Writers Famous Authors from Brazil

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

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Ana Maria Machado is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous Authors from Brazil
Ana Maria Machado El Yeca, El Tatu, Nina Bonita Ana Maria Machado is a Brazilian writer of children's books, one of the most significant alongside Lygia Bojunga Nunes and Ruth Rocha. She received the international Hans Christian Andersen ...more

Monteiro Lobato is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous Authors from Brazil
Monteiro Lobato O Presidente Negro, The Saci, Voyage to the Sky Monteiro Lobato is a novelist, writer, journalist, and publisher.

Jorge Amado is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous Authors from Brazil
Jorge Amado Tieta, The War of the Saints, The Two Deaths of Quincas Wateryell Jorge Leal Amado de Faria was a Brazilian writer of the modernist school. He was the best known of modern Brazilian writers, his work having been translated into some 49 languages and ...more

Paulo Coelho is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous Authors from Brazil
Paulo Coelho The Alchemist, The Fifth Mountain, The Pilgrimage Paulo Coelho, is a Brazilian lyricist and novelist. He is the recipient of numerous international awards, amongst them the Crystal Award by the World Economic Forum. The Alchemist, his most ...more

Paulo Freire is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous Authors from Brazil
Paulo Freire ?Qué es la concientización y cómo funciona?, Pedagogy of the Oppressed, Ideology Matters Paulo Reglus Neves Freire was a Brazilian educator and philosopher who was a leading advocate of critical pedagogy. He is best known for his influential work, Pedagogy of the Oppressed, which is ...more

Chico Buarque is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous Authors from Brazil
Chico Buarque Court-circuit, Turbulence, Budapest Francisco "Chico" Buarque de Hollanda, popularly known as Chico Buarque, is a singer, guitarist, composer, dramatist, writer and poet. He is best known for his music, which often ...more

Gilberto Freyre is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous Authors from Brazil
Gilberto Freyre Masters and the slaves, Nôvo mundo nos trópicos, Integração portuguesa nos trópicos Gilberto de Mello Freyre was a Brazilian sociologist, anthropologist, historian, writer, painter, journalist and congressman, born in Recife, Northeast Brazil. He is commonly associated with ...more

Clarice Lispector is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous Authors from Brazil
Clarice Lispector The Hour of the Star, The Passion According to G.H., La Manzana En La Oscuridad Clarice Lispector was a Brazilian writer who has been described as the most important Jewish writer since Franz Kafka. Acclaimed internationally for her innovative novels and short stories, she ...more

Vinicius de Moraes is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Famous Authors from Brazil
Vinicius de Moraes Girl from Ipanema, Libro de sonetos/ Book of Sonnets, Antologia Poetica Marcus Vinicius da Cruz e Mello Moraes, also known as Vinícius de Moraes and nicknamed O Poetinha, was born in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Son of Lydia Cruz de Moraes and Clodoaldo Pereira da ...more

Augusto Boal is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Famous Authors from Brazil
Augusto Boal Théâtre de l'opprimé, Theater of the oppressed, Arena conta Tiradentes Augusto Boal was a Brazilian theatre director, writer and politician. He was the founder of Theatre of the Oppressed, a theatrical form originally used in radical popular education movements. ...more

Autran Dourado is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Famous Authors from Brazil
Autran Dourado Uma Vida Em Segredo, Confissões de Narciso, imaginações pecaminosas Waldomiro Freitas Autran Dourado was a Brazilian novelist. Dourado was born in Patos de Minas, state of Minas Gerais. Going against current trends in Brazilian literature, Dourado's works ...more

Rubem Fonseca is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Famous Authors from Brazil
Rubem Fonseca A coleira do cão: contos, The Lost Manuscript, Vastas emoções e pensamentos imperfeitos Rubem Fonseca is a Brazilian writer. He was born in Juiz de Fora, in the state of Minas Gerais, but he has lived most of his life in Rio de Janeiro. In 1952, he started his career as a low-level ...more

Oscar Niemeyer is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Famous Authors from Brazil
Oscar Niemeyer The curves of time Oscar Ribeiro de Almeida Niemeyer Soares Filho, known as Oscar Niemeyer, was a Brazilian architect who is considered to be one of the key figures in the development of modern architecture. ...more

Lygia Bojunga Nunes is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Famous Authors from Brazil
Lygia Bojunga Nunes El Sofa Estampado, Los Companeros, A casa da madrinha Lygia Bojunga is a Brazilian writer of children's books under the name Lygia Bojunga Nunes. She is one of three people to win the two major international awards: for "lasting contribution ...more

Euclides da Cunha is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Famous Authors from Brazil
Euclides da Cunha À margem da história, Os Sertões, A marjem da historia Euclides da Cunha was a Brazilian journalist, sociologist and engineer. His most important work is Os Sertões, a non-fictional account of the military expeditions promoted by the ...more

