Famous Authors from Portugal

Updated August 30, 2019 10k views 166 items

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.
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

Birthplace: Europe, Lisbon District, Portugal, Southern Europe, Estremadura, + more

Birthdate: 1888

Nationality: Portugal

Fernando António Nogueira Pessoa (Portuguese: [fɨɾˈnɐ̃du pɨˈsoɐ]; 13 June 1888 – 30 November 1935), commonly known as Fernando Pessoa, was a Portuguese poet, writer, literary critic, ...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

Birthplace: Vila Franca de Xira, Portugal

Birthdate: 1453-01-01

Nationality: Kingdom of Portugal, Portugal

Afonso de Albuquerque, Duke of Goa (Portuguese pronunciation: [ɐˈfõsu ði aɫβuˈkɛɾk(ɨ)]; c. 1453 – 16 December 1515) (also spelled Aphonso or Alfonso) was a Portuguese general, a ...more
José Carlos Ary d... is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous Authors from Portugal
José Carlos Ary dos Santos

Birthplace: Lisbon, Portugal

Birthdate: 1937-12-07

Nationality: Portugal

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
Vimala Devi is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous Authors from Portugal

Birthplace: Penha de França, Goa, India

Birthdate: 1932-01-01

Nationality: Portugal, India

Vimala Devi is the pseudonym of Teresa da Piedade de Baptista Almeida (born 1932), a Goan writer, poet and translator.
Manoel de Oliveira is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous Authors from Portugal
Angélica (1954)

Birthplace: Porto, Portugal

Birthdate: 1908-12-11

Nationality: Portugal

Manoel Cândido Pinto de Oliveira GCSE, GCIH (Portuguese: [mɐnuˈɛɫ doliˈvɐjɾɐ]; 11 December 1908 – 2 April 2015) was a Portuguese film director and screenwriter born in Cedofeita, Porto. He ...more
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

Birthplace: Europe, Province of Pisa, Eurasia, Italy, Southern Europe, + more

Birthdate: 1943

Nationality: Italy, Portugal

Antonio Tabucchi (Italian: [anˈtɔːnjo taˈbukki]; 24 September 1943 – 25 March 2012) was an Italian writer and academic who taught Portuguese language and literature at the University of Siena, ...more
José Saramago is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous Authors from Portugal
José Saramago Blindness, The Stone Raft, The Year of the Death of Ricardo Reis

Birthplace: Azinhaga, Portugal

Birthdate: 1922-11-16

Nationality: Portugal

José de Sousa Saramago, GColSE (Portuguese: [ʒuˈzɛ ðɨ ˈsozɐ sɐɾɐˈmaɣu]; 16 November 1922 – 18 June 2010), was a Portuguese writer and recipient of the 1998 Nobel Prize in Literature. ...more
José Maria E&cced... 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

Birthplace: Praça do Almada

Birthdate: 1845-11-25

Nationality: Portugal

José Maria de Eça de Queiroz (European Portuguese: [ʒuˈzɛ mɐˈɾiɐ dɨ ˈɛsɐ dɨ kejˈɾɔʃ]; 25 November 1845 – 16 August 1900) is generally considered to have been the greatest ...more
Luís de Cam&otild... is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Famous Authors from Portugal
Os Lusíadas, Luis' de Camoens sämmtliche gedichte, Obras de Luis de Camões ..

Birthplace: Coimbra, Portugal

Birthdate: 1524-01-01

Nationality: Portugal

Luís Vaz de Camões (Portuguese pronunciation: [luˈiʒ ˈvaʒ dɨ kaˈmõjʃ]; sometimes rendered in English as Camoens or Camoëns, e.g. by Byron in English Bards and Scotch ...more
António Lobo Antu... is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Famous Authors from Portugal
South of nowhere, Act of the damned, Conhecimento do inferno

Birthplace: Lisbon, Portugal

Birthdate: 1942-09-01

Nationality: Portugal

António Lobo Antunes, GCSE, MD (Portuguese pronunciation: [ɐ̃ˈtɔniu ˈloβu ɐ̃ˈtunɨʃ]; born 1 September 1942) is a Portuguese novelist and medical doctor. He has been named as a contender ...more
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

Birthplace: Bristol County, Fall River, North America, United States of America, United States, + more

Birthdate: 1937

Nationality: Portugal, United States of America

Joseph Guilherme Raposo, OIH (February 8, 1937 – February 5, 1989) was an American composer, songwriter, pianist, television writer and lyricist, best known for his work on the children's ...more
Miguel Torga is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Famous Authors from Portugal
A criação do mundo, Libertação, Traço de união

Birthplace: Portugal

Birthdate: 1907-08-12

Nationality: Portugal

Miguel Torga, pseudonym of Adolfo Correia da Rocha (São Martinho de Anta, Sabrosa, Vila Real district, 12 August 1907 – Coimbra, 17 January 1995), is considered one of the greatest ...more
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

