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

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Anthony Quinn is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous Authors from Mexico
One Man Tango/Audio Cassettes, Ceramic Design Course: Principles, Practice Antonio Rodolfo Quinn Oaxaca, more commonly known as Anthony Quinn, was a Mexican American actor, as well as a painter and writer. He starred in numerous critically acclaimed and commercially ...more

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Luis Buñuel is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous Authors from Mexico
Là-bas, Three Screenplays, Tristana Luis Buñuel Portolés was a filmmaker who worked in Spain, Mexico and France. When Luis Buñuel died at age 83, his obituary in the New York Times called him "an ...more

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Edward James Olmos is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous Authors from Mexico
Americanos Edward James Olmos is an American actor and director. Among his most memorable roles are William Adama in the re-imagined Battlestar Galactica, Lt. Martin Castillo in Miami Vice, teacher Jaime ...more

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Carlos Monsiváis is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous Authors from Mexico
A ustedes les consta / You will Make Known, Nuevo Catecismo Para Indios Remisos, Entrada Libre / Free Entrance Carlos Monsiváis Aceves was a Mexican writer, critic, political activist, and journalist. He also wrote political opinion columns in leading newspapers and was considered to be an opinion ...more

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Cheech Marin is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous Authors from Mexico
NAME/CHEECH, Cheech and the spooky ghost bus, Chicano Visions Cheech Marin is an comedian, actor and screenwriter.

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Guillermo del Toro is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous Authors from Mexico
The Night Eternal, The Strain, The Fall Guillermo del Toro Gómez is a Mexican film director, screenwriter, producer, and novelist. In his filmmaking career, del Toro has alternated between Spanish-language dark fantasy pieces, ...more

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Alfonso Reyes is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous Authors from Mexico
La casa del grillo, Homero en Cuernavaca, Rubén Darío en México Alfonso Reyes Ochoa was a Mexican writer, philosopher and diplomat.

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Octavio Paz is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous Authors from Mexico
The Labyrinth of Solitude, In light of India, La estación violenta Octavio Paz Lozano was a Mexican poet-diplomat and writer. For his body of work, he was awarded the 1981 Miguel de Cervantes Prize, the 1982 Neustadt International Prize for Literature, and the ...more

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Thalía is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Famous Authors from Mexico
Growing Stronger, Thalía: ¡Radiante! Your Guide to a Fit and Fabulous Pregnancy, Thalía: ¡Belleza! Lessons in Lipgloss and Happiness Ariadna Thalia Sodi Miranda, known mononymously as Thalía, is a Mexican singer, published author, actress and entrepreneur, who has sung in various languages including Spanish, English, ...more

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José Emilio Pacheco is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Famous Authors from Mexico
La fábula del tiempo, Islas a la deriva, El reposo del fuego José Emilio Pacheco Berny audio was a Mexican poet, essayist, novelist and short story writer. He is regarded as one of the major Mexican poets of the second half of the 20th century. The ...more

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Alejandro Jodorowsky is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Famous Authors from Mexico
Los Evangelios Para Sanar, Psychomagic, El Tesoro De La Sombra/ The Treasure of the Shadow Alejandro Jodorowsky is a Chilean filmmaker, playwright, actor, author, musician, comics writer and spiritual guru. Best known for his avant-garde films, he has been "venerated by cult ...more

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Xavier Villaurrutia is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Famous Authors from Mexico
Crítica cinematográfica, El solterón, Textos y pretextos Xavier Villaurrutia y González was a Mexican poet and playwright whose most famous works are the short theatrical dramas called Autos profanos, compiled in the work Poesía y teatro ...more

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Emilio Carballido is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Famous Authors from Mexico
La Historia de Sputnik y David, Caja Vacia, Los Zapatos De Fierro Emilio Carballido was a Mexican writer who earned particular renown as a playwright. Carballido belonged to the group of writers known as the Generación de los 50, alongside such figures ...more

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Juan Rulfo is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Famous Authors from Mexico
Pedro Páramo, Juan Rulfo's Mexico, Donde quedo nuestra historia Juan Nepomuceno Carlos Pérez Rulfo Vizcaíno, best known as Juan Rulfo was a Mexican writer, screenwriter and photographer. He is one of Latin America's esteemed authors and earned ...more

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Mariano Azuela is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Famous Authors from Mexico
Mariano Azuela The Underdogs, Cien años de novela mexicana, Andrés Pérez Mariano Azuela González was a Mexican author and physician, best known for his fictional stories of the Mexican Revolution of 1910. He wrote novels, works for theatre and literary ...more

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Fernando Vallejo is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Famous Authors from Mexico
El desbarrancadero, Los Caminos a Roma, Los días azules Fernando Vallejo Rendón is a novelist, filmmaker and essayist, born in Colombia. He obtained Mexican nationality in 2007. Vallejo was born and raised in Medellín, though he left ...more

