Culture
16.7k readers

Famous Writers from Brazil

Updated June 14, 2019 16.7k views354 items

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.
...more
  • 1

    BirthplaceRio de Janeiro, Brazil

    NationalityBrazil

    WorksThe 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
  • 2
    Dec. at 89 (1912-2001)

    BirthplaceItabuna, Brazil

    NationalityBrazil

    WorksDie 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
  • 3
    Dec. at 79 (1920-1999)

    BirthplaceRecife, Brazil

    NationalityBrazil

    WorksA 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
  • 4

    BirthplaceRio de Janeiro, Brazil

    NationalityBrazil

    WorksA 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
  • 5

    BirthplaceRio de Janeiro, Brazil

    NationalityBrazil

    WorksParis, 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....  more
  • 6

    BirthplaceMar del Plata, Argentina

    NationalityArgentina, Brazil

    WorksPixote, 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
  • 7

    BirthplaceRio de Janeiro, Brazil

    NationalityBrazil

    WorksThe Mystery of Samba

    Marisa de Azevedo Monte (born 1 July 1967) is a Brazilian singer, composer, instrumentalist, and producer of Brazilian popular music and samba. As of 2011, she had sold 10 million albums worldwide...  more
  • 8

    BirthplaceVila Mariana, São Paulo, Brazil

    NationalityBrazil

    WorksThis Night I'll Possess Your Corpse, Embodiment of Evil, At Midnight I'll Take Your Soul, Trilogy of Terror, The Bloody Exorcism of Coffin Joe

    José Mojica Marins (born March 13, 1936) is a Brazilian filmmaker, actor, composer, screenwriter, and television and media personality. Marins is also known for creating and playing the character...  more
  • 9
    Age: 89

    BirthplaceMaputo, Mozambique, Africa

    NationalityPortugal, Brazil

    WorksFable of the Beautiful Pigeon Fancier, Turbulence, The Unscrupulous Ones, The Guns, Kuarup

    Ruy Alexandre Guerra Coelho Pereira (born August 22, 1931) is a Portuguese-Brazilian film director and screenwriter. Guerra was born a Portuguese citizen in Lourenço Marques (today Maputo) in...  more
  • 10
    Dec. at 87 (1900-1987)

    BirthplaceRecife, Brazil

    NationalityBrazil

    WorksNôvo mundo nos trópicos, Portuguese integration in the tropics, Artigos de jornal, Vida social no Brasil nos meados do século XIX, Médicos

    Gilberto de Mello Freyre (March 15, 1900 – July 18, 1987) was a Brazilian sociologist, anthropologist, historian, writer, painter, journalist and congressman, born in Recife, Northeast Brazil. He is...  more
  • 11
    Dec. at 57 (1920-1977)

    BirthplaceChechelnyk, Ukraine

    NationalityBrazil

    WorksThe Hour of the Star, The Passion According to G.H., Un apprentissage, ou, Le livre des plaisirs

    Clarice Lispector (December 10, 1920 – December 9, 1977) was a Brazilian novelist and short story writer acclaimed internationally for her innovative novels and short stories. Born to a Jewish...  more
  • 12

    BirthplaceRio de Janeiro, Brazil

    NationalityBrazil

    WorksHabia Una Vez Un Tirano, Que Confusion!, Bem do seu tamanho, Tropical sol da liberdade, Fiz voar o meu chapéu

    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 Medal in...  more
  • 13
    Dec. at 67 (1913-1980)

    BirthplaceGávea, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

    NationalityBrazil

    WorksOrfeu da Conceição, Libro de sonetos/ Book of Sonnets, Historia Natural de Pablo Neruda, Girl from Ipanema, Para Vivir Un Gran Amor

    Marcus Vinicius da Cruz e Mello Moraes (19 October 1913 – 9 July 1980), also known as Vinicius de Moraes (Portuguese pronunciation: [viˈnisjuʃ dʒi moˈɾajʃ]) and nicknamed O Poetinha ("The little...  more
  • 14

    BirthplaceRio de Janeiro, Brazil

    NationalityBrazil

    WorksBudrus, Control Room, Encounter Point

    Julia Bacha (born 1980) is a Brazilian documentary filmmaker....  more
  • 15

    BirthplaceSão Paulo, Brazil

    NationalityBrazil

    Arnaldo Antunes (Portuguese pronunciation: [axˈnawdu ɐ̃ˈtunis], born Arnaldo Augusto Nora Antunes Filho, September 2, 1960) is a Brazilian musician, writer, and composer. He was a member of the rock...  more
  • 16

    BirthplaceBrazil, Rio de Janeiro

    NationalityBrazil

    WorksElite Squad: The Enemy Within, Elite Squad, Bus 174, Garapa, The Charcoal People

    José Bastos Padilha Neto (Brazilian Portuguese: [ʒuˈzɛ paˈdʒiʎɐ]; born August 1, 1967) is a Brazilian film director, producer and screenwriter. He is best known for directing the Brazilian critical...  more
  • 17

    BirthplaceRio de Janeiro, Brazil

    NationalityBrazil

    WorksViva Saint John!, Outros (Doces) Bárbaros, Gemeas

    Andrew "Andrucha" Waddington (born 1 January 1970) 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...  more
  • 18

    BirthplaceRio de Janeiro, Brazil

    NationalityBrazil

    WorksDona Flor and Her Two Husbands, Gabriela, Tati

    Bruno Barreto (born March 16, 1955) is a Brazilian film director....  more
  • 19
    Dec. at 42 (1939-1981)

    BirthplaceVitória da Conquista, Brazil

    NationalityBrazil

    WorksThe Age of the Earth, The Dragon of Evil Against the Saint Warrior, Black God, White Devil, Entranced Earth

    Glauber de Andrade Rocha (14 March 1939 – 22 August 1981), better known as Glauber Rocha, was a Brazilian film director, actor and screenwriter. He was a key figure of Cinema Novo and one of the most...  more
  • 20

    BirthplaceJuiz de Fora, Brazil

    NationalityBrazil

    WorksExposure, The Man of the Year, The Lost Manuscript, Secreções, excreções e desatinos

    Rubem Fonseca (born May 11, 1925) 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...  more
  • 21

    BirthplaceSobral, Brazil

    NationalityBrazil

    WorksGarrincha: Hero of the Jungle

    Luiz Carlos Barreto (born 20 May 1928) 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...  more
  • 22

    BirthplaceMontevideo, Uruguay

    NationalityBrazil

    WorksThe Pope's Toilet

    César Charlone (born 1950) is a Uruguayan film director, screenwriter, actor and cinematographer. He was born in Montevideo but currently lives in Brazil. In 2003, he was nominated for the Academy...  more
  • 23
    Dec. at 89 (1920-2009)

    BirthplaceSalto, Brazil

    NationalityBrazil

    WorksO Pagador de Promessas, The Obsessed of Catule

    Anselmo Duarte (Portuguese pronunciation: [ɐ̃ˈsɛwmu duˈaʁtʃi]; April 21, 1920 – November 7, 2009) was a Brazilian actor, screenwriter and film director. His film O Pagador de Promessas (1962) (also...  more
  • 24
    Dec. at 105 (1907-2012)

    BirthplaceRio de Janeiro, Brazil

    NationalityBrazil

    WorksThe curves of time

    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. Niemeyer...  more
  • 25
    Dec. at 85 (1897-1982)

    BirthplaceRio de Janeiro, Brazil

    NationalityBrazil

    WorksDie Windrose, Song of the Sea

    Alberto de Almeida Cavalcanti (February 6, 1897 – August 23, 1982) was a Brazilian-born film director and producer....  more