Bestselling authors

by Progressive-Element | created - 08 Aug 2018 | updated - 08 Aug 2018 | Public

1. 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 ...

2. William Shakespeare

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 ...

3. Barbara Cartland

Writer | Duel of Hearts

Barbara Cartland was born on July 9, 1901 in Edgbaston, Birmingham, England as Mary Barbara Hamilton Cartland. She was a writer, known for Duel of Hearts (1991), A Ghost in Monte Carlo (1990) and A Hazard of Hearts (1987). She was married to Hugh Rowley McCorquodale and Alexander George ...

4. Danielle Steel

Writer | Changes

Danielle Steel was born on August 14, 1947 in New York City, New York, USA as Danielle Fernande Dominique Schuelein-Steel. She is a writer, known for Changes (1991), Now and Forever (1983) and Safe Harbour (2007). She was previously married to Thomas J. Perkins, John Traina, William George Toth, ...

5. Harold Robbins

Writer | The Adventurers

Harold Robbins summed up his career best in a 1971 ITV documentary: "I'm the world's best writer--there's nothing more to say". This phenomenally successful author--over 750,000,000 copies of his books were sold worldwide, and most were adapted successfully for the screen--started life as a ...

6. 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 ...

7. Sidney Sheldon

Writer | I Dream of Jeannie

Sheldon was born in Chicago on February 17, 1917. He began writing as a youngster and at the age of ten he made his first sale of a poem for $10. During the Depression, he worked at a variety of jobs and while attending Northwestern University he contributed short plays to drama groups.

At seventeen...

8. Enid Blyton

Writer | The Famous Five

Enid Blyton (11 August 1897 - 28 November 1968) was an English author. She was born in Dulwich, South London, England. She was one of the world's most famous children's writers. She is also one of the most prolific authors of all time. This means that she wrote a great number of books. Her most ...

9. J.K. Rowling

Writer | Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2

Joanne Rowling was born in Yate, near Bristol, a few miles south of a town called Dursley ("Harry Potter"'s Muggle-family). Her father Peter Rowling was an engineer for Rolls Royce in Bristol at this time. Her mother, Anne, was half-French and half-Scottish. They met on a train as it left King's ...

10. Dr. Seuss

Writer | How the Grinch Stole Christmas

Acclaimed writer, Dr. Seuss was born Theodor Geisel in Springfield, Massachusetts, on Wednesday, March 2nd, 1904. After attending Dartmouth College and Oxford University, he began a career in advertising. His advertising cartoons, featuring Quick, Henry, the Flit!, appeared in several leading ...

12. Eiichiro Oda

Writer | One Piece: Wan pîsu

As a kid, Oda was inspired by vikings and aspired to become a manga artist. He later submitted a character named Pandaman for Yudetamago's classic wrestling manga "Kinnikuman", who was not only used in a chapter of the manga but would later return as a recurring cameo character in Oda's own works. ...

13. Leo 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 ...

14. Corín Tellado

Writer | Diario de una enfermera

Corín Tellado was born on April 25, 1927 in Viavélez, Asturias, Spain as María del Socorro López Tellado. She was a writer, known for Diario de una enfermera (1966), Tengo que abandonarte (1969) and El enigma de Diana (1967). She was married to Domingo Egusquizaga. She died on April 11, 2009 in ...

15. Jackie Collins

Actress | Danger Man

Jackie Collins was born on October 4, 1937 in London, England as Jacqueline Jill Collins. She was an actress and writer, known for Danger Man (1960), The Saint (1962) and The Stud (1978). She was married to Oscar Lerman and Wallace Austin. She died on September 19, 2015 in Los Angeles, California, ...

17. R.L. Stine

Writer | Goosebumps

R.L. Stine was born on October 8, 1943 in Columbus, Ohio, USA as Robert Lawrence Stine. He is a writer and producer, known for Goosebumps (2015), Eureeka's Castle (1989) and The Au Pair. He has been married to Jane Waldhorn since June 22, 1969. They have one child.

