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

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Frédéric Chopin is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous Authors from Poland
Waltzes for Piano, Chopin Waltzes, The Greater Chopin Fryderyk Chopin is a film score composer.

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Isaac Deutscher is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous Authors from Poland
Isaac Deutscher The prophet unarmed, Marxism in our time, Marxism Isaac Deutscher was a Polish writer, journalist and political activist who moved to the United Kingdom at the outbreak of World War II. He is best known as a biographer of Leon Trotsky and ...more

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Roman Polański is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous Authors from Poland
Roman by Polanski, Polanski: Three Film Scripts, Depoimento Roman Polanski is a Polish and, since 1976, naturalized-French film director, producer, writer, and actor. Having made films in Poland, the United Kingdom, France and the United States, he is ...more

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Isaac Bashevis Singer is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous Authors from Poland
The séance, and other stories, Shadows on the Hudson Isaac Bashevis Singer was a Polish-born Jewish-American author. The Polish form of his birth name was Izaak Zynger and he used his mother's first name in an initial pseudonym, Izaak Baszewis, ...more

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Nâzım Hikmet is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous Authors from Poland
Rubailer, Things I Didn't Know I Loved, Selected poetry Nâzım Hikmet Ran, commonly known as Nâzım Hikmet was a Turkish poet, playwright, novelist, screenwriter, director and memoirist. He was acclaimed for the "lyrical flow of his ...more

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Grażyna Miller is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous Authors from Poland
Grażyna Miller was a Polish poet and translator who lived in Italy. She lived in Italy, where she wrote poems and translated publications from Polish into Italian. She was also a literary critic ...more

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Andrzej Wajda is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous Authors from Poland
Podwójne spojrzenie, Cinema and the Rest of the World, Man of Marble Andrzej Wajda is a Polish film and theatre director. Recipient of an honorary Oscar, he is possibly the most prominent member of the unofficial "Polish Film School". He is known ...more

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Stanisław Lem is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous Authors from Poland
Solaris, The Futurological Congress, Memoirs Found in a Bathtub Stanisław Lem was a Polish writer of science fiction, philosophy and satire. His books have been translated into 41 languages and have sold over 45 million copies. From the 1950s to 2000s he ...more

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Agnieszka Holland is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Famous Authors from Poland
Olivier, Olivier Agnieszka Holland is a Polish film and TV director as well as screenwriter. Best known for her political contributions to Polish cinema, Holland is one of Poland's most eminent filmmakers. She ...more

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Krzysztof Kieślowski is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Famous Authors from Poland
Kieślowski on Kieślowski Krzysztof Kieślowski was an influential Polish film director and screenwriter known internationally for The Decalogue, The Double Life of Véronique, and The Three Colors Trilogy. ...more

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Czesław Miłosz is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Famous Authors from Poland
The Captive Mind, To, On time travel Czesław Miłosz was a Polish poet, prose writer, translator and diplomat of Lithuanian origin. His World War II-era sequence, The World, is a collection of twenty naive poems. Following the war, ...more

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Pope John Paul II is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Famous Authors from Poland
Through the Year with Pope John Paul II, Evangelium Vitae, Prayers and Devotions Pope Saint John Paul II born Karol Józef Wojtyła was a Roman Catholic priest, bishop, and Cardinal who eventually rose to become Pope. He was elected by the second Papal conclave of 1978, ...more

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Jerzy Skolimowski is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Famous Authors from Poland
Jerzy Skolimowski is a Polish film director, screenwriter, dramatist and actor. A graduate of the prestigious National Film School in Łódź, Skolimowski has directed more than twenty films ...more

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Agnieszka Osiecka is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Famous Authors from Poland
Pantoflisko, Wada serca, Czarna wiewiórka Agnieszka Osiecka was a poet, writer, author of theatre and television screenplays, film director and journalist. She was a prominent Polish songwriter, having authored the lyrics to more than ...more

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Jerzy Stuhr is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Famous Authors from Poland
Tak sobie myślę..., Ucieczka do przodu!, Stuhrowie: Historie rodzinne Jerzy Oskar Stuhr is one of the most popular, influential and versatile Polish film and theatre actors. He also works as a screenwriter, film director and drama professor. He served as the ...more

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Bruno Schulz is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Famous Authors from Poland
The Street of Crocodiles, Sanatorium Under the Sign of the Hourglass, Correspondance et essais critiques Bruno Schulz was a Polish writer, fine artist, literary critic and art teacher born to Jewish parents. He is regarded as one of the great Polish-language prose stylists of the 20th century. In ...more

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Rosa Luxemburg is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Famous Authors from Poland
The Accumulation of Capital, Grève de masses, parti et syndicats Rosa Luxemburg was a Marxist theorist, philosopher, economist and revolutionary socialist of Polish-Jewish descent who became a naturalized German citizen. She was, successively, a member of the ...more

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Tadeusz Konwicki is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Famous Authors from Poland
A minor apocalypse, Bohini, un manoir en Lituanie Tadeusz Konwicki was a Polish writer and film director, a member of the Polish Language Council.

