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

List authors include Monique Truong, Đặng Thân and many additional authors as well.

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

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

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Ho Chi Minh is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous Authors from Vietnam
Ho Chi Minh The prison diary of Ho Chi Minh, Down with colonialism!, Selected works Hồ Chí Minh, born Nguyễn Sinh Côn, or Nguyễn Sinh Cung, also known as Nguyễn Tất Thành and Nguyễn Ái Quốc, was a Vietnamese Communist revolutionary leader who was ...more

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Nam Cao is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous Authors from Vietnam
Nam Cao Chi Pheo, Chi Pheo and other stories Trần Hữu Tri, commonly known by his pseudonym Nam Cao, was an eminent Vietnamese short story writer and novelist. His works generally received high acclaim from critics for their thoughtful ...more

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Andrew Lam is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous Authors from Vietnam
Andrew Lam Perfume dreams Andrew Lam is a Vietnamese American writer. He was born in South Vietnam, where he led a privileged life as the son of General Lâm Quang Thi of the Army of the Republic of Vietnam. He ...more

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Dương Thu Hương is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous Authors from Vietnam
Dương Thu Hương No Man's Land, Quãng đời đánh má̂t, Ban mai yên ả Dương Thu Hương is a Vietnamese author and political dissident. Formerly a member of Vietnam's Communist party, she was expelled from the party in 1989, and has been denied the right to travel ...more

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Nguyen Ngoc Ngan is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous Authors from Vietnam
Nguyen Ngoc Ngan The Ballad of Mulan, The will of heaven, The Blind Man and the Cripple - Orchard Village Nguyễn Ngọc Ngạn is a Vietnamese-Canadian writer and essayist. He was born in Sơn Tây, Vietnam, but his family moved to South Vietnam when the Geneva Accords divided the country in 1954. ...more

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To Huu is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous Authors from Vietnam
To Huu Blood and flowers, Poems Tố Hữu was Vietnam's most famous revolutionary poet. He published five collections of poems, the first of which was the 1946 collection entitled Poem, which included many of his most popular and ...more

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Monique Truong is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous Authors from Vietnam
Monique Truong The Book of Salt, My Cherry Amour, American Like Me Monique T.D. Truong is a Vietnamese American writer living in Brooklyn, New York. Truong left Vietnam for the United States in 1975 and graduated from high school in Houston, Texas. She served ...more

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Le Duan is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous Authors from Vietnam
Le Duan This nation and socialism are one, The Path to Revolution in the South, The Road to the South Lê Duẩn was a Vietnamese communist politician. He rose in the party hierarchy in the late 1950s and became General Secretary of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of Vietnam at ...more

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Aimee Phan is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Famous Authors from Vietnam
Aimee Phan We should never meet, The Reeducation of Cherry Truong Aimee Phan is a Vietnamese-American author. She was born and raised in Orange County, California. She received her BA in English from UCLA and her MFA from the Iowa Writers' Workshop, where she ...more

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Trinh T. Minh-ha is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Famous Authors from Vietnam
Trinh T. Minh-ha When the moon waxes red, Woman, native Trinh T. Minh-ha is a Vietnamese filmmaker, writer, literary theorist, composer and professor. She has been making films for over thirty years and may be best known for her films Reassemblage, ...more

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Nguyen Nhat Anh is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Famous Authors from Vietnam
Nguyen Nhat Anh Cho tôi xin một vé đi tuổi thơ, Cú nhảy kinh hoàng, Kaleidoscope Nguyễn Nhật Ánh is a Vietnamese author of incisive stories for both teenagers and adults. He also works as a teacher, a poet and a correspondent. His works are enormous, including ...more

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Nguyễn Đình Chiểu is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Famous Authors from Vietnam
Nguyễn Đình Chiểu Lục Vân Tiên, Ngu Tieu y thuat van dap, Van Te Nghia Si Can Giuoc Nguyễn Đình Chiểu was a Vietnamese poet who was known for his nationalist and anti-colonial writings against the French colonization of Cochinchina, the European name for the southern ...more

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Linh Dinh is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Famous Authors from Vietnam
Linh Dinh Fake house, Blood and soap, Night Linh Dinh is a Vietnamese-American poet, fiction writer, translator, and photographer. He was a 1993 Pew Fellow.

