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Famous Writers from Peru

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

The list you're viewing is made up of writers like Daniel Alarcón and Eduardo González Viaña.

This list answers the questions, "Who are popular Peruvian writers?" and "Which writers are from Peru?"

You can click on the names of these renowned writers of Peru in order to get more information about each one. Some of these historic writers may no longer be living in Peru, but they're all of Peru descent.
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Mario Vargas Llosa is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous Writers from Peru
age 83
Jorge Mario Pedro Vargas Llosa, 1st Marquis of Vargas Llosa is a Peruvian writer, politician, journalist, essayist, college professor, and recipient of the 2010 Nobel Prize in Literature. Vargas ...more
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Isabel Allende is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous Writers from Peru
age 77
Isabel Allende is a Chilean-American writer. Allende, whose works sometimes contain aspects of the "magic realist" tradition, is famous for novels such as The House of the Spirits and ...more
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Fernando Fernan Gomez is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous Writers from Peru
Dec. at 86 (1921-2007)
Fernando Fernán-Gómez was a Spanish actor, screenwriter, film director, theater director and member of the Royal Spanish Academy for seven years. He was born in Lima, Peru while ...more
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César Vallejo is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous Writers from Peru
Dec. at 46 (1892-1938)
César Abraham Vallejo Mendoza was a Peruvian poet, writer, playwright, and journalist. Although he published only three books of poetry during his lifetime, he is considered one of the ...more
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Heddy Honigmann is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous Writers from Peru
age 68
Heddy Honigmann is a Peruvian-born Dutch director of fictional and documentary films. Heddy Honigmann was born on 1 October 1951 in Lima, Peru to Polish Jewish immigrants. She has spent most of ...more
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Adrián Saba is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous Writers from Peru
Adrián Saba age 31
Adrián Saba is a film director, screenwriter and cinematographer.
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Claudia Llosa is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous Writers from Peru
age 43
Claudia Llosa is a Peruvian film director, writer and producer.
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Javier Fuentes-Leon is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous Writers from Peru
Javier Fuentes-Leon is a film director, a film editor, a film producer, a screenwriter and an actor.
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Gustavo Gutiérrez is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Famous Writers from Peru
age 91
Gustavo Gutiérrez Merino, O.P., is a Peruvian theologian and Dominican priest regarded as the founder of Liberation Theology. He holds the John Cardinal O'Hara Professorship of Theology ...more
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Jaime Bayly is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Famous Writers from Peru
age 54
Jaime Bayly Letts is a Peruvian writer, journalist and television personality. He is the third of 10 children and is known as "el niño terrible". He has won the Emmy Award 3 ...more
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Augusto Tamayo San Román is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Famous Writers from Peru
Augusto Tamayo San Román age 66
Augusto Tamayo San Román is a screenwriter, film art director, director and producer.
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Javier Corcuera is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Famous Writers from Peru
Javier Corcuera age 52
Javier Corcuera is a film director and screenwriter.
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Alonso Filomeno Mayo is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Famous Writers from Peru
age 41
Alonso Filomeno Mayo is a film and television director, editor, producer and screenwriter.
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Daniel Alarcón is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Famous Writers from Peru
age 42
Daniel Alarcón is an American author who lives in San Francisco, California; he has been a Distinguished Visiting Writer at Mills College and a Visiting Writer at California College of ...more
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Fernando Belaúnde Terry is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Famous Writers from Peru
Dec. at 90 (1912-2002)
Fernando Belaúnde Terry was President of Peru for two non-consecutive terms. Deposed by a military coup in 1968, he was re-elected in 1980 after eleven years of military rule. He was ...more
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Manuel A. Odría is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Famous Writers from Peru
Dec. at 78 (1896-1974)
Manuel Arturo Odría Amoretti was the President of Peru from 1948 to 1956, essentially ruling as a military dictator. Manuel Odría was born in 1896 in Tarma, a city in the central ...more
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Álvaro Vargas Llosa is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Famous Writers from Peru
age 53
Álvaro Vargas Llosa is a Peruvian-Spanish writer and political commentator on international affairs with emphasis on Latin America. He is also the writer and presenter of a documentary ...more
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Julio Ramón Ribeyro is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Famous Writers from Peru
Julio Ramón Ribeyro Dec. at 65 (1929-1994)
Julio Ramón Ribeyro Zúñiga was a Peruvian writer best known for his short stories. He was also successful in other genres: novel, essay, theater, diary and aphorism. In the ...more
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Gianfranco Quattrini is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Famous Writers from Peru
Gianfranco Quattrini age 47
Gianfranco Quattrini is a film director and screenwriter.
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Martín Chambi is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Famous Writers from Peru
Dec. at 82 (1891-1973)
Martín Chambi Jiménez or Martín Chambi de Coaza, was a photographer, originally from southern Peru. He was one of the first major indigenous Latin American photographers. ...more
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Abraham Valdelomar is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Famous Writers from Peru
Dec. at 31 (1888-1919)
Pedro Abraham Valdelomar Pinto was a Peruvian narrator, poet, journalist, essayist and dramatist; he is considered the founder of the avant-garde in Peru, although more for his dandy-like public ...more
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Diego Valverde Villena is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Famous Writers from Peru
age 52
Diego Valverde Villena, born on April 6, 1967, is a Spanish poet of Peruvian origin and Bolivian roots.
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Francisco García Calderón Rey is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Famous Writers from Peru
Francisco García Calderón Rey Dec. at 70 (1883-1953)
Francisco García Calderón Rey was a Peruvian writer. He was son of Francisco García Calderón. He was born into a wealthy and politically prominent family in ...more
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José María Arguedas is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Famous Writers from Peru
Dec. at 58 (1911-1969)
José María Arguedas Altamirano was a Peruvian novelist, poet, and anthropologist. Arguedas was a mestizo of Spanish and Quechua descent who wrote novels, short stories, and poems ...more
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Antonio Cisneros is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Famous Writers from Peru
Antonio Cisneros Dec. at 70 (1942-2012)
Antonio Cisneros Campoy is a 1978 Guggenheim Fellow in Creative Arts.