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?"

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Max Heindel is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous Authors from Denmark
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
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
Anna, I, Anna
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
Leif Panduro is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Famous Authors from Denmark
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
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
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
Jeppe Of The Hill, Three comedies: The transformed peasant, The Arabian powder
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
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
Karen Blixen is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Famous Authors from Denmark
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's My favorite comedies in music, Smilet er den korteste afstand--, Borge's musical briefs
Victor Borge was a humorist, entertainer and world-class pianist affectionately known as the Clown Prince of Denmark and the Great Dane.He was a popular artist in his native Denmark until he - ...more
Dan Turèll is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Famous Authors from Denmark
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
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
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
William Heinesen is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Famous Authors from Denmark
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
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
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