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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.

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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 82 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 76 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
Died 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
Died 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 67 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 30 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 42 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 90 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 53 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 65 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 51 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 40 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 41 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
Died 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
Died 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 52 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 Died 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 46 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
Died 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
Died 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 51 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 Died 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
Died 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 Died at 70 (1942-2012) Antonio Cisneros Campoy is a 1978 Guggenheim Fellow in Creative Arts.

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A. Roberto Frisancho is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list Famous Writers from Peru
age 79 A. Roberto Frisancho is a biological anthropologist and the Arthur F. Thurnau Professor of Anthropology at the University of Michigan. He is the 2008 recipient of the Franz Boas Distinguished ...more

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José Watanabe is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list Famous Writers from Peru
Died at 62 (1945-2007) José Watanabe was a Peruvian poet who won a number of literary awards. Watanabe was born in Laredo, a large sugar cane farm in northern Peru. His father was a Japanese immigrant and his ...more

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Hernando de Soto is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list Famous Writers from Peru
Hernando de Soto age 77 Hernando de Soto Polar is a Peruvian economist known for his work on the informal economy and on the importance of business and property rights. He is the president of the Institute for Liberty ...more

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Garcilaso de la Vega is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list Famous Writers from Peru
Died at 77 (1539-1616) Garcilaso de la Vega, born Gómez Suárez de Figueroa and known as El Inca or Inca Garcilaso de la Vega, was a chronicler and writer born in the Spanish Viceroyalty of Peru. Sailing ...more

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Juan Velasco Alvarado is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list Famous Writers from Peru
Died at 67 (1910-1977) Juan Francisco Velasco Alvarado was a left-wing Peruvian General who ruled Peru from 1968 to 1975 under the title of "President of the Revolutionary Government".

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Gabriela Yepes is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list Famous Writers from Peru
Gabriela Yepes age 43 Gabriela Yepes is a film director and screenwriter.

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Francisco Morales Bermúdez is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list Famous Writers from Peru
age 97 Francisco Morales Bermúdez Cerruti is a Peruvian general who came to power in Peru in 1975 after deposing his predecessor, General Juan Velasco. His grandfather and all his original ...more

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Martín Adán is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list Famous Writers from Peru
Died at 77 (1908-1985) Martín Adán, pseudonym of Rafael de la Fuente Benavides, was a Peruvian poet whose body of work is notable for its hermeticism and metaphysical depth. From a very young age ...more

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Alejandro Cardenas-A. is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list Famous Writers from Peru
Alejandro Cardenas-A. age 41 Alejandro Cardenas-A. is a Film Director, Film Producer, Cinematographer and a Screenwriter.

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Alfredo Bryce is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list Famous Writers from Peru
age 79 Alfredo Bryce Echenique is a Peruvian writer born in Lima. He has written numerous books and short stories.

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Sebastián Salazar Bondy is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list Famous Writers from Peru
Sebastián Salazar Bondy Died at 40 (1924-1964) Sebastián Salazar Bondy was a Peruvian playwright, essayist, poet, and journalist, and among the most important of Peruvian intellectuals.

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José Carlos Mariátegui is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list Famous Writers from Peru
José Carlos Mariátegui Died at 36 (1894-1930) José Carlos Mariátegui La Chira was a Peruvian journalist, political philosopher, and activist. A prolific writer before his early death at age 35, he is considered one of the most ...more

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Manuel Gonzales Prada is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list Famous Writers from Peru
Manuel Gonzales Prada Died at 74 (1844-1918) Jose Manuel de los Reyes González de Prada y Ulloa was a Peruvian politician and anarchist, literary critic and director of the National Library of Peru. He is well remembered as a social ...more

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Eduardo González Viaña is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list Famous Writers from Peru
Eduardo González Viaña age 77 Eduardo González Viaña is a writer and professor of Spanish at Western Oregon University. González Viaña earned a doctorate in Spanish language literature from the ...more

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Hilda Gadea is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list Famous Writers from Peru
Hilda Gadea Died at 53 (1921-1974) Hilda Gadea Acosta was a Peruvian economist, Communist leader, and author. She was Che Guevara's first wife. Gadea Acosta was the first female Secretary of the Economy of the Executive National ...more

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Carlos Yushimito is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list Famous Writers from Peru
age 41 Carlos Yushimito del Valle is a Peruvian writer of Japanese descent.

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Omar Aramayo is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list Famous Writers from Peru
Omar Aramayo age 71 Jesús Omar Aramayo Cordero is a Peruvian poet and composer.

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Clorinda Matto de Turner is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list Famous Writers from Peru
Clorinda Matto de Turner Died at 57 (1852-1909) Clorinda Matto de Turner was a Peruvian writer who lived during the early years of Latin American independence. Her own independence inspired women throughout the region as her writings sparked ...more

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José María Eguren is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list Famous Writers from Peru
José María Eguren Died at 68 (1874-1942) José María Eguren Rodríguez was a Peruvian writer. Although principally known for his poetry, Eguren was also a journalist, painter, photographer and even an inventor. Very ...more

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Javier Heraud is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list Famous Writers from Peru
Javier Heraud Died at 21 (1942-1963) Javier Heraud Pérez was a Peruvian poet and member of the Ejército de Liberación Nacional. In January 1963, a group led by the 21-year-old poet Javier Heraud and Alain Elias ...more

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Alonso Cueto is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list Famous Writers from Peru
age 64 Alonso Cueto Caballero is a Peruvian novelist and playwright. His novel El tigre blanco, published in 1985, was awarded the Premio Wiracocha. He has published regularly and currently writes for ...more

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Marco Martos Carrera is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list Famous Writers from Peru
Marco Martos Carrera age 76 Marco Martos Carrera is a Peruvian poet and the President of the Academia Peruana de la Lengua. It's assumed from critics to be one of the most important persons of the Peruvian "60's ...more

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Mariano Melgar is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list Famous Writers from Peru
Died at 24 (1791-1815) Mariano Melgar was a Peruvian patriot, poet, artist, and warrior for the cause of independence from Spain. As a poet, Melgar became one of the most prominent romantic poets of Peru in the 19th ...more

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Carlos Oquendo de Amat is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list Famous Writers from Peru
Died at 31 (1905-1936) Carlos Oquendo de Amat was a Peruvian poet born in Moho, generally recognized by his only book of poetry 5 Meters of Poems, first published on 1927, which is an accordion book or pop-up book ...more

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Blanca Varela is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list Famous Writers from Peru
Died at 83 (1926-2009) Blanca Leonor Varela Gonzáles was a Peruvian poet.