Writers Famous Authors from Romania

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

This list contains authors like Iosif Constantin Drăgan and Corneliu Coposu.

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Joseph M. Juran is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous Authors from Romania
Quality-control handbook, Case studies in industrial management, Bureaucracy Joseph Moses Juran was a Romanian-born American engineer and management consultant. He is principally remembered as an evangelist for quality and quality management, having written several ...more

Carmen Firan is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous Authors from Romania
Inhabited words, The farce, Puterea cuvintelor Carmen Firan is a Romanian poet, novelist, short story writer, journalist, and playwright, resident in New York. She has published fifteen books of poetry, novels, essays and short stories. Her ...more

Elie Wiesel is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous Authors from Romania
Night, The Gates of the Forest, Day Eliezer "Elie" Wiesel KBE is a Jewish-American professor and political activist. He is the author of 57 books, including Night, a work based on his experiences as a prisoner in the ...more

Mircea Eliade is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous Authors from Romania
Romanul adolescentului miop, Bengal nights, Le Sacré et le Profane Mircea Eliade was a Romanian historian of religion, fiction writer, philosopher, and professor at the University of Chicago. He was a leading interpreter of religious experience, who established ...more

Eugène Ionesco is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous Authors from Romania
Rhinoceros, Exit the King, The Lesson Eugène Ionesco was a Romanian playwright who wrote mostly in French, and one of the foremost figures of the French Avant-garde theatre. Beyond ridiculing the most banal situations, ...more

Lucian Blaga is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous Authors from Romania
Poems of light, Gîndirea românească în Transilvania în secolul al XVIII-lea, Trilogia culturii Lucian Blaga was a Romanian philosopher, poet, playwright and novelist.

Tristan Tzara is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous Authors from Romania
Handkerchief of Clouds, Le surréalisme et l'après-guerre, L'Egypte Tristan Tzara was a French avant-garde poet, essayist and performance artist of Romanian Jewish descent. Also active as a journalist, playwright, literary and art critic, composer and film ...more

Liviu Rebreanu is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous Authors from Romania
Ion, Both, Forest of the Hanged Liviu Rebreanu was a Romanian novelist, playwright, short story writer, and journalist.

Andrei Codrescu is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Famous Authors from Romania
Christopher Felver: The Importance of Being, New Orleans, Mon Amour: Twenty Years of Writings from the City Andrei Codrescu is a Romanian-born American poet, novelist, essayist, screenwriter, and commentator for National Public Radio. He was the Mac Curdy Distinguished Professor of English at ...more

Hermann Oberth is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Famous Authors from Romania
The Moon Car, Man Into Space, The Electric Spaceship Hermann Julius Oberth was an Austro-Hungarian-born German physicist and engineer. He is considered one of the founding fathers of rocketry and astronautics.

Mihai Eminescu is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Famous Authors from Romania
Proză literară, Dorința, Luceafărul Mihai Eminescu was a Romantic poet, novelist and journalist, often regarded as the most famous and influential Romanian poet. Eminescu was an active member of the Junimea literary society and he ...more

Panait Istrati is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Famous Authors from Romania
Viața lui Adrian Zografi, Ciulinii Bărăganului, Kodin Panait Istrati was a Romanian writer of French and Romanian expression, nicknamed The Maxim Gorky of the Balkans. Istrati was first noted for the depiction of one homosexual character in his

Gellu Naum is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Famous Authors from Romania
Teribilul interzis, Întrebătorul, My Tired Father Gelu Naum was a prominent Romanian poet, dramatist, novelist, children's writer, and translator. He is remembered as the founder of the Romanian Surrealist group. The artist Lyggia Naum, his ...more

Marin Sorescu is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Famous Authors from Romania
Céramique, Norii, Censored poems Marin Sorescu was a Romanian poet, playwright, and novelist. Marin Sorescu was a poet, playwright, prose writer, essayist and translator. His works were translated into more than 20 countries, ...more

Mihail Sadoveanu is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Famous Authors from Romania
The Hatchet, Ochi de urs, Frații Jderi Mihail Sadoveanu was a Romanian novelist, short story writer, journalist and political figure, who twice served as acting head of state for the communist republic. One of the most prolific ...more

Emil Cioran is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Famous Authors from Romania
Drawn and Quartered, Précis de décomposition, La tentation d'exister Emil Michel Cioran was a Romanian philosopher and essayist, who published works in both Romanian and French. Cioran was born in Rășinari, Sibiu County, which was part of Austria-Hungary at the ...more

János Mattis-Teutsch is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Famous Authors from Romania
János Mattis-Teutsch or Máttis-Teutsch, Mátis-Teutsch was a Hungarian and Romanian painter, sculptor, graphic artist, art critic, and poet. Best known for his Seelenblumen ...more

Herta Müller is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Famous Authors from Romania
The Land of Green Plums, Der Fuchs war damals schon der Jäger, The Appointment Herta Müller is a German novelist, poet, essayist and recipient of the 2009 Nobel Prize in Literature. Born in Nițchidorf, Timiș County in Romania, her native language is German. Since the ...more

Richard Wagner is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Famous Authors from Romania
Götterdämmerung, Tannhäuser, The flying Dutchman Richard Wagner is a film score composer.