18. Dean R. Koontz

Writer | Odd Thomas

Dean R. Koontz was born on July 9, 1945 in Everett, Pennsylvania, USA as Dean Ray Koontz. He is a writer and producer, known for Odd Thomas (2013), Phantoms (1998) and Watchers (1988). He has been married to Gerda Ann Cerra since October 15, 1966.

19. Nora Roberts

Writer | Sanctuary

Nora Roberts was born on October 10, 1950 in Washington, District of Columbia, USA as Eleanor Robertson. She is known for her work on Sanctuary (2001), Blue Smoke (2007) and Carolina Moon (2007). She has been married to Bruce Wilder since July 6, 1985. She was previously married to Ronald ...

20. Alexander Pushkin

Soundtrack | Florence Foster Jenkins

Born to noble parents (his father Sergei was a retired major, and his mother, Nadezhda, was the granddaughter of an ennobled Ethiopian general) on the 26th of May, 1799 in Moscow, Alexander Sergeevich Pushkin became involved with a liberal underground revolutionary group that saw him exiled to the ...

21. Stephen King

Writer | Maximum Overdrive

Stephen Edwin King was born on September 21, 1947, at the Maine General Hospital in Portland. His parents were Nellie Ruth (Pillsbury), who worked as a caregiver at a mental institute, and Donald Edwin King, a merchant seaman. His father was born under the surname "Pollock," but used the last name ...

22. Paulo Coelho

Writer | The Experimental Witch

Paulo Coelho was born on August 24, 1947 in Rio de Janeiro, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. He is a writer, known for The Experimental Witch (2009), Amante Latino (1979) and Veronika Decides to Die (2009). He is married to Christina Oiticica.

23. Louis L'Amour

Writer | Hondo

Louis L'Amour was born on March 22, 1908 in Jamestown, North Dakota, USA as Louis Dearborn LaMoore. He was a writer, known for Hondo (1953), East of Sumatra (1953) and Taggart (1964). He was married to Katherine Elizabeth Adams. He died on June 10, 1988 in Los Angeles, California, USA.

24. Erle Stanley Gardner

Writer | Perry Mason

Erle Stanley Gardner, the prolific pulp fiction writer best known for creating the fictional lawyer Perry Mason; Della Street, Mason's secretary; private detective Paul Drake, Mason's favorite investigator; and Hamilton Burger, the district attorney with the worst won-lost record in the history of ...

25. Louis Cha

Writer | Wong lao hu qiang qin

Louis Cha was born on February 6, 1924 in Haining, Zhejiang Province, China. He was a writer and director, known for Wong lao hu qiang qin (1960), You nu huai chun (1958) and The Knight of the Dazzling Scimitar (1981). He was married to Lin Leyi, Zhu Mei and Du Zhifen. He died on October 30, 2018 ...

27. Janet Dailey

Writer | Foxfire Light

Janet Dailey was born on May 21, 1944 in Storm Lake, Iowa, USA as Janet Ann Haradon. She was a writer, known for Foxfire Light (1982), When a Spider Bites (1993) and Hour Magazine (1980). She was married to Bill Dailey. She died on December 14, 2013 in Branson, Missouri, USA.

28. Edgar Wallace

Writer | King Kong

Edgar Wallace was born on April 1, 1875 in Greenwich, London, England as Richard Horatio Edgar Wallace. He was a writer and director, known for King Kong (2005), King Kong (1933) and King Kong (1976). He was married to Ethel Violet King and Ivy Maude Caldecott. He died on February 10, 1932 in ...

29. Robert Ludlum

Writer | The Bourne Supremacy

Robert Ludlum was born on May 25, 1927 in New York City, New York, USA. He was a writer, known for The Bourne Supremacy (2004), The Bourne Identity (2002) and The Bourne Legacy (2012). He was married to Karen Dunn and Mary Patricia Ryducha. He died on March 12, 2001 in Naples, Florida, USA.

