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List of famous writers from Poland, listed alphabetically with photos when available. Poland is home to many prolific writers, including those who write fiction, non-fiction, poetry, biographies and more. These are some of the best Polish writers that have ever lived, so if you're a native of Poland 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 Polish writers?" and "Which writers are from Poland?"

You can click on the names of these renowned writers of Poland in order to get more information about each one. Some of these historic writers may no longer be living in Poland, but they're all of Poland descent.

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Frédéric Chopin is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous Writers from Poland
Died at 39 (1810-1849) Fryderyk Chopin is a film score composer.

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Joseph Conrad is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous Writers from Poland
Died at 67 (1857-1924) Joseph Conrad was a Polish author who wrote in English after settling in England. He was granted British nationality in 1886, but always considered himself a Pole. Conrad is regarded as one of ...more

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Stanisław Lem is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous Writers from Poland
Died at 85 (1921-2006) Stanisław Lem was a Polish writer of science fiction, philosophy and satire. His books have been translated into 41 languages and have sold over 45 million copies. From the 1950s to 2000s he ...more

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Roman Polanski is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous Writers from Poland
age 85 Roman Polanski is a Polish and, since 1976, naturalized-French film director, producer, writer, and actor. Having made films in Poland, the United Kingdom, France and the United States, he is ...more

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Rutka Laskier is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous Writers from Poland
Died at 14 (1929-1943) Rutka Laskier was a Jewish teenager from Poland who is best known for her 1943 diary chronicling three months of her life during the Holocaust.

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Andrzej Wajda is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous Writers from Poland
age 92 Andrzej Wajda is a Polish film and theatre director. Recipient of an honorary Oscar, he is possibly the most prominent member of the unofficial "Polish Film School". He is known ...more

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Agnieszka Holland is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous Writers from Poland
age 70 Agnieszka Holland is a Polish film and TV director as well as screenwriter. Best known for her political contributions to Polish cinema, Holland is one of Poland's most eminent filmmakers. She ...more

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Pope John Paul II is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous Writers from Poland
Died at 85 (1920-2005) Pope Saint John Paul II born Karol Józef Wojtyła was a Roman Catholic priest, bishop, and Cardinal who eventually rose to become Pope. He was elected by the second Papal conclave of 1978, ...more

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Krzysztof Kieślowski is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Famous Writers from Poland
Died at 55 (1941-1996) Krzysztof Kieślowski was an influential Polish film director and screenwriter known internationally for The Decalogue, The Double Life of Véronique, and The Three Colors Trilogy. ...more

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Isaac Bashevis Singer is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Famous Writers from Poland
Died at 89 (1902-1991) Isaac Bashevis Singer was a Polish-born Jewish-American author. The Polish form of his birth name was Izaak Zynger and he used his mother's first name in an initial pseudonym, Izaak Baszewis, ...more

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Nâzım Hikmet is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Famous Writers from Poland
Died at 61 (1902-1963) Nâzım Hikmet Ran, commonly known as Nâzım Hikmet was a Turkish poet, playwright, novelist, screenwriter, director and memoirist. He was acclaimed for the "lyrical flow of his ...more

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Jerzy Skolimowski is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Famous Writers from Poland
age 80 Jerzy Skolimowski is a Polish film director, screenwriter, dramatist and actor. A graduate of the prestigious National Film School in Łódź, Skolimowski has directed more than twenty films ...more

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Jerzy Stuhr is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Famous Writers from Poland
age 71 Jerzy Oskar Stuhr is one of the most popular, influential and versatile Polish film and theatre actors. He also works as a screenwriter, film director and drama professor. He served as the ...more

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Artur Brauner is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Famous Writers from Poland
age 100 Artur "Atze" Brauner is a German film producer and entrepreneur of Polish origin. He was born to a Jewish family in Łódź, Poland. With his parents and four siblings, he fled to ...more

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Krzysztof Zanussi is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Famous Writers from Poland
age 79 Krzysztof Zanussi, is a Polish film and theatre director, producer and screenwriter. He is a professor of European film at the European Graduate School in Saas-Fee, Switzerland where he conducts ...more

