﴾ Writers ﴿ in Movies ֍by angeliki_spatki | created - 31 Mar 2011 | updated - 2 months ago | Public
Writers on screen ◊ Creative Pen (All Times, Global) ◊ see also a similar authors list
Writer | Traviata '53
French novelist and playwright, chiefly known for his 1848 novel "Camille", which appeared as a play four years later and has been filmed many times.
"Camille Claudel" 1988 FR
2. Oscar Wilde
Writer | The Picture of Dorian Gray
A gifted poet, playwright and wit, Oscar Wilde was a phenomenon in 19th-century England. He was illustrious for preaching the importance of style in life and art, and of attacking Victorian narrow-mindedness.
Wilde was born in Dublin, Ireland, in 1854. He studied at Trinity College in Dublin before ...
Writer | Lifeboat
John Steinbeck was the third of four children and the only son born to John Ernst and Olive Hamilton Steinbeck. His father was County Treasurer and his mother, a former schoolteacher. John graduated from Salinas High School in 1919 and attended classes at Stanford University, leaving in 1925 ...
4. Mark Twain
Writer | The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn
Mark Twain, born Samuel Langhorne Clemens in Florida, Missouri in 1835, grew up in Hannibal. He was a steamboat pilot on the Mississippi River. Throughout his career, Twain served as a writer, lecturer, reporter, editor, printer, and prospector. Twain took his pen name from an alert cry used on his...
novelist US - The Adventures of Tom Sawyer 1938 by Norman Taurog
Writer | M the Movie
William Shakespeare's birthdate is assumed from his baptism on April 25. His father John was the son of a farmer who became a successful tradesman; his mother Mary Arden was gentry. He studied Latin works at Stratford Grammar School, leaving at about age 15. About this time his father suffered an ...
6. Walter Scott
Writer | Ivanhoe
Sir Walter Scott was born August 15, 1771, in Edinburgh, Scotland, as the ninth child (and the fourth surviving) of Walter Scott, a solicitor, and his wife Anne Rutherford. Polio, contracted when he was two, resulted in a crippled left leg, but even this illness did not prevent Scott from growing ...
(with Robert Taylor as) Ivanohe, the "Dark Knight" (1952) UK
7. Jane Austen
Writer | Sense and Sensibility
Jane Austen was born on December 16th, 1775, to the local rector, Rev. George Austen (1731-1805), and Cassandra Leigh (1739-1827). She was the seventh of eight children. She had one older sister, Cassandra. In 1783 she went to Southampton to be taught by a relative, Mrs. Cawley, but was brought ...
Writer | Oliver!
Charles Dickens' father was a clerk at the Naval Pay Office, and because of this the family had to move from place to place: Plymouth, London, Chatham. It was a large family and despite hard work, his father couldn't earn enough money. In 1823 he was arrested for debt and Charles had to start ...
Writer | A Streetcar Named Desire
Tennessee Williams met long-term partner Frank Merlo in the summer of 1948 (Merlo died of lung cancer in the fall of 1963). Though separated briefly in 1961 and again in 1962, the two were partners for 15 years. Merlo acted as his personal manager/secretary.
Williams spent much of his most prolific ...
Playwright Wrote many plays which have been transfered to cinema: The Roman Spring of Mrs Stone, Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, A street car named desire, Suddenly Last Summer, Sweet Bird of Youth etc. - US
10. Norman Mailer
Writer | Tough Guys Don't Dance
Norman Mailer, the Brooklyn-born and -bred writer who fought for what he characterized as the "heavyweight championship" of American letters after the 1961 death of Ernest Hemingway, never came close to his dream of writing the Great American novel, but he was a colossus of American culture and ...
Tough guys don't dance, The American Dream 1966 ◊ Novelist US
11. Truman Capote
Actor | Murder by Death
Truman Capote was born on September 30, 1924 in New Orleans, Louisiana, USA as Truman Streckfus Persons. He was a writer and actor, known for Murder by Death (1976), The Innocents (1961) and Breakfast at Tiffany's (1961). He died on August 25, 1984 in Los Angeles, California, USA.
12. Michael Ondaatje
Writer | The English Patient
Michael Ondaatje was born on September 12, 1943 in Colombo, Ceylon as Philip Michael Ondaatje. He is a writer, known for The English Patient (1996), Elimination Dance (1998) and The Offering (1966). He is married to Linda Spaulding.
