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Famous Writers from Czech Republic

Updated June 14, 2019 19.0k views218 items

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

Examples of writers on this list: Jakub Sommer, Adolf Burger and more.

This list answers the questions, "Who are popular Czech writers?" and "Which writers are from Czech Republic?"

You can click on the names of these renowned writers of Czech Republic in order to get more information about each one. Some of these historic writers may no longer be living in Czech Republic, but they're all of Czech Republic descent.
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  • 1
    Milan Kundera

    BirthplaceBrno, Jihovýchod, Czech Republic

    NationalityFrance, Czech Republic

    WorksThe Unbearable Lightness of Being, The Book of Laughter and Forgetting, The Unbearable Lightness of Being, The Joke, Ignorance

    Milan Kundera (UK: , Czech: [ˈmɪlan kunˈdɛra] (listen); born 1 April 1929) is a Czech-born... more on Wikipedia
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    Karel Čapek

    Karel Čapek

    Dec. at 48 (1890-1938)

    BirthplaceEurope, Czech Republic, Central Europe, Malé Svatoňovice

    NationalityCzech Republic, Czechoslovakia

    WorksWar with the Newts, Adam the creator, R.U.R., The Makropulos Affair, The Absolute at Large

    Karel Čapek (Czech: [ˈkarɛl ˈtʃapɛk] (listen); 9 January 1890 – 25 December 1938) was a Czech... more on Wikipedia

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    #439 of 1,172 The Best Writers of All Time#166 of 208 The Best Science-Fiction Authors

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    Antonín Dvořák

    Antonín Dvořák

    Dec. at 63 (1841-1904)

    BirthplaceNelahozeves, Czech Republic

    NationalityCzech Republic

    WorksPiano Quintets, Op.5 & 81, Humoresques and Other Works for Solo Piano, Great Romantic Cello Concertos in Full Score, Bagatelles

    Antonín Leopold Dvořák ( d(ə-)VOR-zha(h)k, Czech: [ˈantoɲiːn ˈlɛopold ˈdvor̝aːk] (listen); 8... more on Wikipedia

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    #144 of 1,891 The Greatest Musical Artists of All Time#29 of 368 The Best Classical Composers

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    Tom Stoppard

    BirthplaceZlín, Czech Republic

    NationalityCzech Republic, England

    WorksBrazil, Shakespeare in Love, Empire of the Sun, Rosencrantz & Guildenstern Are Dead, Enigma

    Sir Tom Stoppard (born Tomáš Straussler; 3 July 1937) is a Czech-born British playwright and... more on Wikipedia
  • 5
    Peter Weiss

    Peter Weiss

    Dec. at 66 (1916-1982)

    BirthplaceBabelsberg, Eurasia, Germany

    NationalitySweden, Czech Republic, Germany

    WorksThe Aesthetics of Resistance, Leavetaking, Trotzki im Exil, Die Situation, Notizbu cher

    Peter Ulrich Weiss (8 November 1916 – 10 May 1982) was a German writer, painter, graphic... more on Wikipedia
  • 6
    Miloš Forman

    BirthplaceČáslav, Czech Republic

    NationalityUnited States of America, Czechoslovakia

    WorksValmont, Goya's Ghosts, The Firemen's Ball, Loves of a Blonde, Taking Off

    Jan Tomáš "Miloš" Forman (; Czech: [ˈmɪloʃ ˈforman]; 18 February 1932 – 13 April 2018) was a... more on Wikipedia

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    #32 of 743 The Greatest Directors In Movie History#14 of 40 The Greatest Directors of the 1970s

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    Václav Havel

    Václav Havel

    Dec. at 75 (1936-2011)

    BirthplacePrague, Czech Republic

    NationalityCzech Republic, Czechoslovakia

    WorksLetters to Olga, Politics and Conscience, The Art of the Impossible, Selected plays, 1963-83

    Václav Havel (Czech pronunciation: [ˈvaːtslav ˈɦavɛl] (listen); 5 October 1936 – 18 December... more on Wikipedia
  • 8
    Jan Švankmajer

