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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.

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

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

    Quality-control handbook, Case studies in industrial management

    BirthplaceSoutheast Europe, Brăila County, Brăila, Sud-Est, Romania

    Birthdate1904

    NationalityUnited States of America, Romania

    Joseph Moses Juran (December 24, 1904 – February 28, 2008) was a Romanian-born American engineer and management consultant. He was an evangelist for quality and quality management, having written...  more
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    Carmen Firan

    Inhabited words, The farce
    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
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    Elie Wiesel

    Night, The Gates of the Forest

    BirthplaceSighetu Marmației, Romania

    Birthdate1928-09-30

    NationalityUnited States of America, Romania

    Eliezer Wiesel (, Hebrew: אֱלִיעֶזֶר וִיזֶל‎ ʾĔlîʿezer Vîzel; September 30, 1928 – July 2, 2016) was a Romanian-born American writer, professor, political activist, Nobel Laureate, and Holocaust...  more

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    Mircea Eliade

    Romanul adolescentului miop, Bengal nights

    BirthplaceBucharest, Romania

    Birthdate1907-03-09

    NationalityUnited States of America, Romania

    Mircea Eliade (Romanian: [ˈmirt͡ʃe̯a eliˈade]; March 9 [O.S. February 24] 1907 – April 22, 1986) was a Romanian historian of religion, fiction writer, philosopher, and professor at the University of...  more
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    Eugène Ionesco

    Rhinoceros, Exit the King

    BirthplaceSlatina, Sud-Vest, Romania

    Birthdate1909-11-26

    NationalityFrance, Romania

    Eugène Ionesco (born Eugen Ionescu, Romanian: [e.uˈd͡ʒen i.oˈnesku] (listen); 26 November 1909 – 28 March 1994) was a Romanian-French playwright who wrote mostly in French, and one of the foremost...  more
  • 6

    Lucian Blaga

    Poems of light, Gîndirea românească în Transilvania în secolul al XVIII-lea

    BirthplaceLancrăm

    Birthdate1895-05-09

    NationalityRomania

    Lucian Blaga (Romanian: [lut͡ʃiˈan ˈblaɡa] (listen); 9 May 1895 – 6 May 1961) was a Romanian philosopher, poet, playwright and novelist....  more
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    Tristan Tzara

    Handkerchief of Clouds, Le surréalisme et l'après-guerre

    BirthplaceSoutheast Europe, Moinești, Romania

    Birthdate1896-04-16

    NationalityFrance, Romania

    Tristan Tzara (French: [tʁistɑ̃ dzaʁa]; Romanian: [trisˈtan ˈt͡sara]; born Samuel or Samy Rosenstock, also known as S. Samyro; 16 April [O.S. 4 April] 1896 – 25 December 1963) was a Romanian and...  more
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    BirthplaceTârlișua, Romania

    Birthdate1885-11-27

    NationalityAustria-Hungary, Romania

    Liviu Rebreanu (Romanian pronunciation: [ˈlivju reˈbre̯anu]; November 27, 1885 – September 1, 1944) was a Romanian novelist, playwright, short story writer, and journalist....  more
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    Andrei Codrescu

    Christopher Felver: The Importance of Being, New Orleans

    BirthplaceSibiu, Romania

    Birthdate1946-12-20

    NationalityUnited States of America, Romania

    Andrei Codrescu (Romanian pronunciation: [anˈdrej koˈdresku]; born December 20, 1946) is a Romanian-American poet, novelist, essayist, screenwriter, and commentator for National Public Radio. He was...  more
  • 10

    Hermann Oberth

    The Moon Car, Man Into Space

    BirthplaceSibiu, Romania

    Birthdate1894-06-25

    NationalityHungary, Austria-Hungary, Germany, Romania

    Hermann Julius Oberth (German: [ˈhɛrman ˈjuːli̯ʊs ˈoːbɛrt]; 25 June 1894 – 28 December 1989) was an Austro-Hungarian-born German physicist and engineer. He is considered one of the founding fathers...  more
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    Mihai Eminescu

    Proză literară, Dorința

    BirthplaceBotoșani, Nord-Est, Romania

    Birthdate1850-01-15

    NationalityRomania

    Mihai Eminescu (Romanian pronunciation: [miˈhaj emiˈnesku] (listen); born Mihail Eminovici; 15 January 1850 – 15 June 1889) was a Romantic poet, novelist, and journalist, generally regarded as the...  more
  • 12

    Panait Istrati

    Viața lui Adrian Zografi, Ciulinii Bărăganului

    BirthplaceBrăila, Sud-Est, Romania

    Birthdate1884-08-10

    NationalityFrance, Romania

    Panait Istrati (Romanian: [panaˈit isˈtrati]; sometimes rendered as Panaït Istrati; August 10, 1884 – April 16, 1935) was a Romanian working class writer, who wrote in French and Romanian, nicknamed...  more
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    Gellu Naum