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Krzysztof Penderecki is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Famous Writers from Poland
age 85 Krzysztof Eugeniusz Penderecki is a Polish composer and conductor. The Guardian has called him Poland's greatest living composer. Among his best known works are his Threnody to the Victims of ...more

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Bogusław Linda is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Famous Writers from Poland
age 66 Bogusław Linda is a Polish actor known from films such as Psy and Tato. He appeared in Andrzej Wajda's Man of Iron and Danton and in Krzysztof Kieslowski's Blind Chance and the seventh episode ...more

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Czesław Miłosz is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Famous Writers from Poland
Died at 93 (1911-2004) Czesław Miłosz was a Polish poet, prose writer, translator and diplomat of Lithuanian origin. His World War II-era sequence, The World, is a collection of twenty naive poems. Following the war, ...more

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Henryk Sienkiewicz is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Famous Writers from Poland
Died at 70 (1846-1916) Henryk Adam Aleksander Pius Sienkiewicz was a Polish journalist, Nobel Prize-winning novelist, and philanthropist. He is best remembered for his historical novels. Born into an impoverished ...more

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Arthur Rubinstein is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Famous Writers from Poland
Died at 95 (1887-1982) Arthur Rubinstein, KBE was a Polish American classical pianist. He received international acclaim for his performances of the music written by a variety of composers and many regard him as the ...more

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Juliusz Machulski is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Famous Writers from Poland
age 63 Juliusz Machulski is a Polish film director and screenplay writer. Son of noted actor Jan Machulski, Juliusz became notable for his comedies ridiculing the life in communist-ruled Poland of the ...more

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Krystyna Janda is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Famous Writers from Poland
age 66 Krystyna Janda is a Polish film and theater actress best known, in the West, for playing leading roles in several films by Polish director Andrzej Wajda, including Man of Marble and Man of Iron. ...more

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Uri Orlev is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Famous Writers from Poland
age 87 Urine Orlev is an Israeli children's author and translator of Polish-Jewish origin. He received the international Hans Christian Andersen Award in 1996 for his "lasting contribution to ...more

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Robert Wiene is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Famous Writers from Poland
Died at 65 (1873-1938) Robert Wiene was an important film director of the German silent cinema. He is particularly known for directing the influential German silent film The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari and a succession of ...more

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Agnieszka Osiecka is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Famous Writers from Poland
Died at 61 (1936-1997) Agnieszka Osiecka was a poet, writer, author of theatre and television screenplays, film director and journalist. She was a prominent Polish songwriter, having authored the lyrics to more than ...more

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Jerzy Hoffman is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list Famous Writers from Poland
age 86 Jerzy Hoffman is a Polish film director and screenwriter.

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Leopold Stokowski is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list Famous Writers from Poland
Died at 95 (1882-1977) Leopold Anthony Stokowski was a British conductor of Polish and Irish descent. One of the leading conductors of the early and mid-20th Century, he is best known for his long association with the ...more

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Marie Curie is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list Famous Writers from Poland
Died at 67 (1867-1934) Marie Skłodowska-Curie was a Polish and naturalized-French physicist and chemist who conducted pioneering research on radioactivity. She was the first woman to win a Nobel Prize, the first ...more

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Wojciech Smarzowski is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list Famous Writers from Poland
age 55 Wojciech Smarzowski is a Polish screenwriter and director. He studied filmmaking at Jagiellonian University. His 2004 film, The Wedding earned special jury mention at the Karlovy Vary ...more

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Paweł Pawlikowski is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list Famous Writers from Poland
age 61 Pawel Pawlikowski is a film director and screenwriter.

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Peter Berling is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list Famous Writers from Poland
age 84 Peter Berling is a German actor and writer. He has worked on several occasions with director Werner Herzog, in his collaborations with actor Klaus Kinski. In several of his medieval novels ...more

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Jan Jakub Kolski is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list Famous Writers from Poland
age 62 Jan Jakub Kolski is a Polish film director, cinematographer, and writer.

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Ben Lewin is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list Famous Writers from Poland
age 72 Ben Lewin is a film director and screenwriter.

