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Famous Authors from Belgium

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

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Georges Simenon is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous Authors from Belgium
La Premiere enquete de Maigret, La Marie Du Port, La Veuve Couderc
Georges Joseph Christian Simenon (French: [ʒɔʁʒ simnɔ̃]; 13 February 1903 – 4 September 1989) was a Belgian writer. A prolific author who published nearly 500 novels and numerous short works, ...more
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May Sarton is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous Authors from Belgium
Fur Person, The Education of Harriet Hatfield, Crucial Conversations
May Sarton is the pen name of Eleanore Marie Sarton (May 3, 1912 – July 16, 1995), a prolific American poet, novelist and memoirist. She is considered an important contemporary figure in ...more

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Julio Cortázar is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous Authors from Belgium
Hopscotch, Las Armas Secretas, Around the Day in Eighty Worlds
Julio Cortázar, born Julio Florencio Cortázar American Spanish: [ˈxuljo koɾˈtasaɾ] (listen); (26 August 1914 – 12 February 1984) was an Argentine novelist, short story writer, and ...more
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René Magritte is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous Authors from Belgium
René François Ghislain Magritte (French: [ʁəne fʁɑ̃swa ɡilɛ̃ maɡʁit]; 21 November 1898 – 15 August 1967) was a Belgian Surrealist artist. He became well known for creating a number ...more
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Léon Van Hove is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous Authors from Belgium
George Placzek, 1905-1955
Léon Charles Prudent Van Hove (10 February 1924 – 2 September 1990) was a Belgian physicist and a former Director General of CERN. He developed a scientific career spanning mathematics, ...more
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Hergé is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous Authors from Belgium
Tintin in Tibet, The Seven Crystal Balls, The Crab with the Golden Claws
Georges Prosper Remi (French: [ʁəmi]; 22 May 1907 – 3 March 1983), known by the pen name Hergé (; French: [ɛʁʒe]), was a Belgian cartoonist. He is best known for creating The Adventures ...more
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Raoul Cauvin is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous Authors from Belgium
La pelle aux morts, La tournée du patron, Le Drain sifflera trois fois
Raoul Cauvin (born 26 September 1938) is a Belgian comics author and one of the most popular in the humorist field.
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Django Reinhardt is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous Authors from Belgium
The great Django Reinhardt, I got rhythm (A Jazz Hour With Series), The Best of Django Reinhardt
Jean Reinhardt (23 January 1910 – 16 May 1953) stage name Django Reinhardt (French: [dʒãŋɡo ʁɛjnaʁt] or [dʒɑ̃ɡo ʁenɑʁt]), was a Belgian-born Romani-French jazz guitarist and composer, ...more

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Hugo Claus is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Famous Authors from Belgium
The Sorrow of Belgium, The swordfish, Desire
Hugo Maurice Julien Claus (Dutch pronunciation: [ˈɦyɣoː ˈklʌu̯s]; 5 April 1929 – 19 March 2008) was a leading Belgian author who published under his own name as well as various pseudonyms. ...more
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Peyo is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Famous Authors from Belgium
La Schtroumpfette, tome 3, La soupe aux Schtroumpfs
Pierre Culliford (French: [kylifɔʁ]; 25 June 1928 – 24 December 1992) was a Belgian cartoonist who worked under the pseudonym Peyo ([pejo]). His best-known works are the comic strips The Smurfs ...more
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Henri Michaux is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Famous Authors from Belgium
Miserable Miracle, Épreuves, exorcismes
Henri Michaux (French: [miʃo]; 24 May 1899 – 19 October 1984) was a highly idiosyncratic Belgian-born poet, writer, and painter who wrote in French. He later took French citizenship. Michaux is ...more
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Edward Schillebeeckx is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Famous Authors from Belgium
Le Christ, sacrement de la rencontre de Dieu, Le Mariage
Edward Cornelis Florentius Alfonsus Schillebeeckx (English: SKIL-ə-bayks, Dutch: [ˈsxɪləbeːks]; 12 November 1914 – 23 December 2009) was a Belgian Roman Catholic theologian born in Antwerp. He ...more
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André Franquin is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Famous Authors from Belgium
Le gang des gaffeurs, Gaston 19, La Saga Des Gaffes
André Franquin (French: [fʁɑ̃kɛ̃]; 3 January 1924 – 5 January 1997) was an influential Belgian comics artist, whose best known creations are Gaston and Marsupilami. He also produced the ...more
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Chantal Akerman is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Famous Authors from Belgium
Family in Brussels, Chantal Akerman
Chantal Anne Akerman (French: [akɛʁman]; 6 June 1950 – 5 October 2015) was a Belgian film director, screenwriter, artist, and film professor at the City College of New York. She is best known ...more

