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Famous Writers from Chile

Updated June 8, 2017 28.6k views116 items

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 (Spanish: [isaˈβel aˈʝende] (listen); born August 2, 1942) is a Chilean writer....  more
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    Pablo Neruda

    Dec. at 69 (1904-1973)
    Ricardo Eliécer Neftalí Reyes Basoalto (12 July 1904 – 23 September 1973), better known by his...  more

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    Raúl Ruiz

    Dec. at 70 (1941-2011)
    Raúl Ruiz or Raul Ruiz may refer to: Raúl Ruiz (director) (1941–2011), Chilean filmmaker Raul...  more
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    Alejandro Jodorowsky Prullansky (Spanish: [xoðoˈɾofski]; born 17 February 1929) is a...  more

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    Tito Davison

    Dec. at 73 (1912-1985)
    Tito Davison (14 November 1912 – 21 March 1985) was a Chilean-born Mexican film director and...  more
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    Antonio Skármeta (born Esteban Antonio Skármeta Vranicic on November 7, 1940) is a Chilean...  more
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    Adelqui Migliar

    Dec. at 65 (1891-1956)
    Adelqui Migliar (5 August 1891 – 6 August 1956), also known as Adelqui Millar, was a Chilean...  more
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    Miguel Ernesto Littin Cucumides (born 9 August 1942) is a Chilean film director, screenwriter,...  more
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    Vladimiro Ariel Dorfman (born May 6, 1942) is an Argentine-Chilean-American novelist,...  more
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    Gabriela Mistral

    Dec. at 68 (1889-1957)
    Lucila Godoy Alcayaga (American Spanish: [luˈsila ɣoˈdoj alkaˈʝaɣa]; 7 April 1889 – 10 January...  more
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    Roberto Bolaño

    Dec. at 50 (1953-2003)
    Roberto Bolaño Ávalos (Spanish: [roˈβeɾto βoˈlaɲo ˈaβalos] (listen); 28 April 1953 – 15 July...  more
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    Andres Wood (born 1965) is a Chilean film director, producer and writer. Some of his most...  more
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    Carlos F. Borcosque

    Dec. at 71 (1894-1965)
    Carlos Francisco Borcosque Sánchez (9 September 1894 in Valparaíso, Chile – 5 September 1965...  more
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    Roberto Matta

    Dec. at 91 (1911-2002)
    Roberto Sebastián Antonio Matta Echaurren (Spanish pronunciation: [roˈβeɾto ˈmata]; November...  more
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    José Donoso

    Dec. at 72 (1924-1996)
    José Donoso Yáñez (October 5, 1924 – December 7, 1996) was a Chilean writer. He lived most of...  more
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    Marco Bechis (born in Santiago, Chile) is a Chilean-Italian film screenwriter and director....  more
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    Víctor Jara

    Dec. at 41 (1932-1973)
    Víctor Lidio Jara Martínez (Spanish pronunciation: [ˈβiktoɾ ˈliðjo ˈxaɾa maɾˈtines]; 28...  more

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    Vicente Huidobro

    Dec. at 55 (1893-1948)
    Vicente García-Huidobro Fernández (American Spanish: [biˈsente ɣwiˈdoβɾo]; January 10, 1893 –...  more
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    Gonzalo Justiniano is a film director, producer and screenwriter....  more
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    Alfredo Castro is an actor, theatre director, screenwriter and playwright....  more
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    Nicanor Segundo Parra Sandoval (5 September 1914 – 23 January 2018) was a Chilean poet,...  more
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    Alberto Felipe Fuguet de Goyeneche (pronounced [alˈβeɾto fuˈɣet]; born March 7, 1963) is a...  more
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    Jorge Edwards Valdés (born June 29, 1931) is a Chilean novelist, journalist and diplomat. He...  more
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    Alicia Scherson is a film director, screenwriter, film producer, actress and film editor....  more
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    Joaquin Cociña is an actor, film director, film producer, screenwriter, film editor, film...  more