Writers Famous Authors from Czech Republic

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

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Antonín Dvořák is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous Authors from Czech Republic
Bagatelles, Opus 47, Sextet in A Major
Antonín Leopold Dvořák was a Czech composer. Following the nationalist example of Bedřich Smetana, Dvořák frequently employed aspects, specifically rhythms, of the folk ...more
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Václav Havel is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous Authors from Czech Republic
Letters to Olga, Politics and Conscience, Antikódy
Václav Havel was a Czech writer, philosopher, dissident, and statesman. From 1989 to 1992, he served as the first democratically elected president of Czechoslovakia in 41 years. He then ...more
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Bohumil Hrabal is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous Authors from Czech Republic
Pamietam jedynie dni słoneczne, Život bez smokingu, Little Town Where Time Stood Still
Bohumil Hrabal was a Czech writer, regarded by many Czechs as one of the best writers of the 20th century.
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Josef Škvorecký is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous Authors from Czech Republic
Smutek poručíka Borůvky, Spisy, Two murders in my double life
Josef Škvorecký, CM was a Czech-Canadian writer and publisher. He spent half of his life in Canada, publishing and supporting banned Czech literature during the communist era. ...more
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Jan Švankmajer is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous Authors from Czech Republic
Švankmajer's Faust
Jan Švankmajer is a Czech filmmaker and artist whose work spans several media. He is a self-labeled surrealist known for his animations and features, which have greatly influenced other artists ...more
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Peter Weiss is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous Authors from Czech Republic
The Aesthetics of Resistance, Marat/Sade, Two plays: Song of the Lusitanian bogey
Peter Weiss was a writer, painter, graphic artist and filmmaker.
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Milan Kundera is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous Authors from Czech Republic
The Book of Laughter and Forgetting, The Unbearable Lightness of Being, Life Is Elsewhere
Milan Kundera is the most recognized Czech-born living writer, and one of the world's best-known authors. He has lived in exile in France since 1975, having become a naturalised citizen in 1981. ...more
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Tom Stoppard is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous Authors from Czech Republic
Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead, The Real Inspector Hound, The Invention of Love
Sir Tom Stoppard OM CBE FRSL is a Czech-born British playwright, knighted in 1997. He has written prolifically for TV, radio, film and stage, finding prominence with plays such as Arcadia, The ...more
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John Amos Comenius is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Famous Authors from Czech Republic
The angel of peace, The Labyrinth of the World and the Paradise of the Heart, John Amos Comenius on education
John Amos Comenius was a Czech philosopher, pedagogue and theologist. He served as the last bishop of Unity of the Brethren and became a religious refugee and one of the earliest champions of ...more
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Jan Werich is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Famous Authors from Czech Republic
Pěst na oko, Vest pocket revue, Těžká Barbora
Jan Werich was a Czech actor, playwright and writer.
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Leoš Janáček is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Famous Authors from Czech Republic
Janacek's Uncollected Essays on Music, Letters and reminiscences, Hledal jsem proutkem pramenitou vodu
Leoš Janáček was a Czech composer, musical theorist, folklorist, publicist and teacher. He was inspired by Moravian and other Slavic folk music to create an original, modern musical ...more
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Karl Kautsky is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Famous Authors from Czech Republic
Foundations of Christianity, Vorläufer des neueren Sozialismus, The socialist republic
Karl Johann Kautsky was a Czech-Austrian philosopher, journalist, and Marxist theoretician. Kautsky was recognized as among the most authoritative promulgators of Orthodox Marxism after the ...more
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Jaroslav Hašek is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Famous Authors from Czech Republic
The Good Soldier Švejk, The Red Commissar, Veselé povídky
Jaroslav Hašek was a Czech writer, humorist, satirist, journalist, bohemian and anarchist. He is best known for his novel The Good Soldier Švejk, an unfinished collection of farcical incidents ...more
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Julius Fučík is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Famous Authors from Czech Republic
Julius Fučík was a Czechoslovak journalist, an active member of Communist Party of Czechoslovakia, and part of the forefront of the anti-Nazi resistance. He was imprisoned, tortured, and ...more
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Karel Čapek is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Famous Authors from Czech Republic
War with the Newts, Talks with T.G. Masaryk, R.U.R.
Karel Čapek was a Czech writer of the early 20th century. He had multiple roles throughout his career such as playwright, dramatist, essayist, publisher, literary reviewer, and art critic. ...more
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Peter Sís is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Famous Authors from Czech Republic
The train of states, Tibet, Ballerina!
Peter Sís is a Czech-born American illustrator and writer of children's books. As a cartoonist his editorial illustrations have appeared in Time, Newsweek, Esquire, and The Atlantic ...more
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Petr Bezruč is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Famous Authors from Czech Republic
Petr Bezruč was the pseudonym of Vladimír Vašek, a Czech poet and short story writer who was associated with the region of Austrian Silesia. Bezruč was born in Opava and died in Olomouc.
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Kvĕta Pacovská is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Famous Authors from Czech Republic
Midnight play, Plechy, papír
Kveta Pacovska is an award-winning illustrator.
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Ivan Klíma is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Famous Authors from Czech Republic
My golden trades, The ultimate intimacy, Jak přežít blahobyt
Ivan Klíma is a Czech novelist and playwright. He has received the Magnesia Litera Award and the Franz Kafka Prize, among other honors.
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Arnošt Lustig is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Famous Authors from Czech Republic
The Unloved: From the Diary of Perla S, Lovely Green Eyes, Fire on water
Arnošt Lustig was a renowned Czech Jewish author of novels, short stories, plays, and screenplays whose works have often involved the Holocaust.
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Miroslav Sasek is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Famous Authors from Czech Republic
Miroslav Sasek This is Paris, This is Rome, Londres
Miroslav Šašek was a Czech emigre author and illustrator, best known for a series of books for children titled This Is..., which he signed M. Sasek. Originally trained as an architect, he had ...more
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Egon Schiele is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Famous Authors from Czech Republic
Egon Schiele, Egon Schiele and the human form, Nudes
His first exhibit was at the 1909 Kunstschau in Vienna. From there on, he continued to show his work at exhibitions. Some of his well-known paintings illustrate his affinity toward women. He ...more
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Madeleine Albright is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Famous Authors from Czech Republic
Threats to Democracy, Madam Secretary, Prague Winter: A Personal Story of Remembrance and War
Madeleine Jana Korbel Albright is a Czechoslovakian-born American politician and diplomat. She is the first woman to have become the United States Secretary of State. She was nominated by U.S. ...more
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Jan Neruda is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Famous Authors from Czech Republic
Tales of the little Quarter, Romance štědrovečerní, Dílo
Jan Nepomuk Neruda was a Czech journalist, writer and poet, one of the most prominent representatives of Czech Realism and a member of "the May school".
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Edvard Beneš is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Famous Authors from Czech Republic
Discours aux Slovaques sur le présent et l'avenir de notre nation, Demokracie dnes a zítra, International security
Edvard Beneš was a leader of the Czechoslovak independence movement, Minister of Foreign Affairs and the second President of Czechoslovakia from 1935 to 1938 and again from 1940 to 1948. He was ...more