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 C... is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous Authors from Poland
Waltzes for Piano, Chopin Waltzes, The Greater Chopin

Birthplace: Żelazowa Wola, Poland

Birthdate: 1810-03-01

Nationality: Poland

Frédéric François Chopin (, also UK: , US: , French: [ʃɔpɛ̃], Polish: [ˈʂɔpɛn]; 1 March 1810 – 17 October 1849) was a Polish composer and virtuoso pianist of the Romantic ...more

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#180 of 2,175 The Greatest Musical Artists of All Time #141 of 2,828 The Most Influential People of All Time

Isaac Deutscher is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous Authors from Poland
Isaac Deutscher The prophet unarmed, Marxism in our time, Marxism

Birthplace: Chrzanów, Poland

Birthdate: 1907-04-03

Nationality: Poland, United Kingdom

Isaac Deutscher (3 April 1907 – 19 August 1967) was a Polish Marxist writer, journalist and political activist who moved to the United Kingdom before the outbreak of World War II. He is best ...more
Roman Polanski is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous Authors from Poland
Roman by Polanski, Polanski: Three Film Scripts, Depoimento

Birthplace: Paris, France

Birthdate: 1933-08-18

Nationality: France, Poland

Rajmund Roman Thierry Polański (born 18 August 1933) is a French-Polish film director, producer, writer, and actor. Since 1978, he has been a fugitive from the U.S. criminal justice system, ...more

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#21 of 777 The Greatest Directors In Movie History #305 of 313 Famous People Most Likely to Live to 100 #59 of 139 The Greatest Auteurs in Film History

Isaac Bashevis Singer is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous Authors from Poland
The séance, and other stories, Shadows on the Hudson

Birthplace: Leoncin, Poland

Birthdate: 1902-11-21

Nationality: Poland, United States of America

Isaac Bashevis Singer (Yiddish: יצחק באַשעװיס זינגער‎; November 21, 1902 – July 24, 1991) was a Polish-American writer in Yiddish, awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1978. The Polish form ...more
Nâzım Hikmet is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous Authors from Poland
Rubailer, Things I Didn't Know I Loved, Selected poetry

Birthplace: Thessaloniki, Greece

Birthdate: 1902-01-15

Nationality: Poland, Turkey

Nâzım Hikmet Ran (15 January 1902 – 3 June 1963), commonly known as Nâzım Hikmet (Turkish pronunciation: [ˈnaːzɯm ˈhikmet] (listen)) was a Turkish poet, playwright, novelist, ...more

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#464 of 2,828 The Most Influential People of All Time #348 of 373 The Greatest Poets of All Time

Grażyna Miller is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous Authors from Poland

Birthplace: Poland

Birthdate: 1957-01-29

Nationality: Poland

Grażyna Miller (29 January 1957 – 17 August 2009) was a Polish poet and translator who lived in Italy. She lived in Italy, where she wrote poems and translated publications from Polish into ...more
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

Birthplace: Suwałki, Poland

Birthdate: 1926-03-06

Nationality: Poland

Andrzej Witold Wajda (Polish: [ˈandʐɛj ˈvajda]; 6 March 1926 – 9 October 2016) was a Polish film and theatre director. Recipient of an Honorary Oscar, the Palme d'Or, as well as Honorary Golden ...more
Stanisław Lem is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous Authors from Poland
Solaris, The Futurological Congress, Memoirs Found in a Bathtub

Birthplace: Lviv, Ukraine

Birthdate: 1921-09-12

Nationality: Poland

Stanisław Herman Lem (Polish: [staˈɲiswaf ˈlɛm] (listen); 12 or 13 September 1921 – 27 March 2006) was a Polish writer of science fiction, philosophy, and satire, and a trained physician. Lem's ...more

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#460 of 1,176 The Best Writers of All Time #246 of 1,260 Every Person Who Has Been Immortalized in a Google Doodle

Agnieszka Holland is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Famous Authors from Poland
Olivier, Olivier

Birthplace: Second Polish Republic, Warsaw

Birthdate: 1948-11-28

Nationality: Poland

Agnieszka Holland (born 28 November 1948) is a Polish film and television director and screenwriter. Best known for her political contributions to Polish cinema, Holland is one of Poland's most ...more
Krzysztof Kieślowski is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Famous Authors from Poland
Kieślowski on Kieślowski

Birthplace: Warsaw, Poland

Birthdate: 1941-06-27

Nationality: Poland

Krzysztof Kieślowski (Polish pronunciation: [ˈkʂɨʂtɔf kʲɛɕˈlɔfskʲi] (listen); 27 June 1941 – 13 March 1996) was a Polish film director and screenwriter. He is known internationally for Dekalog ...more
Czesław Miłosz is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Famous Authors from Poland
The Captive Mind, To, On time travel

Birthplace: Šeteniai, Lithuania

Birthdate: 1911-06-30

Nationality: Poland, Lithuania

Czesław Miłosz (, also US: , Polish: [ˈtʂɛswaf ˈmiwɔʂ] (listen); 30 June 1911 – 14 August 2004) was a Polish-American poet, prose writer, translator, and diplomat. Regarded as one of the great ...more
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

Birthplace: Wadowice, Poland

Birthdate: 1920-05-18

Nationality: Poland, Vatican City, Second Polish Republic

Pope John Paul II (Latin: Ioannes Paulus II; Italian: Giovanni Paolo II; Polish: Jan Paweł II; born Karol Józef Wojtyła [ˈkarɔl ˈjuzɛv vɔjˈtɨwa]; 18 May 1920 – 2 April 2005) was the Pope ...more

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#209 of 2,828 The Most Influential People of All Time #216 of 370 The Most Important Leaders In World Historylisted on Complete List of Popes

