Hey there! Hope you’re doing great. This article is wholly based on my research about fiction writers and their books. I love to read fiction books more than non-fiction. Non-fiction makes me sleepy yet they are essentially full of knowledge. While both categories serve the same purpose of spreading information and knowledge. Yet, many readers prefer fictional work (Idk, if I am making any sense, hehe).
Okay sarcasm aside, today we will talk about the 10 best fiction writers of all time and their books. The funny thing is, I lost an important file regarding this article (I made a whole document of the fiction writers and now it’s gone I don’t know how it happened but that’s just happened). Plus I had to make that list again (for a lazy person like me, it was really hard work).
10 Best Fiction Writers Of All Time And Their Books
1- Ernest Hemingway
Ernest Hemingway was an American novelist, short-story writer, journalist, and sportsman. His economical and understated style which he called the iceberg theory. He had a strong influence on 20th-century fiction, while his adventurous lifestyle and his public image brought him admiration from later generations.
Ernest Hemingway produced and published most of his work during 1920-1950. He also won the Nobel Prize in Literature. He published seven novels, six short-story collections, and two nonfiction works. Many of his works are considered classics of American Literature.
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Ernest Hemingway dedicated his whole life to American Literature. Here is the top best-selling novels were written by Ernest Hemingway. On the basis of his fictional work, he is among the best fiction writers of all time.
Ernest Hemingway Top Books
- The Old Man and the Sea (1952)
- A Farewell to Arms (1929)
- For Whom the Bell Tolls (1940)
2- J.K. Rowling
Joanne Rowling or better known by her pen name J.K. Rowling. She is a British author and philanthropist. She is best known for writing the Harry Potter fantasy series, which has won multiple awards and sold more than 500 million copies, becoming the best-selling book series in history.
J.K. Rowling has lived a difficult life from rags to riches. She progressed from living on benefits to being named the world’s first billionaire author by Forbes. However, she denied the fact that she’s no longer a billionaire and charity a huge amount of her earnings.
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J.K. Rowling Top Books
- The Harry Potter Series
- Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them
- The Tales of Beedle the Bard
3- William Shakespeare
William Shakespeare was a renowned English poet, playwright, and actor born in 1564. He is best known for his fictional work and widely regarded as the greatest writer in the English language and the world’s greatest dramatist.
His extant works, including collaborations, consist of some 39 plays, 154 sonnets, two long narrative poems, and a few other verses, some of the uncertain authorship. His plays have been translated into every major living language and are performed more often than those of any other playwright. They also continue to be studied and reinterpreted.
Shakespeare produced most of his known works between 1589 and 1613. His early plays were primarily comedies and histories and are regarded as some of the best works produced in these genres. He then wrote mainly tragedies until 1608, among them Hamlet, Romeo and Juliet, Othello, King Lear, and Macbeth, all considered to be among the finest works in the English language. In the last phase of his life, he wrote tragicomedies (also known as romances) and collaborated with other playwrights.
William Shakespeare Top Books
He was a great playwright, author, and deserves to be remembered, and therefore is listed among the 50 best fiction writers of all time.
- Romeo and Juliet
- The Tempest
4- Jane Austen
Jane Austen was an English novelist known primarily for her six major novels, which interpret, critique, and comment upon the British landed gentry at the end of the 18th century. Austen’s plots often explore the dependence of women on marriage in the pursuit of favorable social standing and economic security.
With the publication of Sense and Sensibility, Pride and Prejudice, Mansfield Park, and Emma, she gained success as a published writer. She wrote two other novels, Northanger Abbey and Persuasion, both published posthumously in 1818.
Jane Austen Top Books
- Pride and Prejudice
- Sense and Sensibility
5- Vladimir Nabokov
Vladimir Vladimirovich Nabokov was also known by the pen name Vladimir Sirin. He was a Russian-American novelist, poet, translator, and entomologist. He was born in Russia, he wrote his first nine novels in Russian (1926–1938) while living in Berlin. He achieved international acclaim and prominence after moving to the United States and beginning to write in English.
Nabokov became an American citizen, but he and his wife returned to Europe, settling in Montreux, Switzerland.
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Nabokov’s fiction work has great recognition such as Lolita was ranked fourth in the list of the Modern Library 100 Best Novels in 2007. Pale Fire was ranked 53rd on the same list; and his memoir, Speak, Memory, was listed eighth on publisher Random House’s list of the 20th century’s greatest nonfiction. He was a seven-time finalist for the National Book Award for Fiction.
