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The evolution of literature throughout history has lead to the creation of different genres and has left us with the unforgettable works of literary giants like William Shakespeare, Miguel de Cervantes, Charles Dickens, Jules Verne, Gabriel Garcia Marquez, Edgar Allan Poe...etc. Depending on the genre and type of literary work, a writer is more specifically labeled as a poet, novelist,... etc. In this ranking we have attempted to collect the biggest names in world literature, regardless of their genre. Participate and vote for the writers you consider the best in history.

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101Mijaíl BulgákovMijaíl Bulgákov
120
102Carlos FuentesCarlos Fuentes
120
103Umberto EcoUmberto Eco
120
104G. K. ChestertonG. K. Chesterton
119
105Giacomo LeopardiGiacomo Leopardi
117
106Juana de la CruzJuana de la Cruz
117
107Rainer Maria RilkeRainer Maria Rilke
116
108Sophocles (Greece)Sophocles (Greece)
113
109Milan KunderaMilan Kundera
113
110Howard Phillips LovecraftHoward Phillips Lovecraft
104
111José Eustasio RiveraJosé Eustasio Rivera
103
112Juan Carlos OnettiJuan Carlos Onetti
103
113Roberto BolañoRoberto Bolaño
101
114OvidioOvidio
100
115Rómulo GallegosRómulo Gallegos
99
116Aeschylus (Greece)Aeschylus (Greece)
99
117Simone de BeauvoirSimone de Beauvoir
99
118Henry JamesHenry James
97
119Arturo Uslar PietriArturo Uslar Pietri
92
120John SteinbeckJohn Steinbeck
91
121Eduardo MendozaEduardo Mendoza
90
122Mijaíl ShólojovMijaíl Shólojov
90
123Henrik IbsenHenrik Ibsen
90
124Stefan ZweigStefan Zweig
90
125August StrindbergAugust Strindberg
88
126Doris LessingDoris Lessing
86
127Alejo CarpentierAlejo Carpentier
86
128Arturo Pérez ReverteArturo Pérez Reverte
85
129J. D. SalingerJ. D. Salinger
85
130José Ortega y GassetJosé Ortega y Gasset
85
131J. M. CoetzeeJ. M. Coetzee
84
132Heinrich BöllHeinrich Böll
84
133Paul AusterPaul Auster
84
134Gao XingjianGao Xingjian
83
135Konstantín StanislavskiKonstantín Stanislavski
82
136Virginia WolfVirginia Wolf
81
137Leopoldo Alas (Clarín)Leopoldo Alas (Clarín)
81
138Isabel AllendeIsabel Allende
80
139Truman CapoteTruman Capote
80
140Ciro AlegríaCiro Alegría
80
141Inca Garcilaso de la VegaInca Garcilaso de la Vega
80
142José ZorrillaJosé Zorrilla
80
143Jorge ManriqueJorge Manrique
80
144Mercedes Cabello de CarboneraMercedes Cabello de Carbonera
79
145Iván TurgénevIván Turgénev
79
146Antonio GalaAntonio Gala
79
147José de EsproncedaJosé de Espronceda
78
148George EliotGeorge Eliot
77
149Alfredo Bryce EcheniqueAlfredo Bryce Echenique
77
150Marqués de SadeMarqués de Sade
77
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