Jerzy Skolimowski is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Famous Authors from Poland

Birthplace: Łódź, Poland

Birthdate: 1938-05-05

Nationality: Poland

Jerzy Skolimowski (Polish: [jɛʐɨ skɔliˈmɔfskʲi], born 5 May 1938) is a Polish film director, screenwriter, dramatist and actor. A graduate of the prestigious National Film School in Łódź, ...more
Agnieszka Osiecka is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Famous Authors from Poland
Pantoflisko, Wada serca, Czarna wiewiórka

Birthplace: Second Polish Republic, Warsaw

Birthdate: 1936-10-09

Nationality: Poland

Agnieszka Osiecka (9 October 1936 – 7 March 1997) was a poet, writer, author of theatre and television screenplays, film director and journalist. She was a prominent Polish songwriter, having ...more
Jerzy Stuhr is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Famous Authors from Poland
Tak sobie myślę..., Ucieczka do przodu!, Stuhrowie: Historie rodzinne

Birthplace: Kraków, Poland

Birthdate: 1947-04-18

Nationality: Poland

Jerzy Oskar Stuhr (Polish pronunciation: [ˈjɛʐɨ ˈʂtur]; born 18 April 1947) is one of the most popular, influential and versatile Polish film and theatre actors. He also works as a screenwriter, ...more
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

Birthplace: Drohobych, Ukraine

Birthdate: 1892-07-12

Nationality: Poland, Austria-Hungary

Bruno Schulz (July 12, 1892 – November 19, 1942) was a Polish Jewish writer, fine artist, literary critic and art teacher. He is regarded as one of the great Polish-language prose stylists of ...more
Rosa Luxemburg is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Famous Authors from Poland
The Accumulation of Capital, Grève de masses, parti et syndicats

Birthplace: Zamość, Second Polish Republic

Birthdate: 1871-03-05

Nationality: Poland, Germany

Rosa Luxemburg (German: [ˈʁoːza ˈlʊksəmbʊʁk] (listen); Polish: Róża Luksemburg; also Rozalia Luxenburg; 5 March 1871 – 15 January 1919) was a Polish Marxist theorist, philosopher, ...more

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#1,349 of 2,828 The Most Influential People of All Time #1,049 of 1,471 The Greatest Minds of All Time

Tadeusz Konwicki is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Famous Authors from Poland
A minor apocalypse, Bohini, un manoir en Lituanie

Birthplace: Naujoji Vilnia

Birthdate: 1926-06-22

Nationality: Poland

Tadeusz Konwicki (22 June 1926 – 7 January 2015) was a Polish writer and film director, as well as a member of the Polish Language Council.
Władysław Sikorski is listed (or ranked) 19 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

Birthplace: Tuszów Narodowy, Poland

Birthdate: 1881-05-20

Nationality: Poland, Austria-Hungary

Władysław Eugeniusz Sikorski (Polish pronunciation: [vwaˈdɨswaf ɕiˈkɔrskʲi] (listen); 20 May 1881 – 4 July 1943) was a Polish military and political leader. Prior to the First World War, ...more
Krzysztof Penderecki is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Famous Authors from Poland
Das verlorene Paradies, Labirynt czasu, Capriccio

Birthplace: Dębica, Poland

Birthdate: 1933-11-23

Nationality: Poland

Krzysztof Eugeniusz Penderecki (Polish: [ˈkʂɨʂtɔf pɛndɛˈrɛt͡skʲi]; born 23 November 1933) is a Polish composer and conductor. The Guardian has called him Poland's greatest living composer. Among ...more
Oskar R. Lange is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Famous Authors from Poland
Teoria statystyki, Cybernetyka, Teoria reprodukcji i akumulacji

Birthplace: Tomaszów Mazowiecki, Poland

Birthdate: 1904-07-27

Nationality: Poland, United States of America

Oskar Ryszard Lange (27 July 1904 – 2 October 1965) was a Polish economist and diplomat. He is best known for advocating the use of market pricing tools in socialist systems and providing a ...more
Arthur Rubinstein is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Famous Authors from Poland
My young years, My many years

Birthplace: Łódź, Poland

Birthdate: 1887-01-28

Nationality: Poland, United States of America

Arthur Rubinstein (Polish: Artur Rubinstein; 28 January 1887 – 20 December 1982) was a Polish American classical pianist. He received international acclaim for his performances of the music ...more

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#71 of 140 Bygone Musicians You Most Want to See Perform as Holograms #114 of 176 The Greatest Pianists Ever #30 of 142 The Greatest Pianists of All Time

Maciej Stuhr is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Famous Authors from Poland
Smuteczek, czyli ostatni naiwni

Birthplace: Poland, Kraków

Birthdate: 1975-06-23

Nationality: Poland

Maciej Jerzy Stuhr (born 23 June 1975) is a Polish actor, comedian and occasional film director. Known for his impressions of Polish actors and performers, such as Gustaw Holoubek, he ...more
Leopold Infeld is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Famous Authors from Poland
The Evolution of Physics, Quest, fourth dimension and relativity ..

Birthplace: Kraków, Poland

Birthdate: 1898-08-20

Nationality: Canada, Poland, United States of America, Austria-Hungary

Leopold Infeld (20 August 1898 – 15 January 1968) was a Polish physicist who worked mainly in Poland and Canada (1938–1950). He was a Rockefeller fellow at Cambridge University (1933–1934) and a ...more
Juliusz Machulski is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Famous Authors from Poland

Birthplace: Olsztyn, Poland

Birthdate: 1955-03-10

Nationality: Poland

Juliusz Machulski (born 10 March 1955 in Olsztyn) is a Polish film director and screenplay writer. Son of noted actor Jan Machulski, Juliusz became notable for his comedies ridiculing the life ...more