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Famous Writers from Poland

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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.
  • 1

    Frédéric Chopin

    Dec. at 39 (1810-1849)

    BirthplaceŻelazowa Wola, Poland


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

    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 era who wrote primarily for...  more

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  • 2

    Joseph Conrad

    Dec. at 67 (1857-1924)

    BirthplaceBerdychiv, Ukraine

    NationalityUnited Kingdom, Russian Empire

    WorksHeart of Darkness, Lord Jim, The Secret Agent, Nostromo, The Shadow Line

    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 of the...  more


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  • 3

    Stanisław Lem

    Dec. at 85 (1921-2006)

    BirthplaceLviv, Ukraine


    WorksSolaris, Memoirs Found in a Bathtub, Fiasco, Przekladaniec, The Futurological Congress

    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 books...  more

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  • 4

    BirthplaceParis, France

    NationalityFrance, Poland

    WorksChinatown, Rosemary's Baby, Repulsion, The Tenant, The Ninth Gate

    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, having...  more

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  • 5

    Rutka Laskier

    Dec. at 14 (1929-1943)

    BirthplaceFree City of Danzig, Poland


    WorksRutka'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 Holocaust. She was...  more
  • 6

    BirthplaceSuwałki, Poland


    WorksAshes and Diamonds, Katyń, Samson, Pan Tadeusz, Landscape After the Battle

    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 Lion...  more
  • 7

    BirthplaceWarsaw, Second Polish Republic


    WorksThree Colors: Blue, Europa Europa, Three Colors: White, Korczak, Angry Harvest

    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
  • 8

    Pope John Paul II

    Dec. at 85 (1920-2005)

    BirthplaceWadowice, Poland

    NationalityPoland, Vatican City, Second Polish Republic

    WorksGift and Mystery, Crossing the Threshold of Hope, Love and Responsibility, Gesu di Nazaret, La iglesia de los pobres

    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 of the...  more

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  • 9

    Krzysztof Kieślowski

    Dec. at 55 (1941-1996)

    BirthplaceWarsaw, Second Polish Republic


    WorksThree Colors: Red, Three Colors: Blue, The Double Life of Véronique, Heaven, Decalogue I

    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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  • 10

    Isaac Bashevis Singer

    Dec. at 89 (1902-1991)

    BirthplaceLeoncin, Poland

    NationalityPoland, United States of America

    WorksShadows on the Hudson, Yentl, Why Noah chose the dove., How Do You Spell God?, Stories from Around the World

    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 of...  more
  • 11

    Nâzım Hikmet

    Dec. at 61 (1902-1963)

    BirthplaceThessaloniki, Greece

    NationalityPoland, Turkey

    WorksSelected poetry, Şiirler, It's great to be alive, brother, The Jealous One

    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, screenwriter, director...  more
  • 12

    BirthplaceŁódź, Poland


    WorksEssential Killing, Moonlighting, Knife in the Water, The Shout, Deep End

    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, Skolimowski...  more
  • 13

    BirthplaceKraków, Poland


    WorksCamera Buff, A Week in the Life of a Man, Love Stories, List of Lovers, Twists of Fate

    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, film...  more
  • 14

    BirthplaceŁódź, Poland


    WorksBlack 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. ...  more
  • 15

    BirthplaceWarsaw, Second Polish Republic


    WorksZycie za zycie, From a Far Country, A Year of the Quiet Sun, Kontrakt, Spiral

    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, Switzerland...  more
  • 16

    BirthplaceDębica, Poland


    WorksDie schwarze Maske, Das verlorene Paradies, The black mask, Labirynt czasu, Die Teufel von Loudun

    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 his...  more
  • 17

    BirthplaceSecond Polish Republic, Toruń



    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
  • 18

    Czesław Miłosz

    Dec. at 93 (1911-2004)

    BirthplaceŠeteniai, Lithuania

    NationalityPoland, United States of America

    WorksUnvanquished City, Valley of the Issa, The Captive Mind, The Metaphysical Pause, An Excursion through the Twenties and Thirties

    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 poets...  more
  • 19

    Henryk Sienkiewicz

    Dec. at 70 (1846-1916)

    BirthplaceWola Okrzejska, Poland

    NationalityPoland, Russian Empire

    WorksThe Deluge, Quo Vadis, The Knights of the Cross, With Fire and Sword, In Desert and Wilderness

    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 Litwos...  more
  • 20

    Arthur Rubinstein

    Dec. at 95 (1887-1982)

    BirthplaceŁódź, Poland

    NationalityPoland, United States of America

    WorksMy 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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  • 21

    BirthplaceOlsztyn, Poland


    WorksSexmission, Szwadron, Vinci, Kingsajz, Superproduction: Behind the Scenes of Scandal

    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 in...  more
  • 22

    BirthplaceStarachowice, Poland


    WorksTatarak, 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, including...  more
  • 23

    Uri Orlev

    Age: 88

    BirthplaceWarsaw, Second Polish Republic

    NationalityPoland, Israel

    WorksRun, Boy, Run, Lydia, Queen of Palestine

    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 "lasting...  more
  • 24

    Robert Wiene

    Dec. at 65 (1873-1938)

    BirthplacePoland, Wrocław

    NationalityGerman Empire

    WorksRaskolnikow, 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
  • 25

    Agnieszka Osiecka

    Dec. at 61 (1936-1997)

    BirthplaceWarsaw, Second Polish Republic


    WorksBar listopad, Plakat z drewna, Słoń, Czarne i białe, Solo na kontrabasie

    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