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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.

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Federico García Lorca is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous Authors from Spain
Doña Rosita the Spinster, The House of Bernarda Alba, Blood Wedding Federico del Sagrado Corazón de Jesús García Lorca, known as Federico García Lorca was a Spanish poet, playwright, and theatre director. García Lorca achieved ...more

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Miguel de Cervantes is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous Authors from Spain
Don Quixote, The Siege of Numantia, Viaje al Parnaso Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra, often known mononymously as Cervantes, was a Spanish novelist, poet, and playwright. His magnum opus, Don Quixote, considered to be the first modern European novel, ...more

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Pedro Calderón de la Barca is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous Authors from Spain
El médico de su honra, No siempre lo peor es cierto, El escondido y la tapada Pedro Calderón de la Barca y Barreda González de Henao Ruiz de Blasco y Riaño, usually referred as Pedro Calderón de la Barca, was a dramatist, poet and writer of the ...more

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Benito Pérez Galdós is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous Authors from Spain
Doña Perfecta, La de Bringas, La incognita Benito Pérez Galdós was a Spanish realist novelist. Some authorities consider him second only to Cervantes in stature as a Spanish novelist. He was the leading literary figure in ...more

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Pablo Picasso is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous Authors from Spain
The primacy of design, Matisse, Picasso Pablo Ruiz y Picasso, also known as Pablo Picasso, was a Spanish painter, sculptor, printmaker, ceramicist, stage designer, poet and playwright who spent most of his adult life in France. As one ...more

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Ramón del Valle-Inclán is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous Authors from Spain
Los cruzados de la causa, Martes de Carnaval, The Lamp of Marvels Ramón María del Valle-Inclán y de la Peña, Spanish dramatist, novelist and member of the Spanish Generation of 98, is considered perhaps the most noteworthy and ...more

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Gustavo Adolfo Bécquer is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous Authors from Spain
Rimas, Legends, Tales And Poems Gustavo Adolfo Claudio Domínguez Bastida, better known as Gustavo Adolfo Bécquer, was a Spanish post-romanticist poet and writer, also a playwright, literary columnist, and ...more

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Francisco Umbral is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous Authors from Spain
Umbral: El socialfelipismo, La forja de un ladrón, Los Males Sagrados Francisco Umbral was a Spanish journalist, novelist, biographer and essayist.

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Miguel Delibes is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Famous Authors from Spain
La mortaja, Los Ninos / The Children, El hereje Miguel Delibes Setién was a Spanish novelist, journalist and newspaper editor associated with the Generation of '36 movement. From 1975 until his death, he was a member of the Royal ...more

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Antonio Machado is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Famous Authors from Spain
Poesías, Selected poems of Antonio Machado, Obras: poesía y prosa Antonio Machado, in full Antonio Cipriano José María y Francisco de Santa Ana Machado y Ruiz, was a Spanish poet and one of the leading figures of the Spanish literary movement ...more

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Juan Eduardo Cirlot is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Famous Authors from Spain
El Libro de Cartago, La pintura de Montserrat Gudiol, The genesis of Gaudian architecture Juan Eduardo Cirlot Laporta was a Spanish poet, art critic, hermeneutist, mythologist, and musician.

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Robert Cunninghame-Graham is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Famous Authors from Spain
Los caballos de la conquista, José Antonio Páez, The district of Menteith Robert Bontine Cunninghame Graham was a Scottish politician, writer, journalist and adventurer. He was a Liberal Party Member of Parliament; the first-ever socialist member of the Parliament of ...more

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Vicente Blasco Ibáñez is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Famous Authors from Spain
Blood and sand, La Barraca, The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse Vicente Blasco Ibáñez was a journalist, politician and best-selling Spanish novelist in various genres whose most widespread and lasting fame in the English-speaking world is from ...more

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Francisco de Quevedo is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Famous Authors from Spain
El Buscón, Sonetos de, Lágrimas de Hieremías castellanas Francisco Gómez de Quevedo y Santibáñez Villegas was a Spanish nobleman, politician and writer of the Baroque era. Along with his lifelong rival, Luis de Góngora, ...more

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Javier Marías is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Famous Authors from Spain
Tomorrow in the Battle Think on Me, Your Face Tomorrow Volume 1: Fever and Spear, A Heart So White Javier Marías is a Spanish novelist, translator, and columnist.

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Antonio Gala is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Famous Authors from Spain
LA Pasion Turca, La Soledad Sonora, Las manzanas del viernes Antonio Gala Velasco is a Spanish poet, playwright, novelist and writer.

