Authors Famous Authors from Peru

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

List authors range from Carlos Thorne Boas to Jorge Eielson.

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Mario Vargas Llosa is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous Authors from Peru
The Feast of the Goat, Aunt Julia and the Scriptwriter, The Storyteller Jorge Mario Pedro Vargas Llosa, 1st Marquis of Vargas Llosa is a Peruvian writer, politician, journalist, essayist, college professor, and recipient of the 2010 Nobel Prize in Literature. Vargas ...more

Isabel Allende is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous Authors from Peru
Daughter of Fortune, Eva Luna, City of the Beasts Isabel Allende is a Chilean-American writer. Allende, whose works sometimes contain aspects of the "magic realist" tradition, is famous for novels such as The House of the Spirits and ...more

Fernando Fernan Gomez is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous Authors from Peru
El viaje a ninguna parte Fernando Fernán-Gómez was a Spanish actor, screenwriter, film director, theater director and member of the Royal Spanish Academy for seven years. He was born in Lima, Peru while ...more

César Vallejo is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous Authors from Peru
La situación social en Colombia, Trilce, Los Heraldos Negros César Abraham Vallejo Mendoza was a Peruvian poet, writer, playwright, and journalist. Although he published only three books of poetry during his lifetime, he is considered one of the ...more

Ricardo Palma is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous Authors from Peru
Ricardo Palma Armonias, Las mejores tradiciones peruanas, Cachivaches Manuel Ricardo Palma Soriano was a Peruvian author, scholar, librarian and politician. His magnum opus is the Tradiciones peruanas.

Antonio Cisneros is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous Authors from Peru
Antonio Cisneros Monólogo de la casta Susana, Propios como ajenos, Helicoptors in the Kingdom of Peru Antonio Cisneros Campoy is a 1978 Guggenheim Fellow in Creative Arts.

Manuel Scorza is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous Authors from Peru
Manuel Scorza La Tumba del Relampago, Poesia contemporánea del Peru, Garabombo Manuel Scorza was an important Peruvian novelist, poet, and political activist, exiled under the regime of Manuel Odría. He was born in Lima. He is best known for the series of five ...more

Gustavo Gutiérrez is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous Authors from Peru
Sharing the Word through the liturgical year, Reflexión sobre la teología de la liberación, Liberation and change Gustavo Gutiérrez Merino, O.P., is a Peruvian theologian and Dominican priest regarded as the founder of Liberation Theology. He holds the John Cardinal O'Hara Professorship of Theology ...more

Abraham Valdelomar is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Famous Authors from Peru
Valdelomar por él mismo, Our children of the sun, Verdolaga Pedro Abraham Valdelomar Pinto was a Peruvian narrator, poet, journalist, essayist and dramatist; he is considered the founder of the avant-garde in Peru, although more for his dandy-like public ...more

Nicomedes Santa Cruz is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Famous Authors from Peru
Cumanana, Décimas y poemas: antología, La décima en el Perú Nicomedes Santa Cruz Gamarra, known as Nicomedes Santa Cruz, was a black Peruvian musician who, from the 1950s onwards, helped to raise public awareness of Afro-Peruvian culture.

Jaime Bayly is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Famous Authors from Peru
Aquí no hay poesía, El Huracan Lleva Tu Nombre, Los últimos días de la prensa Jaime Bayly Letts is a Peruvian writer, journalist and television personality. He is the third of 10 children and is known as "el niño terrible". He has won the Emmy Award 3 ...more

Daniel Alarcón is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Famous Authors from Peru
Lost City Radio Daniel Alarcón is an American author who lives in San Francisco, California; he has been a Distinguished Visiting Writer at Mills College and a Visiting Writer at California College of ...more

Fernando Belaúnde Terry is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Famous Authors from Peru
Peru's own conquest Fernando Belaúnde Terry was President of Peru for two non-consecutive terms. Deposed by a military coup in 1968, he was re-elected in 1980 after eleven years of military rule. He was ...more

Álvaro Vargas Llosa is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Famous Authors from Peru
Guide to the Perfect Latin American Idiot, La Mestiza de Pizarro, El exilio indomable Álvaro Vargas Llosa is a Peruvian-Spanish writer and political commentator on international affairs with emphasis on Latin America. He is also the writer and presenter of a documentary ...more

Alfredo Bryce is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Famous Authors from Peru
A World for Julius, Tarzan's tonsillitis Alfredo Bryce Echenique is a Peruvian writer born in Lima. He has written numerous books and short stories.

