✰✰

4. Stephen King (1947, Portland, United States) ✰✰✰✰

5. Pablo Neruda (1904, Parral, CHILE) ✰✰✰✰

6. Isaac Asimov (1920, Petrovichi, Russia) ✰✰✰✰

7. Anne Frank (1929, Frankfurt, Germany) ✰✰✰✰

8. Simone de Beauvoir (1908, Paris, FRANCE) ✰✰✰✰

9. Umberto Eco (1932, Alessandria, ITALY) ✰✰✰

10. Samuel Beckett (1906, Foxrock, Ireland) ✰✰✰

11. Astrid Lindgren (1907, Vimmerby, SWEDEN) ✰✰✰

12. Albert Camus (1913, Dréan, ALGERIA) ✰✰✰

13. Milan Kundera (1929, Brno, CZECH REPUBLIC) ✰✰✰

14. Antoine de Saint-Exupéry (1900, Lyon, FRANCE) ✰✰

15. Charles Bukowski (1920, Andernach, GERMANY) ✰✰

16. Paulo Coelho (1947, Rio de Janeiro, BRAZIL) ✰✰

17. Leonard Cohen (1934, Montreal, Canada) ✰✰

18. John Steinbeck (1902, Salinas, United States) ✰✰

19. Heinrich Böll (1917, Cologne, GERMANY) ✰✰

20. Elias Canetti (1905, Ruse, Bulgaria) ✰✰

21. Yukio Mishima (1925, Tokyo, JAPAN) ✰✰

22. Truman Capote (1924, New Orleans, United States) ✰✰

23. Eugène Ionesco (1909, Slatina, ROMANIA) ✰✰

24. Michail Aleksandrovich Sholokhov (1905, Vyoshenskaya, Russia) ✰✰

25. Isaac Bashevis Singer (1902, Leoncin, POLAND) ✰✰

26. Roald Dahl (1916, Llandaff, UNITED KINGDOM) ✰✰

27. Georges Simenon (1903, Liège, BELGIUM) ✰✰

28. Jack Kerouac (1922, Lowell, United States) ✰✰

29. Isabel Allende (1942, Lima, PERU) ✰✰

30. José Saramago (1922, Azinhaga, PORTUGAL) ✰✰

31. Anne Rice (1941, New Orleans, United States) ✰✰

32. Marguerite Yourcenar (1903, Brussels, Belgium) ✰✰

33. Imre Kertész (1929, Budapest, HUNGARY) ✰✰

34. Haruki Murakami (1949, Kyoto, Japan) ✰✰

35. Michael Ende (1929, Garmisch-Partenkirchen, GERMANY) ✰✰

36. Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn (1918, Kislovodsk, Russia) ✰✰

37. William Golding (1911, Newquay, UNITED KINGDOM) ✰✰

38. Anton LaVey (1930, Chicago, United States) ✰✰

39. Mario Puzo (1920, New York, United States) ✰✰

40. Alberto Moravia (1907, Rome, ITALY) ✰✰

41. Naguib Mahfouz (1911, Cairo, EGYPT) ✰✰

42. Orhan Pamuk (1952, Istanbul, TURKEY) ✰✰

43. Carlos Castaneda (1925, Cajamarca, Peru) ✰✰

44. Marguerite Duras (1914, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam) ✰✰

45. Philip K. Dick (1928, Chicago, United States) ✰✰

46. Octavio Paz (1914, Mexico City, MEXICO) ✰✰

47. Peter Drucker (1909, Vienna, Austria) ✰✰

48. Jacques Prévert (1900, Neuilly-sur-Seine, FRANCE) ✰✰

49. Günter Grass (1927, Gdańsk, Poland) ✰✰

50. Dario Fo (1926, Sangiano, ITALY) ✰✰

51. Elfriede Jelinek (1946, Mürzzuschlag, AUSTRIA) ✰

52. Kurt Vonnegut (1922, Indianapolis, United States) ✰

53. Italo Calvino (1923, Santiago de las Vegas, CUBA) ✰

54. Arthur Miller (1915, New York, United States) ✰

55. Tennessee Williams (1911, Columbus, United States) ✰

56. Tove Jansson (1914, Helsinki, FINLAND) ✰

57. Vladimir Vysotsky (1938, Moscow, Russia) ✰

58. Saul Bellow (1915, Lachine, CANADA) ✰

59. Graham Greene (1904, Berkhamsted, UNITED KINGDOM) ✰

60. Halldór Laxness (1902, Reykjavik, ICELAND) ✰

61. Claude Simon (1913, Antananarivo, Madagascar) ✰

62. Frank Herbert (1920, Tacoma, United States) ✰

63. Allen Ginsberg (1926, Newark, United States) ✰

64. Primo Levi (1919, Turin, Italy) ✰

65. Mario Vargas Llosa (1936, Arequipa, PERU) ✰

66. Terry Pratchett (1948, Beaconsfield, UNITED KINGDOM) ✰

67. Nadine Gordimer (1923, Springs, SOUTH AFRICA) ✰

68. Czesław Miłosz (1911, Šeteniai, LITHUANIA) ✰

69. Paul Celan (1920, Chernivtsi, Ukraine) ✰

70. Kenzaburō Ōe (1935, Uchiko, JAPAN) ✰

71. Eyvind Johnson (1900, Boden, SWEDEN) ✰

72. Jean Genet (1910, Paris, FRANCE) ✰

73. Joseph Brodsky (1940, Saint Petersburg, Russia) ✰

74. John Maxwell Coetzee (1940, Cape Town, SOUTH AFRICA) ✰

75. Boris Vian (1920, Ville-d’Avray, France) ✰

76. Mika Waltari (1908, Helsinki, FINLAND) ✰

77. Friedrich Dürrenmatt (1921, Konolfingen, SWITZERLAND) ✰

78. Camilo José Cela (1916, Padron, Spain) ✰

79. Harry Martinson (1904, Jämshög, Sweden) ✰

80. Susan Sontag (1933, New York, United States) ✰

81. Harold Pinter (1930, London, United Kingdom) ✰

82. Doris Lessing (1919, Kermanshah, Iran) ✰

83. Sidney Sheldon (1917, Chicago, United States) ✰

84. Julio Cortázar (1914, Ixelles, BELGIUM) ✰

85. Jean-Marie Gustave Le Clézio (1940, Nice, FRANCE) ✰

86. Philip Roth (1933, Newark, United States) ✰

87. Arthur C. Clarke (1917, Minehead, UNITED KINGDOM) ✰

88. Amos Oz (1939, Jerusalem, Israel) ✰

89. Erich von Däniken (1935, Zofingen, SWITZERLAND) ✰

90. Robert A. Heinlein (1907, Butler, United States) ✰

91. Ian Fleming (1908, London, United Kingdom) ✰

92. Václav Havel (1936, Prague, CZECH REPUBLIC) ✰

93. William S. Burroughs (1914, St. Louis, United States) ✰

94. Jaroslav Seifert (1901, Žižkov, Czech Republic) ✰

95. George Seferis (1900, Urla, Turkey) ✰

96. Ayn Rand (1905, Saint Petersburg, Russia) ✰

97. Sándor Márai (1900, Košice, Slovakia) ✰

98. Léopold Sédar Senghor (1906, Joal-Fadiouth, SENEGAL) ✰

99. Paul Auster (1947, Newark, United States) ✰

100. Arthur Koestler (1905, Budapest, HUNGARY) ✰


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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