Writers Famous Authors from Sri Lanka

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

List includes Ananda Coomaraswamy, Sirilal Kodikara, more.

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

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Arthur C. Clarke is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous Authors from Sri Lanka
Arthur C. Clarke 2001: A Space Odyssey, Rendezvous with Rama, Childhood's End Sir Arthur Charles Clarke, CBE, FRAS was a British science fiction writer, science writer and futurist, inventor, undersea explorer, and television series host. He is perhaps most famous for ...more

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Ananda Coomaraswamy is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous Authors from Sri Lanka
Ananda Coomaraswamy The Essential Ananda K. Coomaraswamy, The dance of Shiva, Mediæval Sinhalese art Ananda Kentish Coomaraswamy was a Ceylonese Tamil philosopher and metaphysician, as well as a pioneering historian and philosopher of Indian art, particularly art history and symbolism, and an ...more

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Shyam Selvadurai is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous Authors from Sri Lanka
Shyam Selvadurai Funny Boy, Swimming in the Monsoon Sea, Jardins de Cannelle Shyam Selvadurai is a Sri Lankan Canadian novelist who wrote Funny Boy, which won the Books in Canada First Novel Award, and Cinnamon Gardens. He currently lives in Toronto with his partner ...more

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Stanley Jeyaraja Tambiah is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous Authors from Sri Lanka
Stanley Jeyaraja Tambiah Sri Lanka--Ethnic Fratricide and the Dismantling of Democracy, Leveling Crowds, Culture^! thought^! and social action Stanley Jeyaraja Tambiah was a social anthropologist and Esther and Sidney Rabb Professor of Anthropology at Harvard University. He specialised in studies of Thailand, Sri Lanka, and Tamils, as ...more

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Rajiva Wijesinha is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous Authors from Sri Lanka
Rajiva Wijesinha Sri Lanka in crisis^! 1977-88, The androgynous Trollope, Acts of Faith Rajiva Wijesinha, MA, DPhil is a Sri Lankan writer in English, distinguished for his political analysis as well as creative and critical work. An academic by profession for much of his working ...more

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Cyril Ponnamperuma is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous Authors from Sri Lanka
Cyril Ponnamperuma An investigation of mercury-amino acid complexes in the aqueous environment, Comets and the Origin of Life, A Lunar-Based Chemical Analysis Laboratory Dr. Cyril Andrew Ponnamperuma was a Sri Lankan scientist in the fields of chemical evolution and the origin of life.

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J. R. Jayewardene is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous Authors from Sri Lanka
J. R. Jayewardene Six-year plan for Ceylon Junius Richard Jayewardene, famously abbreviated in Sri Lanka as JR, was the leader of Sri Lanka from 1977 to 1989, serving as Prime Minister from 1977 to 1978 and as President of Sri Lanka from ...more

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Carl Muller is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous Authors from Sri Lanka
Carl Muller The python of Pura Malai and other stories, The Tide Press of a Dedicated Life, Colombo Carl Muller is a Sri Lankan writer, poet and journalist best known for his trilogy about Burghers in Sri Lanka: The Jam Fruit Tree, Yakada Yaka and Once Upon A Tender Time. He has won Gratien ...more

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John Kotelawala is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Famous Authors from Sri Lanka
John Kotelawala Ceylon and Kotelawala, An Asian prime minister's story General Sir John Lionel Kotelawala, CH KBE PC KStJ was a Sri Lankan soldier and politician, most notable for serving as the 3rd Prime Minister of Ceylon from 1953 to 1956.

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Siri Gunasinghe is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Famous Authors from Sri Lanka
Siri Gunasinghe Siri Gunasinghe is a sanskritist, art historian, premier Sinhalese poet, novelist, literary critic and film maker.

