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Writer Heroes

Agatha Christie
reinvented the mystery novel.

Alexander Pushkin
was a Russian poet and writer who is beloved around the world.

Alexander Solzhenitsyn
was a Russian novelist and dissident who won the Nobel Prize for Literature.

Alfred Nobel
founded the Nobel Prize Organization.

Amadou Hampate Ba
was a writer and keeper of wisdom for Mali and for all of humanity.

Amy Tan
is a novelist and advocate of Lyme disease research.

Anne Frank
wrote: 'Despite everything, I believe that people are really good at heart. '

Anne Lamott
is an acclaimed novelist whose work mirrors life.

Ariel Durant
was a writer, scholar and philosopher.

Booker T. Washington
was an educator and the founder of the Tuskegee Institute.

Bruce Coville
first wanted to become a writer when he was in the sixth grade.

C.S. Lewis
is remembered for his poetry, literature, and Christian apologetics.

Carl Jung
was a pioneer psychologist and writer who influenced anthropolgy and religious studies.

Carl Sandburg
wrote poems, stories and nonfiction about Americans and American life.

Charles Huffam Dickens
was a famous 19th century English novelist whose work often mirrored his life.

Christine Quintasket
was the first published Native American woman author.

Clive Staples Lewis
wrote the Chronicles of Narnia series as well many other books.

Daniel Pearl
was a Wall Street Journal reporter who reported the news with courage, integrity, and intelligence.

Dave Eggers
is a writer and philanthropist who reaches out to assist students.

David Seidler
wrote the play and Academy Award-winning screenplay for The King's Speech.

Deborah Ellis
donates royalties from her books to organizations helping women and children in Afghanistan.

Dith Pran
let the world know of the genocide in Cambodia through his work as a reporter.

Dr. Seuss
Dr. Seuss was an artist who also wrote charming, absurd rhymes.

Edgar Allan Poe
was a writer and poet who explored psychology and science in his works.

Elie Wiesel
explores the subject of the Holocaust in his writings so people will never forget 'history's worst crime.'

Elizabeth Jane Cochrane
(Nellie Bly)

was a journalist who went around the world in 72 days.

Ernest Hemingway
was an American novelist who influenced 20th century fiction with his spare but vivid writing.

Frances Ellen Watkins
was a prolific author and poet who devoted her life to speaking out against slavery.

Gabriel Garcia Marquez
received the Nobel Prize in Literature for his novels and short stories.

George Bernard Shaw
was an Irish playwright, theater critic and social activist.

H.G. Wells
wrote science fiction novels that made people interested in science and space.

Hans Christian Andersen
is best known for fairy tales that explore human nature and speak to people of all places and times.

Harper Lee
is the author of To Kill a Mockingbird, a novel of the South.

Harriet Beecher Stowe
wrote Uncle Tom's Cabin to expose the injustice and inhumanity of slavery.

Helen Adams Keller
wrote about her own life and education.

Helen Keller
overcame blindness and deafness to become an accomplished writer and advocate of the disabled.

Henry David Thoreau
a naturalist, social philosopher and writer.

Henryk Sienkiewicz
was a Polish writer who is revered for his epic novels.

J.K. Rowling
is the author of the Harry Potter books.

James Baldwin
was a famed novelist and essayist.

James Herriot
inspired Sarah Cowan to become a veterinarian.

James Joyce
was an Irish writer famous for his epic, Ulysses.

Jane Austen
was an English novelist who wrote perceptive, witty observations on human nature.

JK Rowling
is the writer of the Harry Potter books and has inspired children around the world to read.

John Bunyan
wrote The Pilgrim's Progress, a higly influential book in Christianity.

John Ronald Reuel Tolkien
created a complete fictional world in The Lord of the Rings.

John Steinbeck
wrote of his love of the earth and of the poor who struggled on it.

Jorge Luis Borges
: his fiction imagines alternative realities.

Josephine Ruffin
served as the editor and publisher of the first newspaper published by and for African-American women.

Judy Blume
: her novels depict life's problems with insight and gentle humor.

Jules Verne
predicted the future of science.

Ken Saro Wiwa
was a Nigerian writer, environmentalist and human rights activist.

Langston Hughes
was nicknamed the Poet Laureate of Harlem.

is the founder of Taoism.

Laura Ingalls Wilder
offered young readers a glimpse of American life in the 1800s.

Laura Overdeck
is a writer who loves to teach math.

Leo Buscaglia
wrote many inspirational books about his work
in counseling.

Louisa May Alcott
was the beloved author of 'Little Women.'

Lucy Maud Montgomery
is the author of the Anne of Green Gables series.

Lydia Maria Child
wrote brilliantly to advocate for the abolition of slavery.

Madeleine L'Engle
was the award-winning author of A Wrinkle in Time inspired young people with her books.

Mario Martin
is a blind university Spanish professor who inspires others with his drive to succeed and his passion for Hispanic literature.

Mark Twain
was a prolific author and beloved American humorist.

Maya Angelou
is a beloved female author and poet.

Michael Crichton
is the father of the 'techno thriller.'

Mikhail Lomonosov
was an important Russian polymath in science and literature.

Moses ben Maimon
is one of the great Jewish writers and thinkers.

Naguib Mahfouz
was the first Arab to receive the Nobel Prize in Literature.

Nawal El Saadawi
continued writing while in prison, her words could not be silenced.

Nikki Tate
writes books for kids who like horses.

O. Henry
stories are filled with humor and compassion.

Oriana Fallaci
was an important Italian journalist.
by Joy Wolf

Oscar Wilde
was a popular playwright and poet who suffered from social persecution.

Paulo Coelho
is an influential Brazilian author.

Pearl S. Buck
was a Nobel and Pulitzer Prize-winning writer founded the first international, inter-racial adoption agency.

Pramoedya Ananta Toer
wrote his Buru trilogy inside the walls of an Indonesian prison.

Ray Bradbury
reaches out across time and space to touch readers.

Robert Munsch
is a favorite Canadian writer and poet.

Robert Penn Warren
was the first Poet Laureate of the United States.

Rose Wilder Lane
was a prolific author who helped her mother, Laura Ingalls Wilder, become an accomplished writer.

invented the Cherokee alphabet, which enabled Cherokees to record their history.

Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
is a favorite writer around the world.

Sor Juana Inez de la Cruz
couldn't live
without learning.

Stephen King
is one of the best known horror writers.

Studs Terkel
The author who captured the stories of everyday people celebrates his 95th birthday.

Terence Hanbury (T.H.) White
was an English novelist best known for his Arthurian novels.

Terry Pratchett
is a celebrated and imaginative writer who is raising awareness of Alzheimer's disease.

Upton Sinclair
was an author and social crusader for change.

Vaclav Havel
despite censorship, wrote plays that helped keep the hope of freedom alive....

Willa Cather
was Pulitzer Prize-winning author and a pioneer in the women's rights movement.

William Shakespeare
wrote plays & poetry that continue to have a lasting effect on readers all over the world.


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