10 Most Famous Female Authors of All Time

There are many female authors who have given the world some of its best literature. Female writers across the globe have dabbled into a variety of genres ranging from thrillers, children’s literature, social dramas, fantasy to romance. Here are some of the most famous female authors of all time.

Jane Austen

Jane Austen

1. Jane Austen

Jane Austen is one of the most iconic female authors of all time. This British writer penned the famous novel, Pride and Prejudice, which gained worldwide fame and popularity. Although most of Austen's work fell in the genre of romantic fiction, she used many social themes in her writing. Sense and Sensibility, Emma, Mansfield Park and Persuasion are some of her other popular books.


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Emily Bronte

Emily Bronte

2. Emily Bronte

Emily Bronte is one of those female writers who gained worldwide fame with a single novel titled Wuthering Heights. She is younger sister of famous writer Charlotte Bronte who is also regarded as one of the most famous female writers of all time. Not much is known about her to the public.


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Enid Blyton

Enid Blyton

3. Enid Blyton

British writer Enid Blyton's name is synonymous with children's literature. Her famous works including Noddy, Famous Five and The Secret Seven are read by children across the globe even today. The characters she developed in her works are known to spark imagination and fantasy in children. She has written approximately 800 books in a span of 40 years.


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Harper Lee

Harper Lee

4. Harper Lee

Harper Lee is an American novelist who gained accolades and fame for her only published novel titled, To Kill a Mockingbird. The book narrates Lee's personal observations of racism in her hometown in Alabama. Her book has been awarded Presidential Medal of Freedom and the Pulitzer Prize.


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J.K. Rowling

J.K. Rowling

5. J.K. Rowling

British novelist J. K. Rowling recently entered the pages of history when the famous Harry Potter series was declared to be one of the bestselling books in history. In addition to seven highly successful installments of the Harry Potter series, Rowling has also written many other children's books and articles.


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Agatha Christie

Agatha Christie

6. Agatha Christie

British author Agatha Christie has written some of the world's most read crime novels. She also wrote The Mousetrap, which became one of the world's longest running play. Some of Christie's famous works include Murder on the Orient Express, Witness for the Prosecution, The Murder of Roger Ackroyd and Peril at End House. Her work has also been adapted in movies, theater, TV and graphic novels.


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Toni Morrison

Toni Morrison

7. Toni Morrison

Toni Morrison is an American author and professor, most famous for her works including Beloved, The Bluest Eye, Song of Solomon and Sula. For her rich body of work, she received the Presidential Medal of Freedom and the Nobel Prize. She also received the Pulitzer Prize for her novel, Beloved.


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Ayn Rand

Ayn Rand

8. Ayn Rand

Ayn Rand's name is synonymous with Objectivity, a philosophy that was developed by her. This philosophy strongly reflected in the themes of her two iconic books, The Fountainhead and Atlas Shrugged. This Russian-American author gained worldwide fame, especially after her death. In her lifetime, her work generated extreme reactions of criticism and praise simultaneously.


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Danielle Steel

Danielle Steel

9. Danielle Steel

Danielle Steel is an American novelist who writes in the genre of romantic thrillers. Almost every single book written by her has been a bestseller. Many of her works have also been adapted for film and TV. The House, Johnny Angel, Wanderlust, The Kiss, The Ghost, Fine Things and Kaleidoscope are some of her famous works.


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Maya Angelou

Maya Angelou

10. Maya Angelou

Angelou is amongt some of the most famous female authors and poets of all time. Her most famous works include her series of autobiographies in which she recounts her personal experiences as an African-American person. She has received more than thirty honorary doctoral degrees, the Presidential Medal of Freedom and the National Medal of Arts.


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  • Jane Austen
  • Emily Bronte
  • Enid Blyton
  • Harper Lee
  • J.K. Rowling
  • Agatha Christie
  • Toni Morrison
  • Ayn Rand
  • Danielle Steel
  • Maya Angelou

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