Caio Fernando Abreu is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Famous Authors from Brazil
Caio Fernando Abreu Inventário do irremediável, Triângulo das águas, dragões não conhecem o paraíso Caio Fernando Loureiro de Abreu, best known as Caio Fernando Abreu is one of the most influential and original Brazilian writers of the 1970s and 1980s. Caio F., as he habitually signed his ...more

Hélio Oiticica is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Famous Authors from Brazil
Hélio Oiticica Hélio Oiticica Hélio Oiticica was a Brazilian visual artist, best known for his participation in the Neo-Concrete Movement, for his innovative use of color, and for what he later termed ...more

Julia Bacha is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Famous Authors from Brazil
Julia Bacha Julia Bacha is a Brazilian documentary filmmaker. She is a media strategist and award-winning filmmaker whose work has been exhibited at Sundance, Tribeca, Berlin, Jerusalem, and Dubai ...more

Osman Lins is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Famous Authors from Brazil
Osman Lins A ilha no espaço, Marinheiro de primeira viagem, Do ideal e da glória Osman Lins was a Brazilian novelist and short story writer. He is considered to be one of the leading innovators of Brazilian literature in the mid 20th century. He graduated from the University ...more

José de Alencar is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Famous Authors from Brazil
José de Alencar Alfarrábios, Iracema, The Guarani José Martiniano de Alencar was a Brazilian lawyer, politician, orator, novelist and dramatist. He is considered to be one of the most famous and influential Brazilian Romantic novelists ...more

Arnaldo Antunes is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Famous Authors from Brazil
Arnaldo Antunes Arnaldo Antunes, is a writer and composer from Brazil. He began as a member of the band Aguilar e Banda Performática in the late 1970s. For most of the 1980s he was a member of the rock ...more

Luis Fernando Verissimo is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Famous Authors from Brazil
Luis Fernando Verissimo Vogelsteins Verwirrung, Borges and the Eternal Orang-Utans, The Club of Angels Luís Fernando Veríssimo is a Brazilian writer. Verissimo is the son of Brazilian writer Erico Verissimo and lived with his father in the United States during his childhood. Best ...more

Jô Soares is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Famous Authors from Brazil
Jô Soares O Xangô de Baker Street, Twelve Fingers José Eugênio Soares, best known as Jô Soares is a Brazilian comedian, talk show host, author, theatrical producer, director, actor, painter and musician. Soares was born in ...more

Graciliano Ramos is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Famous Authors from Brazil
Graciliano Ramos Vidas Secas, Memórias do cárcere, Angústia Graciliano Ramos de Oliveira was a Brazilian post-modernist writer, politician and journalist. In most of his novels he depicts the precarious situation of the poor inhabitants of the Brazilian ...more

Nelson Rodrigues is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Famous Authors from Brazil
Nelson Rodrigues The wedding dress, The Asphalt Kiss, All nudity shall be punished Nelson Falcão Rodrigues was a Brazilian playwright, journalist and novelist. In 1943, he helped usher in a new era in Brazilian theater with his play Vestido de Noiva, considered ...more

Lygia Fagundes Telles is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list Famous Authors from Brazil
Lygia Fagundes Telles Seminário dos ratos, Mistérios, Dentro de Um Livro Lygia Fagundes Telles is a Brazilian novelist and short-story writer. She was born in São Paulo.

Joaquim Maria Machado de Assis is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list Famous Authors from Brazil
Joaquim Maria Machado de Assis Epitaph of a Small Winner, Dom Casmurro, The Posthumous Memoirs of Bras Cubas Joaquim Maria Machado de Assis, often known by his surnames as Machado de Assis, Machado, or Bruxo do Cosme Velho, was a Brazilian novelist, poet, playwright, short story writer, and advocate of ...more

Mário de Andrade is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list Famous Authors from Brazil
Mário de Andrade Macunaíma, Paulicéia Desvairada, Hallucinated city. Paulicea desvairada Mário Raul de Morais Andrade was a Brazilian poet, novelist, musicologist, art historian and critic, and photographer. One of the founders of Brazilian modernism, he virtually created ...more

Paulo Lins is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list Famous Authors from Brazil
Paulo Lins City of God Paulo Lins is a Brazilian author. Lins grew up in Rio de Janeiro and at the age of seven moved to the Cidade de Deus favela. He escaped the cycle of violence to become a successful writer. He ...more

Gabriel, o Pensador is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list Famous Authors from Brazil
Gabriel, o Pensador Diário Noturno, Um garoto chamado Rorbeto Gabriel Contino, better known as Gabriel o Pensador is a Brazilian rapper, writer, and composer known for his intellectual lyrics which talk of activism, and issues of race, politics, social ...more

Ernst Kahl is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list Famous Authors from Brazil
Ernst Kahl Rate- Mahl. Ein Brevier für Rätsel- und Gaumenfreunde Ernst Kahl is an actor.

João Ubaldo Ribeiro is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list Famous Authors from Brazil
João Ubaldo Ribeiro Das Lächeln der Eidechse, Ein Brasilianer in Berlin, Brasilien João Ubaldo Ribeiro was a Brazilian writer, journalist, screenwriter and professor. Several of his books and short tales have been turned into movies and TV series in Brazil. Ribeiro was ...more

Fritz Feigl is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list Famous Authors from Brazil
Fritz Feigl Spot tests in organic analysis, Spot tests, Qualitative analysis by spot tests Fritz Feigl was an Austria-born chemist. He taught at the University of Brazil.