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Witold Gombrowicz is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Famous Authors from Poland
Pérégrinations argentines, Opérette, Three Plays Witold Marian Gombrowicz was a Polish writer. His works are characterised by deep psychological analysis, a certain sense of paradox and absurd, anti-nationalist flavor. In 1937 he published his ...more

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Władysław Sikorski is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Famous Authors from Poland
Modern warfare, O polską politykę państwową. Umowy i deklaracje z okresu pełnienia urzędu prezesa Rady Ministrów 18 XII 1922 – 26 V 1923, Polska i Francja w przeszłości i w dobie współczesnej Władysław Eugeniusz Sikorski was a Polish military and political leader. Prior to the First World War, he established and participated in several underground organizations that promoted the ...more

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Krzysztof Penderecki is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Famous Authors from Poland
Das verlorene Paradies, Labirynt czasu, Capriccio Krzysztof Eugeniusz Penderecki is a Polish composer and conductor. The Guardian has called him Poland's greatest living composer. Among his best known works are his Threnody to the Victims of ...more

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Oskar R. Lange is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Famous Authors from Poland
Teoria statystyki, Cybernetyka, Teoria reprodukcji i akumulacji Oskar Ryszard Lange was a Polish economist and diplomat. He was most known for advocating the use of market pricing tools in socialist systems and providing a model of market socialism.

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Arthur Rubinstein is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Famous Authors from Poland
My young years, My many years Arthur Rubinstein, KBE was a Polish American classical pianist. He received international acclaim for his performances of the music written by a variety of composers and many regard him as the ...more

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Maciej Stuhr is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Famous Authors from Poland
Smuteczek, czyli ostatni naiwni Maciej Stuhr is a Polish actor, comedian and impressionist, also a psychologist. He established the cabaret Po Żarcie. He is a son of a prominent Polish actor Jerzy Stuhr. Among others, he is ...more

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Leopold Infeld is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Famous Authors from Poland
The Evolution of Physics, Quest, fourth dimension and relativity .. Leopold Infeld was a Polish physicist who worked mainly in Poland and Canada. He was a Rockefeller fellow at Cambridge University and a member of the Polish Academy of Sciences.

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Juliusz Machulski is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list Famous Authors from Poland
Juliusz Machulski is a Polish film director and screenplay writer. Son of noted actor Jan Machulski, Juliusz became notable for his comedies ridiculing the life in communist-ruled Poland of the ...more

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Uri Orlev is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list Famous Authors from Poland
Run, Boy, Run Urine Orlev is an Israeli children's author and translator of Polish-Jewish origin. He received the international Hans Christian Andersen Award in 1996 for his "lasting contribution to ...more

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Jerzy Kosiński is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list Famous Authors from Poland
The Painted Bird, The future is ours, comrade Jerzy Kosiński, born Józef Lewinkopf, was an award-winning Polish-American novelist and two-time President of the American Chapter of P.E.N., who wrote primarily in English. Born in ...more

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Wisława Szymborska is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list Famous Authors from Poland
As Fund as Fillim, Quarterly Review of Literature, Vol. 23 Maria Wisława Anna Szymborska was a Polish poet, essayist, translator and recipient of the 1996 Nobel Prize in Literature. Born in Prowent, which has since become part of Kórnik, she ...more

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Zbigniew Herbert is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list Famous Authors from Poland
Selected Poems, Report from the Besieged City & Other Poems, The labyrinth on the sea Zbigniew Herbert was a Polish poet, essayist, drama writer and moralist. A member of the Polish resistance movement, Home Army, during World War II, he is one of the best known and the most ...more

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Henryk Sienkiewicz is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list Famous Authors from Poland
The Deluge, The Knights of the Cross, Quo Vadis Henryk Adam Aleksander Pius Sienkiewicz was a Polish journalist, Nobel Prize-winning novelist, and philanthropist. He is best remembered for his historical novels. Born into an impoverished ...more

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Jan Kott is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list Famous Authors from Poland
Postęp i głupstwo, Roar of the Canon, The eating of the gods Jan Kott was a Polish political activist, critic and theoretician of the theatre. A leading proponent of Stalinism in Poland after the Soviet takeover, Kott in 1957 renounced his Communist Party ...more

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Marcel Reich-Ranicki is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list Famous Authors from Poland
Über Ruhestörer, Nachprüfung, Der Fall Heine Marcel Reich-Ranicki was a Polish-born German literary critic and member of the literary group Gruppe 47. He was regarded as one of the most influential contemporary literary critics in the ...more

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Karol Piegza is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list Famous Authors from Poland
Karol Piegza was a Polish teacher, writer, folklorist, photographer, and painter from Zaolzie region of Cieszyn Silesia.

