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57 Most popular author pages: April 2013[1]

1. William Shakespeare
2. Emily Dickinson
3. H. P. Lovecraft
4. Arthur Conan Doyle
5. Leo Tolstoy
6. Edgar Allan Poe
7. Robert Ervin Howard
8. Rabindranath Tagore
9. Rudyard Kipling
10. Seneca
11. John Donne
12. Sarah Williams
13. Oscar Wilde
14. Catullus
15. Alfred Tennyson
16. William Blake
17. Charles Dickens
18. John Keats
19. Theodor Herzl
20. Percy Bysshe Shelley
21. Ernest Hemingway
22. Barack Obama
23. Anton Chekhov
24. Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
25. Arthur Schopenhauer
26. Jacob De Haas
27. George Gordon Byron
28. Jack London
29. Robert Frost
30. Abraham Lincoln
31. O. Henry
32. Ovid
33. Robert Louis Stevenson
34. John Masefield
35. James Joyce
36. Clark Ashton Smith
37. Aristotle
38. William Wordsworth
39. Jane Austen
40. Niccolò Machiavelli
41. Lewis Carroll
42. Robert Burns
43. Edgar Rice Burroughs
44. Plato
45. John Milton
46. Ralph Waldo Emerson
47. Margaret Thatcher
47. Sylvie d'Avigdor
49. Marcus Tullius Cicero
50. Banjo Paterson
50. Woodrow Wilson
52. Walt Whitman
53. Theodore Roosevelt
53. Agatha Christie
55. Ambrose Bierce
56. Nikola Tesla
57. Franz Kafka

Most popular author pages based on two days, 01 January 2011 and 24 April 2012

1. H. P. Lovecraft
2. William Shakespeare
3. Lord Byron
4. Robert Ervin Howard
5. Edgar Allan Poe
6. Arthur Conan Doyle
7. Emily Dickinson
8. John Masefield
9. John Donne
10. Gilbert Keith Chesterton
10. Rudyard Kipling
10. President Barack Obama
10. Alfred, Lord Tennyson
14. Charles Dickens
14. Mohandas K. Gandhi
16. Oscar Wilde
17. William Topaz McGonagall
18. William Blake
18. President William Henry Harrison
18. John Keats
21. Ambrose Bierce
22. Saki
23. T. S. Eliot
23. Ernest Hemingway
25. Robert Louis Stevenson
25. Leo Tolstoy
27. Mark Twain
28. Friedrich Nietzsche
28. H. G. Wells
30. Robert Frost
30. Bret Harte
30. President Abraham Lincoln
33. Marcus Tullius Cicero
33. O. Henry
33. James Joyce
33. Jack London
33. Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
38. Aristotle
38. William Butler Yeats
40. Jane Austen
40. Emily Brontë
40. Robert Burns
40. President George W. Bush
44. Lewis Carroll
44. Horace
44. Virginia Woolf
47. Plato
47. Percy Bysshe Shelley
49. Agatha Christie
49. D. H. Lawrence
51. Theodore Kaczynski
51. Rabindranath Tagore
53. Augustine of Hippo
53. Alexander Pope
53. Bram Stoker
53. Voltaire
57. Dante Alighieri
57. Florence Earle Coates
57. Ovid
60. Francis Bacon
60. Honoré de Balzac
60. William Henry Davies
60. Fyodor Dostoevsky
60. John Milton
60. Seneca
60. George Bernard Shaw
67. Francis Scott Fitzgerald
67. Victor Hugo
67. Niccolò Machiavelli
67. Arthur Schopenhauer
67. Haile Selassie
72. Napoleon Bonaparte
72. John Clare
72. Samuel Taylor Coleridge
72. H. H. Matthews
72. Beatrix Potter
72. John Ruskin
72. William Wordsworth
79. Charlotte Brontë
79. Julius Caesar
79. President John F. Kennedy
79. Sir John Alexander Macdonald
79. Wilfred Owen
79. Clark Ashton Smith
79. Jules Verne
79. Charles Wesley
79. Walt Whitman
88. Robert Browning
88. Edgar Rice Burroughs
88. Sigmund Freud
88. Théophile Gautier
88. Thomas Gray
88. Herodotus
88. Thomas Hobbes
88. Franz Kafka
88. John Locke
88. Edna St. Vincent Millay
88. George Orwell
88. President Theodore Roosevelt
88. Sir Walter Scott

