HyperDic: author

English > 3 senses of the word author:
NOUNperson author, writerwrites (books or stories or articles or the like) professionally (for pay)
person author, generator, sourcesomeone who originates or causes or initiates something
VERBcreationauthorbe the author of
author > pronunciation
Soundsao'ther
RhymesArthur ... panther: 7 rhymes with ther...
English > author: 3 senses > noun 1, person
MeaningWrites (books or stories or articles or the like) professionally (for pay).
Synonymwriter
InstancesAiken, Conrad Aiken, Conrad Potter AikenUnited States writer (1889-1973)
Alger, Horatio AlgerUnited States author of inspirational adventure stories for boys
Algren, Nelson AlgrenUnited States writer (1909-1981)
Andersen, Hans Christian AndersenA Danish author remembered for his fairy stories (1805-1875)
Anderson, Sherwood AndersonUnited States author whose works were frequently autobiographical (1876-1941)
Aragon, Louis AragonFrench writer who generalized surrealism to literature (1897-1982)
Asch, Sholem Asch, Shalom Asch, Sholom AschUnited States writer (born in Poland) who wrote in Yiddish (1880-1957)
Asimov, Isaac AsimovUnited States writer (born in Russia) noted for his science fiction (1920-1992)
Auchincloss, Louis Auchincloss, Louis Stanton AuchinclossUnited States writer (born in 1917)
Austen, Jane AustenEnglish novelist noted for her insightful portrayals of middle-class families (1775-1817)
Baldwin, James Baldwin, James Arthur BaldwinUnited States author who was an outspoken critic of racism / racism (1924-1987)
Baraka, Imamu Amiri Baraka, LeRoi JonesUnited States writer of poems and plays about racial conflict / conflict (born in 1934)
Barth, John Barth, John Simmons BarthUnited States novelist (born in 1930)
Barthelme, Donald BarthelmeUnited States author of sometimes surrealistic stories (1931-1989)
Baum, Frank Baum, Lyman Frank BrownUnited States writer of children's books (1856-1919)
Beauvoir, Simone de BeauvoirFrench feminist and existentialist and novelist (1908-1986)
Beckett, Samuel BeckettA playwright and novelist (born in Ireland) who lived in France
Beerbohm, Max Beerbohm, Sir Henry Maxmilian BeerbohmEnglish writer and caricaturist (1872-1956)
Belloc, Hilaire Belloc, Joseph Hilaire Peter BellocEnglish author (born in France) remembered especially for his verse for children (1870-1953)
Bellow, Saul Bellow, Solomon BellowUnited States author (born in Canada) whose novels influenced American literature after World War II (1915-2005)
Benchley, Robert Benchley, Robert Charles BenchleyUnited States humorist (1889-1945)
Benet, William Rose BenetUnited States writer
Bierce, Ambrose Bierce, Ambrose Gwinett BierceUnited States writer of caustic wit (1842-1914)
Boell, Heinrich Boell, Heinrich Theodor BoellGerman novelist and writer of short stories (1917-1985)
Bontemps, Arna Wendell BontempsUnited States writer (1902-1973)
Borges, Jorge Borges, Jorge Luis BorgesArgentinian writer remembered for his short stories (1899-1986)
Boswell, James BoswellScottish author noted for his biography of Samuel Johnson (1740-1795)
Boyle, Kay BoyleUnited States writer (1902-1992)
Bradbury, Ray Bradbury, Ray Douglas BradburyUnited States writer of science fiction (born 1920)
Bronte, Charlotte BronteEnglish novelist
Bronte, Emily Bronte, Emily Jane Bronte, Currer BellEnglish novelist
Bronte, Anne BronteEnglish novelist
Browne, Charles Farrar Browne, Artemus WardUnited States writer of humorous tales of an itinerant showman (1834-1867)
Buck, Pearl Buck, Pearl Sydenstricker BuckUnited States author whose novels drew on her experiences as a missionary in China / China (1892-1973)
Bunyan, John BunyanEnglish preacher and author of an allegorical novel, Pilgrim's Progress (1628-1688)
Burgess, Anthony BurgessEnglish writer of satirical novels (1917-1993)
Burnett, Frances Hodgson Burnett, Frances Eliza Hodgson BurnettUnited States writer (born in England) remembered for her novels for children (1849-1924)
Burroughs, Edgar Rice BurroughsUnited States novelist and author of the Tarzan stories (1875-1950)
Burroughs, William Burroughs, William S. Burroughs, William Seward BurroughsUnited States writer noted for his works portraying the life of drug addicts (1914-1997)
Butler, Samuel ButlerEnglish novelist who described a fictitious land he called Erewhon (1835-1902)
Cabell, James Branch CabellUnited States writer of satirical novels (1879-1958)
Caldwell, Erskine Caldwell, Erskine Preston CaldwellUnited States author remembered for novels about poverty and degeneration (1903-1987)
Calvino, Italo CalvinoItalian writer of novels and short stories (born in Cuba) (1923-1987)
Camus, Albert CamusFrench writer who portrayed the human condition as isolated / isolated in an absurd world (1913-1960)
Canetti, Elias CanettiEnglish writer born in Germany (1905-1994)
Capek, Karel CapekCzech writer who introduced the word 'robot' into the English language (1890-1938)
