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Jules Verne (1828 - 1905) -- influential French author whose novels laid the foundation for science fiction..
Giambattista Vico (1668 - 1744) -- influential Italian philosopher, who argued that we can have certain knowledge only about things which we have created.
Virgil (70 - 19) -- Roman poet that sang of the founding of Rome and who would go on to exert an incalculable influence on subsequent literature..
Voltaire (1694 - 1778) -- the greatest 18th century French author and thinker, noted for his wit, satire and critical capacity.
Edgar Wallace (1875 - 1932) -- English writer of mystery stories.
Horace Walpole (1717 - 1797) -- English author, famous for his letters and Gothic romance.
Booker T. Washington (1856 - 1915) -- American educator and writer, who urged for African American economic independence.
John Webster (1578 - 1626) -- leading 17th century English tragedian.
Herbert G. Wells (1866 - 1946) -- widely considered the father of science fiction, H.G. Wells' works are important political and social commentary of the 20th century..
Edith Wharton (1862 - 1937) -- writer who portrayed late nineteenth and early twentieth century American society.
William Whewell (1794 - 1866) -- Cambridge philosopher of science.
Patrick White (1912 - 1990) -- Australia's only Nobel Prize winner for Literature.
Terence H. White (1906 - 1964) -- an inspirational author who breathes life into a classic legend..
Alfred North Whitehead (1861 - 1947) -- British mathematician and philosopher, who collaborated on his master work, Principia Mathematica, with his former student Bertrand Russell.
Walt Whitman (1819 - 1892) -- American poet and journalist, most famous for his controversial but technically brilliant early poetry.
Kate Douglas Wiggin (1856 - 1923) -- American educator and writer, famous for her children's works.
Oscar Wilde (1854 - 1900) -- playwright, poet, novelist and critic born in Ireland, famous for his wit..
Tennessee Williams (1911 - 1983) -- contemporary American dramatist.
Ludwig Josef Johann Wittgenstein (1889 - 1951) -- influential twentieth century analytical philosopher.
P.G. Wodehouse (1881 - 1975) -- Anglo-American author, remembered best for his humourous fictional characters such as Bertie Wooster and his butler, Jeeves.
Mary Wollstonecraft (1759 - 1797) -- influential early feminist, who argued for educational and social equality.
Virginia Woolf (1882 - 1941) -- notable novelist and feminist critic.
William Wordsworth (1770 - 1850) -- English poet of the Romantic movement.
John Wyclif (1330 - 1380) -- .
Xenocrates (396 - 314) -- Greek philosopher who systematised Platonism and defended it against Aristotle.