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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.
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  • 1
    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

    BirthplaceAarhus, Denmark

    Birthdate1865-07-23

    NationalityDenmark, United States of America

    Max Heindel (born Carl Louis von Grasshoff, July 23, 1865 – January 6, 1919) was a... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button

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    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

    BirthplaceFunen, Denmark, Region of Southern Denmark, Eurasia, Kingdom of Denmark

    Birthdate1805

    NationalityDenmark

    Hans Christian Andersen (; Danish: [hæns kʁæstjæn ˈanɐsn̩] (listen); 2 April 1805 – 4 August... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button

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    Klaus Rifbjerg is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous Authors from Denmark

    BirthplaceCopenhagen, Denmark

    Birthdate1931-12-15

    NationalityDenmark

    Klaus Rifbjerg (15 December 1931 – 4 April 2015) was a Danish writer. He authored more than... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button
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    Lars von Trier is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous Authors from Denmark

    Lars von Trier

    Breaking the waves

    BirthplaceKongens Lyngby, Denmark

    Birthdate1956-04-30

    NationalityDenmark

    Lars von Trier (born Lars Trier; 30 April 1956) is a Danish film director and screenwriter... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button

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  • 5
    Viggo Mortensen is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous Authors from Denmark

    Viggo Mortensen

    Coincidence of Memory, SignLanguage

    BirthplaceManhattan, New York City, New York, United States of America

    Birthdate1958-10-20

    NationalityDenmark, United States of America

    Viggo Peter Mortensen Jr. (; Danish: [viːko ˈmɒːtn̩sn̩]; born October 20, 1958) is a... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button

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    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

    BirthplaceAarhus, Denmark

    Birthdate1937

    NationalityDenmark

    Jørgen Leth (born 14 June 1937) is a Danish poet and film director who is considered a leading... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button
  • 7
    Douglas Sirk is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous Authors from Denmark

    Douglas Sirk

    Sirk on Sirk

    BirthplaceEurope, Eurasia, Hamburg, West Germany, Germany

    Birthdate1897

    NationalityDenmark, Germany

    Douglas Sirk (born Hans Detlef Sierck; 26 April 1897 – 14 January 1987) was a German film... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button
  • 8
    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

    BirthplaceDenmark, Eurasia, Copenhagen

    Birthdate1889-02-03

    NationalityDenmark

    Carl Theodor Dreyer (Danish: [kʰaːˀl tˢeːotoɐ̯ ˈtʁaɪ̯ɐ]; 3 February 1889 – 20 March 1968),... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button
  • 9
    Johannes Vilhelm Jensen is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Famous Authors from Denmark

    Johannes Vilhelm Jensen

    The Long Journey, The Waving Rye

    BirthplaceDenmark, Farsø

    Birthdate1873-01-20

    NationalityDenmark

    Series WrittenThe Long Journey

    Johannes Vilhelm Jensen (commonly known as Johannes V. Jensen; 20 January 1873 – 25 November... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button
  • 10
    Georg Brandes is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Famous Authors from Denmark

    Georg Brandes

    William Shakespeare, Ferdinand Lassalle

    BirthplaceCopenhagen, Denmark

    Birthdate1842-02-04

    NationalityDenmark

    Georg Morris Cohen Brandes (4 February 1842 – 19 February 1927) was a Danish critic and... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button
  • 11
    Abraham Pais is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Famous Authors from Denmark

    Abraham Pais

    Lectures on dispersion relations, Niels Bohr's times

    BirthplaceAmsterdam, Netherlands

    Birthdate1918-05-19

    NationalityNetherlands, Denmark, United States of America

    Abraham Pais (; May 19, 1918 – July 28, 2000) was a Dutch-American physicist and science... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button
  • 12
    Bjarne Reuter is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Famous Authors from Denmark

    Bjarne Reuter

    Das Zimthaus, Drengene fra Sankt Petri

    BirthplaceBrønshøj, Denmark

    Birthdate1950-04-29

    NationalityDenmark

    Bjarne Reuter (born 29 April 1950) is a Danish writer and screenwriter, best known for... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button
  • 13
    Leif Panduro is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Famous Authors from Denmark

    Leif Panduro

    Fern fra Danmark, Ka' De li' østers?