Carroll, Lewis Carroll, Dodgson, Reverend Dodgson, Charles Dodgson, Charles Lutwidge DodgsonEnglish author
Cather, Willa Cather, Willa Sibert CatherUnited States writer who wrote about frontier life (1873-1947)
Cervantes, Miguel de Cervantes, Cervantes Saavedra, Miguel de Cervantes SaavedraSpanish writer best remembered for 'Don Quixote' which satirizes chivalry and influenced the development of the novel form (1547-1616)
Chandler, Raymond Chandler, Raymond Thornton ChandlerUnited States writer of detective thrillers featuring the character of Philip Marlowe (1888-1959)
Chateaubriand, Francois Rene Chateaubriand, Vicomte de ChateaubriandFrench statesman and writer
Cheever, John CheeverUnited States writer of novels and short stories (1912-1982)
Chesterton, G. K. Chesterton, Gilbert Keith ChestertonConservative English writer of the Roman Catholic persuasion
Chopin, Kate Chopin, Kate O'Flaherty ChopinUnited States writer who described Creole life in Louisiana (1851-1904)
Christie, Agatha Christie, Dame Agatha Mary Clarissa Christieprolific English writer of detective stories (1890-1976)
Churchill, Winston Churchill, Winston S. Churchill, Sir Winston Leonard Spenser ChurchillBritish statesman and leader during World War II
Clemens, Samuel Langhorne Clemens, Mark TwainUnited States writer and humorist best known for his novels about Tom Sawyer and Huckleberry Finn (1835-1910)
Cocteau, Jean CocteauFrench writer and film maker who worked in many artistic media (1889-1963)
Colette, Sidonie-Gabrielle Colette, Sidonie-Gabrielle Claudine ColetteFrench writer of novels about women (1873-1954)
Collins, Wilkie Collins, William Wilkie CollinsEnglish writer noted for early detective novels (1824-1889)
Conan Doyle, A. Conan Doyle, Arthur Conan Doyle, Sir Arthur Conan DoyleBritish author who created Sherlock Holmes (1859-1930)
Conrad, Joseph Conrad, Teodor Josef Konrad KorzeniowskiEnglish novelist (born in Poland) noted for sea stories and for his narrative technique (1857-1924)
Cooper, James Fenimore CooperUnited States novelist noted for his stories of American Indians and the frontier life (1789-1851)
Crane, Stephen CraneUnited States writer (1871-1900)
Day, Clarence Day, Clarence Shepard Day Jr.United States writer best known for his autobiographical works (1874-1935)
De Quincey, Thomas De QuinceyEnglish writer who described the psychological effects of addiction to opium (1785-1859)
Defoe, Daniel DefoeEnglish writer remembered particularly for his novel about Robinson Crusoe (1660-1731)
Dickens, Charles Dickens, Charles John Huffam DickensEnglish writer whose novels depicted and criticized social injustice (1812-1870)
Didion, Joan DidionUnited States writer (born in 1934)
Dinesen, Isak Dinesen, Blixen, Karen Blixen, Baroness Karen BlixenDanish writer who lived in Kenya for 19 years and is remembered for her writings about Africa (1885-1962)
Doctorow, E. L. Doctorow, Edgard Lawrence DoctorowUnited States novelist (born in 1931)
Dos Passos, John Dos Passos, John Roderigo Dos PassosUnited States novelist remembered for his portrayal of life in the United States (1896-1970)
Dostoyevsky, Dostoevski, Dostoevsky, Feodor Dostoyevsky, Fyodor Dostoyevsky, Feodor Dostoevski, Fyodor Dostoevski, Feodor Dostoevsky, Fyodor Dostoevsky, Feodor Mikhailovich Dostoyevsky, Fyodor Mikhailovich Dostoyevsky, Feodor Mikhailovich Dostoevski, Fyodor Mikhailovich Dostoevski, Feodor Mikhailovich Dostoevsky, Fyodor Mikhailovich DostoevskyRussian novelist who wrote of human suffering with humor and psychological insight (1821-1881)
Dreiser, Theodore Dreiser, Theodore Herman Albert DreiserUnited States novelist (1871-1945)
Dumas, Alexandre DumasFrench writer remembered for his swashbuckling historical tales (1802-1870)
Durrell, Lawrence Durrell, Lawrence George DurrellEnglish writer of Irish descent who spent much of his life in Mediterranean regions (1912-1990)
Ehrenberg, Ilya Ehrenberg, Ilya Grigorievich EhrenbergRussian novelist (1891-1967)
Eliot, George Eliot, Mary Ann EvansBritish writer of novels characterized by realistic analysis of provincial Victorian society (1819-1880)
Ellison, Ralph Ellison, Ralph Waldo EllisonUnited States novelist who wrote about a young Black man and his struggles in American society (1914-1994)
Emerson, Ralph Waldo EmersonUnited States writer and leading exponent of transcendentalism (1803-1882)
Farrell, James Thomas FarrellUnited States writer remembered for his novels (1904-1979)
Ferber, Edna FerberUnited States novelist
Fielding, Henry FieldingEnglish novelist and dramatist (1707-1754)
Fitzgerald, F. Scott Fitzgerald, Francis Scott Key FitzgeraldUnited States author whose novels characterized the Jazz Age in the United States (1896-1940)
Flaubert, Gustave FlaubertFrench writer of novels and short stories (1821-1880)
Fleming, Ian Fleming, Ian Lancaster FlemingBritish writer famous for writing spy novels about secret agent James Bond (1908-1964)
