Writers Famous Authors from Chile

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

Authors here include everything from Magdalena Petit to Marcela Serrano.

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

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Pablo Neruda is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous Authors from Chile
Elegia, Las manos del día, Colección Residencia en la tierra Pablo Neruda was the pen name and, later, legal name of the Chilean poet-diplomat and politician Neftali Ricardo Reyes Basoalto. He derived his pen name from the Czech poet Jan Neruda. He won ...more

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Gabriela Mistral is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous Authors from Chile
Lagar II, Selected prose and prose-poems, Páginas en prosa Gabriela Mistral was the pseudonym of Lucila Godoy Alcayaga, a Chilean poet-diplomat, educator and feminist. She was the first Latin American to receive the Nobel Prize in Literature, which she ...more

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José Donoso is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous Authors from Chile
The Obscene Bird of Night, Curfew, El Jardin De Al Lado José Donoso Yáñez was a Chilean writer. He lived most of his life in Chile, although he spent many years in self-imposed exile in Mexico, the United States and mainly Spain. ...more

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Miguel Serrano is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous Authors from Chile
El círculo hermético, La época más oscura, El/Ella; book of magic love Miguel Serrano was a Chilean diplomat, explorer, and author of poetry, books on spiritual questing and Esoteric Hitlerism. Serrano's anti-modernist neo-Gnostic philosophy claims to elucidate the ...more

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Raúl Ruiz is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous Authors from Chile
Conversaciones Con Raul Ruiz, Book Of Disappearances & The Book Of Tractations, The Raúl Ernesto Ruiz Pino was an experimental Chilean filmmaker, writer and teacher whose work is best known in France. He directed more than 100 films.

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Isabel Allende is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous Authors from Chile
Daughter of Fortune, Eva Luna, City of the Beasts Isabel Allende is a Chilean-American writer. Allende, whose works sometimes contain aspects of the "magic realist" tradition, is famous for novels such as The House of the Spirits and ...more

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Antonio Skármeta is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous Authors from Chile
Ardiente paciencia, La Velocidad Del Amor, El Baile De La Victoria Antonio Skármeta is a Chilean writer descending from Croatian immigrants from the Adriatic island of Brač, Dalmatia. He was awarded Chile's National Literature Prize in 2014.

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Ariel Dorfman is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous Authors from Chile
Death and the Maiden, How to Read Donald Duck, Susan Meiselas: In History Vladimiro Ariel Dorfman is an Argentine-Chilean novelist, playwright, essayist, academic, and human rights activist. A citizen of the United States since 2004, he has been a professor of ...more

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Alejandro Jodorowsky is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Famous Authors from Chile
Los Evangelios Para Sanar, Psychomagic, El Tesoro De La Sombra/ The Treasure of the Shadow Alejandro Jodorowsky is a Chilean filmmaker, playwright, actor, author, musician, comics writer and spiritual guru. Best known for his avant-garde films, he has been "venerated by cult ...more

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Roberto Bolaño is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Famous Authors from Chile
The Skating Rink, The Savage Detectives, Distant Star Roberto Bolaño Ávalos was a Chilean novelist, short-story writer, poet and essayist. In 1999, Bolaño won the Rómulo Gallegos Prize for his novel Los detectives ...more

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Roberto Matta is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Famous Authors from Chile
Matta in America Roberto Sebastián Antonio Matta Echaurren, better known as Roberto Matta, was one of Chile's best-known painters and a seminal figure in 20th century abstract expressionist and surrealist

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Vicente Huidobro is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Famous Authors from Chile
Breve Antologia Poesia Latinoamer Vang 1920-30, Mío Cid Campeador, Poética y estética creacionistas Vicente García-Huidobro Fernández was a Chilean poet born to an aristocratic family. He is known for promoting the Avant-garde literary movement in Chile, and the creator and ...more

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Víctor Jara is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Famous Authors from Chile
Víctor Lidio Jara Martínez was a Chilean teacher, theatre director, poet, singer-songwriter, and political activist. A distinguished theatre director, he developed Chilean theatre ...more

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Nicanor Parra is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Famous Authors from Chile
Poemas y antipoemas, Poesía soviética rusa, Nicanor Parra en breve Nicanor Segundo Parra Sandoval is a Chilean poet, mathematician, and physicist. He is considered an influential poet in Chile and throughout Latin America. Some rank him among the most important ...more

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Luis Sepúlveda is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Famous Authors from Chile
Story Of A Seagull And The Cat Who Taught Her To Fly, Tierra del Fuego, Wie man das Meer sehen kann Luis Sepúlveda is a Chilean writer, film director, journalist and political activist.

