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Famous Writers from Lithuania

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

Examples of writers on this list: Otto D. Tolischus, Audrius Stonys and many more.

This list answers the questions, "Who are popular Lithuanian writers?" and "Which writers are from Lithuania?"

You can click on the names of these renowned writers of Lithuania in order to get more information about each one. Some of these historic writers may no longer be living in Lithuania, but they're all of Lithuania descent.
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Czesław Miłosz is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous Writers from Lithuania
Dec. at 93 (1911-2004)

Birthplace: Šeteniai, Lithuania

Nationality: Poland, Lithuania, United States of America, Russian Empire

Works: Unvanquished City, Valley of the Issa, The Captive Mind, The Metaphysical Pause, An Excursion through the Twenties and Thirties, + more

Czesław Miłosz (, also US: , Polish: [ˈtʂɛswaf ˈmiwɔʂ] (listen); 30 June 1911 – 14 August 2004) was a Polish-American poet, prose writer, translator, and diplomat. Regarded as one of the great ...more
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Algis Budrys is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous Writers from Lithuania
Dec. at 77 (1931-2008)

Birthplace: Kaliningrad, Russia

Nationality: Lithuania, United States of America

Works: Who?, Who?, Michaelmas, The Furious Future, Writing to the Point, + more

Algirdas Jonas "Algis" Budrys (January 9, 1931 – June 9, 2008) was a Lithuanian-American science fiction author, editor, and critic. He was also known under the pen names Frank Mason, ...more
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Jonas Mekas is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous Writers from Lithuania
Age: 97

Birthplace: Biržai, Lithuania

Nationality: Lithuania

Works: Jonas Mekas, Time and Fortune Vietnam Newsreel, Notes On An American Film Director At Work: Martin Scorsese, This Side of Paradise: Fragments of an Unfinished Biography, Just like a shadow, + more

Jonas Mekas (Lithuanian: [ˈjonɐs ˈmækɐs]; December 24, 1922 – January 23, 2019) was a Lithuanian American filmmaker, poet, and artist who has often been called "the godfather of ...more
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Šarūnas Bartas is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous Writers from Lithuania
Age: 55

Birthplace: Šiauliai, Lithuania

Nationality: Lithuania, Soviet Union

Works: Visions of Europe, Few of Us, The Corridor, The House, Eastern Drift, + more

Šarūnas Bartas (born 16 August 1964) is a Lithuanian film director. One of the most prominent Lithuanian film directors internationally from the late 20th century. His 2015 film Peace to Us in ...more
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Bernard Berenson is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous Writers from Lithuania
Dec. at 94 (1865-1959)

Birthplace: Butrimonys, Lithuania

Nationality: Lithuania, United States of America

Works: The Italian painters of the renaissance, Piero della Francesca, The study and criticism of Italian art, Caravaggio, his incongruity and his fame, + more

Bernard Berenson (June 26, 1865 – October 6, 1959) was an American art historian specializing in the Renaissance. His book Drawings of the Florentine Painters was an international success. His ...more
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Audrius Stonys is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous Writers from Lithuania
Age: 53

Birthplace: Vilnius, Lithuania

Nationality: Lithuania

Works: Flying over Blue Fields, Harbor, Uku Ukai, Antigravitation, Earth of the Blind, + more

Audrius Stonys (born on April 28, 1966 in Vilnius) is a Lithuanian documentary filmmaker. He is recipient of the European Film Award for the documentary film Neregių žemė (Earth of the Blind) in ...more
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Abram Room is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous Writers from Lithuania
Dec. at 82 (1894-1976)

Birthplace: Vilnius, Lithuania

Nationality: Lithuania, Russian Empire

Works: Bed and Sofa

Abram Matveyevich Room (Russian: Абрам Метвеевич Роом; 28 June 1894 in Wilno, Russian Empire (now Vilnius, Lithuania) – 26 July 1976 in Moscow) was a Russian film director. He was a People's ...more
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Zvi Kolitz is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous Writers from Lithuania
Dec. at 90 (1912-2002)

Birthplace: Alytus, Lithuania

Nationality: Lithuania, United States of America

Works: Hill 24 Doesn't Answer, Yosl Rakover Talks to God, The teacher, Iosl Rakover Habla a Dios, Jossel Rackower spricht zu Gott, + more

Zvi Kolitz (Hebrew: צבי קוליץ‎; December 14, 1912 – September 29, 2002) was a Lithuanian-born Jewish film and theatrical producer and a writer whose short story Yosl Rakover Talks to God became ...more
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Deimantas Narkevicius is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Famous Writers from Lithuania
Age: 55

Birthplace: Utena, Lithuania

Nationality: Lithuania, Soviet Union

Works: Revisiting Solaris, Restricted Sensation, Countryman, Energy Lithuania, His-story

Deimantas Narkevicius is a film director, producer, and screenwriter, as well as a conceptual artist, art critic, and exhibition curator.
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Adolfas Mekas is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Famous Writers from Lithuania
Dec. at 86 (1925-2011)

Birthplace: Biržai, Lithuania

Nationality: Lithuania

Works: Hallelujah the Hills, Time and Fortune Vietnam Newsreel

Adolfas Mekas (30 September 1925 – 31 May 2011) was a Lithuanian-born American filmmaker, writer, director, editor, actor and educator. With his brother Jonas Mekas, he founded the magazine Film ...more
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Mikalojus Konstantinas Č... is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Famous Writers from Lithuania
Dec. at 36 (1875-1911)