Ford, Ford Madox Ford, Ford Hermann HuefferEnglish writer and editor (1873-1939)
Forester, C. S. Forester, Cecil Scott ForesterEnglish writer of adventure novels featuring Captain Horatio Hornblower (1899-1966)
France, Anatole France, Jacques Anatole Francois ThibaultFrench writer of sophisticated novels and short stories (1844-1924)
Franklin, Benjamin Franklinprinter whose success as an author led him to take up politics
Fuentes, Carlos FuentesMexican novelist (born in 1928)
Gaboriau, Emile GaboriauFrench writer considered by some to be a founder of the detective novel (1832-1873)
Galsworthy, John GalsworthyEnglish novelist (1867-1933)
Gardner, Erle Stanley Gardnerwriter of detective novels featuring Perry Mason (1889-1970)
Gaskell, Elizabeth Gaskell, Elizabeth Cleghorn Stevenson GaskellEnglish writer who is remembered for her biography of Charlotte Bronte (1810-1865)
Geisel, Theodor Seuss Geisel, Dr. SeussUnited States writer of children's books (1904-1991)
Gibran, Kahlil GibranUnited States writer (born in Lebanon) (1883-1931)
Gide, Andre Gide, Andre Paul Guillaume GideFrench author and dramatist who is regarded as the father of modern French literature (1869-1951)
Gjellerup, Karl GjellerupDanish novelist (1857-1919)
Gogol, Nikolai Vasilievich GogolRussian writer who introduced realism to Russian literature (1809-1852)
Golding, William Golding, Sir William Gerald GoldingEnglish novelist (1911-1993)
Goldsmith, Oliver GoldsmithIrish writer of novels and poetry and plays and essays (1728-1774)
Gombrowicz, Witold GombrowiczPolish author (1904-1969)
Goncourt, Edmond de Goncourt, Edmond Louis Antoine Huot de GoncourtFrench writer who collaborated with his brother Jules de Goncourt on many books and who in his will established the Prix Goncourt (1822-1896)
Goncourt, Jules de Goncourt, Jules Alfred Huot de GoncourtFrench writer who collaborated with his brother Edmond de Goncourt on many books (1830-1870)
Gordimer, Nadine GordimerSouth African novelist and short-story writer / writer whose work describes the effects of apartheid (born in 1923)
Gorky, Maksim Gorky, Gorki, Maxim Gorki, Aleksey Maksimovich Peshkov, Aleksey Maximovich PeshkovRussian writer of plays and novels and short stories
Grahame, Kenneth GrahameEnglish writer (born in Scotland) of children's stories (1859-1932)
Grass, Gunter Grass, Gunter Wilhelm GrassGerman writer of novels and poetry and plays (born 1927)
Graves, Robert Graves, Robert Ranke GravesEnglish writer known for his interest in mythology and in the classics (1895-1985)
Greene, Graham Greene, Henry Graham GreeneEnglish novelist and Catholic (1904-1991)
Grey, Zane GreyUnited States writer of western adventure novels (1875-1939)
Grimm, Jakob Grimm, Jakob Ludwig Karl GrimmThe older of the two Grimm / Grimm brothers remembered best for their fairy stories
Grimm, Wilhelm Grimm, Wilhelm Karl GrimmThe younger of the two Grimm / Grimm brothers remembered best for their fairy stories (1786-1859)
Haggard, Rider Haggard, Sir Henry Rider HaggardBritish writer noted for romantic adventure novels (1856-1925)
Haldane, Elizabeth Haldane, Elizabeth Sanderson HaldaneScottish writer and sister of Richard Haldane and John Haldane (1862-1937)
Hale, Edward Everett Haleprolific United States writer (1822-1909)
Haley, Alex HaleyUnited States writer and Afro-American who wrote a fictionalized account of tracing his family roots back / back to Africa (1921-1992)
Hall, Radclyffe Hall, Marguerite Radclyffe HallEnglish writer whose novel about a lesbian relationship was banned in Britain for many years (1883-1943)
Hammett, Dashiell Hammett, Samuel Dashiell HammettUnited States writer of hard-boiled detective fiction (1894-1961)
Hamsun, Knut Hamsun, Knut PedersenNorwegian writer of novels (1859-1952)
Hardy, Thomas HardyEnglish novelist and poet (1840-1928)
Harris, Frank Harris, James Thomas HarrisIrish writer noted for his sexually explicit but unreliable autobiography (1856-1931)
Harris, Joel Harris, Joel Chandler HarrisUnited States author who wrote the stories about Uncle Remus (1848-1908)
Harte, Bret HarteUnited States writer noted for his stories about life during the California gold rush (1836-1902)
Hasek, Jaroslav HasekCzech author of novels and short stories (1883-1923)
Hawthorne, Nathaniel HawthorneUnited States writer of novels and short stories mostly on moral themes (1804-1864)
Hecht, Ben HechtUnited States writer of stories and plays (1894-1946)
Heinlein, Robert A. Heinlein, Robert Anson HeinleinUnited States writer of science fiction (1907-1988)
Heller, Joseph HellerUnited States novelist whose best known work was a black comedy inspired by his experiences in the Air Force during World War II (1923-1999)
Hemingway, Ernest HemingwayAn American writer of fiction who won the Nobel prize for literature in 1954 (1899-1961)
Hesse, Hermann HesseSwiss writer (born in Germany) whose novels and poems express his interests in eastern spiritual values (1877-1962)
