Top 10 Greatest Romance Authors of All Time (2023)

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One of the most precious skills any author can have is an inimitable command over the genre he/she chooses to specialize in. Those who steered their careers towards the romance genre have had a tough time to rise above the cliché love stories and create pulse pounding romance works that live to this day. In the following list, I aim to trace those classic and contemporary romance authors who have most significantly made their name worthy of acclaim along with each of their most popular quotes that explain the depth of their writing abilities.

1. Jane Austen (1775-1817)
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At first mention, it is hard to categorically accept Jane Austen as a romance author even though she has penned some of the best romantic fiction novels of the English literature including Pride and Prejudice (1813), Sense and Sensibility (1811) and Persuasion (1818). Unlike other contemporary writers, Austen’s novels intersperse love with societal elements having a great deal of emphasis on social norms and female characters.

“In vain have I struggled. It will not do. My feelings will not be repressed. You must allow me to tell you how ardently I admire and love you.” ― Jane Austen, Pride And Prejudice

2. Charlotte Brontë (1816-1855)
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Most accredited for bringing something new to the table with her gothic melodrama inromantic fictions, Charlotte Brontë was another gifted writer who raised the benchmark forromantic novels with her all-time classic: Jane Eyre (1847). The novel tells the story of anorphan governess who makes the dreadful mistake of falling in love with her employer.

“I have for the first time found what I can truly love–I have found you. You are my sympathy–my better self–my good angel–I am bound to you with a strong attachment. I think you good, gifted, lovely: a fervent, a solemn passion is conceived in my heart; it leans to you, draws you to my centre and spring of life, wrap my existence about you–and, kindling in pure, powerful flame, fuses you and me in one.” ― Charlotte Brontë, Jane Eyre


3. Emily Brontë (1818-1848)
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Shakespeare, Austen and Charlotte Brontë are sometimes believed to be only close runnerups against Emily Brontë’s literary masterpiece, Wuthering Heights (1847). The bookchallenged 19th century Victorian norms about social class, gender, religion and morality. Itis unfortunate that her only published novel received widespread criticism in its initial yearsand Emily did not live to see how it gradually gained acceptability to become one of the mostwidely read and favourite love stories of all time.

Whatever our souls are made of, his and mine are the same.” ― Emily Brontë, Wuthering Heights

4. Margaret Mitchell (1900-1949)
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American journalist and author Margaret Mitchell is the fourth participant in this categoryowing to her Pulitzer Prize winning novel, Gone With the Wind (1937) which sold morethan 30 million copies and was converted into a an academy award winning film. Mitchellbegan her love stories fetish as a child and went on to write adventure books and later evendirected plays. Her second novel, Lost Laysen (1996) – a manuscript discovered after herdeath- is also a love story set in the South Pacific.

“Well, my dear, take heart. Someday, I will kiss you and you will like it. But not now, so I beg you not to be too impatient.” ― Margaret Mitchell, Gone with the Wind

5. Audrey Niffenegger (1963 – )
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Writer, academic, visual artist and most lauded as a graphic novelist, Audrey Niffenegger isan American born 21st century Renaissance woman. Her romantic novel is distinct becauseof its mix with science fiction in The Time Traveler’s Wife (2003) which sold over sevenmillion copies, translated in forty languages and was adapted into a film. Rumour has it thatNiffenegger was troubled with her own love life during the time the she wrote this novel
which makes it even more poignant.

“Don’t you think it’s better to be extremely happy for a short while, even if you lose it, than to be just okay for your whole life?” ― Audrey Niffenegger, The Time Traveler’s Wife

6. Nicholas Sparks (1965 – )
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Arguably one of the world’s most loved romantic storytellers, Nicholas Sparks is an Americanproducer, screenwriter and novelist with seventeen novels to his credit as well as one nonfiction book. Nine of his novels were translated into films including The Notebook (1996), AWalk to Remember (1999), Dear John (2006) and Safe Haven (2010) to name a few.

