Famous Writers from Brazil

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

This list below has a variety of writers in it, from Márcio Souza to Iara Lee.

This list answers the questions, "Who are popular Brazilian writers?" and "Which writers are from Brazil?"

You can click on the names of these renowned writers of Brazil in order to get more information about each one. Some of these historic writers may no longer be living in Brazil, but they're all of Brazil descent.
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    • Birthplace: Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
    • Nationality: Brazil
    • Works: The Alchemist, The Devil and Miss Prym, Veronika Decides to Die, The Witch of Portobello, Eleven Minutes
    Paulo Coelho de Souza (; Portuguese: [ˈpawlu kuˈeʎu]; born August 24, 1947) is a Brazilian lyricist and novelist, best known for his novel The Alchemist. In 2014, he uploaded his personal papers ...more
  • Jorge Amado
    Dec. at 88 (1912-2001)
    • Birthplace: Itabuna, Brazil
    • Nationality: Brazil
    • Works: Die Windrose, Tieta, The Two Deaths of Quincas Wateryell, Red Field, Tent of Miracles
    Jorge Leal Amado de Faria (Brazilian Portuguese: [ˈʒɔʁʒi lɛˈaw ɐˈmadu dʒi fɐˈɾi.ɐ], 10 August 1912 – 6 August 2001) was a Brazilian writer of the modernist school. He remains the best known of modern ...more
  • João Cabral de Melo Neto
    Dec. at 79 (1920-1999)
    • Birthplace: Recife, Brazil
    • Nationality: Brazil
    • Works: A knife all blade
    João Cabral de Melo Neto (Portuguese pronunciation: [ˈʒwɐ̃w kaˈbɾaw dʒi ˈmɛlu ˈnɛtu]), (January 9, 1920 – October 9, 1999) was a Brazilian poet and diplomat, and one of the most influential writers ...more
    • Birthplace: Brazil, Rio de Janeiro
    • Nationality: Brazil
    • Works: A bordo do Rui Barbosa, Court-circuit, Turbulence, Fazenda Modelo, Calabar
    Francisco "Chico" Buarque de Hollanda, popularly known simply as Chico Buarque (Brazilian Portuguese: [ˈʃiku buˈaʁki]; born June 19, 1944) is a Brazilian singer-songwriter, guitarist, composer, ...more
    • Birthplace: Brazil, Rio de Janeiro
    • Nationality: Brazil
    • Works: Paris, je t'aime, Behind the Sun, Foreign Land, Linha de Passe
    Walter Moreira Salles Jr. (; born 12 April 1956) is a Brazilian filmmaker and film producer of international prominence.
    • Birthplace: Mar del Plata, Argentina
    • Nationality: Argentina, Brazil
    • Works: Pixote, Carandiru, Foolish Heart, The Past, At Play in the Fields of the Lord
    Héctor Eduardo Babenco (February 7, 1946 – July 13, 2016) was an Argentine-Brazilian film director, screenwriter, producer and actor. He worked in several countries including Argentina, Brazil and ...more