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?"

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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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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.
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
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
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.
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
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
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
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.
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.
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
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
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. His first novel, El húsar, set in the Napoleonic Wars, was released in 1986. He is well known outside ...more
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
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
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
Andrés Manjón is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Famous Authors from Spain
Andrés Manjón is a writer.
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
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