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Famous Writers from Chile

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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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Isabel Allende is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous Writers from Chile
Age: 77

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, + more

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 ...more
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Pablo Neruda is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous Writers from Chile
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, + more

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 ...more

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Raúl Ruiz is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous Writers from Chile
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, + more

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) ...more
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Alejandro Jodorowsky is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous Writers from Chile
Age: 90

Birthplace: Tocopilla, Chile

Nationality: Chile, France

Works: El Topo, The Holy Mountain, Santa Sangre, Fando & Lis, The Severed Heads, + more

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 ...more

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Tito Davison is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous Writers from Chile
Dec. at 73 (1912-1985)

Birthplace: Chillán, Chile

Nationality: Chile, Mexico

Works: Corazón salvaje, La barraca, El ministro y yo, The Golden Barge, La dulce enemiga, + more

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.
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Antonio Skármeta ... is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous Writers from Chile
Age: 79

Birthplace: DVD Region 4, Chile, Antofagasta Region, Antofagasta Province, South America, + more

Nationality: Chile

Works: The Uprising, The Dancer and the Thief, La Velocidad Del Amor, Soñé que la nieve ardía, The poet's wedding, + more

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 ...more
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Adelqui Migliar is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous Writers from Chile
Dec. at 65 (1891-1956)

Birthplace: DVD Region 4, Chile, Concepción, South America, Concepción Province, + more

Nationality: Chile

Works: War and Peace - 1914, Laughter and Tears, Rechten der jeugd, Ambición

Adelqui Migliar (5 August 1891 – 6 August 1956), also known as Adelqui Millar, was a Chilean film actor, director, writer and producer. He appeared in 31 silent films between 1916 and 1928. He ...more
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Miguel Littin is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous Writers from Chile
Age: 77

Birthplace: DVD Region 4, Chile, South America, Palmilla

Nationality: Chile, Spain

Works: Tierra del fuego, General Report on Chile, The Recourse to the Method, Alsino and the Condor, The Shipwrecked, + more

Miguel Ernesto Littin Cucumides (born 9 August 1942) is a Chilean film director, screenwriter, film producer and novelist. He was born to a Palestinian father, Hernán Littin and a Greek ...more
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Ariel Dorfman is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Famous Writers from Chile
Age: 77

Birthplace: DVD Region 4, South America, Greater Buenos Aires, Buenos Aires, Argentina, + more

Nationality: Chile, United States of America

Works: Death and the Maiden, Death and the Maiden, Susan Meiselas: In History, Konfidenz, The nanny and the iceberg, + more

Vladimiro Ariel Dorfman (born May 6, 1942) is an Argentine-Chilean-American novelist, playwright, essayist, academic, and human rights activist. A citizen of the United States since 2004, he has ...more
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Gabriela Mistral is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Famous Writers from Chile
Dec. at 68 (1889-1957)

Birthplace: Vicuña, Chile

Nationality: Chile

Works: Lagar II, Selected prose and prose-poems, Producción de Gabriela Mistral de 1912 a 1918, Poesía y prosa, Poesías completas, + more

Lucila Godoy Alcayaga (American Spanish: [luˈsila ɣoˈdoj alkaˈʝaɣa]; 7 April 1889 – 10 January 1957), known by her pseudonym Gabriela Mistral (Spanish: [ɡaˈβɾjela misˈtɾal]), was a Chilean ...more
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Roberto Bolaño is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Famous Writers from Chile
Roberto Bolaño Dec. at 50 (1953-2003)

Birthplace: Santiago, Chile

Nationality: Chile

Works: 2666, The Skating Rink, Distant Star, The Savage Detectives, Amulet, + more

Roberto Bolaño Ávalos (Spanish: [roˈβeɾto βoˈlaɲo ˈaβalos] (listen); 28 April 1953 – 15 July 2003) was a Chilean novelist, short-story writer, poet and essayist. In 1999, ...more
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Andrés Wood is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Famous Writers from Chile
Age: 54

Birthplace: Santiago, Chile

Nationality: Chile

Works: Machuca, La Fiebre del Loco

Andres Wood (born 1965) is a Chilean film director, producer and writer. Some of his most popular films include Machuca, Violeta se fue a los cielos, and Historias de Futbol. He created his own ...more
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Carlos F. Borcosque is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Famous Writers from Chile
Dec. at 71 (1894-1965)

Birthplace: DVD Region 4, Chile, Valparaíso Province, Valparaíso, Valparaíso Region, + more

Nationality: Chile

Works: Las Aventuras de Jack, The Soul of the Children, Hombres de esta tierra, Traición, Diablo fuerte

Carlos Francisco Borcosque Sánchez (9 September 1894 in Valparaíso, Chile – 5 September 1965 in Buenos Aires) was a Chilean film director and screenwriter involved in the ...more
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Roberto Matta is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Famous Writers from Chile
Dec. at 91 (1911-2002)

