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Famous Authors from Spain

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

Authors here include everything from José María Gabriel y Galán to Juan Eduardo Cirlot.

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

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

    Federico García Lorca

    Doña Rosita the Spinster, The House of Bernarda Alba

    BirthplaceFuente Vaqueros, Spain

    Birthdate1898

    NationalitySpain

    Federico del Sagrado Corazón de Jesús García Lorca (Spanish pronunciation: [feðeˈɾiko ðel... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button

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    #16 of 250 The Best Gay Authors#13 of 168 The Best Poets of the 20th Century

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    Miguel de Cervantes

    Miguel de Cervantes

    Don Quixote, The Siege of Numantia

    BirthplaceAlcalá de Henares, Spain

    Birthdate1547-09-29

    NationalitySpain

    Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra (; US: ; Spanish: [miˈɣel de θeɾˈβantes saaˈβeðɾa]; 29 September... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
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    Pedro Calderón de la Barca

    Pedro Calderón de la Barca

    El médico de su honra, No siempre lo peor es cierto

    BirthplaceMadrid, Spain

    Birthdate1600-01-17

    NationalitySpain

    Pedro Calderón de la Barca y Barreda González de Henao Ruiz de Blasco y Riaño (17 January 1600... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button

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    #46 of 167 The Greatest Playwrights in History#22 of 32 The Best Spanish Authors

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    Benito Pérez Galdós

    Benito Pérez Galdós

    Doña Perfecta, La de Bringas

    BirthplaceLas Palmas, Spain

    Birthdate1843-05-10

    NationalitySpain

    Benito Pérez Galdós (May 10, 1843 – January 4, 1920) was a Spanish realist novelist. Some... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
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    Pablo Picasso

    Pablo Picasso

    The primacy of design, Matisse

    BirthplaceMálaga, Spain

    Birthdate1881-10-25

    NationalitySpain

    Pablo Ruiz Picasso (UK: , US: , Spanish: [ˈpaβlo piˈkaso]; 25 October 1881 – 8 April 1973) was... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button

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    Ramón del Valle-Inclán

    Ramón del Valle-Inclán

    Los cruzados de la causa, Martes de Carnaval

    BirthplaceVilanova de Arousa, Spain

    Birthdate1866-10-28

    NationalitySpain

    Ramón María del Valle-Inclán y de la Peña (in Vilanova de Arousa, Galicia, Spain, 28 October... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
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    Gustavo Adolfo Bécquer

    BirthplaceSeville, Spain

    Birthdate1836-02-17

    NationalitySpain

    Gustavo Adolfo Claudio Domínguez Bastida, better known as Gustavo Adolfo Bécquer (February... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
  • 8

    Francisco Umbral

    Umbral: El socialfelipismo, La forja de un ladrón

    BirthplaceMadrid, Spain

    Birthdate1932-05-11

    NationalitySpain

    Francisco Umbral was a Spanish journalist, novelist, biographer and essayist.Amazon buy button
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    Miguel Delibes

    Miguel Delibes

    La mortaja, Los Ninos / The Children

    BirthplaceValladolid, Spain

    Birthdate1920-10-17

    NationalitySpain

    Miguel Delibes Setién MML (Spanish pronunciation: [miˈɣel deˈliβes]; 17 October 1920 – 12... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
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    Antonio Machado

    Antonio Machado

    Poesías, Selected poems of Antonio Machado

    BirthplaceSeville, Spain

    Birthdate1875-07-26

    NationalitySpain

    Antonio Machado, in full Antonio Cipriano José María y Francisco de Santa Ana Machado y Ruiz... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
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    Juan Eduardo Cirlot

    El Libro de Cartago, La pintura de Montserrat Gudiol

    BirthplaceBarcelona, Spain

    Birthdate1916-04-09

    NationalitySpain

    Juan Eduardo Cirlot Laporta was a Spanish poet, art critic, hermeneutist, mythologist, and... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
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    Robert Cunninghame-Graham

    Robert Cunninghame-Graham

    Los caballos de la conquista, José Antonio Páez

    BirthplaceLondon, England

    Birthdate1852-05-24

    NationalityScotland, Spain, United Kingdom

    Robert Bontine Cunninghame Graham (24 May 1852 – 20 March 1936) was a Scottish politician,... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
  • 13
    Vicente Blasco Ibáñez