“I am nothing special, of this I am sure. I am a common man with common thoughts and I’ve led a common life. There are no monuments dedicated to me and my name will soon be forgotten, but I’ve loved another with all my heart and soul, and to me, this has always been enough.” ― Nicholas Sparks, The Notebook

7. Nora Roberts (1950- )
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Nora Roberts also known as J.D.Robb, Jill March or Sarah Hardesty, is one of theworld’s bestselling authors and has been revered for rewriting the rules of romantic fiction.She has written 209 romance novels, is a founding member and inductee of RomanticWriters of America’s Hall of Fame, was awarded RWA Lifetime Achievement Award and wasan unprecedented 21 of the RWA’s RITA Awards-the highest honor awarded in the romancegenre.

Magic exists. Who can doubt it, when there are rainbows and wildflowers, the music of the wind and the silence of the stars? Anyone who has loved has been touched by magic. It is such a simple and such an extraordinary part of the lives we live. ― Nora Roberts, Charmed

8. Jude Deveraux (1947 – )
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Famous for merging history with romance, Jude Deveraux is a popular romance novelist with36 of her novels being featured in The New York Times Bestseller List as of 2010, had over60 million copies sold and her work has been translated into 18 languages. Her love-storiesrevolve around humour, history, and adventure. A Knight and Shining Armour (2002) isbelieved to be her best work thus far.

“There are some things that are as ancient as time, and knowing when a man desires you is one of those.” ― Jude Deveraux, Secrets

9. Julie Garwood (1944 – )
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Many say that that storytelling comes naturally to the Irish and this was also true forJulie Garwood who takes pride in her Irish heritage. She has written more than twenty-sevennovels in romance and historical genres, sold over thirty-five million copies and remainedNew York Times Bestsellers for 24 of her novels. Julie’s goal is to make her readers cry andlaugh and fall in love altogether whilst reading her books.

“I know the truth now. You’ve figured out I’m falling in love with you and you’re trying to make me stop by hurting me this way. Well it won’t work. ― Julie Garwood, The Wedding

10. Judith McNaught (1944 – )
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Her very first novel, Whitney My Love (1985) won a Romantic Times Award which speaksfor itself when it comes to this bestseller writer who, over the years, has McNaughtizedmillions. Until You (1994), Remember When (1996) and Night Whispers (1998) and fivemore novels were a smashing success in the romantic genre category too as they hit number1 on the NY Times Bestsellers list.

“There will be a few times in your life when all your instincts will tell you to do something, something that defies logic, upsets your plans, and may seem crazy to others. When that happens, you do it. Listen to your instincts and ignore everything else. Ignore logic, ignore the odds, ignore the complications, and just go for it.” ― Judith McNaught, Remember When

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FAQs

Who is the number 1 romance author? ›

Nora Roberts

The first writer in the Romance Writer of America Hall of Fame, Nora Roberts is known as the queen of romance fiction.

What is considered the best romance novel? ›

Top Classic Contemporary Romance Novels
  • Vision in White by Nora Roberts. ...
  • Tonight and Forever by Brenda Jackson. ...
  • Nine Lives by Danielle Steel. ...
  • Get a Life, Chloe Brown by Talia Hibbert. ...
  • The Wedding Date by Jasmine Guillory. ...
  • Seven Days in June by Tia Williams. ...
  • Outlander by Diana Gabaldon. ...
  • Indigo by Beverly Jenkins.
16 Aug 2022

Who is the best selling romantic fiction author of all times? ›

If there's one author on this list who's a recognized household name, it's Nora Roberts. Since 1980, Roberts has written and published an astounding number of romances — her website claims the number stands at over 215!

Who reads most romance novels? ›

Who reads romance novels?
  • 82% of romance readers are women, and 18% are men.
  • 45% of romance readers have a college degree.
  • The average romance reader is 42 years old.
  • Romance readers are getting younger: ...
  • 70% of romance readers discover the genre between ages 11 and 18.
9 Oct 2022

Who is the No 1 book in the world? ›

Having sold more than 500 million copies worldwide, Harry Potter by J. K. Rowling is the best-selling book series in history.

Who is the most read author of all time? ›

1. William Shakespeare (1564 – 1616) Often cited as the greatest writer in the English language and the bane of every high school student's existence, William Shakespeare has an estimated 4 billion copies of his works in circulation.

What is the most famous romance? ›

Top 10 Famous Romance Novels of All Time
  • Pride and Prejudice (1813) by Jane Austen. ...
  • Wuthering Heights (1847) by Emily Brontë ...
  • Jane Eyre (1847) by Charlotte Brontë ...
  • Anna Karenina (1877) by Leo Tolstoy. ...
  • Gone With the Wind (1936) by Margaret Mitchell. ...
  • Doctor Zhivago (1957) by Boris Pasternak. ...
  • Love Story (1970) by Erich Segal.

