Authors

Explore the works of popular authors from Jane Austen to John Grisham. Re-discover your favorite writer, or find a new author to add to your reading list.

June 28, 2022
The J.R.R. Tolkien empire goes beyond the mainstream editions of The Hobbit, The Lord of the Rings, and his other Middle-earth books. We’ve combed through thousands of listings on AbeBooks to identify eye-catching examples of Tolkienabilia including a map, posters, art and unusual editions.
June 28, 2022
The J.R.R. Tolkien literary landscape is huge and constantly evolving. It's possible to find limited editions, deluxe editions, illustrated books, box sets and attractive modern editions. The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit are just the start when you visit Middle-earth.
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June 28, 2022
Author and academic J.R.R .Tolkien changed our world by creating an imaginary world. Tolkien gave us ‘high fantasy’ where a new world is created through a writing style that offers immense detail about places, landscapes, cultures, and history. Learn more about the man who created Middle-earth.
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By Richard Davies
February 23, 2022
The Grand Budapest Hotel was one of the most successful movies of 2014 and nominated for nine Academy Awards, including best film and best director. But are you aware of the inspiration for this award-winning movie?
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January 18, 2022
James Baldwin (1924-1987) was a pioneer, addressing Black civil rights and gay rights in his writing. Famous for Go Tell it on the Mountain and Notes of a Native Son, Baldwin's contribution to Black literature is immense.
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November 25, 2021
Discover 25 books written by African American authors between 1850 and 1930. Our list includes novels, memoirs, autobiographies, short stories and essays, poetry, and investigative journalism.
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August 24, 2021
Kazuo Ishiguro won the 2017 Nobel Prize for Literature, and was knighted by the British monarch a year later. He is best known for the novels The Remains of the Day and Never Let Me Go, both of which have been turned into films.
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By Richard Davies
July 29, 2021
The first edition of Salem's Lot with its original dust jacket is the Holy Grail for collectors of Stephen King books.
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July 28, 2021
It can be safely said that Jane Austen is one of the best-loved English authors of all time. Born December 16, 1775, Austen made a mark on the literary world with her romantic fiction set among the landed gentry in England.
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June 21, 2021
Think all mystery books are the same? Think again. Thrillers, suspense, crime novels - whatever you call them, mystery books make for some of the most exciting literature out there.
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By Jessica Doyle
June 21, 2021
Whatever stage you're at in the endeavor to read more women, here are 100 talented female authors to get you started or keep you going.
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June 03, 2021
Considered the greatest writer in the English language, William Shakespeare's works are among the world's most widely read, most intensely studied, and most passionately collected. Early editions are also some of the most valuable.
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June 03, 2021
"There is no friend as loyal as a book." -- Ernest Hemingway
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By Beth Carswell
June 03, 2021
Beatrix Potter was an English children's book author and illustrator, primarily. She was also a farmer, a conservationist, and a natural explorer fascinated by science and the wonders of the natural world around her.
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June 03, 2021
Francis Scott Key Fitzgerald, arguably one of the best American writers of all time, lived a brief life and died without knowing his true fame. Fitzgerald lived in Paris after World War I and made a living writing short stories for magazines. He didn't know his novel The Great Gatsby would one day become one of the most read books in America.
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June 03, 2021
Ray Bradbury was a giant of American literature. The man just could not be stopped - in his 91 years of life and a career spanning over 70 years, he wrote nearly a dozen novels and somewhere in the neighborhood of 600 short stories.
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By Beth Carswell
June 03, 2021
"Hello, babies. Welcome to Earth. It's hot in the summer and cold in the winter., It's round and wet and crowded. At the outside, babies, you've got a hundred years here. There's only one rule that I know of, babies - God damn it, you've got to be kind." - from God Bless You Mr. Rosewater or Pearls Before Swine.
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By Beth Carswell
June 03, 2021
Fleming. Ian Fleming. Fleming's work during the war likely provided background for his James Bond stories, and many of the people, places and particulars of his novels are purported to be based on real details of Fleming's life.
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June 03, 2021
This list celebrates African American writers from both the past and present, from Maya Angelou and Langston Hughes to Colson Whitehead.
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By Richard Davies
June 03, 2021
Did you know some of the 20th century's finest writers were also painters? It is not unusual for writing and art to go hand-in-hand, but these authors are primarily known for their skills with a pen, or typewriter, rather than a paint brush.
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June 03, 2021
Edward Gorey (1925-2000) was an American illustrator and writer, chiefly remembered for his illustrated books. Once you've seen a bit of Gorey's work, it becomes instantly recognizable.
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By Richard Davies
June 03, 2021
William Blake did so much so well that it is difficult to label him. Therefore, we're going to let bookseller and William Blake expert John Windle summarize the incredible life and impact of this particular Englishman.
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