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1Lovecraft, H. P.H. P. Lovecraft101American author of fantasy, horror and science fiction.
2Howard, Robert ErvinRobert Ervin Howard78American author of fantasy and historical adventure pulp stories.
3Poe, Edgar AllanEdgar Allan Poe52American poet, short story writer, editor and critic
4McGonagall, William TopazWilliam Topaz McGonagall36Scottish poet
5Doyle, Arthur ConanArthur Conan Doyle35A Scottish author of Irish descent most famously known for his stories about the detective Sherlock Holmes.
5Dickinson, EmilyEmily Dickinson35American poet
7Shakespeare, WilliamWilliam Shakespeare33English poet and playwright considered to be the greatest writer in the English language.
8Tennyson, AlfredAlfred Tennyson27The Poet Laureate of the United Kingdom after William Wordsworth and one of the most popular English poets in literature.
9Donne, JohnJohn Donne26Jacobean metaphysical poet.
10Harte, BretBret Harte25American author and poet, best remembered for his accounts of pioneering life in California.
10Keats, JohnJohn Keats25One of the principal poets of the English Romantic movement.
12Bierce, AmbroseAmbrose Bierce22American satirist, critic, poet, short story (horror) writer, editor, and journalist.
13Chesterton, Gilbert KeithGilbert Keith Chesterton21Prolific English writer of the early 20th century
14Wilde, OscarOscar Wilde20Irish playwright, novelist, poet, and author of short stories.
15London, JackJack London17American novelist and noted socialist.
15Stevenson, Robert LouisRobert Louis Stevenson17Scottish novelist, poet, and travel writer famous for his novels of adventure, romance, and horror.
17Dickens, CharlesCharles Dickens16English novelist whose characters are among the most memorable in English literature.
17Henry, O.O. Henry16O. Henry was the pen name of American writer William Sydney Porter whose clever use of twist endings in his stories popularized the term "O. Henry Ending."
17Twain, MarkMark Twain16Famous American humorist, novelist, writer, and lecturer
20AristotleAristotle15Greek philosopher, a student of Plato and teacher of Alexander the Great.
20Wells, Herbert GeorgeHerbert George Wells15British writer best known for his science fiction novels
20Gandhi, MahatmaMahatma Gandhi15Indian political and spiritual leader
20Blake, WilliamWilliam Blake15English poet, painter, and printmaker.
24Christie, AgathaAgatha Christie14British crime writer of novels, short stories, and plays
24Balzac, Honoré deHonoré de Balzac14Nineteenth-century French novelist and playwright
24Carroll, LewisLewis Carroll14English author, mathematician, logician, Anglican deacon and photographer
24Burns, RobertRobert Burns14Scottish poet and songwriter
24VoltaireVoltaire14French philosopher from the Enlightment
29Brontë, EmilyEmily Brontë13British novelist and poet, sister of Charlotte and Anne Brontë.
29Nietzsche, FriedrichFriedrich Nietzsche13German philosopher.
29Carryl, Guy WetmoreGuy Wetmore Carryl13American humorist, novelist, and poet
29Shelley, Percy BysshePercy Bysshe Shelley13One of the major English romantic poets, considered to be among the finest lyric poets in the English language.
29Tagore, RabindranathRabindranath Tagore13Indian poet, Nobel prize for literature in 1913.
29Frost, RobertRobert Frost13American poet who received four Pulitzer Prizes.
29SakiSaki13British author often referred to as the master of short stories; compared to O. Henry and Dorothy Parker.
36Pope, AlexanderAlexander Pope12Considered by many as one of the greatest English poets of the eighteenth century.
36Obama, BarackBarack Obama1244th President of the United States
36Alighieri, DanteDante Alighieri12Italian poet, statesman and language theoric.
36Fitzgerald, Francis ScottFrancis Scott Fitzgerald12American novelist, short story writer, and playwright.
36Bush, George W.George W. Bush1243rd President of the United States.
36Joyce, JamesJames Joyce12Expatriate Irish writer and poet, widely considered to be one of the most influential writers of the 20th century.
36Spooner, LysanderLysander Spooner12American individualist, anarchist, political philosopher, abolitionist, and legal theorist.
36Kipling, RudyardRudyard Kipling12British author and poet.
