books The Best Spanish Authors  

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List Rules Top writers, novels, poets, and playwrights from Spain

List of the best Spanish authors, including familiar names of novelists, poets and authors of nonfiction work that have come from Spain or have an involvement in Spanish-language writing. The list includes the author the literary work Don Quixote, Miguel de Cervantes, along with young adult fiction writer, Carlos Ruiz Zafron and many other Spanish authors.

The list will be votable to determine, "who is the best Spanish author?" as well as having the ability to add to the list of the top 30, if your favorite Spanish author does not already appear on the list.

The best Spanish authors do not have to be the most popular ones, and adding a few obscure names to the list can give those authors more exposure and more recognition for the work they may not be yet known for. 

The list includes the author's name along with some of their best known works.

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Miguel de Cervantes is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Spanish Authors
Miguel de Cervantes Don Quixote, La Galatea, Novela ejemplares

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Federico García Lorca is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Spanish Authors
Federico García Lorca Blood Wedding, Yerma, The Butterfly's Evil Spell

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Lope de Vega is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Spanish Authors
Lope de Vega The Dog in the Manger, Fuenteovejuna

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Francisco de Quevedo is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Spanish Authors
Francisco de Quevedo El Buscon, Dreams and Discourses

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Gustavo Adolfo Bécquer is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Spanish Authors
Gustavo Adolfo Bécquer Rhymes and Legends

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Benito Pérez Galdós is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Spanish Authors
Benito Pérez Galdós Fortunata y Jacinta, Dona Perfecta, Marianela

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Pedro Calderón de la Barca is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Spanish Authors
Pedro Calderón de la Barca The Two Lovers of Heaven, Love is No Laughing Matter, Calderon Plays

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Carlos Ruiz Zafon is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Spanish Authors
Carlos Ruiz Zafon The Prince of Mist, The Midnight Palacem The Watcher in the Shadows

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Antonio Machado is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Spanish Authors
Antonio Machado Campos de Castilla, There is No Road, Landscape of Soria

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Miguel de Unamuno is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Spanish Authors
Miguel de Unamuno Mist, Tragic Sense of Life, Abel Sanchez: The History of a Passion

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Juan Ramón Jiménez is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Spanish Authors
Juan Ramón Jiménez The Complete Perfectionist, Invisible Reality, Diary of a Newlywed Poet

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Ana María Matute is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Spanish Authors
Ana María Matute Celebration in the Northwest, School of the Sun, Fireflies

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Javier Marías is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Spanish Authors
Javier Marías The Infatuations, A Heart So White, Dark Back of Time

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José Ortega y Gasset is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Spanish Authors
José Ortega y Gasset The Revolt of the Masses, What is Philosophy?, Meditations on Hunting

The Best Museums in Spain

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Camilo José Cela is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Spanish Authors
Camilo José Cela The Family of Pascual Duarte, The Hive, Boxwood

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Pedro Antonio de Alarcón is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Spanish Authors
Pedro Antonio de Alarcón The Nun and Other Stories, The Three Cornered Hat, First Love and Other

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Jacinto Benavente is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Spanish Authors
Jacinto Benavente The Bonds of Interest, His Widow's Husband: A Comedy

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Enrique Vila-Matas is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Spanish Authors
Enrique Vila-Matas Montano, Bartleby & Co

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Mario Vargas Llosa is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Spanish Authors
Mario Vargas Llosa The Time of the Hero, The Feast of the Goat, The Green House

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Vicente Aleixandre is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Spanish Authors
Vicente Aleixandre Shadow of Paradise, Destruction or Love

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Alberto Vázquez-Figueroa is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Spanish Authors
SerafínGonzálezRedondo added Alberto Vázquez-Figueroa Tuareg: The Desert Warrior, Black Arrow, El perro

The Scariest Novels of All Time

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Jorge Luís Borges is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Spanish Authors
Angel O Martinez Carazzone added Jorge Luís Borges

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Alejandro Dolina is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Spanish Authors
Angel O Martinez Carazzone added Alejandro Dolina

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Manuel Mujica Láinez is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Spanish Authors
Angel O Martinez Carazzone added Manuel Mujica Láinez El laberinto, La casa, Mujica Lainez Obras Completas Tomo V

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Antonio Muñoz Molina is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Spanish Authors
Antonio Muñoz Molina A MAnuscript of Ashes, In Her Absence, Sepharad

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Arturo Pérez-Reverte is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Spanish Authors
Arturo Pérez-Reverte The Club Dumas, The Flanders Panel, Seville Communion

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Félix J. Palma is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Spanish Authors
Félix José Palma Macías The Map of Time, The Map of the Sky

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Soledad Puertolas is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Spanish Authors
Soledad Puertolas El bandido doblemente armado, Queda la noche, La vida oculta

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José Echegaray is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Spanish Authors
José Echegaray The Madmen Divine, El gran Galeoto

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Rosa Montero is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Spanish Authors
Rosa Montero The delta function =

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Quim Monzó is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Spanish Authors
Quim Monzó The Enormity of the Tragedy, O'Clock

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Ildefonso Falcones is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Spanish Authors
Ildefonso Falcones Cathedral of the Sea

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Eduardo Mendoza is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Spanish Authors
Eduardo Mendoza Garriga A Light Comedy, No Word from Gurb, Matador M

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Julio Llamazares is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Spanish Authors
Julio Llamazares Yellow Rain