    BirthplacePrague, Czech Republic

    NationalityCzech Republic, Czechoslovakia

    WorksAlice, Conspirators of Pleasure, Greedy Guts, Dimensions of Dialogue, Faust

    Jan Švankmajer (Czech: [ˈjan ˈʃvaŋkmajɛr]; born 4 September 1934) is a Czech filmmaker and... more on Wikipedia
  • 9
    Bohumil Hrabal

    Bohumil Hrabal

    Dec. at 83 (1914-1997)

    BirthplaceBrno, Jihovýchod, Czech Republic

    NationalityCzech Republic, Austria-Hungary

    WorksClosely Watched Trains, Larks on a String, Cutting It Short, The Junk Shop, Pamietam jedynie dni słoneczne

    Bohumil Hrabal (Czech pronunciation: [ˈboɦumɪl ˈɦrabal]; 28 March 1914 – 3 February 1997) was... more on Wikipedia
  • 10
    Josef Škvorecký

    Josef Škvorecký

    Dec. at 88 (1924-2012)

    BirthplaceEurope, Czech Republic, Central Europe, Austria-Hungary, Náchod

    NationalityCanada, Czech Republic

    WorksEnd of a Priest, Bůh do domu, Pulchra, Babylónský příběh, The bass saxophone

    Josef Škvorecký, (Czech pronunciation: [ˈjozɛf ˈʃkvorɛtskiː] (listen); September 27, 1924 –... more on Wikipedia
  • 11
    Leoš Janáček

    Leoš Janáček

    Dec. at 74 (1854-1928)

    BirthplaceEurope, Czech Republic, Central Europe, Hukvaldy

    NationalityCzech Republic

    WorksIntimate letters, Leoš Janáček to Kamila Stösslová, The Janacek Opera Libretti, Janacek's Uncollected Essays on Music, Letters and reminiscences

    Leoš Janáček (Czech pronunciation: [ˈlɛoʃ ˈjanaːtʃɛk] (listen), baptised Leo Eugen Janáček; 3... more on Wikipedia
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    Jan Werich

    Jan Werich

    Dec. at 75 (1905-1980)

    BirthplacePrague, Czech Republic

    NationalityCzech Republic

    WorksLe Golem, The Cassandra Cat, The Emperor and the Golem, The Good Soldier Schweik, The World Is Ours

    Jan Werich (Czech: [ˈjan ˈvɛrɪx]; 6 February 1905 – 31 October 1980) was a Czech actor,... more on Wikipedia
  • 13
    Jiří Menzel

    BirthplaceCzech Republic, Prague

    NationalityCzech Republic

    WorksClosely Watched Trains, I Served the King of England, Capricious Summer, Larks on a String, Magnificent Movie Men

    Jiří Menzel (Czech: [ˈjɪr̝iː ˈmɛntsl̩] (listen)) (born 23 February 1938, Prague) is a Czech... more on Wikipedia
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    Hugo Haas

    Hugo Haas

    Dec. at 67 (1901-1968)

    BirthplaceBrno, Jihovýchod, Czech Republic

    NationalityCzech Republic

    WorksOne Girl's Confession, Skeleton on Horseback, Pickup, Hold Back Tomorrow, Strange Fascination

    Hugo Haas (19 February 1901 – 1 December 1968) was a Czech film actor, director and writer. He... more on Wikipedia
  • 15

    Jan Kraus

    Age: 66

    BirthplacePrague, Czech Republic

    NationalityCzech Republic

    WorksSmall Town

    Jan Kraus is an actor and a screenwriter.
  • 16
    Arnošt Lustig

    Arnošt Lustig

    Dec. at 85 (1926-2011)

    BirthplacePrague, Europe, Czech Republic, Central Europe, Czechoslovakia

    NationalityCzech Republic, Czechoslovakia

    WorksThe Unloved: From the Diary of Perla S, The Immortal Balladeer of Prague, Darkness casts no shadow, A prayer for Kateřina Horovitzova, Fire on water