Heyse, Paul Heyse, Paul Johann Ludwig von HeyseGerman writer (1830-1914)
Heyward, DuBois Heyward, Edwin DuBois HaywardUnited States writer (1885-1940)
Higginson, Thomas Higginson, Thomas Wentworth Storrow HigginsonUnited States writer and soldier who led the first Black regiment in the Union Army (1823-1911)
Hoffmann, E. T. A. Hoffmann, Ernst Theodor Amadeus Hoffmann, Ernst Theodor Wilhelm HoffmannGerman writer of fantastic tales (1776-1822)
Holmes, Oliver Wendell HolmesUnited States writer of humorous essays (1809-1894)
Howells, William Dean HowellsUnited States writer and editor (1837-1920)
Hoyle, Edmond HoyleEnglish writer on card games (1672-1769)
Hubbard, L. Ron HubbardA United States writer of science fiction and founder of Scientology (1911-1986)
Hughes, Langston Hughes, James Langston HughesUnited States writer (1902-1967)
Hunt, Leigh Hunt, James Henry Leigh HuntBritish writer who defended the Romanticism of Keats and Shelley (1784-1859)
Huxley, Aldous Huxley, Aldous Leonard HuxleyEnglish writer
Irving, John IrvingUnited States writer of darkly humorous novels (born in 1942)
Irving, Washington IrvingUnited States writer remembered for his stories (1783-1859)
Isherwood, Christopher Isherwood, Christopher William Bradshaw IsherwoodUnited 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)
Jackson, Helen Hunt Jackson, Helen Maria Fiske Hunt JacksonUnited States writer of romantic novels about the unjust / unjust / unjust treatment of Native Americans (1830-1885)
Jacobs, Jane JacobsUnited States writer and critic of urban planning (born in 1916)
Jacobs, W. W. Jacobs, William Wymark JacobsEnglish writer of macabre short stories (1863-1943)
James, Henry Jameswriter who was born in the United States but lived in England (1843-1916)
Jensen, Johannes Vilhelm Jensenmodernistic Danish writer (1873-1950)
Johnson, Samuel Johnson, Dr. JohnsonEnglish writer and lexicographer (1709-1784)
Jong, Erica JongUnited States writer (born in 1942)
Joyce, James Joyce, James Augustine Aloysius Joyceinfluential Irish writer noted for his many innovations / innovations (such as stream of consciousness writing) (1882-1941)
Kafka, Franz KafkaCzech novelist who wrote in German about a nightmarish world of isolated and troubled individuals (1883-1924)
Keller, Helen Keller, Helen Adams KellerUnited States lecturer and writer who was blind and deaf from the age of 19 months
Kerouac, Jack Kerouac, Jean-Louis Lebris de KerouacUnited States writer who was a leading figure of the beat generation (1922-1969)
Kesey, Ken Kesey, Ken Elton KeseyUnited States writer whose best-known novel was based on his experiences as an attendant in a mental hospital (1935-2001)
Kipling, Rudyard Kipling, Joseph Rudyard KiplingEnglish author of novels and poetry who was born in India (1865-1936)
Koestler, Arthur KoestlerBritish writer (born in Hungary) who wrote a novel exposing the Stalinist purges during the 1930s (1905-1983)
La Fontaine, Jean de La FontaineFrench writer who collected Aesop's fables and published them (1621-1695)
La Rochefoucauld, Francois de La RochefoucauldFrench writer of moralistic maxims (1613-1680)
Lardner, Ring Lardner, Ringgold Wilmer LardnerUnited States humorist and writer of satirical short stories (1885-1933)
Lawrence, D. H. Lawrence, David Herbert LawrenceEnglish novelist and poet and essayist whose work condemned industrial society and explored sexual relationships (1885-1930)
Lawrence, T. E. Lawrence, Thomas Edward Lawrence, Lawrence of ArabiaWelsh soldier who from 1916 to 1918 organized the Arab revolt against the Turks
Leonard, Elmore Leonard, Elmore John Leonard, Dutch LeonardUnited States writer of thrillers (born in 1925)
Lermontov, Mikhail Yurievich LermontovRussian writer (1814-1841)
Lessing, Doris Lessing, Doris May LessingEnglish author of novels and short stories who grew up in Rhodesia (now Zimbabwe) (born in 1919)
Lewis, C. S. Lewis, Clive Staples LewisEnglish critic and novelist
Lewis, Sinclair Lewis, Harry Sinclair LewisUnited States novelist who satirized middle-class America in his novel Main Street (1885-1951)
London, Jack London, John Griffith ChaneyUnited States writer of novels based on experiences in the Klondike gold rush (1876-1916)
Lowry, Malcolm Lowry, Clarence Malcolm LowryEnglish novelist (1909-1957)
Lyly, John LylyEnglish writer noted for his elaborate style (1554-1606)
Lytton, First Baron Lytton, Bulwer-Lytton, Edward George Earle Bulwer-LyttonEnglish writer of historical romances / romances (1803-1873)
Mailer, Norman MailerUnited States writer (born in 1923)
Malamud, Bernard MalamudUnited States writer (1914-1986)
Malory, Thomas Malory, Sir Thomas MaloryEnglish writer who published a translation of romances / romances about King Arthur taken from French and other sources (died in 1471)
Malraux, Andre MalrauxFrench novelist (1901-1976)
Mann, Thomas MannGerman writer concerned about the role of the artist in bourgeois society (1875-1955)
