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Famous Novelists from Poland

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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.

The list you're viewing is made up of a variety of different people, including Joseph Conrad and Henryk Sienkiewicz.

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: 73

Birthplace: Lviv, Ukraine

Adam Zagajewski (born 21 June 1945 in Lwów) is a Polish poet, novelist, translator and essayist. He was awarded the 2004 Neustadt International Prize for Literature, the 2016 Griffin ...more
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Andrzej Bart is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous Novelists from Poland
Age: 68

Birthplace: Wrocław, Poland

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
Dec. at 64 (1878-1942)

Birthplace: Vitebsk, Belarus

Anna Zahorska de domo Elzenberg (1882 in Byszlaki – 1942 in Auschwitz concentration camp), pseudonym Savitri, was a Polish poet, prosaist, dramatist. Graduate of Polish philology at the ...more
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Anzia Yezierska is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous Novelists from Poland
Dec. at 90 (1880-1970)

Birthplace: Poland

Anzia Yezierska was a Jewish-American novelist born in Mały Płock, 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
Dec. at 65 (1847-1912)

Birthplace: Lublin Voivodeship, Europe, Poland, Hrubieszów, Central Europe, + more

Bolesław Prus (pronounced: [bɔ'lεswaf 'prus]; 20 August 1847 – 19 May 1912; born Aleksander Głowacki) is a leading figure in the history of Polish literature and philosophy and a distinctive ...more
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Cyprian Godebski is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous Novelists from Poland
Cyprian Godebski Dec. at 44 (1765-1809)
Cyprian Godebski (1765 – 19 April 1809) 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: 40

Birthplace: Gdynia, Poland

Daniel Koziarski (11 January 1979 Gdynia) is a Polish novelist and lawyer. He graduated from the University of Gdańsk. He publishes articles in Polish newspapers (Gazeta Polska published his ...more
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Dorota Masłowska is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous Novelists from Poland
Age: 35

Birthplace: Wejherowo, Poland

Dorota Masłowska (Polish pronunciation:[dɔˈrɔta maˈswɔfska]; born 3 July 1983) is a Polish writer, playwright, columnist and journalist.
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Eliza Orzeszkowa is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Famous Novelists from Poland
Dec. at 69 (1841-1910)

Birthplace: Russian Empire

Eliza Orzeszkowa (6 June 1841 – 18 May 1910) was a Polish novelist and a leading writer of the Positivism movement during foreign Partitions of Poland. In 1905, together with Henryk Sienkiewicz ...more
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Ferdynand Antoni Ossendo... is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Famous Novelists from Poland
Dec. at 69 (1876-1945)

Birthplace: Ludza, Latvia

Ferdynand Antoni Ossendowski (27 May 1876 – 3 January 1945) was a Polish writer, explorer, university professor, and anti-Communist political activist. He is best known for his books about Lenin ...more
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Gabriela Zapolska is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Famous Novelists from Poland
Dec. at 64 (1857-1921)

Birthplace: Pidhaitsi, Ukraine

Maria Gabriela Stefania Korwin-Piotrowska (1857–1921), known as Gabriela Zapolska, was a Polish novelist, playwright, naturalist writer, feuilletonist, theatre critic and stage actress. Zapolska ...more
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Henryk Grynberg is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Famous Novelists from Poland
Henryk Grynberg Age: 82

Birthplace: Warsaw, Second Polish Republic

Henryk Grynberg (born 1936 in Warsaw) is a Polish writer and actor who survived the Nazi occupation. He is an award-winning novelist, short-story writer, poet, playwright and essayist who had ...more
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Henryk Sienkiewicz is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Famous Novelists from Poland
Dec. at 70 (1846-1916)

Birthplace: Lublin Voivodeship, Europe, Poland, Gmina Krzywda, Wola Okrzejska, + more