Birthplace: Senoji Varėna, Lithuania

Nationality: Lithuania

Works: M.K. Čiurlionis

Mikalojus Konstantinas Čiurlionis (Polish: Mikołaj Konstanty Czurlanis; 22 September [O.S. 10 September] 1875 – 10 April [O.S. 28 March] 1911) was a Lithuanian painter, composer and ...more
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Jacques Lipchitz is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Famous Writers from Lithuania
Dec. at 82 (1891-1973)

Birthplace: Druskininkai, Lithuania

Nationality: Lithuania, United States of America

Jacques Lipchitz (22 August [O.S. 10 August] 1891 – 26 May 1973) was a Cubist sculptor. Lipchitz retained highly figurative and legible components in his work leading up to 1915–16, after which ...more
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Alfonsas Eidintas is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Famous Writers from Lithuania
Age: 67

Birthplace: Kelmė, Lithuania

Nationality: Lithuania

Works: Lithuania in European Politics, President of Lithuania, Lithuanian Emigration to the United States 1868-1950

Alfonsas Eidintas (born 4 January 1952 in Vaiguva, Kelmė District Municipality, Lithuania) is a historian, diplomat and novelist. He is Lithuania's Ambassador to Greece.
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Gytis Luksas is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Famous Writers from Lithuania
Gytis Luksas Age: 73

Birthplace: Kaunas, Lithuania

Nationality: Lithuania, Soviet Union

Works: Vortex

Gytis Luksas is a film director and screenwriter.
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Vytautas V. Landsbergis ... is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Famous Writers from Lithuania
Vytautas V. Landsbergis Age: 57

Birthplace: Vilnius, Lithuania

Nationality: Lithuania

Works: When I Was a Partizan, Hansel and Gretel, 33 Minutes With Tibet, A Partisan's Wife

Vytautas V. Landsbergis is a screenwriter, film director, theatre director and poet.
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Otto D. Tolischus is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Famous Writers from Lithuania
Otto D. Tolischus Dec. at 77 (1890-1967)

Birthplace: Rusnė, Lithuania

Nationality: Lithuania

Works: Tokyo record

Otto David Tolischus (November 20, 1890 – February 24, 1967) was a Prussian-Lithuanian-born journalist for the New York Times and winner of the 1940 Pulitzer Prize for Correspondence for his ...more
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Balys Sruoga is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Famous Writers from Lithuania
Dec. at 51 (1896-1947)

Birthplace: Lithuania

Nationality: Lithuania

Works: Forest of the gods, Radvila Perkūnas, Giesmė apie Gediminą; gražiajam jaunimėliui, Raštai, Milžino paunksmė, + more

Balys Sruoga (February 2, 1896, in Baibokai, Kovno Governorate – October 16, 1947, Vilnius) was a Lithuanian poet, playwright, critic, and literary theorist.
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Zigmantas Kiaupa is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Famous Writers from Lithuania
Age: 77

Birthplace: Lithuania

Nationality: Lithuania

Works: The history of Lithuania

Zigmantas Kiaupa (June 29, 1942 in Pakiaunis village near Ignalina) is a Lithuanian historian, archivist, and professor. His specialty is political history of the Grand Duchy of Lithuania, ...more
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Audrius Beinorius is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Famous Writers from Lithuania
Audrius Beinorius Age: 55

Birthplace: Vilnius, Lithuania

Nationality: Lithuania

Works: Imagining otherness

Audrius Beinorius is a Lithuanian philosopher, orientalist, translator, Habilitated Doctor of Humane Letters. In 1988, he finished landscape management studies at the Academy of Agriculture. ...more
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Judah Leib Gordon is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Famous Writers from Lithuania
Judah Leib Gordon Dec. at 62 (1830-1892)

Birthplace: Vilnius, Lithuania

Nationality: Lithuania

Judah Leib (Ben Asher) Gordon, also known as Leon Gordon, (December 7, 1830, Vilnius, Lithuania – September 16, 1892, St. Petersburg, Russia) (Hebrew: יהודה לייב גורדון) was among the most ...more
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Antanas Škėma is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Famous Writers from Lithuania
Dec. at 51 (1910-1961)

Birthplace: Łódź, Poland

Nationality: Poland, Lithuania, United States of America

Works: Sunny days, White Shroud, Živilė, CELESTE, Awakening, + more

Antanas Škėma (Lithuanian pronunciation: ​[ɐnˈtaːnɐs ˈʃkʲeːmɐ]; November 29, 1910 – September 11, 1961) was a Lithuanian writer, playwright, stage actor and director. His best known work is the ...more
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Dalia Ibelhauptaitė is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Famous Writers from Lithuania
Age: 52

Birthplace: Lithuania

Nationality: Lithuania

Dalia Ibelhauptaite (born 4 May 1967) is a Lithuanian opera, theatre, and film director, producer and playwright, whose work combines the traditions of Russian and Western theatre.
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Gintaras Beresnevičius ... is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Famous Writers from Lithuania
Gintaras Beresnevičius Dec. at 45 (1961-2006)

Birthplace: Kaunas, Lithuania

Nationality: Lithuania

Gintaras Beresnevičius (July 8, 1961 in Kaunas – August 6, 2006 in Vilnius) was a Lithuanian historian of religions specializing in Baltic mythology. He together with Norbertas Vėlius is ...more
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Arūnas Bubnys is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Famous Writers from Lithuania
Arūnas Bubnys Age: 58

Nationality: Lithuania

Works: The Holocaust in Lithuania between 1941-1944, Nazi resistance movement in Lithuania 1941-1944

Arūnas Bubnys (born November 7, 1961) is a Lithuanian historian and archivist. He started his studies at Vilnius University in 1985. In 1993 he received a Ph.D for the thesis Lietuvių antinacinė ...more