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Guillermo Arriaga is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Famous Authors from Mexico
The Night Buffalo, 21 grams, Amores perros Guillermo Arriaga Jordán is a Mexican author, screenwriter, director and producer. Self-defined as “a hunter who works as a writer,” he is best known for his BAFTA-nominated script for 21 ...more

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Sor Juana is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Famous Authors from Mexico
Los empeños de una casa =, Sonetos y villancicos, A woman of genius Sister Juana Inés de la Cruz, O.S.H., was a self-taught scholar and poet of the Baroque school, and Hieronymite nun of New Spain, known in her lifetime as "The Tenth Muse." ...more

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Rodolfo Usigli is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Famous Authors from Mexico
El gesticulador, México en el teatro, La función de despedida Rodolfo Usigli was a Mexican playwright. He was called the "playwright of the Mexican Revolution." Usigli born to an Italian father and a Polish mother in Mexico City. Usigli spent a ...more

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Ilan Stavans is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Famous Authors from Mexico
Latin American Posters, Bandido, The Hispanic condition Ilan Stavans is a Mexican-American, essayist, lexicographer, cultural commentator, translator, short-story author, publisher, TV personality, and teacher known for his insights into American, ...more

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Diego Rivera is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Famous Authors from Mexico
Diego Rivera's frescoes in the National Palace of Mexico City, Diego Rivera, mural studies Diego María de la Concepción Juan Nepomuceno Estanislao de la Rivera y Barrientos Acosta y Rodríguez, known as Diego Rivera was a prominent Mexican painter and the husband ...more

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Sylvanus Morley is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Famous Authors from Mexico
An Introduction to the Study of the Maya Hieroglyphs, chronology of Lope de Vega's Comedias, The correlation of Maya and Christian chronology Sylvanus Griswold Morley was an American archaeologist, epigrapher, and Mayanist scholar who made significant contributions toward the study of the pre-Columbian Maya civilization in the early ...more

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Rufino Tamayo is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Famous Authors from Mexico
Tamayo: 15 reproducciones, Textos de Rufino Tamayo, Drawings by Tamayo Rufino Tamayo was a Mexican painter of Zapotec heritage, born in Oaxaca de Juárez, Mexico. Tamayo was active in the mid-20th century in Mexico and New York, painting figurative ...more

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Cesar Millan is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Famous Authors from Mexico
Be the Pack Leader, Cesar's Way: The Natural, Everyday Guide to Understanding and Correcting Common Dog Problems Cesar Millan, is a Mexican American self-taught dog trainer. He is widely known for his television series Dog Whisperer with Cesar Millan, broadcast in more than eighty countries worldwide from ...more

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Laura Esquivel is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Famous Authors from Mexico
Like Water for Chocolate: A Novel in Monthly Installments with Recipes, Romances and Home Remedies, The law of love Laura Esquivel is a Mexican novelist, essayist, and screenwriter who has made noted contributions to Latin-American literature. Her first novel Como agua para chocolate became a bestseller in ...more

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Enrique Krauze is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list Famous Authors from Mexico
Mexico, Biography of Power: A History of Modern Mexico, 1810-1996 Enrique Krauze Kleinbort, widely known as Enrique Krauze, is a Mexican public intellectual, historian, essayist, critic, producer, and publisher. He has written numerous books about the Mexican ...more

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Chavela Vargas is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list Famous Authors from Mexico
Y si quieres saber de mi pasado Isabel Vargas Lizano, better known as Chavela Vargas, was a Costa Rican-born Mexican singer. She was especially known for her rendition of Mexican rancheras, but she is also recognized for her ...more

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Leonora Carrington is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list Famous Authors from Mexico
The Hearing Trumpet, Casa del Miedo, La. Memorias de Abajo Leonora Carrington OBE was a British-born Mexican artist, surrealist painter, and novelist. She lived most of her adult life in Mexico City, and was one of the last surviving participants in the ...more

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Paz Alicia Garciadiego is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list Famous Authors from Mexico
Profundo carmesi Paz Alicia Garciadiego is a Mexican screenwriter known for her scripts for her husband's movies.

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Jean Meyer is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list Famous Authors from Mexico
Jean Meyer La cristiada, Breve Historia De Nayarit, Historia de los cristianos en América Latina Doctor Jean Meyer Barth is a Mexican historian and author of French origin.

