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Famous Authors from Poland

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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.

These authors, like Bolesław Leśmian and Marcin Świetlicki include images when available.

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

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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 Polanski 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 WWII-era sequence, The World, is a collection of twenty naive poems. He served as Polish ...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.