Writer | Dangerous Liaisons
Christopher Hampton was born on January 26, 1946 in Faial, Açores, Portugal as Christopher James Hampton. He is a writer, known for Dangerous Liaisons (1988), Atonement (2007) and The Quiet American (2002). He has been married to Laura de Holesch since 1971. They have two children.
PR (born), US
14. Edward Albee
Writer | A Delicate Balance
Edward Albee was born on March 12, 1928 in Washington, District of Columbia, USA as Edward Franklin Albee III. He was a writer, known for A Delicate Balance (1973), Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? (2017) and The Ballad of the Sad Cafe (1991). He died on September 16, 2016 in Montauk, New York, USA.
Playwright Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf - US
15. Ernest Hemingway
Writer | To Have and Have Not
Ernest Hemingway was an American writer who won the Pulitzer Prize (1953) and the Nobel Prize in Literature (1954) for his novel The Old Man and the Sea, which was made into a 1958 film The Old Man and the Sea (1958).
He was born into the hands of his physician father. He was the second of six ...
Writer | The Unbearable Lightness of Being
Jean-Claude Carrière was born on September 19, 1931 in Colombières-sur-Orb, Hérault, France as Jean-Claude François Carrière. He is a writer and actor, known for The Unbearable Lightness of Being (1988), The Discreet Charm of the Bourgeoisie (1972) and Happy Anniversary (1962).
Scriptwriter La Piscine (1969) - FR
17. Agatha Christie
Writer | Witness for the Prosecution
Agatha was born as "Agatha Mary Clarissa Miller" in 1890 to Frederick Alvah Miller and Clara Boehmer. Agatha was of American and British descent, her father being American and her mother British. Her father was a relatively affluent stockbroker. Agatha received home education from early childhood ...
18. Arthur Miller
Writer | The Crucible
Arthur Asher Miller was born on October 17, 1915, in New York City, one of three children born to Augusta (nee Barnett) and Isidore Miller. His family was of Austrian Jewish descent. His father manufactured women's coats, but his business was devastated by the Depression, seeding his son's ...
19. Henry Miller
Writer | Stille dage i Clichy
Henry Miller was born on December 26, 1891 in New York City, New York, USA as Henry Valentine Miller. He was a writer and actor, known for Quiet Days in Clichy (1970), Jours tranquilles à Clichy (1990) and Tropic of Cancer (1970). He was married to Hoki Tokuda, Evelyn Byrd (Keven) McClure, ...
Novelist "Quite Days in Clichy" US
20. D.H. Lawrence
Writer | The Plainclothesman
David Herbert Lawrence was born in Nottinghamshire, England, 11 September 1885. His father was a coal miner, his mother a genteel woman who sought education and refinement for her son. Lawrence earned a university degree and taught school for a short time. While still a student he began to publish ...
Novelist "Sons and Lovers" UK
Writer | Synd
He started to study at the Uppsala University but dropped out to pursue an economically unstable career as a journalist. In 1872 he published the first of his many masterpieces, 'Mäster Olof'. In 1874 he got a position at the Royal Library in Stockholm, which enabled him to marry 'Siri von Essen'. ...
playwright Miss Julia 2014 ◊ SE
Writer | Madamigella di Maupin
Founded the doctrine of "Art for Art's sake," and proclaimed it in the preface to his 1835 novel "Mademoiselle de Maupin."
23. Gustave Flaubert
Writer | Salammbo
Gustave Flaubert was born on December 12, 1821, in Rouen, Seine-Inférieure, France. His father was a Medical Doctor and practiced surgery in Rouen, in Hôtel-Dieu (where Flaubert was born). His mother was from an aristocratic Norman family. Young Flaubert received a good private education with ...
Mme Bovary FR
Writer | A Time to Love and a Time to Die
The German novelist Erich Maria Remarque was born in Osnabrück in 1898. His first novel, the famous anti-war epic All Quiet on the Western Front (1930), was written based on his experiences as a soldier in WWI, and published in 1929. He moved to Switzerland until 1939 and later emigrated to the US....
