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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
Antonín Dvořák Bagatelles^! Opus 47, Sextet in A Major^! Op. 48, Violin Concerto in A Minor^! Op. 53 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
Václav Havel 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
Bohumil Hrabal 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
Josef Škvorecký 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
Jan Švankmajer 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
Peter Weiss 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
Milan Kundera 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
Tom Stoppard 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
John Amos Comenius 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
Jan Werich 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
Leoš Janáček 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
Karl Kautsky 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
Jaroslav Hašek 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 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
Karel Čapek 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
Peter Sís 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 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
Kvĕta Pacovská Midnight play, Plechy^! papír^! hry a řeči, Kveta Pacovsk¯ Postcard Pack 2 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
Ivan Klíma 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
Arnošt Lustig 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, 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 nude women, ...more

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Madeleine Albright is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Famous Authors from Czech Republic
Madeleine Albright Threats to Democracy, Madam Secretary, Prague Winter: A Personal Story of Remembrance and War^! 1937-1948 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
Jan Neruda 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
Edvard Beneš 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

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Jan Kaplický is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list Famous Authors from Czech Republic
Jan Kaplický Confessions, Looking back in envy, Czech inspiration Jan Kaplický was a world-renowned Neofuturistic Czech architect who spent a significant part of his life in the United Kingdom. He was the leading architect behind the innovative design ...more

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Pavel Kohout is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list Famous Authors from Czech Republic
Pavel Kohout Weißbuch in Sachen Adam Juracek, Disorientations, The widow killer Pavel Kohout is a Czech and Austrian novelist, playwright, and poet. He was a member of the Communist Party of Czechoslovakia, a Prague Spring exponent and dissident in the 1970s until he was ...more

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Zdeněk Svěrák is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list Famous Authors from Czech Republic
Zdeněk Svěrák Cimrman in the Music Domain, Jára da Cimrman Zdeněk Svěrák is a Czech actor, humorist and scriptwriter. He is one of the most popular Czech cultural personalities. In 1989, he was a member of the jury at the 39th Berlin ...more

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Josef Lada is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list Famous Authors from Czech Republic
Josef Lada Bubáci a hastrmani, Ladovy pohádky, Kukadla Josef Lada was a Czech painter and writer. He is best known as the illustrator of Jaroslav Hašek's World War One novel The Good Soldier Švejk. He produced nearly 600 cartoons of the Švejk ...more

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Miroslav Holub is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list Famous Authors from Czech Republic
Miroslav Holub Sagitální řez, Shedding life, Immunology of nude mice Miroslav Holub was a Czech poet and immunologist. Miroslav Holub's work was heavily influenced by his experiences as an Immunologist, writing many poems using his scientific knowledge to poetic ...more

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Władysław Młynek is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list Famous Authors from Czech Republic
Władysław Młynek Władysław Młynek was a Polish teacher, writer and poet from Zaolzie region of Cieszyn Silesia. He attended Polish elementary school in Gródek and later a Polish Gymnasium in Český ...more

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Wilhelm Przeczek is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list Famous Authors from Czech Republic
Wilhelm Przeczek Wilhelm Przeczek was a Polish teacher, poet, writer, and activist from Zaolzie region of Cieszyn Silesia. He is considered one of the most important Polish writers of his generation from ...more

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Egon Erwin Kisch is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list Famous Authors from Czech Republic
Egon Erwin Kisch Asien gründlich verändert, Der Mädchenhirt, Entdeckungen in Mexiko Egon Erwin Kisch was an Austrian and Czechoslovak writer and journalist, who wrote in German. Nicknamed the "Racing Reporter", Kisch was noted for his development of literary reportage ...more

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Avital Ronell is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list Famous Authors from Czech Republic
Avital Ronell The ÜberReader, The telephone book, The Test Drive Avital Ronell is an American philosopher who contributes to the fields of continental philosophy, literary studies, psychoanalysis, feminist philosophy, political philosophy, and ethics. She is ...more

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Wiesław Adam Berger is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list Famous Authors from Czech Republic
Wiesław Adam Berger Wiesław Adam Berger was a Polish writer connected with the Zaolzie region of Cieszyn Silesia.

