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Famous Writers from Portugal

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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.
  • Afonso de Albuquerque1

    Afonso de Albuquerque

    Dec. at 62 (1453-1515)

    BirthplaceVila Franca de Xira, Portugal

    NationalityKingdom of Portugal, Portugal

    WorksThe Commentaries of the great Afonso D'Alboquerque, second Viceroy of India

    Afonso de Albuquerque, Duke of Goa (Portuguese pronunciation: [ɐˈfõsu ði aɫβuˈkɛɾk(ɨ)]; c....  more
  • José Saramago2

    José Saramago

    Dec. at 88 (1922-2010)

    BirthplaceAzinhaga, Portugal


    WorksBlindness, The Year of the Death of Ricardo Reis, The History of the Siege of Lisbon, El Espiritu de Las Leyes, Death with Interruptions

    José de Sousa Saramago, GColSE (Portuguese: [ʒuˈzɛ ðɨ ˈsozɐ sɐɾɐˈmaɣu]; 16 November 1922 – 18...  more
  • Miguel Torga3

    Miguel Torga

    Dec. at 88 (1907-1995)



    WorksAlguns poemas ibéricos, Antologia poética, Diário, Sinfonia, Camões

    Miguel Torga, pseudonym of Adolfo Correia da Rocha (São Martinho de Anta, Sabrosa, Vila Real...  more
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    Manoel Cândido Pinto de Oliveira GCSE, GCIH (Portuguese: [mɐnuˈɛɫ doliˈvɐjɾɐ]; 11 December...  more
  • Fernando Pessoa5

    Fernando Pessoa

    Dec. at 47 (1888-1935)

    BirthplaceLisbon District, Portugal


    Worksmar sem fim, Ecologia e território, rosto e as máscaras, Ich legte die Maske ab, Correspondência inédita

    Fernando António Nogueira Pessoa (Portuguese: [fɨɾˈnɐ̃du pɨˈsoɐ]; 13 June 1888 – 30 November...  more

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  • Antonio Tabucchi6

    Antonio Tabucchi

    Dec. at 69 (1943-2012)

    BirthplaceEurope, Province of Pisa, Eurasia, Italy, Southern Europe

    NationalityItaly, Portugal

    WorksThe Missing Head of Damasceno Monteiro, Pereira Maintains, Rebus, Little Misunderstandings of No Importance, La gastrite di Platone

    Antonio Tabucchi (Italian: [anˈtɔːnjo taˈbukki]; 24 September 1943 – 25 March 2012) was an...  more
  • José Maria Eça de Queiroz7

    José Maria Eça de Queiroz

    Dec. at 55 (1845-1900)

    BirthplacePraça do Almada


    WorksLa ciudad y las sierras (A cidade e as serras) novela, Folhas soltas, Almanaques, Os Maias, O Crime do Padre Amaro

    José Maria de Eça de Queiroz (European Portuguese: [ʒuˈzɛ mɐˈɾiɐ dɨ ˈɛsɐ dɨ kejˈɾɔʃ]; 25...  more
  • Joe Raposo8

    Joe Raposo

    Dec. at 52 (1937-1989)

    BirthplaceBristol County, Fall River, North America, United States of America, United States

    NationalityPortugal, United States of America

    WorksRaggedy Ann & Andy: A Musical Adventure, The Sesame Street Song Book, Sing Sing A Song Storybooks, Joe Raposo Songbook, Imagination song

    Joseph Guilherme Raposo, OIH (February 8, 1937 – February 5, 1989) was an American composer,...  more
  • Ruy Guerra9

    Ruy Guerra

    Age: 88

    BirthplaceMaputo, Mozambique, Africa

    NationalityPortugal, Brazil

    WorksFable of the Beautiful Pigeon Fancier, Turbulence, The Unscrupulous Ones, The Guns, Kuarup

    Ruy Alexandre Guerra Coelho Pereira (born August 22, 1931) is a Portuguese-Brazilian film...  more
  • Luís de Camões10

    Luís de Camões

    Dec. at 56 (1524-1580)

    BirthplaceCoimbra, Portugal


    WorksDinamene, alma minha gentil, Redondilhas, canções, sonetos

    Luís Vaz de Camões (Portuguese pronunciation: [luˈiʒ ˈvaʒ dɨ kaˈmõjʃ]; sometimes rendered in...  more
  • António Lobo Antunes11

    BirthplaceLisbon, Portugal


    WorksDie natürliche Ordnung der Dinge, Auto de Los Condenados, Exhortacion a Los Cocodrilos, South of nowhere, Act of the damned

    António Lobo Antunes, GCSE, MD (Portuguese pronunciation: [ɐ̃ˈtɔniu ˈloβu ɐ̃ˈtunɨʃ]; born 1...  more
  • 12

    BirthplaceEurope, Lisbon District, Grande Lisboa, Portugal, Southern Europe


    WorksPhantom, To Die Like a Man, Two Drifters, The Last Time I Saw Macao, Parabéns!

