In our age of television and movies, it's very rare that we are able to recognize the faces of people who write books. These authors, however, wrote such compelling tales that we just had to know more.

Kurt Vonnegut
Kurt Vonnegut

Kurt Vonnegut's science fiction and social criticism earned him a huge cult following, for which he had to change up his straight-laced graduate school look. His bushy eyebrows and unkempt curly brown hair signal to literary buffs that something witty and perceptive this way comes.

James Patterson
James Patterson

Chances are when you see James Patterson he's staring straight through and miles behind behind you. His stoic and piercing eyes distinguish the jackets of his books as the home of thrill and adventure.

John Green
John Green

"The Fault In Our Stars" is a massive hit, but the popular YA author John Green was known before that thanks to his string of books and YouTube channel. He embraces what he admits is a nerdy look, and even calls his fans Nerdfighters.

J.K. Rowling
J.K. Rowling

J.K. Rowling is estimated to have sold about 450 million copies of the Harry Potter books. Having provided a totem of our childhood, it's no surprise that her's is a face we all recognize with warmth.

Neil Gaiman
Neil Gaiman

Neil Gaiman looks as though he couldn't decide who had better style between Remus Lupin and Severus Snape. Seeing the author of "The Sandman" in a color other than black is as rare as seeing a comb pass through his hair.

Stephenie Meyer
Stephenie Meyer

"Twilight" become a cultural phenomenon, and Meyer was immediately thrust into the realm of celebrity. Her dark auburn hair and pale skin have led many to compare her to her main character, Bella Swan.

F. Scott Fitzgerald
F. Scott Fitzgerald

If you can read this, chances are you've been forced to read "The Great Gatsby" at least once in your lifetime. F. Scott Fitzgerald liked to look as slick as his prose when he wasn't caught up in the party that lasted a generation.

Edgar Allan Poe
Edgar Allan Poe

Horror enthusiasts all know Poe, one of the best classic, Gothic writers in American history. It shouldn't come as any surprise that Poe is easily recognizable from the blank stare that burns from his portraits to light up the darker parts of your soul. His dark comb-over and mustache facilitate a dignified look, but the bags under his eyes tell us it was very likely he was losing sleep over something dreadful.

J.D. Salinger
J.D. Salinger

J.D. Salinger is notorious for the lengths he's taken to avoid attention from the public. It's too bad the man is possibly the slickest looking author to grace this earth, and bound to catch the attention of passersby. His secrecy and handsome features made him the Don Draper of the literary world.

Mark Twain
Mark Twain

Reading "The Adventures of Tom Sawyer" made us envious of Tom's imaginative brightness in our youth. As an adult the most envious attribute of Mark Twain is ability to grow a mustache that's both wise and menacing. He continues be the most recognizable American author to this day.

William Shakespeare
William Shakespeare

The most well-known writer in history is marked by two facial features that catch our eye in all of his portraits. Shakespeare's thin mustache and balding head seem to loom out more than anything. Interestingly, nobody is positive about Shakespeare's actual facial features, and our modern perception of him is based on one very old sculpture.

Walt Whitman
Walt Whitman

Walt Whitman's work has been a guide to American poets and writers for over a century. His massive influence on writing along with his wild and unpredictable beard, makes him the Gandalf of American literature.

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