30. James Patterson

Writer | Alex Cross

James Patterson was born on March 22, 1947 in Newburgh, New York, USA. He is a writer and producer, known for Alex Cross (2012), Kiss the Girls (1997) and Maximum Ride (2016). He has been married to Susan Lori Solie since July 24, 1997. They have one child.

31. Frédéric Dard

Writer | Une gueule comme la mienne

Frédéric Dard was born on June 29, 1921 in Bourgoin-Jallieu, Isère, France. He was a writer and director, known for Rendezvous (1960), Le monte-charge (1962) and Pensione Edelweiss (1959). He was married to Françoise de Caro and Odette Damaisin. He died on June 6, 2000 in Bonnefontaine, Jura, ...

32. Jeffrey Archer

Writer | A Matter of Honor

Jeffrey Archer was born on April 15, 1940 in London, England as Jeffrey Howard Archer. He is a writer, known for A Matter of Honor, False Impression and Kane & Abel (1985). He has been married to Mary Archer since July 11, 1966. They have two children.

33. Stan Berenstain

Writer | The Berenstain Bears

Stan Berenstain was born on September 29, 1923 in West Philadelphia, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA as Stanley Melvin Berenstain. He was a writer and producer, known for The Berenstain Bears (1985), The Berenstain Bears (2002) and The Berenstain Bears. He was married to Jan Berenstain. He died on ...

34. Jan Berenstain

Writer | The Berenstain Bears

Jan Berenstain was born on July 26, 1923 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA as Janice Marian Grant. She was a writer and producer, known for The Berenstain Bears (1985), The Berenstain Bears (2002) and The Berenstain Bears. She was married to Stan Berenstain. She died on February 24, 2012 in ...

35. Roald Dahl

Writer | The Witches

Roald Dahl was born in Wales in 1916. He served as a fighter pilot in the British R.A.F. (Royal Air Force) during World War II. He made a forced landing in the Libyan Desert and was severely injured. As a result, he spent five months in a Royal Navy hospital in Alexandria. Dahl is known for how he ...

36. John Grisham

Writer | Runaway Jury

A graduate of Mississippi State University and Ole Miss Law School, John Grisham obtained his law degree in 1981 and practiced law for about 10 years, specializing in criminal defense and personal injury litigation. He was elected to the Mississippi House of Representatives in 1983 and served until...

37. Zane Grey

Writer | The Last Duane

Born Pearl Zane Gray on January 31, 1872, in Zanesville, Ohio--a town founded by his mother's family--famed western novelist Zane Grey was an athlete and outdoorsman from an early age, with his main interests being fishing and baseball. He attended the University of Pennsylvania on a baseball ...

38. Irving Wallace

Writer | The West Point Story

U.S. novelist, short-story writer, and screenwriter Irving Wallace excelled at writing popular fiction based on current events. He began writing for various magazines at age 15. He wrote screenplays for a variety of studios from 1950 to 1959, when he turned solely to writing books. His first major ...

39. J.R.R. Tolkien

Writer | The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King

English writer, scholar and philologist, Tolkien's father was a bank manager in South Africa. Shortly before his father died (1896) his mother took him and his younger brother to his father's native village of Sarehole, near Birmingham, England. The landscapes and Nordic mythology of the Midlands ...

40. Akira Toriyama

Writer | Dragonball Evolution

Is friends with Eiichiro Oda, who credits Toriyama as an influence on his manga "One Piece". The two worked together on a crossover called "Cross Epoch", where both "Dragon Ball" and "One Piece" characters had to get to a tea party (but a series of misadventures kept getting in their way).

41. Masashi Kishimoto

Writer | Naruto: Shippûden

Masashi Kishimoto was born on November 8, 1974 in Nagi, Japan. He is a writer and producer, known for Naruto: Shippûden (2007), Naruto and Naruto (2002).

42. Karl May

Writer | Die Teufelsanbeter

Karl May was born on February 25, 1842 in Hohenstein-Ernstthal, Kingdom of Saxony as Karl Friedrich May. He was a writer, known for Die Teufelsanbeter (1920), Caravan of Death (1920) and Durch die Wüste (1936). He was married to Klara Plöhn and Emma Pollmer. He died on March 30, 1912 in ...

