AUTHORS ON THE WEB

A Collection of Biographical Sketches

This page is an attempt to bring together literary author biographies available on the World Wide Web. The biographies vary in quality, timeliness, length, and authority. If you don't find a biography here and know of one, please send it along. If there is no biography available, write one and send it along. It will take time for this page to become one of substance. And, in keeping with the beauty of the medium, it will continually grow and change. Credit for this page must go to Dr. Gretchen Whitney at The University of Tennessee where I was a graduate student in the School of Information Science. Dr. Whitney's "dead German" assignment gave me inspiration for this page. She also taught me HTML. She may have created a monster.

Last revised: August 17, 2002.

As a new dimension to this page, I am attempting to locate biographies on Nobel Prize winners in Literature. Those I include will include a notation, (Nobel, year). Much of the information for this portion comes from The Nobel Prize Internet Archive


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A

Chinua Achebe - Maria Gaetana Agnesi - Shmuel Yosef Agnon (Nobel 1966) - Anna Akhmatova: 1 2 - Louisa May Alcott - Vicente Aleixandre (Nobel 1977) - Isabel Allende - Hanan al-Shaykh 1, 2 - Ivo Andriic (Nobel 1961) - Maya Angelou - Louis Aragon - Isaac Asimov - Miguel Angel Asturias (Nobel 1967) 1, 2 - Margaret Atwood - W.H. Auden - Paul Auster1, 2, 3, 4 - Jane Austen - Martin Amis - Maya Angelou1, 2, 3, - Avi -


B

L. Frank Baum - Steven Barnes - Charles Baxter - Sylvia Beach - Louis Becke - Samuel Beckett (Nobel 1969): 1, 2, 3, 4 - Madison Smart Bell - Henry Bellamann - Saul Bellow: (Nobel, 1976) 1 2 - Andrei Bely - Jacinto Benavente (Nobel 1922) - Angela Benson - Henri Bergson (Nobel 1927) - Carl L. Biemiller - Ambrose Bierce - Elizabeth Bishop - Bjornstjerne Martinus Bjornson (Nobel 1903) - Judy Blume - William Blake - Heinrich Boell (Nobel 1972) - Chris Bohjalian - Anne Bronte - Rita Mae Brown - John Buchanan - Pearl S. Buck (Nobel, 1938) - Charles Bukowski - Sylvia Bukowski - Ivan Alekseyevich Bunin (Nobel 1933) - John Burroughs - Betsy Byars -


C

Lewis Carroll - Albert Camus (Nobel, 1957) - Elias Canetti (Nobel 1981) - Giosue Carducci (Nobel 1906) - Eric Carle - Raymond Carver - Willa Cather - Jose Camilo Cela (Nobel 1989) - Miguel de Cervantes - Alain Chartier - Geoffrey Chaucer - Anton Chekhov - Gabriello Chiabrera - Kate Chopin - Agatha Christie - Winston Churchil (Nobel 1953) - Beverly Cleary - Brian Coffey - S.T. Coleridge - Colette (Sidonie-Gabrielle) - Ivy Compton-Burnett - Joseph Conrad - Catherine Cookson - Caroline Cooney 1, 2 - Robert Cormier 1, 2, 3 - Hart Crane - Stephen Crane - Harry Crews - Chris Crutcher - Christopher Paul Curtis: 1 , 2 - Ellen Cusack - Karen Cushman -


D

Marguerite deAngeli - Grazia Deledda (Nobel 1926) - Tomi dePaola 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 - Charles Dickens 1, 2 - Emily Dickinson 1 2 - Rosanne Dingli - Alex Domokos - J.P. Donleavey - Richard Dooling: 1, 2 - Hilda Doolittle - Fyodor Dostoevsky - Rita Dove - Roddy Doyle - Andres Dubus III - Theodore Dreiser - Paul Laurence Dunbar - Daphne du Maurier - Lawrence Durrell -