Mansfield, Katherine Mansfield, Kathleen Mansfield BeauchampNew Zealand writer of short stories (1888-1923)
Manzoni, Alessandro ManzoniItalian novelist and poet (1785-1873)
Marquand, John Marquand, John Philip MarquandUnited States writer who created the Japanese detective Mr. Moto and wrote other novels as well (1893-1960)
Marsh, Ngaio MarshNew Zealand writer of detective stories (1899-1982)
Mason, A. E. W. Mason, Alfred Edward Woodley MasonEnglish writer (1865-1948)
Maugham, Somerset Maugham, W. Somerset Maugham, William Somerset MaughamEnglish writer (born in France) of novels and short stories (1874-1965)
Maupassant, Guy de Maupassant, Henri Rene Albert Guy de MaupassantFrench writer noted especially for his short stories (1850-1893)
Mauriac, Francois Mauriac, Francois Charles MauriacFrench novelist who wrote about the conflict between desire and religious belief (1885-1970)
Maurois, Andre Maurois, Emile HerzogFrench writer best known for his biographies (1885-1967)
McCarthy, Mary McCarthy, Mary Therese McCarthyUnited States satirical novelist and literary critic (1912-1989)
McCullers, Carson McCullers, Carson Smith McCullersUnited States novelist (1917-1967)
McLuhan, Marshall McLuhan, Herbert Marshall McLuhanCanadian writer noted for his analyses of the mass media (1911-1980)
Melville, Herman MelvilleUnited States writer of novels and short stories (1819-1891)
Merton, Thomas MertonUnited States religious and writer (1915-1968)
Michener, James Michener, James Albert MichenerUnited States writer of historical novels (1907-1997)
Miller, Henry Miller, Henry Valentine MillerUnited States novelist whose novels were originally / originally banned as pornographic (1891-1980)
Milne, A. A. Milne, Alan Alexander MilneEnglish writer of stories for children (1882-1956)
Mitchell, Margaret Mitchell, Margaret Munnerlyn MitchellUnited States writer noted for her novel about the South during the American Civil War (1900-1949)
Mitford, Nancy Mitford, Nancy Freeman MitfordEnglish writer of comic novels (1904-1973)
Mitford, Jessica Mitford, Jessica Lucy MitfordUnited States writer (born in England) who wrote on American culture (1917-1996)
Montaigne, Michel Montaigne, Michel Eyquem MontaigneFrench writer regarded as the originator of the modern essay (1533-1592)
Montgomery, L. M. Montgomery, Lucy Maud MontgomeryCanadian novelist (1874-1942)
More, Thomas More, Sir Thomas MoreEnglish statesman who opposed Henry VIII's divorce from Catherine of Aragon and was imprisoned and beheaded
Morrison, Toni Morrison, Chloe Anthony WoffordUnited States writer whose novels describe the lives of African-Americans (born in 1931)
Munro, H. H. Munro, Hector Hugh Munro, SakiBritish writer of short stories (1870-1916)
Murdoch, Iris Murdoch, Dame Jean Iris MurdochBritish writer (born in Ireland) known primarily for her novels (1919-1999)
Musset, Alfred de Musset, Louis Charles Alfred de MussetFrench poet and writer (1810-1857)
Nabokov, Vladimir Nabokov, Vladimir vladimirovich NabokovUnited States writer (born in Russia) (1899-1977)
Nash, Ogden NashUnited States writer noted for his droll epigrams (1902-1971)
Nicolson, Harold Nicolson, Sir Harold George NicolsonEnglish diplomat and author (1886-1968)
Norris, Frank Norris, Benjamin Franklin Norris Jr.United States writer (1870-1902)
O'Brien, Edna O'BrienIrish writer (born in 1932)
O'Connor, Flannery O'Connor, Mary Flannery O'ConnorUnited States writer (1925-1964)
O'Flaherty, Liam O'FlahertyIrish writer of short stories (1896-1984)
O'Hara, John Henry O'HaraUnited States writer (1905-1970)
Oates, Joyce Carol OatesUnited States writer (born in 1938)
Ondaatje, Michael Ondaatje, Philip Michael OndaatjeCanadian writer (born in Sri Lanka in 1943)
Orczy, Baroness Emmusca OrczyBritish writer (born in Hungary) (1865-1947)
Orwell, George Orwell, Eric Blair, Eric Arthur Blairimaginative British writer concerned with social justice (1903-1950)
Page, Thomas Nelson PageUnited States diplomat and writer about the Old South (1853-1922)
Parker, Dorothy Parker, Dorothy Rothschild ParkerUnited States writer noted for her sharp wit (1893-1967)
Pasternak, Boris Pasternak, Boris Leonidovich PasternakRussian writer whose best known novel was banned by Soviet authorities but translated and published / published abroad (1890-1960)
Paton, Alan Paton, Alan Stewart PatonSouth African writer (1903-1988)
Percy, Walker PercyUnited States writer whose novels explored human alienation (1916-1990)
Petronius, Gaius Petronius, Petronius ArbiterRoman satirist (died in 66)
Plath, Sylvia PlathUnited States writer and poet (1932-1963)
Pliny, Pliny the Elder, Gaius Plinius SecundusRoman author of an encyclopedic natural history
Pliny, Pliny the Younger, Gaius Plinius Caecilius SecundusRoman writer and nephew of Pliny the Elder
Poe, Edgar Allan PoeUnited States writer and poet (1809-1849)
Porter, William Sydney Porter, O. HenryUnited States writer of short stories whose pen name was O. Henry (1862-1910)