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Francisco Varela is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Famous Authors from Chile
El Arbol del Conocimiento, Ethical Know-How, Invitation aux sciences cognitives Francisco Javier Varela García was a Chilean biologist, philosopher, and neuroscientist who, together with his teacher Humberto Maturana, is best known for introducing the concept of ...more

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Jorge Edwards is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Famous Authors from Chile
Los Convidados De Piedra, El museo de cera, Persona Non Grata Jorge Edwards Valdés is a Chilean novelist, journalist and diplomat. He is currently the Chilean ambassador to France.

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Diamela Eltit is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Famous Authors from Chile
Diamela Eltit El Cuarto Mundo, Los Trabajadores de La Muerte, El infarto del alma Diamela Eltit is a writer and a Spanish professor from Chile. She currently holds a teaching appointment at New York University, where she teaches creative writing. Eltit received a bachelor's ...more

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Pedro Lemebel is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Famous Authors from Chile
Zanjón de la aguada, Tengo Miedo Torero, Loco afán : crónicas de sidario Pedro Segundo Mardones Lemebel was an openly gay Chilean essayist, chronicler, and novelist. He was known for his cutting critique of authoritarianism and for his humorous depiction of Chilean ...more

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Fernando Alegria is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Famous Authors from Chile
The Chilean Spring, Ten pastoral psalms, Literatura chilena del siglo XX Fernando Alegría was a Chilean poet, writer, literary critic and scholar.

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Gonzalo Rojas is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Famous Authors from Chile
From the Lightning, Las hermosas, El alumbrado y otros poemas Gonzalo Rojas Pizarro was a Chilean poet. His work is part of the continuing Latin American avant-garde literary tradition of the twentieth century. In 2003 he was awarded the Cervantes Prize.

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Patricio Manns is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Famous Authors from Chile
Los terremotos chilenos. Patricio Manns is a Chilean composer, author, poet, novelist, essayist, play writer and journalist.

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Pedro Sienna is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Famous Authors from Chile
Pedro Sienna was a Chilean playwright, poet, journalist, art critic and theatre and movie actor who is also remembered as one of his country's pioneering directors in the early years of silent ...more

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Alberto Fuguet is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Famous Authors from Chile
Las películas de mi vida, Mala onda, Tinta roja Alberto Fuguet de Goyeneche is a Chilean writer, journalist, film critic and film director who rose to critical prominence in the 1990s as part of the movement known as the New Chilean ...more

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Alejandro Sieveking is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Famous Authors from Chile
Alejandro Sieveking, is a Chilean playwright, theatre director and actor.

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Marcela Serrano is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list Famous Authors from Chile
Marcela Serrano El Albergue De Las Mujeres Tristes, Nosotras que nos queremos tanto, Antigua Vida MIA Marcela Serrano is an award-winning Chilean novelist. In 1994, her first novel won the Literary Prize in Santiago, and her second book won the Sor Juana Inés de la Cruz Prize for women ...more

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Francisco Coloane is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list Famous Authors from Chile
Francisco Coloane Tierra del Fuego, Cape Horn and other stories from the end of the world Francisco Coloane Cárdenas was a Chilean novelist and short fiction writer whose works have been translated into many languages. Some of his books were adapted to theatre and film.

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José Toribio Medina is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list Famous Authors from Chile
José Toribio Medina Los Restos Indígenas de Pichilemu, Los aborígenes de Chile, List of Latin American imprints before 1800 José Toribio Medina Zavala was a Chilean bibliographer, prolific writer, and historian.

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Alejandro Zambra is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list Famous Authors from Chile
Bonsai Alejandro Andrés Zambra Infantas is a Chilean poet and novelist.

