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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.

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Milan Kundera is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous Writers from Czech Republic
age 89 Milan Kundera is the most recognized Czech-born living writer, and one of the world's best-known authors. He has lived in exile in France since 1975, having become a naturalised citizen in 1981. ...more

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Karel Čapek is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous Writers from Czech Republic
Died at 48 (1890-1938) Karel Čapek was a Czech writer of the early 20th century. He had multiple roles throughout his career such as playwright, dramatist, essayist, publisher, literary reviewer, and art critic. ...more

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Antonín Dvořák is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous Writers from Czech Republic
Died at 63 (1841-1904) Antonín Leopold Dvořák was a Czech composer. Following the nationalist example of Bedřich Smetana, Dvořák frequently employed aspects, specifically rhythms, of the folk ...more

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Tom Stoppard is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous Writers from Czech Republic
age 81 Sir Tom Stoppard OM CBE FRSL is a Czech-born British playwright, knighted in 1997. He has written prolifically for TV, radio, film and stage, finding prominence with plays such as Arcadia, The ...more

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Peter Weiss is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous Writers from Czech Republic
Died at 66 (1916-1982) Peter Weiss was a writer, painter, graphic artist and filmmaker.

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Miloš Forman is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous Writers from Czech Republic
age 86 Jan Tomáš Forman, known as Miloš Forman, is a Czech film director, screenwriter, actor, and professor, who until 1968 lived and worked primarily in the former Czechoslovakia. Forman was ...more

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Václav Havel is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous Writers from Czech Republic
Died at 75 (1936-2011) Václav Havel was a Czech writer, philosopher, dissident, and statesman. From 1989 to 1992, he served as the first democratically elected president of Czechoslovakia in 41 years. He then ...more

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Jan Švankmajer is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous Writers from Czech Republic
age 84 Jan Švankmajer is a Czech filmmaker and artist whose work spans several media. He is a self-labeled surrealist known for his animations and features, which have greatly influenced other artists ...more

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Bohumil Hrabal is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Famous Writers from Czech Republic
Died at 83 (1914-1997) Bohumil Hrabal was a Czech writer, regarded by many Czechs as one of the best writers of the 20th century.

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Josef Škvorecký is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Famous Writers from Czech Republic
Died at 88 (1924-2012) Josef Škvorecký, CM was a Czech-Canadian writer and publisher. He spent half of his life in Canada, publishing and supporting banned Czech literature during the communist era. ...more

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Leoš Janáček is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Famous Writers from Czech Republic
Died at 74 (1854-1928) Leoš Janáček was a Czech composer, musical theorist, folklorist, publicist and teacher. He was inspired by Moravian and other Slavic folk music to create an original, modern musical ...more

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Jan Werich is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Famous Writers from Czech Republic
Died at 75 (1905-1980) Jan Werich was a Czech actor, playwright and writer.

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Jiří Menzel is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Famous Writers from Czech Republic
age 80 Jiří Menzel is a Czech film director, theatre director, actor, and screenwriter. His films often combine a humanistic view of the world with sarcasm and provocative cinematography. Some ...more

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Hugo Haas is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Famous Writers from Czech Republic
Died at 67 (1901-1968) Hugo Haas 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 1962. He was born in Brno, Moravia, ...more

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Jan Kraus is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Famous Writers from Czech Republic
age 65 Jan Kraus is an actor and a screenwriter.

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Arnošt Lustig is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Famous Writers from Czech Republic
Died at 85 (1926-2011) Arnošt Lustig was a renowned Czech Jewish author of novels, short stories, plays, and screenplays whose works have often involved the Holocaust.

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Karel Lamač is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Famous Writers from Czech Republic
Died at 65 (1887-1952) Karel Lamač was a Czech film director, actor, screenwriter and producer. He directed 102 films between 1919 and 1953. He also appeared in 61 films between 1919 and 1938. He was born in Prague, ...more

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Michaela Pavlátová is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Famous Writers from Czech Republic
age 57 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 ...more

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Peter Sís is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Famous Writers from Czech Republic
age 69 Peter Sís 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 The Atlantic ...more

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Madeleine Albright is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Famous Writers from Czech Republic
age 81 Madeleine Jana Korbel Albright is a Czechoslovakian-born American politician and diplomat. She is the first woman to have become the United States Secretary of State. She was nominated by U.S. ...more

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Jan Němec is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Famous Writers from Czech Republic
age 82 Jan Němec is 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 Wave."

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Karel Kachyňa is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Famous Writers from Czech Republic
Died at 80 (1924-2004) Karel Kachyňa 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 Forman and Jiří ...more

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Jan Svěrák is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Famous Writers from Czech Republic
age 53 Jan Svěrák is a Czech film director. He is the son of screenwriter and actor Zdeněk Svěrák. He studied documentary filmmaking at the Academy of Performing Arts in Prague. He and ...more

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Oldřich Lipský is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Famous Writers from Czech Republic
Oldřich Lipský Died at 62 (1924-1986) Oldřich Lipský was a popular and influential Czech film director, brother of actor Lubomír Lipský.