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Ediriweera Sarachchandra is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Famous Authors from Sri Lanka
Ediriweera Sarachchandra The folk drama of Ceylon, The Sinhalese novel Ediriweera Sarachchandra was an Sri Lankan playwright, novelist, poet, literary critic, essayist and social commentator. Considered Sri Lanka's premier playwright, he was a senior lecturer at ...more

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Ernest MacIntyre is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Famous Authors from Sri Lanka
Ernest MacIntyre Ernest Thalayasingam MacIntyre, is a Sri Lankan playwright of the English language, who has been active in the Sri Lankan English theatre for the last 50 years.

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Martin Wickramasinghe is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Famous Authors from Sri Lanka
Martin Wickramasinghe Kaliyugaya, Yuganthaya, Gamperaliya Martin Wickramasinghe, MBE was a Sri Lankan novelist. His books have been translated into several languages. The search for roots is a central theme in Wickramasinghe's writings on the culture ...more

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Anagarika Dharmapala is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Famous Authors from Sri Lanka
Anagarika Dharmapala The life and teachings of Buddha Anagarika Dharmapala was a Sri Lankan Buddhist revivalist and writer. He was one of the founding contributors of non-violent Sinhalese Buddhist Nationalism and Buddhism. He was also a pioneer in ...more

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Nissanka Wijeyeratne is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Famous Authors from Sri Lanka
Nissanka Wijeyeratne Deshamanya Nissanka Parakrama Wijeyeratne was a Sri Lankan politician, civil servant and diplomat. He was also the Diyawadana Nilame of the Temple of the Tooth from 1975 to 1985. At the time of ...more

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Karunaratne Abeysekera is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Famous Authors from Sri Lanka
Karunaratne Abeysekera Kurunaratne Abeysekera was a screenwriter, songwriter, poet and radio personality.

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Gamani Corea is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Famous Authors from Sri Lanka
Gamani Corea Taming commodity markets Deshamanya Gamani Corea was a Sri Lankan economist, civil servant and diplomat. He was also the Secretary-General of the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development and ...more

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Sugathapala de Silva is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Famous Authors from Sri Lanka
Sugathapala de Silva Biththi Hathara Sugathapala De Silva was an acclaimed Sri Lankan dramatist and novelist, translator, radio play producer, and Sinhala Radio Play writer.

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Mahagama Sekera is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Famous Authors from Sri Lanka
Mahagama Sekera Mahagama Sekara is one of Sri Lanka's well known poets and was a significant figure in Sinhalese poetry. He was also a teacher, lyricist, playwright, novelist, artist, translator and a ...more

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Gamini Haththotuwegama is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Famous Authors from Sri Lanka
Gamini Haththotuwegama Gamini Kalyanadarsha Haththotuwegama was a Sri Lankan playwright, director, actor, critic and educator. He was widely known as the father of Sri Lanka's modern street theatre. He was among the ...more

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E. W. Adikaram is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Famous Authors from Sri Lanka
E. W. Adikaram Early history of Buddhism in Ceylon Kalutara Koralalage Edward Winifred Brito Adikaram was an educationalist, writer and a social activist in Sri Lanka. In 1931 he obtained an M.A degree from London School of Oriental Studies and ...more

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Saman Kelegama is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Famous Authors from Sri Lanka
Saman Kelegama India-Sri Lanka Bilateral Free Trade Agreement, Development under stress, Privatization in Sri Lanka Saman Kelegama is a Sri Lankan economist, author and the Executive Director of the Institute of Policy Studies of Sri Lanka, the apex economic policy research institute in Sri Lanka.

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R. A. Chandrasena is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Famous Authors from Sri Lanka
R. A. Chandrasena R A Chandrasena was a Sri Lankan musician who earned his reputation as a highly talented and gifted artist and also by his contribution to the Sri Lankan music discipline and the industry during ...more

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Kumaraswamy Pulavar is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Famous Authors from Sri Lanka
Kumaraswamy Pulavar Chunnakam Kumaraswamy Pulavar was a well-known Sri Lankan Tamil scholar and poet from Maylani village in Chunnakam township in Jaffna peninsula in the British held Ceylon now known as Sri Lanka. ...more

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Malaka Dewapriya is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Famous Authors from Sri Lanka
Malaka Dewapriya Malaka Dewapriya Sinhala: මාලක දේවප්‍රිය, IPA: is a Sri Lankan film maker, visual artist, Sri Lankan writer, Sinhala Radio Play writer, short film and video director .

