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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.

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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.

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Arthur C. Clarke is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous Novelists from Sri Lanka
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Sir Arthur Charles Clarke, CBE, FRAS was a British science fiction writer, science writer and futurist, inventor, undersea explorer, and television series host. He is perhaps most famous for being co-writer of the screenplay for the movie 2001: A Space Odyssey, widely considered to be one of the most influential films of all time. His other science fiction writings earned him a number of Hugo and Nebula awards, along with a large readership, making him into one of the towering figures of the field. For many years he, Robert Heinlein, and Isaac Asimov were known as the "Big Three" of science fiction. Clarke was a lifelong proponent of space travel. In 1934, while still a teenager, he joined ...more on Wikipedia

Age: Died at 91 (1917-2008)

Birthplace: Minehead, United Kingdom

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Ediriweera Sarachchandra is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous Novelists from Sri Lanka
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Ediriweera Sarachchandra was an 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. ...more on Wikipedia

Age: Died at 82 (1914-1996)

Birthplace: Galle, Sri Lanka

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G. B. Senanayake is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous Novelists from Sri Lanka
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Gunathilake Bandara 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 on Wikipedia

Age: Died at 72 (1913-1985)

Birthplace: Eurasia, Sri Lanka, Asia, South Asia

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Martin Wickramasinghe is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous Novelists from Sri Lanka
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Martin Wickramasinghe, MBE 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, and Buddhism and comparative religion to reach beyond the superficial emotionalism of vulgar nationalism, and guide Sri Lankan readers to the enduring roots of their common national identity that exists in the folk life and folk culture of Sri Lanka. ...more on Wikipedia

Age: Died at 86 (1890-1976)

Birthplace: Sri Lanka

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