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List of famous writers from Portugal, listed alphabetically with photos when available. Portugal is home to many prolific writers, including those who write fiction, non-fiction, poetry, biographies and more. These are some of the best Portuguese writers that have ever lived, so if you're a native of Portugal and an aspiring writer then use this list as inspiration to achieve your own writing goals.

This list has a variety of writers, like José Valle de Figueiredo and Eugénio de Castro, in it.

This list answers the questions, "Who are popular Portuguese writers?" and "Which writers are from Portugal?"

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

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Afonso de Albuquerque is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous Writers from Portugal
Died at 62 (1453-1515) Portuguese Viceroy of India in the 16th C

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José Saramago is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous Writers from Portugal
Died at 88 (1922-2010) José de Sousa Saramago, GColSE, was a Portuguese writer and recipient of the 1998 Nobel Prize in Literature. His works, some of which can be seen as allegories, commonly present ...more

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Miguel Torga is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous Writers from Portugal
Died at 88 (1907-1995) Miguel Torga, pseudonym of Adolfo Correia da Rocha, is considered one of the greatest Portuguese writers of the 20th century. He wrote poetry, short stories, theater and a 16 volume diary.

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Manoel de Oliveira is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous Writers from Portugal
Manoel Cândido Pinto de Oliveira GCSE, GCIH was a Portuguese film director and screenwriter born in Cedofeita, Porto. He first began making films in 1927, when he and some friends ...more

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Fernando Pessoa is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous Writers from Portugal
Died at 47 (1888-1935) Fernando Pessoa, born Fernando António Nogueira Pessôa, was a Portuguese poet, writer, literary critic, translator, publisher and philosopher, described as one of the most ...more

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Antonio Tabucchi is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous Writers from Portugal
Died at 69 (1943-2012) Antonio Tabucchi was an Italian writer and academic who taught Portuguese language and literature at the University of Siena, Italy. Deeply in love with Portugal, he was an expert, critic and ...more

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José Maria Eça de Queiroz is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous Writers from Portugal
Died at 55 (1845-1900) José Maria de Eça de Queiroz or Eça de Queirós is generally considered to be the greatest Portuguese writer in the realist style. Zola considered him to be far ...more

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Joe Raposo is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous Writers from Portugal
Died at 52 (1937-1989) Joseph Guilherme Raposo, OIH was a Portuguese American composer, songwriter, pianist, television writer and lyricist, best known for his work on the children's television series Sesame Street, ...more

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Ruy Guerra is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Famous Writers from Portugal
age 87 Ruy Guerra is an actor.

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Luís de Camões is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Famous Writers from Portugal
Died at 56 (1524-1580) Luís Vaz de Camões, is considered Portugal's and the Portuguese language's greatest poet. His mastery of verse has been compared to that of Shakespeare, Vondel, Homer, Virgil and ...more

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António Lobo Antunes is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Famous Writers from Portugal
age 76 António Lobo Antunes, GCSE, MD; born 1 September 1942 is a Portuguese novelist and medical doctor. He has been named as a contender for the Nobel Prize in Literature.

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João Pedro Rodrigues is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Famous Writers from Portugal
age 51 João Pedro Rodrigues is a Portuguese film director whose activity started in 1997. He is considered to be part of The School of Reis film family. Having studied at the School of Theatre ...more

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Pedro Costa is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Famous Writers from Portugal
age 58 Pedro Costa is a Portuguese film director.

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Joaquim Pinto is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Famous Writers from Portugal
age 60 Joaquim Pinto is a film producer, director and editor, cinematographer, screenwriter and actor.

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Edgar Pêra is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Famous Writers from Portugal
age 57 Edgar Henrique Clemente Pêra is a Portuguese filmmaker. He writes occasionally fiction and essays and is also a graphic comics artist. Edgar Pêra studied Psychology, but switched to ...more

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João Salaviza is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Famous Writers from Portugal
age 33 João Salaviza Manso Feldman da Silva, commonly known as João Salaviza, is a Portuguese film director and actor.

