Some consider writing as an easy task some think it is a tough job. The tough factor is to write something different, entertaining, and informative, something that readers will be interested to read and buy the writings. There is no end to literature and the number of writers is endless. In this article, we will read about the 20 most successful English writers of all time. We will read what made them popular and how they have the same fame rattan her more to date.

William Shakespeare

20 Most Successful English Writers of All Time - William Shakespeare
20 Most Successful English Writers of All Time – William Shakespeare

It is needless to say that William Shakespeare ruled and is ruling and will rule the world of literature ‘as long as men can breathe and eyes can see. He quite literally wrote about the conflicts and conspiracies that had occurred in the Elizabethan and Jacobean monarchy and transformed it into either comedy or tragedy. These plays were not only for the higher class people to understand but for people of every class who came to the theatre. One of the best aspects of his works is they discreetly elucidated the human mind and flaws. Some of his major works are Hamlet, Macbeth, King Lear, Romeo Juliet, and more.

Charles Dickens

Charles Dickens
Charles Dickens

The greatest novelist of the Victorian era Charles Dickens dealt with the lower class people and their miseries and lifestyle, a theme that had not been picked up by writers of that era where there was an uprising of art and aesthetics. Some of his major works are Oliver Twist, Bleak House, Hard Times, and more.

Jane Austen

Jane Austen
Jane Austen

Austen presents to her reader’s several differences of the society – class difference, the difference of worry of a wealthy man and a not-so-wealthy woman about marriage, the difference of distress about mothers belonging to financial extremes, the difference of concern of a father and a mother about their daughters, the difference of pride, and more. Some of her popular works are Pride and Prejudice, Sense and Sensibility, Emma, Persuasion, and more.

James Joyce

20 Most Successful English Writers of All Time - James Joyce
20 Most Successful English Writers of All Time – James Joyce

Joyce was one of the most influential writers of the 20th century and he also hugely contributed to the modernist avant-garde movement. The themes he explored through his works are a prison of a routine, drunkenness, ambition, desire for escape, the intersection of life and death, insularity, and more. Some of his notable works are Ulysses, Dubliners, The Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man, and more.

Arthur Conan Doyle

Arthur Conan Doyle
Arthur Conan Doyle

British writer Arthur Conan Doyle’s major work is the series of Sherlock Holmes. Sherlock Holmes is one of the most notable characters of the crime fiction genre. He is one of the most highest-paid writers of his time.

Fyodor Dostoyevsky

Fyodor Dostoyevsky
Fyodor Dostoyevsky

Russian novelist Dostoyevsky’s works explore themes that include the social, spiritual, and political condition of Russian society and people during the 19th century, morality, manipulation, poverty, suicide, and more. He expressed his philosophical, psychological, and religious notions in his works. Some of his popular works are Crime and Punishment, The Brothers Karamazov, and more.

Leo Tolstoy

20 Most Successful English Writers of All Time - Leo Tolstoy
20 Most Successful English Writers of All Time – Leo Tolstoy

The Russian writer Leo Tolstoy received the nominations for Nobel Prize from the year 1902 to 1906. His works touch the depiction of searching meaning of existence and the significance of family life. Some of his known works are War and Peace and Anna Karenina.

Emily Dickinson

Emily Dickinson
20 Most Successful English Writers of All Time – Emily Dickinson

Emily Dickinson is one of the best female writers of American poetry. She is popular for her exploration of death, self-identity, love, and immortality in her poems. Some of her famous poems are ‘Because I Could Not Stop for Death’, ‘Hope’, ‘Wild Nights, and more.

Franz Kafka

Franz Kafka
Franz Kafka

Kafka is one of the major writers of the modern era. His themes of existential anxiety, absurdity, guilt, and alienation made him a popular and must-read writer. Some of his notable works are The Metamorphosis, The Castle, In the Penal Colony, and more.