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Ernst Toller is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list Famous Authors from Poland
Hoppla, We're Alive!, Gesammelte Werke Ernst Toller was a German left-wing playwright, best known for his Expressionist plays. He served in 1919 for six days as President of the short-lived Bavarian Soviet Republic, and was ...more

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Jan Pieńkowski is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list Famous Authors from Poland
Jan Pieńkowski Christmas Kingdom, Toilet book, Legs the spider Jan Michał Pieńkowski is a Polish-born British author of children's books—as illustrator, as writer, and as designer of movable books. He has also designed for the theatre. For his contribution ...more

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Jacek Kaczmarski is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list Famous Authors from Poland
Ale źródło wciąż bije, A śpiewak także był sam, Krzyk Jacek Kaczmarski was a Polish singer, songwriter, poet and author. He was born to a painter Anna Trojanowska-Kaczmarska, who had Jewish background, and Janusz Kaczmarski, Polish artist. ...more

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Pola Negri is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list Famous Authors from Poland
Memoirs of a star Pola Negri was a Polish stage and film actress who achieved worldwide fame during the silent and golden eras of Hollywood and European film for her tragedienne and femme fatale roles. She was ...more

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Zygmunt Bauman is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list Famous Authors from Poland
La Ambivalencia De La Modernidad Y Otras Conversaciones/ Conversations with Zigmunt Bauman, Intimations of postmodernity, Liquid Fear Zygmunt Bauman is a Polish sociologist. He has resided in England since 1971 after being driven out of Poland by an anti-semitic campaign engineered by the Communist government. Professor ...more

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Peter Berling is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list Famous Authors from Poland
Das Blut der Könige. Roman, Le Secret des Templiers, El Obispo y Su Santo Peter Berling is a German actor and writer. He has worked on several occasions with director Werner Herzog, in his collaborations with actor Klaus Kinski. In several of his medieval novels ...more

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Vasyl Stefanyk is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list Famous Authors from Poland
Kaminnyi khrest, Synia knyzhechka, Moye Slovo Vasyl Semenovych Stefanyk was a classical Ukrainian prose writer and political activist. He was a member of the Austrian parliament 1908-1918. Vasyl Stefanyk was born on May 14, 1871 in the ...more

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I. L. Peretz is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list Famous Authors from Poland
I. L. Peretz Oyfzatsn un felyetonen, Gleichnisse, Gedanḳen un ideen Isaac Leib Peretz, best known as I. L. Peretz, was a Yiddish language author and playwright from Poland. Payson R. Stevens, Charles M. Levine, and Sol Steinmetz count him with Mendele Mokher ...more

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Andrzej Szczypiorski is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list Famous Authors from Poland
The Shadow Catcher, Noc, dzień i noc Andrzej Szczypiorski was a Polish novelist and politician; member of the Polish legislature, Solidarity activist interned during the military crackdown of 1981. He was a secret police agent in ...more

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Daniel Libeskind is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list Famous Authors from Poland
Art of Architecture Exhibitions / Presenting Architecture, The, City Without Plan Daniel Libeskind is a Polish-American architect, artist, professor and set designer of Polish Jewish descent. Libeskind founded Studio Daniel Libeskind in 1989 with his wife, Nina, and is its ...more

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Jerzy Andrzejewski is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list Famous Authors from Poland
Ashes and Diamonds, The appeal, Niby gaj i inne opowiadania Jerzy Andrzejewski was a prolific Polish author. His novels, Ashes and Diamonds, and Holy Week, have been made into film adaptations by the Oscar-winning Polish director Andrzej Wajda. Holy Week ...more

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Gustaw Morcinek is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list Famous Authors from Poland
Gustaw Morcinek was a Polish writer, educator and later member of Sejm from 1952 to 1957. He is considered one of the most important writers from Silesia.

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Janusz Korczak is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list Famous Authors from Poland
King Matt the First, King Matt the First, Kaytek the Wizard Janusz Korczak, the pen name of Henryk Goldszmit, was a Polish-Jewish educator, children's author, and pediatrician known as Pan Doktor or Stary Doktor. After spending many years working as ...more

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Oskar Halecki is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list Famous Authors from Poland
Oskar Halecki The centenary charter lectures in modern political history, 1945-1946, Liga Narodów Oskar Halecki was a Polish historian, social and Catholic activist.

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Bolesław Prus is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list Famous Authors from Poland
The New Woman, Pharaoh, The Doll Bolesław Prus, born Aleksander Głowacki, is a leading figure in the history of Polish literature and philosophy and a distinctive voice in world literature. As a 15-year-old he joined the Polish ...more

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Kazimierz Waliszewski is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list Famous Authors from Poland
Kazimierz Waliszewski Littérature russe, The story of a throne, Roman imperatrit͡s︡y Kazimierz Klemens Waliszewski was a Polish author of history, who studied in Warsaw and Paris, and wrote primarily about Russian history.