    João Pedro Rodrigues (born 24 August, 1966) is a Portuguese film director. He is considered to...  more
  • Pedro Costa13

    BirthplaceLisbon, Portugal


    WorksColossal Youth, In Vanda's Room, Ossos, Down to Earth, Historic Centre

    Pedro Costa (born 30 December 1958) is a Portuguese film director....  more
  • Joaquim Pinto14

    BirthplaceEurope, Portugal, Southern Europe, Norte Region, Portugal


    WorksTwin Flames, What now? Remind Me

    Joaquim Pinto is a film producer, director and editor, cinematographer, screenwriter and actor....  more
  • Edgar Pêra15

    BirthplaceLisbon, Portugal


    WorksThe Baron, A Janela (Maryalva Mix), Who Is the Master Who Makes the Grass Green?, Perpetual Movements: A Cine Tribute to Carlos Paredes, 3x3D

    Edgar Henrique Clemente Pêra (born 19 November 1960) is a Portuguese filmmaker. Pêra is also...  more
  • João Salaviza16

    BirthplaceEurope, Lisbon District, Grande Lisboa, Portugal, Southern Europe


    WorksArena, Rafa, Cerro negro

    João Salaviza Manso Feldman da Silva (born 19 February 1984), commonly known as João Salaviza,...  more
  • Teresa Villaverde17

    BirthplaceEurope, Lisbon District, Grande Lisboa, Portugal, Southern Europe


    WorksAlex, Três Irmãos, Trance, The Mutants, Swan

    Teresa Villaverde (born May 18, 1966) is a Portuguese film director. Her film Os Mutantes was...  more
  • Francisco Santos18


    NationalityPortugal, Angola

    Francisco Santos may refer to: Francisco Dos Santos (born 1974), Brazilian...  more
  • João Botelho19

    BirthplaceDouro, Portugal, Lamego Municipality


    WorksDisquiet, Aqui na Terra, On My Birthday, Hard Times, A Portuguese Farewell

    João Manuel Relvas Leopoldo Botelho (born 1949) is a Portuguese film director. He has directed...  more
  • Paula Rego20

    Paula Rego

    Age: 84

    BirthplaceLisbon, Portugal

    NationalityPortugal, United Kingdom

    WorksCelestina's house

    Dame Maria Paula Figueiroa Rego (born 26 January 1935) is a Portuguese-born visual artist who...  more
  • 21

    Jorge De Sena

    Dec. at 59 (1919-1978)

    BirthplaceEurope, Lisbon District, Grande Lisboa, Portugal, Southern Europe


    Worksgrão-capitães, Craveirinha: Grabato Dias: Rui Knopfli, reino da estupidez, físico prodigioso, Poesia e cultura

    Jorge de Sena was a Portuguese poet, critic, essayist, novelist, dramatist, translator and...  more
  • Menasseh Ben Israel22

    Menasseh Ben Israel

    Dec. at 53 (1604-1657)

    BirthplaceMadeira, Portugal

    NationalityNetherlands, Portugal

    WorksThe hope of Israel

    Manoel Dias Soeiro (1604 – November 20, 1657), better known by his Hebrew name Menasseh ben...  more
  • Antonio Damasio23

    BirthplaceEurope, Lisbon District, Grande Lisboa, Portugal, Southern Europe

    NationalityPortugal, United States of America

    WorksSentir Lo Que Sucede, The Feeling of What Happens, En Busca de Spinoza, Descartes' Error, Looking for Spinoza

    Antonio Damasio (Portuguese: António Damásio) is a Portuguese-American neuroscientist. He is...  more
  • José Leitão de Barros24

    José Leitão de Barros

    Dec. at 71 (1896-1967)

    BirthplaceEurope, Lisbon District, Grande Lisboa, Portugal, Southern Europe



    José Leitão de Barros (22 October 1896 – 29 June 1967) was a Portuguese film director and...  more
  • 25

    BirthplaceMaputo, Mozambique


    WorksTo Die Like a Man, Two Drifters, The Last Time I Saw Macao, China, China

    João Rui Guerra da Mata is a screenwriter, film art director, costume designer, film director,...  more