"Arc de Triomphe", "Promissed Land", Bobby Deerfield by Sydney Pollack (1977) DE
Writer | Gigi
Colette was born on January 28, 1873 in Saint-Sauveur-en-Puisaye, Yonne, France as Sidonie Gabrielle Colette. She was a writer, known for Gigi (1958), Chéri (2009) and Claudine (1913). She was married to Maurice Goudeket, Henri de Jouvenel des Ursins and Willy. She died on August 3, 1954 in ...
Writer | The Red and the Black
A foremost French writer of the Romantic era, Stendhal was born Marie-Henri Beyle in Grenoble, France in 1783. A loyal Bonapartist he followed Napoleon closely during his military campaigns Stendhal's novels reflect his intense love of Italy, his political convictions and the moral and ...
"Le Rouge et le Noir", "Parma's Monastery" FR
27. Emily Brontë
Writer | Wuthering Heights
The dreamiest of the talented Brontë clan, Emily Jane Brontë was born in 1818. Her mother died when she was barely more than a toddler, and Emily and her younger sister, Anne, became very close. Along with their other siblings, 'Charlotte Bronte' and Branwell Bronte, they invented the make-believe ...
"Weathering Heights" UK
28. Charlotte Brontë
Writer | Jane Eyre
Charlotte was born 1816, the third of the six children of Patrick Brontë, an Anglican clergyman, and his wife Maria Branwell Brontë. After their mother's death in 1821, Charlotte and her sisters, Maria and Elizabeth, were sent to Cowan Bridge Clergy Daughters' School, which Charlotte would later ...
"Jane Eyre" UK
Writer | Gone with the Wind
Margaret Mitchell was born on November 8, 1900 in Atlanta, Georgia, USA as Margaret Munnerlyn Mitchell. She is known for her work on Gone with the Wind (1939), Luan shi yao ji (1956) and E o Vento Levou (1956). She was married to John R. Marsh and Berrien Kinnard "Red" Upshaw. She died on August 16...
"Gone with the Wind" - US
30. Vladimir Nabokov
Writer | Lolita
Vladimir Vladimirovich Nabokov was born on April 22, 1899, the eldest of five children in a wealthy aristocratic family in St. Petersburg, Russia. His grandfather was a Justice Minister to the Czar Alexander II. His father, named Vladimir Dmitrievich Nabokov, was a liberal political leader, the ...
31. Albert Camus
Writer | The Misunderstanding
Albert Camus was born on November 7, 1913, in Mondovi, Algeria. His parents were Spanish-French-Algerian (pied noir) colonists. His father, named Lucien Camus died in the Battle of Marne (1914) during WWI. His mother, named Catherine Helene Sintes was of Spanish origin, she was a mute deaf, due to ...
32. Bertolt Brecht
Writer | Die Dreigroschenoper
Bertolt Brecht was born on 10 February 1898 in Augsburg, Germany and one of the country's most influential poets, playwrights and screenwriters. His most famous work was the musical "The Threepenny Opera" (with Kurt Weill), but his dramas such as "Mother Courage and Her Children" or "The Good ...
Playwright "The circle with the writing chalk" - DE
33. Lev Tolstoy
Writer | Anna Karenina
Count Lev Nikolaevich Tolstoy was born on September 9, 1828, in his ancestral estate Yasnaya Polyana, South of Moscow, Russia. He was the fourth of five children in a wealthy family of Russian landed Gentry. His parents died when he was a child, and he was brought up by his elder brothers and ...
Anna Karenina 1967 - RU
Writer | The Double
Fyodor Mikhailovich Dostoevsky was born on November 11, 1821, in Moscow, Russia. He was the second of seven children of Mikhail Andreevich and Maria Dostoevsky. His father, a doctor, was a member of the Russian nobility, owned serfs and had a considerable estate near Moscow where he lived with his ...
35. Émile Zola
Writer | Bakjwi
Émile Zola was born on April 2, 1840, in Paris, France. His father was an Italian engineer. Young Zola studied at the Collége Bourbon in Provence, where his schoolmate and friend was Paul Cezanne. In 1858 Zola returned to Paris and became a student at the Lycée Saint-Louis, from which he graduated ...
36. Paul Osborn
Writer | East of Eden
Son of a Baptist minister. Graduated from the University of Michigan, where he later taught English. Studied drama and playwriting at Yale University. Created a singular reputation for successful adaptations of novels into plays and screenplays, notably 'A Bell for Adano' and 'The World of Suzie ...