Julio Ramón Ribeyro is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Famous Authors from Peru
Julio Ramón Ribeyro Marginal voices Julio Ramón Ribeyro Zúñiga was a Peruvian writer best known for his short stories. He was also successful in other genres: novel, essay, theater, diary and aphorism. In the ...more

Martín Chambi is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Famous Authors from Peru
Martín Chambi, photographs, 1920-1950 Martín Chambi Jiménez or Martín Chambi de Coaza, was a photographer, originally from southern Peru. He was one of the first major indigenous Latin American photographers. ...more

Manuel A. Odría is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Famous Authors from Peru
Message to the nation Manuel Arturo Odría Amoretti was the President of Peru from 1948 to 1956, essentially ruling as a military dictator. Manuel Odría was born in 1896 in Tarma, a city in the central ...more

Alonso Cueto is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Famous Authors from Peru
Alonso Cueto Caballero is a Peruvian novelist and playwright. His novel El tigre blanco, published in 1985, was awarded the Premio Wiracocha. He has published regularly and currently writes for ...more

José Watanabe is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Famous Authors from Peru
José Watanabe was a Peruvian poet who won a number of literary awards. Watanabe was born in Laredo, a large sugar cane farm in northern Peru. His father was a Japanese immigrant and his ...more

José María Arguedas is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Famous Authors from Peru
Señores e indios, Todas las Sangres, Deep Rivers José María Arguedas Altamirano was a Peruvian novelist, poet, and anthropologist. Arguedas was a mestizo of Spanish and Quechua descent who wrote novels, short stories, and poems ...more

Garcilaso de la Vega is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Famous Authors from Peru
Comentarios Reales de los Incas, The Incas Garcilaso de la Vega, born Gómez Suárez de Figueroa and known as El Inca or Inca Garcilaso de la Vega, was a chronicler and writer born in the Spanish Viceroyalty of Peru. Sailing ...more

Francisco García Calderón Rey is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Famous Authors from Peru
Francisco García Calderón Rey Latin American Francisco García Calderón Rey was a Peruvian writer. He was son of Francisco García Calderón. He was born into a wealthy and politically prominent family in ...more

José Santos Chocano is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Famous Authors from Peru
José Santos Chocano Spirit of the Andes José Santos Chocano Gastañodi was a Peruvian poet and political activist, whose work was widely praised across Europe and Latin America. Chocano interacted with major Spanish ...more

Hilda Gadea is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Famous Authors from Peru
Hilda Gadea Ernesto: a memoir of Che Guevara Hilda Gadea Acosta was a Peruvian economist, Communist leader, and author. She was Che Guevara's first wife. Gadea Acosta was the first female Secretary of the Economy of the Executive National ...more

Diego Valverde Villena is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list Famous Authors from Peru
Diego Valverde Villena, born on April 6, 1967, is a Spanish poet of Peruvian origin and Bolivian roots.

Jorge Eielson is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list Famous Authors from Peru
Jorge Eielson Jorge Eduardo Eielson was a Peruvian artist and writer. As an artist he is known for his quipus, a reinterpretation of an ancient Andean device, they are considered precursors of conceptual art. ...more

José Carlos Mariátegui is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list Famous Authors from Peru
José Carlos Mariátegui Seven interpretive essays on Peruvian reality José Carlos Mariátegui La Chira was a Peruvian journalist, political philosopher, and activist. A prolific writer before his early death at age 35, he is considered one of the most ...more

Manuel Gonzales Prada is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list Famous Authors from Peru
Manuel Gonzales Prada Free pages and other essays Jose Manuel de los Reyes González de Prada y Ulloa was a Peruvian politician and anarchist, literary critic and director of the National Library of Peru. He is well remembered as a social ...more

Omar Aramayo is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list Famous Authors from Peru
Omar Aramayo Jesús Omar Aramayo Cordero is a Peruvian poet and composer.

Martín Adán is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list Famous Authors from Peru
The cardboard house Martín Adán, pseudonym of Rafael de la Fuente Benavides, was a Peruvian poet whose body of work is notable for its hermeticism and metaphysical depth. From a very young age ...more

Ventura García Calderón is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list Famous Authors from Peru
Ventura García Calderón Explication de Montherlant Ventura García Calderón is a writer.