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Bolek Polívka is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list Famous Authors from Czech Republic
Bolek Polívka Boleslav Polívka is a Czech film and theatre actor, mime, playwright and screenwriter. Polívka played in more than 40 films.

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Petr Zelenka is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list Famous Authors from Czech Republic
Petr Zelenka Petr Zelenka is a Czech playwright and director of theatre and film. His films have been recognized at international festivals in Moscow and Rotterdam. In 2008, his film Karamazovi was the Czech ...more

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Miloš Macourek is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list Famous Authors from Czech Republic
Miloš Macourek Muriel a oranžová smrt Miloš Macourek was a Czech poet, playwright, author and screenwriter.

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Ludmila Zeman is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list Famous Authors from Czech Republic
Ludmila Zeman The revenge of Ishtar Ludmila Zeman is a Czech-Canadian artist, animator, and children's book author/illustrator. She is the daughter of filmmaker Karel Zeman. Born in Czechoslovakia, she graduated from the college ...more

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Karel Kryl is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list Famous Authors from Czech Republic
Karel Kryl Z mého plíživota Karel Kryl was an iconic Moravian singer-songwriter and performer of many protest songs in which he identified and attacked the stupidity and inhumanity of the Communist and later also ...more

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Arthur Mahler is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list Famous Authors from Czech Republic
Arthur Mahler Paintings of the Louvre, Italian and Spanish Arthur Mahler was a Czech-Austrian archeologist. He was a cousin of composer Gustav Mahler. After completing his studies at the gymnasium in Prague, he studied the history of art and archeology ...more

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Karel Hynek Mácha is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list Famous Authors from Czech Republic
Karel Hynek Mácha Máj, May, Cikáni Karel Hynek Mácha was a Czech romantic poet.

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Karel Jaromír Erben is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list Famous Authors from Czech Republic
Karel Jaromír Erben Kytice, Večer, Tulák Karel Jaromír Erben was a Czech historian, poet and writer of the mid-19th century, best known for his collection Kytice, which contains poems based on traditional and folkloric themes. ...more

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Michal Viewegh is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list Famous Authors from Czech Republic
Michal Viewegh The Case of Unfaithful Klara, Výchova dívek v Čechách, Zapisovatelé otcovský lásky Michal Viewegh is one of the most popular contemporary Czech writers and the bestselling one. He writes about romantic relationships of his contemporaries with humour, variously successful irony ...more

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Karel Havlíček Borovský is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list Famous Authors from Czech Republic
Karel Havlíček Borovský Epištoly kutnohorské, Epigramy, Duch Národních novin Karel Havlíček Borovský was a Czech writer, poet, critic, politician, journalist, and publisher. He lived and studied at the Gymnasium in Německý Brod, and his house on the ...more

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Alois Musil is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list Famous Authors from Czech Republic
Alois Musil The northern Heǧâz, The manners and customs of the Rwala Bedouins, Palmyrena Alois Musil was a Czech theologist, orientalist, explorer and writer. Musil was the oldest son born into the family of a poor farmer. He was a second cousin of Robert Musil, a famous writer. In ...more

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Michael Kunze is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list Famous Authors from Czech Republic
Michael Kunze Dance of the Vampires, Elisabeth, Rebecca Michael Kunze is a German musical theater lyricist and librettist. He is best known for the hit musicals Elisabeth, Dance of the Vampires, Mozart!, Marie Antoinette, and Rebecca. He has also ...more

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Bernd Schröder is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list Famous Authors from Czech Republic
Bernd Schröder Springer Ingenieurtabellen, Rudernde Hunde Bernd Schröder is a screenwriter.

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Fritz Mauthner is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list Famous Authors from Czech Republic
Fritz Mauthner Aristotle Fritz Mauthner was an Austro-Hungarian novelist, theatre critic, satirist and exponent of philosophical skepticism derived from a critique of human knowledge.

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Vilém Flusser is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list Famous Authors from Czech Republic
Vilém Flusser Zeichen der Freiheit, The shape of things, Filosofia del Diseno Vilém Flusser was a Czech-born philosopher, writer and journalist. He lived for a long period in São Paulo and later in France, and his works are written in several languages. His ...more