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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?"

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

    Frédéric Chopin

    Waltzes for Piano, Chopin Waltzes

    BirthplaceŻelazowa Wola, Poland

    Birthdate1810-03-01

    NationalityPoland

    Frédéric François Chopin (, also UK: , US: , French: [ʃɔpɛ̃], Polish: [ˈʂɔpɛn]; 1 March 1810 –... more on Wikipedia

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    Isaac Deutscher

    The prophet unarmed, Marxism in our time

    BirthplaceChrzanów, Poland

    Birthdate1907-04-03

    NationalityPoland, United Kingdom

    Isaac Deutscher (3 April 1907 – 19 August 1967) was a Polish Marxist writer, journalist and... more on Wikipedia
  • 3
    Roman Polanski

    Roman Polanski

    Roman by Polanski, Polanski: Three Film Scripts

    BirthplaceParis, France

    Birthdate1933-08-18

    NationalityFrance, Poland

    Rajmund Roman Thierry Polański (born 18 August 1933) is a French-Polish film director,... more on Wikipedia

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    Isaac Bashevis Singer

    Isaac Bashevis Singer

    The séance, and other stories

    BirthplaceLeoncin, Poland

    Birthdate1902-11-21

    NationalityPoland, United States of America

    Isaac Bashevis Singer (Yiddish: יצחק באַשעװיס זינגער‎; November 21, 1902 – July 24, 1991) was... more on Wikipedia
  • 5
    Nâzım Hikmet

    Nâzım Hikmet

    Rubailer, Things I Didn't Know I Loved

    BirthplaceThessaloniki, Greece

    Birthdate1902-01-15

    NationalityPoland, Turkey

    Nâzım Hikmet Ran (15 January 1902 – 3 June 1963), commonly known as Nâzım Hikmet (Turkish... more on Wikipedia
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    Grażyna Miller
    Grażyna Miller (29 January 1957 – 17 August 2009) was a Polish poet and translator who lived... more on Wikipedia
  • 7
    Andrzej Wajda

    Andrzej Wajda

    Podwójne spojrzenie, Cinema and the Rest of the World

    BirthplaceBiałystok Voivodeship - II RP, Suwałki, Europe, Poland, Central Europe

    Birthdate1926-03-06

    NationalityPoland

    Andrzej Witold Wajda (Polish: [ˈandʐɛj ˈvajda]; 6 March 1926 – 9 October 2016) was a Polish... more on Wikipedia
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    Stanisław Lem

    Stanisław Lem

    Solaris, The Futurological Congress

    BirthplaceLviv, Ukraine

    Birthdate1921-09-12

    NationalityPoland

    Stanisław Herman Lem (Polish: [staˈɲiswaf ˈlɛm] (listen); 12 or 13 September 1921 – 27 March... more on Wikipedia

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    Agnieszka Holland

    Agnieszka Holland

    Olivier, Olivier

    BirthplaceWarsaw, Second Polish Republic

    Birthdate1948-11-28

    NationalityPoland

    Agnieszka Holland (born 28 November 1948) is a Polish film and television director and... more on Wikipedia
  • 10
    Krzysztof Kieślowski

    Krzysztof Kieślowski

    Kieślowski on Kieślowski

    BirthplaceWarsaw, Second Polish Republic

    Birthdate1941-06-27

    NationalityPoland

    Krzysztof Kieślowski (Polish pronunciation: [ˈkʂɨʂtɔf kʲɛɕˈlɔfskʲi] (listen); 27 June 1941 –... more on Wikipedia
  • 11
    Czesław Miłosz

    Czesław Miłosz

    The Captive Mind, To

    BirthplaceŠeteniai, Lithuania

    Birthdate1911-06-30

    NationalityPoland, Lithuania, United States of America, Russian Empire

    Czesław Miłosz (, also US: , Polish: [ˈtʂɛswaf ˈmiwɔʂ] (listen); 30 June 1911 – 14 August... more on Wikipedia
  • 12
    Pope John Paul II

    Pope John Paul II

    Through the Year with Pope John Paul II, Evangelium Vitae

    BirthplaceWadowice, Poland

    Birthdate1920-05-18

    NationalityPoland, Vatican City, Second Polish Republic

    Pope John Paul II (Latin: Ioannes Paulus II; Italian: Giovanni Paolo II; Polish: Jan Paweł II;... more on Wikipedia

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    Jerzy Skolimowski
    Jerzy Skolimowski (Polish: [jɛʐɨ skɔliˈmɔfskʲi], born 5 May 1938) is a Polish film director,... more on Wikipedia
  • 14
    Agnieszka Osiecka

    Agnieszka Osiecka

    Pantoflisko, Wada serca

    BirthplaceWarsaw, Europe, Poland, Masovian Voivodeship, Central Europe

    Birthdate1936

    NationalityPoland

    Agnieszka Osiecka (9 October 1936 – 7 March 1997) was a poet, writer, author of theatre and... more on Wikipedia
  • 15
    Jerzy Stuhr

    Jerzy Stuhr

    Tak sobie myślę..., Ucieczka do przodu!