E

Patricia Eakins - Umberto Eco - Jose Echegaray Y Eizaguirre (Nobel 1904) - T.S. Eliot (Nobel 1948) - Odysseus Elytis (Nobel 1979) - Louise Erdrich: 1, 2 - Barbara Esstman - Rudolf Eucken (Nobel 1908) - (Alice) Pearl Evans -


F

John Fante - William Faulkner (Nobel 1949) - F. Scott Fitzgerald - E.M. Forster - Gwynne Forster - Anatole France (Nobel 1921) - Anne Frank - Robert Frost - Carlos Fuentes -


G

John Galsworthy (Nobel 1932) - Roger Martin Du Gard (Nobel 1937) - Anne F. Garreta - Romain Gary - Andre Gide (Nobel 1947) - Allen Ginsberg - Charles Ghigna - Karl Gjellerup (Nobel 1917) - Rosemary Glenn - Ken Goddard - Goethe - William Golding (Nobel 1983): 1, 2 - Nadine Gordimer (Nobel 1991) - Robert Graves - David Guterson 1, 2 -


H

Lorraine Hansberry - Virginia Hamilton - Knut Pedersen Hamsun (Nobel 1920) - Elizabeth Harris - Gerhart Johann Robert Hauptmann: (Nobel 1912) 1, 2 - Randolph Healy - Seamus Heaney (Nobel 1995) - Carl Gustaf Verner Von Heidenstam (Nobel 1916) - Ernest Hemingway (Nobel, 1954) - O. Henry - Ann Herrick - Hermann Hesse (Nobel 1946) - Karen Hesse - Paul Johann Ludwig Heyse (Nobel 1910) - Joan Hall Hovey - Langston Hughes - James Hurst - Zora Neale Hurston - Laura Huxley -


I

John Irving - Kazuo Ishiguro -


J

Shirley Jackson: 1, 2, 3, 4 - Johannes Vilhelm Jensen (Nobel 1944) - Juan Ramon Jimenez (Nobel 1956) - B.S. Johnson - Eyvind Johnson (Nobel 1974) - Samuel Johnson - James Jones - James Joyce 1, 2, 3 - Trevor Joyce -


K

Erik Axel Karlfeldt (Nobel 1931) - Yasunari Kawabata (Nobel 1968) - Jack Kerouac - Jamaica Kincaid - Barbara Kingsolver: 1, 2 - Maxine Hong Kingston - Rudyard Kipling (Nobel 1907) -


L

Par Fabian Lagerkvist (Nobel 1951) - Selma Lagerloef (Nobel 1909) - Halldor Kiljan Laxness (Nobel 1955) - Harper Lee - Ursuala K. LeGuin - Madeleine L'Engle - Dorris Lessing 1, 2, - C.S. Lewis - Sinclair Lewis: (Nobel 1930) 1, 2 - Jack London - Robert Lowell - Clare Booth Luce -


M

Naquib Mahquz (Nobel 1988) - Count Maurice Maeterlinck (Nobel 1911) - Naguib Mahfouz (Nobel 1988): 1, 2 - Thomas Mann _ Katherine Mansfield - Eugenio Mantale (Nobel 1975) - Gabriel Garcia Marquez (Nobel, 1982) - Roger Martin du Gard 1, 2 - Harry Martinson (Nobel 1974) - C.M. Mayo - Wendell Mayo - Francois Mauriac (Nobel 1952) - Cormac McCarthy - Carson McCullers - Herman Melville - Arthur Miller - G. Wayne Miller - Henry Miller - A. A. Milne - Czeslaw Milosz (Nobel 1980) - Frederic Mistral (Nobel 1904) - Gabriela Mistral (Nobel 1945) 1, 2 - Jacquelyn Mitchard - N. Scott Momaday - Christian Matthias Theodor Mommsen (Nobel 1902) - Marianne Moore - Toni Morrison: (Nobel 1993) 1, 2, 3 - Robert Musil -


N

Vladimir Nabokov - Gloria Naylor - Pablo Neruda (Nobel 1971): 1, 2 - Anais Nin 1, 2 -


O

Joyce Carol Oates - Flannery O'Conner - Eugene O'Neill (Nobel 1936): 1, 2 - Kenzaburo Oe (Nobel 1994): 1, 2 3 -


