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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.

You can rank all of these authors, from Otto Erich Deutsch to Michael Denis.

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

For further information on these historic Austrian authors, click on their names. If you're a bookworm then use this list of celebrated Austrian authors to discover some new books that you will enjoy reading.
  • Hungary1
    Hungary is a landlocked country in Central Europe. It is situated in the Carpathian Basin and...  more

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  • Wilhelm Reich2

    Wilhelm Reich

    The Mass Psychology of Fascism, La psychologie de masse du fascisme



    NationalityAustria, United States of America

    Wilhelm Reich (; German: [ʁaɪç]; 24 March 1897 – 3 November 1957) was an Austrian doctor of...  more
  • Franz Schubert3

    Franz Schubert

    Neue Schubert-Ausgabe, Ein Streifzug durch Leben und Werk

    BirthplaceAlsergrund, Vienna, Austria



    Franz Peter Schubert (German: [ˈfʁant͡s ˈpeːtɐ ˈʃuːbɐt]; 31 January 1797 – 19 November 1828)...  more

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  • Franz Kafka4

    Franz Kafka

    The Metamorphosis, The Trial

    BirthplacePrague, Czech Republic


    NationalityCzechoslovakia, Austria-Hungary

    Franz Kafka (3 July 1883 – 3 June 1924) was a German-speaking Bohemian novelist and...  more

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  • Gustav Mahler5

    Gustav Mahler

    Gustav Mahler: Letters To His Wife, The Sealed Book of Daniel Revealed

    BirthplaceKaliště, Czech Republic



    Gustav Mahler (German: [ˈmaːlɐ]; 7 July 1860 – 18 May 1911) was an Austro-Bohemian...  more


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  • Joseph Haydn6

    Joseph Haydn

    Creation an Oratorio Haydn, Piano Sonata in C Major: Hob 16:35

    BirthplaceRohrau, Austria



    Franz Joseph Haydn (; German: [ˈfʁants ˈjoːzɛf ˈhaɪdn̩] (listen); 31 March 1732 – 31 May 1809)...  more

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  • Rudolf Steiner7

    Rudolf Steiner

    The gates of knowledge, Ways to a new style in architecture

    BirthplaceDonji Kraljevec, Croatia



    Rudolf Joseph Lorenz Steiner was an Austrian philosopher, social reformer, architect, and...  more
  • Max Fleischer8

    Max Fleischer

    Betty Boop's Sunday best

    BirthplaceKraków, Poland


    NationalityUnited States of America, Austria-Hungary

    Max Fleischer (born Majer Fleischer ; July 19, 1883 – September 25, 1972) was a...  more
  • Marie von Ebner-Eschenbach9

    Marie von Ebner-Eschenbach

    Die unbesiegbare Macht, Marie von Ebner-Eschenbach--Dr. Josef Breuer

    BirthplaceZdislavice, Czech Republic



    Baroness Marie von Ebner-Eschenbach (Czech: Marie von Ebner-Eschenbachová, German: Marie...  more
  • Ingeborg Bachmann10

    Ingeborg Bachmann

    Die Fahre, Bibliothek Suhrkamp

    BirthplaceKlagenfurt, Austria



    Ingeborg Bachmann (25 June 1926 – 17 October 1973) was an Austrian poet and author. ...  more
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    Karl Kordesch

    Fuel cells and their applications

    BirthplaceVienna, Austria



    Karl Kordesch (18 March 1922 – 12 January 2011) was an Austrian chemist and inventor, most...  more
  • Arnold Schwarzenegger12

    Arnold Schwarzenegger

    Total Recall: My Unbelievably True Life Story, Arnold Education of a Bodybuilder

    BirthplaceThal, Austria


    NationalityAustria, United States of America

    Arnold Alois Schwarzenegger (; German: [ˈaɐ̯nɔlt ˈʃvaɐ̯tsn̩ˌʔɛɡɐ]; born July 30, 1947) is an...  more

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    Peter Drucker

    Concept of the Corporation, The Practice of Management: A Study of the Most Important Function in American Society

