With 4,883 biographies, Writers are the 4th most common occupation in Pantheon, behind Politicians, Soccer Players, and Actors.

Pantheon has 4,873 people classified as writers born between 2300 BC and 2000. Of these 4,873, 1,104 (22.66%) of them are still alive today. The most famous living writers include Milan Kundera, Stephen King, and Paulo Coelho. The most famous deceased writers include William Shakespeare, Dante Alighieri, and Homer.

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Most writers were born in United States (726), United Kingdom (483), and France (451). By city, the most common birth places were Paris (127), London (105), and New York City (102).The most common death places of writers were France (491), United States (472), and United Kingdom (335). By city, these were Paris (252), London (137), and Moscow (86).

The earliest biographies classified as writers in Pantheon are Bharata Muni, Luqman, and Enheduanna.  The concentration of writers was largest during the Newspaper Era, which lasted from 1700 to 1899. Some birth or death locations for earlier writers are unknown, which may account for timeline differences below.

Which Writers were alive at the same time? This visualization shows the lifespans of the 25 most globally memorable Writers since 1700.

Writers are found within the Humanities domain which also includes Philosophers, Historians, Linguists, Journalists, and Critics.