Authors Famous Authors from Austria

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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 's life ended at 31 but was extremely prolific during his lifetime. His output consists of over six hundred secular vocal works, seven ...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