    Teribilul interzis, Întrebătorul

    BirthplaceSoutheast Europe, Bucharest, Romania

    Birthdate1915

    NationalityRomania

    Gelu Naum (1 August 1915 – 29 September 2001) was a prominent Romanian poet, dramatist, novelist, children's writer, and translator. He is remembered as the founder of the Romanian Surrealist group....  more
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    Marin Sorescu

    Céramique, Norii

    BirthplaceBulzești

    Birthdate1936-02-29

    NationalityRomania

    Marin Sorescu (Romanian pronunciation: [maˈrin soˈresku] (listen); 29 February 1936 – 8 December 1996) was a Romanian poet, playwright, and novelist. His works were translated into more than 20...  more
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    Mihail Sadoveanu

    The Hatchet, Ochi de urs

    BirthplacePașcani, Romania

    Birthdate1880-11-05

    NationalityRomania

    Mihail Sadoveanu (Romanian: [mihaˈil sadoˈve̯anu]; occasionally referred to as Mihai Sadoveanu; November 5, 1880 – October 19, 1961) was a Romanian novelist, short story writer, journalist and...  more
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    Emil Cioran

    Drawn and Quartered, Précis de décomposition

    BirthplaceRășinari, Romania

    Birthdate1911-04-08

    NationalityRomania

    Emil Cioran (Romanian: [eˈmil t͡ʃoˈran] (listen); 8 April 1911 – 20 June 1995) was a Romanian philosopher and essayist, who published works in both Romanian and French. His work has been noted for...  more
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    János Mattis-Teutsch

    János Mattis-Teutsch or Máttis-Teutsch, Mátis-Teutsch (IPA: [ˈjaːnoʃ ˈmɒtːiʃ ˈtʰɔʏ̯t͡ʃ]; the most common Hungarian-language versions of his name, all of which have also been spelled without the...  more
  • 18

    Herta Müller

    The Land of Green Plums, Der Fuchs war damals schon der Jäger

    BirthplaceNițchidorf, Romania

    Birthdate1953-08-17

    NationalityGermany, Romania

    Herta Müller (born 17 August 1953) is a Romanian-born German novelist, poet, essayist and recipient of the 2009 Nobel Prize in Literature. Born in Nițchidorf, Timiș County in Romania, her native...  more
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    Richard Wagner

    Götterdämmerung, Tannhäuser

    BirthplaceLeipzig, Germany

    Birthdate1813-05-22

    NationalityKingdom of Saxony, Germany

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    Grigore Vieru

    Izvorul şi clipa, Metafore albastre

    BirthplacePererita

    Birthdate1935-02-14

    NationalityKingdom of Romania

    Grigore Vieru (Romanian pronunciation: [ɡriˈɡore viˈeru]; 14 February 1935 – 18 January 2009) was a Moldovan poet and writer. He is mostly known for his poems and books for children. His poetry is...  more
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    Gregor von Rezzori

    The death of my brother Abel, Der arbeitslose König

    BirthplaceChernivtsi, Ukraine

    Birthdate1914-05-13

    NationalityAustria

    Gregor von Rezzori (German pronunciation: [ʁɛˈtsoːʁi]; May 13, 1914 – April 23, 1998), born Gregor Arnulph Hilarius d'Arezzo, was an Austrian-born, Romanian, German-language novelist, memoirist,...  more
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    Nadia Comăneci

    Letters to a Young Gymnast

    BirthplaceOnești, Romania

    Birthdate1961-11-12

    NationalityUnited States of America, Romania

    Nadia Elena Comăneci (UK: , US: , Romanian: [ˈnadi.a koməˈnetʃʲ] (listen); born 12 November 1961) is a Romanian retired gymnast and a five-time Olympic gold medalist, all in individual events....  more

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    Alexander Isaakovich Gelman (Russian: Алекса́ндр Исаа́кович Ге́льман; born 25 October 1933 in Donduşeni), original given name Shunya (Russian: Шу́ня), is a Bessarabian-born Soviet and Russian...  more
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    Ion Iliescu

    Romania in Europe and in the world, Fragmente de viață și istorie trăită

    BirthplaceOltenița, Romania

    Birthdate1930-03-03

    NationalityRomania

    Ion Iliescu (Romanian pronunciation: [iˈon iliˈesku] (listen); born 3 March 1930) is a Romanian politician who served as President of Romania from 1989 until 1996, and from 2000 until 2004. From 1996...  more
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    Gherasim Luca

    Héros-Limite, L'Extrême-Occidentale

    BirthplaceSoutheast Europe, Bucharest, Romania

    Birthdate1913

    NationalityRomania

    Gherasim Luca (Romanian pronunciation: [ɟeraˈsim ˈluka]; 23 July 1913 – 9 February 1994) was a French-speaking Surrealist theorist and poet. Born Salman Locker in Romania and also known as Salman...  more