Culture Famous Authors from Uruguay

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

Authors include everything from Jules Supervielle to Julio Herrera y Reissig.

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

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

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Cristina Peri Rossi is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous Authors from Uruguay
La rebelión de los niños, El Museo De Los Esfuerzos Inutiles, Los Museos Abandonados
Cristina Peri Rossi is a Uruguayan novelist, poet, translator, and author of short stories. Considered a leading light of the post-1960s period of prominence of the Latin-American novel, she has ...more

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Mario Benedetti is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous Authors from Uruguay
La Tregua, Buzon Del Tiempo, Defensa propia
Mario Orlando Hardy Hamlet Brenno Benedetti Farrugia, known as Mario Benedetti, was an Uruguayan journalist, novelist, and poet as well as being an integral member of the Generación del ...more

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Eduardo Galeano is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous Authors from Uruguay
Open Veins of Latin America, Días y noches de amor y de guerra, La canción de nosotros
Eduardo Hughes Galeano was a Uruguayan journalist, writer and novelist considered, among other things, "global soccer's pre-eminent man of letters" and "a literary giant of the ...more

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Juan Carlos Onetti is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous Authors from Uruguay
El astillero, A Brief Life, La Muerte y La Nina
Juan Carlos Onetti was an Uruguayan novelist and author of short stories.

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Daniel Chavarria is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous Authors from Uruguay
Adios Muchachos, El Rojo En La Pluma Del Loro, La Sexta Isla
Daniel Chavarria is a Uruguayan revolutionary and writer, living in Cuba.

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Carmen Posadas is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous Authors from Uruguay
The last resort, Little indiscretions
Carmen Posadas is a prize-winning Uruguay-Spanish author of books for children. She also writes for film and television.

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Washington Benavides is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous Authors from Uruguay
Washington Benavides is a Uruguayan poet and musician.

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Hugo Achúgar is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous Authors from Uruguay
Hugo Achúgar
Hugo Achugar is a Uruguayan poet, essayist, and researcher.

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Horacio Quiroga is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Famous Authors from Uruguay
El Regreso de Anaconda, El desierto, Los Desterrados
Horacio Silvestre Quiroga Forteza was an Uruguayan playwright, poet, and short story writer. He wrote stories which, in their jungle settings, use the supernatural and the bizarre to show the ...more

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Jules Supervielle is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Famous Authors from Uruguay
La création des animaux, Le survivant, Premiers pas de l'univers
Jules Supervielle was a French poet and writer born in Uruguay. Jules Supervielle always kept away from Surrealism which was dominant in the first half of the twentieth century. Eager to propose ...more

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Antonio Frasconi is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Famous Authors from Uruguay
See again, say again, The snow and the sun
Antonio Frasconi was an Uruguayan - American visual artist, best known for his woodcuts. He was naturalized in Uruguay from an early age and lived in the United States since 1945.

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Joaquín Torres García is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Famous Authors from Uruguay
Joaquín Torres García Torres-García, grid, pattern
Joaquín Torres García, was a Catalan Uruguayan artist, considered as the father of Latin American Constructivism. He is also known for his collaboration with Gaudi creating the ...more

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Luis Camnitzer is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Famous Authors from Uruguay
Luis Camnitzer Conceptualism in Latin American art, New art of Cuba
Luis Camnitzer is a German-born Uruguayan artist and academic who resides in the United States.

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Juana de Ibarbourou is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Famous Authors from Uruguay
Juana de Ibarbourou La rosa de los vientos, Raiz salvaje, Lenguas de diamante
Juana Fernández Morales de Ibarbourou, also known as Juana de América, was a Uruguayan poet. She was one of the most popular poets of Spanish America. Her poetry, the earliest of ...more

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Isabel Pisano is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Famous Authors from Uruguay
Yo Puta
Isabel Pisano, Uruguayan actress and journalist that has lived in several countries.

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Alfredo Zitarrosa is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Famous Authors from Uruguay
Alfredo Zitarrosa was a Uruguayan singer-songwriter, poet and journalist. He specialized in Uruguayan and Angentinean folk genres such as zamba and milonga, and he became a chief figure in the ...more

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José Enrique Rodó is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Famous Authors from Uruguay
José Enrique Rodó Ariel
José Enrique Camilo Rodó Piñeyro was a Uruguayan essayist. He called for the youth of Latin America to reject materialism, to revert to Greco-Roman habits of free thought ...more

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Juan Zorrilla de San Martín is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Famous Authors from Uruguay
Tabaré
Juan Zorrilla de San Martín was a Catholic Uruguayan epic poet – he is referred to as the "National Poet of Uruguay" – and political figure .

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Delmira Agustini is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Famous Authors from Uruguay
Selected poetry of Delmira Agustini
Delmira Agustini, an Uruguayan poet, is considered one of the greatest female Latin American poets of the early 20th century.

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Emir Rodríguez Monegal is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Famous Authors from Uruguay
Jorge Luis Borges
Emir Rodríguez Monegal, born in Uruguay, was a scholar, literary critic, and editor of Latin American literature. From 1969 to 1985, Rodríguez Monegal was professor of Latin ...more

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Enrique Amorim is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Famous Authors from Uruguay
Enrique Amorim was a Uruguayan novelist and writer, best known for his story Las quitanderas whose plot centres on rural prostitution; also known for his left-wing politics. Born in Salto, ...more

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José Luis Massera is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Famous Authors from Uruguay
José Luis Massera Linear differential equations and function spaces
José Luis Massera was an Uruguayan mathematician who researched the stability of differential equations. Massera's lemma is named after him. He published over 40 papers during 1940–1970. ...more

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Felisberto Hernández is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Famous Authors from Uruguay
Felisberto Hernández Lands of memory
Felisberto Hernandez was an Uruguayan writer.

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Florencio Sánchez is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Famous Authors from Uruguay
Florencio Sánchez was a Uruguayan playwright, journalist and political figure. He is considered one of the founding fathers of theater in the River Plate region of Argentina and Uruguay.

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Eduardo Acevedo Díaz is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Famous Authors from Uruguay
Eduardo Acevedo Díaz
Eduardo Acevedo Díaz, was a Uruguayan writer, politician and journalist.