Playwright "Raged Youth" (Οργισμένα Νειάτα), East of Eden Script US
37. Françoise Sagan
Writer | Les fougères bleues
Françoise Sagan was born on June 21, 1935 in Cajarc, Lot, France as Françoise Quoirez. She was a writer and actress, known for Les fougères bleues (1977), Bonjour Tristesse (1958) and Goodbye Again (1961). She was married to Robert Westhoff and Guy Schoeller. She died on September 24, 2004 ...
"Bonjour Tristesse", "La Chamade", "Aimez-vous Brahms?" - FR
38. Marguerite Duras
Writer | Le camion
Ms. Duras was born in southern Vietnam and lost her father at age 4. The family savings of 20 years bought the family a small plot in Cambodia, but everything was lost in a single season's flooding. The disaster killed her mother as a result. After high school in Saigon, Ms. Duras left Indochina to...
Writer | Shooting Bernarda
Federíco Garcia Lorca was born in the south of Spain (Andalusia) in 1898 and soon became the region's most famous artist. A poet, playwright, artist, musician and lecturer, he wrote groundbreaking plays such as 'Blood Wedding' and 'Yerma'. His support of the Spanish Republic in the 1930s led to his...
Poet, Playwright The House of Bernarda Aba ES
40. Alberto Moravia
Writer | Le mépris
Alberto Moravia was born on November 22, 1907 in Rome, Lazio, Italy as Alberto Pincherle. He was a writer and actor, known for Contempt (1963), The Conformist (1970) and L'occhio selvaggio (1967). He was married to Carmen Llera and Elsa Morante. He died on September 26, 1990 in Rome.
Writer | Jules et Jim
French author, diarist, journalist, as well as an art collector and dealer. His two autobiographical novels were turned into successful films by Francois Truffaut.
Writer | Dangerous Liaisons
A career army officer, he was made a brigadier general by Napoléon Bonaparte.
43. Prosper Mérimée
Writer | Carmen
Prosper Mérimée has published a book of his one-act plays with the nickname 'Clara Gazul, an actress' and his own portrait as a woman on its cover.
44. Eugène Ionesco
Actor | Ariane
In 1909, Eugen Ionescu was born in Slatina, Romania to a lawyer, Eugen Ionescu Sr. and a French lady by the name of Therese Zicard. In 1913 they moved to France, but in 1924 when his parents divorced, he returned with his father to Romania. He studied in Craiova and in 1929 he attended the ...
45. James Agee
Writer | The African Queen
James Agee, Pulitzer Prize winning author, was born in Knoxville in 1909. The intense writer was to enjoy little real success in his lifetime, but after death won accolades. In 1958 he won the Pulitzer Prize in fiction for his uncompleted biographical novel A Death in the Family. Agee also wrote ...
All the way home 1963, African queen US
Writer | The Curious Case of Benjamin Button
"There are no second acts in American lives," wrote F. Scott Fitzgerald, who himself went from being the high priest of the Jazz Age to a down-and-out alcoholic within the space of 20 years, but not before giving the world several literary masterpieces, the most famous of which is "The Great Gatsby...
"The Great Gatsby" 1974 US
47. E.M. Forster
Writer | Howards End
E.M. Forster was born on January 1, 1879 in London, England as Edward Morgan Forster. He was a writer, known for Howards End (1992), A Room with a View (1985) and The Machine Stops (2009). He died on June 7, 1970 in Coventry, Warwickshire, England.
Novelist "Howards End" (1910): "Dear Helen it is not what we expected. It's old, little but marvelous - all in red brick..." - UK
Writer | The Last Temptation of Christ
Nikos Kazantzakis was born in Heraklion, Crete (Greece). He studied Law in Athens and in Paris, but soon he studied philosophy and literature. He travelled almost everywhere; he learnt many foreign languages and left his scientific research for Nitsche. At philosophy: "Ascetics" (Salvatores Dei, ...
Novelist, Essayist "Zorba the Greek" 1964 ◊ Crete (Heraklion) GR
49. Harold Pinter
Writer | Sleuth
Harold Pinter, the 2005 Nobel Laureate for Literature, was born October 10, 1930, in London's working-class Hackney district to Hyman and Frances Pinter, Eastern European Jews who had immigrated to the United Kingdom from Portugal. Hyman (known as "Jack") was a tailor specializing in women's ...