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Bao Ninh is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Famous Authors from Vietnam
Bao Ninh The sorrow of war, El Dolor de La Guerra Hoàng Ấu Phương, pen name Bảo Ninh is a Vietnamese novelist, essayist and writer of short stories, best known for his first novel, published in English as The Sorrow of War. During the ...more

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Hàn Mặc Tử is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Famous Authors from Vietnam
Hàn Mặc Tử Jinzhou Coast, Playing in the Moon Season, Suffering Nguyễn Trọng Trí, penname Hàn Mặc Tử was a Vietnamese poet. He was the most celebrated Vietnamese Catholic literary figure during the colonial era. He was born Nguyễn Trọng ...more

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Lan Cao is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Famous Authors from Vietnam
Lan Cao Everything you need to know about Asian American history, Monkey Bridge Lan Cao is the author of the 1997 novel Monkey Bridge and The Lotus and the Storm. She is also a professor of law at the Chapman University School of Law, specializing in international business ...more

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Xuan Dieu is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Famous Authors from Vietnam
Xuan Dieu Thơ Thơ, Phấn Thông Vàng, Gửi Hương Cho Gió Ngô Xuân Diệu more commonly known by the pen name Xuân Diệu, was a prominent Vietnamese poet. A colossal figure in modern Vietnamese literature, he wrote about 450 poems ...more

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Bui Tin is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Famous Authors from Vietnam
Bui Tin From enemy to friend, Following Ho Chi Minh: The Memoirs of a North Vietnamese Colonel, From Enemy To Friend: A North Vietnamese Perspective on the War Former People's Army of Vietnam Colonel Bùi Tín is a Vietnamese dissident.

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Lê Quý Đôn is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Famous Authors from Vietnam
Lê Quý Đôn Đại Việt thông sử, Phủ biên tạp lục, Vân đài loại ngữ Lê Quý Đôn was an 18th-century Vietnamese philosopher, poet, encyclopedist, and government official. His pseudonym was Quế Đường. He was a native of Duyen Ha village in ...more

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Văn Cao is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Famous Authors from Vietnam
Văn Cao Do you hear?, Leaves, Days with signs of a spring to come Văn Cao was a Vietnamese composer whose works include Tiến Quân Ca, which became the national anthem of the Socialist Republic of Vietnam. He, along with Phạm Duy and Trịnh Công Sơn, ...more

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Pham Duy Ton is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Famous Authors from Vietnam
Pham Duy Ton Phạm Duy Tốn, Tác phẩm chọn lọc Phạm Duy Tốn was a Vietnamese writer. He was father of the songwriter Phạm Duy and French language writer and ambassador Phạm Duy Khiêm. Tốn graduated from the French School of ...more

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Nguyen Du is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Famous Authors from Vietnam
Nguyen Du The Tale of Kieu Nguyễn Du is a celebrated Vietnamese poet who wrote in chữ nôm, the ancient writing script of Vietnam. He is most known for writing the epic poem The Tale of Kiều.

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Phan Chu Trinh is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Famous Authors from Vietnam
Phan Chu Trinh A complete account of the peasants' uprising in the central region Phan Chu Trinh also known as Phan Châu Trinh was a famous early 20th century Vietnamese nationalist. He also used the alias Tây Hồ. He sought to end France's colonial occupation of ...more

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Tan Da is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Famous Authors from Vietnam
Tan Da Farewell, The non nuoc Nguyễn Khắc Hiếu, penname Tản Đà was a Vietnamese poet. He used both traditional Sino-Vietnamese forms and European influences and was a transitional figure between the turn of the 1890s ...more

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Quang Nhuong Huynh is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Famous Authors from Vietnam
Quang Nhuong Huynh The Land I Lost, Water Buffalo Days Quang Nhuong Huynh was a Vietnamese-born American author. He wrote two books, and has received several awards for his autobiographical work The Land I Lost. Huynh is credited as being the first ...more

