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List of the most popular authors from Austria, 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 Austrian 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 Austrian writers, such as when they were born and where their place of birth was.

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Hungary is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous Authors from Austria
Hungary is a landlocked country in Central Europe. It is situated in the Carpathian Basin and is bordered by Slovakia to the north, Ukraine and Romania to the east, Serbia and Croatia to the ...more

Wilhelm Reich is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous Authors from Austria
The Mass Psychology of Fascism, La psychologie de masse du fascisme, Genitality in the Theory and Therapy of Neurosis Wilhelm Reich was an Austrian psychoanalyst, a member of the second generation of psychoanalysts after Sigmund Freud, and one of the most radical figures in the history of psychiatry. He was the ...more

Franz Schubert is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous Authors from Austria
Neue Schubert-Ausgabe, Ein Streifzug durch Leben und Werk, Song book Franz Peter Schubert was an Austrian composer. Schubert died at 31 but was extremely prolific during his lifetime. His output consists of over six hundred secular vocal works, seven complete ...more

Franz Kafka is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous Authors from Austria
The Metamorphosis, The Trial, The Castle Franz Kafka was a German-language writer of novels and short stories, regarded by critics as one of the most influential authors of the 20th century. Most of his works, such as "Die ...more

Gustav Mahler is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous Authors from Austria
Gustav Mahler: Letters To His Wife, The Sealed Book of Daniel Revealed, Wer hat dies Liedlein erdacht? Tief Gustav Mahler was an Austrian late-Romantic composer, and one of the leading conductors of his generation. As a composer he acted as a bridge between the 19th century Austro-German tradition and ...more

Joseph Haydn is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous Authors from Austria
Creation an Oratorio Haydn, Piano Sonata in C Major: Hob 16:35, 20 Sonatas - Book 2 Joseph Haydn was a prominent and prolific composer of the Classical period. He was instrumental in the development of chamber music such as the piano trio and his contributions to musical form ...more

Rudolf Steiner is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous Authors from Austria
The gates of knowledge, Ways to a new style in architecture, Threefold State Rudolf Joseph Lorenz Steiner was an Austrian philosopher, social reformer, architect, and esotericist. Steiner gained initial recognition at the end of the nineteenth century as a literary ...more

Max Fleischer is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous Authors from Austria
Betty Boop's Sunday best Max Fleischer was an Polish Jewish American animator, inventor, film director and producer. Fleischer was a pioneer in the development of the animated cartoon and served as the head of Fleischer ...more

Marie von Ebner-Eschenbach is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Famous Authors from Austria
Marie von Ebner-Eschenbach Die unbesiegbare Macht, Marie von Ebner-Eschenbach--Dr. Josef Breuer, Glaubenslos? Baroness Marie von Ebner-Eschenbach was an Austrian writer. Noted for her excellent psychological novels, she is regarded—together with Ferdinand von Saar—as one of the most important ...more

Ingeborg Bachmann is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Famous Authors from Austria
Die Fahre, Bibliothek Suhrkamp, Bd.70 Ingeborg Bachmann was an Austrian poet and author.

Karl Kordesch is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Famous Authors from Austria
Fuel cells and their applications Karl Kordesch was an Austrian chemist and inventor, most notable for jointly inventing the alkaline battery.

Arnold Schwarzenegger is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Famous Authors from Austria
Total Recall: My Unbelievably True Life Story, Arnold Education of a Bodybuilder, The new encyclopedia of modern bodybuilding Arnold Alois Schwarzenegger is an Austrian-born American actor, model, producer, director, activist, businessman, investor, writer, philanthropist, former professional bodybuilder, and ...more

Peter Drucker is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Famous Authors from Austria
Concept of the Corporation, The Practice of Management: A Study of the Most Important Function in American Society, Management: Tasks Peter Ferdinand Drucker was an Austrian-born American management consultant, educator, and author, whose writings contributed to the philosophical and practical foundations of the modern ...more

Rainer Maria Rilke is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Famous Authors from Austria
Duino Elegies, Letters to a Young Poet, Journaux de jeunesse René Karl Wilhelm Johann Josef Maria Rilke —better known as Rainer Maria Rilke —was a Bohemian-Austrian poet and novelist, "widely recognized as one of the most lyrically intense ...more

Sigmund Freud is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Famous Authors from Austria
The Interpretation of Dreams, The Ego and the Id, The Psychopathology of Everyday Life Sigmund Freud was an Austrian neurologist, now known as the father of psychoanalysis. Freud qualified as a doctor of medicine at the University of Vienna in 1881, and then carried out research ...more

Arnold Schoenberg is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Famous Authors from Austria
Twentieth-Century Piano Classics, Arnold Schoenberg correspondence, Preliminary Exercises in Counterpoint Arnold Schoenberg or Schönberg was an Austrian composer and painter, associated with the expressionist movement in German poetry and art, and leader of the Second Viennese School. With the ...more