Playwright "The Servant" - UK
50. Paul Bowles
Writer | The Sheltering Sky
Composer and author, educated at the University of Virginia, he studied with Aaron Copland and Virgil Thomson, and received Guggenheim and Rockefeller grants. Paul Bowles joined ASCAP in 1945, and he researched folk music in Spain, North Africa, the Antilles, and South and Central America. He lived...
"Sheltering Sky" 1990, by B. Bertolucci - UK
Writer | Barry Lyndon
William Makepeace Thackeray was born on July 18, 1811 in Calcutta, Bengal Presidency, British India. He was a writer, known for Barry Lyndon (1975), Vanity Fair (1932) and Pierscien i róza (1987). He was married to Isabella Gethin Shawe. He died on December 24, 1863 in London, England.
52. Tonino Guerra
Writer | Amarcord
Legendary Italian screenwriter was born Antonio Guerra on the 16th of March 1920 in Sant'Arcangelo, Italy, south of Ravenna. He wrote several short stories, poetry and novels and in 1956 his first screenplay "Man and Wolves" (co-written by Elio Petri) was directed by Giuseppe De Santis. Three years...
Srciptwriter "La Decima Vittima" 1965, by Elio Petri ◊ IT
53. Virginia Woolf
Writer | Orlando
London-born Virginia Woolf came from a wealthy family and, unlike her brothers, received her education at home, an unusual step for the times. Her parents had both had children from previous marriages, so she grew up with a variety of siblings, stepbrothers and stepsisters. Her father was a ...
Novelist Hours UK
54. Thomas Hardy
Writer | Far from the Madding Crowd
Thomas Hardy was born on June 2, 1840 in Upper Bockhampton, Dorset, England. He was a writer, known for Far from the Madding Crowd (2015), Maiden No More and Tess (1979). He was married to Florence Emily Dugdale and Emma Lavinia Gifford. He died on January 11, 1928 in Dorchester, Dorset.
Jude 1996 - UK
55. Henry James
Writer | What Maisie Knew
Henry James was born 15 April 1843, to a wealthy family. He was born in New York, New York USA. His parents were Henry James Sr. and Mary Robertson Walsh; He had one brother William James (January 11 1842-August 26 1910) and one sister Alice James. When Henry James was a young boy he would enjoy ...
Writer | Rebecca
Daphne Du Maurier was one of the most popular English writers of the 20th Century, when middle-brow genre fiction was accorded a higher level of respect in a more broadly literate age. For her services to literature, she was made a Dame Commander of the Order of the British Empire in 1969, the ...
57. Eugene O'Neill
Writer | Ah, Wilderness!
Eugene O'Neill, the winner of four Pulitzer Prizes for Drama and the 1936 Nobel Prize for Literature, is widely considered the greatest American playwright. No one, not Maxwell Anderson, Tennessee Williams, Arthur Miller, nor Edward Albee, approaches O'Neill in terms of his artistic achievement or ...
"A long day's journey into the night" US
58. William Inge
Writer | Splendor in the Grass
William (Motter) Inge brought small-town life in the American Midwest to Broadway with four successive dramatic triumphs: "Come Back Little Sheba" (1950), "Picnic" (1953; Pulitzer Prize), "Bus Stop" (1955) and "The Dark at the Top of the Stairs" (1957). With the exception of his Academy ...
"Splendor in the Grass", transfered by Elias Kazan US
59. Anthony Shaffer
Writer | Sleuth
Anthony Shaffer was born on May 15, 1926 in Liverpool, England as Anthony Joshua Shaffer. He is known for his work on Sleuth (1972), Frenzy (1972) and The Wicker Man (1973). He was married to Diane Cilento and Carolyn Soley. He died on November 6, 2001 in London, England.
Playwright Equs UK
Writer | Eyes Wide Shut
Arthur Schnitzler was born on May 15, 1862 in Vienna, Austrian Empire. He was a writer, known for Eyes Wide Shut (1999), The Affairs of Anatol (1921) and Lili. He was married to Olga Gussmann. He died on October 21, 1931 in Vienna, Austria.
"Eyes Wide Shut" transfered by Stanley Cubrick AT
61. John Braine
Writer | Room at the Top
John Braine was born on April 13, 1922 in Bradford, West Yorkshire, England as John Gerard Braine. He was a writer, known for Room at the Top (1959), The Jealous God (2005) and Man at the Top (1970). He was married to Helen Wood. He died on October 28, 1986 in London, England.
