Writers Famous Authors from Armenia

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List of the most popular authors from Armenia, listed alphabetically with photos when available. For centuries authors have been among the world's most important people, helping chronicle history and keep us entertained with one of the earliest forms of storytelling. Whether they're known for fiction, non-fiction, poetry or even technical writing, the famous Armenian authors on this list have kept that tradition alive by writing renowned works that have been praised around the world. You can find useful information below about these notable Armenian writers, such as when they were born and where their place of birth was.

List authors include G. I. Gurdjieff, Mıgırdiç Margosyan and more.

This list answers the questions, "Which famous authors are from Armenia?" and "Who are the best Armenian authors?"

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Henri Troyat is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous Authors from Armenia
Flaubert, Tant Que La Terre Durera 1, Les Heritiers De L'Avenir 1 Henri Troyat was a Russian-born French author, biographer, historian and novelist.

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Sarmad Kashani is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous Authors from Armenia
Muhammad Sa'id, mostly known as Sarmad Kashani or simply as Sarmad was a Persian mystic, poet and saint who travelled to and made the Indian subcontinent his permanent home during the 17th ...more

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William Saroyan is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous Authors from Armenia
The Human Comedy, An Armenian trilogy, The Time of Your Life William Saroyan was an American dramatist and author. He was awarded the Pulitzer Prize for Drama in 1940, and in 1943 won the Academy Award for Best Story for the film adaptation of his novel ...more

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Bulat Okudzhava is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous Authors from Armenia
Bednyĭ Avrosimov, Svidanie s Bonapartom, Budʹ zdorov Bulat Shalvovich Okudzhava was a Russian poet, writer, musician, novelist, and singer-songwriter of Georgian-Armenian ancestry. He was one of the founders of the Russian genre called ...more

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Georges Ivanovitch Gurdjieff is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous Authors from Armenia
The Herald of Coming Good, Meetings with Remarkable Men, All and Everything George Ivanovich Gurdjieff, also commonly referred to as Georges Ivanovich Gurdjieff and G. I. Gurdjieff, was an influential spiritual teacher of the early to mid-20th century who taught that ...more

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Raffi is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous Authors from Armenia
Five Little Ducks, Rise and shine, Down by the bay Raffi Cavoukian, CM, OBC, better known by his mononym Raffi, is an Egyptian-born Canadian singer-songwriter, author, essayist, and lecturer of Armenian descent. He has developed his career as a ...more

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Gérard Chaliand is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous Authors from Armenia
Gérard Chaliand Mirrors of a Disaster, The Penguin Atlas of the Diasporas, Atlas du millénaire Gérard Chaliand is a French expert in armed-conflict studies and in international and strategic relations, especially asymmetric conflicts.

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Eric Bogosian is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous Authors from Armenia
Talk Radio, Humpty Dumpty and other plays, suburbia Eric Bogosian is an American actor, playwright, monologuist, and novelist.

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Serj Tankian is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Famous Authors from Armenia
Cool Gardens, Glaring Through Oblivion Serj Tankian is a Lebanese-born Armenian–American singer-songwriter, composer, multi-instrumentalist, record producer, poet, and political activist. He is best known as the lead vocalist, ...more

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Arlene Francis is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Famous Authors from Armenia
That certain something Arlene Francis was an American actress, radio talk show host, and game show panelist. She is known for her long-standing role as a panelist on the television game show What's My Line?, on which ...more

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Hrant Alianak is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Famous Authors from Armenia
The walls of Africa, The blues, Return of the big five Hrant Alianak, also billed as Harant Alianak or Grant Aljanak, is an Armenian-Canadian actor and playwright. In 1988 he was nominated for the Genie Award "Best Performance by an Actor in a ...more

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Gevorg Emin is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Famous Authors from Armenia
For you on New Year's Day, Songs of Armenia, Seven songs about Armenia Gevorg Emin was an Armenian poet, essayist, and translator.

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Pavel Florensky is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Famous Authors from Armenia
The Pillar and Ground of the Truth Pavel Alexandrovich Florensky was a Russian Orthodox theologian, priest, philosopher, mathematician, physicist, electrical engineer, inventor and Neomartyr.

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Daron Acemoğlu is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Famous Authors from Armenia
Why Nations Fail, Introduction to modern economic growth, Colonial origins of comparative development Kamer Daron Acemoğlu is a Turkish-born American economist of Armenian origin.

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Ruben Simonov is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Famous Authors from Armenia
Stanislavsky's protégé: Eugene Vakhtangov Ruben Simonov was an actor and theatre director.

