Writers Famous Authors from Denmark

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

List authors range from Thomasine Christine Gyllembourg-Ehrensvärd to Jakob Knudsen.

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

For further information on these historic Danish authors, click on their names. If you're a bookworm then use this list of celebrated Danish authors to discover some new books that you will enjoy reading.

Max Heindel is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous Authors from Denmark
Max Heindel H.P. Blavatsky and The Secret Doctrine, The message of the stars, The mystical Interpretation of Christmas Max Heindel, born Carl Louis von Grasshoff in Aarhus, Denmark on July 23, 1865, was a Danish-American Christian occultist, astrologer, and mystic. He died on January 6, 1919 at Oceanside, ...more

Hans Christian Andersen is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous Authors from Denmark
Hans Christian Andersen The Princess and the Pea, The Steadfast Tin Soldier, The Fir-Tree Hans Christian Andersen was a Danish author. Although a prolific writer of plays, travelogues, novels, and poems, Andersen is best remembered for his fairy tales. Andersen's popularity is not ...more

Klaus Rifbjerg is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous Authors from Denmark
Klaus Rifbjerg Anna^! I^! Anna, De beskedne, Billedet Klaus Rifbjerg was a Danish writer. He authored more than 170 novels, books and essays. In 1965 he co-produced the film 4x4 which was entered into the 4th Moscow International Film Festival.

Lars von Trier is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous Authors from Denmark
Lars von Trier Breaking the waves Lars von Trier is a Danish film director and screenwriter. He is closely associated with the Dogme 95 collective – an avant-garde filmmaking movement – although his own films have taken a ...more

Viggo Mortensen is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous Authors from Denmark
Viggo Mortensen Coincidence of Memory, SignLanguage, Mo Te Upoko-o-te-ika/for Wellington Viggo Peter Mortensen, Jr. is a Danish American actor, poet, musician, photographer and painter. He made his film debut in Peter Weir's 1985 thriller Witness, and subsequently appeared in many ...more

Jørgen Leth is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous Authors from Denmark
Jørgen Leth It happened near Ballerup, It's like Something in a Dream: Selected Stories about bicycle sport 1970-75, I play that I can do everything. A Children's Book Jørgen Leth is a Danish poet and film director who is considered a leading figure in experimental documentary film making. Most notable are his epic documentary A Sunday in Hell and his ...more

Douglas Sirk is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous Authors from Denmark
Douglas Sirk Sirk on Sirk Douglas Sirk was a German film director best known for his work in Hollywood melodramas in the 1950s.

Carl Theodor Dreyer is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous Authors from Denmark
Carl Theodor Dreyer Reflexiones Sobre Mi Oficio, Jesus fra Nazaret, Fire film Carl Theodor Dreyer, commonly known as Carl Th. Dreyer, was a Danish film director. He is regarded by many critics and filmmakers as one of the greatest directors in cinema. His best known films ...more

Johannes Vilhelm Jensen is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Famous Authors from Denmark
Johannes Vilhelm Jensen The Long Journey, The Waving Rye, Tilblivelsen Johannes Vilhelm Jensen was a Danish author, often considered the first great Danish writer of the 20th century. He was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1944. One of his sisters, Thit ...more

Georg Brandes is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Famous Authors from Denmark
Georg Brandes William Shakespeare, Ferdinand Lassalle, Recollections of My Childhood and Youth Georg Morris Cohen Brandes was a Danish critic and scholar who had great influence on Scandinavian and European literature from the 1870s through the turn of the 20th century. He is seen as the ...more

Abraham Pais is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Famous Authors from Denmark
Abraham Pais Lectures on dispersion relations, Niels Bohr's times, A tale of two continents Abraham Pais was a Dutch-born American physicist and science historian. Pais earned his Ph.D. from University of Utrecht just prior to a Nazi ban on Jewish participation in Dutch universities ...more

