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List of famous writers from Belgium, listed alphabetically with photos when available. Belgium is home to many prolific writers, including those who write fiction, non-fiction, poetry, biographies and more. These are some of the best Belgian writers that have ever lived, so if you're a native of Belgium and an aspiring writer then use this list as inspiration to achieve your own writing goals.

The list you're viewing is made up of many different writers, like Jef Cassiers and Pierre Pestieau.

This list answers the questions, "Who are popular Belgian writers?" and "Which writers are from Belgium?"

You can click on the names of these renowned writers of Belgium in order to get more information about each one. Some of these historic writers may no longer be living in Belgium, but they're all of Belgium descent.
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Peter Paul Rubens is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous Writers from Belgium
Dec. at 63 (1577-1640)
Sir Peter Paul Rubens was a Flemish Baroque painter. A proponent of an extravagant Baroque style that emphasized movement, colour, and sensuality, Rubens is well known for his ...more
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Georges Simenon is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous Writers from Belgium
Dec. at 86 (1903-1989)
Georges Joseph Christian Simenon was a Belgian writer. A prolific author who published nearly 200 novels and numerous short works, Simenon is best known as the creator of the fictional detective ...more
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Maurice Maeterlinck is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous Writers from Belgium
Dec. at 87 (1862-1949)
Maurice Polydore Marie Bernard Maeterlinck was a Belgian playwright, poet, and essayist who was a Fleming, but wrote in French. He was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1911 "in ...more
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Jean-Claude Van Damme is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous Writers from Belgium
age 59
Jean-Claude Camille François Van Varenberg, professionally known as Jean-Claude Van Damme and abbreviated as JCVD, is a Belgian martial artist, actor, and director best known for his ...more
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Django Reinhardt is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous Writers from Belgium
Dec. at 43 (1910-1953)
Jean "Django" Reinhardt was a Belgium-born French guitarist and composer of Romani ethnicity. Reinhardt is regarded as one of the greatest guitar players of all time; he was the first ...more
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Julio Cortázar is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous Writers from Belgium
Dec. at 70 (1914-1984)
Julio Cortázar, born Jules Florencio Cortázar, was an Argentine novelist, short story writer, and essayist. Known as one of the founders of the Latin American Boom, Cortázar ...more
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Agnès Varda is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous Writers from Belgium
age 91
Agnès Varda is a French film director and professor at the European Graduate School. Her films, photographs, and art installations focus on documentary realism, feminist issues, and ...more
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Hergé is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous Writers from Belgium
Dec. at 76 (1907-1983)
Georges Prosper Remi, known by the pen name Hergé, was a Belgian cartoonist. He is best known for The Adventures of Tintin, the series of comic albums which are considered one of the most ...more
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Patrick Bauchau is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Famous Writers from Belgium
age 81
Patrick Nicolas Jean Sixte Ghislain Bauchau is a Belgian actor best known for his role as Scarpine in the 1985 James Bond movie, A View to a Kill, Sydney in the TV series The Pretender and ...more
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Chantal Akerman is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Famous Writers from Belgium
age 69
Chantal Anne Akerman is a Belgian film director, artist, and professor of film at the City College of New York. Her best-known film is Jeanne Dielman, 23 quai du Commerce, 1080 Bruxelles. ...more
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Jacques Brel is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Famous Writers from Belgium
Dec. at 49 (1929-1978)
Jacques Romain Georges Brel was a Belgian singer-songwriter who composed and performed literate, thoughtful, and theatrical songs that generated a large, devoted following—initially in Belgium ...more
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Hugo Claus is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Famous Writers from Belgium
Dec. at 79 (1929-2008)
Hugo Maurice Julien Claus was a leading Belgian author who published under his own name as well as various pseudonyms. Claus' literary contributions spanned the genres of drama, the novel, and ...more
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Henri Michaux is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Famous Writers from Belgium
Dec. at 85 (1899-1984)
Henri Michaux was a highly idiosyncratic Belgian-born poet, writer, and painter who wrote in French. He later took French citizenship. Michaux is best known for his esoteric books written in a ...more
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Benoît Poelvoorde is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Famous Writers from Belgium
age 55
Benoît Poelvoorde is a Belgian actor and comedian.
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Yolande Moreau is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Famous Writers from Belgium
age 66
Yolande Moreau is a Belgian comedian, actress, film director and screenwriter.
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Jean-Pierre Dardenne is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Famous Writers from Belgium
age 68
Jean-Pierre Dardenne is a film director, film producer, screenwriter, cinematographer and film editor.
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May Sarton is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Famous Writers from Belgium
Dec. at 83 (1912-1995)
May Sarton is the pen name of Eleanore Marie Sarton, an American poet, novelist and memoirist.
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Jeremy Brock is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Famous Writers from Belgium
age 60
Jeremy Brock is an English actor, producer, writer, fisher and director whose works include the screenplays Mrs. Brown, Driving Lessons, The Last King of Scotland, and Charlotte Gray. His awards ...more
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Charles Binamé is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Famous Writers from Belgium
age 70
Charles Binamé is a Quebec director. He was born in Belgium and came to Montreal with his family at a young age. In 1971, he began work as an assistant director with the National Film ...more
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Raoul Cauvin is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Famous Writers from Belgium
age 81
Raoul Cauvin is a Belgian comics author and one of the most popular in the humorist field.
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Lucas Belvaux is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Famous Writers from Belgium
age 58
Lucas Belvaux is a Belgian actor and film director. His directing credits include the Trilogie, consisting of three films with interlocking stories and characters, each of which was filmed in a ...more
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Bouli Lanners is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Famous Writers from Belgium
age 54
Philippe "Bouli" Lanners is a Belgian actor, author and film director. His film The Giants was nominated for twelve Magritte Awards, winning five, including Best Film and Best
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Marion Hänsel is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Famous Writers from Belgium
age 70
Marion Hänsel is a Belgian film director, producer, actress and screenwriter. Her film Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea was entered into the 1995 Cannes Film Festival.
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Jaco Van Dormael is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Famous Writers from Belgium
age 62
Jaco Van Dormael is a Belgian film director, screenwriter and playwright. His complex and critically acclaimed films are especially noted for their respectful and sympathetic portrayal of people ...more
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Danis Tanović is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Famous Writers from Belgium
age 50
Danis Tanović is a Bosnian film director and screenwriter. Tanović is best known for having directed and written the script for the 2001 Bosnian movie No Man's Land which won him the Academy ...more