Grigore Vieru is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Famous Authors from Romania
Izvorul şi clipa, Metafore albastre, Trei iezi Grigore Vieru was a Moldovan poet and writer. He is mostly known for his poems and books for children. His poetry is characterized by vivid natural scenery, patriotism, as well as a venerated ...more

Gregor von Rezzori is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Famous Authors from Romania
The death of my brother Abel, Der arbeitslose König, Der Schwan Gregor von Rezzori, born Gregor Arnulph Hilarius d'Arezzo, was an Austrian-born German-language novelist, memoirist, screenwriter and author of radio plays, as well as an actor, journalist, ...more

Nadia Comăneci is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Famous Authors from Romania
Letters to a Young Gymnast Nadia Elena Comăneci is a Romanian former gymnast, winner of three Olympic gold medals at the 1976 Summer Olympics in Montreal and the first female gymnast to be awarded a perfect score of 10 in ...more

Alexander Isaakovich Gelman is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Famous Authors from Romania
Alexander Isaakovich Gelman, original given name Shunya, is a Bessarabian-born Soviet and Russian playwright, writer, and screenwriter. A survivor of the Holocaust during childhood, Gelman ...more

Ion Iliescu is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Famous Authors from Romania
Romania in Europe and in the world, Fragmente de viață și istorie trăită, Revoluția trăită Ion Iliescu is a Romanian politician and statesman, who served as President of Romania from 1989 until 1996, and from 2000 until 2004. From 1996 to 2000 and from 2004 until his retirement in ...more

Gherasim Luca is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Famous Authors from Romania
Héros-Limite, L'Extrême-Occidentale, Ce Château Pressenti Gherasim Luca was a French-speaking Surrealist theorist and poet. Born in Romania, he regarded himself as an apatrid. His entire post-Second World War work is written in French. He is frequently ...more

Alexandru Macedonski is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list Famous Authors from Romania
Cartea de aur, Nuvele, Bronzes Alexandru Macedonski was a Wallachian-born Romanian poet, novelist, dramatist and literary critic, known especially for having promoted French Symbolism in his native country, and for leading ...more

Nicolae Ceaușescu is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list Famous Authors from Romania
Nicolae Ceausescu, speeches and writings, Socialist humanism Nicolae Ceaușescu was a Romanian Communist politician. He was General Secretary of the Romanian Communist Party from 1965 to 1989, and as such was the country's second and last Communist leader. ...more

Gheorghe Zamfir is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list Famous Authors from Romania
Naiul - geneză, evoluție și semnificație, Dincolo de sunet - Au-dela de la son Gheorghe Zamfir is a Romanian pan flute musician. Zamfir is known for playing an expanded version of the traditional Romanian-style pan flute of 20 pipes to 22, 25, 28 and 30 pipes to increase ...more

Mircea Cărtărescu is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list Famous Authors from Romania
Nostalgia, Cincizeci de sonete de Mircea Cărtărescu cu cincizeci de desene originale de Tudor Jebeleanu, Ruletistul Mircea Cărtărescu is a Romanian poet, novelist and essayist. Born in Bucharest, he graduated from the University of Bucharest's Faculty of Letters, Department of Romanian Language And ...more

Ilarie Voronca is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list Famous Authors from Romania
Ilarie Voronca Mic manual de fericire perfectă, Restrişti, Zodiac Ilarie Voronca was a Romanian-French avant-garde poet and essayist. Voronca was of Jewish ethnicity. In his early years, he was connected with Eugen Lovinescu's Sburătorul group, making his ...more

Lajos Zilahy is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list Famous Authors from Romania
The deserter, L'ange de la colère, The angry angel Lajos Zilahy was a Hungarian novelist and playwright. Born in Nagyszalonta in Transylvania, then part of the Kingdom of Hungary, an entity of Austria-Hungary, he studied law at the University of ...more

Emil Isac is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list Famous Authors from Romania
Emil Isac was an Austro-Hungarian-born Romanian poet, dramatist, short story writer and critic. Noted as one of the pioneers of Symbolism and modernist literature in his native region of ...more

Octavian Paler is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list Famous Authors from Romania
Octavian Paler Viața pe un peron, Umbra cuvintelor, Viața ca o coridă Octavian Paler was a Romanian writer, journalist, politician in Communist Romania, and civil society activist in post-1989 Romania.

