It’s hard to decide who were the best authors in America’s 20th Century. Ask 100 individuals, and they will probably give you 100 different answers. When it comes to the records and sold books, you can quickly read the statistics. However, if it was sold out in just two days, it does not mean that the book was good. Take a look at the top 3 American writers of the 20th Century.

Best American Writers you should know about

  1.    Ernest Hemingway. He is seen as one of the best writers of his generation. He lived between the years 1899 and 1961, a time when he wrote action-packed stories about bullfighting, boxing, war, fishing, big-game hunting, and human relationships. Based on the readers’ opinions, some of Hemingway’s most inspiring novels are “The Old Man and the Sea” (1952), “For Whom the Bell Tolls” (1940), “The Sun Also Rises” (1926), and “A Farewell to Arms” (1929).
  2.    F. Scott Fitzgerald. The author of the American’s jewel “The Great Gatsby” (1925), Fitzgerald lived from 1896 to 1940. He also wrote other novels and short stories about the excesses that characterized the Jazz Age. His writings usually include people’s aspirations and reflect the author’s optimism: “This Side of Paradise” (1920) and “The Beautiful and the Damned” (1922).
  3.    Emily Dickinson (1830-1886) was one of America’s most prolific poets. She composed approximately 1,800 poems, but only a few were made public during her lifetime. After her death, their relatives have discovered her work in her bedroom. She mostly wrote about love, gardens, art, joy, grief, and death.

Fantastic books written in the 20th Century

Numerous other American writers are worth to be mentioned here. James Fenimore Cooper (1789-1851) certainly influenced readers with his five-book Leatherstocking series that included The Last of the Mohicans (first published in 1826). Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882) was a poet, essayist, and philosopher who was deep thinking about the mind of humans and their relationship with nature.

If you’re up for a good read from the 20th Century, make sure you don’t miss the novels of the Nobel Prize-winning writer William Faulkner (1897-1962). His iconic “Absalom, Absalom!” and “Go Down, Moses” will reveal you how people lived dozens of years ago. Despite the fact she published only one book, “To Kill a Mockingbird,” Harper Lee won the Pulitzer Prize, and became a classic of modern American literature. Some say that she published two novels, but the truth is that “Go Set a Watchman” was the first draft of her famous book.

It’s not an easy job to establish a top 3 American writers of the 20th Century. We have to name here Margaret Mitchell, Jack London, J.D. Salinger, Edgar Allan Poe, and Mark Twain. Plus, many other authors have influenced generations with their beautiful creations. We cannot argue which one was the best. All we can do is admit their talent and enjoy their styles. Who is your favorite American author and how do you explain your preference?