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Huffington Post UK Launch: Americans Pick Their Favorite British Authors (PHOTOS)

First Posted: 07/05/11 10:41 PM ET   Updated: 09/03/11 06:12 AM ET

America has an enduring love affair with British literature--we may have won the War of Independence but we are forever indebted to our island ancestors for the books that get us excited. So here you are England, America's love note to your authors.

Now here's the surprise: Jane Austen didn't make the list, and neither did Shakespeare. Our best guess is that both are too large to be considered British and they belong to the world. You'll be surprised to see who got mentioned most frequently.

Did we leave your favorite British author out? Let us know in the comments!

Graham Greene
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Graham Greene came in with more reader votes than any other author. Greene hailed from Hertfordshire, England, and is best known for such novels as "The Power and the Glory" and "Our Man in Havana."

In 1948, he won the James Tait Black Memorial Prize for "The Heart of the Matter," and in 1986 was awarded Britain's Order of Merit.

The Graham Greene Birthplace Trust now holds a Graham Greene International Festival every year in order to promote the study of and interest in the British author's work.
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