Culture Famous Authors from Vietnam

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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?"

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Ho Chi Minh is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous Authors from Vietnam
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

Nam Cao is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous Authors from Vietnam
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

Andrew Lam is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous Authors from Vietnam
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

Dương Thu Hương is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous Authors from Vietnam
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

Nguyen Ngoc Ngan is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous Authors from Vietnam
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

To Huu is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous Authors from Vietnam
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

Monique Truong is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous Authors from Vietnam
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

Le Duan is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous Authors from Vietnam
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

Aimee Phan is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Famous Authors from Vietnam
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

Trinh T. Minh-ha is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Famous Authors from Vietnam
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

Nguyen Nhat Anh is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Famous Authors from Vietnam
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

Nguyễn Đình Chiểu is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Famous Authors from Vietnam
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

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

Bao Ninh is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Famous Authors from Vietnam
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

Hàn Mặc Tử is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Famous Authors from Vietnam
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

Lan Cao is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Famous Authors from Vietnam
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

Xuan Dieu is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Famous Authors from Vietnam
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

Bui Tin is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Famous Authors from Vietnam
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.

Lê Quý Đôn is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Famous Authors from Vietnam
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

Văn Cao is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Famous Authors from Vietnam
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

Pham Duy Ton is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Famous Authors from Vietnam
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

Nguyen Du is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Famous Authors from Vietnam
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.

Phan Chu Trinh is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Famous Authors from Vietnam
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

Tan Da is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Famous Authors from Vietnam
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

Quang Nhuong Huynh is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Famous Authors from Vietnam
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