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Famous Authors from Mexico

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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.

List features Elvia Ardalani, Fernando del Paso and more.

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

For further information on these historic Mexican authors, click on their names. If you're a bookworm then use this list of celebrated Mexican authors to discover some new books that you will enjoy reading.
  • Anthony Quinn1

    Anthony Quinn

    One Man Tango/Audio Cassettes, Ceramic Design Course: Principles

    BirthplaceChihuahua, Mexico


    NationalityUnited States of America, Mexico

    Antonio Rodolfo Quinn Oaxaca (April 21, 1915 – June 3, 2001), known as Anthony Quinn, was a... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button

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  • Luis Buñuel2

    Luis Buñuel

    Là-bas, Three Screenplays

    BirthplaceCalanda, Spain, Spain


    NationalitySpain, Mexico

    Luis Buñuel Portolés (Spanish pronunciation: [ˈlwis βuˈɲwel poɾtoˈles]; 22 February 1900 – 29... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button

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    #13 of 139 The Greatest Auteurs in Film History#61 of 194 Celebrities Who Identify as Atheists

  • Edward James Olmos3

    BirthplaceLos Angeles, California, USA


    NationalityUnited States of America, Mexico

    Edward James Olmos (born February 24, 1947) is an American actor, director, producer, and... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button

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    #454 of 1,019 The Best Actors in Film History#181 of 302 The Greatest Actors Who Have Never Won an Oscar (for Acting)

  • Carlos Monsiváis4

    Carlos Monsiváis

    A ustedes les consta / You will Make Known, Nuevo Catecismo Para Indios Remisos

    BirthplaceMexico City, Mexico



    Carlos Monsiváis Aceves (May 4, 1938 – June 19, 2010) was a Mexican writer, critic, ... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
  • Cheech Marin5

    Cheech Marin

    NAME/CHEECH, Cheech and the spooky ghost bus

    BirthplaceLos Angeles, California, USA


    NationalityUnited States of America, Mexico

    Richard Anthony "Cheech" Marín (born July 13, 1946) is an American stand-up comedian, actor,... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button

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    The Best Cheech & Chong Movies#32 of 233 The Funniest Stand Up Comedians Of All Time

  • Guillermo del Toro6

    Guillermo del Toro

    The Night Eternal, The Strain

    BirthplaceGuadalajara, Mexico



    Guillermo del Toro Gómez (Spanish: [ɡiˈʝeɾmo ðel ˈtoɾo]; born October 9, 1964) is a Mexican... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button

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  • Alfonso Reyes7

    Alfonso Reyes

    La casa del grillo, Homero en Cuernavaca

    BirthplaceMonterrey, Mexico



    Alfonso Reyes Ochoa (17 May 1889 in Monterrey, Nuevo León – 27 December 1959 in Mexico City)... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
  • Octavio Paz8

    Octavio Paz

    The Labyrinth of Solitude, In light of India

    BirthplaceMexico City, Mexico



    Octavio Paz Lozano (March 31, 1914 – April 19, 1998) was a Mexican poet and diplomat. For his... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button

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    #254 of 1,172 The Best Writers of All Time#125 of 369 The Greatest Poets of All Time

  • Thalía9


    Growing Stronger, Thalía: ¡Radiante! Your Guide to a Fit and Fabulous Pregnancy

    BirthplaceMexico City, Mexico


    NationalityUnited States of America, Mexico

    Ariadna Thalía Sodi Miranda (Spanish pronunciation: [aˈɾjaðna taˈli.a ˈsoði miˈɾanda]; born 26... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
  • José Emilio Pacheco10

    José Emilio Pacheco

    La fábula del tiempo, Islas a la deriva

    BirthplaceMexico City, Mexico



    José Emilio Pacheco Berny audio (June 30, 1939 – January 26, 2014) was a Mexican poet,... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
  • Alejandro Jodorowsky11

    Alejandro Jodorowsky

    Los Evangelios Para Sanar, Psychomagic

    BirthplaceTocopilla, Chile


    NationalityChile, France, Mexico

    Alejandro Jodorowsky Prullansky (Spanish: [xoðoˈɾofski]; born 17 February 1929) is a... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button

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    #53 of 64 The Best Directors Never Nominated for Oscars#9 of 22 Celebs Who Owe Their Careers to Psychedelics

