10 Best Romantic Authors
Romance has been one of the most popular genres transcending age groups and geographic barriers. Hence, the list of romantic authors is endless. While some have produced dozens of novels, others have gained popularity from just one of their masterpiece. More contemporary writers have been included deliberately in our list as the present generation will be more acquainted with them. Listed here are some of the best romantic authors.
1. William Shakespeare (26 April 1564 baptized-23 April 1616)
Talk about Shakespeare and you can’t help but think of ‘Romeo and Juliet’. But while ‘Romeo and Juliet’, ‘Othello’, ‘Antony and Cleopatra’ are romantic tragedies, Shakespeare did write some romantic plays which are known as ‘Shakespeare’s late romances’ which included among others, ‘Tempest’ and ‘Cymbeline’.
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2. The Brontë sisters (19th century)
They were Charlotte Brontë, Emily Brontë and Anne Brontë who wrote under the pseudonyms of Currer, Ellis and Acton Bell respectively. Charlotte Brontë was the eldest among them and is the famous author of ‘Jane Eyre’. Emily Brontë published just one novel ‘Wuthering Heights’ but that helped her achieve immortality in the minds of the readers. Anne Brontë’s novels, on the other hand, were more realistic than romantic and she is most famous for ‘Agnes Grey’.
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3. Jane Austen (16 December 1775- 18 July 1817)
Her ‘Pride and Prejudice’ has been lauded as the best romantic novel ever written. She also wrote ‘Sense and Sensibility’, ‘Mansfield Park’ and ‘Emma’ and all of them are considered gems in the history of romance.
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4. Georgette Heyer (16 August 1902 – 4 July 1974)
She is considered to be the pioneer of ‘Regency romance’, a subgenre of the historical romance. Her novels were mainly set before 1800 and ‘Regency Buck’ was her first attempt at this genre. She went on to write scores of novels both in the romantic and thriller categories.
5. Kathleen E. Woodiwiss (June 3, 1939 – July 6, 2007)
Along with Georgette Heyer, she is responsible for founding the era of historical romances. Her ‘The Flame and the Flower’ was a trendsetter in the sense that it marked the birth of the modern romance with controversial plot and intimate sex scenes.
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6. Jude Deveraux (born September 20, 1947)
She is famous for her historical romances and 36 of her novels have found a place in The New York Times Bestseller list. Her ‘Edilean series’ is the most famous which includes novels like ‘Lavender Morning’ and ‘Days of Gold’.
7. Daphne du Maurier (13 May 1907 – 19 April 1989)
If you are an ardent fan of Alfred Hitchcock’s movies, you must know on whose works three of Hitchcock’s movies, namely ‘Rebecca’, ‘Jamaica Inn’ and ‘The Birds’, were based. Yes, they were adapted from Daphne du Maurier's works. Even her personal life could be the setting of a best seller what with her secret bisexuality and alleged affairs with well known women of her times.
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8. Margaret Mitchell (November 8, 1900 – August 16, 1949)
Okay, she did publish just one novel in her lifetime but it was enough to engrave her name in the list of the greatest romantic writers. Her ‘Gone with the Wind’ based on the American civil era won her the National Book Award in 1936 for the most distinguished novel. Even the movie based on it is considered a classic. In recent times, some of her earlier works have come to the fore including her novella ‘Lost Laysen’.
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9. Nicholas Sparks (born December 31, 1965)
He is a famous novelist and a screenwriter and his fame can be attributed as much to his novels as to the movies based on them from ‘The Notebook’ to ‘A Walk to Remember’.
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10. Nora Roberts (born October 10, 1950)
She has written under the pseudonyms, J.D.Robb, Jill March and Sarah Hardesty. She was the first writer to be inducted into the ‘Romance Writers of America’ Hall of Fame and has written an astonishing number of 209 novels until date.
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