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Ara Güler is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Famous Authors from Armenia
Ara Güler, İstanbul'da Alınteri, Seven Landmarks of The World Ara Güler is a Turkish Armenian photojournalist, nicknamed "the Eye of Istanbul" or "the Photographer of Istanbul". He is considered one of Turkey's few internationally

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Arshile Gorky is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Famous Authors from Armenia
Gorky's betrothals Arshile Gorky was an ethnically Armenian painter, who had a seminal influence on Abstract Expressionism. He spent most his life as a national of the United States. Along with Rothko, Jackson ...more

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Vartan Gregorian is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Famous Authors from Armenia
Islam: A Mosaic, Not a Monolith, The emergence of modern Afghanistan Vartan Gregorian is an Iranian-born Armenian-American academic, serving as the president of Carnegie Corporation of New York. Gregorian came to the United States in 1956 as a freshman, attending ...more

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Bob Avakian is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Famous Authors from Armenia
Observations on Art and Culture, Science and Philosophy, The Loss in China and the Revolutionary Legacy of Mao Tsetung Bob Avakian is an American political activist and Chairman of the Revolutionary Communist Party, USA.

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Yousuf Karsh is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Famous Authors from Armenia
Karsh portfolio, Canada, Yousuf Karsh Yousuf Karsh, CC was an Armenian–Canadian portrait photographer. According to the Metropolitan Museum of Art, he is "one of the greatest portrait photographers of the twentieth century, ...more

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Vartapet Komitas is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Famous Authors from Armenia
Armenian sacred and folk music Soghomon Soghomonian, ordained and commonly known as Komitas, was an Armenian priest, musicologist, composer, arranger, singer, and choirmaster, who is considered the founder of Armenian ...more

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Virgil Madgearu is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Famous Authors from Armenia
Virgil Traian N. Madgearu was a Romanian economist, sociologist, and left-wing politician, prominent member and main theorist of the Peasants' Party and of its successor, the National Peasants' ...more

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John Basmajian is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Famous Authors from Armenia
Biofeedback, Muscles alive, Electrode placement in EMG biofeedback John V. Basmajian, OC OOnt was a Canadian academic and scientist. He was known for his work in rehabilitation science, specifically in the area of electromyography and biofeedback. Born in ...more

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Varujan Vosganian is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Famous Authors from Armenia
Varujan Vosganian is a Romanian politician, economist, essayist and poet. A member of the National Liberal Party, Vosganian was Romania's Minister of Economy and Commerce in the Tăriceanu

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Haig Acterian is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Famous Authors from Armenia
Haig Acterian was a Romanian film and theater director, critic, dramatist, poet, journalist, and fascist political activist. Alongside Mihail Sebastian and Camil Petrescu, he is considered one ...more

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Thomas Woods is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list Famous Authors from Armenia
The Politically Incorrect Guide to American History, The Church and the Market, Sacred Then and Sacred Now Thomas E. "Tom" Woods, Jr. is an American historian, political analyst, and author. Woods is a New York Times best-selling author and has published eleven books. He has written ...more

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Martiros Saryan is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list Famous Authors from Armenia
Martiros Saryan Martiros Saryan was an Armenian painter, the founder of the Armenian national school of painting.

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Jakob Künzler is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list Famous Authors from Armenia
Jakob Künzler In the land of blood and tears Jakob Künzler was a Swiss who resided in an oriental mission in Urfa and who witnessed the Armenian Genocide. Born in Hundwil, Switzerland, he worked in the canton Appenzell and made a ...more

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Diran Kelekian is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list Famous Authors from Armenia
Diran Kelekian was an Ottoman Armenian journalist, writer and professor of Ottoman University, editor of "Cihan" and "Sabah" newspapers. Armenian Genocide victim. He studied ...more

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Marjorie Housepian Dobkin is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list Famous Authors from Armenia
Marjorie Housepian Dobkin The Making of a Feminist, The Smyrna affair, A houseful of love Marjorie Anais Housepian Dobkin was Professor Emerita in English at Barnard College, Columbia University, New York. Her books include the novel A Houseful of Love and the history Smyrna 1922. ...more

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Henry Morgenthau, Sr. is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list Famous Authors from Armenia
I Was Sent to Athens, Ambassador Morgenthau’s Story Henry Morgenthau was a lawyer, businessman and United States ambassador, most famous as the American ambassador to the Ottoman Empire during the First World War. As ambassador to the Ottoman ...more