62. Thomas Mann
Writer | Le mirage
Thomas Mann was probably Germany's most influential author of the 20th century, receiving the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1929. Born on 6 June 1875 in Lübeck, his family moved to Munich in 1893, where he lived until 1933 and wrote some of his most successful novels like "Buddenbrocks" (1901), "...
"Death in Venice" transfered by Luchino Visconti DE
63. Rudy Wurlitzer
Writer | Candy Mountain
"Homo Faber", "Little Buddha" DE
64. Peter Shaffer
Writer | Amadeus
Peter Shaffer was born on May 15, 1926 in Liverpool, England as Peter Levin Shaffer. He is known for his work on Amadeus (1984), Equus (1977) and The Public Eye (1972). He died on June 6, 2016 in County Cork, Ireland.
Playwright Equs UK
65. Marcel Pagnol
Writer | La fille du puisatier
Marcel Pagnol was born on February 28, 1895 in Aubagne, Bouches-du-Rhône, France as Marcel Paul Pagnol. He was a writer and producer, known for The Well-Digger's Daughter (1940), Heartbeat (1938) and Angele (1934). He was married to Jacqueline Pagnol and Simone Collin. He died on April 18, 1974 in ...
"Jean de Florette", "Manon des Sources" - FR
66. Stieg Larsson
Writer | The Girl in the Spider's Web
Stieg Larsson's three novels (collectively known as "The Millennium Series") were published posthumously, and each became a feature film. They were entitled (for the American market) The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (originally published in 2005), The Girl Who Played with Fire (originally published ...
The Girl with the Dragon Tatoo 2007 (Novel) - SE
Writer | Mikres Afrodites
Writer | Oi Athinaioi
Vassilis Alexakis was a Greek-French writer and self-translator of numerous novels in Greek, his mother tongue, and in French. The son of actor Giannis Alexakis, he was born in Greece. He first came to France in 1961 to study journalism at the university in Lille and returned to Greece in 1964 to ...
Novelist Greek origine novelist, living in France
69. Leon Trotsky
Self | Godovshchina revolyutsii
Communist leader. He was chief theorist, a leader in both the 1905 and 1917 Russian Revolutions alongside V.I. Lenin. As commissar for foreign affairs, Trotsky arranged the Treaty of Brest-Litovsk with Germany. He next became head of the Red Army during the Russian Civil War, which resulted in the ...
Writer | The Talented Mr. Ripley
Patricia Highsmith was born on January 19, 1921 in Fort Worth, Texas, USA as Mary Patricia Plangman. She was a writer, known for The Talented Mr. Ripley (1999), Strangers on a Train (1951) and The Two Faces of January (2014). She died on February 4, 1995 in Locarno, Switzerland.
Novelist Patricia Highsmith (1921–1995) - "The Talented Mr Ripley", "The two faces of January" - US
71. Pearl S. Buck
Writer | The Big Wave
Daughter of Christian missionaries, Pearl Buck was reared and educated in China. She received her university education in America but returned to China in the mid-1910s. She became a university instructor and writer, eventually authoring novels about China, some of which were turned into Hollywood ...
72. Betty Smith
Writer | A Tree Grows in Brooklyn
Betty Smith was born on December 15, 1896 in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, New York City, New York, USA as Elisabeth Wehner. She was a writer, known for A Tree Grows in Brooklyn (1945), Joy in the Morning (1965) and Hour Glass (1946). She died on January 17, 1972.
Writer | La criada de la granja
Guy de Maupassant was born on August 5, 1850 in Château de Miromesnil, France as Henry-René-Albert-Guy de Maupassant. He was a writer, known for La criada de la granja (1953), Black Sabbath (1963) and Masculin Féminin (1966). He died on July 6, 1893 in Paris, France.
"Belami" - FR
74. Marcel Proust
Writer | Un amour de Swann
Marcel Proust was a French intellectual, author and critic, best known for his seven-volume fiction 'In search of Lost Time'. He coined the term "involuntary memory", which became also known as "Proust effect" in modern psychology.
He was born Valentin Louis Georges Eugéne Marcel Proust, on July 10, ...