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Teresa Villaverde is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Famous Writers from Portugal
age 51 Teresa Villaverde is a Portuguese film director. Her film Os Mutantes was screened in the Un Certain Regard section at the 1998 Cannes Film Festival.

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Francisco Santos is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Famous Writers from Portugal
age 56 Francisco José Ribeiro Lopes dos Santos, known mainly as Francisco Santos is an Angolan/Portuguese multi-talent artist with many names and faces. As Francisco Lopes Santos he is likely to ...more

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João Botelho is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Famous Writers from Portugal
age 68 João Botelho is a Portuguese film director. He has directed and written the screenplays of numerous films. His films have won several awards. His works have been nominated for the Venice ...more

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Paula Rego is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Famous Writers from Portugal
age 82 Dame Paula Rego is the mother of Victoria Willing.

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Jorge De Sena is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Famous Writers from Portugal
Died at 59 (1919-1978) Jorge de Sena was a Portuguese poet, critic, essayist, novelist, dramatist, translator and university professor.

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Menasseh Ben Israel is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Famous Writers from Portugal
Died at 53 (1604-1657) Manoel Dias Soeiro, better known by his Hebrew name Menasseh ben Israel, also, Menasheh ben Yossef ben Yisrael, also known with the Hebrew acronym, MB"Y, was a Portuguese rabbi, kabbalist, ...more

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Antonio Damasio is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Famous Writers from Portugal
age 73 Antonio Damasio is a Portuguese-American neuroscientist/neurobiologist. He is a University Professor and David Dornsife Professor of Neuroscience at the University of Southern California, an ...more

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José Leitão de Barros is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Famous Writers from Portugal
Died at 71 (1896-1967) José Leitão de Barros was a Portuguese film director and playwright. Among his most famous films are Maria do Mar, the second docufiction after Moana by Robert Flaherty, the first ...more

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João Rui Guerra da Mata is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Famous Writers from Portugal
age 51 João Rui Guerra da Mata is a screenwriter, film art director, costume designer, film director, film editor and actor.

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Marco Martins is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list Famous Writers from Portugal
age 45 Marco Martins is a Portuguese film director, best known for his 2005 film Alice, which premiered at Cannes and won the Best Picture Award at the Directors' Fortnight.

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Agustina Bessa-Luís is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list Famous Writers from Portugal
age 95 Agustina Bessa-Luís, GOSE is a Portuguese writer. From 1986 and 1987, she was Director of the daily O Primeiro de Janeiro. From 1990 to 1993, she was director of the Teatro Nacional D. ...more

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João Canijo is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list Famous Writers from Portugal
age 60 João Canijo is a Portuguese film director. His film Get a Life was screened in the Un Certain Regard section at the 2001 Cannes Film Festival. His 2011 film Blood of My Blood was selected ...more

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João César Monteiro is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list Famous Writers from Portugal
Died at 64 (1939-2003) João César Monteiro was a Portuguese film director, actor, writer and film critic. He was born in Figueira da Foz on February 2, 1939 and died of cancer in Lisbon on February 3,

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Camilo Castelo Branco is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list Famous Writers from Portugal
Died at 65 (1825-1890) Camilo Ferreira Botelho Castelo-Branco,1st Viscount de Correia Botelho, was a prolific Portuguese writer of the 19th century, having produced over 260 books. His writing is considered original ...more

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António Lopes Ribeiro is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list Famous Writers from Portugal
Died at 87 (1908-1995) António Filipe Lopes Ribeiro was a Portuguese film director. Son of Manuel Henrique Correia da Silva Ribeiro and wife Ester da Nazaré Lopes, he was the older brother of actor

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Álvaro Cunhal is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list Famous Writers from Portugal
Died at 92 (1913-2005) Álvaro Barreirinhas Cunhal, who used the name Álvaro Cunhal, was a Portuguese communist revolutionary and politician. He was one of the major opponents of the dictatorial regime of ...more

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Júlio Dantas is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list Famous Writers from Portugal
Died at 86 (1876-1962) Júlio Dantas, GCC was a Portuguese doctor, poet, journalist, politician, diplomat and dramatist.