Porter, Katherine Anne PorterUnited States writer of novels and short stories (1890-1980)
Post, Emily Post, Emily Price PostUnited States female author who wrote a book and a syndicated newspaper column on etiquette (1872-1960)
Pound, Ezra Pound, Ezra Loomis PoundUnited States writer who lived in Europe
Powys, John Cowper PowysBritish writer of novels about nature
Powys, Theodore Francis PowysBritish writer of allegorical novels
Powys, Llewelyn PowysBritish writer of essays
Pyle, Howard PyleUnited States writer and illustrator of children's books (1853-1911)
Pynchon, Thomas PynchonUnited States writer of pessimistic novels about life in a technologically advanced society (born in 1937)
Rand, Ayn RandUnited States writer (born in Russia) noted for her polemical novels and political conservativism (1905-1982)
Richler, Mordecai RichlerCanadian novelist (born in 1931)
Roberts, Kenneth RobertsUnited States writer remembered for his historical novels about colonial America (1885-1957)
Roosevelt, Eleanor Roosevelt, Anna Eleanor Rooseveltwife of Franklin Roosevelt and a strong advocate of human rights (1884-1962)
Roth, Philip Roth, Philip Milton RothUnited States writer whose novels portray middle-class Jewish life (born in 1933)
Rousseau, Jean-Jacques RousseauFrench philosopher and writer born in Switzerland
Runyon, Damon Runyon, Alfred Damon RunyonUnited States writer of humorous stylized stories about Broadway and the New York underground (1884-1946)
Rushdie, Salman Rushdie, Ahmed Salman RushdieBritish writer of novels who was born in India
Russell, George William Russell, A.E.Irish writer whose pen name was A.E. (1867-1935)
Sade, de Sade, Comte Donatien Alphonse Francois de Sade, Marquis de SadeFrench soldier and writer whose descriptions of sexual perversion gave rise to the term 'sadism' (1740-1814)
Salinger, J. D. Salinger, Jerome David SalingerUnited States writer (born 1919)
Sand, George Sand, Amandine Aurore Lucie Dupin, Baroness DudevantFrench writer known for works concerning women's rights and independence (1804-1876)
Sandburg, Carl SandburgUnited States writer remembered for his poetry in free verse and his six volume biography of Abraham Lincoln (1878-1967)
Saroyan, William SaroyanUnited States writer of plays and short stories (1908-1981)
Sayers, Dorothy Sayers, Dorothy L. Sayers, Dorothy Leigh SayersEnglish writer of detective fiction (1893-1957)
Schiller, Johann Christoph Friedrich von SchillerGerman romantic writer (1759-1805)
Scott, Walter Scott, Sir Walter ScottBritish author of historical novels and ballads (1771-1832)
Service, Robert William ServiceCanadian writer (born in England) who wrote about life in the Yukon Territory (1874-1958)
Shaw, G. B. Shaw, George Bernard ShawBritish playwright (born in Ireland)
Shelley, Mary Shelley, Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley, Mary Godwin Wollstonecraft ShelleyEnglish writer who created Frankenstein's monster and married Percy Bysshe Shelley (1797-1851)
Shute, Nevil Shute, Nevil Shute NorwayEnglish writer who settled in Norway after World War II (1899-1960)
Simenon, Georges Simenon, Georges Joseph Christian SimenonFrench writer (born in Belgium) best known for his detective novels featuring Inspector Maigret (1903-1989)
Sinclair, Upton Sinclair, Upton Beall SinclairUnited States writer whose novels argued for social reform (1878-1968)
Singer, Isaac Bashevis SingerUnited States writer (born in Poland) of Yiddish stories and novels (1904-1991)
Smollett, Tobias Smollett, Tobias George SmollettScottish writer of adventure novels (1721-1771)
Snow, C. P. Snow, Charles Percy Snow, Baron Snow of LeicesterEnglish writer of novels about moral dilemmas in academe (1905-1980)
Solzhenitsyn, Alexander Isayevich Solzhenitsyn, Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn, Aleksandr I. SolzhenitsynSoviet writer and political dissident whose novels exposed the brutality of Soviet labor camps (born in 1918)
Sontag, Susan SontagUnited States writer (born in 1933)
Spark, Muriel Spark, Dame Muriel Spark, Muriel Sarah SparkScottish writer of satirical novels (born in 1918)
Spillane, Mickey Spillane, Frank Morrison SpillaneUnited States writer of popular detective novels (born in 1918)
Stael, Madame de Stael, Baronne Anne Louise Germaine Necker de Steal-HolsteinFrench romantic writer (1766-1817)
Steele, Sir Richrd SteeleEnglish writer (1672-1729)
Stein, Gertrude Steinexperimental expatriate United States writer (1874-1946)
Steinbeck, John Steinbeck, John Ernst SteinbeckUnited States writer noted for his novels about agricultural workers (1902-1968)
Stendhal, Marie Henri BeyleFrench writer whose novels were the first to feature psychological analysis of the character (1783-1842)
Stephen, Sir Leslie StephenEnglish writer (1832-1904)
Sterne, Laurence SterneEnglish writer (born in Ireland) (1713-1766)
Stevenson, Robert Louis Stevenson, Robert Louis Balfour StevensonScottish author (1850-1894)
