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 was a Belgian writer. A prolific author who published nearly 200 novels and numerous short works, Simenon is best known as the creator of the fictional detective ...more
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, an American poet, novelist and memoirist.
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 Jules Florencio Cortázar, was an Argentine novelist, short story writer, and essayist. Known as one of the founders of the Latin American Boom, Cortázar ...more
René Magritte is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous Authors from Belgium
René François Ghislain Magritte was a Belgian surrealist artist. He became well known for a number of witty and thought-provoking images that fall under the umbrella of surrealism. ...more
Léon Van Hove is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous Authors from Belgium
George Placzek, 1905-1955
Léon Charles Prudent Van Hove was a Belgian physicist and a former Director General of CERN. He developed a scientific career spanning mathematics, solid state physics, elementary ...more
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, known by the pen name Hergé, was a Belgian cartoonist. He is best known for The Adventures of Tintin, the series of comic albums which are considered one of the most ...more
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 is a Belgian comics author and one of the most popular in the humorist field.
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 "Django" Reinhardt was a Belgium-born French guitarist and composer of Romani ethnicity. Reinhardt is regarded as one of the greatest guitar players of all time; he was the first ...more
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 was a leading Belgian author who published under his own name as well as various pseudonyms. Claus' literary contributions spanned the genres of drama, the novel, and ...more
Peyo is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Famous Authors from Belgium
La Schtroumpfette, tome 3, La soupe aux Schtroumpfs
Pierre Culliford, known as Peyo, was a Belgian comics artist, perhaps best known for the creation of The Smurfs comic strip.
Henri Michaux is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Famous Authors from Belgium
Miserable Miracle, Épreuves, exorcismes
Henri Michaux was a highly idiosyncratic Belgian-born poet, writer, and painter who wrote in French. He later took French citizenship. Michaux is best known for his esoteric books written in a ...more
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 was a Belgian Roman Catholic theologian born in Antwerp. He taught at the Catholic University in Nijmegen. He was a member of the Dominican ...more
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 was an influential Belgian comics artist, whose best known comic strip creations are Gaston and Marsupilami, created while he worked on the Spirou et Fantasio comic strip ...more
Chantal Akerman is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Famous Authors from Belgium
Family in Brussels, Chantal Akerman
Chantal Anne Akerman is a Belgian film director, artist, and professor of film at the City College of New York. Her best-known film is Jeanne Dielman, 23 quai du Commerce, 1080 Bruxelles. ...more
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 was a Belgian playwright, poet, and essayist who was a Fleming, but wrote in French. He was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1911 "in ...more
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 was a Belgian physical chemist and Nobel Laureate noted for his work on dissipative structures, complex systems, and irreversibility.
Éric-Emmanuel Schmitt 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 is a French and Belgian dramatist, novelist, fiction writer and film director. His plays have been staged in over fifty countries all over the world.
Claude Lévi-Strauss is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Famous Authors from Belgium
Structural anthropology, The Raw and the Cooked, Tristes Tropiques
Claude Lévi-Strauss was a French anthropologist and ethnologist whose work was key in the development of the theory of structuralism and structural anthropology. He held the Chair of ...more
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 was a Belgian lawyer, author, and poet, credited with writing the first "serious" book on jazz, Aux Frontières du Jazz in 1932.
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 Sarton was a Belgian-American chemist and historian who is considered the founder of the discipline of history of science. He has a significant importance in the history of science and ...more
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
Amélie Nothomb is a Belgian writer who writes in French.
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 was a Belgian historian. A medievalist of Walloon descent, he wrote a multivolume history of Belgium in French and became a national hero. He also became prominent in the ...more
Jean Dufaux is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Famous Authors from Belgium
Fox, tome 2, Ombres
Jean Dufaux is a Belgian comic book writer. Initially beginning his professional career as a journalist for "CINÉ-PRESSE", Dufaux started writing comic books in the 1980s. ...more
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 is a Walloon Belgian author of children's books and poetry.
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 or Hendrik Conscience was a Belgian author. He is considered as the pioneer of Dutch-language literature in Flanders, writing at a time when Belgium was dominated by French among the upper ...more