Bjarne Reuter is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Famous Authors from Denmark
Bjarne Reuter Das Zimthaus, Drengene fra Sankt Petri, Kaptajn Bimse & Kong Kylie Bjarne Reuter is a Danish writer and screenwriter, best known for children's and young adult books. Many of his works are set in the 1950s and 1960s, the time period of his childhood and ...more

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Leif Panduro is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Famous Authors from Denmark
Leif Panduro Fern fra Danmark, Ka' De li' østers?, Vi har kun et liv Leif Thormod Panduro was a Danish writer, a novelist, short story writer and dramatist. A dentist by profession, he began in his thirties to write stories about people who can't conform to ...more

Lars Saabye Christensen is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Famous Authors from Denmark
Lars Saabye Christensen The Half Brother, Kamelen i mitt hjerte, Saabyes cirkus Lars Saabye Christensen, born 21 September 1953 in Oslo, is a Norwegian author. Saabye Christensen was raised in the Skillebekk neighbourhood of Oslo, but lived for many years in Sortland in ...more

Per Kirkeby is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Famous Authors from Denmark
Per Kirkeby Schwitters, Kirkeby: Zeichnungen Des Bildhauers, Kunstraum Per Kirkeby is a Danish painter, poet, film maker and sculptor.

Ludvig Holberg is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Famous Authors from Denmark
Ludvig Holberg Jeppe Of The Hill, Three comedies: The transformed peasant^! The Arabian powder^! The healing spring, Erasmus Montanus Ludvig Holberg, Baron of Holberg was a writer, essayist, philosopher, historian and playwright born in Bergen, Norway, during the time of the Dano-Norwegian double monarchy, who spent most of ...more

Søren Kierkegaard is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Famous Authors from Denmark
Søren Kierkegaard The Book on Adler, The seducer's diary, The Laughter Is on My Side Søren Aabye Kierkegaard was a Danish philosopher, theologian, poet, social critic and religious author who is widely considered to be the first existentialist philosopher. He wrote ...more

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Karen Blixen is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Famous Authors from Denmark
Karen Blixen Out of Africa, Seven Gothic Tales, Winter's tales Baroness Karen von Blixen-Finecke, née Karen Christenze Dinesen, was a Danish author also known by her pen name Isak Dinesen. She also wrote under the pen names Tania Blixen, Osceola and ...more

Victor Borge is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Famous Authors from Denmark
Victor Borge Victor Borge's My favorite comedies in music, Smilet er den korteste afstand--, Borge's musical briefs Victor Borge (b. January 3, 1909, Copenhagen, Denmark d. December 23, 2000, Greenwich, Connecticut) was a humorist, entertainer and world-class pianist affectionately known as the Clown Prince ...more

Dan Turèll is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Famous Authors from Denmark
Dan Turèll Murder by the Circle, Murder in the Launderette and Other Crime Stories, Murder in March Dan Turèll, affectionately nicknamed "Onkel Danny", was a popular Danish writer with notable influence on Danish literature.

Anne Linnet is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Famous Authors from Denmark
Anne Linnet Testamentet, Hvor kommer drømmene fra?, Glimt Anne Linnet is a Danish singer, musician and composer. She has released a number of solo albums and has also been a member of several bands, such as Shit & Chanel, Anne Linnet Band, and ...more

Asger Jorn is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Famous Authors from Denmark
Asger Jorn Pour la forme, Jorn celui-qui, Værdi og økonomi Asger Oluf Jorn was a Danish painter, sculptor, ceramic artist, and author. He was a founding member of the avant-garde movement COBRA and the Situationist International. He was born in Vejrum, ...more

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William Heinesen is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Famous Authors from Denmark
William Heinesen The Good Hope, Grylen og andre noveller, The kingdom of the earth Andreas William Heinesen was a poet, novel writer, short story writer, children's book writer, composer and painter from the Faroe Islands.

