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List of notable or famous novelists from Poland, with bios and photos, including the top novelists born in Poland and even some popular novelists who immigrated to Poland. If you're trying to find out the names of famous Polish novelists then this list is the perfect resource for you. These novelists are among the most prominent in their field, and information about each well-known novelist from Poland is included when available.

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This historic novelists from Poland list can help answer the questions "Who are some Polish novelists of note?" and "Who are the most famous novelists from Poland?" These prominent novelists of Poland may or may not be currently alive, but what they all have in common is that they're all respected Polish novelists.

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Adam Zagajewski is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous Novelists from Poland
age 72 Adam Zagajewski is a Polish poet, novelist, translator and essayist. He was awarded the 2004 Neustadt International Prize for Literature.

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Andrzej Bart is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous Novelists from Poland
age 67 Andrzej Bart is a Polish novelist, screenwriter and film director. He is called the Polish Thomas Pynchon because he prefers people talk about his books and films but leave him alone.

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Anna Zahorska is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous Novelists from Poland
Died at 64 (1878-1942) Anna Zahorska de domo Elzenberg, pseudonym Savitri, was a Polish poet, prosaist, dramatist. Graduate of Polish philology at the Jagiellonian University and Russian philology at the University of ...more

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Anzia Yezierska is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous Novelists from Poland
Died at 90 (1880-1970) Anzia Yezierska was a Jewish-American novelist born in Maly Plock, Poland, which was then part of the Russian Empire. She emigrated as a child with her parents to the United States, and lived in ...more

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Bolesław Prus is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous Novelists from Poland
Died at 65 (1847-1912) Bolesław Prus, born Aleksander Głowacki, is a leading figure in the history of Polish literature and philosophy and a distinctive voice in world literature. As a 15-year-old he joined the Polish ...more

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Cyprian Godebski is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous Novelists from Poland
Cyprian Godebski Died at 44 (1765-1809) Cyprian Godebski was a Polish poet, novelist and father of writer Franciszek Ksawery. He was an outstanding poet of the so-called "Legions Poetry".

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Daniel Koziarski is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous Novelists from Poland
Daniel Koziarski age 39 Daniel Koziarski is a Polish novelist and lawyer. He graduated from the University of Gdańsk. He publishes articles in Polish newspapers and on the Internet.

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Dorota Masłowska is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous Novelists from Poland
age 34 Dorota Masłowska is a Polish writer and journalist. Masłowska was born on 3 July 1983 in Wejherowo, and grew up there. She applied for the University of Gdańsk's faculty of psychology and was ...more

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Eliza Orzeszkowa is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Famous Novelists from Poland
Died at 69 (1841-1910) Eliza Orzeszkowa was a Polish novelist and a leading writer of the Positivism in Poland during foreign Partitions. In 1905, together with Henryk Sienkiewicz she was nominated for the Nobel Prize ...more

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Ferdynand Antoni Ossendowski is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Famous Novelists from Poland
Died at 69 (1876-1945) Antoni Ferdynand Ossendowski was a Polish writer, journalist, traveler, globetrotter, explorer, anti-communist, university professor, a member of the French Academy, political activist. He is ...more

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Gabriela Zapolska is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Famous Novelists from Poland
Died at 64 (1857-1921) Maria Gabriela Stefania Korwin-Piotrowska, known as Gabriela Zapolska, was a Polish novelist, playwright, naturalist writer, feuilletonist, theatre critic and stage actress. Zapolska wrote 41 ...more

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Henryk Grynberg is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Famous Novelists from Poland
Henryk Grynberg age 81 Henryk Grynberg is a Polish-Jewish writer and actor who survived the Nazi occupation. He was an award-winning novelist, short-story writer, poet, playwright and essayist who had authored more ...more

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Henryk Sienkiewicz is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Famous Novelists from Poland
Died at 70 (1846-1916) Henryk Adam Aleksander Pius Sienkiewicz was a Polish journalist, Nobel Prize-winning novelist, and philanthropist. He is best remembered for his historical novels. Born into an impoverished ...more

