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List of famous writers from Romania, listed alphabetically with photos when available. Romania is home to many prolific writers, including those who write fiction, non-fiction, poetry, biographies and more. These are some of the best Romanian writers that have ever lived, so if you're a native of Romania 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 Romanian writers?" and "Which writers are from Romania?"

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

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Richard Wagner is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous Writers from Romania
Died at 70 (1813-1883) Richard Wagner is a film score composer.

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Mircea Eliade is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous Writers from Romania
Died at 79 (1907-1986) Mircea Eliade was a Romanian historian of religion, fiction writer, philosopher, and professor at the University of Chicago. He was a leading interpreter of religious experience, who established ...more

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Elie Wiesel is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous Writers from Romania
age 90 Eliezer "Elie" Wiesel KBE is a Jewish-American professor and political activist. He is the author of 57 books, including Night, a work based on his experiences as a prisoner in the ...more

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John Houseman is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous Writers from Romania
Died at 86 (1902-1988) John Houseman was a Romanian-born British–American actor and film producer who became known for his highly publicized collaboration with director Orson Welles from their days in the Federal ...more

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Jean Negulesco is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous Writers from Romania
Died at 93 (1900-1993) Jean Negulesco was a Romanian-American film director and screenwriter.

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Kira Muratova is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous Writers from Romania
age 84 Kira Heorhiyivna Muratova, née Korotkova is a Ukrainian award-winning film director, screenwriter and actress, known for her unusual directorial style. Her films underwent a great deal of ...more

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Marin Karmitz is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous Writers from Romania
age 80 Marin Karmitz is a French businessman whose career has spanned the French film industry, including director, producer, film distributor, and operator of a chain of cinemas. Karmitz attended film ...more

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Eugène Ionesco is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous Writers from Romania
Died at 85 (1909-1994) Eugène Ionesco was a Romanian playwright who wrote mostly in French, and one of the foremost figures of the French Avant-garde theatre. Beyond ridiculing the most banal situations, ...more

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Hermann Oberth is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Famous Writers from Romania
Died at 95 (1894-1989) Hermann Julius Oberth was an Austro-Hungarian-born German physicist and engineer. He is considered one of the founding fathers of rocketry and astronautics.

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Cristian Mungiu is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Famous Writers from Romania
age 50 Cristian Mungiu is a Romanian filmmaker, winner of the Palme d'Or in 2007.

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Tristan Tzara is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Famous Writers from Romania
Died at 67 (1896-1963) Tristan Tzara was a French avant-garde poet, essayist and performance artist of Romanian Jewish descent. Also active as a journalist, playwright, literary and art critic, composer and film ...more

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Lucian Blaga is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Famous Writers from Romania
Died at 66 (1895-1961) Lucian Blaga was a Romanian philosopher, poet, playwright and novelist.

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Herta Müller is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Famous Writers from Romania
age 65 Herta Müller is a German novelist, poet, essayist and recipient of the 2009 Nobel Prize in Literature. Born in Nițchidorf, Timiș County in Romania, her native language is German. Since the ...more

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Lucian Pintilie is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Famous Writers from Romania
age 85 Lucian Pintilie is a Romanian film director and screenwriter.

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Andrei Codrescu is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Famous Writers from Romania
age 72 Andrei Codrescu is a Romanian-born American poet, novelist, essayist, screenwriter, and commentator for National Public Radio. He was the Mac Curdy Distinguished Professor of English at ...more

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Gregor von Rezzori is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Famous Writers from Romania
Died at 84 (1914-1998) Gregor von Rezzori, born Gregor Arnulph Hilarius d'Arezzo, was an Austrian-born German-language novelist, memoirist, screenwriter and author of radio plays, as well as an actor, journalist, ...more

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János Mattis-Teutsch is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Famous Writers from Romania
Died at 76 (1884-1960) János Mattis-Teutsch or Máttis-Teutsch, Mátis-Teutsch was a Hungarian and Romanian painter, sculptor, graphic artist, art critic, and poet. Best known for his Seelenblumen ...more

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Gheorghe Zamfir is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Famous Writers from Romania
age 77 Gheorghe Zamfir is a Romanian pan flute musician. Zamfir is known for playing an expanded version of the traditional Romanian-style pan flute of 20 pipes to 22, 25, 28 and 30 pipes to increase ...more

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Corneliu Porumboiu is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Famous Writers from Romania
age 43 Corneliu Porumboiu is a Romanian film director and screenwriter. His 2006 feature 12:08 East of Bucharest won him the Camera d'Or prize at the Cannes Film Festival. He is the son of football ...more

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Marcel Janco is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Famous Writers from Romania
Died at 89 (1895-1984) Marcel Janco was a Romanian and Israeli visual artist, architect and art theorist. He was the co-inventor of Dadaism and a leading exponent of Constructivism in Eastern Europe. In the 1910s, he ...more