36Coleridge, Samuel TaylorSamuel Taylor Coleridge12English poet, critic, and philosopher who was one of the founders of the Romantic Movement.
36Gray, ThomasThomas Gray12English poet, classical scholar, and professor of history at Cambridge University.
36Woolf, VirginiaVirginia Woolf12British author and literary figure.
47Smith, Clark AshtonClark Ashton Smith11American poet, sculptor, painter and author of fantasy, horror and science fiction short stories.
47Burroughs, Edgar RiceEdgar Rice Burroughs11American author of adventurous and science fiction pulp stories.
47Millay, Edna St. VincentEdna St. Vincent Millay11Lyrical poet and playwright; the first woman to receive the Pulitzer Prize for Poetry.
47Longfellow, Henry WadsworthHenry Wadsworth Longfellow11American poet and educator.
47Melville, HermanHerman Melville11American novelist, essayist, and poet
47Swift, JonathanJonathan Swift11Anglo-Irish writer of novels, poetry and essays.
47Tolstoy, LeoLeo Tolstoy11Russian novelist.
47Johnson, Lyndon BainesLyndon Baines Johnson1136th President of the United States.
47PlatoPlato11Classical Greek philosopher.
47Austen, JaneJane Austen11English novelist.
57Franklin, BenjaminBenjamin Franklin10American scientist and one of the founders of the United States.
57Darwin, CharlesCharles Darwin10English naturalist.
57Wesley, CharlesCharles Wesley10A leader of the Methodist movement chiefly remembered for his many hymns.
57Coates, Florence EarleFlorence Earle Coates10American poet.
57HerodotusHerodotus10Ancient Greek historian.
57Kaczynski, TheodoreTheodore Kaczynski10American terrorist.50px
57Roosevelt, TheodoreTheodore Roosevelt1026th President of the United States
57Yeats, William ButlerWilliam Butler Yeats10Irish poet, dramatist, mystic and public figure who was one of the driving forces behind the Irish Literary Revival.
57Wilson, WoodrowWoodrow Wilson1028th President of the United States.
57Lincoln, AbrahamAbraham Lincoln1016th President of the United States.
67Schopenhauer, ArthurArthur Schopenhauer9German philosopher.
67Russell, BertrandBertrand Russell9British logician, philosopher, and mathematician.
67Faraday, MichaelMichael Faraday9British physicist and chemist.
67Dostoevsky, FyodorFyodor Dostoevsky9Russian novelist and writer of fiction.
67Byron, George GordonGeorge Gordon Byron (Lord Byron)9British poet and a leading figure in Romanticism.
67Thoreau, Henry DavidHenry David Thoreau9American author, naturalist, transcendentalist, pacifist, tax resister and philosopher.
67Milton, JohnJohn Milton9English poet, author, polemicist and civil servant for the Commonwealth of England
67James, Montague RhodesMontague Rhodes James9Noted medieval scholar and Provost of King's College, Cambridge.
67Descartes, RenéRené Descartes9Founder of Modern Philosophy and the Father of Modern Mathematics.
67Browning, RobertRobert Browning9English poet and playwright.
67Rohmer, SaxSax Rohmer9English novelist and pulp writer.
67Freud, SigmundSigmund Freud9Austrian neurologist and psychiatrist who founded the psychoanalytic school of psychology.
67Tout, Thomas FrederickThomas Frederick Tout9English historian, Professor of History at the University of Manchester.
67Hardy, ThomasThomas Hardy9Novelist, short story writer, and poet of the naturalist movement.
67Hobbes, ThomasThomas Hobbes9English philosopher.
67Mare, Walter de laWalter de la Mare9English poet, short story writer, and novelist.
67Hitler, AdolfAdolf Hitler9Austrian-born German Chancellor and Führer of Germany.
84Stoker, BramBram Stoker8Irish writer.
84Elizabeth IElizabeth I8Queen of England and Ireland.
84Leibniz, GottfriedGottfried Leibniz8Polymathic genius, with major contributions to several fields.
84Potter, BeatrixBeatrix Potter8British author, illustrator, and mycologist, famous for her children book.
84Maupassant, Guy deGuy de Maupassant8French novelist.
84Kant, ImmanuelImmanuel Kant8German philosopher.
84Bonaparte, NapoleonNapoleon Bonaparte8Emperor of France.
84PolycarpPolycarp8Christian bishop of Smyrna.
84More, ThomasThomas More8English author, politician, and lawyer.
84Hugo, VictorVictor Hugo8French Romantic writer.
84Davies, William HenryWilliam Henry Davies8Welsh poet and writer.
84Courtney, William PrideauxWilliam Prideaux Courtney8Ecclesiastical Commissioner; of the Reform Club Chambers.
84XenophonXenophon8Ancient Greek soldier and mercenary.