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Ignacy Krasicki is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Famous Novelists from Poland
Died at 66 (1735-1801) Ignacy Krasicki, from 1766 Prince-Bishop of Warmia and from 1795 Archbishop of Gniezno, was Poland's leading Enlightenment poet, a critic of the clergy, Poland's La Fontaine, author of the first ...more

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Jadwiga Łuszczewska is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Famous Novelists from Poland
Jadwiga Łuszczewska Died at 74 (1834-1908) Jadwiga Łuszczewska was a Polish poet and novelist. She was born and died in Warsaw.

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Jan Parandowski is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Famous Novelists from Poland
Jan Parandowski Died at 83 (1895-1978) Jan Parandowski was a Polish writer, essayist, and translator. Best known for his works relating to classical antiquity, he was also the president of the Polish PEN Club between 1933 and 1978, ...more

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Jerzy Żuławski is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Famous Novelists from Poland
Jerzy Żuławski Died at 41 (1874-1915) Jerzy Żuławski was a Polish literary figure, philosopher, translator, alpinist and nationalist whose best-known work is the science-fiction epic, Trylogia Księżycowa, written between 1901 and

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Joanna Kulmowa is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Famous Novelists from Poland
age 90 Joanna Kulmowa is a Polish poet and writer.

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Joanna Papuzinska is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Famous Novelists from Poland
age 79 Joanna Papuzinska is a writer.

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Joseph Conrad is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Famous Novelists from Poland
Died at 67 (1857-1924) Joseph Conrad was a Polish author who wrote in English after settling in England. He was granted British nationality in 1886, but always considered himself a Pole. Conrad is regarded as one of ...more

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Józef Ignacy Kraszewski is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Famous Novelists from Poland
Józef Ignacy Kraszewski Died at 75 (1812-1887) Józef Ignacy Kraszewski was a Polish writer, publisher, historian, journalist, scholar, painter and author who produced more than 200 novels and 150 novellas, short stories, and art ...more

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Jozef Mackiewicz is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Famous Novelists from Poland
Died at 83 (1902-1985) Józef Mackiewicz was a Polish writer, novelist and political commentator; best known for his documentary novels Nie trzeba głośno mówić, and Droga donikąd. He staunchly opposed ...more

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Juliusz Kaden-Bandrowski is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Famous Novelists from Poland
Died at 59 (1885-1944) Juliusz Kaden-Bandrowski was a Polish journalist and novelist. Between 1933–1939 he was a secretary general of the prestigious Polish Academy of Literature in the Second Polish Republic.

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Kazimierz Zdziechowski is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Famous Novelists from Poland
Kazimierz Zdziechowski Died at 64 (1878-1942) Kazimierz Zdziechowski, also known under pseudonyms Władysław Zdora, Władysław Mouner, was a Polish landowner, prose writer, publicist, literary critic and novelist. Brother of Marian ...more

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Krystyna Siesicka is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Famous Novelists from Poland
Krystyna Siesicka age 89 Krystyna Siesicka is a writer.

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Ludwig Wolff is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list Famous Novelists from Poland
Ludwig Wolff Ludwig Wolff was a novelist and film director.

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Maria Julia Zaleska is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list Famous Novelists from Poland
Maria Julia Zaleska Died at 58 (1831-1889) Maria Julia Zaleska de domo Perłowska was a Polish writer, prosaist and publicist. Editor of weekly magazine Wieczory Rodzinne [Family evenings]. Zaleska was an author of pioneer and widely read ...more

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Maria Konopnicka is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list Famous Novelists from Poland
Died at 68 (1842-1910) Maria Konopnicka née Wasiłowska was a Polish poet, novelist, writer for children and youth, a translator, journalist and critic, as well as an activist for women's rights and Polish ...more

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Mirosław Żuławski is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list Famous Novelists from Poland
Died at 82 (1913-1995) Mirosław Żuławski was a Polish writer, prosaist, diplomatist and screenwriter. He is father of film director, Andrzej Żuławski.