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Nguyen Binh Khiem is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list Famous Authors from Vietnam
Nguyen Binh Khiem White Clouds Poetry Collection in the National Language, The Prophecies of Trạng Trình Nguyễn Bỉnh Khiêm was a Vietnamese administrator, educator, poet, sage and later a saint of the Cao Dai religion. He is referred to by several names: tên huý Nguyễn Văn Đạt, ...more

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Nguyen Qui Duc is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list Famous Authors from Vietnam
Nguyen Qui Duc The Time Tree Nguyen Qui Duc is a Vietnamese American radio broadcaster, writer, editor and translator. Born in Da Lat, Vietnam, he came to the United States in 1975, returning in the fall of 2006 to live in ...more

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Thach Lam is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list Famous Authors from Vietnam
Thach Lam Hà Nội băm sáu phó̂ phường

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Vu Trong Phung is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list Famous Authors from Vietnam
Vu Trong Phung Dumb Luck Vũ Trọng Phụng was a popular Vietnamese author and journalist, who is considered to be one of the most influential figures of the Vietnamese literature in the 20th century. Today, several of his ...more

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Nguyen Binh is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list Famous Authors from Vietnam
Nguyen Binh Nguyễn Bính was a Vietnamese poet. A committed supporter of the August Revolution he moved to the resistance base in Đồng Tháp Mười leading a literature and arts unit. Later he was ...more

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Tran Bich San is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list Famous Authors from Vietnam
Tran Bich San Trần Gia Thái, pen name Trần Bích San is a Vietnamese writer.

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Nguyen Van Sieu is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list Famous Authors from Vietnam
Nguyen Van Sieu

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Le Thanh Tong is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list Famous Authors from Vietnam
Le Thanh Tong Lê Thánh Tông was emperor of Vietnam from 1460 until his death. He is generally regarded as one of the greatest emperors of Vietnamese history and the Vietnamese

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Kate Le is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list Famous Authors from Vietnam
Kate Le Gone With the Wine

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Tran Te Xuong is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list Famous Authors from Vietnam
Tran Te Xuong Trần Tế Xương also known by the pen name Tú Xương was a Vietnamese poet and satirist. His poems frequently targeted the "Frenchifying" Vietnamese middle classes.

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Nguyễn Quốc Chánh is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list Famous Authors from Vietnam
Nguyễn Quốc Chánh Nguyễn Quốc Chánh is a Vietnamese poet. He was born in Bạc Liêu, and now lives in Ho Chi Minh City. He is the author of four collections of poems, Night of the Rising Sun, Inanimate ...more

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Trần Vũ is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list Famous Authors from Vietnam
Trần Vũ Trần Vũ is a Vietnamese-language writer living in France. Vũ arrived in Paris via a boat people camp in the Philippines at the age of seventeen in 1979. His first collection of six novelles was ...more

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Đinh Xuân Tửu is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list Famous Authors from Vietnam
Đinh Xuân Tửu Đinh Xuân Tửu was a Vietnamese writer and poet. He was born in Hà Tĩnh Province, Vietnam. He was a poet loved by children, one of the founders of the Kim Đồng Publishing House, and ...more

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Thanh Hai is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list Famous Authors from Vietnam
Thanh Hai Phạm Bá Ngoãn, pen name Thanh Hải was a modern Vietnamese poet. His penname "Thanh Hải" literally means "Blue Sea" in classical Sino-Vietnamese.

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Nguyễn Quảng Tuân is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list Famous Authors from Vietnam
Nguyễn Quảng Tuân Nguyễn Quảng Tuân is a writer, poet and researcher in South Vietnam. He was born in the village of Yên Mẫn, the district Võ Giàng, the province of Bắc Ninh, northern

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Đặng Thân is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list Famous Authors from Vietnam
Đặng Thân Đặng Thân is a notable bilingual poet, fiction writer and essayist, based in Vietnam. In the feature article, "Demilitarized Zone: Report From Literary Vietnam", the New ...more