P

Janie Lynn Panagopoulos - Erna Paris - Linda Sue Park - Francine Pascal - Boris Pasternak (Nobel 1958) - Dorothy Hinshaw Patent 1, 2 - Gary Paulsen 1, 2, 3 - - Octavio Paz (Nobel 1990) 1, 2, 3, 4 - Richard Peck - Ann Perry _ Saint-john Perse (Nobel 1960) - Terry Persun - Luigi Pirandello (Nobel 1934) - Tamora Pierce - Patricia Polacco - Henrik Pontoppidan (Nobel 1917) - Ezra Pound - Reynold Price - Sully Prudhomme (Nobel 1901) -


Q

Paul Quarrington - Salvatore Quasimodo (Nobel 1959) -


R

Tom Raworth - Wladyslaw Reymont (Nobel 1924) - Anne Rice - Ann Rinaldi 1, 2, 3 - Tom Robbins - Lucia St.Clair Robson - Romain Rolland (Nobel 1915) - David Ross - Diana Ross - J. K. Rowling 1 2 3 4 5 - Arundhati Roy - Salmon Rushdie - Bertrand Russell (Nobel 1950): 1, 2, Cynthia Rylant -


S

Nelly Sachs (Nobel 1966) - Edna St. Vincent - Jean-Paul Sartre (Nobel 1964) - Allen Say - Dorothy Sayers - Giorgos Seferis (Nobel 1963) - Jaroslav Seifert (Nobel 1984) - Maurice Sendak - Anne Sexton - George Bernard Shaw (Nobel 1925) - Mary Shelley - Michail Sholokhov (Nobel 1965) - Henryk Sienkiewicz (Nobel 1905) - Frans Sillanpaa (Nobel 1939) - Randall Silvis - Shel Silverstein - Claude Simon (Nobel 1985) - Isaac Bashevis Singer (Nobel 1978) - Robert Skimin - Jane Smiley: 1, 2 - Michael Smith - Zilpha Keatley Snyder - Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn (Nobel 1970): 1, 2 - Wole Soyinka (Nobel 1986) - Edmund Spenser - Carl Spitteler (Nobel 1919) - Charles Haddon Spurgeon - Larraine Stacey - John Steinbeck (Nobel, 1962) 1 2 - Wallace Stevens - R.L. Stine - Stella Sole - Harriet Beecher Stowe: 1 , 2 - William Styron: 1, 2, 3, 4 - Pira Sudham - Glendon Swarthout - Kathryn Swarthout - Miles Swarthout - Wislawa Szymborska (Nobel, 1996) -


T

Rabindranath Tagore (Nobel 1913) - Amy Tan - Eleanora Tate 1, 2 - Donna Tartt - Mildred Taylor: 1, 2, 3, 4 - Marcia Theophilo - Henry D. Thoreau - J. R. R. Tolkien - Leo Tolstoy1, 3, 4 - Jean-Philippe Toussaint - Barbara Tuchman - Mark Twain -


U

Sigrid Undset (Nobel 1928) 1, 2, 3 - John Updike -


V

Andrew Vachss - Chris Van Allsburg - Mona Van Duyn: 1, 2, 3 - Maffeo Vegio - Jules Verne: 1 2 - Kurt Vonnegut -


W

Derek Walcott (Nobel 1992) - Alice Walker - Evelyn Waugh - Friedrich Wilhelm Weber - Francis Xavier Weninger - Charles Harris Wesley - James L. W. West III - David Wheldon - Patrick White (Nobel 1973) - John Edgar Wideman 1, 2, 3, 4 - Oscar Wilde - Laura Ingalls Wilder - August Wilson - William Carlos Williams - August Wilson 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6 - P. G. Wodehouse - Audrey Wood - Bobby R. Woodall - Thomas Wolfe - Tom Wolfe - Patricia C. Wrede - Richard Wright -


X


Y

W. B. Yeats (Nobel, 1923) - Jane Yolen -


Z

Roger Zelazny -


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