Top 10 Most Popular American Authors of All Time

A good book is one that peaks your curiosity and makes you eager to turn to the next page. The authors on list have entertained, instructed and made us laugh or cry and certainly made our lives better using their stories. Some of them you may know while others may be new to you. Take a look of the list that we think makes up most popular authors in America.

List of Top 10 Most Popular American Authors of All Time until in 2017

10. R.L. Stine


R. L. Stine born Robert Lawrence Stine is an American novelist, short story writer, television producer, screenwriter, and editor. He has written hundreds of horror fiction novels, including books in the following series: Fear Street, Goosebumps, Rotten School, Mostly Ghostly, and The Nightmare Room.

Stine has written more than 300 books for children and young adults. His best-selling Goosebumps series has sold more than 300 million copies. Stine’s other series include Fear Street and Dangerous Girls. Before publishing his first young-adult horror novel, Blind Date, in 1986, Stine made his living writing children’s humour.

9. Louis L’Amour

Louis L’Amour Top 10 Most Popular American Authors of All Time

Louis L’Amour was prolific American novelists who wrote western novels. He wrote about his experiences from his travels as a young man in the American West. He published his first short story in 1937. By the time of his death in 1988 at age 80, L’Amour had written more than 100 novels. His novels have now sold more than 300 million copies and have been translated into 20 languages.

8. Ernest Miller Hemingway

Ernest Miller Hemingway Top Popular American Authors of All Time 2018

Earnest Miller Hemmingway was born on the 21st July of 1899 and was an American author and journalist. He had a strong influence on the 20th century fiction. Earnest won the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1954. He has published seven novels, six short stories and two non-fiction works. He has been married many times in his lifetime (four) and the longest one of his marriages stayed for fifteen years. Earnest died on the 2nd July of 1961.

7. Dean Koontz

Dean Koontz Top Most Popular American Authors of All Time 2017

Dean Koontz novels can be described as suspense thrillers with a dash of fantasy and horror. His characters often struggle with abuse and evil which mimic his own life having been brought up by an abusive, alcoholic father.

In his early days as a writer used several pen names including David Axton and Brian Coffey. Most of his books were on the New York Times Bestseller List. He has written over 100 novels and sold over 450 million copies. It’s estimated that his novels sell over 18 million copies annually.

6. Gilbert Patten

Gilbert Patten Top Most American Authors of All Time 2019

Horatio Alger Gilbert Pattern was born in 1866. He was a writer of dime novels and his first work was published in 1886. Pattern is best known for his Frank Merriwell series written under pen name Burt. L. Merriwell is a fictional character of great strength that excelled in sports at Yale and at the same time solving mysteries and righting wrongs. Pattern wrote over 200 stories weekly for twenty years. The Merriwell series is believed to have sold more the 200, 000 per week at its peak. It is estimated that the total sales range between 200 and 500 million copies making him one of the greatest authors of his time.

5. Dr. Seuss


Dr. Seuss was a pen name for Theodor Suess Geisel, American animator and a bestselling author of children’s books. Suess worked in the army in the animation department where he produced several short films. He won an Academy Award for one of the films. He is one amongst the Top 10 Most Popular American Authors of All Time until 2017.

Then he started writing children books after the war and wrote his first book, If I ran the Zoo, in 1950, If I Ran a Circus, 1955 and The Cat In the Hat in 1957. He made reading easy and fun using words that were suitable for his young readers.

Before his demise, Dr. Suess wrote over 60 books of which 11 have been adapted television specials and four television series. His birthday, March 2 was been made the annul date for National Read Across America Day, an initiative by the National Education Association.

Dr. Suess has won awards and his books have sold over 400 million copies and translated to 21 languages.

4. Danielle Steel


Danielle steel is an American romance writer. She wrote her first novel at the age of 26 and has gone on to write over 100 novels and all of them have been best sellers. Many of her novels have over the top story line that makes her novel less realistic. Her characters often are from rich families facing a crisis threatened by dark situations such as war, fraud, blackmail and suicide.

Steel has published children’s fiction and is actively involved in raising funds for the treatment of mental illnesses. Her novels have been translated into 28 languages and have sold over 800 million copies. 25 of her novels have been adapted for television and two of them have received Golden Globe nominations.

She holds the Guinness World Record for most consecutive weeks on the New York Times Bestseller List and is the fourth bestselling author of all time.

3. Stephen King


Stephen king writes of science fiction, supernatural and horror stories. Most of his work is set in Maine, his home state. He has written over 50 novels and over 200 short stories including novels he did under a pen name, Richard Bachman. His work has sold over 400 million copies many of which have been adapted into films, TV shows and miniseries.

Kings novella Rita Hayworth and Shawshank Redemption was the basis for the movie, The Shawshank Redemption, which is widely regarded as one of the time. King has received many awards for his contribution to literature.

2. Sidney Sheldon


Sidney Sheldon was an iconic novelist having written novels and screen plays. He spend most of his career in Hollywood where he wrote twenty five screen plays including The Bachelor and the Bobby-Soxer for which he won an Academy Award in 1947 for the Best Original Screenplay. He has written many television scripts for TV programs such as If tomorrow come (1986) and Memories of Midnight (1991).

Sheldon wrote his first novel, The Naked Face in 1970 and went on to write 18 novels and a memoir, The Other Side of Me, which details his struggle with bipolar disorder. Many of his novels have been listed on the New York Times Best Seller list, a number of them have been made into TV miniseries. His novels have sold over 300 million copies and translated to 51 languages.

1. Harold Robbins


It’s rumoured that Harold claimed to be an orphan raised in New York City raised in a Catholics boy’s home, but he was the son of a well educated Russian and Polish immigrants. His first book was Never Love a Stranger in 1948 followed by The Dream Merchants in 1949. His well known book is the Carpetbaggers which was adapted into a feature film in which Elvis Presley starred. Robbins went on write 30 novels selling over 750 million copies making him one of the top five bestselling authors.

These above are the Top 10 Most Popular American Authors of All Time until 2017. We would love to hear who your favourite authors are and what books you have read by leaving a comment below.

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