Famous Novelists from Portugal

List of notable or famous novelists from Portugal, with bios and photos, including the top novelists born in Portugal and even some popular novelists who immigrated to Portugal. If you're trying to find out the names of famous Portuguese 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 Portugal is included when available.

List is made up of many different people, including José Saramago and José Maria Eça de Queiroz.

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

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  • Agustina Bessa-Luís, GOSE (Portuguese: [ɐɣuʃˈtinɐ ˈbɛsɐ luˈiʃ]; 15 October 1922 – 3 June 2019) was a Portuguese writer.From 1986 and 1987, she was director of the daily O Primeiro de Janeiro (Porto). From 1990 to 1993, she was director of the Teatro Nacional D. Maria II (Lisbon).Her novels have been adapted for the screen by director Manoel de Oliveira: Fanny Owen ("Francisca"), Abraham's Valley, and The Lands of Risk ("The Convent"), in addition to the Party. Her novel As Terras do Risco was the basis for the film O Convento in 1995.
    • Age: 100
    • Birthplace: Vila Meã
  • Almeida Garrett
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    João Baptista da Silva Leitão de Almeida Garrett, 1st Viscount of Almeida Garrett (Portuguese pronunciation: [aɫˈmɐjdɐ ɡɐˈʁɛt(ɨ)]; 4 February 1799 – 9 December 1854) was a Portuguese poet, orator, playwright, novelist, journalist, politician, and a peer of the realm. A major promoter of theater in Portugal he is considered the greatest figure of Portuguese Romanticism and a true revolutionary and humanist. He proposed the construction of the D. Maria II National Theatre and the creation of the Conservatory of Dramatic Art.
    • Age: Dec. at 55 (1799-1854)
    • Birthplace: Porto, Portugal
  • António Lobo Antunes, GCSE, MD (Portuguese pronunciation: [ɐ̃ˈtɔniu ˈloβu ɐ̃ˈtunɨʃ]; born 1 September 1942) is a Portuguese novelist and medical doctor. He has been named as a contender for the Nobel Prize in Literature.
    • Age: 80
    • Birthplace: Lisbon, Portugal
  • Aquilino Gomes Ribeiro, ComL (Portuguese pronunciation: [ɐkiˈlinu ʁiˈbɐjɾu]; 13 September 1885, Carregal de Tabosa, Sernancelhe – 27 May 1963, Lisbon), was a Portuguese writer and diplomat. He is generally considered to be one of the great Portuguese novelists of the 20th century. In 1960, he was nominated for the Nobel Literature Prize; having been nominated by the Sociedade Portuguesa de Escritores.
    • Age: Dec. at 77 (1885-1963)
    • Birthplace: Portugal
  • Camilo Castelo Branco
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    Camilo Castelo Branco,1st Viscount of Correia Botelho (Portuguese pronunciation: [kɐˈmilu kɐʃˈtɛlu ˈbɾɐ̃ku]; 16 March 1825 – 1 June 1890), was a prolific Portuguese writer of the 19th century, having produced over 260 books (mainly novels, plays and essays). His writing is considered original in that it combines the dramatic and sentimental spirit of Romanticism with a highly personal combination of sarcasm, bitterness and dark humour. He is also celebrated for his peculiar wit and anecdotal character, as well as for his turbulent (and ultimately tragical) life. His writing, which is centred in the local and the picturesque and is in a general sense affiliated with the Romantic tradition, ...more
    • Age: Dec. at 65 (1825-1890)
    • Birthplace: Lisbon, Portugal
  • Carlos de Oliveira, GOSE (10 August 1921 – 1 July 1981), was a Portuguese poet and novelist.
    • Age: Dec. at 59 (1921-1981)
    • Birthplace: Brazil