T.S. Eliot

20 Most Successful English Writers of All Time - T.S. Eliot
20 Most Successful English Writers of All Time – T.S. Eliot

Eliot is the central figure of modernist 20th-century poetry. He was awarded Nobel Prize in the year 1948. The themes that his poems include are alienation, time, mortality, tranquility, and regeneration. Some of Eliot’s popular poems are ‘The Waste Land’, ‘The Hollow Men’, ‘The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock’, and more.

F Scott Fitzgerald

F Scott Fitzgerald
F Scott Fitzgerald

American novelist Fitzgerald was best known for his depiction of the Jazz Age and the flamboyance depicted in his works. Some of his admired works are The Great Gatsby, This Side of Paradise, Beautiful and Damned, Tender is the Night and more.

George Orwell

George Orwell
George Orwell

Orwell is considered a dystopian writer. His works present total opposition to totalitarianism, anti-fascism, anti-Stalinism, anarchism, democratic socialism, and more. Some of his popular works are Animal Farm, 1984, Homage to Catalonia, and more.

Gabriel García Márquez

20 Most Successful English Writers of All Time - Gabriel García Márquez
20 Most Successful English Writers of All Time – Gabriel García Márquez

Colombian novelist affectionately referred to as Gabito or Gabo was a Nobel Prize winner of 1982. His notable themes are solitude, Macondo (a state of mind not so much of a place, which compels you to see a place the way you want it), and violence. Some notable works of Marquez are One Hundred Years of Solitude, Love in the Time of Cholera, Chronicle of Death Foretold, and more.

George Eliot

George Eliot
George Eliot

Mary Ann Evans is known for using the name George Eliot in all of her books to not be read or reviewed as a female writer. Her themes are motherhood, society, faith, love, and more. Some of her popular writings are Middlemarch, The Mill on the Floss, Daniel Deronda, and more.

Virginia Woolf

Virginia Woolf
Virginia Woolf

Woolf is a 20th-century modernist writer. The themes that her works explored include failure, ambition, success, self-identity, money, and more. She is the pioneer of stream of consciousness. One of Woolf’s popular works is Mrs. Dalloway. To the Lighthouse, Orlando, A Room of One’s Own, and more.

Emily Brontë

20 Most Successful English Writers of All Time - Emily Brontë
20 Most Successful English Writers of All Time – Emily Brontë

English novelist Emily Bronte is known for her only novel Wuthering Heights. The themes that are followed by this novel are passion, revenge, civilization, class difference, masculinity, femininity, love, and more.

William Wordsworth

William Wordsworth
20 Most Successful English Writers of All Time – William Wordsworth

William Wordsworth along with contemporary writer Samuel Taylor Coleridge began a new and very significant era of the literary period, the Romantic era. Some of his major poems are ‘Tintern Abbey, ‘The Sparrow’s Nest’, ‘To the Cuckoo’, and more.

Agatha Christie

Agatha Christie
20 Most Successful English Writers of All Time – Agatha Christie

Agatha Christie is one of the best detective writers and best-selling writers in English literature. She created some of the most notable characters like Hercule Poirot and Miss Maple. The detective novelist is famous for Murder on the Orient Express, Death on the Nile, The Murder of Roger Ackroyd, and more.

Thomas Hardy

20 Most Successful English Writers of All Time - Thomas Hardy
20 Most Successful English Writers of All Time – Thomas Hardy

Victorian realist Thomas Hardy wrote about love, marriage, morality, landscape, and family. He is regarded as a pessimistic writer by readers as he presents a melancholy view of existence. Hardy is known for Tess of the d’Urbervilles, Far from the Madding Crowd, The Mayor of Casterbridge. Jude the Obscure and more.

J. R. R. Tolkien

J. R. R. Tolkien
J. R. R. Tolkien

J. R. R. Tolkien is popular for his novels “The Hobbit” as well as “The Lord of The Rings”. He was born in 1892 and died in 1973. Tolkien’s novel was adapted as 3 movie series in year 2001 – 2003 and won many awards.

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