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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
Dec. at 93 (1911-2004)
Czesław Miłosz was a Polish poet, prose writer, translator and diplomat of Lithuanian origin. His WWII-era sequence, The World, is a collection of twenty naive poems. He served as Polish ...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