    BirthplaceCopenhagen, Denmark, Frederiksberg

    Birthdate1923-04-18

    NationalityDenmark

    Leif Thormod Panduro (18 April 1923 – 16 January 1977) was a Danish writer, a novelist, short... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button
  • 14
    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

    BirthplaceOslo, Norway

    Birthdate1953-09-21

    NationalityDenmark, Norway

    Lars Saabye Christensen, (born 21 September 1953 in Oslo) is a Norwegian/Danish author. Saabye... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button
  • 15
    Per Kirkeby is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Famous Authors from Denmark

    Per Kirkeby

    Schwitters, Kirkeby: Zeichnungen Des Bildhauers

    BirthplaceCopenhagen, Denmark

    Birthdate1938-09-01

    NationalityDenmark

    Per Kirkeby (1 September 1938 – 9 May 2018) was a Danish painter, poet, film maker and... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button
  • 16
    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

    BirthplaceBergen, Norway

    Birthdate1684

    NationalityDenmark, Denmark–Norway, Norway

    Ludvig Holberg, Baron of Holberg (3 December 1684 – 28 January 1754) was a writer, essayist,... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button
  • 17
    Søren Kierkegaard is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Famous Authors from Denmark

    Søren Kierkegaard

    The Book on Adler, The seducer's diary

    BirthplaceCopenhagen, Denmark

    Birthdate1813-05-05

    NationalityDenmark

    Søren Aabye Kierkegaard ( SORR-ən KEER-kə-gard, also US: -⁠gor, Danish: [sɶːɐ̯n̩... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button
  • 18
    Karen Blixen is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Famous Authors from Denmark

    Karen Blixen

    Out of Africa, Seven Gothic Tales

    BirthplaceRungsted

    Birthdate1885-04-17

    NationalityDenmark

    Baroness Karen Christenze von Blixen-Finecke (born Dinesen; 17 April 1885 – 7 September 1962)... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button

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    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--

    BirthplaceCopenhagen, Denmark

    Birthdate1909-01-03

    NationalityDenmark, United States of America

    Børge Rosenbaum (3 January 1909 – 23 December 2000), known professionally as Victor Borge (... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button

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  • 20
    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

    BirthplaceDenmark, Eurasia, Copenhagen

    Birthdate1946

    NationalityDenmark

    Dan Turèll (March 19, 1946 – October 15, 1993), affectionately nicknamed "Onkel Danny" (Uncle... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button
  • 21
    Anne Linnet is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Famous Authors from Denmark

    Anne Linnet

    Testamentet, Hvor kommer drømmene fra?

    BirthplaceAarhus, Denmark

    Birthdate1953-07-30

    NationalityDenmark

    Anne Linnet (born 30 July 1953 in Århus, Denmark) is a Danish singer, musician composer، and... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button
  • 22
    Asger Jorn is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Famous Authors from Denmark

    Asger Jorn

    Pour la forme, Jorn celui-qui

    BirthplaceJutland, Denmark

    Birthdate1914

    NationalityDenmark

    Asger Oluf Jorn (3 March 1914 – 1 May 1973) was a Danish painter, sculptor, ceramic artist,... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button
  • 23
    William Heinesen is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Famous Authors from Denmark

    William Heinesen

    The Good Hope, Grylen og andre noveller

    BirthplaceTórshavn, Faroe Islands

    Birthdate1900

    NationalityDenmark

    Andreas William Heinesen (15 January 1900 – 12 March 1991) was a poet, novel writer, short... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button
  • 24
    Anders Bodelsen is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Famous Authors from Denmark

    Anders Bodelsen

    Hjaelp, Byen uden ildebrande

    BirthplaceDenmark, Capital Region of Denmark, Eurasia, Kingdom of Denmark, Frederiksberg

    Birthdate1937

    NationalityDenmark

    Anders Bodelsen (born 1937) is a prolific Danish writer primarily associated with the 1960... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button
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    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

    BirthplaceDenmark, Capital Region of Denmark, Eurasia, Kingdom of Denmark, Frederiksberg

    Birthdate1929

    NationalityDenmark

    Villy Sørensen (13 January 1929 – 16 December 2001) was a Danish short-story writer,... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button
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