Writers Famous Authors from Portugal

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

Authors on this list include António Nobre and Fernando Pessoa.

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

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

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Fernando Pessoa is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous Authors from Portugal
The Book of Disquiet, Páginas íntimas e de auto-interpretação, A Centenary Pessoa Fernando Pessoa, born Fernando António Nogueira Pessôa, was a Portuguese poet, writer, literary critic, translator, publisher and philosopher, described as one of the most ...more

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Afonso de Albuquerque is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous Authors from Portugal
The Commentaries of the great Afonso D'Alboquerque, second Viceroy of India Portuguese Viceroy of India in the 16th C

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José Carlos Ary dos Santos is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous Authors from Portugal
José Carlos Ary dos Santos José Carlos Ary dos Santos, GCIH or just Ary dos Santos was one of the most relevant names of the Portuguese popular poetry of the 20th century. Born of a bourgeois family, Ary dos Santos ...more

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Vimala Devi is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous Authors from Portugal
Vimala Devi is the pseudonym of Teresa da Piedade de Baptista Almeida, a Goan writer, poet and translator.

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Manoel de Oliveira is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous Authors from Portugal
Angélica (1954) Manoel Cândido Pinto de Oliveira GCSE, GCIH was a Portuguese film director and screenwriter born in Cedofeita, Porto. He first began making films in 1927, when he and some friends ...more

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Antonio Tabucchi is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous Authors from Portugal
The Missing Head of Damasceno Monteiro, Pereira Maintains, It's Getting Later All the Time Antonio Tabucchi was an Italian writer and academic who taught Portuguese language and literature at the University of Siena, Italy. Deeply in love with Portugal, he was an expert, critic and ...more

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José Saramago is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous Authors from Portugal
Blindness, The Stone Raft, The Year of the Death of Ricardo Reis José de Sousa Saramago, GColSE, was a Portuguese writer and recipient of the 1998 Nobel Prize in Literature. His works, some of which can be seen as allegories, commonly present ...more

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José Maria Eça de Queiroz is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous Authors from Portugal
The City and the Mountains, La ilustre casa de Ramires, To the Capital José Maria de Eça de Queiroz or Eça de Queirós is generally considered to be the greatest Portuguese writer in the realist style. Zola considered him to be far ...more

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Luís de Camões is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Famous Authors from Portugal
Os Lusíadas, Luis' de Camoens sämmtliche gedichte, Obras de Luis de Camões .. Luís Vaz de Camões, is considered Portugal's and the Portuguese language's greatest poet. His mastery of verse has been compared to that of Shakespeare, Vondel, Homer, Virgil and ...more

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António Lobo Antunes is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Famous Authors from Portugal
South of nowhere, Act of the damned, Conhecimento do inferno António Lobo Antunes, GCSE, MD; born 1 September 1942 is a Portuguese novelist and medical doctor. He has been named as a contender for the Nobel Prize in Literature.

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Joe Raposo is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Famous Authors from Portugal
Sing Sing A Song Storybooks, The Sesame Street Song Book, Imagination song Joseph Guilherme Raposo, OIH was a Portuguese American composer, songwriter, pianist, television writer and lyricist, best known for his work on the children's television series Sesame Street, ...more

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Miguel Torga is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Famous Authors from Portugal
A criação do mundo, Libertação, Traço de união Miguel Torga, pseudonym of Adolfo Correia da Rocha, is considered one of the greatest Portuguese writers of the 20th century. He wrote poetry, short stories, theater and a 16 volume diary.

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Jorge De Sena is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Famous Authors from Portugal
Visão perpétua, Francisco de la Torre e D. João de Almeida, Sobre cinema Jorge de Sena was a Portuguese poet, critic, essayist, novelist, dramatist, translator and university professor.

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Manuel Brito Camacho is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Famous Authors from Portugal
A Linda Émilia, Gente Vária, Gente Rústica Manuel de Brito Camacho a Portuguese military officer, writer, publicist and politician, who among other positions, was Minister of Public Works, Commerce and Industry and Republican High ...more

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Agustina Bessa-Luís is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Famous Authors from Portugal
As Terras Do Risco, A Muralha, Embaixada a Calígula Agustina Bessa-Luís, GOSE is a Portuguese writer. From 1986 and 1987, she was Director of the daily O Primeiro de Janeiro. From 1990 to 1993, she was director of the Teatro Nacional D. ...more

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Benjamin N. Cardozo is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Famous Authors from Portugal
The Nature of the Judicial Process, What medicine can do for law, John G. Milburn Benjamin Nathan Cardozo was an American jurist who served on the New York Court of Appeals and later as an Associate Justice of the Supreme Court. Cardozo is remembered for his significant ...more