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Michael Arlen is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list Famous Authors from Armenia
Lily Christine a Romance, Green Hat, Man's mortality Michael Arlen, born Dikran Kouyoumdjian, was an Armenian essayist, short story writer, novelist, playwright, and scriptwriter, who had his greatest successes in the 1920s while living and ...more

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George Mardikian is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list Famous Authors from Armenia
Dinner at Omar Khayyam's George Magar Mardikian was an Armenian-American restaurateur, chef, author and philanthropist who opened the well-known Omar Khayyam's restaurant in San Francisco, California, in 1938. He is the ...more

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Gheorghe Asachi is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list Famous Authors from Armenia
Gheorghe Asachi was a Moldavian-born Romanian prose writer, poet, painter, historian, dramatist and translator. An Enlightenment-educated polymath and polyglot, he was one of the most ...more

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Paul Chater is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list Famous Authors from Armenia
Bizen-ware Sir Catchick Paul Chater, CMG, was a prominent British businessman of Armenian descent in colonial Hong Kong.

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Nubar Gulbenkian is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list Famous Authors from Armenia
Portrait in oil Nubar Sarkis Gulbenkian was an Armenian business magnate and socialite born in the Ottoman empire.

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Ivan Galamian is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list Famous Authors from Armenia
Principles of violin: playing & teaching Ivan Alexander Galamian was an Iranian-born Armenian violin teacher of the twentieth century. He was born in Tabriz, Iran to an Armenian family, soon after his birth his family emigrated to ...more

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Antoin Sevruguin is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list Famous Authors from Armenia
Sevruguin and the Persian image Antoin Sevruguin was a photographer in Iran during the reign of the Qajar dynasty.

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Ghevont Alishan is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list Famous Authors from Armenia
Ghevont Alishan Old Armenian songs, Armenian popular songs Father Ghevont Alishan was an ordained Armenian Catholic priest, historian and a poet. He was awarded by the Legion of Honour of the French Academy, an honorary member of the Asian Society of ...more

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Vahan Kurkjian is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list Famous Authors from Armenia
A history of Armenia Vahan M. Kurkjian was an Armenian author, historian, teacher, and community leader. In 1904, in Cairo, he published the Armenian newspaper Loussaper, in the pages of which he and other ...more

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Georgy Shakhnazarov is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list Famous Authors from Armenia
Georgy Shakhnazarov The destiny of the world, Socialist democracy, Futurology fiasco Georgy Khosroevich Shakhnazarov was a Soviet-Armenian politician and political scientist. He was one of the half-dozen aides closest to Mikhail Gorbachev both while he was Soviet leader and ...more

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Boghos Nubar is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list Famous Authors from Armenia
Boghos Nubar Boghos Nubar's papers and the Armenian question, 1915-1918 Boghos Nubar Armenian: Պօղոս Նուպար also known as Boghos Nubar Pasha was a Chairman of the Armenian National Assembly, liberal, the son of Egyptian Prime Minister Nubar Pasha and the founder, ...more

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Hovhannes Tumanyan is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list Famous Authors from Armenia
Hovhannes Tumanyan was an Armenian writer and public activist. He is considered to be the national poet of Armenia. Tumanyan wrote poems, quatrains, ballads, novels, fables, critical and ...more

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Sayat-Nova is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list Famous Authors from Armenia
Sayat-Nova was an Armenian poet, musician and ashik, who had compositions in a number of languages. Most of his extant songs were written in Azeri.

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Khachatur Abovian is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list Famous Authors from Armenia
Khachatur Abovian was an Armenian writer and national public figure of the early 19th century who mysteriously vanished in 1848 and eventually presumed dead. He was an educator, poet and an ...more

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Vahan Terian is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list Famous Authors from Armenia
Vahan Terian Vahan Terian was an Armenian poet, lyrist and public activist. He is known for his sorrowful, romantic poems, the most famous of which are still read and sung in their musical versions.

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Hovhannes Shiraz is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list Famous Authors from Armenia
Hovhannes Shiraz was a notable Armenian poet.

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Dikran Tahta is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list Famous Authors from Armenia
Dikran "Dick" Tahta was a British-Armenian mathematician, teacher and author.

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Kevork Ajemian is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list Famous Authors from Armenia
Kevork Vartani Ajemian was a prominent ethnic Armenian writer, journalist, novelist, theorist and public activist, and long-time publisher of the Beirut-based literary, artistic and general ...more

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Levon Shant is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list Famous Authors from Armenia
Levon Shant Levon Shant was an Armenian playwright, novelist, poet and founder of the Hamazkayin National Cultural Foundation.