English language is the most widely spoken language in the world and that makes it a great tool for communication around the whole world since you will pretty much always find someone who understands you. However, the thing that is really amazing about this language is the amount of amazing literature that has been written over so many years. With so much to go through, one gets to explore a lot of gems and figuring out which one is the best of all can be very daunting. Therefore, with a lot of research behind it, we have decided to create a list of what we think are the top ten authors of Britain. It is nothing absolute and everyone is entitled to their own opinion but we are fairly confident that a lot of people think the same.
The name of William Shakespeare is one that we all take with a lot of respect because of his massive contribution to the literary world of English. A playwright, a poet and an actor, Shakespeare wrote a lot of amazing plays, sonnets and poems. His best works include Romeo and Juliet, Julius Caesar, Hamlet, Othello, Macbeth and several others.
Jane Austen is probably the best female English writer that the world has ever seen and considering the acclamation that her works have seen over the years, it is certainly no overstatement. Having written world renowned books like Pride and Prejudice, Sense and Sensibility, Emma and Mansfield Park, she is certainly in a league of her own.
Charles Dickens has provided the world with some of the best English literature that has ever been written. His works have been turned into films and narrated in other artistic forms too. Among his famous works there are titles like Great Expectations, Oliver Twist, A Tale of Two Cities and his initial cause of fame, The Pickwick Papers series.
The works of Irish novelist James Joyce are commonly read and celebrated all over the world and he holds a very special place among the writers for his ability to think in new and different ways. Among his works, the most famous work is Ulysses and other famous titles include Dubliners, Finnegans Wake and A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man.
Arthur Conan Doyle
The name of Sherlock Holmes is famous not only in the world of literature but also other fields of media and Sir Arthur Conan Doyle is the genius writer behind it. Having written several other amazing works too, he was a very respected and famous writer of his time. His other works include The Lost World, Marie Celeste and several others.
Agatha Christie is famed for her amazing writing talents which provided us with some of the best works of English writing ever. Having the title of the best selling writer of all time, she wrote several great titles which include And Then There Were None, The Murder of Roger Ackroyd and The Mousetrap which is also the longest-running play in the world.
Among the famous writers of the 19th century, the name of Charlotte Brontë is taken with the highest regard. Her works have been famous since their inception and many of her titles have become classics. Her most famous work is Jane Eyre and other renowned works include The Professor, Villete and Shirley.
Sister to famous author Charlotte Brontë, Emily was no less when it came to writing talent. However, during her lifetime she only wrote one novel Wuthering Heights which not only found instant fame but also eventually became a classic. She proved to be one of the very few writers who found perpetual fame without writing multiple titles.
When it comes to modernist thinking, Virginia Woolf was a writer unlike any other and wrote several amazing pieces that brought her a lot of fame and respect during her writing career. Her famous works include To the Lighthouse, Mrs Dalloway, Orlando and A Room of One’s Own. Given her mental illness, Virginia Woolf certainly achieved a lot as a writer.
George Eliot was the pen name for Mary Ann Evans who was a highly accomplished novelist, translator, journalist and writer. She held a very high position among the writing community of the Victorian era and produced titles like Middlemarch, Adam Bede, Silas Marner and The Mill on the Floss.
This website lists all the famous writers from the English Renaissance era, the period from where the golden age of English writing started.