  • Xavier Villaurrutia12

    Xavier Villaurrutia

    Crítica cinematográfica, El solterón

    BirthplaceMexico City, Mexico



    Xavier Villaurrutia y González (27 March 1903 – 25 December 1950) was a Mexican poet and... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
  • Emilio Carballido13

    Emilio Carballido

    La Historia de Sputnik y David, Caja Vacia

    BirthplaceOrizaba, Veracruz, Mexico



    Emilio Carballido (Córdoba, Veracruz, 22 May 1925 – Xalapa, Veracruz, 11 February 2008) was a... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
  • Juan Rulfo14

    Juan Rulfo

    Pedro Páramo, Juan Rulfo's Mexico

    BirthplaceSayula, Jalisco, Mexico



    Juan Nepomuceno Carlos Pérez Rulfo Vizcaíno, best known as Juan Rulfo (Spanish: [ˈxwan ˈrulfo]... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
  • Mariano Azuela15

    Mariano Azuela

    The Underdogs, Cien años de novela mexicana

    BirthplaceLagos de Moreno, Jalisco, Mexico, Latin America, Americas



    Mariano Azuela González (January 1, 1873 – March 1, 1952) was a Mexican author and physician,... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
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    Fernando Vallejo

    El desbarrancadero, Los Caminos a Roma

    BirthplaceMedellín, Colombia


    NationalityColombia, Mexico

    Fernando Vallejo Rendón (born 1942 in Medellín, Colombia) is a Colombian-born novelist,... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
  • Guillermo Arriaga17

    Guillermo Arriaga

    The Night Buffalo, 21 grams

    BirthplaceMexico City, Mexico



    Guillermo Arriaga Jordán (Spanish pronunciation: [ɡiˈʎeɾmo aˈrjaɣa]; born 13 March 1958) is a... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
  • Sor Juana18

    Sor Juana

    Los empeños de una casa =, Sonetos y villancicos

    BirthplaceTepetlixpa, Mexico


    NationalitySpain, Mexico

    Sor Juana Inés de la Cruz, O.S.H. (English: Sister Joan Agnes of the Cross; 12 November 1648 –... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
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    Rodolfo Usigli

    El gesticulador, México en el teatro

    BirthplaceMexico City, Mexico



    Rodolfo Usigli (November 17, 1905 – June 18, 1979) was a Mexican playwright. He was called the... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
  • Ilan Stavans20

    Ilan Stavans

    Latin American Posters, Bandido

    BirthplaceMexico City, Mexico


    NationalityUnited States of America, Mexico

    Ilan Stavans (born Ilan Stavchansky on April 7, 1961) is a Mexican-American essayist,... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
  • Diego Rivera21

    Diego Rivera

    Diego Rivera's frescoes in the National Palace of Mexico City, Diego Rivera

    BirthplaceGuanajuato, Mexico



    Diego María de la Concepción Juan Nepomuceno Estanislao de la Rivera y Barrientos Acosta y... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button

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  • Sylvanus Morley22

    Sylvanus Morley

    An Introduction to the Study of the Maya Hieroglyphs, chronology of Lope de Vega's Comedias

    BirthplaceChester, Pennsylvania


    NationalityUnited States of America, Mexico

    Sylvanus Griswold Morley (June 7, 1883 – September 2, 1948) was an American archaeologist,... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
  • Rufino Tamayo23

    Rufino Tamayo

    Tamayo: 15 reproducciones, Textos de Rufino Tamayo

    BirthplaceOaxaca, Oaxaca, Mexico, Latin America, Americas



    Rufino del Carmen Arellanes Tamayo (August 25, 1899 – June 24, 1991) was a Mexican painter of... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
  • Cesar Millan24

    Cesar Millan

    Be the Pack Leader, Cesar's Way: The Natural

    BirthplaceCuliacán, Mexico


    NationalityUnited States of America, Mexico

    César Felipe Millán Favela (; Spanish: [ˈsesaɾ miˈʝan]; born August 27, 1969) is a... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button

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    #394 of 439 Famous Men You'd Want to Have a Beer With#7 of 17 Inspirational Stories of Humans Who Advocate for Dogs

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    Laura Esquivel

    Like Water for Chocolate: A Novel in Monthly Installments with Recipes, Romances and Home Remedies

    BirthplaceMexico City, Mexico



    Laura Esquivel (born September 30, 1950) is a Mexican novelist, screenwriter and a politician... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button