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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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Paulo Coelho is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous Writers from Brazil
age 71 Paulo Coelho, is a Brazilian lyricist and novelist. He is the recipient of numerous international awards, amongst them the Crystal Award by the World Economic Forum. The Alchemist, his most ...more

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Jorge Amado is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous Writers from Brazil
Died at 89 (1912-2001) Jorge Leal Amado de Faria was a Brazilian writer of the modernist school. He was the best known of modern Brazilian writers, his work having been translated into some 49 languages and ...more

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João Cabral de Melo Neto is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous Writers from Brazil
Died at 79 (1920-1999) João Cabral de Melo Neto was a Brazilian poet and diplomat under the aesthetics of modernism. He was awarded the 1990 Camões Prize, the greatest literary prize in the Portuguese ...more

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Chico Buarque is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous Writers from Brazil
age 74 Francisco "Chico" Buarque de Hollanda, popularly known as Chico Buarque, is a singer, guitarist, composer, dramatist, writer and poet. He is best known for his music, which often ...more

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Walter Salles is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous Writers from Brazil
age 62 Walter Moreira Salles, Jr. is a Brazilian filmmaker and film producer of international prominence.

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Héctor Babenco is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous Writers from Brazil
age 72 Héctor Eduardo Babenco is an Argentine-born Brazilian film director, screenwriter, producer and actor. He has worked in several countries including Argentina, Brazil and the United

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Marisa Monte is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous Writers from Brazil
age 51 Marisa de Azevedo Monte is a Brazilian popular singer. As of 2011, she has sold 10 million albums worldwide.

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José Mojica Marins is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous Writers from Brazil
age 82 José Mojica Marins is a Brazilian filmmaker, actor, composer, screenwriter, and television and media personality. Marins is also known by his alter ego Coffin Joe. Although Marins is ...more

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Ruy Guerra is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Famous Writers from Brazil
age 87 Ruy Guerra is an actor.

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Gilberto Freyre is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Famous Writers from Brazil
Died at 87 (1900-1987) Gilberto de Mello Freyre was a Brazilian sociologist, anthropologist, historian, writer, painter, journalist and congressman, born in Recife, Northeast Brazil. He is commonly associated with ...more

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Clarice Lispector is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Famous Writers from Brazil
Died at 57 (1920-1977) Clarice Lispector was a Brazilian writer who has been described as the most important Jewish writer since Franz Kafka. Acclaimed internationally for her innovative novels and short stories, she ...more

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Ana Maria Machado is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Famous Writers from Brazil
age 77 Ana Maria Machado is a Brazilian writer of children's books, one of the most significant alongside Lygia Bojunga Nunes and Ruth Rocha. She received the international Hans Christian Andersen ...more

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Vinicius de Moraes is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Famous Writers from Brazil
Died at 67 (1913-1980) Marcus Vinicius da Cruz e Mello Moraes, also known as Vinícius de Moraes and nicknamed O Poetinha, was born in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Son of Lydia Cruz de Moraes and Clodoaldo Pereira da ...more

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Julia Bacha is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Famous Writers from Brazil
age 38 Julia Bacha is a Brazilian documentary filmmaker. She is a media strategist and award-winning filmmaker whose work has been exhibited at Sundance, Tribeca, Berlin, Jerusalem, and Dubai ...more

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Arnaldo Antunes is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Famous Writers from Brazil
age 58 Arnaldo Antunes, is a writer and composer from Brazil. He began as a member of the band Aguilar e Banda Performática in the late 1970s. For most of the 1980s he was a member of the rock ...more

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José Padilha is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Famous Writers from Brazil
age 51 José Padilha is a Brazilian film director, producer and screenwriter. He is best known for directing the Brazilian critical and financial successes Elite Squad and Elite Squad: The Enemy ...more

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Andrucha Waddington is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Famous Writers from Brazil
age 48 Andrucha Waddington is a Brazilian film director, producer and screenwriter. He has directed eleven films since 1998. His film Eu Tu Eles was screened in the Un Certain Regard section at the ...more

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Bruno Barreto is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Famous Writers from Brazil
age 63 Bruno Barreto is a Brazilian film director born in Rio de Janeiro. He has been making feature-length films ever since he was seventeen years old and remains one of Brazil's most accomplished and ...more

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Glauber Rocha is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Famous Writers from Brazil
Died at 42 (1939-1981) Glauber Rocha appeared in the 2012 documentary film Tropicalia.

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Rubem Fonseca is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Famous Writers from Brazil
Rubem Fonseca age 93 Rubem Fonseca is a Brazilian writer. He was born in Juiz de Fora, in the state of Minas Gerais, but he has lived most of his life in Rio de Janeiro. In 1952, he started his career as a low-level ...more

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Luiz Carlos Barreto is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Famous Writers from Brazil
age 90 Luiz Carlos Barreto is a Brazilian film producer and screenwriter. He has produced 50 films since 1962. He produced the 1966 film The Priest and the Girl, which was entered into the 16th Berlin ...more

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César Charlone is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Famous Writers from Brazil
age 60 César Charlone is an Uruguayan-born Brazilian film director, screenwriter, actor and cinematographer. He was born in Montevideo, but settled in Brazil, his current homeland. In 2003, he ...more

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Anselmo Duarte is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Famous Writers from Brazil
Died at 89 (1920-2009) Anselmo Duarte was a Brazilian actor, screenwriter and film director. His film O Pagador de Promessas won the Golden Palm at the 1962 Cannes Film Festival, and was also nominated for the Academy ...more

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Oscar Niemeyer is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Famous Writers from Brazil
Died at 105 (1907-2012) Oscar Ribeiro de Almeida Niemeyer Soares Filho, known as Oscar Niemeyer, was a Brazilian architect who is considered to be one of the key figures in the development of modern architecture. ...more

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Alberto Cavalcanti is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Famous Writers from Brazil
Died at 85 (1897-1982) Alberto de Almeida Cavalcanti was a Brazilian-born film director and producer.