    Arnošt Lustig (Czech pronunciation: [ˈarnoʃt ˈlustɪk]; 21 December 1926 – 26 February 2011)... more on Wikipedia
  • 17
    Karel Lamač

    Karel Lamač

    Dec. at 65 (1887-1952)

    BirthplaceCzech Republic, Prague

    NationalityCzech Republic

    WorksHraběnka z Podskalí, Gilly poprvé v Praze, Dvanáct křesel

    Karel Lamač (27 January 1897 – 2 August 1952) was a Czech film director, actor, screenwriter... more on Wikipedia
  • 18

    BirthplacePrague, Czech Republic

    NationalityCzech Republic, Czechoslovakia

    WorksTram, The Carnival of the Animals

    Michaela Pavlátová is a Czech filmmaker and animator, from Prague, Czech Republic. Her awards... more on Wikipedia
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    Peter Sís

    Peter Sís

    Age: 70

    BirthplaceBrno, Jihovýchod, Czech Republic

    NationalityUnited States of America, Czechoslovakia

    WorksDinosaur!, Fire truck, The Tree of Life: Charles Darwin, Starry Messenger: Galileo Galilei, Tibet Through the Red Box

    Peter Sís (born Petr Sís; May 11, 1949) is a Czech-born American illustrator and writer of... more on Wikipedia
  • 20
    Madeleine Albright

    Madeleine Albright

    Age: 82

    BirthplaceSmíchov, Czech Republic

    NationalityCzech Republic, United States of America

    WorksMadam Secretary, Prague Winter: A Personal Story of Remembrance and War, 1937-1948, Threats to Democracy, Focus on the issues

    Madeleine Jana Korbel Albright (born Marie Jana Korbelová; May 15, 1937) is an American... more on Wikipedia

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    #911 of 1,357 The Greatest Minds of All Time#543 of 2,443 The Most Influential People of All Time

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    Jan Němec

    Jan Němec

    Age: 83

    BirthplacePrague, Czech Republic

    NationalityCzech Republic, Czechoslovakia

    WorksDiamonds of the Night, The Ferrari Dino Girl, Late Night Talks with Mother, Toyen, Landscape of My Heart

    Jan Němec (12 July 1936 – 18 March 2016) was a Czech filmmaker whose most important work dates... more on Wikipedia
  • 22
    Karel Kachyňa

    Karel Kachyňa

    Dec. at 80 (1924-2004)

    BirthplaceVyškov, Jihovýchod, Czech Republic

    NationalityCzech Republic, Czechoslovakia

    WorksThe Last Butterfly, King of the Sumava, The Ear, Long Live the Republic, The Cow

    Karel Kachyňa (1 May 1924 – 12 March 2004) was a Czech film director. His career spanned over... more on Wikipedia
  • 23
    Jan Svěrák

    BirthplaceŽatec, Czech Republic

    NationalityCzech Republic

    WorksKooky, Accumulator 1, The Ride, Daddy

    Jan Svěrák (Czech pronunciation: [ˈjan ˈsvjɛraːk]) (born 6 February 1965 in Žatec) is a Czech... more on Wikipedia
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    Oldřich Lipský

    Dec. at 62 (1924-1986)

    BirthplacePelhřimov, Czech Republic

    NationalityCzech Republic, Czechoslovakia

    WorksLemonade Joe, Dinner for Adele, Man in Outer Space, Circus in the Circus, Srdečný pozdrav ze zeměkoule

    Oldřich Lipský (4 July 1924 – 19 October 1986) was a popular and influential Czech film... more on Wikipedia
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    Egon Schiele

    Egon Schiele

    Dec. at 28 (1890-1918)

    BirthplaceTulln an der Donau, Austria

    NationalityAustria, Czech Republic

    WorksEgon Schiele, Egon Schiele and the human form, Nudes

    Egon Schiele (German: [ˈʃiːlə] (listen); 12 June 1890 – 31 October 1918) was an Austrian... more on Wikipedia