Who are the top five authors? ›

TOP TEN AUTHORS BY NUMBER OF BOOKS SELECTED
  • William Shakespeare — 11.
  • William Faulkner — 6.
  • Henry James — 6.
  • Jane Austen — 5.
  • Charles Dickens — 5.
  • Fyodor Dostoevsky — 5.
  • Ernest Hemingway — 5.
  • Franz Kafka — 5.
30 Jan 2012

What is the most read book ever? ›

The most read book in the world is the Bible. Writer James Chapman created a list of the most read books in the world based on the number of copies each book sold over the last 50 years. He found that the Bible far outsold any other book, with a whopping 3.9 billion copies sold over the last 50 years.

What is the No 1 novel? ›

Top 100 best selling books of all time
RankTitleGenre
1Da Vinci Code,TheCrime, Thriller & Adventure
2Harry Potter and the Deathly HallowsChildren's Fiction
3Harry Potter and the Philosopher's StoneChildren's Fiction
4Harry Potter and the Order of the PhoenixChildren's Fiction
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What is the most liked book series? ›

The Harry Potter series is far and away the highest-selling series of novels ever. Written by British author J.K. Rowling, the series has sold at least 500 million copies, 150 million more than the next-highest selling series.

Which romance should I read? ›

Books recommended in this quiz:
  • The Wedding Date by Jasmine Guillory.
  • Secrets of a Summer Night by Lisa Kleypas.
  • A Princess in Theory by Alyssa Cole.
  • The Cafe by the Sea by Jenny Colgan.
  • A Hunger Like No Other by Kresley Cole.
  • Spectred Isle by KJ Charles.
  • The Prince and the Dressmaker by Jen Wang.
  • Naked in Death by JD Robb.
21 Sept 2018

What is the most sold book ever? ›

25 Best-Selling Books of All-Time
  • #1 – Don Quixote (500 million copies sold) ...
  • #2 – A Tale of Two Cities (200 million copies sold) ...
  • #3 – The Lord of the Rings (150 million copies sold) ...
  • #4 – The Little Prince (142 million copies sold) ...
  • #5 – Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone (107 million copies sold)

Who is the biggest publisher of romance novels? ›

1. Spencer Hill Press. Based in New York, Spencer Hill Press is an independent publisher that publishes adult contemporary romance and YA.

What is the highest rated novel on Goodreads? ›

"Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone" by J.K. Rowling

With nearly 8 million ratings, "Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone" is the most popular book of all time on Goodreads and has sold over 120 million copies.

What is the best book that has ever been written? ›

The Greatest Books of All Time
  1. 1 . In Search of Lost Time by Marcel Proust. ...
  2. 2 . Ulysses by James Joyce. ...
  3. 3 . Don Quixote by Miguel de Cervantes. ...
  4. 4 . One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel Garcia Marquez. ...
  5. 5 . The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald. ...
  6. 6 . Moby Dick by Herman Melville. ...
  7. 7 . War and Peace by Leo Tolstoy. ...
  8. 8 .

What is the best book every written? ›

12 Novels Considered the “Greatest Book Ever Written”
  • Anna Karenina. Greta Garbo in Anna Karenina Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Inc. ...
  • To Kill a Mockingbird. To Kill a Mockingbird Grand Central Publishing/Hachette Book Group. ...
  • The Great Gatsby. F. ...
  • One Hundred Years of Solitude. ...
  • A Passage to India. ...
  • Invisible Man. ...
  • Don Quixote. ...
  • Beloved.

Who is the most sold author ever? ›

Heralded as the Queen of Mystery, Agatha Christie is the best-selling novelist of all time, outsold only by Shakespeare and the Bible. According to a recent study conducted by Harper Collins, Christie has sold more than 1 billion copies in the English language alone.