43. Mickey Spillane

Writer | The Girl Hunters

Mickey Spillane, the king of the pulp novelists in the post-WW II period, sold an estimated 200 million copies globally. He was born Frank Morrison Spillane in Brooklyn, New York. Young Frank's mother was a Protestant who bestowed on him his middle name "Morrison", but his Irish Catholic father, ...

44. C.S. Lewis

Writer | The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe

C.S. Lewis was born in 1898 and brought up in a very strict, religious household. While he was quite young, his mother died of cancer but the "stiff upper lip" in favour at the time meant he wasn't allowed to grieve. He became an Oxford don and led a sheltered life. He seriously questioned his ...

46. Mitsuru Adachi

Writer | Miyuki

He was born in Isesaki City (Gunma prefecture) and debuted in manga in 1970 in the "Deluxe Shounen Sunday" after being finalist in a contest promoted by monthly magazine "Com" in september of 1967 (he was only 16 years old). In the 80s many of his comics become best-sellers and they are converted ...

47. Rumiko Takahashi

Writer | Inuyasha

Takahashi was born on October 10, 1957 in Niigata, Japan. She displayed no special talent or interest for manga (Japanese comics) while attending Niigata Chuo High School, but while attending Japan Women's University, she enrolled in Gekiga Sonjuku, a manga school founded by Kazuo Koike (artist and...

48. Gosho Aoyama

Writer | Meitantei Conan

Gosho Aoyama was born as Yoshimasa Aoyama in Daiei, Tottori, Japan; June 21, 1963. He was gifted at drawing even when young. When he was in First Grade, his painting of "Yukiai War" won a competition and was displayed at the Tottori Daimaru Department Store. He graduated from high school at Ikuei ...

49. Dan Brown

Writer | Inferno

Dan Brown was born on June 22, 1964 in Exeter, New Hampshire, USA. He is a writer and actor, known for Inferno (2016), The Da Vinci Code (2006) and Angels & Demons (2009). He has been married to Blythe Newlon since 1997.

50. Ann M. Martin

Writer | The Baby-Sitters Club

Graduated from Smith College in Northampton, MA.

51. Ryôtarô Shiba

Writer | Hitokiri

Ryôtarô Shiba was born on August 7, 1923 in Osaka, Japan as Teiichi Fukuda. He was a writer, known for Hitokiri (1969), Miyamoto Musashi (1968) and Bakumatsu (1970). He died on February 12, 1996.

52. Arthur Hailey

Writer | Zero Hour!

Born April 5, 1920 in Luton, England, Arthur Hailey decided to become a full-time author in 1956 following the success of his original television drama Encounter: Flight Into Danger (1956). For the next few years, he wrote teleplays for such legendary dramatic series as Playhouse 90 (1956), Kraft ...

53. Gérard de Villiers

Writer | Eye of the Widow

Gérard de Villiers was born on December 8, 1929 in Paris, France. He was a writer and producer, known for Eye of the Widow (1991), S.A.S. à San Salvador (1983) and Malko. He was married to Christine Loncle, Olga Vecchione, Annick, and Marie-Christine Harispuru. He died on October 31, 2013 in...

54. Beatrix Potter

Writer | Peter Rabbit

Beatrix Potter was an English writer, illustrator, mycologist and conservationist. She is famous for writing children's books with animal characters such as The Tale of Peter Rabbit.

Potter was born in Kensington, London. Her family was quite rich. She was educated by governesses. She did not have ...

55. Michael Crichton

Writer | Jurassic Park

Michael Crichton was born in Chicago, Illinois, but grew up in Roslyn, New York. His father was a journalist and encouraged him to write and to type. Michael gave up studying English at Harvard University, having become disillusioned with the teaching standards--the final straw came when he ...