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Jorge Semprún is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Famous Authors from Spain
Le mort qu'il faut, Schweigen ist unmöglich, Le Grand Voyage Jorge Semprún Maura was a Spanish writer and politician who lived in France most of his life and wrote primarily in French. From 1953 to 1962, during the era of Francisco Franco, ...more

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Juan Ramón Jiménez is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Famous Authors from Spain
The Complete Perfectionist, Estio, Platero and I Juan Ramón Jiménez Mantecón was a Spanish poet, a prolific writer who received the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1956 "for his lyrical poetry, which in the Spanish ...more

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Arturo Pérez-Reverte is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Famous Authors from Spain
The Fencing Master, The Club Dumas, State Budget Actions Arturo Pérez-Reverte Gutiérrez is a Spanish novelist and journalist. He worked as a war correspondent for RTVE and was a war correspondent for 21 years. His first novel, El ...more

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Miguel de Unamuno is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Famous Authors from Spain
Abel Sánchez, Tragic Sense of Life, Almas De Jovenes Miguel de Unamuno y Jugo was a Spanish essayist, novelist, poet, playwright, philosopher, and Greek professor and later rector at the University of Salamanca. His major philosophical essay was ...more

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Joan Miró is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Famous Authors from Spain
Miró, Miro, 1940-1955 Joan Miró i Ferrà was a Catalan, Spanish painter, sculptor, and ceramicist born in Barcelona. A museum dedicated to his work, the Fundació Joan Miró, was established ...more

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Pío Baroja is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Famous Authors from Spain
Las Inquietudes De Shanti Andia, Zalacain el Aventurero, Caesar or Nothing Pío Baroja y Nessi was a Spanish writer, one of the key novelists of the Generation of '98. He was a member of an illustrious family, his brother Ricardo was a painter, writer and ...more

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Andrés Manjón is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Famous Authors from Spain
Andrés Manjón is a writer.

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Lope de Vega is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Famous Authors from Spain
Viuda, Casada Y Doncella, La Bella Malmaridada Félix Lope de Vega y Carpio was a Spanish playwright and poet. He was one of the key figures in the Spanish Golden Century of Baroque literature. His reputation in the world of Spanish ...more

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George Santayana is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Famous Authors from Spain
The Last Puritan, The Letters of George Santayana, Book Eight: 1948-1952 Jorge Agustín Nicolás Ruiz de Santayana y Borrás, known as George Santayana, was a philosopher, essayist, poet, and novelist. Santayana was raised and educated in the United ...more

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Luis Cernuda is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list Famous Authors from Spain
Las nubes, Written in Water, Les Nuages Luis Cernuda, was a Spanish poet, a member of the Generation of '27. During the Spanish Civil War, in early 1938, he went to the UK to deliver some lectures and this became the start of an exile ...more

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Agustin Gomez-Arcos is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list Famous Authors from Spain
L' aveuglon, L'Enfant pain, Ana No Agustin Gomez-Arcos was a Spanish writer. He was born in Enix, Spain. He studied law but quit university for theater. However, some of his work was banned in Franco's Spain. He emigrated to ...more

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Juan Marsé is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list Famous Authors from Spain
Rabos de lagartija / Lizard Tails, Boulevard du Guinardó, Des lézards dans le ravin Juan Marsé Carbó is a Spanish novelist, journalist and screenwriter. In 2008 he was awarded the Cervantes Prize, "the Spanish-language equivalent" to the Nobel Prize in

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Elvira Lindo is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list Famous Authors from Spain
¡Como Molo!, Pobre Manolito, El Mundo Es Un Pa~nuelo Elvira Lindo is a Spanish journalist and writer. At the age of 12 Lindo moved to Madrid, where she studied journalism. She did not get her degree, as she began to work in television and radio as ...more

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Camilo José Cela is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list Famous Authors from Spain
The Hive, The Family of Pascual Duarte, El Gallego y Su Cuadrilla Camilo José Cela y Trulock, 1st Marquis of Iria Flavia was a Spanish novelist, short story writer and essayist associated with the Generation of '36 movement. He was awarded the 1989 ...more

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Manuel Vázquez Montalbán is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list Famous Authors from Spain
Los Pajaros De Bangkok, Autobiografía del general Franco, Murder in the Central Committee Manuel Vázquez Montalbán was a prolific Spanish writer: journalist, novelist, poet, essayist, anthologue, prologist, humorist, critic, as well as a gastronome and a FC Barcelona

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Jacinto Benavente is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list Famous Authors from Spain
Pepa Doncel, Los intereses creados, Titania Jacinto Benavente y Martínez was one of the foremost Spanish dramatists of the 20th century. He was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1922 "for the happy manner in which he ...more

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Almudena Grandes is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list Famous Authors from Spain
Im Labyrinth der Lust. Erotische Phantasien, Las Edades de Lulu, Les vies de Loulou Almudena Grandes Hernández is a Spanish writer. She studied geography and history at the Universidad Complutense de Madrid. She is married to the poet Luis García Montero. In 1989 ...more