Stockton, Frank Stockton, Francis Richard StocktonUnited States writer (1834-1902)
Stoker, Bram Stoker, Abraham StokerIrish writer of the horror novel about Dracula (1847-1912)
Stowe, Harriet Beecher Stowe, Harriet Elizabeth Beecher StoweUnited States writer of a novel about slavery that advanced the abolitionists' cause (1811-1896)
Styron, William StyronUnited States writer best known for his novels (born in 1925)
Sue, Eugene SueFrench writer whose novels described the sordid / sordid side of city life (1804-1857)
Symonds, John Addington SymondsEnglish writer (1840-1893)
Tagore, Rabindranath Tagore, Sir Rabindranath TagoreIndian writer and philosopher whose poetry (based on traditional Hindu themes) pioneered the use of colloquial Bengali (1861-1941)
Tarbell, Ida Tarbell, Ida M. Tarbell, Ida Minerva TarbellUnited States writer remembered for her muckraking investigations into industries in the early 20th century (1857-1944)
Thackeray, William Makepeace ThackerayEnglish writer (born in India) (1811-1863)
Thoreau, Henry David ThoreauUnited States writer and social critic (1817-1862)
Tocqueville, Alexis de Tocqueville, Alexis Charles Henri Maurice de TocquevilleFrench political writer noted for his analysis of American institutions (1805-1859)
Toklas, Alice B. ToklasUnited States writer remembered as the secretary and companion of Gertrude Stein (1877-1967)
Tolkien, J.R.R. Tolkien, John Ronald Reuel TolkienBritish philologist and writer of fantasies (born in South Africa) (1892-1973)
Tolstoy, Leo Tolstoy, Count Lev Nikolayevitch TolstoyRussian author remembered for two great novels (1828-1910)
Trollope, Anthony TrollopeEnglish writer of novels (1815-1882)
Turgenev, Ivan Turgenev, Ivan Sergeevich TurgenevRussian writer of stories and novels and plays (1818-1883)
Undset, Sigrid UndsetNorwegian novelist (1882-1949)
Untermeyer, Louis UntermeyerUnited States writer (1885-1977)
Updike, John Updike, John Hoyer UpdikeUnited States author (born 1932)
Van Doren, Carl Van Doren, Carl Clinton Van DorenUnited States writer and literary critic (1885-1950)
Vargas Llosa, Mario Vargas Llosa, Jorge Mario Pedro Vargas LlosaPeruvian writer (born in 1936)
Verne, Jules VerneFrench writer who is considered the father of science fiction (1828-1905)
Vidal, Gore Vidal, Eugene Luther VidalUnited States writer (born in 1925)
Voltaire, Arouet, Francois-Marie ArouetFrench writer who was the embodiment of 18th century Enlightenment (1694-1778)
Vonnegut, Kurt VonnegutUnited States writer whose novels and short stories are a mixture of realism and satire and science fiction (born in 1922)
Wain, John Wain, John Barrington WainEnglish writer (1925-1994)
Walker, Alice Walker, Alice Malsenior WalkerUnited States writer (born in 1944)
Wallace, Edgar Wallace, Richard Horatio Edgar WallaceEnglish writer noted for his crime novels (1875-1932)
Walpole, Horace Walpole, Horatio Walpole, Fourth Earl of OrfordEnglish writer and historian
Walton, Izaak WaltonEnglish writer remember for his treatise on fishing / fishing (1593-1683)
Ward, Mrs. Humphrey Ward, Mary Augusta Arnold WardEnglish writer of novels who was an active opponent of the women's suffrage movement (1851-1920)
Warren, Robert Penn WarrenUnited States writer and poet (1905-1989)
Waugh, Evelyn Waugh, Evelyn Arthur Saint John WaughEnglish author of satirical novels (1903-1966)
Webb, Beatrice Webb, Martha Beatrice Potter WebbEnglish writer and a central member of the Fabian Society (1858-1943)
Wells, H. G. Wells, Herbert George Wellsprolific English writer / writer best known for his science-fiction novels
Welty, Eudora WeltyUnited States writer about rural southern life (1909-2001)
Werfel, Franz WerfelUnited States writer (1890-1945)
West, Rebecca West, Dame Rebecca West, Cicily Isabel FairfieldBritish writer (born in Ireland) (1892-1983)
Wharton, Edith Wharton, Edith Newbold Jones WhartonUnited States novelist (1862-1937)
White, E. B. White, Elwyn Brooks WhiteUnited States writer noted for his humorous essays (1899-1985)
White, Patrick White, Patrick Victor Martindale WhiteAustralian writer (1912-1990)
Wiesel, Elie Wiesel, Eliezer WieselUnited States writer (born in Romania) who survived Nazi concentration camps and is dedicated to keeping alive the memory of the Holocaust (born in 1928)
Wilde, Oscar Wilde, Oscar Fingal O'Flahertie Wills WildeIrish writer and wit (1854-1900)
Wilder, Thornton Wilder, Thornton Niven WilderUnited States writer and dramatist (1897-1975)
Wilson, Sir Angus Wilson, Angus Frank Johnstone WilsonEnglish writer of novels and short stories (1913-1991)
Wilson, Harriet Wilsonauthor of the first novel by an African American that was published in the United States (1808-1870)
Wister, Owen WisterUnited States writer (1860-1938)
Wodehouse, P. G. Wodehouse, Pelham Grenville WodehouseEnglish writer known for his humorous novels and stories (1881-1975)
Wolfe, Thomas Wolfe, Thomas Clayton WolfeUnited States writer best known for his autobiographical novels (1900-1938)