Birthplace: Europe, Lisbon District, Grande Lisboa, Portugal, Southern Europe, + more

Birthdate: 1919

Nationality: Portugal

Jorge de Sena was a Portuguese poet, critic, essayist, novelist, dramatist, translator and university professor.
Manuel Brito Camacho is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Famous Authors from Portugal
A Linda Émilia, Gente Vária, Gente Rústica

Birthplace: Baixo Alentejo, Portugal, Aljustrel Municipality

Birthdate: 1862

Nationality: Portugal

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
Agustina Bessa-Luí... is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Famous Authors from Portugal
As Terras Do Risco, A Muralha, Embaixada a Calígula

Birthplace: Vila Meã

Birthdate: 1922

Nationality: Portugal

Agustina Bessa-Luís, GOSE (Portuguese: [ɐɣuʃˈtinɐ ˈbɛsɐ luˈiʃ]; 15 October 1922 – 3 June 2019) was a Portuguese writer.From 1986 and 1987, she was director of the daily O Primeiro de ...more
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

Birthplace: New York City, New York, United States of America

Birthdate: 1870-05-24

Nationality: Portugal, United States of America

Benjamin Nathan Cardozo (May 24, 1870 – July 9, 1938) was an American lawyer and jurist who served as an Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States. Previously, he had served as ...more
Fernando Goncalves Namor... is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Famous Authors from Portugal
A Noite e a Mudrugada, Minas de San Francisco, Domingo à Tarde

Birthplace: Portugal, Baixo Mondego, Condeixa-a-Nova Municipality

Birthdate: 1919

Nationality: Portugal

Fernando Namora (15 April 1919 – 31 January 1989), with the full name Fernando Gonçalves Namora was a Portuguese writer and medical doctor. Namora was born in Condeixa-a-Nova, Coimbra ...more
Francisco Santos is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Famous Authors from Portugal

Birthplace: Luanda

Birthdate: 1962-05-17

Nationality: Portugal, Angola

Francisco Santos may refer to: Francisco Dos Santos (born 1974), Brazilian footballer Francisco Santos (swimmer) (born 1962), Angolan/Portuguese swimmer, artist and writer, also known as Xesko ...more
Menasseh Ben Israel is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Famous Authors from Portugal
The hope of Israel

Birthplace: Madeira, Portugal

Birthdate: 1604-01-01

Nationality: Netherlands, Portugal

Manoel Dias Soeiro (1604 – November 20, 1657), better known by his Hebrew name Menasseh ben Israel (מנשה בן ישראל), also, Menasheh ben Yossef ben Yisrael, also known with the Hebrew acronym, ...more
Almeida Garrett is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Famous Authors from Portugal
Frei Luis De Sousa, Camoëns, Viagens na Minha Terra

Birthplace: Porto, Portugal

Birthdate: 1799-02-04

Nationality: Portugal

João Baptista da Silva Leitão de Almeida Garrett, 1st Viscount of Almeida Garrett (Portuguese pronunciation: [aɫˈmɐjdɐ ɡɐˈʁɛt(ɨ)]; 4 February 1799 – 9 December 1854) was a ...more
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

Birthplace: Lisbon, Portugal

Birthdate: 1825-03-16

Nationality: Portugal

Camilo Castelo Branco,1st Viscount of Correia Botelho (Portuguese pronunciation: [kɐˈmilu kɐʃˈtɛlu ˈbɾɐ̃ku]; 16 March 1825 – 1 June 1890), was a prolific Portuguese writer of the 19th century, ...more
Júlio Dantas is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Famous Authors from Portugal
Ceia dos Cardeais, A Severa

Birthplace: Lagos, Portugal

Birthdate: 1876-05-19

Nationality: Portugal

Júlio Dantas, GCC (1876 in Lagos – 1962 in Lisboa) was a Portuguese doctor, poet, journalist, politician, diplomat and dramatist.
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

Birthplace: Vila do Conde, Portugal

Birthdate: 1901-09-17

Nationality: Portugal

José Maria dos Reis Pereira, better known by the pen name José Regio (17 September 1901, Vila do Conde - 22 December 1969, Vila do Conde), was a Portuguese writer who spent most of ...more
Paula Rego is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Famous Authors from Portugal
Celestina's house

Birthplace: Lisbon, Portugal

Birthdate: 1935-01-26

Nationality: Portugal, United Kingdom

Dame Maria Paula Figueiroa Rego (born 26 January 1935) is a Portuguese-born visual artist who is particularly known for her paintings and prints based on storybooks. Rego’s style has evolved ...more
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

Birthplace: Lisbon, Portugal

Birthdate: 1906-08-17

Nationality: Portugal

Marcello José das Neves Alves Caetano (Portuguese pronunciation: [mɐɾˈsɛlu kɐiˈtɐnu], GCTE, GCC; 17 August 1906 – 26 October 1980) was a Portuguese politician and scholar, who was the ...more