Here at No Sweat Shakespeare we have no doubt that William Shakespeare is by far the best writer in English literary history. And that’s no mean feat given the centuries of English history have been adorned with writers who, even if Shakespeare had never existed, would have placed England as the top literary country in the world.

We now present the ten best English writers who would have ensured England’s place at the top of the literature league, even without including the Bard of Avon. It was no easy task as there have been so many English writers over the years, and the list ends up being very subjective. So, in no particular order, here is our pick of the top 10 English writers of all time:

Jane Austen 1775 – 1817

The Jane Austen Centre’s website states: ‘Jane Austen is perhaps the best known and best loved of Bath’s many famous residents and visitors.’ One wonders at the restraint in that, considering that Jane Austen is indisputably one of the greatest English writers – some say the greatest after Shakespeare – and certainly the greatest English novelist and one of the most famous English women who ever lived… Read more on Jane Austen >>

William Blake 1757-1827

Although not highly regarded either as a painter or poet by his contemporaries William Blake has the distinction of finding his place in the top ten of both English writers and English painters. The reason he was disregarded is because he was very much ahead of his time in his views and his poetic style, and also because he was regarded as being somewhat mad, due to behaviour that would be thought of as only slightly eccentric today– for example his naturistic habit of walking about his garden naked and sunbathing there… Read more about William Blake >>

Geoffrey Chaucer 1343-1400

Geoffrey Chaucer stands as the great giant of English poetry. His verse is still read and enjoyed today and often adapted for theatre performances. It is full of characters, still recognisable as types we encounter in daily life in spite of having been inspired by people Chaucer observed more than seven hundred years ago… Read more on Geoffrey Chaucer >>

Charles Dickens 1812-1870

Charles Dickens was an extraordinary man. He is best known as a novelist but he was very much more than that. He was as prominent in his other pursuits but they were not areas of life where we can still see him today.  We see him as the author of such classics as Oliver Twist, David Copperfield, Great Expectations, A Tale of Two Cities, Bleak House and many others. All of his novels are English classics… Read more on Charles Dickens >>

John Donne 1572-1631

John Donne must be one of the most interesting writers who ever lived, both as a poet and a man. His life was a colourful adventure and his poems are significant feats of language. A Jacobean writer, more or less a contemporary of Shakespeare, Fletcher and Webster, but very distant from those theatre writers, both regarding his social class and his literary work… Read more on John Donne >>

George Eliot 1819-1880

George Eliot was the pen name of Mary Ann Evans, a novelist who produced some of the major classic novels of the Victorian era, including The Mill on the Floss, Adam Bede, Silas Marner, Romola, Felix Holt, Daniel Deronda and her masterpiece, Middlemarch. It is impossible to overestimate the significance of Eliot’s novels in the English culture: they went right to the heart of the small-town politics that made up the fabric of English society. Her novels were essentially political…Read more about George Eliot >>

John Milton 1608-1674

English is often referred to as ‘the language of Shakespeare and Milton.’ Milton’s poetry has been seen as the most perfect poetic expression in the English language for four centuries. His most famous poem, the epic Paradise Lost is a high point of English epic poetry. Its story has entered into English and European culture to such an extent that the details of our ideas of heaven and hell and paradise, Adam and Eve, Satan… Read more about John Milton >>

George Orwell 1903-1950

George Orwell was the pen name of Eric Blair, a twentieth century writer, equally at home with journalism, essays, novels, literary criticism and social commentary. He was famous in all those areas, but will be particularly remembered for two of his novels, Animal Farm and Nineteen Eighty Four, both among the most significant works of literature of the twentieth century and two of the most influential… Read more about George Orwell >>

Harold Pinter 1930-2008

Harold Pinter won the Nobel Prize for Literature in 2005, three years before his death from cancer. He had a career of more than half a century as a playwright, director, actor and writer of screenplays for television and film. He was without doubt the most influential English playwright of the twentieth century and so earns his place on this list… Read more about Harold Pinter >>

Samuel Taylor Coleridge 1772-1834

Samuel Taylor Coleridge was an English poet, best known in his time as a literary critic and philosopher. He was immensely influential in English literature as one of the founders of the English Romantic Movement and when one talks about ‘the Romantic poets,’ it’s Coleridge’s name that springs to mind… Read more about Samuel Taylor Coleridge >>

There are other great English language writers closely associated with the English writing scene, and could have been included in this list had they been born in England. Writers like Irishmen, James Joyce, William Butler Yeats, Jonathan Swift and Oscar Wilde, and the American, T.S. Eliot.