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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.

The list you're viewing is made up of a variety of different writers, including Kazimierz Sakowicz and Christoph Janetzko.

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 C... is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous Writers from Poland
Dec. at 39 (1810-1849)

Birthplace: Żelazowa Wola, Poland

Nationality: Poland

Works: Introduction to His Piano Works, Etudes Op. 25, Chopin Preludes, Etude in Ab Major Op. 25 #1 For Pedal Harp, Twenty-One Favorite Chopin Mazurkas, + more

Frédéric François Chopin (, also UK: , US: , French: [ʃɔpɛ̃], Polish: [ˈʂɔpɛn]; 1 March 1810 – 17 October 1849) was a Polish composer and virtuoso pianist of the Romantic ...more

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Joseph Conrad is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous Writers from Poland
Joseph Conrad Dec. at 67 (1857-1924)

Birthplace: Ukraine, Eurasia, Berdychiv

Nationality: United Kingdom, Russian Empire

Works: Heart of Darkness, Lord Jim, The Secret Agent, Nostromo, The Shadow Line, + more

Joseph Conrad (born Józef Teodor Konrad Korzeniowski, Polish: [ˈjuzɛf tɛˈɔdɔr ˈkɔnrat kɔʐɛˈɲɔfskʲi] (listen); 3 December 1857 – 3 August 1924) was a Polish-British writer regarded as one ...more

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Stanisław Lem is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous Writers from Poland
Dec. at 85 (1921-2006)

Birthplace: Lviv, Ukraine

Nationality: Poland

Works: Solaris, Memoirs Found in a Bathtub, Fiasco, Przekladaniec, The Futurological Congress, + more

Stanisław Herman Lem (Polish: [staˈɲiswaf ˈlɛm] (listen); 12 or 13 September 1921 – 27 March 2006) was a Polish writer of science fiction, philosophy, and satire, and a trained physician. Lem's ...more

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Roman Polanski is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous Writers from Poland
Age: 86

Birthplace: Paris, France

Nationality: France, Poland

Works: Chinatown, Rosemary's Baby, Repulsion, The Tenant, The Ninth Gate, + more

Rajmund Roman Thierry Polański (born 18 August 1933) is a French-Polish film director, producer, writer, and actor. Since 1978, he has been a fugitive from the U.S. criminal justice system, ...more

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Rutka Laskier is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous Writers from Poland
Dec. at 14 (1929-1943)

Birthplace: Free City of Danzig, Poland

Nationality: Poland

Works: Rutka's notebook

Rut "Rutka" Laskier (Hebrew: רוּת‎) (1929–1943) was a young Jewish diarist from Poland who is best known for her 1943 diary chronicling the three months of her life during the ...more
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Andrzej Wajda is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous Writers from Poland
Age: 93

Birthplace: Suwałki, Poland

Nationality: Poland

Works: Ashes and Diamonds, Katyń, Samson, Pan Tadeusz, Landscape After the Battle, + more

Andrzej Witold Wajda (Polish: [ˈandʐɛj ˈvajda]; 6 March 1926 – 9 October 2016) was a Polish film and theatre director. Recipient of an Honorary Oscar, the Palme d'Or, as well as Honorary Golden ...more
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Agnieszka Holland is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous Writers from Poland
Age: 71

Birthplace: Second Polish Republic, Warsaw

Nationality: Poland

Works: Three Colors: Blue, Europa Europa, Three Colors: White, Korczak, Angry Harvest, + more

Agnieszka Holland (born 28 November 1948) is a Polish film and television director and screenwriter. Best known for her political contributions to Polish cinema, Holland is one of Poland's most ...more
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Pope John Paul II is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous Writers from Poland
Dec. at 85 (1920-2005)

Birthplace: Wadowice, Poland

Nationality: Poland, Vatican City, Second Polish Republic

Works: Gift and Mystery, Crossing the Threshold of Hope, Love and Responsibility, Gesu di Nazaret, La iglesia de los pobres, + more