Orlando Villas Bôas is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list Famous Authors from Brazil
Orlando Villas Bôas Xingu; the Indians, their myths Orlando Villas Bôas was a 1972 Guggenheim Fellow in Social Sciences.

Jorge Mautner is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list Famous Authors from Brazil
Jorge Mautner Jorge Mautner is a Brazilian writer and singer. He is the creator of the Moviment of Kaos.

Alberto Santos-Dumont is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list Famous Authors from Brazil
Alberto Santos-Dumont My air-ships Alberto Santos-Dumont was a Brazilian aviation pioneer. The heir of a wealthy family of coffee producers, Santos Dumont dedicated himself to aeronautical study and experimentation in Paris, ...more

Carlos Ghosn is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list Famous Authors from Brazil
Carlos Ghosn Shift Carlos Ghosn, KBE is a French-Lebanese-Brazilian businessman born in Porto Velho, Brazil, who is currently the Chairman and CEO of Paris-based Renault, Chairman and CEO of Japan-based Nissan, ...more

Adriane Galisteu is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list Famous Authors from Brazil
Adriane Galisteu Adriane: My Life With Ayrton Adriane Kelemen Galisteu Iódice is a Brazilian model, actress and TV host. She was born on April 18, 1973, in São Paulo, Brazil. She has appeared in the Brazilian edition of ...more

Licinio Azevedo is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list Famous Authors from Brazil
Licinio Azevedo The train of salt and sugar Licinio Azevedo is a film director and screenwriter.

João Guimarães Rosa is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list Famous Authors from Brazil
João Guimarães Rosa The Devil to Pay in the Backlands, Toutaméia, Urubuquaqua João Guimarães Rosa was a Brazilian novelist, considered by many to be one of the greatest Brazilian novelists born in the 20th century. His best-known work is the novel Grande ...more

Fernando Henrique Cardoso is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list Famous Authors from Brazil
Fernando Henrique Cardoso The Accidental President of Brazil: A Memoir, Dependency and development in Latin America, Globalisation and international relations Fernando Henrique Cardoso, also known by his initials FHC, was the 34th President of Brazil and served for two terms from 1 January 1995 to 1 January 2003. An accomplished sociologist, professor ...more

João Cabral de Melo Neto is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list Famous Authors from Brazil
João Cabral de Melo Neto A knife all blade João Cabral de Melo Neto was a Brazilian poet and diplomat under the aesthetics of modernism. He was awarded the 1990 Camões Prize, the greatest literary prize in the Portuguese ...more

Rubem Alves is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list Famous Authors from Brazil
Rubem Alves Da esperança, The poet, the warrior Rubem Azevedo Alves was a Brazilian theologian, philosopher, educator, writer and psychoanalyst. Alves was one of the founders of liberation theology.

Cecília Meireles is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list Famous Authors from Brazil
Cecília Meireles Mar Absoluto, Romanceiro da Inconfidência, Espectros Cecília Benevides de Carvalho Meireles was a Brazilian writer and educator, known principally as a poet. She is a canonical name of Brazilian Modernism, one of the great female poets in ...more

Plínio Marcos is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list Famous Authors from Brazil
Plínio Marcos Dois Perdidos numa Noite Suja Plinio Marcos was an actor and writer.

Oswaldo Frota-Pessoa is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list Famous Authors from Brazil
Oswaldo Frota-Pessoa On the number of the gene loci and the total mutation rate in man., The estimation of the size of isolates based on census data, Risks of manifestation of Huntington chorea. Oswaldo Frota-Pessoa was a noted Brazilian physician, biologist and geneticist. Oswaldo Frota-Pessoa was born in Rio de Janeiro, where he did all his studies, first in natural history at the ...more

Bernardo Carvalho is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list Famous Authors from Brazil
Bernardo Carvalho bêbados e os sonâmbulos, As iniciais, Nine Nights Bernardo Carvalho is a Brazilian author and journalist. He was the editor of “Folhetim,” a collection of essays, and is a Paris and New York correspondent for Folha de São Paulo. His ...more

Vik Muniz is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list Famous Authors from Brazil
Vik Muniz Reflex, Seeing is believing Vik Muniz is a Brazilian artist and photographer. Initially a sculptor, Muniz grew interested with the photographic representations of his work, eventually focusing completely on photography. ...more

Drauzio Varella is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list Famous Authors from Brazil
Drauzio Varella Estação Carandiru Drauzio Varella, MD, is a Brazilian physician, educator, scientist and noted medical science popularizer in the press and TV, as well as best-selling author. In addition to medicine, Varella is ...more

Rachel de Queiroz is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list Famous Authors from Brazil
Rachel de Queiroz The three Marias Rachel de Queiroz was a Brazilian author and journalist.