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Maurice Maeterlinck is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Famous Authors from Belgium
Pelléas and Mélisande, The Treasure of the Humble, Mary Magdalene
Maurice Polydore Marie Bernard Maeterlinck (29 August 1862 – 6 May 1949), also known as Count (or Comte) Maeterlinck from 1932, was a Belgian playwright, poet, and essayist who was Flemish but ...more
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Ilya Prigogine is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Famous Authors from Belgium
The molecular theory of solutions, Étude thermodynamique des phénomènes irréversibles, La nouvelle alliance
Viscount Ilya Romanovich Prigogine (; Russian: Илья́ Рома́нович Приго́жин; 25 January [O.S. 12 January] 1917 – 28 May 2003) was a physical chemist and Nobel laureate noted for his work on ...more
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Éric-Emmanuel Sch... is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Famous Authors from Belgium
Oscar and the Lady in Pink, La secte des Egoïstes, M. Ibrahim and the Flowers of the Koran
Eric-Emmanuel Schmitt (born 28 March 1960) is a Franco–Belgian playwright, short story writer and novelist, as well as film director. His plays have been staged in over fifty countries all over ...more
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Claude Lévi-Strau... is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Famous Authors from Belgium
Structural anthropology, The Raw and the Cooked, Tristes Tropiques
Claude Lévi-Strauss (; French: [klod levi stʁos]; 28 November 1908 – 30 October 2009) was a Belgium-born French anthropologist and ethnologist whose work was key in the development of the ...more
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Robert Goffin is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Famous Authors from Belgium
Robert Goffin
Le Roi Des Belges A-t-il Trahi?, Le fusillé de Dunkerque, Le Versant noir
Robert Goffin (21 May 1898 – 27 June 1984) was a Belgian lawyer, author, and poet, credited with writing the first "serious" book on jazz, Aux Frontières du Jazz in 1932.
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George Sarton is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Famous Authors from Belgium
A guide to the history of science, Hellenistic science and culture in the last three centuries B.C, The history of science and the new humanism
George Alfred Leon Sarton (; 31 August 1884 – 22 March 1956), was a Belgian-born American chemist and historian. He is considered the founder of the discipline of the history of science. He has ...more
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Amélie Nothomb is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Famous Authors from Belgium
The Character of Rain, The Stranger Next Door, The Enemy's Cosmetique
Fabienne-Claire Nothomb (French: [a.me.li nɔ.tɔ̃b]), better known by her pen name Amélie Nothomb, is a Belgian Francophone novelist. Part of her childhood was spent in Asia. A prolific ...more
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Henri Pirenne is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Famous Authors from Belgium
Les villes du Moyen Age, Las Ciudades de La Edad Media, Geburt des Abendlandes
Henri Pirenne (French: [piʁɛn]; 23 December 1862 – 24 October 1935) was a Belgian historian. A medievalist of Walloon descent, he wrote a multivolume history of Belgium in French and became a ...more
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Jean Dufaux is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Famous Authors from Belgium
Fox, tome 2, Ombres
Jean Dufaux (French: [dyfo]; born 7 June 1949) is a Belgian comic book writer. Beginning his professional career as a journalist for "CINÉ-PRESSE", Dufaux started writing comic ...more
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Carl Norac is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Famous Authors from Belgium
Carl Norac
Nemo et le volcan, L'île aux câlins, Bonjour
Carl Norac (born 29 June 1960) is a Walloon Belgian author of children's books and poetry.
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Hendrik Conscience is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Famous Authors from Belgium
Hendrik Conscience
De Leeuw van Vlaanderen, The boys of the Sierras, or
Henri (Hendrik) Conscience (3 December 1812 – 10 September 1883) was a Belgian author. He is considered the pioneer of Dutch-language literature in Flanders, writing at a time when Belgium was ...more