56. Richard Scarry

Writer | Richard Scarry's Old MacDonald's Farm and Other Animal Tales

Made his fortune by placing a thousand-to-one bet on a horse that won the Paris Grand Prix.

57. Clive Cussler

Writer | Sahara

Probably one of the greatest adventure novelists of our time. When his novel "Raise the Titanic" was bought for $840,000 by Viking Publishing in 1976, it put him on the map after 11 years of hard work. Before his success with RTT, he previously had written "Pacific Vortex", which wasn't published ...

58. Alistair MacLean

Writer | Where Eagles Dare

Alistair MacLean was born on April 28, 1922 in Daviot, Scotland as Alistair Stuart MacLean. He was a writer, known for Where Eagles Dare (1968), The Guns of Navarone (1961) and Bear Island (1979). He was married to Mary Marcelle Georgius and Gisela Heinrichsen. He died on February 2, 1987 in Munich...

59. Ken Follett

Writer | Eye of the Needle

Ken Follett was born on June 5, 1949 in Cardiff, Wales as Kenneth Martin Follett. He is known for his work on Eye of the Needle (1981), Target (1977) and White Wedding (2009). He has been married to Daphne Barbara Hubbard since November 8, 1985. He was previously married to Mary Emma Ruth Elson.

60. Astrid Lindgren

Writer | The Brothers Lionheart

Grew up in Småland outside Vimmerby in the south of Sweden. Her first book came out in 1944, and she made a breakthrough the following year with the stories about Pippi Longstocking. Countless stories about Pippi and other characters of Astrid's imagination and excellent story telling ability were ...

61. Debbie Macomber

Writer | Cedar Cove

Debbie Macomber was born as Debbie Adler. She is a writer and producer, known for Cedar Cove (2013), Trading Christmas (2011) and The Christmas Basket. She has been married to Wayne Macomber since September 7, 1968. They have four children.

62. E.L. James

Producer | Fifty Shades of Grey

E.L. James was born on March 7, 1963 in London, England as Erika Mitchell. She is known for her work on Fifty Shades of Grey (2015), Fifty Shades Freed (2018) and Fifty Shades Darker (2017). She has been married to Niall Leonard since August 8, 1987. They have two children.

63. Tite Kubo

Writer | Bleach: Burîchi

A Famous Japanese manga artist. He is best known for his manga series Bleach, which has sold over 120 million copies as of 2018.

Kubo was born on June 26, 1977 in Hiroshima Prefecture, where his father worked as a town council member. In elementary school, he had already decided to become a manga ...

65. Catherine Cookson

Writer | Colour Blind

Catherine Cookson was born on June 27, 1906 in Tyne Dock, South Shields, England as Katherine McMullen. She was a writer, known for Colour Blind (1998), Jacqueline (1956) and Rooney (1958). She was married to Tom Cookson. She died on June 11, 1998 in London, England.

66. Stephenie Meyer

Writer | The Host

Stephenie born in Connecticut in 1973. Her family was settled in Phoenix by the time she was four. The unusual spelling of her name came from her father, Stephen ( + ie).

Stephenie went to high school in Scottsdale, Arizona. She was awarded a National Merit Scholarship, and she used it to pay her ...

67. Norman Bridwell

Writer | Clifford the Big Red Dog

Born in Kokomo, Indiana on February 15, 1928, illustrator/cartoonist Norman Bridwell has written over 120 books on children's favorite "Clifford the Big Red Dog". He continues to write an average of 2 books a year. After being told his illustrations of Clifford were too ordinary, a critic suggested...

68. David Baldacci

Writer | Absolute Power

David Baldacci was born on August 5, 1960 in Richmond, Virginia, USA as David Gregory Baldacci. He is known for his work on Absolute Power (1997), King & Maxwell (2013) and Wish You Well (2013). He has been married to Michelle Collin since May 5, 1990. They have two children.

69. Nicholas Sparks

Writer | Safe Haven

Nicholas Sparks was born on December 31, 1965 in Omaha, Nebraska. He graduated from the University of Notre Dame in 1988 and is one of the more critically-acclaimed authors of the past 5 years. He is the author of 5 best-selling books, including "The Notebook" and "The Rescue". Eleven of his books, ...