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Fernando Goncalves Namora is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Famous Authors from Portugal
A Noite e a Mudrugada, Minas de San Francisco, Domingo à Tarde Fernando Namora, with the full name Fernando Gonçalves Namora was a Portuguese writer and medical doctor. Namora was born in Condeixa-a-Nova, Coimbra District and died in Lisbon, ...more

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Francisco Santos is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Famous Authors from Portugal
Francisco José Ribeiro Lopes dos Santos, known mainly as Francisco Santos is an Angolan/Portuguese multi-talent artist with many names and faces. As Francisco Lopes Santos he is likely to ...more

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Menasseh Ben Israel is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Famous Authors from Portugal
The hope of Israel Manoel Dias Soeiro, better known by his Hebrew name Menasseh ben Israel, also, Menasheh ben Yossef ben Yisrael, also known with the Hebrew acronym, MB"Y, was a Portuguese rabbi, kabbalist, ...more

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Almeida Garrett is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Famous Authors from Portugal
Frei Luis De Sousa, Camoëns, Viagens na Minha Terra João Baptista da Silva Leitão de Almeida Garrett, Viscount of Almeida Garrett was a Portuguese poet, playwright, novelist and politician. He is considered to be the introducer of ...more

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Camilo Castelo Branco is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Famous Authors from Portugal
Amor de Perdição, Mistérios de Lisboa, Maria Moisés e outras novelas Camilo Ferreira Botelho Castelo-Branco,1st Viscount de Correia Botelho, was a prolific Portuguese writer of the 19th century, having produced over 260 books. His writing is considered original ...more

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Júlio Dantas is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Famous Authors from Portugal
Ceia dos Cardeais, A Severa Júlio Dantas, GCC was a Portuguese doctor, poet, journalist, politician, diplomat and dramatist.

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José Régio is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Famous Authors from Portugal
Poemas de Deus e do Diabo, As Encruziladas de Deus, Fado José Maria dos Reis Pereira, better known by the pen name José Regio was a Portuguese writer which lived most of his life in Portalegre. He was the brother of Júlio Maria ...more

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Paula Rego is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Famous Authors from Portugal
Celestina's house Dame Paula Rego is the mother of Victoria Willing.

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Marcelo Caetano is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Famous Authors from Portugal
Colonizing traditions, principles and methods of the Portuguese, Revision of the Portuguese constitution Marcello José das Neves Alves Caetano, was a Portuguese politician and scholar, who was the last prime minister of the Estado Novo regime, from 1968 until his overthrow in the Carnation ...more

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Jorge de Montemor is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list Famous Authors from Portugal
The Diana Jorge de Montemor was a Portuguese novelist and poet, who wrote almost exclusively in Spanish. His most famous work is a pastoral prose romance, the Diana.

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Antonio Damasio is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list Famous Authors from Portugal
Descartes' Error, Sentir Lo Que Sucede, The Feeling of What Happens Antonio Damasio is a Portuguese-American neuroscientist/neurobiologist. He is a University Professor and David Dornsife Professor of Neuroscience at the University of Southern California, an ...more

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Branquinho da Fonseca is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list Famous Authors from Portugal
Caminhos Magnéticos, Porta de Minerva, Bandeira Preta Besides his career as an author, Branquinho da Fonseca became Director of the Cascais Libraries and Museums, and later the Gulbenkian Library in Lisbon.

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Gil Vicente is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list Famous Authors from Portugal
The boat plays, Four plays of Gil Vicente, Three discovery plays Gil Vicente, called the Trobadour, was a Portuguese playwright and poet who acted in and directed his own plays. Considered the chief dramatist of Portugal he is sometimes called the ...more

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José Luandino Vieira is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list Famous Authors from Portugal
Luuanda, The loves of João Vêncio, The real life of Domingos Xavier José Luandino Vieira is an Angolan writer of short fiction and novels. Vieira was born in Lagoa de Furadouro, Ourém, Portugal and was Portuguese by birth and ethnicity, but his ...more

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Jacob de Castro Sarmento is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list Famous Authors from Portugal
Matéria médica. Físico-histórico-mecânica, Teórica verdadeira das marés, conforme à filosofia do incomparável cavalheiro Isaac Newton Jacob Henriques de Castro Sarmento was a Portuguese estrangeirado, physician, naturalist, poet and Deist.