    BirthplaceKraków, Poland

    Birthdate1947

    NationalityPoland

    Jerzy Oskar Stuhr (Polish pronunciation: [ˈjɛʐɨ ˈʂtur]; born 18 April 1947) is one of the most... more on Wikipedia
  • 16
    Bruno Schulz

    Bruno Schulz

    The Street of Crocodiles, Sanatorium Under the Sign of the Hourglass

    BirthplaceDrohobych, Ukraine

    Birthdate1892

    NationalityPoland, Austria-Hungary

    Bruno Schulz (July 12, 1892 – November 19, 1942) was a Polish Jewish writer, fine artist,... more on Wikipedia
  • 17
    Rosa Luxemburg

    Rosa Luxemburg

    The Accumulation of Capital, Grève de masses

    BirthplaceZamość, Poland

    Birthdate1871-03-05

    NationalityPoland, Germany

    Rosa Luxemburg (German: [ˈʁoːza ˈlʊksəmbʊʁk] (listen); Polish: Róża Luksemburg; also Rozalia... more on Wikipedia
  • 18
    Tadeusz Konwicki

    Tadeusz Konwicki

    A minor apocalypse, Bohini

    BirthplaceNaujoji Vilnia

    Birthdate1926

    NationalityPoland

    Tadeusz Konwicki (22 June 1926 – 7 January 2015) was a Polish writer and film director, as... more on Wikipedia
  • 19
    Władysław Sikorski

    Władysław Sikorski

    Modern warfare, O polską politykę państwową. Umowy i deklaracje z okresu pełnienia urzędu prezesa Rady Ministrów 18 XII 1922 – 26 V 1923

    BirthplaceTuszów Narodowy, Poland

    Birthdate1881

    NationalityPoland, Austria-Hungary

    Władysław Eugeniusz Sikorski (Polish pronunciation: [vwaˈdɨswaf ɕiˈkɔrskʲi] (listen); 20 May... more on Wikipedia
  • 20
    Krzysztof Penderecki

    Krzysztof Penderecki

    Das verlorene Paradies, Labirynt czasu

    BirthplaceEurope, Poland, Podkarpackie Voivodeship, Central Europe, Dębica

    Birthdate1933

    NationalityPoland

    Krzysztof Eugeniusz Penderecki (Polish: [ˈkʂɨʂtɔf pɛndɛˈrɛt͡skʲi]; born 23 November 1933) is a... more on Wikipedia
  • 21
    Oskar R. Lange

    Oskar R. Lange

    Teoria statystyki, Cybernetyka

    BirthplaceTomaszów Mazowiecki, Poland

    Birthdate1904-07-27

    NationalityPoland, United States of America

    Oskar Ryszard Lange (27 July 1904 – 2 October 1965) was a Polish economist and diplomat. He is... more on Wikipedia
  • 22
    Arthur Rubinstein

    Arthur Rubinstein

    My young years, My many years

    BirthplaceŁódź, Poland

    Birthdate1887-01-28

    NationalityPoland, United States of America

    Arthur Rubinstein (Polish: Artur Rubinstein; 28 January 1887 – 20 December 1982) was a... more on Wikipedia

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    Maciej Stuhr

    Maciej Stuhr

    Smuteczek, czyli ostatni naiwni

    BirthplaceKraków, Poland

    Birthdate1975-06-23

    NationalityPoland

    Maciej Jerzy Stuhr (born 23 June 1975) is a Polish actor, comedian and occasional film... more on Wikipedia
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    Leopold Infeld

    Leopold Infeld

    The Evolution of Physics, Quest

    BirthplaceKraków, Poland

    Birthdate1898-08-20

    NationalityCanada, Poland, United States of America, Austria-Hungary

    Leopold Infeld (20 August 1898 – 15 January 1968) was a Polish physicist who worked mainly in... more on Wikipedia
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    Juliusz Machulski
    Juliusz Machulski (born 10 March 1955 in Olsztyn) is a Polish film director and screenplay... more on Wikipedia