Authors of Historical Novels
Brian Wainwright writes historical novels set in medieval England.
Kate Walbert is an award-winning literary novelist who also writes short stories and plays.
Anna Lee Waldo is a historical novelist whose work focuses on Native Americans.
Juliet Waldron writes historical novels set in various times and places.
Alice Walker is an author of fiction and nonfiction whose historical novel The Color Purple won the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction in 1983.
Brenda Walker is an award-winning Australian novelist whose work includes historical fiction.
Margaret Walker was an African-American poet who also wrote the historical novel Jubilee; she died in 1998.
Martin Walker is a journalist and author of nonfiction books as well as the historical novel The Caves of Périgord.
Joseph Wallace is the author of Diamond Ruby, about the young woman who who struck out Babe Ruth and Lou Gehrig.
Lew Wallace is best known for his Christian-themed novel Ben Hur, set in ancient Rome and Judea; he died in 1905.
Florence Wallin is a self-published author of historical fiction.
Jeannette Walls is a gossip columnist and author of nonfiction as well as the bestselling historical novel Half-Broke Horses, based on the life of her grandmother.
Jill Paton Walsh is a British author of contemporary and historical fiction for adults and children.
Mika Waltari was a Finnish author of contemporary and historical fiction, best known for his 1945 historical novel The Egyptian; he died in 1979.
Beryl Walthew is a British author of contemporary and historical romances and romantic novels, many set in Tudor England.
Marsha Ward writes historical novels set in the American West.
Ciji Ware is an American journalist who has written six historical novels and two nonfiction books.
Kaki Warner writes historical romance novels set in the American West.
Rex Warner was an English author of contemporary and historical novels who also translated classics of Greek literature; he died in 1986.
Sylvia Townsend Warner was an English author who wrote fiction, nonfiction and poetry, including historical novels; she died in 1978.
Robert Penn Warren was a poet, novelist and literary critic whose work included historical and contemporary novels; he died in 1989.
Oyzer Warshawsky was a Polish Jewish author who wrote two contemporary novels before abandoning fiction to become an art critic; he died in the Auschwitz concentration camp in 1944.
Paul Waters is a British author who writes a series set in the ancient Mediterranean world.
Sarah Waters writes historical novels set in London from the Victorian period to World War I.
Paul Watkins is an award-winning author of contemporary and historical novels.
Elsa Watson is the author of Maid Marian, a novel about Robin Hood's legendary sweetheart.
Jules Watson is the author of a trilogy set in Scotland during Roman times.
Peter Watt is an Australian author whose novels center on the rich and varied history of Australia.
Evelyn Waugh was most noted for his satirical contemporary novels, but also wrote a historical novel about Emperor Constantine's mother Helena.
Richard Webster has written a novel set in nineteenth-century New Zealand.
Hebe Weenolsen was a British historical novelist who published four novels between 1952 and 1990; she died in 2000.
Charles Weinblatt is the author of Jacob's Courage, set in Austria during the Nazi era.
Steven Weiner is the author of The Yellow Sailor, set in 1914.
Judith Weingarten is the author of The Chronicle of Zenobia, set in the ancient Middle East.
Alison Weir is a historian specializing in English royalty who writes both fiction and nonfiction.
Ann Weisgarber is the author of The Personal History of Rachel DuPree, set in 1917 South Dakota.
Bruce Weiser wrote two novels about naval warfare during the Napoleonic wars.
Deborah Weisgall wrote The World Before Her about nineteenth-century author George Eliot.
David Weiss wrote novels about the artists Rodin, Mozart and Rembrandt; he died in 2002.
James Welch was a Blackfeet Indian who wrote contemporary and historical literary novels about Native Americans; he died in 2003.
Paul I. Wellman wrote historical fiction and nonfiction, mostly set in the American West, during a career that spanned the 1930s to the 1960s; he died in 1966.
Florian Stone Wells writes a series set in the fifteenth century.
Jess Wells is the author of The Mandrake Broom, set in late medieval Europe.
Peter Wells is a New Zealand author and filmmaker who wrote the historical novel Iridescence.