    Vicente Blasco Ibáñez

    Blood and sand, La Barraca

    BirthplaceValencia, Spain

    Birthdate1867-01-29

    NationalitySpain

    Vicente Blasco Ibáñez (29 January 1867 – 28 January 1928) was a journalist, politician and... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
  • 14
    Francisco de Quevedo

    Francisco de Quevedo

    El Buscón, Sonetos de

    BirthplaceMadrid, Spain

    Birthdate1580

    NationalitySpain

    Francisco Gómez de Quevedo y Santibáñez Villegas, KOS (Spanish pronunciation: [fɾanˈθisko ðe... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
  • 15
    Javier Marías

    Javier Marías

    Tomorrow in the Battle Think on Me, Your Face Tomorrow Volume 1: Fever and Spear

    BirthplaceMadrid, Spain

    Birthdate1951

    NationalitySpain

    Javier Marías (born 20 September 1951) is a Spanish novelist, translator, and columnist. He is... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
  • 16
    Antonio Gala

    Antonio Gala

    LA Pasion Turca, La Soledad Sonora

    BirthplaceBrazatortas, Spain

    Birthdate1930-10-02

    NationalitySpain

    Antonio Gala Velasco (born 2 October 1930) is a Spanish poet, playwright, novelist and writer.Amazon buy button
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    Jorge Semprún

    Jorge Semprún

    Le mort qu'il faut, Schweigen ist unmöglich

    BirthplaceMadrid, Spain

    Birthdate1923-12-10

    NationalitySpain

    Jorge Semprún Maura (Spanish: [ˈxoɾxe semˈpɾun]; 10 December 1923 – 7 June 2011) was a Spanish... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
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    Juan Ramón Jiménez

    Juan Ramón Jiménez

    The Complete Perfectionist, Estio

    BirthplaceMoguer, Spain

    Birthdate1881-12-23

    NationalitySpain

    Juan Ramón Jiménez Mantecón (23 December 1881 – 29 May 1958) was a Spanish poet, a prolific... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button

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    #2088 of 2,443 The Most Influential People of All Time#14 of 38 The Best Spanish Language Poets of All Time

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    Arturo Pérez-Reverte

    Arturo Pérez-Reverte

    The Fencing Master, The Club Dumas

    BirthplaceCartagena, Spain, Spain

    Birthdate1951-11-25

    NationalitySpain

    Arturo Pérez-Reverte Gutiérrez (born 25 November 1951 in Cartagena) is a Spanish novelist and... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
  • 20
    Miguel de Unamuno

    Miguel de Unamuno

    Abel Sánchez, Tragic Sense of Life

    BirthplaceBilbao, Spain

    Birthdate1864-09-29

    NationalitySpain

    Miguel de Unamuno y Jugo (29 September 1864 – 31 December 1936) was a Spanish essayist,... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
  • 21
    Joan Miró

    Joan Miró

    Miró, Miro

    BirthplaceBarcelona, Spain

    Birthdate1893-01-01

    NationalitySpain

    Joan Miró i Ferrà ( mi-ROH, also US: mee-ROH, Catalan: [ʒuˈam miˈɾo j fəˈra]; 20 April 1893 –... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button

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    Pío Baroja

    Pío Baroja

    Las Inquietudes De Shanti Andia, Zalacain el Aventurero

    BirthplaceDonostia / San Sebastián, Spain

    Birthdate1872

    NationalitySpain

    Pío Baroja y Nessi (28 December 1872 – 30 October 1956) was a Spanish writer, one of the key... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
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    Andrés Manjón is a writer.Amazon buy button
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    Lope de Vega

    Lope de Vega

    Viuda, Casada Y Doncella

    BirthplaceMadrid, Spain

    Birthdate1562-11-25

    NationalitySpain

    Lope Félix de Vega y Carpio ( LOH-pay dee VAY-gə, Spanish: [ˈlope ˈfeliɣz ðe ˈβeɣa i... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button

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    #231 of 1,172 The Best Writers of All Time#573 of 1,357 The Greatest Minds of All Time

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    George Santayana

    George Santayana

    The Last Puritan, The Letters of George Santayana

    BirthplaceEurope, Madrid, Madrid, Southern Europe, Madrid metropolitan area

    Birthdate1863

    NationalityUnited States of America, Spain

    Series WrittenThe Letters of George Santayana, The Works of George Santayana

    Jorge Agustín Nicolás Ruiz de Santayana y Borrás, known in English as George Santayana (;... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button

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