Mark Twain

Li Ang

Shi Shudan

Born: 1952

Writer best known for "The Butcher's Wife".

Nicholas Blake

Cecil Day-Lewis
1904 - 1972

Irish born poet and father of popular actor Daniel Day-Lewis.

Al Capp

Alfred Gerald Caplin
1909 - 1979

US cartoonist, originator of "Li'l Abner" strip.

Lewis Carroll

Charles Lutwidge Dodgson
Born: 27 January 1832
Died: 14 July 1898 (bronchitis)

Writer of famous works such as "Alice's Adventures in Wonderland" and "Alice Through the Looking Glass".

Joseph Conrad

Teodor Josef Konrad Korzeniowski
Born: 1857 (Poland)
Died: 1924

Lived and worked in England.

Aleister Crowley

Edward Alexander Crowley
Born: 12 October 1875
Leamington Spa, England
Died: 2 December 1947

Writer of philosophical and occult writings that form the backbone of the contemporary movement called "magick". Best knows as icon of contemporary occultists. Referring to himself as "The Great Beast", and "The Wickedest Man Alive".

George Eliot

Mary Ann (or Marion) Evans
Born: 22 November 1819
Warwickshire, England
Died: 22 December 1880

Writer. George Eliot was the pen name of the writer Mary Ann Evans, one of Victorian England's leading novelists.

Robert Jordan James Oliver Rigney, Jr.
Born: 17 October 1948
South Carolina, USA
Died: 16 September 2007

Writer of fantasy novels, best known for "The Wheel of Time" series.

John Le Carre

David John Moore Cornwell
Born: 19 October 1931
Dorset, England

Author of "Call for the Dead", "The Spy Who Came in from the Cold", (the film starred Richard Burton), "The Little Drummer Girl", "The Russia House".

Stan Lee

Stanley Martin Lieber
Born: 28 December 1922
New York City, USA

Co-creator of Spiderman, The Hulk, X-Men, Fantastic Four, Ironman, Thor.

Astrid Lindgren

Astrid Ericsso
Born: 14 November 1907
Vimmerby, Sweden

Author of Pippi Longstocking.

Spike Milligan

Terence Allan Milligan
Born: 16 April 1918
Ahmednagar, India
Died: 27 February 2002

Legendary comedian.


Jean-Baptiste Poquelin
Born: 15 January 1622
Paris, France
Died: 17 February 1673

French playwright.

George Orwell

Eric Arthur Blair
Born: 25 June 1903
Motihari, India
Died: 21 January 1950

Author of "Animal Farm" a modern beast-fable attacking Stalin(ism) and "1984", a novel setting forth his fears of an intrusively bureaucratised state of the future.

Ellery Queen

Joint pseudonym of the American crime novelists whose names are usually given as Frederic Dannay and Manfred B. Lee, originally Daniel Nathan and Manford Lepofsky.

Patrick Quentin

American detective fiction writers hide behind this name.

JK Rowling

Joanne Rowling
Born: 31 July 1965
Yate, South Gloucestershire, England

William Shakespeare

William Shakspere
Born: Stratford-upon-Avon, England

It is likely we will never know the true identity or identities of the person or persons whose work is collectivity attributed to the name "William Shakespeare". The true identity of the author(s) of over 30 plays and 200 poems has remained a point of debate for the last 200 years.

Irwin Shaw

Irmain Shamforoff
Born: 27 February 1913

Nevil Shute

Nevile Shute Norway
Born: 1899
Middlesex, England
Died: 1960

Writer of "On the Beach", filmed starring Ava Gardner, and "A Town Like Alice" which has been filmed twice, the first time with Peter Finch.

Mark Silverstone Mariusz Szewczyk
Born: 1976

Well known European painter and poet.

Bram Stoker

Abraham Stoker
Born: 8 November 1847
Dublin, Ireland
Died: 20 April 1912

Writer. Best known work - Dracula.

Mark Twain

Samuel Langhorne Clemens
Born: 30 November 1835
Florida, Missouri
Died: 21 April 1910

Author and Humourist. One of the all-time great American authors of such classics as "The Adventures of Tom Sawyer" and "Huckleberry Finn".


Francois Marie Arouet
Born: 1694 (Paris, France)
Died: 1778

Writer. Most famous for the novel Candide (1759).

Rebecca West

Cicily Isabel Fairfield
Born: 1892
London, England
Died: 15 March 1983

Writer, Critic, novelist and literary celebrity. Had famous love affairs with Charlie Chaplin and HG Wells.

Tennessee Williams

Thomas Lanier Williams
Born: 26 March 1911
Columbus, Mississippi
Died: 24 February 1983

One of America's greatest playwrights. Famous for works such as "A Streetcar Named Desire", "Cat on a Hot Tin Roof", and "Night of the Iguana".