Christine Nöstlinger is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Famous Authors from Austria
Lollipop, Liebe Tochter, werter Sohn! Christine Nöstlinger is an Austrian writer best known for children's books. For her career contribution to "children's and young adult literature in the broadest sense", she ...more

Max Brod is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Famous Authors from Austria
Franz Kafka, Tycho Brahe's Path to God, Reubeni Max Brod was a German-speaking Czech Jewish, later Israeli, author, composer, and journalist. Although he was a prolific writer in his own right, he is most famous as the friend and biographer ...more

Richard Neutra is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Famous Authors from Austria
Richard Neutra, promise and fulfillment, 1919-1932 Richard Joseph Neutra was an American architect. Living and building for the majority of his career in Southern California, he came to be considered among the most important modernist

Arthur Schnitzler is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Famous Authors from Austria
Dream Story, La Ronde, Komödie der Verführung Arthur Schnitzler was an Austrian author and dramatist.

Martin Buber is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Famous Authors from Austria
Der Glaube der Propheten, Das Problem des Menschen, Die jüdische Bewegung : gesammelte Aufsätze und Ansprachen Martin Buber was an Austrian-born Israeli Jewish philosopher best known for his philosophy of dialogue, a form of existentialism centered on the distinction between the I–Thou relationship and ...more

Franz Grillparzer is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Famous Authors from Austria
Hero and Leander, Thou shalt not lie, Sappho Franz Seraphicus Grillparzer was an Austrian writer who is chiefly known for his dramas. He also wrote the oration for Ludwig van Beethoven's funeral.

Billy Wilder is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Famous Authors from Austria
Billy Wilder in Hollywood, Der Prinz of Wales geht auf Urlaub, Some Like It Hot Billy Wilder was an Austrian-born American filmmaker, screenwriter, producer, artist and journalist, whose career spanned more than 50 years and 60 films. He is regarded as one of the most ...more

Anton Bruckner is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Famous Authors from Austria
Bruckner: Symphony No.4, Te Deum, for soli Anton Bruckner was an Austrian composer known for his symphonies, masses, and motets. The first are considered emblematic of the final stage of Austro-German Romanticism because of their rich ...more

Thomas Bernhard is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Famous Authors from Austria
Extinction, The Loser, Old Masters Thomas Bernhard was an Austrian novelist, playwright and poet. Bernhard, whose body of work has been called "the most significant literary achievement since World War II," is widely ...more

Albert Einstein is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list Famous Authors from Austria
The Evolution of Physics, Ideas and Opinions, The Origins of the General Theory of Relativity Albert Einstein was a German-born theoretical physicist. Einstein's work is also known for its influence on the philosophy of science. He developed the general theory of relativity, one of the ...more

Miklós Rózsa is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list Famous Authors from Austria
Double life Miklós Rózsa was a Hungarian composer trained in Germany, and active in France, England, and the United States, with extensive sojourns in Italy from 1953. Best known for his ...more

Tomáš Masaryk is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list Famous Authors from Austria
Les Slaves après la guerre, Otázka sociální, O bolševictví Tomáš Garrigue Masaryk, sometimes called Thomas Masaryk in English, was a Czechoslovak politician, sociologist and philosopher, who as an eager advocate of Czechoslovak independence ...more

Otto Preminger is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list Famous Authors from Austria
Preminger Otto Ludwig Preminger was an Austrian American theatre and film director. He is known for directing over 35 feature films in a five-decade career after leaving the theatre. He first gained ...more

Fred Zinnemann is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list Famous Authors from Austria
My life in the movies Alfred "Fred" Zinnemann was an Austro-American film director. He won Academy Awards for directing films in many genres, including thrillers, westerns, film noir, and play adaptations. ...more

Karl Freund is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list Famous Authors from Austria
Shooting live television shows on film Karl W. Freund, A.S.C. was a cinematographer and film director best known for photographing Metropolis, Dracula, and television's I Love Lucy.

Vicki Baum is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list Famous Authors from Austria
A Tale from Bali, Die Karriere der Doris Hart, Kopfloser Engel. Eine Liebe in Mexiko. Hedwig Baum was an Austrian writer. She is known for Menschen im Hotel, one of her first international successes.