Sebastián Salazar Bondy is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list Famous Authors from Peru
Sebastián Salazar Bondy The suitcase Sebastián Salazar Bondy was a Peruvian playwright, essayist, poet, and journalist, and among the most important of Peruvian intellectuals.

A. Roberto Frisancho is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list Famous Authors from Peru
Human adaptation A. Roberto Frisancho is a biological anthropologist and the Arthur F. Thurnau Professor of Anthropology at the University of Michigan. He is the 2008 recipient of the Franz Boas Distinguished ...more

Eduardo González Viaña is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list Famous Authors from Peru
Eduardo González Viaña Dante's ballad, American dreams Eduardo González Viaña is a writer and professor of Spanish at Western Oregon University. González Viaña earned a doctorate in Spanish language literature from the ...more

Carlos Oquendo de Amat is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list Famous Authors from Peru
Carlos Oquendo de Amat was a Peruvian poet born in Moho, generally recognized by his only book of poetry 5 Meters of Poems, first published on 1927, which is an accordion book or pop-up book ...more

Santiago Roncagliolo is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list Famous Authors from Peru
Santiago Roncagliolo Santiago Rafael Roncagliolo Lohmann is a Peruvian writer, scriptwriter, translator and journalist.

Mariano Melgar is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list Famous Authors from Peru
Mariano Melgar was a Peruvian patriot, poet, artist, and warrior for the cause of independence from Spain. As a poet, Melgar became one of the most prominent romantic poets of Peru in the 19th ...more

Francisco Morales Bermúdez is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list Famous Authors from Peru
Substantial changes Francisco Morales Bermúdez Cerruti is a Peruvian general who came to power in Peru in 1975 after deposing his predecessor, General Juan Velasco. His grandfather and all his original ...more

Javier Heraud is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list Famous Authors from Peru
Javier Heraud Javier Heraud Pérez was a Peruvian poet and member of the Ejército de Liberación Nacional. In January 1963, a group led by the 21-year-old poet Javier Heraud and Alain Elias ...more

Juan Velasco Alvarado is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list Famous Authors from Peru
Speech by General de Division Juan Velasco Alvarado Juan Francisco Velasco Alvarado was a left-wing Peruvian General who ruled Peru from 1968 to 1975 under the title of "President of the Revolutionary Government".

Hernando de Soto is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list Famous Authors from Peru
Hernando de Soto The Mystery of Capital: Why Capitalism Triumphs in the West and Fails Everywhere Else, Realizing Property Rights Hernando de Soto Polar is a Peruvian economist known for his work on the informal economy and on the importance of business and property rights. He is the president of the Institute for Liberty ...more

José María Eguren is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list Famous Authors from Peru
José María Eguren José María Eguren Rodríguez was a Peruvian writer. Although principally known for his poetry, Eguren was also a journalist, painter, photographer and even an inventor. Very ...more

Carlos Yushimito is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list Famous Authors from Peru
Carlos Yushimito del Valle is a Peruvian writer of Japanese descent.

Marco Martos Carrera is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list Famous Authors from Peru
Marco Martos Carrera Marco Martos Carrera is a Peruvian poet and the President of the Academia Peruana de la Lengua. It's assumed from critics to be one of the most important persons of the Peruvian "60's ...more

Federico Barreto is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list Famous Authors from Peru
Federico Barreto Federico Barreto was a Peruvian poet and writer best known for his poetry collection El cantor del cautiverio.

Blanca Varela is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list Famous Authors from Peru
Blanca Leonor Varela Gonzáles was a Peruvian poet.

Clorinda Matto de Turner is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list Famous Authors from Peru
Clorinda Matto de Turner Torn from the nest Clorinda Matto de Turner was a Peruvian writer who lived during the early years of Latin American independence. Her own independence inspired women throughout the region as her writings sparked ...more

Washington Delgado is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list Famous Authors from Peru
Washington Delgado José Washington Delgado Tresierra was a Peruvian poet. He studied at the Pontificia Universidad Católica del Perú in Lima, later pursuing his studies in literature in Madrid

Alberto Valdivia Baselli is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list Famous Authors from Peru
Alberto Valdivia Baselli Alberto Augusto Valdivia Baselli is a Peruvian poet, essayist, literary scholar and specialist in Peruvian culture.