1. Ernest Hemingway
He was misogynistic, yes, but it can’t be denied that Hemingway was a looker.
2. Alice Walker
Dayyyyyyum, The Color Purple bagged the National Book Award in ‘83, and its author just bagged a top spot on this list.
3. Rupert Brooke
The poet was once described by W.B. Yeats as “the handsomest young man in England.”
4. Jhumpa Lahiri
She won the 2000 Pulitzer for Interpreter of Maladies. Jhumpa Lahiri = whole package.
5. Langston Hughes
He pioneered Jazz Poetry and he could get it.
6. Zadie Smith
Zadie Smith could cut you with her words and her cheekbones.
7. John Steinbeck
John Steinbeck? More like, John FINE-beck.
8. Nathaniel Hawthorne
Hawthorne was a studmuffin, and having penned The Scarlet Letter, totally a feminist too.
9. Nell Freudenberger
She was a 2010 winner of a Guggenheim fellowship and hearts everywhere.
10. Daphne du Maurier
Who would’ve thunk that Hitchcock’s creepy movie The Birds was a adapted from a story that came from this angelic head? Respect.
11. Anton Chekhov
He wasn’t just a sexy beast, if you’ve ever read The Kiss, you know he was also devastatingly romantic.
12. Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
Also one of the New Yorker’s 2010 20 Under 40 selections, Adichie is a supertalented writer and a perfect 10.
Voltaire could even make a long curly wig look sexy.
14. Daniel Alarcón
Looks and talent, Alarcón was one of the New Yorker’s 20 Under 40 selections in 2010. What a cutie.
15. Louise Glück
This former Poet Laureate isn’t just easy on the eyes, her poems are easy on the ears too.
16. F. Scott Fitzgerald
F. Scott and his wife, Zelda, were the physical embodiment of the Jazz Age. Can write. Can party.
17. Tao Lin
Tao Lin might be controversial, but his studliness certainly isn’t.
18. Jack Kerouac
This was Jack Kerouac’s U.S. Naval Reserve enlistment photo. Don’t all go enlisting at once now.
19. Lord Byron
Hands down, hottest Romantic poet ever. Also the inspiration for the Byronic hero. Sigh.
20. Marisha Pessl
Her debut novel Special Topics in Calamity Physics has been translated into 30 languages. Can you say hot in 30 languages?
21. Toni Morrison
Born Chloe Wofford in 1931 in Lorain, Ohio, Toni Morrison is a legend and a looker.
22. Andrew Sean Greer
This prize-winning writer should win a prize for those baby blues.
23. Charlotte Brontë
Jane Eyre-resistable, amirite?
24. Paul Auster
Those eyes. So piercing.
25. Nicole Krauss
Probably most people would like to discuss The History of Love with Nicole Krauss, but Jonathan Safran Foer won. High five, Jonathan Safran Foer.
26. D.H. Lawrence
No wonder Lawrence had so many books about love, by the looks of it, he was probably an expert.
27. Chang-Rae Lee
So brilliant and such a babe.
28. Joan Didion
Joan Didion could’ve given Kate Moss a run for her money.
29. Richard Mason
Brooding, handsome, and brilliant? Check, check, and check.
30. Neil Gaiman
Multi-talented Neil Gaiman is basically Jim Morrison’s hair twin.
31. Margaret Mitchell
Scarlett O’Hara who? Margaret Mitchell’s doe eyes are way more captivating.
32. Junot Diaz
This broodingly hot author has a way with words. His novel The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao won the Pulitzer in 2008.
33. J.D. Salinger
Theory: Salinger was reclusive because he was sick of all the groupies he was attracting.
CORRECTION: An image of Gillian Flynn was misidentified as Nell Freudenberger in an earlier version of this post.