Susan Wenger has written The Port-Wine Sea, a parody of Patrick O'Brien's seafaring novels.
Franz Werfel (1890-1945) was a playwright, poet and novelist who wrote The Forty Days of Musa Dagh about the Armenian genocide.
Jessamyn West (1902-1984) is best known for her historical short stories and a novel featuring a Quaker family during the American Civil War.
Morris L. West (1916-1999) made a career of writing popular contemporary novels, but his last, unfinished novel, The Last Confession was a historical novel about the Renaissance scientist and philosopher Giordano Bruno.
Naida West is the author of the California Gold trilogy, about the history of California in the Gold Rush era.
Paul West is the author of The Women of Whitechapel and Jack the Ripper.
Jan Westcott was a historical novelist whose career spanned the 1940s through the 1970s and focused especially on medieval and Tudor England.
Jeri Westerson writes a noir mystery series set in fourteenth-century England during the reign of Richard II.
Jeane Westin writes historical romances set in Tudor England.
Dennis Wheatley (1897-1977) was a prolific author whose work included a series of historical thrillers about an eighteenth-century British spy.
Charles Gidley Wheeler is a television screenwriter and historical novelist who also published under the pen name Charles Gidley.
Richard S. Wheeler writes novels set in the American Old West; his novel Masterson won a Spur Award in 2000.
Keith West wrote a novel set in T'ang Dynasty China.
Charles W. Whistler (1856-1913) was an English clergyman who wrote historical novels based on the history of Scandinavia, Denmark and England before the Norman Conquest.
Laura Whitcomb writes novels for teens that blend historical and contemporary settings through the use of dead spirits.
Edmund White writes literary fiction and nonfiction; although his settings are usually contmporary, his novel Fanny is set in the nineteenth century.
Jenny White writes the Kamil Pasha mystery series, set in the late nineteenth-century Ottoman Empire.
Jessica White is an Australian author whose debut novel, A Curious Intimacy was set in nineteenth-century Australia.
Max White was the pen name of author Charles William White, who wrote historical novels about artists and writers.
Michael C. White writes contemporary and historical novels.
Patrick White (1912-1990) was an Australian author of contemporary and historical novels who won the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1973.
Simon White wrote three novels in a naval series set during the Napoleonic Wars during the 1970s.
Stewart Edward White (1873-1946) was an American author of fiction and nonfiction with an emphasis on the American Old West.
Anne Whitfield is an Australian author of conteporary romance and historical fiction for women.
Russell Whitfield is the author of a series about a woman gladiator in the time of the Roman Empire.
Meredith Whitford is a novelist who has written about England during the Wars of the Roses.
Jack Whyte has written novels of warfare set in Arthurian Britain and the Crusades.
Philippa Wiat wrote numerous historical novels emphasizing the sensational and romantic during a career that spanned the 1970s through 1990s.
Leonard Wibberly wrote contemporary and historical novels for adults and young people and was probably best known for his humorous political satire, The Mouse That Roared; he died in 1983.
Tom Wicker is a journalist and author of nonfiction books who has also written a Civil War novel, Unto This Hour.
Penelope Wilcock is a Methodist minister who writes Christian-themed historical novels.
John Wilcox writes the Simon Fonthill series, about a nineteenth-century British soldier in South Africa.
Thornton Wilder was a playwright and novelist probably best known for his contemporary play Our Town, published in 1938, and his historical novel The Bridge of San Luis Rey, published in 1927; he died in 1975.
Gene Wilder is a comic actor who began writing fiction and nonfiction during the late 1990s and has published several books, including historical novels, since then.
Lynne Wilding is an Australian author of romance and popular fiction set in Australia, including historical novels.
David Marion Wilkinson is the author of Not Between Brothers, a novel set in the Republic of Texas.
Blake A. Willey is the author of self-published novels set in ancient Egypt.
Adam Williams is the author of novels set in China and Spain during the first half of the twentieth century.
Ben Ames Williams wrote historical novels set in America during the Revolutionary and Civil Wars; he died in 1953.
Dee Williams is the author of This Time For Keeps about the Land Girls in Britain during World War II.