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Ray Loriga is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list Famous Authors from Spain
Vom Himmel gefallen, Tokyo Doesn't Love Us Anymore, Caídos del cielo Jorge Loriga Torrenova also known as Ray Loriga, is a Spanish author, screenwriter, and director. His first novel Lo Peor de todo, was published in 1992, and was followed by Héroes in ...more

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Luis de Góngora is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list Famous Authors from Spain
Versos de Góngora, The solitudes of Luis de Góngora y Argote, Las firmezas de Isabela Luis de Góngora y Argote was a Spanish Baroque lyric poet. Góngora and his lifelong rival, Francisco de Quevedo, are widely considered the most prominent Spanish poets of all time. ...more

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Plácido Domingo is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list Famous Authors from Spain
My first forty years, My operatic roles, Placido José Plácido Domingo Embil, known as Plácido Domingo, is a Spanish tenor, conductor and arts administrator. As of the end of 2013, he has sung 144 different roles. One of ...more

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Quim Monzó is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list Famous Authors from Spain
Ochenta y Seis Cuentos, Vuitanta-sis contes, Tres Nadals Joaquim Monzó i Gómez, also known as Quim Monzó, is a contemporary Spanish writer of novels, short stories and discursive prose, mostly in Catalan. In the early 1970s, ...more

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Juan Goytisolo is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list Famous Authors from Spain
Landscapes of war, Landscapes after the battle, Count Julian Juan Goytisolo is a Spanish poet, essayist, and novelist. He lives in Marrakech.

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Eduardo Mendicutti is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list Famous Authors from Spain
El beso del cosaco, El palomo cojo, La Susi en el vestuario blanco Eduardo Mendicutti is a writer and journalist.

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Teresa of Ávila is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list Famous Authors from Spain
Mother Teresa: In My Own Words, Verweilen vor Gott, On the Lord's Prayer Teresa of Ávila, also called Saint Teresa of Jesus, baptized as Teresa Sánchez de Cepeda y Ahumada, was a prominent Spanish mystic, Roman Catholic saint, Carmelite nun, author ...more

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Luis Buñuel is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list Famous Authors from Spain
Là-bas, Three Screenplays, Tristana Luis Buñuel Portolés was a filmmaker who worked in Spain, Mexico and France. When Luis Buñuel died at age 83, his obituary in the New York Times called him "an ...more

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Jorge Manrique is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list Famous Authors from Spain
Coplas De Jorge Manrique, Antologia de Poesia Espanola, Recuerdo El Alma Dormida Jorge Manrique was a major Spanish poet, whose main work, the Coplas a la muerte de su padre, is still read today. He was a supporter of the great Spanish queen, Isabel I of Castile, and ...more

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Vicente Aleixandre is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list Famous Authors from Spain
Destruction or Love, Shadow of Paradise, Vast Dominion Vicente Pío Marcelino Cirilo Aleixandre y Merlo was a Spanish poet who was born in Seville. Aleixandre received the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1977 "for a creative poetic writing ...more

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Fernando de Rojas is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list Famous Authors from Spain
La Celestina Fernando de Rojas was a Spanish author and dramatist, known for his only surviving work, La Celestina, first published in 1499. It is variously considered "the last work of the Spanish ...more

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Ana María Matute is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list Famous Authors from Spain
Los hijos muertos, La trampa, Algunos muchachos Ana María Matute Ausejo was an internationally acclaimed Spanish writer and member of the Real Academia Española. She was the third woman to receive the Cervantes Prize for her ...more

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Rosalía de Castro is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list Famous Authors from Spain
Beside the river Sar, Poems María Rosalía Rita de Castro, was a Galician romanticist writer and poet. Writing in the Galician language, after the Séculos Escuros, she became an important figure of the ...more

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Dulce Chacón is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list Famous Authors from Spain
The sleeping voice Dulce Chacón was a Spanish poet, novelist and playwright. Born into a traditional family in the Extremadura region of Spain, her family moved to Madrid on her father's' death, when she ...more

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Matilde Asensi is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list Famous Authors from Spain
Todo Bajo el Cielo, The Last Cato, El Ultimo Caton Matilde Asensi is a Spanish journalist and writer, specialised mainly in historical novels. Asensi was born at Alicante. She studied journalism at the Autonomous University of Barcelona, and she ...more

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Dámaso Alonso is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list Famous Authors from Spain
Antologia poetica, 1950-1969, Hijos de la ira Dámaso Alonso y Fernández de las Redondas was a Spanish poet, philologist and literary critic. Though a member of the Generation of '27, his best-known work dates from the 1940s

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Gaspar Melchor de Jovellanos is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list Famous Authors from Spain
Gaspar Melchor de Jovellanos was a Spanish neoclassical statesman, author, philosopher and a major figure of the Age of Enlightenment in Spain.