"D' a côté de chez Swan", "Time Regained" 1999 - FR
Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn was a Russian writer who was imprisoned for his criticism of the Soviet dictator Joseph Stalin, and later exposed Stalin's prison system in his novels and spent 20 years in exile.
He was born Aleksandr Isaakovich Solzhenitsyn on December 11, 1918, in Kislovodsk, Southern ...
"A day in the life of Ivan Denisovitch" - RU
76. Boris Pasternak
Writer | Doctor Zhivago
Boris Pasternak was born in Moscow on February 10, 1890 into an artistic family of Russian-Jewish heritage. His father was an acclaimed artist named Leonid Pasternak, who converted to Christianity, and his mother was a renown concert pianist named Rosa Kaufman. Their home was open to family friends...
"Doctor Zhivago" - RU
77. Jean Anouilh
Director | Deux sous de violettes
Jean Anouilh was born on June 23, 1910 in Bordeaux, Gironde, France as Jean Marie Lucien Pierre Anouilh. He was a writer and director, known for Two Pennies Worth of Violets (1951), Le voyageur sans bagages (1944) and Monsoon (1952). He was married to Nicole Lançon and Monelle Valentin. He died on ...
"Thomas Becket" with Richard Burton as Archibishop of Canterburry, "Jeanne d' Arc" - FR
78. William Faulkner
Writer | The Big Sleep
William Faulkner, one of the 20th century's most gifted novelists, wrote for the movies in part because he could not make enough money from his novels and short stories to support his growing number of dependants. The author of such acclaimed novels as "The Sound and the Fury" and "Absalom, Absalom...
"As I lay Dying" 2013 - New Albany, Mississippi, US
79. Bernard Malamud
Writer | The Natural
Celebrated writer Bernard Malamud was born in Brooklyn, NY, in 1914. He was educated at the City College of New York (CCNY) and New York's Columbia University, from which he graduated with an M.A. in 1942. After graduation he was a high-school English teacher for most of the rest of the decade and ...
Writer | Quartet
Popular British novelist, playwright, short-story writer and the highest-paid author in the world in the 1930s, Somerset Maugham graduated in 1897 from St. Thomas' Medical School and qualified as a doctor, but abandoned medicine after the success of his first novels and plays. During World War I he...
The Razor's Edge 1984 - UK
81. Neil Simon
Writer | The Odd Couple
Neil Simon was born on July 4, 1927 in The Bronx, New York City, New York, USA as Marvin Neil Simon. He was a writer and producer, known for The Odd Couple (1968), Murder by Death (1976) and The Goodbye Girl (1977). He was married to Elaine Joyce, Diane Lander, Marsha Mason and Joan Baim. He died ...
82. Ian McEwan
Writer | Atonement
Ian McEwan was born on June 21, 1948 in Aldershot, Hampshire, England as Ian Russell McEwan. He is a writer and producer, known for Atonement (2007), The Good Son (1993) and Enduring Love (2004). He has been married to Annalena McAfee since 1997. He was previously married to Penny Allen.
Atonement 2007 (novel) - UK
83. Knut Hamsun
Writer | Poslední radost
Norwegian novelist Knut Hamsun was born to a poor family and sent to live with an uncle, a commercial fisherman. He grew up without any formal schooling. Hamsun left Norway for the U.S. twice: once in 1882, and again in 1886. Each time he stayed in the U.S. for two years, holding various jobs ...
84. Raymond Queneau
Writer | La grande frousse
Raymond Queneau was born on February 21, 1903 in Le Havre, Seine-Inférieure [now Seine-Maritime], France. He was a writer, known for The Big Scare (1964), Death in the Garden (1956) and Lovers, Happy Lovers! (1954). He was married to Jeannine Kahn. He died on October 25, 1976 in Paris, France.
Zazie dans le métro (1960) FR
Writer | Coco avant Chanel
Edmonde Charles-Roux was born on April 17, 1920 in Neuilly-sur-Seine, Hauts-de-Seine, France. She was a writer, known for Coco Before Chanel (2009), The Palermo Connection (1990) and L'invité du dimanche (1968). She was married to Gaston Defferre. She died on January 20, 2016 in Marseille, ...
French Novelist, Essayist Coco avant Chanel 2007 (Novel) - FR
Writer | Le feu follet
When Antone de Saint-Exupéry was about to leave Vichy to go to America during WW2 he had to go to Paris to collect some papers. He accepted a ride (his last visit to Paris) from Drieu La Rochelle not know he was one of the most notorious literary collaborators. Drieu La Rochelle was so compromised ...