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María Luisa Bombal is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list Famous Authors from Chile
María Luisa Bombal New islands and other stories, House of mist ; and, The shrouded woman María Luisa Bombal Anthes was a Chilean author. Daughter of Martín Bombal Videla and Blanca Anthes Precht. Her work is now highly regarded, incorporating themes of eroticism, ...more

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Marcela Paz is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list Famous Authors from Chile
Marcela Paz was the pen name of Esther Huneeus Salas de Claro, a Chilean writer. She also used the pen names of Paula de la Sierra, Lukim Retse, P. Neka and Juanita Godoy. In 1947 Paz published ...more

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Soledad Fariña Vicuña is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list Famous Authors from Chile
Soledad Fariña Vicuña Soledad Fariña Vicuña is a Chilean poet. She studied Political and Administrative Sciences in University of Chile, Philosophy and Humanities in the University of Stockholm; ...more

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Matilde Urrutia is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list Famous Authors from Chile
Matilde Urrutia My life with Pablo Neruda Matilde Urrutia was the third wife of Chilean poet Pablo Neruda, from 1966 until his death in 1973. They met in Santiago in 1946, when she was working as a physical therapist in Chile. She was ...more

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Carmen Marai is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list Famous Authors from Chile
Carmen Marai is the nom de plume of Carmen María Bassa Rodríguez, a Chilean poet and novelist.

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Patricia Verdugo is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list Famous Authors from Chile
Patricia del Cármen Verdugo Aguirre was a Chilean journalist, writer and human rights activist. She focused much of her investigative reporting on the human rights abuses committed by the ...more

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Mauricio Redolés is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list Famous Authors from Chile
Mauricio Redolés Mauricio Redolés is a Chilean poet, singer-songwriter and musician. His literary and musical work is characterised by irony, satire, humour and use of colloquialisms.

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Alberto Blest Gana is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list Famous Authors from Chile
Martín Rivas Alberto Blest Gana was a Chilean novelist and diplomat, considered the father of Chilean novel. Blest Gana was of Irish and Basque descent.

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Gonzalo Lira is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list Famous Authors from Chile
Gonzalo Lira is an American novelist, filmmaker and economic blogger born in Burbank, California He is the son of Gonzalo Lira Valdés and María Isabel López Hess; he is a ...more

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Jorge González von Marées is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list Famous Authors from Chile
Jorge González von Marées El Jefe was a Chilean political figure and author. Born in Santiago of a German mother. He was ideologically influenced by Oswald Spengler. On April 5, ...more

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Cristian Hernandez Gonzalez is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list Famous Authors from Chile
Words in the Wind, Love, Heartache and Other Stories Cristián González Hernández was born in city of Coronel Bio Bio Region, the November 24, 1982. He is a writer and poet Chileno, with several works in various genres. For ...more

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Carlos Pezoa Véliz is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list Famous Authors from Chile
Carlos Pezoa Véliz was a poet, educator and journalist from Chile. His literary work remained largely unpublished until his death at the age of 28. He was posthumously recognized as a ...more

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Carlos Ruiz-Tagle is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list Famous Authors from Chile
Carlos Ruiz-Tagle was a Chilean writer.

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Manuel Rojas is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list Famous Authors from Chile
Hijo de ladrón Manuel Rojas Sepúlveda was a Chilean writer and journalist. Rojas was born in the city of Buenos Aires, Argentina, the son of Chilean parents. In 1899 his family returned to Santiago, but ...more

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Enrique Lafourcade is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list Famous Authors from Chile
Palomita Blanca Enrique Lafourcade Valdenegro is a Chilean writer, critic and journalist who was born in Santiago, Chile, on October 14, 1927.

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Andrés Velasco is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list Famous Authors from Chile
Andrés Velasco Brañes is an economist and professor. He served as the Finance Minister of Chile from March 2006 to March 2010, the whole of the first presidential period of

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Ricardo J. Caballero is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list Famous Authors from Chile
Ricardo J. Caballero How does uncertainty about the real exchange rate affect exports? Ricardo Jorge Caballero is a Chilean macroeconomist who holds the Ford International chair of economics at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He received his PhD from MIT in 1988, and he ...more

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Egon Wolff is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list Famous Authors from Chile
Egon Wolff Paper flowers Egon Wolff is a Chilean playwright and author. He was born in Santiago, Chile and was educated in Chile and the United States.

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Felipe Herrera is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list Famous Authors from Chile
Felipe Herrera European financing of Latin American development Felipe Herrera was a Chilean economist, lawyer, academic and political socialist. He served as the first president of the Inter-American Development Bank.

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Joaquín Edwards Bello is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list Famous Authors from Chile
Joaquín Edwards Bello Joaquín Edwards Bello was a Chilean writer and journalist of British descent.

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Paula Frías Allende is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list Famous Authors from Chile
Paula Frías Allende Paula Frías Allende was the daughter of Chilean-American author, Isabel Allende Llona. Her grandfather was a first cousin of Salvador Allende, President of Chile from 1970 to 1973.