Marcel Janco is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list Famous Authors from Romania
Marcel Janco Marcel Janco was a Romanian and Israeli visual artist, architect and art theorist. He was the co-inventor of Dadaism and a leading exponent of Constructivism in Eastern Europe. In the 1910s, he ...more

Nicolae Steinhardt is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list Famous Authors from Romania
Diary of Happiness, The Path to Hesychasm, Geo Bogza Nicolae Steinhardt was a Romanian writer, Orthodox hermit and father confessor.

Ion Creangă is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list Famous Authors from Romania
Childhood Memories, Selected works of Ion Creangǎ and Mihai Eminescu, Popa Duhul Ion Creangă was a Moldavian-born Romanian writer, raconteur and schoolteacher. A main figure in 19th century Romanian literature, he is best known for his Childhood Memories volume, his novellas ...more

Bella Spewack is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list Famous Authors from Romania
Kiss Me, Kate, My Three Angels Samuel (September 16, 1899 - October 14, 1971) and Bella Spewack (March 25, 1899 - April 27, 1990) were a Tony Award-winning husband-and-wife writing team. Samuel, who also directed many of ...more

Ion Luca Caragiale is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list Famous Authors from Romania
Kir Ianulea, O noapte furtunoasă, În vreme de război Ion Luca Caragiale was a Romanian playwright, short story writer, poet, theater manager, political commentator and journalist. He is considered one of the greatest Romanian playwrights and ...more

Ion Minulescu is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list Famous Authors from Romania
Versuri. Hedoniştii. Vol. I, Spovedanii, Bărbierul regelui Midas sau Voluptatea adevărului Ion Minulescu was a Romanian avant-garde poet, novelist, short story writer, journalist, literary critic, and playwright. Often publishing his works under the pseudonyms I. M. Nirvan and ...more

Roman Vlad is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list Famous Authors from Romania
Cadenze michelangiolesche, Ricercare elettronico, Storia della dodecafonia Roman Vlad was an Italian composer, pianist, and musicologist of Romanian birth. Born in Cernauti, Bukovina, he studied with Titus Tarnawski and Liviu Russu in Romania earning a piano diploma. ...more

Norman Manea is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list Famous Authors from Romania
On Clowns: The Dictator and The Artist, Casa melcului, Întoarcerea huliganului Norman Manea is a Jewish Romanian writer and author of short fiction, novels, and essays about the Holocaust, daily life in a communist state, and exile. He lives in the United States, where he ...more

Camil Petrescu is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list Famous Authors from Romania
The Last Night of Love, The First Night of War, Mitică Popescu Camil Petrescu was a Romanian playwright, novelist, philosopher and poet. He marked the end of the traditional novel era and laid the foundation of the modern novel era.

Radu F. Alexandru is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list Famous Authors from Romania
Radu F. Alexandru Tsunami, Teatru 7, Buna zi de mîine

George Călinescu is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list Famous Authors from Romania
Otilia's Riddle, Poetry, Theatre George Călinescu was a Romanian literary critic, historian, novelist, academician and journalist, and a writer of classicist and humanist tendencies. He is currently considered one of the most ...more

Ionel Teodoreanu is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list Famous Authors from Romania
Masa umbrelor, În casa bunicilor, Inima Ionel Teodoreanu was a Romanian novelist and lawyer. He is mostly remembered for his books on the themes of childhood and adolescence.

Nichita Stănescu is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list Famous Authors from Romania
Măreţia frigului, Opere imperfecte, 11 elegii Nichita Stănescu was a Romanian poet and essayist.

Vasile Alecsandri is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list Famous Authors from Romania
Legende, Opera poetică, Despot-Vodă Vasile Alecsandri was a Romanian poet, playwright, politician, and diplomat. He collected Romanian folk songs and was one of the principal animators of the 19th century movement for Romanian ...more

Dan Teodosiu is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list Famous Authors from Romania
End-to-end fault containment in scalable shared-memory multiprocessors

Sașa Pană is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list Famous Authors from Romania
Atentat la bunele tabieturi. Hârtii lipite. Frontispiciu poema Lumina în relief, Poeme şi poezii, Răbojul unui muritor Sașa Pană was a Romanian avant-garde poet, novelist, and short story writer.

Ion Pillat is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list Famous Authors from Romania
Visări păgâne, Umbra timpului, Versuri. Simboliştii. Vol. III Ion Pillat was a distinguished Romanian poet. He is best known for his volume Pe Argeş în sus and Poeme într-un vers. His maternal grandfather was Ion Brătianu. He studied at the ...more