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With 5,755 biographies, Writers are the 4th most common occupation in Pantheon, behind Soccer Players, Politicians, and Actors.

Pantheon has 6,514 people classified as writers born between 2300 BC and 2006. Of these 6,514, 1,449 (22.24%) of them are still alive today. The most famous living writers include Paulo Coelho, Stephen King, and Haruki Murakami. The most famous deceased writers include Homer, William Shakespeare, and Dante Alighieri. As of April 2022, 765 new writers have been added to Pantheon including Walter Scott, B. Traven, and Peter Townsend.

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Most writers were born in United States (1105), United Kingdom (675), and France (627). By city, the most common birth places were Paris (162), New York City (125), and London (98).The most common death places of writers were United States (707), France (686), and United Kingdom (484). By city, these were Paris (299), London (139), and Moscow (115).

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.