Who is the most respected author? ›

These are the 10 greatest authors of all time, by points earned.
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The 10 Greatest Authors of All Time
  • Leo Tolstoy – 327.
  • William Shakespeare – 293.
  • James Joyce – 194.
  • Vladimir Nabokov – 190.
  • Fyodor Dostoevsky – 177.
  • William Faulkner – 173.
  • Charles Dickens – 168.
  • Anton Checkhov – 165.
2 Dec 2019

What is the name of 10 famous book? ›

David Copperfield by Charles Dickens. Madame Bovary by Gustave Flaubert. Moby-Dick by Herman Melville. Wuthering Heights by Emily Brontë

Which is the most beautiful love story? ›

The 7 Most Achingly Romantic Stories of All Time
  • Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen. ...
  • War and Peace by Leo Tolstoy. ...
  • The Color Purple by Alice Walker. ...
  • The Fault in Our Stars by John Green. ...
  • The Year of Magical Thinking by Joan Didion. ...
  • Never Let Me Go by Kazuo Ishiguro. ...
  • A Little Life by Hanya Yangihara.
3 Nov 2015

Who is the greatest couple of all time? ›

  • Adam and Eve. 999 BCE. ...
  • Cleopatra and Mark Antony. 30 BCE. ...
  • Heloise and Abelard. 1115 — 1164. ...
  • Henry VIII and Catherine Parr. 1543 — 1547. ...
  • Shah Jahan and Mumtaz Mahal. 1607 — 1631. ...
  • Napoleon and Josephine Bonaparte. 1795 — 1810. ...
  • Queen Victoria and Prince Albert. 1840 — 1861. ...
  • Marie and Pierre Curie. 1895 — 1906.

Which is the No 1 romantic movie in the world? ›

1. “Casablanca” (1942)

What authors should everyone read? ›

  • Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen (1813) ...
  • To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee (1960) ...
  • The Great Gatsby by F. ...
  • One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel García Márquez (1967) ...
  • In Cold Blood by Truman Capote (1965) ...
  • Wide Sargasso Sea by Jean Rhys (1966) ...
  • Brave New World by Aldous Huxley (1932)
26 May 2022

Who is the most successful author today? ›

List of Fifteen Best Living Authors and Their Famous Books in 2022
  • Stephen King. One of the most popular names that almost everybody knows who reads books. ...
  • J.K. Rowling. Why doesn't J.K. Rowling? ...
  • John Green. ...
  • Elif Shafak. ...
  • Alice Walker. ...
  • Khaled Hosseini. ...
  • Brian Evenson. ...
  • Kazuo Ishiguro.
1 Aug 2022

Who is the most powerful writer in the world? ›

Top 10 Influential Writers That Changed the World
  • H.G. Wells. ...
  • Fyodor Dostoyevsky. ...
  • Charles Darwin. ...
  • Rene Descartes. ...
  • William Shakespeare. ...
  • Charles Dickens. ...
  • Jane Austen. ...
  • George Orwell.

Which book is the most memorized book in the world? ›

The Quran is perhaps the only book, religious or secular, that has been memorized completely by millions of people.

Which is the best-selling book of all time answer? ›

Guinness World Records estimates that over five billion copies of the Bible have been sold, making it the best-selling book of all time.

What author has sold the most books? ›

List
AuthorMin. estimated salesNumber of books
William Shakespeare2 billion42
Agatha Christie2 billion85
Barbara Cartland500 million723
Danielle Steel500 million179
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What is one book that everyone should read? ›

"Pride and Prejudice" by Jane Austen. "The Diary of Anne Frank" by Anne Frank. "1984" by George Orwell. Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone" by J.K. Rowling.

What is the most read book in 2022? ›

Added to readers' shelves over 818,000 times, the most popular book of the year so far among Goodreads reviewers is "Reminders of Him" by Colleen Hoover.

What book series has made the most money? ›

Best Selling Book Series
RankBook SeriesApproximate Sales
1Harry Potter510 million
2Goosebumps350 million
3Perry Mason300 million
4Berenstain Bears260 million
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25 May 2018

What is the largest book series ever? ›

The Guin Saga by Kaoru Kurimoto
  • First published: 2000.
  • Number of books: 27 (90+ including anthologies and The Grantville Gazettes)
  • First published: 1986.
  • Number of books: 131 (original series) 200+ (including spin-offs)
  • What's the longest book series you have ever read?

What is the longest novel series? ›

Longest: The Guin Saga by Kaoru Kurimoto

Smith was originally planned to run 100 volumes, but grew to a 130+ volume anime comic with an additional 22 novels featuring side stories.

