Famous Poets from Austria

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

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

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  • Alexander Lernet-Holenia
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    Alexander Lernet-Holenia was an Austrian poet, novelist, dramaturgist and writer of screenplays and historical studies who produced a heterogeneous literary opus that included poetry, psychological novels describing the intrusion of otherworldly or unreal experiences into reality, and recreational films.
    • Age: Dec. at 78 (1897-1976)
    • Birthplace: Europe, Austria, Vienna, Central Europe
  • Anton Wildgans
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    Anton Wildgans (17 April 1881 – 3 May 1932) was an Austrian poet and playwright. He was nominated for the Nobel Prize in Literature four times.
    • Age: Dec. at 51 (1881-1932)
    • Birthplace: Vienna, Austria
  • Archduke Wilhelm of Austria
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    Archduke Wilhelm Franz of Austria, later Wilhelm Franz von Habsburg-Lothringen (10 February 1895 – 18 August 1948), also known as Basil the Embroidered (Ukrainian: Василь Вишиваний, romanized: Vasyl Vyshyvani), was an Austrian archduke, a colonel of the Ukrainian Sich Riflemen, and a poet.
    • Age: Dec. at 53 (1895-1948)
    • Birthplace: Pula, Croatia
  • Arik Brauer is an Austrian painter, draughtsman, printmaker, poet, dancer, singer and stage designer. He resides in Vienna and Ein Hod, Israel. Brauer is a co-founder of the Vienna School of Fantastic Realism, together with Ernst Fuchs, Rudolf Hausner, Fritz Janschka, Wolfgang Hutter and Anton Lehmden. Erich "Arik" Brauer is the child of Lithuanian Jewish emigrants. His post-war artistic training was in Vienna, under the supervision of Albert Paris von Gütersloh. Gütersloh promoted Brauer's work within the Vienna School of Fantastic Realism circle of artists, which had formed in the mid-1950s from a post-1946 Viennese surrealist group that had included Brauer along with Edgar Jené, Ernst ...more
    • Age: 94
    • Birthplace: Vienna, Austria
  • Erwin Guido Kolbenheyer (December 30, 1878, Budapest – April 12, 1962, Munich) was an Austrian novelist, poet and playwright. Later based in Germany, he belonged to a group of writers that included the likes of Hans Grimm, Rudolf G. Binding, Emil Strauß, Agnes Miegel and Hanns Johst, all of whom found favour under the Nazis. He was nominated for the Nobel Prize in Literature five times.
    • Age: Dec. at 83 (1878-1962)
    • Birthplace: Budapest, Hungary
  • Franz Adolf Friedrich von Schober
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    Franz Adolf Friedrich Schober, since 1801 von Schober (born 17 May 1796, Torup Castle at Malmö, Sweden; died 13 September 1882 in Dresden), was an Austrian poet, librettist, lithographer, actor in Breslau and Legationsrat in Weimar. Schober was born to Austrian parents in Sweden. Educated in the Schnepfenthal Salzmann School, Akademisches Gymnasium (Vienna) and Kremsmünster Abbey, he returned to Vienna, where he began to study philosophy and met the composer Franz Schubert, his friends Johann Mayrhofer, Joseph von Spaun and the painters Leopold Kupelwieser and Moritz von Schwind. Between 1823 and 1825, Schober was an actor at the theatre in Breslau under the pseudonym "Torupson". In the ...more
    • Age: Dec. at 86 (1796-1882)
    • Birthplace: Torup Castle, Sweden