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Egon Schiele is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Famous Writers from Czech Republic
Died at 28 (1890-1918) His first exhibit was at the 1909 Kunstschau in Vienna. From there on, he continued to show his work at exhibitions. Some of his well-known paintings illustrate his affinity toward nude women, ...more

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John Amos Comenius is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list Famous Writers from Czech Republic
Died at 78 (1592-1670) John Amos Comenius was a Czech philosopher, pedagogue and theologist. He served as the last bishop of Unity of the Brethren and became a religious refugee and one of the earliest champions of ...more

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Karl Kautsky is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list Famous Writers from Czech Republic
Died at 84 (1854-1938) Karl Johann Kautsky was a Czech-Austrian philosopher, journalist, and Marxist theoretician. Kautsky was recognized as among the most authoritative promulgators of Orthodox Marxism after the ...more

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Břetislav Pojar is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list Famous Writers from Czech Republic
Died at 89 (1923-2012) Břetislav Pojar was a puppeteer, animator and director of short and feature films. Born in Sušice, Czechoslovakia, Pojar started his career in the late 1940s with his work on The Story of the ...more

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Ivan Passer is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list Famous Writers from Czech Republic
age 85 Ivan Passer is a Czech-born film director and screenwriter. A significant figure in the Czech New Wave of the mid-1960s, Passer worked closely with Miloš Forman on many of his films, and ...more

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Jaroslav Hašek is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list Famous Writers from Czech Republic
Died at 40 (1883-1923) Jaroslav Hašek was a Czech writer, humorist, satirist, journalist, bohemian and anarchist. He is best known for his novel The Good Soldier Švejk, an unfinished collection of farcical incidents ...more

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Dana Vavrova is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list Famous Writers from Czech Republic
Died at 42 (1967-2009) Dana Vávrová was a Czech-German film actress and director.

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Gustav Machatý is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list Famous Writers from Czech Republic
Died at 62 (1901-1963) Gustav Machatý was a Czech film director, screenwriter and actor. He directed 17 films between 1919 and 1955, including Ecstasy. He also was the screenplay writer for 10 films between ...more

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Egon Erwin Kisch is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list Famous Writers from Czech Republic
Died at 63 (1885-1948) Egon Erwin Kisch was an Austrian and Czechoslovak writer and journalist, who wrote in German. Nicknamed the "Racing Reporter", Kisch was noted for his development of literary reportage ...more

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Helena Třeštíková is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list Famous Writers from Czech Republic
age 69 Helena Třeštíková is a film director and screenwriter.

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Ivan Klíma is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list Famous Writers from Czech Republic
age 87 Ivan Klíma is a Czech novelist and playwright. He has received the Magnesia Litera Award and the Franz Kafka Prize, among other honors.

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Julius Fučík is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list Famous Writers from Czech Republic
Died at 40 (1903-1943) Julius Fučík was a Czechoslovak journalist, an active member of Communist Party of Czechoslovakia, and part of the forefront of the anti-Nazi resistance. He was imprisoned, tortured, and ...more

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Jan Kaplický is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list Famous Writers from Czech Republic
Died at 72 (1937-2009) Jan Kaplický was a world-renowned Neofuturistic Czech architect who spent a significant part of his life in the United Kingdom. He was the leading architect behind the innovative design ...more

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Jan Budař is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list Famous Writers from Czech Republic
age 41 Jan Budař, alias Pavel Bedura is a Czech actor, director, singer, composer and script writer.

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Jan Hřebejk is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list Famous Writers from Czech Republic
age 51 Jan Hrebejk is a film director, screenwriter and an actor.

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Petr Bezruč is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list Famous Writers from Czech Republic
Died at 91 (1867-1958) Petr Bezruč was the pseudonym of Vladimír Vašek, a Czech poet and short story writer who was associated with the region of Austrian Silesia. Bezruč was born in Opava and died in Olomouc.

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Emil František Burian is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list Famous Writers from Czech Republic
Died at 55 (1904-1959) Emil František Burian was a Czech poet, journalist, singer, actor, musician, composer, dramatic adviser, playwright and director. He was also active in Communist Party of Czechoslovakia

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Jan Pinkava is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list Famous Writers from Czech Republic
age 55 Jan Jaroslav Pinkava, PhD is the director and writer of the Pixar Oscar-winning 1997 short film Geri's Game and the originator and co-director of Pixar's Oscar-winning 2007 film Ratatouille. He ...more

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Otakar Vávra is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list Famous Writers from Czech Republic
Otakar Vávra Died at 100 (1911-2011) Otakar Vávra was a Czech film director, screenwriter and pedagogue. He was born in Hradec Králové, Austria-Hungary, now part of the Czech Republic.

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Elmar Klos is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list Famous Writers from Czech Republic
Died at 83 (1910-1993) Elmar Klos was a Czechoslovak film director of Czech origin who collaborated for 17 years with his Slovak colleague Ján Kadár and with him won the 1965 Oscar for Best Foreign ...more

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Jana Boková is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list Famous Writers from Czech Republic
age 70 Jana Boková is a Czech film director. Boková was born in Prague, but left Czechoslovakia in August 1968 to attend a conference of art students in Austria, then emigrated to Paris, ...more

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Ester Krumbachová is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list Famous Writers from Czech Republic
Died at 73 (1923-1996) Ester Krumbachová was a screenwriter, costume designer and production designer.

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Vojtech Jasny is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list Famous Writers from Czech Republic
age 93 Vojtěch Jasný is a Czech director who came to prominence in the sixties. He won a Cannes Special Jury Prize for Až přijde kocour/The Cassandra Cat. An active and influential filmmaker in ...more

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Wilhelm Przeczek is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list Famous Writers from Czech Republic
Died at 70 (1936-2006) Wilhelm Przeczek was a Polish teacher, poet, writer, and activist from Zaolzie region of Cieszyn Silesia. He is considered one of the most important Polish writers of his generation from ...more

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Jan Špáta is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list Famous Writers from Czech Republic
Jan Špáta Died at 74 (1932-2006) Jan Špáta is a cinematographer, film director and screenwriter.

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Jakub Sommer is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list Famous Writers from Czech Republic
Jakub Sommer age 42 Jakub Sommer is a film director, screenwriter and cinematographer.