Wolfe, Tom Wolfe, Thomas Wolfe, Thomas Kennerly Wolfe Jr.United States writer who has written extensively on American culture (born in 1931)
Wollstonecraft, Mary Wollstonecraft, Mary Wollstonecraft GodwinEnglish writer and early feminist who denied male supremacy and advocated equal education for women
Wood, Mrs. Henry Wood, Ellen Price WoodEnglish writer of novels about murders and thefts and forgeries (1814-1887)
Woolf, Virginia Woolf, Adeline Virginia Stephen WoolfEnglish author whose work used such techniques as stream of consciousness and the interior monologue
Wouk, Herman WoukUnited States writer (born in 1915)
Wright, Richard WrightUnited States writer whose work is concerned with the oppression / oppression of African Americans (1908-1960)
Wright, Willard Huntington Wright, S. S. Van DineUnited States writer of detective novels (1888-1939)
Zangwill, Israel ZangwillEnglish writer (1864-1926)
Zweig, Stefan ZweigAustrian writer (1881-1942)
cummings, e. e. cummings, Edward Estlin CummingsUnited States writer noted for his typographically eccentric poetry (1894-1962)
du Maurier, George du Maurier, George Louis Palmella Busson du MaurierEnglish writer and illustrator
du Maurier, Daphne du Maurier, Dame Daphne du MaurierEnglish writer of melodramatic novels (1907-1989)
le Carre, John le Carre, David John Moore CornwellEnglish writer of novels of espionage (born in 1931)
NarrowerGothic romancerA writer of Gothic romances
abstractor, abstracterOne who makes abstracts or summarizes information
alliteratorA speaker or writer who makes use of alliteration
authoressA woman author
biographersomeone who writes an account of a person's life
coauthor, joint authorA writer who collaborates with others in writing something
commentator, reviewerA writer who reports and analyzes events of the day
compilerA person who compiles information (as for reference purposes)
contributorA writer whose work is published in a newspaper or magazine or as part of a book
cyberpunkA writer of science fiction set in a lawless subculture of an oppressive society dominated by computer technology
drafterA writer of a draft
dramatist, playwrightsomeone who writes plays
essayist, litterateurA writer of literary works
folk writerA writer of folktales
framersomeone who writes a new law or plan
gagman, gagster, gagwritersomeone who writes comic material for public performers
ghostwriter, ghostA writer who gives the credit of authorship to someone else
hack, hack writer, literary hackA mediocre and disdained writer
journalistA writer for newspapers and magazines
librettistauthor of words to be set to music in an opera or operetta
lyricist, lyristA person who writes the words for songs
novelistOne who writes novels
pamphleteerA writer of pamphlets (usually taking a partisan stand on public issues)
paragrapherA writer of paragraphs (as for publication on the editorial page of a newspaper)
poetA writer of poems (the term is usually reserved for writers of good poetry)
polemicist, polemist, polemicA writer who argues in opposition to others (especially in theology)
rhymer, rhymester, versifier, poetizer, poetiserA writer who composes rhymes
scenaristA writer of screenplays
scriptwritersomeone who writes scripts for plays or movies or broadcast dramas
space writerA writer paid by the area of the copy
speechwriterA writer who composes speeches for others to deliver
tragedianA writer (especially a playwright) who writes tragedies
word-painterA writer of vivid or graphic descriptive power
wordmongerA writer who uses language carelessly or pretentiously with little regard for meaning
wordsmithA fluent and prolific writer
BroadercommunicatorA person who communicates with others
Spanishautora, autor, escritora, escritor
Catalanautora, autor, escriptor
Adjectivesauthorial, auctorialof or by or typical of an author
Nounsauthorshipthe act of creating written works
Verbsauthorbe the author of
English > author: 3 senses > noun 2, person
Meaningsomeone who originates or causes or initiates something.
Synonymsgenerator, source
Narrowercoinersomeone who is a source of new words or new expressions
Broadermaker, shaperA person who makes things
Spanishartífice, autor
Catalanartífex, autor
Adjectivesauctorialof or by or typical of an author
Nounsauthorshipthe act of initiating a new idea or theory or writing
English > author: 3 senses > verb 1, creation
MeaningBe the author of.
PatternSomebody ----s something
ModelDid he author his major works over a short period of time?
Example"She authored this play"
Categorywriting, authorship, composition, penningThe act of creating written works
Narrowerco-authorBe a co-author on (a book, a paper / paper / paper)
ghost, ghostwriteWrite for someone else
Broaderwrite, compose, pen, inditeproduce a literary work
Nounsauthorwrites (books or stories or articles or the like) professionally (for pay)

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