Henryk Adam Aleksander Pius Sienkiewicz (US: shen-KYAY-vitch, -⁠KYEV-itch, Polish: [ˈxɛnrɨk ˈadam alɛkˈsandɛr ˈpjus ɕɛnˈkʲɛvitʂ]; 5 May 1846 – 15 November 1916), also known by the pseudonym ...more
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Ignacy Krasicki is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Famous Novelists from Poland
Dec. at 66 (1735-1801)

Birthplace: Dubiecko, Poland

Ignacy Błażej Franciszek Krasicki (3 February 1735 – 14 March 1801), from 1766 Prince-Bishop of Warmia (in German, Ermland) and from 1795 Archbishop of Gniezno (thus, Primate of Poland), was ...more
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Jadwiga Łuszczewska is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Famous Novelists from Poland
Jadwiga Łuszczewska Dec. at 74 (1834-1908)

Birthplace: Warsaw, Second Polish Republic

Jadwiga Łuszczewska (pseudonym: Deotyma (Diotima); 1 July 1834 – 23 September 1908) 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 Dec. at 83 (1895-1978)

Birthplace: Lviv, Ukraine

Jan Parandowski (11 May 1895 – 26 September 1978) was a Polish writer, essayist, and translator. Best known for his works relating to classical antiquity, he was also the president of the Polish ...more
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Jerzy Żuławski is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Famous Novelists from Poland
Jerzy Żuławski Dec. at 41 (1874-1915)

Birthplace: Lesser Poland Voivodeship, Poland

Jerzy Żuławski (Polish: [ˈjɛʐɨ ʐuˈwafski]; 14 July 1874 – 9 August 1915) was a Polish literary figure, philosopher, translator, alpinist and nationalist whose best-known work is the ...more
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Joanna Kulmowa is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Famous Novelists from Poland
Age: 90

Birthplace: Łódź, Poland

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: 80

Birthplace: Warsaw, Second Polish Republic

Joanna Papuzinska is a writer.
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Joseph Conrad is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Famous Novelists from Poland
Joseph Conrad Dec. at 67 (1857-1924)

Birthplace: Berdychiv, Ukraine

Joseph Conrad (born Józef Teodor Konrad Korzeniowski, Polish: [ˈjuzɛf tɛˈɔdɔr ˈkɔnrat kɔʐɛˈɲɔfskʲi] (listen); 3 December 1857 – 3 August 1924) was a Polish-British writer regarded as one ...more

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Józef Ignacy Kras... is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Famous Novelists from Poland
Józef Ignacy Kraszewski Dec. at 75 (1812-1887)

Birthplace: Warsaw, Second Polish Republic

Józef Ignacy Kraszewski (28 July 1812 – 19 March 1887) was a Polish writer, publisher, historian, journalist, scholar, painter, and author who produced more than 200 novels and 150 ...more
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Jozef Mackiewicz is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Famous Novelists from Poland
Dec. at 83 (1902-1985)

Birthplace: Saint Petersburg, Russia

Józef Mackiewicz (April 1, 1902 – January 31, 1985) was a Polish writer, novelist and political commentator; best known for his documentary novels Nie trzeba głośno mówić (One Is ...more
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Juliusz Kaden-Bandrowski... is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Famous Novelists from Poland
Dec. at 59 (1885-1944)

Birthplace: Rzeszów, Poland

Juliusz Kaden-Bandrowski (24 February 1885 in Rzeszów – 8 August 1944 in Warsaw) was a Polish journalist and novelist. Between 1933–1939 he was a secretary general of the prestigious ...more
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Kazimierz Zdziechowski ... is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Famous Novelists from Poland
Kazimierz Zdziechowski Dec. at 64 (1878-1942)
Kazimierz Zdziechowski, also known under pseudonyms Władysław Zdora, Władysław Mouner, (1878–1942) was a Polish landowner, prose writer, publicist, literary critic and novelist. Brother of ...more
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Krystyna Siesicka is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Famous Novelists from Poland
Krystyna Siesicka Age: 90

Birthplace: Dęblin, Poland

Krystyna Siesicka is a writer.