Jay Williams wrote contemporary and historical novels; he died in 1978.
Jeanne Williams writes contemporary and historical fiction for adults and teens, with many set in the U.S. West.
John Edward Williams wrote literary historical novels set in various times and places, including ancient Rome, the American West and early 20th century academia.
Niall Williams is a playwright and author of nonfiction and contemporary and historical fiction set in County Clare, Ireland.
Lauren Willig writes the Pink Carnation romantic suspense series about spies during the Napoleonic Wars.
Connie Willis is a science fiction author who has written two novels about time-travel into realistic historical periods.
A.N. Wilson is an English journalist and author of nonfiction and contemporary and historical fiction.
Derek Wilson is a historian and author of historical fiction and nonfiction history.
James Wilson is an English author of historical fiction.
Laura Wilson is a British author who writes contemporary and historical mysteries.
Robert Wilson writes contemporary and historical thrillers and crime fiction.
Steven Wilson writes submarine warfare novels set during World War II.
Terri Wiltshire is the author of Carry Me Home, set in early twentieth-century Alabama.
Janice Woods Windle writes historical novels set in Central Texas.
Linda Windsor writes contemporary and historical novels with Christian themes.
John Wingate writes historical novels with military themes.
Kathleen Winsor is best known for her 1944 historical romance Forever Amber, set in Restoration England and controversial for what, during the 1940s, were considered to be shockingly explicitly sexual scenes; she died in 2003.
Jacqueline Winspear writes the Maisie Dobbs mystery series, set in Britain during World War I and its aftermath.
Pat Winter is the author of a number of historical novels, including the Madoc Saga, based on the possibility that a medieval Welsh prince journeyed to America.
Jeanette Winterson writes children's literature and literary novels, some of which are set in historical time periods.
Tim Winton is an Australian author of contemporary and historical novels.
David Wishart writes a series of mystery novels set in ancient Rome, as well as stand-alone historical novels set in the Roman Empire.
Kenneth Wishnia writes contemporary and historical mysteries.
Owen Wister is best known for his Western novel The Virginian; he died in 1938.
Suzy Witten is the author of The Afflicted Girls, set during the Salem witch persecutions.
Tod Wodicka, an American living in Berlin, is the author of All Shall Be Well; and All Shall Be Well; and All Manner of Things Shall Be Well a contemporary novel about a medieval re-enactor.
Christa Wolf is a German author who grew up in the former Soviet-controlled state of East Germany and has written both contemporary and historical fiction.
Joan Wolf writes both secular historical romance and Christian-themed historical romance.
Gene Wolfe is a sci-fi/fantasy writer whose work includes a series about a soldier in ancient Greece.
Barbara Wood was born in Britain but migrated with her family to California as a child; she writes historical novels set all over the world, but always with a central female character.
Christopher Wood is probably best known for his "Confessions" series sex comedies and his novelizations of James Bond films, but he has also written historical fiction.
Richard Woodman is a retired British naval officer who writes the Nathaniel Drinkwater series of naval adventures, among others, as well as nonfiction.
Janet Woods writes contemporary and historical romance novels.
Leonard Woolf is probably best known as the husband of Virigina Woolf, but he wrote fiction and nonfiction himself, including The Village in the Jungle, set in colonial Ceylon.
Virginia Woolf, critically acclaimed for her literary novels, wrote mostly contemporary fiction, but her novel Orlando features a main character who lives for hundreds of years, sometimes as a man, sometimes as a woman; Woolf died in 1941.
Persia Woolley is the author of a trilogy about Queen Guinevere.
Don Worcester is the author of historical novels set in the American West.
Jay Worrall writes naval fiction set during the Napoleonic Wars.
Sandra Worth writes novels set in the Wars of the Roses period and after.
Gary Worthington is a self-published author of historical novels set in India.
Herman Wouk, who served in the U.S. Navy during World War II, is the author of several noted contemporary novels set during the World War II period.
John Wright is the self-published author of novels set during the time of the Norman Conquest.
Patricia Wright wrote I Am England, a time-sweep novel set in Sussex, and its sequel That Near and Distant Place in the 1980s.
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