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?"

For further information on these historic Sri Lanka authors, click on their names. If you're a bookworm then use this list of celebrated Sri Lanka authors to discover some new books that you will enjoy reading.

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Arthur C. Clarke is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous Authors from Sri Lanka
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
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
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
Sri Lanka--Ethnic Fratricide and the Dismantling of Democracy, Leveling Crowds, Culture 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
Sri Lanka in crisis, 1977-88, The androgynous Trollope 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
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
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
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
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 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
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 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
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
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
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
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
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
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 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 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
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
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 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
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 Sinhala: මාලක දේවප්‍රිය, IPA: is a Sri Lankan film maker, visual artist, Sri Lankan writer, Sinhala Radio Play writer, short film and video director .