87. Joachim Fest
Writer | Der Untergang
Joachim Fest was born on December 8, 1926 in Berlin, Germany as Joachim Clemens Fest. He is known for his work on Downfall (2004), Hitler: A career (1977) and Hallo Nachbarn! (1963). He was married to Ingrid Ascher. He died on September 11, 2006 in Kronberg im Taunus, Hesse, Germany.
Downfall 2003 (Novel) DE
Writer | Howards End
Ruth Prawer Jhabvala was born on May 7, 1927 in Cologne, North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany as Ruth Prawer. She was a writer, known for Howards End (1992), A Room with a View (1985) and The Remains of the Day (1993). She was married to Cyrus Jhabvala. She died on April 3, 2013 in Manhattan, New York ...
89. Kazuo Ishiguro
Writer | The Remains of the Day
Kazuo Ishiguro was born on November 8, 1954 in Nagasaki, Japan. He is a writer and producer, known for The Remains of the Day (1993), Never Let Me Go (2010) and The Saddest Music in the World (2003). He has been married to Lorna Anne MacDougall since 1986. They have one child.
Writer | Cabaret
Christopher Isherwood was born on August 26, 1904 in Cheshire, England as William Bradshaw Isherwood. He is known for his work on Cabaret (1972), A Single Man (2009) and Frankenstein: The True Story (1973). He died on January 4, 1986 in Santa Monica, California, USA.
A single man UK
91. Tony Kushner
Writer | Lincoln
Tony Kushner's play "Angels in America: A Gay Fantasia on National Themes" earned him the Pulitzer Prize, among many other awards. His other acclaimed plays include "Slavs", "Homebody/Kabul" and "Caroline, or Change". He has collaborated with children's author and illustrator Maurice Sendak on ...
Playwright Wrestling with Angels, Lincoln
92. John Fowles
Writer | The French Lieutenant's Woman
John Fowles was born on March 31, 1926 in Leigh-on-Sea, Essex, England as John Robert Fowles. He was a writer and actor, known for The French Lieutenant's Woman (1981), Bilanggo sa dilim (1986) and The Collector (1965). He was married to Sarah Smith and Elizabeth Whitton. He died on November 5, ...
Novelist The Magus 1962 - Essex UK
93. Anna Frank
Diary of Anna Frank
94. Ben Hecht
Writer | Notorious
Ben Hecht, one of Hollywood's and Broadway's greatest writers, won an Oscar for best original story for Underworld (1927) at the first Academy Awards in 1929 and had a hand in the writing of many classic films. He was nominated five more times for the best writing Oscar, winning (along with writing...
Scriptwright (Notorious / 1946)
95. Roland Barthes
Actor | Les soeurs Brontë
Roland Barthes was born on November 12, 1915 in Cherbourg, France. He was a writer, known for The Brontë Sisters (1979), Mouvements du désir (1994) and Let the Sunshine In (2017). He died on March 25, 1980 in Paris, France.
Novelist Un bon soleil 2017
96. Victor Hugo
Writer | Les Misérables
Although Hugo was fascinated by poems from childhood on, he spent some time on the polytechnic university of Paris until he dedicated all his work to literature. He was one of the few authors who were allowed to reach popularity during lifetime and one of the leaders of French romance.
After the ...
Novelist Les Misérables 2016
98. Jim Harrison
Writer | Wolf
Jim Harrison was born on December 11, 1937 in Grayling, Michigan, USA as James Thomas Harrison. He was a writer and producer, known for Wolf (1994), Legends of the Fall (1994) and Revenge (1990). He was married to Linda King. He died on March 26, 2016 in Patagonia, Arizona, USA.
Novelist Legends of the Fall 1993
100. Georges Simenon
Writer | Maigret tend un piège
Georges Simenon was born on February 13, 1903 in Liège, Wallonia, Belgium as Georges Joseph Christian Simenon. He is known for his work on Inspector Maigret (1958), The Man on the Eiffel Tower (1949) and La veuve Couderc (1971). He was married to Denyse Ouimet and Régine "Tigy" Renchon. He died on ...
Novelist creator of Maigret Inspector La Veuve Couderc 1971 FR