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Tomás António Gonzaga is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list Famous Authors from Portugal
Marília de Dirceu, Cartas Chilenas Tomás António Gonzaga was a Portuguese-born Brazilian poet. One of the most famous Neoclassic colonial Brazilian writers, he was also the ouvidor and the ombudsman of the city of ...more

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Vasco da Gama is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list Famous Authors from Portugal
Vasco da Gama Dom Vasco da Gama, 1st Count of Vidigueira, was a Portuguese explorer. He was the first European to reach India by sea, linking Europe and Asia for the first time by ocean route, as well as the ...more

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Júlio Dinis is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list Famous Authors from Portugal
As Pupilas do Senhor Reitor, A Morgadinha dos Canaviais, Uma Família Inglesa Júlio Dinis, pseudonym of Joaquim Guilherme Gomes Coelho was a Portuguese doctor and writer. Júlio Dinis died at the young age of 31 of tuberculosis, and some of its works were ...more

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José Afonso is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list Famous Authors from Portugal
José Manuel Cerqueira Afonso dos Santos, known as José Afonso, Zeca Afonso or just Zeca, was born in Aveiro, Portugal, the son of José Nepomuceno Afonso, a judge, and Maria ...more

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Alexandre Herculano is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list Famous Authors from Portugal
O Bobo, O Alcaide de Santarém, Portugaliae Monumenta Historica Alexandre Herculano de Carvalho e Araújo, was a Portuguese novelist and historian.

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Álvaro Siza Vieira is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list Famous Authors from Portugal
Álvaro Joaquim de Melo Siza Vieira, GOSE, GCIH, is a Portuguese architect, and architectural educator. He is internationally known as Alvaro Siza.

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Antero de Quental is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list Famous Authors from Portugal
Sonnets and poems of Anthero de Quental, Odes Modernas Antero Tarquínio de Quental, was a Portuguese poet, philosopher and writer, whose works became a milestone in the Portuguese language, alongside those of Camões and Bocage.

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Vergílio Ferreira is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list Famous Authors from Portugal
Contos, Aparição Virgílio Ferreira, JOSE was a Portuguese writer.

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Vitorino Nemésio is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list Famous Authors from Portugal
Mau Tempo no Canal, Quatro Prisões, Debaixo de Armas e outras historias Important 2oth century author and teacher in Portugal

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Lídia Jorge is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list Famous Authors from Portugal
The Migrant Painter of Birds Lídia Jorge is a prominent Portuguese novelist and author whose work is representative of a recent style of Portuguese writing, the so-called ‘Post Revolution Generation’. Her books have ...more

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Francisco Manuel de Mello is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list Famous Authors from Portugal
Francisco Manuel de Mello Auto do Fidalgo Aprendiz, Carta de Guia de Casados, Apólogos Dialogais Francisco Manuel de Mello, was a Portuguese writer.

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José Maria Ferreira de Castro is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list Famous Authors from Portugal
The Forest José Maria Ferreira de Castro was a Portuguese writer and journalist. At age 12, he immigrated to Brazil, where his work at a rubber plantation for the next four years would be the ...more

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Aníbal Cavaco Silva is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list Famous Authors from Portugal
Economic effects of public debt Aníbal António Cavaco Silva, GCC, is the 19th and current President of Portugal. He won the Portuguese presidential election on 22 January 2006 and was re-elected on 23 January ...more

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Ramalho Ortigão is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list Famous Authors from Portugal
Ramalho Ortigão Farpas Escolhidas José Duarte Ramalho Ortigão was a Portuguese writer of the late 19th century and early 20th century.

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António de Oliveira Salazar is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list Famous Authors from Portugal
The policy in Africa and its errors, The road for the future, The defence of Angola and the defence of Europe António de Oliveira Salazar GCSE, GCIC, GCTE, GColIH was a Portuguese professor and politician who served as Prime Minister of Portugal from 1932 to 1968. His Council of Ministers briefly ...more

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Alexandre O'Neill is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list Famous Authors from Portugal
Alexandre Manuel Vahia de Castro O'Neill de Bulhões, GOSE was a Portuguese writer and poet of Irish descent.

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Alice Vieira is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list Famous Authors from Portugal
Este Rei que Eu Escolhi, Rosa, Minha Irmã Rosa Alice Vieira is a Portuguese children's book author.

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José de Almada Negreiros is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list Famous Authors from Portugal
José Sobral de Almada Negreiros was a Portuguese artist. He was born in the colony of Portuguese São Tomé and Príncipe, the son of a Portuguese father, António ...more

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Fernão Lopes is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list Famous Authors from Portugal
Fernão Lopes The English in Portugal, 1367-87, Textos Escolhidos Fernão Lopes was a Portuguese chronicler appointed by King Edward of Portugal. Fernão Lopes wrote the history of Portugal, but only a part of his work remained. His way of writing ...more