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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
Isabel Allende age 76 Isabel Allende is a Chilean-American writer. Allende, whose works sometimes contain aspects of the "magic realist" tradition, is famous for novels such as The House of the Spirits and ...more

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Pablo Neruda is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous Writers from Chile
Pablo Neruda Died at 69 (1904-1973) Pablo Neruda was the pen name and, later, legal name of the Chilean poet-diplomat and politician Neftali Ricardo Reyes Basoalto. He derived his pen name from the Czech poet Jan Neruda. He won ...more

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Raúl Ruiz is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous Writers from Chile
Raúl Ruiz Died at 70 (1941-2011) Raúl Ernesto Ruiz Pino was an experimental Chilean filmmaker, writer and teacher whose work is best known in France. He directed more than 100 films.

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Alejandro Jodorowsky is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous Writers from Chile
Alejandro Jodorowsky age 89 Alejandro Jodorowsky is a Chilean filmmaker, playwright, actor, author, musician, comics writer and spiritual guru. Best known for his avant-garde films, he has been "venerated by cult ...more

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Tito Davison is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous Writers from Chile
Tito Davison Died at 73 (1912-1985) Tito Davison was a 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
Antonio Skármeta age 78 Antonio Skármeta is a Chilean writer descending from Croatian immigrants from the Adriatic island of Brač, Dalmatia. He was awarded Chile's National Literature Prize in 2014.

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Adelqui Migliar is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous Writers from Chile
Adelqui Migliar Died at 65 (1891-1956) Adelqui Migliar, also known als Adelqui Millar, was a Chilean film actor, director, writer and producer. He appeared in 31 silent films between 1916 and 1928. He also directed 24 films between ...more

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Miguel Littin is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous Writers from Chile
Miguel Littin age 76 Miguel Ernesto Littín Cucumidesz is a Chilean film director, screenwriter, film producer and novelist. He was born to a Palestinian father, Hernán Littin and a Greek mother, ...more

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Ariel Dorfman is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Famous Writers from Chile
Ariel Dorfman age 76 Vladimiro Ariel Dorfman is an Argentine-Chilean novelist, playwright, essayist, academic, and human rights activist. A citizen of the United States since 2004, he has been a professor of ...more

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Gabriela Mistral is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Famous Writers from Chile
Gabriela Mistral Died at 68 (1889-1957) Gabriela Mistral was the pseudonym of Lucila Godoy Alcayaga, a Chilean poet-diplomat, educator and feminist. She was the first Latin American to receive the Nobel Prize in Literature, which she ...more

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Roberto Bolaño is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Famous Writers from Chile
Roberto Bolaño Died at 50 (1953-2003) Roberto Bolaño Ávalos was a Chilean novelist, short-story writer, poet and essayist. In 1999, Bolaño won the Rómulo Gallegos Prize for his novel Los detectives ...more

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Andrés Wood is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Famous Writers from Chile
Andrés Wood age 53 Andres Wood 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 production ...more

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Carlos F. Borcosque is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Famous Writers from Chile
Carlos F. Borcosque Died at 71 (1894-1965) Carlos Francisco Borcosque Sánchez was a Chilean film director and screenwriter involved in the production of the Cinema of Argentina. He established Estudios Cinematográficos ...more

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Roberto Matta is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Famous Writers from Chile
Roberto Matta Died at 91 (1911-2002) Roberto Sebastián Antonio Matta Echaurren, better known as Roberto Matta, was one of Chile's best-known painters and a seminal figure in 20th century abstract expressionist and surrealist

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José Donoso is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Famous Writers from Chile
José Donoso Died at 72 (1924-1996) José Donoso Yáñez was a Chilean writer. He lived most of his life in Chile, although he spent many years in self-imposed exile in Mexico, the United States and mainly Spain. ...more

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Marco Bechis is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Famous Writers from Chile
Marco Bechis age 63 Marco Bechis 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 section.

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Víctor Jara is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Famous Writers from Chile
Víctor Jara Died at 41 (1932-1973) Víctor Lidio Jara Martínez was a Chilean teacher, theatre director, poet, singer-songwriter, and political activist. A distinguished theatre director, he developed Chilean theatre ...more

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Vicente Huidobro is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Famous Writers from Chile
Vicente Huidobro Died at 55 (1893-1948) Vicente García-Huidobro Fernández was a Chilean poet born to an aristocratic family. He is known for promoting the Avant-garde literary movement in Chile, and the creator and ...more

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Gonzalo Justiniano is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Famous Writers from Chile
Gonzalo Justiniano age 63 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
Alfredo Castro age 63 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
Nicanor Parra Nicanor Segundo Parra Sandoval is a Chilean poet, mathematician, and physicist. He is considered an influential poet in Chile and throughout Latin America. Some rank him among the most important ...more

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Alberto Fuguet is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Famous Writers from Chile
Alberto Fuguet age 54 Alberto Fuguet de Goyeneche is a Chilean writer, journalist, film critic and film director who rose to critical prominence in the 1990s as part of the movement known as the New Chilean ...more

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Jorge Edwards is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Famous Writers from Chile
Jorge Edwards age 87 Jorge Edwards Valdés is a Chilean novelist, journalist and diplomat. He is currently the Chilean ambassador to France.