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Simon Navagattegama is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list Famous Authors from Sri Lanka
Simon Navagattegama Simon Navagattegama [also spelled Nawagattegama] was a Sinhala novelist, Sinhala Radio Play writer, playwright and actor.

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Arisen Ahubudu is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list Famous Authors from Sri Lanka
Arisen Ahubudu Kalasuri Arisen Ahubudu was a writer, orator, scholar, playwright, teacher, Sinhala lyricist, author and poet in Sri Lanka, born in Mudiyallagahawatta in Malalaga, Koggala. He is a member of the ...more

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Sirilal Kodikara is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list Famous Authors from Sri Lanka
Sirilal Kodikara Sirilal Kodikara is a novelist, poet, journalist, and radio play writer who writes in Sinhala. He was a Buddhist priest in the early part of his life.

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Dominic Jeeva is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list Famous Authors from Sri Lanka
Dominic Jeeva Dominic Jeeva is a prominent minority Sri Lankan Tamil author and literary figure from Sri Lanka. He is also a member of the marginalized Dalit caste. Dominic Jeeva was for a period of time ...more

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G. B. Senanayake is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list Famous Authors from Sri Lanka
G. B. Senanayake Gunathilake Bandara Senanayake was a prominent Sinhala writer who portrayed Sinhala middle-class life in his novels. He is credited with introducing free verse poetry to Sinhala. He became blind ...more

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Jayalal Rohana is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list Famous Authors from Sri Lanka
Jayalal Rohana Jayalal Rohana is a Theater Director,Writer,Actor,Makeup Artist And Sinhala Radio Play writer in Sri Lanka. He has won greater reputation from his bright career as an actor in Television after ...more

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Sunanda Mahendra is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list Famous Authors from Sri Lanka
Sunanda Mahendra Sunanda Mahendra’s Ogha Tharanaya won the State Literary Award for the best Sinhala poetry collection, 2006. Many poems from the collection are now translated into English. He has won the State ...more

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Chitra Fernando is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list Famous Authors from Sri Lanka
Chitra Fernando Idioms and idiomaticity Chitra Fernando was a female writer and critic from Sri Lanka. Born in Kalutara, a town in southern Sri Lanka, Chitra Fernando was educated at Visakha Vidyalaya, a Buddhist school for girls in ...more

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Sengai Aaliyan is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list Famous Authors from Sri Lanka
Sengai Aaliyan Kanthaiya Kunarasa or Senkaialiyan is a notable Sri Lankan Tamil writer who emerged after the 1960s.He is also the author of several non-fiction books. He also served as the registrar of the ...more

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Harischandra Wijayatunga is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list Famous Authors from Sri Lanka
Harischandra Wijayatunga Wijayatunga Mudalige Harischandra Wijayatunga is a Sri Lankan author, translator, lexicographer, teacher, lawyer and politician. He held various offices in different institutions of the ...more

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Vivimarie Vanderpoorten is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list Famous Authors from Sri Lanka
Vivimarie Vanderpoorten Vivimarie VanderPoorten is a Sri Lankan poet. Her book Nothing Prepares You won the 2007 Gratiaen Prize. She was also awarded the 2009 SAARC Poetry Award in Delhi. She is of Belgian and Sinhala ...more

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Prageeth Eknaligoda is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list Famous Authors from Sri Lanka
Prageeth Eknaligoda Prageeth Eknaligoda is a cartoonist, political analyst and journalist. He was reported missing on January 24, 2010 - two days before the presidential polls in Sri Lanka. He actively participated ...more