    BirthplaceVienna, Austria


    NationalityAustria, United States of America

    Peter Ferdinand Drucker (; German: [ˈdʀʊkɐ]; November 19, 1909 – November 11, 2005) was an...  more
  • Rainer Maria Rilke14

    Rainer Maria Rilke

    Duino Elegies, Letters to a Young Poet

    BirthplacePrague, Czech Republic


    NationalityAustria, Germany

    Series WrittenSonnets to Orpheus

    René Karl Wilhelm Johann Josef Maria Rilke (4 December 1875 – 29 December 1926), better known...  more

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  • Sigmund Freud15

    Sigmund Freud

    The Interpretation of Dreams, The Ego and the Id

    BirthplacePříbor, Czech Republic


    NationalityAustrian Empire, Austria

    Series WrittenThe Standard Edition of the Complete Psychological Works of Sigmund Freud, The Penguin Freud Library, Gesammelte Werke Sigmund Freud

    Sigmund Freud ( FROYD; German: [ˈziːkmʊnt ˈfʁɔʏt]; born Sigismund Schlomo Freud; 6 May 1856 –...  more

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    Arnold Schoenberg

    Twentieth-Century Piano Classics, Arnold Schoenberg correspondence

    BirthplaceLeopoldstadt, Vienna, Austria


    NationalityAustria, United States of America

    Arnold Schoenberg or Schönberg (, US also ; German: [ˈʃøːnbɛɐ̯k] (listen); 13 September 1874 –...  more
  • Christine Nöstlinger17

    Christine Nöstlinger

    Lollipop, Liebe Tochter

    BirthplaceVienna, Austria



    Christine Nöstlinger is an Austrian writer best known for children's books. For her career...  more
  • Max Brod18

    Max Brod

    Franz Kafka, Tycho Brahe's Path to God

    BirthplacePrague, Czech Republic


    NationalityAustria, Israel

    Max Brod (Hebrew: מקס ברוד; May 27, 1884 – December 20, 1968) was a German-speaking Jewish...  more
  • Richard Neutra19

    Richard Neutra

    Richard Neutra, promise and fulfillment

    BirthplaceVienna, Austria


    NationalityAustria, United States of America

    Richard Joseph Neutra was an American architect. Living and building for the majority of his...  more
  • Arthur Schnitzler20

    Arthur Schnitzler

    Dream Story, La Ronde

    BirthplaceLeopoldstadt, Vienna, Austria



    Arthur Schnitzler (15 May 1862 – 21 October 1931) was an Austrian author and dramatist. ...  more
  • Martin Buber21

    Martin Buber

    Der Glaube der Propheten, Das Problem des Menschen

    BirthplaceVienna, Austria


    NationalityAustria, Israel

    Martin Buber (Hebrew: מרטין בּוּבֶּר‎; German: Martin Buber; Yiddish: מארטין בובער‎‎; February...  more
  • Franz Grillparzer22

    Franz Grillparzer

    Hero and Leander, Thou shalt not lie

    BirthplaceVienna, Austria



    Franz Seraphicus Grillparzer (15 January 1791 – 21 January 1872) was an Austrian writer who is...  more
  • Billy Wilder23

    Billy Wilder

    Billy Wilder in Hollywood, Der Prinz of Wales geht auf Urlaub

    BirthplaceEurope, Poland, Lesser Poland Voivodeship, Central Europe, Sucha County


    NationalityUnited States of America, Austria-Hungary

    Billy Wilder (; German: [ˈvɪldɐ]; born Samuel Wilder, June 22, 1906 – March 27, 2002) was an...  more

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    Anton Bruckner

    Bruckner: Symphony No.4, Te Deum

    BirthplaceAnsfelden, Austria



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  • Thomas Bernhard25

    Thomas Bernhard

    Extinction, The Loser

    BirthplaceHeerlen, Netherlands



    Nicolaas Thomas Bernhard (German: [ˈtoːmas ˈbɛɐ̯nhaɐ̯t]; 9 February 1931 – 12 February 1989)...  more