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Famous Writers from Czech Republic

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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.
  • 1

    BirthplaceBrno, Jihovýchod, 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 French writer who went into exile in France in 1975, and became a naturalised French citizen in 1981. He...  more
  • 2
    Dec. at 48 (1890-1938)

    BirthplaceMalé Svatoňovice, Czech Republic

    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 writer, playwright and critic. He has become best known for his science fiction, including his novel War...  more

    #325 of 1,172 The Best Writers of All Time#159 of 208 The Best Science-Fiction Authors#117 of 167 The Greatest Playwrights in History

  • 3
    Dec. at 63 (1841-1904)

    BirthplaceNelahozeves, Czech 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 September 1841 – 1 May 1904) was a Czech composer, one of the first to achieve worldwide recognition....  more

    #186 of 1,891 The Greatest Musical Artists of All Time#26 of 368 The Best Classical Composers#207 of 1,355 The Greatest Minds of All Time

  • 4

    BirthplaceZlín, Czech Republic

    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 screenwriter. He has written prolifically for TV, radio, film and stage, finding prominence with plays...  more
  • 5
    Dec. at 66 (1916-1982)

    BirthplaceBabelsberg, Eurasia, 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 artist, and experimental filmmaker of adopted Swedish nationality. He is particularly known for his plays...  more
  • 6

    BirthplaceČáslav, Czech Republic

    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 Czech-American film director, screenwriter, actor, and professor who lived and worked primarily in...  more

    #28 of 732 The Greatest Directors In Movie History#175 of 309 Famous People Most Likely to Live to 100#15 of 42 The Greatest Directors of the 1970s

  • 7
    Dec. at 75 (1936-2011)

    BirthplacePrague, Czech Republic

    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 2011) was a Czech statesman, writer and former dissident, who served as the last President of...  more
  • 8

    BirthplacePrague, Czech Republic

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

    Jan Švankmajer (Czech: [ˈjan ˈʃvaŋkmajɛr]; born 4 September 1934) is a Czech filmmaker and artist whose work spans several media. He is a self-labeled surrealist known for his animations and...  more
  • 9
    Dec. at 83 (1914-1997)

    BirthplaceBrno, Jihovýchod, Czech Republic

    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 a Czech writer, often cited as one of the best Czech writers of the 20th century....  more
  • 10
    Dec. at 88 (1924-2012)

    BirthplaceNáchod, 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 – January 3, 2012) was a Czech-Canadian writer and publisher. He spent half of his life in Canada,...  more
  • 11
    Dec. at 74 (1854-1928)

    BirthplaceEurope, Czech Republic, Central Europe, Hukvaldy

    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 July 1854 – 12 August 1928) was a Czech composer, musical theorist, folklorist, publicist and teacher. He...  more
  • 12
    Dec. at 75 (1905-1980)

    BirthplacePrague, Czech 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, playwright and writer....  more

    #1832 of 1,883 The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History#155 of 1,347 Every Person Who Has Been Immortalized in a Google Doodle

  • 13

    BirthplacePrague, Czech 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 film director, theatre director, actor, and screenwriter. His films often combine a humanistic view of the...  more
  • 14
    Dec. at 67 (1901-1968)

    BirthplaceBrno, Czech 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 appeared in more than 60 films between 1926 and 1962, as well as directing 20 films between 1933 and...  more
  • 15
    Age: 67

    BirthplacePrague, Czech Republic

    WorksSmall Town

    Jan Kraus is an actor and a screenwriter....  more
  • 16
    Dec. at 85 (1926-2011)

    BirthplacePrague, Czech Republic

    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) was a renowned Czech Jewish author of novels, short stories, plays, and screenplays whose works have often...  more
  • 17
    Dec. at 65 (1887-1952)

    BirthplacePrague, Czech 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 and producer. He directed 102 films between 1919 and 1952. He also appeared in 61 films between 1919 and...  more
  • 18

    BirthplacePrague, Czech Republic

    WorksTram, The Carnival of the Animals

    Michaela Pavlátová is a Czech filmmaker and animator, from Prague, Czech Republic. Her awards for the short animated film "Repete" include the Golden Bear, the Special Jury Prize at Annecy and the...  more
  • 19
    Age: 71

    BirthplaceBrno, Jihovýchod, Czech Republic

    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 children's books. As a cartoonist his editorial illustrations have appeared in Time, Newsweek, Esquire, and...  more
  • 20

    BirthplaceSmíchov, Czech Republic

    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 politician and diplomat. She is the first female United States Secretary of State in U.S. history, having...  more

    #26 of 107 Famous Politicians You'd Want to Have a Beer With#779 of 2,753 The Most Influential People of All Time#145 of 319 The Most Inspiring (Non-Hollywood) Female Role Models

  • 21
    Age: 84

    BirthplacePrague, Czech Republic

    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 from the 1960s. Film historian Peter Hames has described him as the "enfant terrible of the Czech New...  more
  • 22
    Dec. at 80 (1924-2004)

    BirthplaceVyškov, Jihovýchod, Czech Republic

    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 five decades. Kachyňa was part of the Czech wave of liberal filmmakers in the 1960s which included Miloš...  more
  • 23

    BirthplaceŽatec, Czech Republic

    WorksKooky, Accumulator 1, The Ride, Daddy

    Jan Svěrák (Czech pronunciation: [ˈjan ˈsvjɛraːk]) (born 6 February 1965 in Žatec) is a Czech film director. He is the son of screenwriter and actor Zdeněk Svěrák. He studied documentary filmmaking...  more
  • 24
    Dec. at 62 (1924-1986)

    BirthplacePelhřimov, Czech Republic

    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 director, brother of actor Lubomír Lipský. ...  more
  • 25
    Dec. at 28 (1890-1918)

    BirthplaceTulln an der Donau, Europe, Austria, Central Europe, Lower Austria

    WorksEgon Schiele, Egon Schiele and the human form, Nudes

    Egon Schiele (German: [ˈʃiːlə] (listen); 12 June 1890 – 31 October 1918) was an Austrian painter. A protégé of Gustav Klimt, Schiele was a major figurative painter of the early 20th century. His work...  more