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Famous Novelists from Sri Lanka

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

List features Arthur C. Clarke, Shyam Selvadurai and more.

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

Use this list of renowned Sri Lankan novelists to discover some new novelists that you aren't familiar with. Don't forget to share this list by clicking one of the social media icons at the top or bottom of the page. {#nodes}
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    Sir Arthur Charles Clarke (16 December 1917 – 19 March 2008) was a British science fiction writer, science writer and futurist, inventor, undersea explorer, and television series host. He co-wrote the screenplay for the 1968 film 2001: A Space Odyssey, one of the most influential films of all time. Clarke was a science writer who was an avid populariser of space travel and a futurist of uncanny ability. He wrote over a dozen books and many essays for popular magazines. In 1961 he received the Kalinga Prize, a UNESCO award for popularising science. Clarke's science and science fiction writings earned him the moniker "Prophet of the Space Age". His science fiction earned him a number of...  more
    • Age: Dec. at 90 (1917-2008)
    • Birthplace: Minehead, United Kingdom

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    Ediriweera Sarachchandra (Sinhala: මහාචාර්ය එදිරිවීර සරච්චන්ද්‍ර) (3 June 1914 – 16 August 1996) was a Sri Lankan playwright, novelist, poet, literary critic, essayist and social commentator. Considered Sri Lanka's premier playwright, he was a senior lecturer at the University of Peradeniya for many years and served as Sri Lankan Ambassador to France (1974–1977)....  more
    • Age: Dec. at 82 (1914-1996)
    • Birthplace: Galle, Sri Lanka
  • Gunathilake Bandara Senanayake (14 July 1913 – 16 March 1985) (known as G.B Senanayake) was a prominent Sinhala writer who portrayed Sinhala middle-class life in his novels. He is credited with introducing free verse poetry to Sinhala. He became blind later in his life and still managed to write 16 books with help from his sister.The second stage of Sinhala short stories begins with G.B. Senanayake's short stories. Though mainly focused on short stories Senanayake also wrote Novels and Poetry as well. He introduced 'Nisandas' during a time when Sinhala poetry was in need of a different style. G.B. Senanayake was a writer who was very concerned about being grammatically correct in writing....  more
    • Age: Dec. at 71 (1913-1985)
    • Birthplace: Sri Lanka
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    Lama Hewage Don Martin Wickramasinghe commonly Martin Wickramasinghe, MBE (Sinhala: මාර්ටින් වික්‍රමසිංහ) (29 May 1890 – 23 July 1976) was a Sri Lankan novelist. His books have been translated into several languages.The search for roots is a central theme in Wickramasinghe's writings on the culture and life of the people of Sri Lanka. His work explored and applied modern knowledge in natural and social sciences, literature, linguistics, the arts, philosophy, education, Buddhism and comparative religion. Wickramasinghe is often acclaimed as the father of modern Sinhala literature....  more
    • Age: Dec. at 86 (1890-1976)
    • Birthplace: Sri Lanka