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Olga Tokarczuk is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list Famous Novelists from Poland
age 56 Olga Tokarczuk is one of the most critically acclaimed and commercially successful Polish writers of her generation, particularly noted for the hallmark mythical tone of her writing. She trained ...more

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Peter Berling is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list Famous Novelists from Poland
age 84 Peter Berling is a German actor and writer. He has worked on several occasions with director Werner Herzog, in his collaborations with actor Klaus Kinski. In several of his medieval novels ...more

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Richard Voss is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list Famous Novelists from Poland
Richard Voss Died at 67 (1851-1918) Richard Voss was a German dramatist and novelist.

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Stanisław Ignacy Witkiewicz is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list Famous Novelists from Poland
Died at 54 (1885-1939) Stanisław Ignacy Witkiewicz, commonly known as "Witkacy", was a Polish writer, painter, philosopher, playwright, novelist, and photographer.

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Stanisław Lem is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list Famous Novelists from Poland
Died at 85 (1921-2006) Stanisław Lem was a Polish writer of science fiction, philosophy and satire. His books have been translated into 41 languages and have sold over 45 million copies. From the 1950s to 2000s he ...more

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Stanisław Przybyszewski is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list Famous Novelists from Poland
Stanisław Przybyszewski Died at 59 (1868-1927) Stanisław Feliks Przybyszewski was a Polish novelist, dramatist, and poet of the decadent naturalistic school. His drama is associated with the Symbolism movement. He wrote both in German and in ...more

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Stefan Żeromski is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list Famous Novelists from Poland
Died at 61 (1864-1925) Stefan Żeromski was a Polish novelist and dramatist. He was called the "conscience of Polish literature". He also wrote under the pen names: Maurycy Zych, Józef Katerla and

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Stefania Zahorska is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list Famous Novelists from Poland
Died at 71 (1890-1961) Stefania Zahorska, pseudonym Pandora, was a Polish prosaist, art historian. Zahorska was born in Kraków. In the years 1924–1925, she was director of the art section of Przegląd ...more

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Tadeusz Dołęga-Mostowicz is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list Famous Novelists from Poland
Died at 41 (1898-1939) Tadeusz Dołęga-Mostowicz was a Polish journalist and author of over a dozen popular novels. The best known, which in Poland became a byword for fortuitous careerism, was The Career of Nicodemus ...more

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Wacław Sieroszewski is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list Famous Novelists from Poland
Wacław Sieroszewski Died at 87 (1858-1945) Wacław Sieroszewski was a Polish writer, Polish Socialist Party activist, and soldier in the World War I-era Polish Legions. For activities subversive of the Russian Empire, he had spent many ...more

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Witold Gombrowicz is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list Famous Novelists from Poland
Died at 65 (1904-1969) Witold Marian Gombrowicz was a Polish writer. His works are characterised by deep psychological analysis, a certain sense of paradox and absurd, anti-nationalist flavor. In 1937 he published his ...more

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Witold Zalewski is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list Famous Novelists from Poland
Witold Zalewski Died at 88 (1921-2009) Witold Zalewski is a Polish writer, publicist and prosaist. During the Occupation of Poland he was a soldier of Armia Krajowa and participated in Warsaw Uprising. Zalewski was associated with ...more

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Władysław Stanisław Reymont is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list Famous Novelists from Poland
Died at 58 (1867-1925) Władysław Stanisław Reymont was a Polish novelist and the 1924 laureate of the Nobel Prize in Literature. His best-known work is the award-winning four-volume novel Chłopi.

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Włodzimierz Zagórski is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list Famous Novelists from Poland
Włodzimierz Zagórski Died at 68 (1834-1902) Włodzimierz Zagórski, pseudonymes Chochlik, Publicola, was a Polish writer, popular satirist, prosaist, publicist. Officer of Austrian Army. Zagórski was an editor and author of ...more