Top 10 Famous Satirists in all times

The ironic as well as sarcastic writing style of a satire generally covers a wide variety of social milieus, eras, styles and authors. The actual term of satire could be described by going through some publications of the modern world including “The Colbert Report” and “The Onion”. These publications give an awesome idea about satire’s current picture according to the modern world. Below list contains detail about top 10 Famous Satirists in all times:

Jonathan Swift Famous Satirists

“Gulliver’s Travels”, a book which was written in 1726 by Jonathan Swift, is widely recognized as the masterpiece of Enlightenment modernism’s satire. This notable satirist fell into Meniere’s disease and suffered from vertigo’s spell. Eventually Swift went silly (insane) because of this disease during the final days of his life. English history known Swift as the greatest prose satirist of the human history, therefore he is on top in our top 10 satirists’ list. Swift lived from 1667 to 1745. [caption id="attachment_402" align="aligncenter" width="580"] Jonathan Swift Famous Satirists[/caption]


Samuel Clemens, a.k.a. Mark Twain

Samuel Clements, second top-rated satirist in our list, lived from 1835 to 1910. If the name of Samuel Clemens would not be included in this list, it would not be completed. This outstanding satirist is also regarded as “The Father of American Literature” in the history. Despite of all criticism about Clemens, there is no doubt that Clemens should be honored as the most influential or the greatest humorist of all times in American history. [caption id="attachment_403" align="aligncenter" width="570"] AA_Twain_Name Famous Satirists[/caption]

3 – Aristophanes:


Aristophanes is recognized as the most notable comic playwright in the Athenian history who is also referred in the history as “the father of comedy” of Athens. The other notable historical name of Aristophanes is described as “the prince of ancient comedy”. Aristophanes is at 3rd in our top 10 satirists’ list of all times. The 11 surviving plays, written by this Athenian comic playwright, are widely known as the Old Comedy drama style in history. [caption id="attachment_404" align="aligncenter" width="600"] Aristophanes Famous Satirists[/caption]


Jane Austen

Jane Austen is another big name in the human history for her outstanding writing abilities in the novels category. This notable English novelist lived from 1775 to 1817, which is most beloved as well as best-known in English literature. Austen enjoyed popularity throughout her life. She opened eyes in Steventon, a small village in England at the time. Jane started writing in very young age, though mostly she got education from her brothers and father because she was unable to attend school due to poor financial conditions of the family. [caption id="attachment_405" align="aligncenter" width="600"] Jane-Austen Famous Satirists[/caption]


Ambrose Bierce

Ambrose Bierce was one of the most recognized and outstanding poets, short story writers and journalists of the American history. Bierce lived for 72 years from 1842 to 1914. This historical personality got fame for completely vanishing from the scene in 1914. No one had any idea that how Bierce vanished suddenly and then they found him dead. Ambrose Bierce was also an amazing satirist of his time and was very popular for this ability. [caption id="attachment_406" align="aligncenter" width="448"] Ambrose Bierce Famous Satirists[/caption]


Francois Rabelais

Francois Rabelais is well-known doctor, writer and humanist in the French history who was famous among his gathering for his bawdy jokes as well as for violent satire, vulgarities and sexual double entendres in his writing. All this can be read in banned books which were prohibited to read by then government for the general public shortly after they got published. [caption id="attachment_407" align="aligncenter" width="572"] Francois_Rabelais Famous Satirists[/caption]



UbaydZakani is the only Muslim in our list of top 10 satirists of all times who was very famous in 14th century. This notable Muslim satirist was an outstanding Persian poet who was born in Qazvin town of Iran. Zakani completed his education in Shiraz and soon after he became nationwide personality for his most notable intellectual accomplishments. Zakani also managed to get top position in Shah Abu Ishaq’s court because of his wisdom. Zakani served as court poet for Shah Abu Ishaq. [caption id="attachment_408" align="aligncenter" width="400"] Ubayd_Zakani Famous Satirists[/caption]


Erasmus of Rotterdam

Erasmus of Rotterdam is at 8th position in our list we maintained for top 10 most famous satirists of the world for all times. This notable Dutch resident was an outstanding Catholic theologian, scholar and humanist during his time who was a key player during Protestant Reformation. Erasmus was also a key player with Martin Luther King for rediscovering the essence of Christianity. This notable Dutch humanist lived from 1466 to 1536. [caption id="attachment_409" align="aligncenter" width="400"] Erasmus Famous Satirists[/caption]


Gaius Lucilius

Gaius Lucilius is another top-rated satirist of the human history who lived from 180 BC to 103 or 102 BC. Lucilius is recognized as the prime example of satires that exist in early Roman history. Lucilius is also honored as the first Roman who worked as a humanist and wrote satire with perfection. The people were happily criticized by Lucilius who also criticized society and literature in his writing especially in satirical hexameter verses. [caption id="attachment_410" align="aligncenter" width="400"] Gaius-Lucilius Famous Satirists[/caption]


Henry Louis Mencken

Henry Louis Mencken is also recognized as H.L. Mencken to the modern world. Mencken was a notable journalist of his time who also earned fame being a cutting social critic, cynic and humorist among people. Mencken lived for 76 years from 1880 to 1956. Mencken is also regarded as the 20th century’s most polemical voice. Mencken was famous for his satirical reporting among his readers. Please also check Famous people who never existed. [caption id="attachment_411" align="aligncenter" width="402"] Famous Satirists[/caption]

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