- List of prolific writers
Some writers have had prolific careers with hundreds of their works being published. While some best-selling authors have written a small number of books that have sold millions of copies, others have had lengthy careers and maintained a high level of output year after year. Agatha Christie, the most published novelist in history, is estimated to have sold 4 billion books, having written 69 novels and 19 plays. Her works were published between 1920 and 1976, equating to around three publications every two years. Barbara Cartland has also sold millions of copies of her books but wrote many more than Christie. She spent 80 years as a novelist with 722 books published, averaging one book released every 40 days of her career. While Cartland wrote a significant number of full-length novels, other authors have been published many more times but have specialised in short stories. Spanish author Corín Tellado wrote over 4,000 novellas, selling 400 million copies of her books.
Not all authors work alone. Groups of writers, sometimes led by one central figure, have published under shared pseudonyms. The Stratemeyer Syndicate, started by Edward Stratemeyer in 1905, created numerous book series including 190 volumes of The Hardy Boys and 175 volumes of Nancy Drew. More than 1,300 books were published by the group, and although Edward Stratemeyer wrote several hundred, he also employed ghostwriters to keep up with the demand. These writers were given storylines and strict guidelines to follow to ensure a level of consistency within each series. Amongst the writing team was Howard R. Garis, who contributed several hundred books to the collection, one of the most active authors. Sales were estimated at over two hundred million copies before the syndicate was sold to Simon & Schuster in 1984.
Authors carefully craft their work, writing and rewriting several times before publication. Some authors use pen and paper, while others such as Isaac Asimov spent hours working at a typewriter. Philip M. Parker, by one measure the world's most prolific author, has an entirely different approach. Parker has over 200,000 titles listed on Amazon.com, having developed an algorithm to gather publicly available data and compile it into book form. The computer-generated nature of the books is not detailed on the sales page and the books are printed only when ordered.
Name Language Birth Death First publication Last publication Published works Notes Isaac Asimov
English 2 January 1920a 6 April 1992 506 Published in nine of the ten major categories of the Dewey Decimal System Kyokutei Bakin Japanese 4 July 1767 1 December 1848 470 Ursula Bloom English 1892 1984 1922 500+ Enid Blyton
English 11 August 1897 28 November 1968 600~ Barbara Cartland
English 9 July 1901 21 May 2000 1923 722 Holds the Guinness World Record for the most novels (23) written in a single year John Creasey English 17 September 1908 9 June 1973 600+ More than 10 pseudonyms Alexandre Dumas French 24 July 1802 5 December 1870 277 Howard R. Garis English 25 April 1873 6 November 1962 500+ Member of the Stratemeyer Syndicate Charles Garvice English 24 August 1850 1 March 1920 150+ Charles Hamilton
English 8 August 1876 24 December 1961 1894 1961 1200 Estimated to have written 100,000,000 words using around 20 pseudonyms, equivalent to 1,200 novels Prentiss Ingraham English 28 December 1843 16 August 1904 1000+ Wrote around 600 novels and 400 novelettes Nicolae Iorga Romanian etc. 17 January 1871 27 November 1940 1886~ 1940 1359 Another count has "1300 volumes and 25000 articles" Józef Ignacy Kraszewski Polish 28 February 1812 1887 350+ 200+ novels and 150 novellas, short stories, and art reviews Kathleen Lindsay English 1903 1973 900+ 11 pseudonyms L. T. Meade English 1854 1914 300+ Lauran Paine English 25 February 1916 2003 900+ Nora Roberts English 10 October 1950 Living 1981 (Active) 200+ Romance novels, published under at least four different names Mihail Sadoveanu Romanian 5 November 1880 19 October 1961 1904 1952 120 The count covers novels and short story collections Georges Simenon French 13 February 1903 4 September 1989 1921 500+ Annie Shepherd Swan English 8 July 1859 17 June 1943 1878 1943 200+ Wrote novels, serials, short stories and other works of fiction R. L. Stine English 8 October 1943 Living Hundreds The best-selling children's author of all time as of 2004, Stine has written hundreds of children's books, including the Goosebumps and Fear Street series. At one time he produced one book a month for each of those series. Corín Tellado Spanish 25 April 1927 11 April 2009 1946 4000+ Wrote over 4000 novellas Lope de Vega Spanish 25 November 1562 27 August 1635 2200~ Playwright
- Authors with more than 100 books are considered for inclusion.
- ^a Asimov celebrated his birthday on 2 January but his true date of birth is unclear
Other notable writers
- Ned Buntline
- Evelyn Everett-Green
- Sophocles – wrote 123 plays of which only 7 survive today
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- ^ John Creasey. Owantonna Media. Accessed 22 September 2011.
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- ^ Lofts, W.O.. Adley, D.J.. The Men behind Boys' Fiction. Howard Baker, London. 1970. pp. 170. Online excerpt.
- ^ Hill, Charlie. Col. Prentiss Ingraham, Mississippi Writers. Accessed 23 September 2011.
- ^ Iova, Victor. N. Iorga: Istoria lui Mihai Viteazul (I): "Tabel cronologic". Bucharest: Editura Minerva. 1979 (pg. xxxiv).
- ^ Veiga, Francisco. Istoria Gărzii de Fier, 1919–1941: Mistica ultranaţionalismului. Bucharest: Humanitas. 1993 (pg. 69).
- ^ Varner, Paul. Historical Dictionary of Westerns in Literature. Scarecrow Press. 2010.
- ^ Clark, Blanche (November 30, 2010), "'The $60 million woman'", Herald Sun, http://www.heraldsun.com.au/lifestyle/books/the-60-million-woman/story-fn5bodiu-1225963179743, retrieved December 6, 2010
- ^ Books: Rural Life in Ruritania. Time. 22 June 1962. Accessed 25 September 2011.
- ^ Aitken, William Russell. Scottish Literature in English and Scots: A Guide to Information Sources. Detroit: Gale Research, 1982. (pg. 170) ISBN 0-8103-1249-2
- ^ Sutherland, John. The Stanford Companion to Victorian Fiction. Stanford, California: Stanford University Press, 1990. ISBN 0-8047-1842-3 (pg. 200-201)
- ^ Varty, Anne, ed. Eve's Century: A Sourcebook of Writings on Women and Journalism, 1895-1918. London and New York: Routledge, 2000. (pg. 254) ISBN 0-415-19544-6
- ^ Anderson, Carol and Aileen Christianson. Scottish Women's Fiction, 1920s to 1960s: Journeys Into Being. East Linton, Scotland: Tuckwell Press, 2000. (pg. 165) ISBN 1-86232-082-9
- ^ R. L. Stine, Ohio Reading Road Trip (Greater Dayton Public Television, 2004). Accessed 25 September 2011.
- ^ Warner, Charles Dudley. A Library of the World's Best Literature - Ancient and Modern - Vol.XXXVIII (Forty-Five Volumes); Vazoff-Wesley. Cosimo, Inc., 2008.
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