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Pam Muñoz Ryan is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list Famous Authors from Mexico
Becoming Naomi León, Riding freedom, Armadillos sleep in dugouts Pam Muñoz Ryan is a Mexican American writer. Muñoz Ryan was born in Bakersfield in the San Joaquin Valley of California on December 25, 1951. She began writing when she was ...more

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Elena Poniatowska is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list Famous Authors from Mexico
Mexican color, Nothing, nobody Elena Poniatowska audio is a French-born Mexican journalist and author, specializing in works on social and political issues focused on those considered to be disenfranchised especially women ...more

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Kat Von D is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list Famous Authors from Mexico
Go Big or Go Home, High Voltage Tattoo, The Tattoo Chronicles Kat Von D, best known as Kat Von D, is a Mexican-born American tattoo artist, model, musician and television personality. She is best known for her work as a tattoo artist on the TLC reality ...more

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Jorge Ibargüengoitia is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list Famous Authors from Mexico
The Lightning of August, The dead girls, Atentado Jorge Ibargüengoitia Antillón was a Mexican novelist and playwright who achieved great popular success with his satires, three of which have appeared in English: Las Muertas, Dos ...more

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Ángeles Mastretta is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list Famous Authors from Mexico
El cielo de los leones, Arráncame la vida, El mundo iluminado Ángeles Mastretta is a Mexican author and journalist. She is well known for creating inspirational female characters and fictional pieces that reflect the social and political realities ...more

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Sergio Galindo is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list Famous Authors from Mexico
Sergio Galindo El Bordo, La Máquina Vacía, Terciopelo Violeta Sergio Galindo was a Mexican novelist and short-story writer. He was born in Jalapa in the state of Veracruz, a region of Mexico that figures prominently in much of his writing. His most widely ...more

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Fernando del Paso is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list Famous Authors from Mexico
Fernando del Paso José Trigo, Ensayo y obra periodística, Linda 67. Roman eines Mörders Fernando del Paso Morante audio is a Mexican novelist, essayist and poet. Del Paso was born in Mexico City and took two years in economics at the Universidad Nacional Autónoma de ...more

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José Revueltas is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list Famous Authors from Mexico
The youth movement and the alienation of society José Revueltas Sánchez was a Mexican writer, essayist, and political activist. He was part of an important artistic family that included his siblings Silvestre, Fermín and

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Antonio López de Santa Anna is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list Famous Authors from Mexico
The eagle Antonio de Padua María Severino López de Santa Anna y Pérez de Lebrón, often known as Santa Anna or López de Santa Anna and sometimes called "the Napoleon ...more

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Josefina Vicens is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list Famous Authors from Mexico
Josefina Vicens The false years, The empty book Josefina Vicens was a Mexican novelist, screenwriter and journalist. Although she only published two novels, she is regarded as a pillar of modern Mexican literature. El libro vacio was the ...more

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José Agustín is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list Famous Authors from Mexico
LA Panza Del Tepozteco, La Tumba / The Grave, Ciudades desiertas/ Deserted Cities José Agustín Ramírez Gómez is a Mexican novelist.

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Manuel Álvarez Bravo is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list Famous Authors from Mexico
El arte negro Manuel Álvarez Bravo was Mexico’s first principal artistic photographer and is the most important figure in 20th-century Latin American photography. He was born and raised in Mexico City. ...more

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Alberto Blanco is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list Famous Authors from Mexico
Alberto Blanco La Hora Y La Neblina, A Cage of Transparent Words, Angel's Kite Alberto Blanco is considered one of Mexico's most important poets. Born in Mexico City on February 18, 1951, he spent his childhood and adolescence in that city, and he studied chemistry at the ...more

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Vicente Fox is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list Famous Authors from Mexico
Revolution of hope Vicente Fox Quesada is a Mexican businessman who was President of Mexico from 1 December 2000, to 30 November 2006 under the National Action Party. He is also the Co-President of the Centrist ...more

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Luis Barragán is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list Famous Authors from Mexico
Barragán Luis Ramiro Barragán Morfín was a Mexican architect. He studied as an engineer in his home town, while undertaking the entirety of additional coursework to obtain the title of

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Jorge Volpi is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list Famous Authors from Mexico
A la recherche de Klingsor, El Juego Del Apocalipsis/ the Apocalypses Game, Das Klingsor- Paradox Jorge Volpi . is a Mexican novelist and essayist, best known for his novels such as En busca de Klingsor. Trained as a lawyer, he gained notice in the 1990s with his first publications and ...more

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Julieta Campos is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list Famous Authors from Mexico
Celina or the cats, The fear of losing Eurydice, She has reddish hair and her name is Sabina Julieta Campos was a Cuban-Mexican writer. Born in Havana, she moved to Mexico in the 1950s after marrying diplomat Enrique González Pedrero. Julieta Campos won the Premio Xavier ...more

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Samuel Siegfried Karl von Basc... is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list Famous Authors from Mexico
Recollections of Mexico Samuel Siegfried Karl Ritter von Basch was an Austrian-Jewish physician who was best known as the personal physician of the emperor Maximilian of Mexico and the inventor of blood pressure meter. ...more

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Frida Kahlo is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list Famous Authors from Mexico
Frida Kahlo Frida Kahlo de Rivera was a Mexican painter who is best known for her self-portraits. Kahlo's life began and ended in Mexico City, in her home known as the Blue House. Her work has been ...more

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David Alfaro Siqueiros is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list Famous Authors from Mexico
Siqueiros David Alfaro Siqueiros was a Mexican social realist painter, better known for his large murals in fresco. Along with Diego Rivera and José Clemente Orozco, he established "Mexican ...more