70. Hirohiko Araki

Writer | Kishibe Rohan wa Ugokanai

He spent all night working on a manga comic, "Buso Poker", and decided to take it to a Tokyo publisher. He submitted his manga to an editor of Shueisha Publishing. The editor highly criticized the art, but said that it might be good, and Araki was immediately told to fix it up for the Tezuka Awards...

71. Evan Hunter

Writer | The Birds

Evan Hunter was born on October 15, 1926 in New York City, New York, USA as Salvatore Albert Lombino. He was a writer, known for The Birds (1963), Columbo (1971) and High and Low (1963). He was married to Dragica Dimitrijevic, Mary Vann Hughes (Finley) and Anita R Melnick. He died on July 6, 2005 ...

72. Andrew Neiderman

Writer | The Devil's Advocate

Andrew Neiderman was born on October 26, 1940 in Brooklyn, New York, USA. He is known for his work on The Devil's Advocate (1997), Aura and Illusion. He is married to Diane Wilson. They have two children.

73. Roger Hargreaves

Writer | Mr. Men

Roger Hargreaves was born on May 9, 1935 in Cleckheaton, Yorkshire, England. He was a writer, known for Mr. Men (1974), Mr. Men and Little Miss (1995) and Mr. Men. He died on September 11, 1988 in Tunbridge Wells, Kent, England.

74. Anne Rice

Writer | Interview with the Vampire: The Vampire Chronicles

Anne Rice began life as "Howard Allen O'Brien", second of four daughters born to Howard and Katherine Allen O'Brien. She decided to call herself "Anne", when she enrolled in first grade at the Redemptorist Catholic School. Her mother (who had long suffered from alcoholism) died when Anne was nearly...

75. Robin Cook

Writer | Coma

Robin Cook was born on May 4, 1940 in Brooklyn, New York, USA. He is a writer and actor, known for Coma (1978), Invasion (1997) and Coma (2012).

76. Wilbur Smith

Writer | The Mercenaries

Wilbur Smith was born on January 9, 1933 in Rhodesia as Wilbur Addison Smith. He is a writer, known for Dark of the Sun (1968), Shout at the Devil (1976) and The Last Lion (1972).

77. Erskine Caldwell

Writer | God's Little Acre

Erskine Caldwell was born on December 17, 1903 in Coweta County, Georgia, USA. He was a writer and actor, known for God's Little Acre (1958), Tobacco Road (1941) and Claudelle Inglish (1961). He was married to Virginia Moffett, June Johnson, Margaret Bourke-White and Helen Lannigan. He died on ...

78. Judith Krantz

Writer | Mistral's Daughter

Judith Krantz was born on January 9, 1928 in New York City, New York, USA as Judith Bluma-Gittel Tarcher. She was a writer, known for Mistral's Daughter (1984), I'll Take Manhattan (1987) and Scruples (1980). She was married to Steve Krantz. She died on June 22, 2019 in Bel Air, Los Angeles, ...

80. Lewis Carroll

Writer | Alice in Wonderland

Lewis Carroll was the pen name of Charles L. Dodgson, author of the children's classics "Alice's Adventures in Wonderland" and "Through the Looking-Glass."

Born on January 27, 1832 in Daresbury, Cheshire, England, Charles Dodgson wrote and created games as a child. At age 20 he received a ...

81. Denise Robins

Writer | The Road to Singapore

Denise Robins was born on February 1, 1897 in London, England as Denise Naomi Klein. She was a writer, known for The Road to Singapore (1931), Call My Bluff (1965) and No Man's Land (1973). She was married to O'Neill Pearson and Arthur Robins. She died on May 1, 1985 in Horsham, West Sussex, ...