Pope John Paul II (Latin: Ioannes Paulus II; Italian: Giovanni Paolo II; Polish: Jan Paweł II; born Karol Józef Wojtyła [ˈkarɔl ˈjuzɛv vɔjˈtɨwa]; 18 May 1920 – 2 April 2005) was the Pope ...more

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Krzysztof Kieślowski is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Famous Writers from Poland
Dec. at 55 (1941-1996)

Birthplace: Warsaw, Poland

Nationality: Poland

Works: Three Colors: Red, Three Colors: Blue, The Double Life of Véronique, Heaven, Decalogue I, + more

Krzysztof Kieślowski (Polish pronunciation: [ˈkʂɨʂtɔf kʲɛɕˈlɔfskʲi] (listen); 27 June 1941 – 13 March 1996) was a Polish film director and screenwriter. He is known internationally for Dekalog ...more
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Isaac Bashevis Singer is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Famous Writers from Poland
Dec. at 89 (1902-1991)

Birthplace: Leoncin, Poland

Nationality: Poland, United States of America

Works: Shadows on the Hudson, Yentl, Why Noah chose the dove., How Do You Spell God?, Stories from Around the World, + more

Isaac Bashevis Singer (Yiddish: יצחק באַשעװיס זינגער‎; November 21, 1902 – July 24, 1991) was a Polish-American writer in Yiddish, awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1978. The Polish form ...more
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Nâzım Hikmet is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Famous Writers from Poland
Dec. at 61 (1902-1963)

Birthplace: Thessaloniki, Greece

Nationality: Poland, Turkey

Works: Selected poetry, Şiirler, It's great to be alive, brother, The Jealous One, + more

Nâzım Hikmet Ran (15 January 1902 – 3 June 1963), commonly known as Nâzım Hikmet (Turkish pronunciation: [ˈnaːzɯm ˈhikmet] (listen)) was a Turkish poet, playwright, novelist, ...more

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Jerzy Skolimowski is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Famous Writers from Poland
Age: 81

Birthplace: Łódź, Poland

Nationality: Poland

Works: Essential Killing, Moonlighting, Knife in the Water, The Shout, Deep End, + more

Jerzy Skolimowski (Polish: [jɛʐɨ skɔliˈmɔfskʲi], born 5 May 1938) is a Polish film director, screenwriter, dramatist and actor. A graduate of the prestigious National Film School in Łódź, ...more
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Jerzy Stuhr is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Famous Writers from Poland
Age: 72

Birthplace: Kraków, Poland

Nationality: Poland

Works: Camera Buff, A Week in the Life of a Man, Love Stories, List of Lovers, Twists of Fate, + more

Jerzy Oskar Stuhr (Polish pronunciation: [ˈjɛʐɨ ˈʂtur]; born 18 April 1947) is one of the most popular, influential and versatile Polish film and theatre actors. He also works as a screenwriter, ...more
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Artur Brauner is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Famous Writers from Poland
Age: 101

Birthplace: Łódź, Poland

Nationality: Poland

Works: Black Beauty, Babiy Yar, The Rebel

Artur "Atze" Brauner (born Abraham Brauner; 1 August 1918 − 7 July 2019) was a German film producer and entrepreneur of Polish origin. He produced more than 300 films from 1946.
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Krzysztof Zanussi is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Famous Writers from Poland
Age: 80

Birthplace: Warsaw, Second Polish Republic

Nationality: Poland

Works: Zycie za zycie, From a Far Country, A Year of the Quiet Sun, Kontrakt, Spiral, + more

Krzysztof Zanussi, (born 17 June 1939) 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, ...more
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Krzysztof Penderecki is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Famous Writers from Poland
Age: 86

Birthplace: Dębica, Poland

Nationality: Poland

Works: Die schwarze Maske, Das verlorene Paradies, The black mask, Labirynt czasu, Die Teufel von Loudun, + more

