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Greatest American Authors

Ranking American born authors by their words and works. This list is not limited to fiction or novels, but can include poetry, plays, letters, and essays as well. It will be up to the voters to determine if an author like Harper Lee who wrote one masterpiece is valued over Stephen King who produces more than a book a year which probably detracts from style and craft. This is not a list for "plot creators" but a list for true wordsmiths and prosers. Please choose the author's most important work, as there is no option to lump multiple titles under the same author.
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3.99 avg rating — 829,421 ratings
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3.92 avg rating — 379,493 ratings
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4.35 avg rating — 17,110 ratings
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4.19 avg rating — 36 ratings
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3.93 avg rating — 4,488,613 ratings
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4.38 avg rating — 237,103 ratings
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3.96 avg rating — 305,028 ratings
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3.82 avg rating — 1,213,845 ratings
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4.09 avg rating — 1,249,768 ratings
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3.98 avg rating — 2,042,016 ratings
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3.55 avg rating — 210,035 ratings
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3.58 avg rating — 57,568 ratings
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4.03 avg rating — 736,275 ratings
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4.08 avg rating — 250,234 ratings
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4.24 avg rating — 891 ratings
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4.38 avg rating — 44,637 ratings
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3.94 avg rating — 132,378 ratings
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4.23 avg rating — 46,282 ratings
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3.98 avg rating — 41,436 ratings
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3.86 avg rating — 169,647 ratings
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4.26 avg rating — 83,373 ratings
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3.81 avg rating — 399,648 ratings
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4.48 avg rating — 813 ratings
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3.78 avg rating — 76,941 ratings
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3.86 avg rating — 25,265 ratings
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4.45 avg rating — 23,888 ratings
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3.98 avg rating — 801,136 ratings
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3.53 avg rating — 517,027 ratings
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3.81 avg rating — 3,133,285 ratings
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4.25 avg rating — 87,532 ratings
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4.08 avg rating — 596,181 ratings
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3.98 avg rating — 781,654 ratings
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4.20 avg rating — 683,310 ratings
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3.92 avg rating — 13,798 ratings
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3.87 avg rating — 96,044 ratings
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3.93 avg rating — 54,017 ratings
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4.22 avg rating — 59,343 ratings
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4.11 avg rating — 94,458 ratings
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40 books · 9 voters · list created January 8th, 2012 by Christopher Plumb (votes) .
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Christopher 276 books
48 friends
Kelly 2356 books
23 friends
Paul 1399 books
262 friends
Saima 30 books
20 friends
William 29 books
186 friends
Simon 859 books
3303 friends
Sarah 13158 books
220 friends
Kathy 4251 books
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