82. Xueqin Cao

Writer | Jin yu liang yuan hong lou meng

Although little is known of his personal life, Cao Xueqin (or Ts'ao Hsueh-ch'in) is considered to be China's greatest novelist, and Hong Lou Meng ("A Dream of Red Mansions" sometimes "The Story of the Stone") is regarded as the greatest novel in the Chinese language. As with the family portrayed in...

83. Ian Fleming

Writer | Casino Royale

Born into a wealthy and influential English family, Ian Fleming spent his early years attending top British schools such as Eton and Sandhurst military academy. He took to writing while schooling in Kitzbuhel, Austria, and upon failing the entrance requirements for Foreign Service joined the news ...

85. Rex Stout

Writer | Meet Nero Wolfe

Rex Stout was born on December 1, 1886 in Noblesville, Indiana, USA as Rex Todhunter Stout. He was a writer, known for Meet Nero Wolfe (1936), A Nero Wolfe Mystery (2001) and The President Vanishes (1934). He was married to Pola Weinbach Hoffmann and Fay Kennedy. He died on October 27, 1975 in ...

86. Anne Golon

Writer | Angélique, marquise des anges

Anne Golon was born on December 17, 1921 in Toulon, Var, France as Simone Changeux. She was a writer and director, known for Angélique (1964), Anjelik ve Deli Ibrahim (1968) and Angelique and the Sultan (1968). She was married to Serge Golon. She died on July 14, 2017 in Versailles, Yvelines...

87. Frank Slaughter

Writer | Doctors' Wives

Former surgeon.

88. Edgar Rice Burroughs

Writer | John Carter

His father had been a major in the Union army during the Civil War. Edgar Rice Burroughs attended the Brown School then, due to a diphtheria epidemic, Miss Coolie's Maplehurst School for Girls, then the Harvard School, Phillips Andover and the Michigan Military Academy. He was a mediocre student ...

89. John Creasey

Writer | Gideon's Way

John Creasey was the seventh of nine children born to Joseph Creasey, a coachmaker, and Ruth Creasey. They were very poor, and John suffered a bout of polio, resulting in his not learning to walk until he was six. He was ten when a schoolmaster suggested he had a gift for writing. John left school ...

90. James A. Michener

Writer | Adventures in Paradise

James A. Michener was born on February 3, 1907 in New York City, New York, USA as James Albert Michener. He is known for his work on Adventures in Paradise (1959), Return to Paradise (1953) and Sayonara (1957). He was married to Mari Michener, Vange Nord and Patti Koon. He died on October 16, 1997 ...

92. Seiichi Morimura

Writer | Chokoso hoteru satsujin jiken

Seiichi Morimura was born on January 2, 1933 in Saitama, Japan. He is a writer and actor, known for Chokoso hoteru satsujin jiken (1976), Genghis Khan: To the Ends of the Earth and Sea (2007) and Fushoku no kôzô (1977).

93. Mary Higgins Clark

Writer | Where Are the Children?

In 2002 Mary Higgins Clark published her memoir "Kitchen Privileges". The book describes her upbringing, first marriage and how she became such a famous author. Meanwhile 36 movies have been made that are based on Mary Higgins Clark's thrillers. For a while Mary Higgins Clark and her daughter ...

94. Penny Jordan

Self | Live from Studio Five

Penny Jordan was born on November 24, 1946 in Preston, Lancashire, England as Penelope Jones. She was married to Steve Halsall. She died on December 31, 2011 in Cheshire, England.

95. Patricia Cornwell

Writer | The Front

Patricia Cornwell was born on June 9, 1956 in Miami, Florida, USA as Patricia Carroll Daniels. She is a writer and producer, known for The Front (2010), Untitled Kay Scarpetta Project and ATF (1999). She has been married to Staci Ann Gruber since February 2005. She was previously married to Charles...

96. Tom Clancy

Writer | The Hunt for Red October

Tom Clancy became one of the best-selling writers of the late 20th and early 21st Centuries, starting with the publication of his 1984 thriller, The Hunt for Red October (1990). Born in Baltimore to a U.S. Post Office employee and his wife on April 12, 1947, Clancy graduated from Loyola Blakefield,...

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