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Nelson Pereira dos Santos is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list Famous Writers from Brazil
age 90 Nelson Pereira appeared in the 2013 film Signs Of Gray, Olney's Battle Against The Dragon Of Evil.

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Jô Soares is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list Famous Writers from Brazil
age 80 José Eugênio Soares, best known as Jô Soares is a Brazilian comedian, talk show host, author, theatrical producer, director, actor, painter and musician. Soares was born in ...more

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Luiz de Barros is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list Famous Writers from Brazil
Died at 89 (1893-1982) Luiz de Barros was a prominent Brazilian film director, film producer, film editor, screenwriter, cinematographer, film actor and set designer and manager who played a key role in Brazilian film ...more

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Carlos Diegues is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list Famous Writers from Brazil
age 78 Carlos Diegues, also known as Cacá Diegues, is a Brazilian film director. He was born in Maceió, Alagoas, and is best known as a member of the Cinema Novo movement.

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José de Alencar is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list Famous Writers from Brazil
Died at 48 (1829-1877) José Martiniano de Alencar was a Brazilian lawyer, politician, orator, novelist and dramatist. He is considered to be one of the most famous and influential Brazilian Romantic novelists ...more

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Marco Ricca is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list Famous Writers from Brazil
age 56 Marco Ricca is an actor.

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Daniela Thomas is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list Famous Writers from Brazil
age 59 Daniela Thomas is a Brazilian film director, screenwriter and editor.

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Jalal Merhi is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list Famous Writers from Brazil
age 51 Jalal Merhi is a Canadian action film producer who was born in Brazil to [Lebanese] immigrant parents. He started his film career by selling his jewellery business to start a film production ...more

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Tizuka Yamasaki is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list Famous Writers from Brazil
age 69 Tizuka Yamasaki is a Brazilian film director.

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Carlos Saldanha is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list Famous Writers from Brazil
age 53 Carlos Saldanha is a Brazilian director of animated films who works with Blue Sky Studios. He was the director of Ice Age: The Meltdown, Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs, Rio, Rio 2, and the ...more

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Carlos Reichenbach is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list Famous Writers from Brazil
Died at 67 (1945-2012) Carlos Oscar Reichenbach Son was a Brazilian filmmaker.

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Eduardo Coutinho is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list Famous Writers from Brazil
Died at 81 (1933-2014) Eduardo Coutinho was a Brazilian film director, screen writer, actor and film producer, known as one of the most important documentarists in Brazil. He directed and wrote the script to the 1967 ...more

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Daniel Ribeiro is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list Famous Writers from Brazil
age 36 Daniel Ribeiro is a film editor, film director, screenwriter and film producer.

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Carlos Ghosn is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list Famous Writers from Brazil
age 64 Carlos Ghosn, KBE is a French-Lebanese-Brazilian businessman born in Porto Velho, Brazil, who is currently the Chairman and CEO of Paris-based Renault, Chairman and CEO of Japan-based Nissan, ...more

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Lúcia Murat is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list Famous Writers from Brazil
age 69 Lúcia Murat is a screenwriter, film producer and film director.

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Flávio R. Tambellini is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list Famous Writers from Brazil
Flávio R. Tambellini age 66 Flávio R. Tambellini is a film producer and director, a screenwriter and an actor.

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Augusto Boal is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list Famous Writers from Brazil
Died at 78 (1931-2009) Augusto Boal was a Brazilian theatre director, writer and politician. He was the founder of Theatre of the Oppressed, a theatrical form originally used in radical popular education movements. ...more

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Ernst Kahl is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list Famous Writers from Brazil
age 69 Ernst Kahl is an actor.

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Joaquim Pedro de Andrade is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list Famous Writers from Brazil
Died at 56 (1932-1988) Joaquim Pedro de Andrade was a Brazilian film director and screenwriter. He was a member of the Cinema Novo movement in Brazil. Andrade is best known for his 1969 film Macunaíma, based ...more

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Nelson Rodrigues is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list Famous Writers from Brazil
Died at 68 (1912-1980) Nelson Falcão Rodrigues was a Brazilian playwright, journalist and novelist. In 1943, he helped usher in a new era in Brazilian theater with his play Vestido de Noiva, considered ...more

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Felipe Bragança is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list Famous Writers from Brazil
Felipe Bragança age 38 Felipe Bragança is a film director, screenwriter and film producer.

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Hugo Carvana is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list Famous Writers from Brazil
Died at 77 (1937-2014) Hugo Carvana was a Brazilian film and TV actor. He had appeared in 65 films since 1955.

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Roberto Farias is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list Famous Writers from Brazil
age 86 Roberto Farias is a Brazilian film director, producer and screenwriter. He has directed 15 films since 1957. His 1982 film Pra Frente, Brasil was entered into the 33rd Berlin International Film ...more

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Ana Maria Magalhães is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list Famous Writers from Brazil
age 68 Ana Maria Portinho Magalhães is a Brazilian film actress and director.

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Amácio Mazzaropi is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list Famous Writers from Brazil
Died at 69 (1912-1981) Amácio Mazzaropi was a Brazilian actor and filmmaker.