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Alicia Scherson is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Famous Writers from Chile
Alicia Scherson age 44 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
Joaquin Cociña age 38 Joaquin Cociña is an actor, film director, film producer, screenwriter, film editor, film score composer and production designer.

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Nicolás López is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list Famous Writers from Chile
Nicolás López age 35 Nicolás López is a film director, film producer and screenwriter.

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Giordano Gederlini is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list Famous Writers from Chile
Giordano Gederlini age 47 Giordano Gederlini is a screenwriter and film director.

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Ernesto Díaz Espinoza is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list Famous Writers from Chile
Ernesto Díaz Espinoza age 40 Ernesto Díaz Espinoza is a film director, screenwriter, film editor, and actor.

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José Luis Torres Leiva is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list Famous Writers from Chile
José Luis Torres Leiva age 43 José Luis Torres Leiva is a film director, editor, producer, and screenwriter.

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José Bohr is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list Famous Writers from Chile
José Bohr Died at 93 (1901-1994) José Bohr was a Chilean film director, producer, actor and screenwriter. He directed 35 films between 1919 and 1969.

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Alejandro Sieveking is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list Famous Writers from Chile
Alejandro Sieveking age 84 Alejandro Sieveking, is a Chilean playwright, theatre director and actor.

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Cristián Jiménez is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list Famous Writers from Chile
Cristián Jiménez age 43 Cristián Jiménez is a screenwriter, film director, television director and film producer.

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Cristóbal León is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list Famous Writers from Chile
Cristóbal León age 38 Cristobal Leon is an actor, film director, production designer, screenwriter, film producer, film editor and film score composer.

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Miguel Serrano is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list Famous Writers from Chile
Miguel Serrano Died at 92 (1917-2009) Miguel Serrano was a Chilean diplomat, explorer, and author of poetry, books on spiritual questing and Esoteric Hitlerism. Serrano's anti-modernist neo-Gnostic philosophy claims to elucidate the ...more

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Lucía Egaña Rojas is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list Famous Writers from Chile
Lucía Egaña Rojas age 39 Lucía Egaña Rojas is a film director, film editor, film producer, screenwriter and cinematographer.

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Diamela Eltit is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list Famous Writers from Chile
Diamela Eltit age 69 Diamela Eltit is a writer and a Spanish professor from Chile. She currently holds a teaching appointment at New York University, where she teaches creative writing. Eltit received a bachelor's ...more

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Luis R. Vera is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list Famous Writers from Chile
Luis R. Vera age 66 Luis Roberto Vera Vargas is a Chilean film director, producer, writer and professor of communications. Vargas was born in Santiago, Chile. He left the country following the 1973 military coup ...more

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Alejandro Fernández Almendras is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list Famous Writers from Chile
Alejandro Fernández Almendras age 47 Alejandro Fernández Almendras is a film director, film editor and screenwriter.

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Iván Osnovikoff is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list Famous Writers from Chile
Iván Osnovikoff age 52 Iván Osnovikoff is a screenwriter, film editor, film producer and film director.

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Jorge Durán is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list Famous Writers from Chile
Jorge Durán age 76 Jorge Durán is a screenwriter, film director and producer.

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Cristián Sánchez G. is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list Famous Writers from Chile
Cristián Sánchez G. age 67 Cristián Sánchez is a screenwriter, film director and film editor.

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Luis Sepúlveda is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list Famous Writers from Chile
Luis Sepúlveda age 69 Luis Sepúlveda is a Chilean writer, film director, journalist and political activist.

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Gonzalo Rojas is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list Famous Writers from Chile
Gonzalo Rojas Died at 94 (1917-2011) Gonzalo Rojas Pizarro was a Chilean poet. His work is part of the continuing Latin American avant-garde literary tradition of the twentieth century. In 2003 he was awarded the Cervantes Prize.

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Patricio Manns is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list Famous Writers from Chile
Patricio Manns age 81 Patricio Manns is a Chilean composer, author, poet, novelist, essayist, play writer and journalist.

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Jairo Boisier Olave is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list Famous Writers from Chile
Jairo Boisier Olave age 43 Jairo Boisier Olave is a film director, screenwriter, film producer, film editor and film art director.

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Pedro Lemebel is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list Famous Writers from Chile
Pedro Lemebel age 66 Pedro Segundo Mardones Lemebel was an openly gay Chilean essayist, chronicler, and novelist. He was known for his cutting critique of authoritarianism and for his humorous depiction of Chilean ...more

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Francisco Varela is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list Famous Writers from Chile
Francisco Varela Died at 55 (1946-2001) Francisco Javier Varela García was a Chilean biologist, philosopher, and neuroscientist who, together with his teacher Humberto Maturana, is best known for introducing the concept of ...more

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Christopher Murray is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list Famous Writers from Chile
Christopher Murray age 33 Christopher Murray is a film director, screenwriter and film editor.

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Julio Jorquera Arriagada is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list Famous Writers from Chile
Julio Jorquera Arriagada age 42 Julio Jorquera Arriagada is a film editor, director, producer and screenwriter.

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Esteban Larrain is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list Famous Writers from Chile
Esteban Larrain age 45 Esteban Larrain is a film director, film producer and screenwriter.