Famous Writers from Chile

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

Víctor Domingo Silva and Cristian Hernandez Gonzalez are included in this list.

This list answers the questions, "Who are popular Chilean writers?" and "Which writers are from Chile?"

You can click on the names of these renowned writers of Chile in order to get more information about each one. Some of these historic writers may no longer be living in Chile, but they're all of Chile descent.
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    • Birthplace: Lima, Peru
    • Nationality: Chile, United States of America, Peru
    • Works: La casa de los espíritus, Daughter of Fortune, Eva Luna, City of the Beasts, Forest of the Pygmies
    Isabel Allende (Spanish: [isaˈβel aˈʝende] (listen); born August 2, 1942) is a Chilean writer. Allende, whose works sometimes contain aspects of the genre magical realism, is known for novels such as ...more
  • Pablo Neruda
    Dec. at 69 (1904-1973)
    • Birthplace: Parral, Chile
    • Nationality: Chile
    • Works: Cien Sonetos de Amor, Twenty Love Poems and a Song of Despair, Canto General, A new decade, heights of Macchu Picchu
    Ricardo Eliécer Neftalí Reyes Basoalto (12 July 1904 – 23 September 1973), better known by his pen name and, later, legal name Pablo Neruda (; Spanish: [ˈpaβlo neˈɾuða]), was a Nobel Prize winning ...more
  • Raúl Ruiz
    Dec. at 70 (1941-2011)
    • Birthplace: Puerto Montt, Chile
    • Nationality: Chile, France
    • Works: Klimt, The Hypothesis of the Stolen Painting, Genealogies of a Crime, Time Regained, That Day
    Raúl Ruiz or Raul Ruiz may refer to: Raúl Ruiz (director) (1941–2011), Chilean filmmaker Raul Ruiz (journalist), American journalist and Chicano activist Raul Ruiz (politician) (born 1972), United ...more
    • Birthplace: Tocopilla, Chile
    • Nationality: Chile, France, Mexico
    • Works: El Topo, The Holy Mountain, Santa Sangre, Fando & Lis, The Severed Heads
    Alejandro Jodorowsky Prullansky (Spanish: [xoðoˈɾofski]; born 17 February 1929) is a Chilean-French filmmaker. Since 1948, Jodorowsky has worked as a novelist, screenwriter, a poet, a playwright, an ...more
  • Tito Davison
    Dec. at 72 (1912-1985)
    • Birthplace: Chile, Chillán
    • Nationality: Chile, Mexico
    • Works: Corazón salvaje, La barraca, El ministro y yo, The Golden Barge, La dulce enemiga
    Tito Davison (14 November 1912 – 21 March 1985) was a Chilean-born Mexican film director and screenwriter. He directed 60 films between 1937 and 1982.
    • Birthplace: Antofagasta, Chile
    • Nationality: Chile
    • Works: The Uprising, The Dancer and the Thief, La Velocidad Del Amor, Soñé que la nieve ardía, The poet's wedding
    Antonio Skármeta (born Esteban Antonio Skármeta Vranicic on November 7, 1940) is a Chilean writer descending from Croatian immigrants from the Adriatic island of Brač, Dalmatia. He was awarded ...more