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Famous Authors from Belgium

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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  • 1
    La Premiere enquete de Maigret, La Marie Du Port

    AgeDec. at 86 (1903-1989)

    BirthplaceLiège, Belgium

    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, Simenon  ...more
  • 2
    Fur Person, The Education of Harriet Hatfield

    AgeDec. at 83 (1912-1995)

    BirthplaceWondelgem, Belgium

    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 American  ...more

    #250 of 345 The Greatest American Writers of All Time#134 of 250 The Best Gay Authors

  • 3
    Hopscotch, Las Armas Secretas

    AgeDec. at 69 (1914-1984)

    BirthplaceBrussels, Ixelles, Belgium

    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 essayist. Known as  ...more
  • 4
    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 of witty and  ...more

    #672 of 1,355 The Greatest Minds of All Time#20 of 31 The Greatest Painters Of All Time#173 of 223 Pisces Moon Celebrities

  • 5
    George Placzek, 1905-1955

    AgeDec. at 66 (1924-1990)

    BirthplaceBrussels, Belgium

    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, solid state  ...more
  • 6
    Tintin in Tibet, The Seven Crystal Balls

    AgeDec. at 75 (1907-1983)

    BirthplaceEtterbeek, Belgium

    Series WrittenThe Adventures of Tintin

    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 of Tintin,  ...more
  • 7
    La pelle aux morts, La tournée du patron


    BirthplaceAntoing, Belgium

    Raoul Cauvin (born 26 September 1938) is a Belgian comics author and one of the most popular in the humorist field.  ...more
  • 8
    The great Django Reinhardt, I got rhythm (A Jazz Hour With Series)

    AgeDec. at 43 (1910-1953)

    BirthplaceLiberchies, Belgium

    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, regarded as one  ...more

    #136 of 525 Which Artist Would You Bring Back From The Dead To Write One More Song?#3 of 135 The Greatest Jazz Guitarists of All Time#30 of 542 The Greatest Guitarists Of All Time

  • 9
    The Sorrow of Belgium, The swordfish

    AgeDec. at 78 (1929-2008)

    BirthplaceBruges, Belgium

    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. Claus'  ...more
  • 10
    La Schtroumpfette, tome 3

    AgeDec. at 64 (1928-1992)

    BirthplaceBrussels, Belgium

    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 and  ...more
  • 11
    Miserable Miracle, Épreuves

    AgeDec. at 85 (1899-1984)

    BirthplaceNamur, Belgium, Belgium

    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 best  ...more
  • 12
    Le Christ, sacrement de la rencontre de Dieu

    AgeDec. at 95 (1914-2009)

    BirthplaceAntwerp, Belgium

    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
  • 13
    Le gang des gaffeurs, Gaston 19

    AgeDec. at 73 (1924-1997)

    BirthplaceEtterbeek, Belgium

    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 Spirou et  ...more
  • 14
    Family in Brussels, Chantal Akerman


    BirthplaceBrussels, Belgium

    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 for  ...more
  • 15
    Pelléas and Mélisande, The Treasure of the Humble

    AgeDec. at 86 (1862-1949)

    BirthplaceGhent, Belgium

    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 wrote  ...more
  • 16
    The molecular theory of solutions, Étude thermodynamique des phénomènes irréversibles

    AgeDec. at 86 (1917-2003)

    BirthplaceMoscow, Russia

    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
  • 17
    Oscar and the Lady in Pink, La secte des Egoïstes


    BirthplaceLyon, Europe, Metropolitan France, France, Rhône-Alpes

    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 the  ...more
  • 18
    Structural anthropology, The Raw and the Cooked

    AgeDec. at 100 (1908-2009)

    BirthplaceBrussels, Belgium

    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 theory of  ...more
  • 19

    Robert Goffin

    Le Roi Des Belges A-t-il Trahi?, Le fusillé de Dunkerque

    AgeDec. at 86 (1898-1984)

    BirthplaceOhain, Belgium

    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.  ...more
  • 20
    A guide to the history of science, Hellenistic science and culture in the last three centuries B.C

    AgeDec. at 71 (1884-1956)

    BirthplaceGhent, Belgium

    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 a  ...more
  • 21
    The Character of Rain, The Stranger Next Door


    BirthplaceEtterbeek, Belgium

    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 author, since  ...more
  • 22
    Les villes du Moyen Age, Las Ciudades de La Edad Media

    AgeDec. at 72 (1862-1935)

    BirthplaceVerviers, Belgium

    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
  • 23
    Fox, tome 2


    BirthplaceNinove, Belgium

    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 books in the 1980s.   ...more
  • 24

    Carl Norac

    Nemo et le volcan, L'île aux câlins


    BirthplaceMons, Belgium

    Carl Norac (born 29 June 1960) is a Walloon Belgian author of children's books and poetry.  ...more
  • 25

    Hendrik Conscience

    De Leeuw van Vlaanderen, The boys of the Sierras

    AgeDec. at 70 (1812-1883)

    BirthplaceAntwerp, Belgium

    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