Anders Bodelsen is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Famous Authors from Denmark
Anders Bodelsen Hjaelp, Byen uden ildebrande, Beskyttelsesrummet Anders Bodelsen is a prolific Danish writer primarily associated with the 1960 new-realism wave in Danish literature, along with Christian Kampmann and Henrik Stangerup. Bodelsen prefers the ...more

Villy Sørensen is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Famous Authors from Denmark
Villy Sørensen The Downfall of the Gods - Ragnarok, Uden mål - og med, Demokratiet og kunsten Villy Sørensen was a Danish short-story writer, philosopher and literary critic of the Modernist tradition. His fiction was heavily influenced by his philosophical ideas, and he has been ...more

Henrik Pontoppidan is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list Famous Authors from Denmark
Henrik Pontoppidan Enslevs Død, En vinterrejse: nogle dagbogsblade, The Church and its Men Henrik Pontoppidan was a Danish realist writer who shared with Karl Gjellerup the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1917 for "his authentic descriptions of present-day life in Denmark." ...more

Niels Henrik David Bohr is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list Famous Authors from Denmark
Niels Henrik David Bohr Atomic Theory and the Description of Nature, Atomic Physics And Human Knowledge, Biology and atomic physics Niels Henrik David Bohr was a Danish physicist who made foundational contributions to understanding atomic structure and quantum theory, for which he received the Nobel Prize in Physics in 1922. ...more

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Cecil Bødker is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list Famous Authors from Denmark
Cecil Bødker udvalgte, Silas og Ben-Godik, Far^! mor og børn Cecil Bødker is a Danish writer and poet, most famous for young-adult fiction books about the character "Silas". For her "lasting contribution to children's ...more

Benny Andersen is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list Famous Authors from Denmark
Benny Andersen Snøvsen hopper hjemmefra, hæse drage, lykkelig skilsmisse Benny Andersen, is a Danish song-writer, poet, author, composer and pianist. He is the most widely read, most often sung and best loved of modern Danish lyricists, often associated with his ...more

Henrik Stangerup is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list Famous Authors from Denmark
Henrik Stangerup The Road to Lagoa Santa, Mens tid var, At skrive eller dø Henrik Stangerup was an author, screenwriter, film director and actor.

Tove Ditlevsen is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list Famous Authors from Denmark
Tove Ditlevsen Det tidlige forår, Den hemmelige rude, Gift Tove Irma Margit Ditlevsen was a Danish poet and author. She was born in Copenhagen and grew up in the working-class neighbourhood of Vesterbro. Her childhood experiences were the focal points ...more

Peter Seeberg is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list Famous Authors from Denmark
Peter Seeberg Dinosaurusens sene eftermiddag, In Fourteen Days, Vingeslag - og andre noveller Peter Seeberg was a Danish modernist novelist and playwright, inspired by the French existentialists. He made his literary debut in 1956 with the novel Bipersonerne. Peter Seeberg graduated from ...more

The Best Cheeses of Denmark

Ole Lund Kirkegaard is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list Famous Authors from Denmark
Ole Lund Kirkegaard Frode og alle de andre rødder, Otto er et næsehorn, Frode Y Su Pandilla Ole Lund Kirkegaard was a Danish writer of children's literature and youth literature and a teacher. He mainly wrote about the interaction between adult and child. The main character in his ...more

Peter Schmeichel is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list Famous Authors from Denmark
Peter Schmeichel Schmeichel: The Autobiography, The Great Peter Peter Bolesław Schmeichel MBE is a Danish retired professional footballer who played as a goalkeeper, and was voted the "World's Best Goalkeeper" in 1992 and 1993. He is best ...more

Inger Christensen is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list Famous Authors from Denmark
Inger Christensen The Painted Room, Alphabet, Literary women on the screen Inger Christensen was a Danish poet, novelist, essayist and editor considered the foremost Danish poetic experimentalist of her generation.

Jussi Adler-Olsen is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list Famous Authors from Denmark
Jussi Adler-Olsen The Absent One, Journal 64, The Keeper of Lost Causes Carl Valdemar Jussi Henry Adler-Olsen is a Danish author, publisher, editor and entrepreneur. Jussi Adler-Olsen's career is characterised by his great involvement in a wide range of media ...more

Poul Henningsen is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list Famous Authors from Denmark
Poul Henningsen Hvad med Kulturen?, Springende Vers, Erotikkens Historie Poul Henningsen, Danish author, architect and critic, was one of the leading figures of the cultural life of Denmark between the World Wars. In Denmark, he is often referred to as PH.

