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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 L... is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous Authors from Spain
Doña Rosita the Spinster, The House of Bernarda Alba, Blood Wedding

Birthplace: Fuente Vaqueros, Spain

Birthdate: 1898

Nationality: Spain

Federico del Sagrado Corazón de Jesús García Lorca (Spanish pronunciation: [feðeˈɾiko ðel saˈɣɾaðo koɾaˈθon de xeˈsuz ɣaɾˈθi.a ˈloɾka]; 5 June 1898 – 19 August ...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

Birthplace: Alcalá de Henares, Spain

Birthdate: 1547-09-29

Nationality: Spain

Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra (; US: ; Spanish: [miˈɣel de θeɾˈβantes saaˈβeðɾa]; 29 September 1547 (assumed) – 22 April 1616 NS) was a Spanish writer who is widely regarded as the greatest ...more

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#6 of 1,173 The Best Writers of All Time #100 of 1,344 The Greatest Minds of All Time #314 of 2,437 The Most Influential People of All Time

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Pedro Calderón de... 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

Birthplace: Madrid, Spain

Birthdate: 1600-01-17

Nationality: Spain

Pedro Calderón de la Barca y Barreda González de Henao Ruiz de Blasco y Riaño (17 January 1600 – 25 May 1681), usually referred as Pedro Calderón de la Barca (UK: , ...more

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#203 of 1,173 The Best Writers of All Time #37 of 368 The Greatest Poets of All Time #33 of 167 The Greatest Playwrights in History

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Benito Pérez Gald... is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous Authors from Spain
Doña Perfecta, La de Bringas, La incognita

Birthplace: Las Palmas, Spain

Birthdate: 1843-05-10

Nationality: Spain

Benito Pérez Galdós (May 10, 1843 – January 4, 1920) was a Spanish realist novelist. Some authorities consider him second only to Cervantes in stature as a Spanish novelist. He was ...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

Birthplace: Málaga, Spain

Birthdate: 1881-10-25

Nationality: Spain

Pablo Ruiz Picasso (UK: , US: , Spanish: [ˈpaβlo piˈkaso]; 25 October 1881 – 8 April 1973) was a Spanish painter, sculptor, printmaker, ceramicist, stage designer, poet and playwright who spent ...more

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Ramón del Valle-I... is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous Authors from Spain
Los cruzados de la causa, Martes de Carnaval, The Lamp of Marvels

Birthplace: Vilanova de Arousa, Spain

Birthdate: 1866

Nationality: Spain

Ramón María del Valle-Inclán y de la Peña (in Vilanova de Arousa, Galicia, Spain, 28 October 1866 – Santiago de Compostela, 5 January 1936) was a Spanish dramatist, ...more
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Gustavo Adolfo Bé... is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous Authors from Spain
Rimas, Legends, Tales And Poems

Birthplace: Seville, Spain

Birthdate: 1836-02-17

Nationality: Spain

Gustavo Adolfo Claudio Domínguez Bastida, better known as Gustavo Adolfo Bécquer (February 17, 1836, Seville – December 22, 1870, Madrid), was a Spanish Romanticist poet and writer ...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

Birthplace: Madrid, Spain

Birthdate: 1932-05-11

Nationality: Spain

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

Birthplace: Valladolid, Spain

Birthdate: 1920-10-17

Nationality: Spain

Miguel Delibes Setién MML (Spanish pronunciation: [miˈɣel deˈliβes]; 17 October 1920 – 12 March 2010) was a Spanish novelist, journalist and newspaper editor associated with the ...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

Birthplace: Seville, Spain

Birthdate: 1875-07-26

Nationality: Spain

Antonio Machado, in full Antonio Cipriano José María y Francisco de Santa Ana Machado y Ruiz (26 July 1875 – 22 February 1939), was a Spanish poet and one of the leading figures of ...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

Birthplace: Barcelona, Spain

Birthdate: 1916-04-09

Nationality: Spain

Juan Eduardo Cirlot Laporta was a Spanish poet, art critic, hermeneutist, mythologist, and musician.
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Robert Cunninghame-Graha... is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Famous Authors from Spain
Los caballos de la conquista, José Antonio Páez, The district of Menteith

Birthplace: London, England

Birthdate: 1852-05-24

Nationality: Scotland, Spain, United Kingdom

Robert Bontine Cunninghame Graham (24 May 1852 – 20 March 1936) was a Scottish politician, writer, journalist and adventurer. He was a Liberal Party Member of Parliament (MP); the first ever ...more
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Vicente Blasco Ibá... is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Famous Authors from Spain
Blood and sand, La Barraca, The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse

Birthplace: Valencia, Spain

Birthdate: 1867-01-29

Nationality: Spain

Vicente Blasco Ibáñez (29 January 1867 – 28 January 1928) was a journalist, politician and best-selling Spanish novelist in various genres whose most widespread and lasting fame in ...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

Birthplace: Madrid, Spain

Birthdate: 1580

Nationality: Spain

Francisco Gómez de Quevedo y Santibáñez Villegas, KOS (Spanish pronunciation: [fɾanˈθisko ðe keˈβeðo]; 14 September 1580 – 8 September 1645) was a Spanish nobleman, ...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

Birthplace: Madrid, Spain

Birthdate: 1951

Nationality: Spain

Javier Marías (born 20 September 1951) is a Spanish novelist, translator, and columnist. He is one of Spain's most celebrated novelists, and his work has been translated into 42
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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

Birthplace: Brazatortas, Spain

Birthdate: 1930-10-02

Nationality: Spain

Antonio Gala Velasco (born 2 October 1930) 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

Birthplace: Madrid, Spain

Birthdate: 1923-12-10

Nationality: Spain

Jorge Semprún Maura (Spanish: [ˈxoɾxe semˈpɾun]; 10 December 1923 – 7 June 2011) was a Spanish writer and politician who lived in France most of his life and wrote primarily in French. ...more
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Juan Ramón Jim&ea... is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Famous Authors from Spain
The Complete Perfectionist, Estio, Platero and I

Birthplace: Moguer, Spain

Birthdate: 1881-12-23

Nationality: Spain

Juan Ramón Jiménez Mantecón (23 December 1881 – 29 May 1958) was a Spanish poet, a prolific writer who received the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1956 "for his lyrical ...more

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Arturo Pérez-Reve... is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Famous Authors from Spain
The Fencing Master, The Club Dumas, State Budget Actions

Birthplace: Cartagena, Spain, Spain

Birthdate: 1951-11-25

Nationality: Spain

Arturo Pérez-Reverte Gutiérrez (born 25 November 1951 in Cartagena) is a Spanish novelist and journalist. He worked as a war correspondent for RTVE and was a war correspondent for ...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

Birthplace: Bilbao, Spain

Birthdate: 1864-09-29

Nationality: Spain

Miguel de Unamuno y Jugo (29 September 1864 – 31 December 1936) was a Spanish essayist, novelist, poet, playwright, philosopher, professor of Greek and Classics, and later rector at the ...more
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Joan Miró is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Famous Authors from Spain
Miró, Miro, 1940-1955

Birthplace: Barcelona, Spain

Birthdate: 1893-01-01

Nationality: Spain

Joan Miró i Ferrà ( mi-ROH, also US: mee-ROH, Catalan: [ʒuˈam miˈɾo j fəˈra]; 20 April 1893 – 25 December 1983) was a Spanish painter, sculptor, and ceramicist born in Barcelona. A ...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

Birthplace: Donostia / San Sebastián, Spain

Birthdate: 1872

Nationality: Spain

Pío Baroja y Nessi (28 December 1872 – 30 October 1956) was a Spanish writer, one of the key novelists of the Generation of '98. He was a member of an illustrious family, his brother ...more
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Andrés Manj&oacut... is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Famous Authors from Spain

Birthdate: 1846

Nationality: 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

Birthplace: Madrid, Spain

Birthdate: 1562-11-25

Nationality: Spain

Lope Félix de Vega y Carpio ( LOH-pay dee VAY-gə, Spanish: [ˈlope ˈfeliɣz ðe ˈβeɣa i ˈkaɾpjo]; 25 November 1562 – 27 August 1635) was a Spanish playwright, poet, novelist and marine. ...more

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#201 of 1,173 The Best Writers of All Time #322 of 1,344 The Greatest Minds of All Time #117 of 368 The Greatest Poets of All Time

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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

Birthplace: Europe, Madrid, Madrid, Southern Europe, Madrid metropolitan area, + more

Birthdate: 1863

Nationality: United States of America, Spain

Series Written: The Letters of George Santayana, The Works of George Santayana

Jorge Agustín Nicolás Ruiz de Santayana y Borrás, known in English as George Santayana (; December 16, 1863 – September 26, 1952), was a philosopher, essayist, poet, and ...more

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