Vladimir Nabokov Top Books
- Lolita (1955)
- Pale Fire (1962)
- The Gift (1938)
6- H.G. Wells
Herbert George Wells or H.G. Wells was an English writer and novelist. He wrote in many genres such as history, social commentary, satire, biography, and autobiography. H.G. Wells also wrote dozens of short stories. His work also included two books on recreational war games. Wells is now best remembered for his science fiction novels and is often called the “father of science fiction”, along with Jules Verne and the publisher Hugo Gernsback.
During his own lifetime, however, he was most prominent as a forward-looking, even prophetic social critic who devoted his literary talents to the development of a progressive vision on a global scale. A futurist, he wrote a number of utopian works and foresaw the advent of aircraft, tanks, space travel, nuclear weapons, satellite television, and something resembling the World Wide Web. His science fiction imagined time travel, alien invasion, invisibility, and biological engineering. Brian Aldiss referred to Wells as the “Shakespeare of science fiction”.
H.G. Wells Top Books
- The Time Machine (1895)
- The Invisible Man (1897)
- The War of the Worlds (1898)
7- Agatha Christie
Dame Agatha Mary Clarissa Christie was better known by her pen name Agatha Christie. She was an English writer known for her sixty-six detective novels and fourteen short story collections, particularly those revolving around fictional detectives Hercule Poirot and Miss Marple. She also wrote the world’s longest-running play, The Mousetrap, which was performed in the West End from 1952 to 2020, as well as six novels under the pseudonym Mary Westmacott.
In 1971, she was made a Dame (DBE) for her contributions to literature. Guinness World Records lists Christie as the best-selling fiction writer of all time, her novels having sold more than two billion copies.
Agatha Christie Top Books
- The Secret Adversary
- The Murder of Roger Ackroyd
- The Mysterious Affair at Styles
8- George Orwell
Eric Arthur Blair was widely known by his pen name George Orwell. He was a great English novelist, essayist, journalist, and critic. George Orwell’s work is characterized by lucid prose, biting social criticism, opposition to dictatorship, and outspoken support of democratic socialism.
George Orwell worked in both fiction and non-fiction genres. He produced literary criticism and poetry, fiction and polemical journalism; and is best known for the allegorical novella Animal Farm and the dystopian novel Nineteen Eighty-Four. His non-fiction works, including The Road to Wigan Pier, documenting his experience of working-class life in the north of England, and Homage to Catalonia. In 2008, The Times ranked George Orwell second among “The 50 greatest British writers since 1945”.
George Orwell Top Books
- Nineteen Eighty-Four (1984)
- Animal Farm
- Homage to Catalonia
9- Virginia Woolf
Her full name is Adeline Virginia Woolf. She was born on 25 January 1882 in England. Woolf was born in a wealthy household. She was the seventh child in a blended family of eight which included the modernist painter Vanessa Bell. Virginia Woolf is a renowned English writer. She is also a pioneer in the use of stream of consciousness as a narrative device. Her mother was Julia Prinsep Jackson and her father Leslie Stephen.
While the boys in the family received college educations, the girls were home-schooled in English classics and Victorian literature. Woolf’s childhood came to an abrupt end in 1895 with the death of her mother and her first mental breakdown, followed two years later by the death of her half-sister and a mother figure to her, Stella Duckworth.
In 1912, she married Leonard Woolf, and in 1917 the couple founded the Hogarth Press, which published much of her work. They rented a home in Sussex and moved there permanently in 1940. Throughout her life, Woolf was troubled by her mental illness. She was institutionalized several times and attempted suicide at least twice. Her illness may have been bipolar disorder, for which there was no effective intervention during her lifetime. In 1941, at age 59, Woolf died by drowning herself in the River Ouse at Lewes.
Virginia Woolf Top Books
- Mrs. Dalloway
- A Room of One’s Own
- To The Lighthouse
10- Arthur Conan Doyle
Arthur Conan Doyle was a British writer and physician. He created the character Sherlock Holmes in 1887 for A Study in Scarlet, the first of four novels and fifty-six short stories about Holmes and Dr. Watson. The Sherlock Holmes stories are considered milestones in the field of crime fiction.
Doyle was a prolific writer; other than Holmes stories, his works include fantasy and science fiction stories about Professor Challenger and humorous stories about the Napoleonic soldier Brigadier Gerard, as well as plays, romances, poetry, non-fiction, and historical novels.
Arthur Conan Doyle Top Books
- The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes
- A Study in Scarlet
- The Hound of the Baskervilles
Thank you so much for being so attentive. I hope you enjoyed this article as much as I did. This whole article is really close to my heart since it took me many days to complete my research and all that stuff. I planned to make a list of 50 but it’s taking me so long to write, hence I decided to go for just listing down 10. By the way, don’t be sad I will catch up with you beautiful people real soon and will make another researched-based article like this one. So, stay tuned for that. Have a great and magical day ahead, y’all. Thanks, again.