Krzysztof Eugeniusz Penderecki (Polish: [ˈkʂɨʂtɔf pɛndɛˈrɛt͡skʲi]; born 23 November 1933) is a Polish composer and conductor. The Guardian has called him Poland's greatest living composer. Among ...more
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Bogusław Linda is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Famous Writers from Poland
Age: 67

Birthplace: Second Polish Republic, Toruń

Nationality: Poland

Works: Koniec

Bogusław Linda (Polish: [bɔˈɡuswaf ˈlinda]; born 27 June 1952) 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 ...more
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Czesław Miłosz is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Famous Writers from Poland
Dec. at 93 (1911-2004)

Birthplace: Šeteniai, Lithuania

Nationality: Poland, Lithuania

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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Henryk Sienkiewicz is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Famous Writers from Poland
Dec. at 70 (1846-1916)

Birthplace: Wola Okrzejska, Poland

Nationality: Poland, Russian Empire

Works: The Deluge, Quo Vadis, The Knights of the Cross, With Fire and Sword, In Desert and Wilderness, + more

Henryk Adam Aleksander Pius Sienkiewicz (US: shen-KYAY-vitch, -⁠KYEV-itch, Polish: [ˈxɛnrɨk ˈadam alɛkˈsandɛr ˈpjus ɕɛnˈkʲɛvitʂ]; 5 May 1846 – 15 November 1916), also known by the pseudonym ...more
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Arthur Rubinstein is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Famous Writers from Poland
Dec. at 95 (1887-1982)

Birthplace: Łódź, Poland

Nationality: Poland, United States of America

Works: My many years, My young years

Arthur Rubinstein (Polish: Artur Rubinstein; 28 January 1887 – 20 December 1982) was a Polish American classical pianist. He received international acclaim for his performances of the music ...more

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Juliusz Machulski is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Famous Writers from Poland
Age: 64

Birthplace: Olsztyn, Poland

Nationality: Poland

Works: Sexmission, Szwadron, Vinci, Kingsajz, Superproduction: Behind the Scenes of Scandal, + more

Juliusz Machulski (born 10 March 1955 in Olsztyn) is a Polish film director and screenplay writer. Son of noted actor Jan Machulski, Juliusz became notable for his comedies ridiculing the life ...more
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Krystyna Janda is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Famous Writers from Poland
Age: 67

Birthplace: Starachowice, Poland

Nationality: Poland

Works: Tatarak, Porozmawiajmy o zyciu i smierci

Krystyna Jolanta Janda (born 18 December 1952) is a Polish film and theater actress best known internationally for playing leading roles in several films by Polish director Andrzej Wajda, ...more
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Uri Orlev is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Famous Writers from Poland
Age: 88

Birthplace: Warsaw, Poland

Nationality: Poland, Israel

Works: Run, Boy, Run, Lydia, Queen of Palestine, + more

Uri Orlev (Hebrew: אורי אורלב‎; born 24 February 1931) is a Polish-born Israeli children's author and translator. He received the international Hans Christian Andersen Award in 1996 for his ...more
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Robert Wiene is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Famous Writers from Poland
Dec. at 65 (1873-1938)

Birthplace: Wrocław, Poland

Nationality: Poland, Germany

Works: Raskolnikow, A Night in Venice, Frau Eva

Robert Wiene (German: [ˈviːnə]; 27 April 1873 – 17 July 1938) was a film director of the German silent cinema. He is particularly known for directing the German silent film The Cabinet of Dr. ...more
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Agnieszka Osiecka is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Famous Writers from Poland
Dec. at 61 (1936-1997)

Birthplace: Second Polish Republic, Warsaw

Nationality: Poland

Works: Bar listopad, Plakat z drewna, Słoń, Czarne i białe, Solo na kontrabasie, + more

Agnieszka Osiecka (9 October 1936 – 7 March 1997) was a poet, writer, author of theatre and television screenplays, film director and journalist. She was a prominent Polish songwriter, having ...more