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Manuel Mozos is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list Famous Writers from Portugal
age 58 Manuel Mozos is a Portuguese film director, screenwriter and a film editor.

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Marcelo Caetano is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list Famous Writers from Portugal
Died at 74 (1906-1980) Marcello José das Neves Alves Caetano, was a Portuguese politician and scholar, who was the last prime minister of the Estado Novo regime, from 1968 until his overthrow in the Carnation ...more

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José Luandino Vieira is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list Famous Writers from Portugal
age 83 José Luandino Vieira is an Angolan writer of short fiction and novels. Vieira was born in Lagoa de Furadouro, Ourém, Portugal and was Portuguese by birth and ethnicity, but his ...more

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José Régio is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list Famous Writers from Portugal
Died at 68 (1901-1969) José Maria dos Reis Pereira, better known by the pen name José Regio was a Portuguese writer which lived most of his life in Portalegre. He was the brother of Júlio Maria ...more

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Gonçalo Tocha is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list Famous Writers from Portugal
age 38 Gonçalo Tocha is a film director, editor, producer, cinematographer, screenwriter and musician.

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João Nicolau is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list Famous Writers from Portugal
age 42 João Nicolau is a film editor, film director, actor and screenwriter.

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Fernando Vendrell is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list Famous Writers from Portugal
age 55 Fernando Vendrell is a film and television director, film and television producer, and screenwriter.

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Benjamin N. Cardozo is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list Famous Writers from Portugal
Died at 68 (1870-1938) Benjamin Nathan Cardozo was an American jurist who served on the New York Court of Appeals and later as an Associate Justice of the Supreme Court. Cardozo is remembered for his significant ...more

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António Rodrigues is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list Famous Writers from Portugal
age 34 'António Rodrigues is an actor, screenwriter and director, as well as dramatist, producer and musician.

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Branquinho da Fonseca is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list Famous Writers from Portugal
Besides his career as an author, Branquinho da Fonseca became Director of the Cascais Libraries and Museums, and later the Gulbenkian Library in Lisbon.

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Lauro António is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list Famous Writers from Portugal
Lauro António age 75 Lauro António is a Portuguese film director. His 1980 film Morning Undersea was entered into the 12th Moscow International Film Festival where it won a Special Diploma.

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António de Oliveira Salazar is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list Famous Writers from Portugal
Died at 81 (1889-1970) António de Oliveira Salazar GCSE, GCIC, GCTE, GColIH was a Portuguese professor and politician who served as Prime Minister of Portugal from 1932 to 1968. His Council of Ministers briefly ...more

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Jorge de Montemor is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list Famous Writers from Portugal
Died at 41 (1520-1561) Jorge de Montemor was a Portuguese novelist and poet, who wrote almost exclusively in Spanish. His most famous work is a pastoral prose romance, the Diana.

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Ivo Ferreira is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list Famous Writers from Portugal
Ivo Ferreira age 42 Ivo Ferreira is a film director and producer, screenwriter and actor.

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Jacob de Castro Sarmento is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list Famous Writers from Portugal
Died at 70 (1692-1762) Jacob Henriques de Castro Sarmento was a Portuguese estrangeirado, physician, naturalist, poet and Deist.

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Almeida Garrett is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list Famous Writers from Portugal
Died at 55 (1799-1854) João Baptista da Silva Leitão de Almeida Garrett, Viscount of Almeida Garrett was a Portuguese poet, playwright, novelist and politician. He is considered to be the introducer of ...more

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Álvaro Siza Vieira is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list Famous Writers from Portugal
age 84 Álvaro Joaquim de Melo Siza Vieira, GOSE, GCIH, is a Portuguese architect, and architectural educator. He is internationally known as Alvaro Siza.