What is the greatest love story ever sold? ›

The streamer released the official full-length trailer for the show on Wednesday, Jan. 5, describing Pamela Anderson and Tommy Lee's sex tape as "the greatest love story ever sold." In the clip, it shows how Tommy and Pam, portrayed by Sebastian Stan and Lily James respectively, came to know each other.

What is the most romantic thing on Netflix? ›

  • Loving. ...
  • The Prom. ...
  • A Secret Love. ...
  • Set It Up. ...
  • She's Gotta Have It. ...
  • The Incredible Jessica James. ...
  • The Kissing Booth. ...
  • To All the Boys I've Loved Before. Lara Jean Covey is your typical lovelorn teenage girl, drafting love letters to her former crushes for her eyes only.
24 Mar 2022

Who is the most famous female author? ›

8 female authors who changed the literary world
  • Sappho: 625 – 570 BCE. ...
  • Murasaki Shikibu: 978 – 1014. ...
  • Mary Wollstonecraft: 1759 – 1797. ...
  • Phillis Wheatley: 1753 – 1784. ...
  • Jane Austen: 1775 – 1817. ...
  • Mary Shelley: 1797 – 1851. ...
  • Maya Angelou: 1928 – 2014. ...
  • Toni Morrison: 1932 – 2019.
8 Mar 2021

What is the most bought and read book in the world? ›

The Holy Bible is the most read book in the world. In the past 50 years, the Bible has sold over 3.9 billion copies. It is the most recognizable and famous book that has ever been published.

Who is considered the best author of all time? ›

The 10 Greatest Authors of All Time
  • Leo Tolstoy – 327.
  • William Shakespeare – 293.
  • James Joyce – 194.
  • Vladimir Nabokov – 190.
  • Fyodor Dostoevsky – 177.
  • William Faulkner – 173.
  • Charles Dickens – 168.
  • Anton Checkhov – 165.
2 Dec 2019

Who is the greatest story writer of all time? ›

TOP TEN AUTHORS BY POINTS EARNED
  • Leo Tolstoy — 327.
  • William Shakespeare — 293.
  • James Joyce — 194.
  • Vladimir Nabokov — 190.
  • Fyodor Dostoevsky — 177.
  • William Faulkner — 173.
  • Charles Dickens — 168.
  • Anton Chekhov — 165.
30 Jan 2012

Who is considered the greatest writer of all time? ›

Best Writers of All Time
  • William Shakespeare (Romeo & Juliet, Julius Ceaser, As You Like It, Othello, Hamlet)
  • Leo Tolstoy (War & Peace, Anna Karenina)
  • Homer (The Odyssey, The Illiad)
  • Fyodor Dostoevsky (Crime and Punishment, The Brothers Karamazov, The Idiot, Demons)
17 Oct 2020

Who is the #1 best-selling author of all time? ›

1. William Shakespeare (1564 – 1616) Often cited as the greatest writer in the English language and the bane of every high school student's existence, William Shakespeare has an estimated 4 billion copies of his works in circulation.

What is the most read story in the world? ›

The Holy Bible is the most read book in the world. In the past 50 years, the Bible has sold over 3.9 billion copies. It is the most recognizable and famous book that has ever been published.

What is the greatest story ever told in history? ›

The Greatest Story Ever Told is a 1965 American epic film produced and directed by George Stevens. It is a retelling of the Biblical account about Jesus of Nazareth, from the Nativity through to the Ascension.
...
The Greatest Story Ever Told
Budget$20 million
Box office$15.5 million
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Who are the great 3 authors? ›

The Top Ten Famous Authors
  • William Shakespeare. Ah, The Bard. ...
  • George Orwell. True, Orwell (whose real name was Eric Arthur Blair) isn't everyone's taste, especially those who do not share his views on totalitarianism. ...
  • J.K. Rowling. Like her or not, Ms. ...
  • Kurt Vonnegut. ...
  • Virginia Woolf. ...
  • Ernest Hemingway. ...
  • William Faulkner. ...
  • Ayn Rand.
10 Jul 2022

What is the world's most sold book? ›

The best-selling book of all time is the Christian Bible.

What is the number 1 most sold book? ›

The Bible. The Bible is the best-selling book of all time, having sold around 5 billion copies to date. The book had several authors and can be roughly divided into two parts: The Old Testament and the New Testament.

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