Adolf Hitler is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list Famous Authors from Austria
Mein Kampf, Hitler : Reden und Proklamationen, 1932-1945 Adolf Hitler was an Austrian-born German politician who was the leader of the Nazi Party. He was chancellor of Germany from 1933 to 1945 and Führer of Nazi Germany from 1934 to 1945. As ...more

Zsa Zsa Gábor is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list Famous Authors from Austria
Zsa Zsa Gábor Zsa Zsa Gabor is a Hungarian-born American actress and socialite. Gabor began her stage career in Vienna and was crowned Miss Hungary in 1936. She emigrated to the United States in 1941 and ...more

Fritz Lang is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list Famous Authors from Austria
Die Untersuchungshaft im Jugendstrafverfahren, Trois lumières, Das Steuerrecht der protestantischen Landeskirche in Bayern Friedrich Christian Anton "Fritz" Lang was a German-Austrian filmmaker, screenwriter, and occasional film producer and actor. One of the best known émigrés from Germany's ...more

Franz Werfel is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list Famous Authors from Austria
The Song of Bernadette, The Forty Days of Musa Dagh, Class Reunion Franz Viktor Werfel was an Austrian-Bohemian novelist, playwright, and poet whose career spanned World War I, the Interwar period, and World War II. He is primarily known as the author of The ...more

Joseph Roth is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list Famous Authors from Austria
Hotel Savoy, Radetzky March, The Emperor's Tomb Joseph Roth, born Moses Joseph Roth, was an Austrian-Jewish journalist and novelist, best known for his family saga Radetzky March, which is about the decline and fall of the Austro-Hungarian ...more

Theodor Reik is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list Famous Authors from Austria
Theodor Reik Ritual, Psychology Of Sex Relations, From thirty years with Freud Theodor Reik was a prominent psychoanalyst who trained as one of Freud's first students in Vienna, Austria. Reik received a Ph.D. degree in psychology from the University of Vienna in 1912. His ...more

Hans Kelsen is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list Famous Authors from Austria
Pure Theory of Law, Aufsätze zur Ideologiekritik, Fa lü yu guo jia Hans Kelsen was an Austrian jurist, legal philosopher and political philosopher. Due to the rise of national socialism in Germany and Austria, Kelsen left his university post because of his ...more

Alfred Adler is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list Famous Authors from Austria
Understanding human nature, Study Of Organ Inferiority And Its Psychical Compensation, The problem child Alfred W. Adler was an Austrian medical doctor, psychotherapist, and founder of the school of individual psychology. His emphasis on the importance of feelings of inferiority—the inferiority ...more

Edmund Husserl is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list Famous Authors from Austria
Cartesian Meditations, La filosofía como ciencia estricta, Philosophy of Arithmetic Edmund Gustav Albrecht Husserl was a German philosopher who established the school of phenomenology. He broke with the positivist orientation of the science and philosophy of his day. He ...more

Pinchas Lapide is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list Famous Authors from Austria
Jewish monotheism and Christian trinitarian doctrine, Three Popes and the Jews, Die Verwendung des Hebräischen in den chris̀tlichen Religionsgemeinschaften mit besonderer Berücksichtigung des Landes Israel Pinchas Lapide was a Jewish theologian and Israeli historian. He was an Israeli diplomat from 1951 to 1969, among other position acting as Israeli Consul to Milan, and was instrumental in ...more

Karl Kraus is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list Famous Authors from Austria
The last days of mankind, No compromise, Ausgewählte Gedichte Karl Kraus was an Austrian writer and journalist, known as a satirist, essayist, aphorist, playwright and poet. He directed his satire at the press, German culture, and German and Austrian

Manès Sperber is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list Famous Authors from Austria
Like a tear in the ocean, qu'une larme dans l'océan, Charlatan und seine Zeit Manès Sperber was an Austrian-French novelist, essayist and psychologist. He also wrote under the pseudonyms Jan Heger and N.A. Menlos.

Nikola Tesla is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list Famous Authors from Austria
Colorado Springs Notes, 1899–1900, The Problem of Increasing Human Energy Nikola Tesla was a Serbian American inventor, electrical engineer, mechanical engineer, physicist, and futurist best known for his contributions to the design of the modern alternating current ...more

Erich von Stroheim is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list Famous Authors from Austria
Greed: a film Erich von Stroheim is a an actor, screenwriter. film director and film producer.

Bruno Schulz is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list Famous Authors from Austria
The Street of Crocodiles, Sanatorium Under the Sign of the Hourglass, Correspondance et essais critiques Bruno Schulz was a Polish writer, fine artist, literary critic and art teacher born to Jewish parents. He is regarded as one of the great Polish-language prose stylists of the 20th century. In ...more

Liviu Rebreanu is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list Famous Authors from Austria
Ion, Both, Forest of the Hanged Liviu Rebreanu was a Romanian novelist, playwright, short story writer, and journalist.

H. C. Artmann is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list Famous Authors from Austria
H. C. Artmann Vienna Group, Fleiss und Industrie, Artmann Hans Carl Artmann, also known as Ib Hansen, was an Austrian-born poet and writer, most popular for his early poems written in Viennese, which however, never after were to be the focus of his

Friedrich Hayek is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list Famous Authors from Austria
The Road to Serfdom, The Constitution of Liberty, 1980s unemployment and the unions Friedrich Hayek CH, born in Austria-Hungary as Friedrich August von Hayek and frequently referred to as F. A. Hayek, was an Austrian, later British, economist and philosopher best known for his ...more