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Zbigniew Rybczyński is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list Famous Writers from Poland
age 69 Zbigniew Rybczyński is a Polish filmmaker, director, cinematographer, screenwriter, creator of experimental animated films and multimedia artist who has won numerous prestigious industry awards ...more

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Jerzy Kosiński is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list Famous Writers from Poland
Died at 58 (1933-1991) Jerzy Kosiński, born Józef Lewinkopf, was an award-winning Polish-American novelist and two-time President of the American Chapter of P.E.N., who wrote primarily in English. Born in ...more

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Pola Negri is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list Famous Writers from Poland
Died at 90 (1897-1987) Pola Negri was a Polish stage and film actress who achieved worldwide fame during the silent and golden eras of Hollywood and European film for her tragedienne and femme fatale roles. She was ...more

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Rosa Luxemburg is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list Famous Writers from Poland
Died at 48 (1871-1919) Rosa Luxemburg was a Marxist theorist, philosopher, economist and revolutionary socialist of Polish-Jewish descent who became a naturalized German citizen. She was, successively, a member of the ...more

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Witold Gombrowicz is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list Famous Writers from Poland
Died at 65 (1904-1969) Witold Marian Gombrowicz was a Polish writer. His works are characterised by deep psychological analysis, a certain sense of paradox and absurd, anti-nationalist flavor. In 1937 he published his ...more

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Krzysztof Piesiewicz is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list Famous Writers from Poland
age 73 Krzysztof Marek Piesiewicz is a Polish lawyer, screenwriter, and politician, who is currently a member of the Polish Parliament and head of the Ruch Społeczny or Social Movement Party. ...more

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Dziga Vertov is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list Famous Writers from Poland
Died at 58 (1896-1954) David Abelevich Kaufman — also known as Denis Kaufman or his pseudonym Dziga Vertov or Vertof — was a Soviet pioneer documentary film, newsreel director and cinema theorist. His filming ...more

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Bruno Schulz is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list Famous Writers from Poland
Died at 50 (1892-1942) Bruno Schulz was a Polish writer, fine artist, literary critic and art teacher born to Jewish parents. He is regarded as one of the great Polish-language prose stylists of the 20th century. In ...more

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Lech Majewski is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list Famous Writers from Poland
age 65 Lech Majewski is a Polish film and theatre director, writer, poet, and painter. Born in Katowice, Poland, Majewski studied at the Academy of Fine Arts in Warsaw. In the 1970s, he then studied at ...more

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Jacek Kaczmarski is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list Famous Writers from Poland
Died at 47 (1957-2004) Jacek Kaczmarski was a Polish singer, songwriter, poet and author. He was born to a painter Anna Trojanowska-Kaczmarska, who had Jewish background, and Janusz Kaczmarski, Polish artist. ...more

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Aleksander Ford is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list Famous Writers from Poland
Died at 72 (1908-1980) Aleksander Ford was a Polish film director; and head of the Polish People's Army Film Crew in the Soviet Union during World War II. Ford became director of the nationalized Film Polski company ...more

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Jerzy Kawalerowicz is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list Famous Writers from Poland
Died at 85 (1922-2007) Jerzy Kawalerowicz was a Polish film director.

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Dorota Kędzierzawska is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list Famous Writers from Poland
age 61 Dorota Kędzierzawska is a Polish director of feature and documentary films. Kędzierzawska graduated from the National Film School in Łódź in 1981 but prior to that had completed a course ...more

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Tadeusz Konwicki is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list Famous Writers from Poland
age 92 Tadeusz Konwicki was a Polish writer and film director, a member of the Polish Language Council.

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Walerian Borowczyk is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list Famous Writers from Poland
Died at 83 (1923-2006) Walerian Borowczyk was an internationally known Polish film director described by film critics as a 'genius who also happened to be a pornographer'. He directed 40 films between 1946 and 1988. ...more

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Ingrid Pitt is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list Famous Writers from Poland
Died at 73 (1937-2010) Ingrid Pitt was a Polish-British actress best known for her work in horror films of the 1960s and 1970s.

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Janusz Morgenstern is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list Famous Writers from Poland
Died at 89 (1922-2011) Janusz "Kuba" Morgenstern was a Polish film director and producer. Janusz Morgenstern was born in 1922 to a Jewish family in the village of Mikulińce near Tarnopol, to Dawid ...more