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Aksel Sandemose is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list Famous Authors from Denmark
Aksel Sandemose Felicias bryllup, A fugitive crosses his tracks, Aksel Sandemose and Canada Aksel Sandemose was a novelist, born in Nykøbing, Mors Island, Denmark to a Danish father and a Norwegian mother. He is the grandfather of illustrator and children's writer Iben ...more

Knud Johan Victor Rasmussen is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list Famous Authors from Denmark
Knud Johan Victor Rasmussen The people of the Polar north, Eskimo folk-tales, Rasmussens Thulefahrt Knud Johan Victor Rasmussen was a Danish polar explorer and anthropologist. He has been called the "father of Eskimology" and was the first European to cross the Northwest Passage via ...more

Cecilie Frøkjær is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list Famous Authors from Denmark
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Ib Melchior is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list Famous Authors from Denmark
Ib Melchior The Haigerloch project, Order of Battle, The Tombstone Cipher Ib Jørgen Melchior was a novelist, short-story writer, film producer, film director, and screenwriter of low-budget American science fiction movies, most of them released by American ...more

Piet Hein is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list Famous Authors from Denmark
Piet Hein Man skal gaa paa jorden--aforismer, Johannes Buchholtz's Urolige Hjerte, 4 digte under Sydkorset Piet Hein was a Danish scientist, mathematician, inventor, designer, author, and poet, often writing under the Old Norse pseudonym "Kumbel" meaning "tombstone". His short ...more

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Ulf Pilgaard is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list Famous Authors from Denmark
Ulf Pilgaard Ulf Pilgaard is an actor.

Peter Høeg is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list Famous Authors from Denmark
Peter Høeg Miss Smilla's Feeling for Snow, Fortællinger om natten, Den stille pige Peter Høeg is a Danish writer of fiction.

Jørn Utzon is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list Famous Authors from Denmark
Jørn Utzon Tendenser i nutidens arkitektur, Platforms and Plateaus: Ideas of a Danish Architect, Additiv arkitektur Jørn Oberg Utzon, AC, Hon. FAIA was a Danish architect, most notable for designing the Sydney Opera House in Australia. When it was declared a World Heritage Site on 28 June 2007, Utzon ...more

Naja Marie Aidt is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list Famous Authors from Denmark
Naja Marie Aidt Bavian Naja Marie Aidt is a Danish language poet and writer. She was born in Aasiaat, Greenland, and was brought up partly in Greenland and partly in the Vesterbro area of Copenhagen. In 1991, she ...more

Kaj Munk is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list Famous Authors from Denmark
Kaj Munk Kardinalen og Kongen, En Idealist, Niels Ebbesen Kaj Harald Leininger Munk was a Danish playwright and Lutheran pastor, known for his cultural engagement and his martyrdom during the Occupation of Denmark of World War II. He is commemorated as ...more

Jacob Holdt is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list Famous Authors from Denmark
Jacob Holdt Amerikanske Billeder, Nye kirker i Esbjerg, Deutsche Börse photography prize 2008 Jacob Holdt is a Danish photographer, writer and lecturer. His mammoth work, American Pictures, gained international fame in 1977 for its effective photographic revelations about the hardships ...more

Camille Pissarro is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list Famous Authors from Denmark
Camille Pissarro Camille Pissarro was a Danish-French Impressionist and Neo-Impressionist painter born on the island of St Thomas. His importance resides in his contributions to both Impressionism and ...more

Søren Krarup is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list Famous Authors from Denmark
Søren Krarup Fædreland og Folkestyr, Præstens prædiken, Den danske dagligdag Søren Krarup is a Danish pastor, writer, politician and Member of Parliament for the Danish People's Party from 2001 until 2011. Krarup is a significant and influential critic from the ...more