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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.
  • Federico García Lorca1

    Federico García Lorca

    Doña Rosita the Spinster, The House of Bernarda Alba

    BirthplaceFuente Vaqueros, Spain



    Federico del Sagrado Corazón de Jesús García Lorca (Spanish pronunciation: [feðeˈɾiko ðel... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
  • Miguel de Cervantes2

    Miguel de Cervantes

    Don Quixote, The Siege of Numantia

    BirthplaceAlcalá de Henares, Spain



    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 Barca3

    Pedro Calderón de la Barca

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

    BirthplaceMadrid, Spain



    Pedro Calderón de la Barca y Barreda González de Henao Ruiz de Blasco y Riaño (17 January 1600... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
  • Benito Pérez Galdós4

    Benito Pérez Galdós

    Doña Perfecta, La de Bringas

    BirthplaceLas Palmas, Spain



    Benito Pérez Galdós (May 10, 1843 – January 4, 1920) was a Spanish realist novelist. Some... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
  • Pablo Picasso5

    Pablo Picasso

    The primacy of design, Matisse

    BirthplaceMálaga, Spain



    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-Inclán6

    Ramón del Valle-Inclán

    Los cruzados de la causa, Martes de Carnaval

    BirthplaceVilanova de Arousa, Spain



    Ramón María del Valle-Inclán y de la Peña (in Vilanova de Arousa, Galicia, Spain, 28 October... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
  • Gustavo Adolfo Bécquer7

    BirthplaceSeville, Spain



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

    Umbral: El socialfelipismo, La forja de un ladrón

    BirthplaceMadrid, Spain



    Francisco Umbral was a Spanish journalist, novelist, biographer and essayist.Amazon buy button
  • Miguel Delibes9

    Miguel Delibes

    La mortaja, Los Ninos / The Children

    BirthplaceValladolid, Spain



    Miguel Delibes Setién MML (Spanish pronunciation: [miˈɣel deˈliβes]; 17 October 1920 – 12... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
  • Antonio Machado10

    Antonio Machado

    Poesías, Selected poems of Antonio Machado

    BirthplaceSeville, Spain



    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



    Juan Eduardo Cirlot Laporta was a Spanish poet, art critic, hermeneutist, mythologist, and... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
  • Robert Cunninghame-Graham12

    Robert Cunninghame-Graham

    Los caballos de la conquista, José Antonio Páez

    BirthplaceLondon, England


    NationalityScotland, Spain, United Kingdom

    Robert Bontine Cunninghame Graham (24 May 1852 – 20 March 1936) was a Scottish politician,... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
  • Vicente Blasco Ibáñez13

    Vicente Blasco Ibáñez

    Blood and sand, La Barraca

    BirthplaceValencia, Spain



    Vicente Blasco Ibáñez (29 January 1867 – 28 January 1928) was a journalist, politician and... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
  • Francisco de Quevedo14

    Francisco de Quevedo

    El Buscón, Sonetos de

    BirthplaceMadrid, Spain



    Francisco Gómez de Quevedo y Santibáñez Villegas, KOS (Spanish pronunciation: [fɾanˈθisko ðe... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
  • Javier Marías15

    Javier Marías

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

    BirthplaceMadrid, Spain



    Javier Marías (born 20 September 1951) is a Spanish novelist, translator, and columnist. He is... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
  • Antonio Gala16

    Antonio Gala

    LA Pasion Turca, La Soledad Sonora

    BirthplaceBrazatortas, Spain



    Antonio Gala Velasco (born 2 October 1930) is a Spanish poet, playwright, novelist and writer.Amazon buy button
  • Jorge Semprún17

    Jorge Semprún

    Le mort qu'il faut, Schweigen ist unmöglich

    BirthplaceMadrid, Spain



    Jorge Semprún Maura (Spanish: [ˈxoɾxe semˈpɾun]; 10 December 1923 – 7 June 2011) was a Spanish... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
  • Juan Ramón Jiménez18

    Juan Ramón Jiménez

    The Complete Perfectionist, Estio

    BirthplaceMoguer, Spain



    Juan Ramón Jiménez Mantecón (23 December 1881 – 29 May 1958) was a Spanish poet, a prolific... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
  • Arturo Pérez-Reverte19

    Arturo Pérez-Reverte

    The Fencing Master, The Club Dumas

    BirthplaceCartagena, Spain, Spain



    Arturo Pérez-Reverte Gutiérrez (born 25 November 1951 in Cartagena) is a Spanish novelist and... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
  • Miguel de Unamuno20

    Miguel de Unamuno

    Abel Sánchez, Tragic Sense of Life

    BirthplaceBilbao, Spain



    Miguel de Unamuno y Jugo (29 September 1864 – 31 December 1936) was a Spanish essayist,... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
  • Joan Miró21

    Joan Miró

    Miró, Miro

    BirthplaceBarcelona, Spain



    Joan Miró i Ferrà ( mi-ROH, also US: mee-ROH, Catalan: [ʒuˈam miˈɾo j fəˈra]; 20 April 1893 –... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
  • Pío Baroja22

    Pío Baroja

    Las Inquietudes De Shanti Andia, Zalacain el Aventurero

    BirthplaceDonostia / San Sebastián, Spain



    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
  • Lope de Vega24

    Lope de Vega

    Viuda, Casada Y Doncella

    BirthplaceMadrid, Spain



    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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  • George Santayana25

    George Santayana

    The Last Puritan, The Letters of George Santayana

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


    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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