Birthplace: Santiago, Chile

Nationality: Chile

Works: Matta in America

Roberto Sebastián Antonio Matta Echaurren (Spanish pronunciation: [roˈβeɾto ˈmata]; November 11, 1911 – November 23, 2002), better known as Roberto Matta, was one of Chile's best-known ...more
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José Donoso is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Famous Writers from Chile
Dec. at 72 (1924-1996)

Birthplace: Santiago Metropolitan Region, Santiago Province, Chile, DVD Region 4, Chile, + more

Nationality: Chile

Works: The Place Without Limits, The Obscene Bird of Night, Coronacíon, Hell Has No Limits, Curfew, + more

José Donoso Yáñez (October 5, 1924 – December 7, 1996) was a Chilean writer. He lived most of his life in Chile, although he spent many years in self-imposed exile in ...more
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Marco Bechis is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Famous Writers from Chile
Age: 64

Birthplace: Santiago, Chile

Nationality: Chile, Italy

Works: BirdWatchers, Sons and Daughters, Olympic Garage, Alambrado, The Game Bag, + more

Marco Bechis (born in Santiago, Chile) is a Chilean-Italian film screenwriter and director. His film Garage Olimpo was screened at the 1999 Cannes Film Festival in the Un Certain Regard
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Víctor Jara is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Famous Writers from Chile
Dec. at 41 (1932-1973)

Birthplace: DVD Region 4, Chile, South America, Lonquén

Nationality: Chile

Víctor Lidio Jara Martínez (Spanish pronunciation: [ˈβiktoɾ ˈliðjo ˈxaɾa maɾˈtines]; 28 September 1932 – 16 September 1973) was a Chilean teacher, theater director, poet, ...more

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Vicente Huidobro is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Famous Writers from Chile
Dec. at 55 (1893-1948)

Birthplace: Santiago, Chile

Nationality: Chile

Works: Vanguardia en Chile, Mirror of a mage, Breve Antologia Poesia Latinoamer Vang 1920-30, Mío Cid Campeador, Poesía y Poética, + more

Vicente García-Huidobro Fernández (American Spanish: [biˈsente ɣwiˈdoβɾo]; January 10, 1893 – January 2, 1948) was a Chilean poet born to an aristocratic family. He promoted the ...more
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Gonzalo Justiniano is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Famous Writers from Chile
Age: 64

Birthplace: Santiago, Chile

Nationality: Chile

Works: Amnesia, Have You Seen Lupita?, El Leyton, B-Happy

Gonzalo Justiniano is a film director, producer and screenwriter.
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Alfredo Castro is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Famous Writers from Chile
Age: 64

Birthplace: Santiago, Chile

Nationality: Chile

Works: Tony Manero

Alfredo Castro is an actor, theatre director, screenwriter and playwright.
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Nicanor Parra is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Famous Writers from Chile

Birthplace: San Fabián de Alico, Chile

Nationality: Chile

Works: Poesía política, Poemas y antipoemas, Poesia Chilena Contemporaneo, Sermons and homilies of the Christ of Elqui, Manifiesto, + more

Nicanor Segundo Parra Sandoval (5 September 1914 – 23 January 2018) was a Chilean poet, mathematician, and physicist. He was considered an influential poet in Chile and throughout Latin America. ...more
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Alberto Fuguet is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Famous Writers from Chile
Age: 55

Birthplace: Santiago, Chile

Nationality: Chile

Works: Música Campesina, Las películas de mi vida, Tinta roja, Mala onda, McOndo, + more

Alberto Felipe Fuguet de Goyeneche (pronounced [alˈβeɾto fuˈɣet]; born March 7, 1963) is a Chilean writer, journalist, film critic and film director who rose to critical prominence in the 1990s ...more
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Jorge Edwards is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Famous Writers from Chile
Age: 88

Birthplace: Santiago Metropolitan Region, Santiago Province, Chile, DVD Region 4, Chile, + more

Nationality: Chile

Works: Persona Non Grata, El Anfitrion, El Whisky De Los Poetas, El inútil de la familia, Las máscaras, + more

Jorge Edwards Valdés (born June 29, 1931) is a Chilean novelist, journalist and diplomat. He was the Chilean ambassador to France during the first Piñera presidency.
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Alicia Scherson is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Famous Writers from Chile
Age: 45

Birthplace: Santiago Metropolitan Region, Santiago Province, Chile, DVD Region 4, Chile, + more

Nationality: Chile

Works: The Future, Play, The Shower, Tourists

Alicia Scherson is a film director, screenwriter, film producer, actress and film editor.
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Joaquin Cociña is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Famous Writers from Chile
Age: 39

Birthplace: Concepción, Chile

Nationality: Chile

Works: Luis, El arca, Los Andes

Joaquin Cociña is an actor, film director, film producer, screenwriter, film editor, film score composer and production designer.