writers Famous Writers from Sri Lanka

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List of famous writers from Sri Lanka, listed alphabetically with photos when available. Sri Lanka is home to many prolific writers, including those who write fiction, non-fiction, poetry, biographies and more. These are some of the best Sri Lanka writers that have ever lived, so if you're a native of Sri Lanka and an aspiring writer then use this list as inspiration to achieve your own writing goals.

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This list answers the questions, "Who are popular Sri Lanka writers?" and "Which writers are from Sri Lanka?"

You can click on the names of these renowned writers of Sri Lanka in order to get more information about each one. Some of these historic writers may no longer be living in Sri Lanka, but they're all of Sri Lanka descent.

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Arthur C. Clarke is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous Writers from Sri Lanka
Arthur C. Clarke Died at 91 (1917-2008)

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Lester James Peries is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous Writers from Sri Lanka

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Bernard White is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous Writers from Sri Lanka
Bernard White age 58

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Ananda Coomaraswamy is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous Writers from Sri Lanka
Ananda Coomaraswamy Died at 70 (1877-1947)

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Chandran Rutnam is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous Writers from Sri Lanka

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Shyam Selvadurai is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous Writers from Sri Lanka

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Jennifer Reeves is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous Writers from Sri Lanka

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Asitha Ameresekere is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous Writers from Sri Lanka

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Abraham Kovoor is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Famous Writers from Sri Lanka
Abraham Kovoor Died at 80 (1898-1978)

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Rajiva Wijesinha is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Famous Writers from Sri Lanka

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Siri Gunasinghe is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Famous Writers from Sri Lanka

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J. R. Jayewardene is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Famous Writers from Sri Lanka
J. R. Jayewardene Died at 90 (1906-1996)

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G. D. L. Perera is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Famous Writers from Sri Lanka

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Stanley Jeyaraja Tambiah is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Famous Writers from Sri Lanka
Stanley Jeyaraja Tambiah Died at 85 (1929-2014)

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Ernest MacIntyre is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Famous Writers from Sri Lanka

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Carl Muller is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Famous Writers from Sri Lanka
Carl Muller age 82

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Karunaratne Abeysekera is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Famous Writers from Sri Lanka
Karunaratne Abeysekera Died at 53 (1930-1983)

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Ediriweera Sarachchandra is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Famous Writers from Sri Lanka
Ediriweera Sarachchandra Died at 82 (1914-1996)

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John Kotelawala is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Famous Writers from Sri Lanka
John Kotelawala Died at 85 (1895-1980)

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Dharmasena Pathiraja is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Famous Writers from Sri Lanka

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Chinthana Dharmadasa is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Famous Writers from Sri Lanka

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Martin Wickramasinghe is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Famous Writers from Sri Lanka
Martin Wickramasinghe Died at 86 (1890-1976)

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Gamani Corea is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Famous Writers from Sri Lanka
Gamani Corea Died at 88 (1925-2013)

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Cyril Ponnamperuma is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Famous Writers from Sri Lanka
Cyril Ponnamperuma Died at 71 (1923-1994)

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Asoka Handagama is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Famous Writers from Sri Lanka

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Anagarika Dharmapala is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list Famous Writers from Sri Lanka
Anagarika Dharmapala Died at 69 (1864-1933)

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Mahagama Sekera is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list Famous Writers from Sri Lanka
Mahagama Sekera Died at 47 (1929-1976)

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Dharma Sri Munasinghe is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list Famous Writers from Sri Lanka
Dharma Sri Munasinghe Died at 74 (1930-2004)

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B. A. W. Jayamanne is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list Famous Writers from Sri Lanka
B. A. W. Jayamanne Died at 57 (1908-1965)

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Gamini Haththotuwegama is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list Famous Writers from Sri Lanka
Gamini Haththotuwegama Died at 70 (1939-2009)

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Sugathapala de Silva is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list Famous Writers from Sri Lanka
Sugathapala de Silva Died at 74 (1928-2002)

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Malaka Dewapriya is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list Famous Writers from Sri Lanka

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Shelton Payagala is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list Famous Writers from Sri Lanka
Shelton Payagala Died at 65 (1944-2009)

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Simon Navagattegama is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list Famous Writers from Sri Lanka
Simon Navagattegama Died at 65 (1940-2005)

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Jayalal Rohana is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list Famous Writers from Sri Lanka

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Saman Kelegama is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list Famous Writers from Sri Lanka

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Sirilal Kodikara is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list Famous Writers from Sri Lanka

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Arisen Ahubudu is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list Famous Writers from Sri Lanka
Arisen Ahubudu Died at 91 (1920-2011)

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Kumaraswamy Pulavar is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list Famous Writers from Sri Lanka
Kumaraswamy Pulavar Died at 68 (1854-1922)

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Chitra Fernando is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list Famous Writers from Sri Lanka
Chitra Fernando Died at 63 (1935-1998)

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Dominic Jeeva is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list Famous Writers from Sri Lanka
Dominic Jeeva Died at 79 (1927-2006)

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Harischandra Wijayatunga is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list Famous Writers from Sri Lanka

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Sunanda Mahendra is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list Famous Writers from Sri Lanka

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G. B. Senanayake is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list Famous Writers from Sri Lanka
G. B. Senanayake Died at 72 (1913-1985)

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E. W. Adikaram is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list Famous Writers from Sri Lanka
E. W. Adikaram Died at 80 (1905-1985)