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Mihai Eminescu is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Famous Writers from Romania
Died at 39 (1850-1889) Mihai Eminescu was a Romantic poet, novelist and journalist, often regarded as the most famous and influential Romanian poet. Eminescu was an active member of the Junimea literary society and he ...more

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Sinişa Dragin is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Famous Writers from Romania
age 58 Sinișa Dragin is a Serbian-Romanian film director. In 2002, his movie Everyday God Kisses Us On The Mouth won the 'Aleksandar Sasa Petrovic' plaque at the ninth Belgrade International Festival ...more

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Dan Teodosiu is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Famous Writers from Romania
age 52

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Miklos Nyiszli is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Famous Writers from Romania
Died at 55 (1901-1956) Miklós Nyiszli was a Jewish prisoner at the Auschwitz concentration camp. Nyiszli, his wife, and young daughter, were transported to Auschwitz in June 1944. On arrival, Nyiszli felt ...more

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Cătălin Mitulescu is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Famous Writers from Romania
age 46 Cătălin Mitulescu is a Romanian film director. He graduated from the UNATC in Bucharest in 2001. He is best known for the short film Trafic, which won him the Short Film Palme d'Or at the 2004 ...more

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Károly Lajthay is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list Famous Writers from Romania
Died at 59 (1886-1945) Károly Lajthay was a Hungarian film director, actor and screenwriter. He directed 17 films between 1918 and 1944. He also appeared in 13 films between 1916 and 1920. He was born in ...more

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Marin Sorescu is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list Famous Writers from Romania
Died at 60 (1936-1996) Marin Sorescu was a Romanian poet, playwright, and novelist. Marin Sorescu was a poet, playwright, prose writer, essayist and translator. His works were translated into more than 20 countries, ...more

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Cristi Puiu is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list Famous Writers from Romania
age 51 Cristi Puiu is a Romanian film director and screenwriter. With Anca Puiu and Alex Munteanu, in 2004 he founded a cinema production company, naming it Mandragora. After returning to Romania, Puiu ...more

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Alexander Isaakovich Gelman is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list Famous Writers from Romania
age 85 Alexander Isaakovich Gelman, original given name Shunya, is a Bessarabian-born Soviet and Russian playwright, writer, and screenwriter. A survivor of the Holocaust during childhood, Gelman ...more

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Lajos Zilahy is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list Famous Writers from Romania
Died at 83 (1891-1974) Lajos Zilahy was a Hungarian novelist and playwright. Born in Nagyszalonta in Transylvania, then part of the Kingdom of Hungary, an entity of Austria-Hungary, he studied law at the University of ...more

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Gellu Naum is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list Famous Writers from Romania
Died at 86 (1915-2001) Gelu Naum was a prominent Romanian poet, dramatist, novelist, children's writer, and translator. He is remembered as the founder of the Romanian Surrealist group. The artist Lyggia Naum, his ...more

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Liviu Rebreanu is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list Famous Writers from Romania
Died at 59 (1885-1944) Liviu Rebreanu was a Romanian novelist, playwright, short story writer, and journalist.

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Bella Spewack is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list Famous Writers from Romania
Died at 91 (1899-1990) Samuel (September 16, 1899 - October 14, 1971) and Bella Spewack (March 25, 1899 - April 27, 1990) were a Tony Award-winning husband-and-wife writing team. Samuel, who also directed many of ...more

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Panait Istrati is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list Famous Writers from Romania
Died at 51 (1884-1935) Panait Istrati was a Romanian writer of French and Romanian expression, nicknamed The Maxim Gorky of the Balkans. Istrati was first noted for the depiction of one homosexual character in his

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Mircea Cărtărescu is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list Famous Writers from Romania
age 62 Mircea Cărtărescu is a Romanian poet, novelist and essayist. Born in Bucharest, he graduated from the University of Bucharest's Faculty of Letters, Department of Romanian Language And ...more

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Nicolae Ceaușescu is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list Famous Writers from Romania
Died at 71 (1918-1989) Nicolae Ceaușescu was a Romanian Communist politician. He was General Secretary of the Romanian Communist Party from 1965 to 1989, and as such was the country's second and last Communist leader. ...more

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Dragoș Bucur is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list Famous Writers from Romania
age 41 Dragoş Bucur is a Romanian actor, ambassador for the program Youth of the Move involved by the European Commission, and TV presenter for the show Extreme Makeover: Home Edition\ Visuri la cheie ...more

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Florin Şerban is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list Famous Writers from Romania
age 43 Florin Șerban is a Romanian film director whose film If I Want to Whistle, I Whistle won the Jury Grand Prix and the Alfred Bauer Prize at the 2010 Berlin Film festival. The film was also ...more

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Constantin Brâncuși is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list Famous Writers from Romania
Died at 81 (1876-1957) Constantin Brâncuși was a Romanian sculptor, painter and photographer who made his career in France. Considered a pioneer of modernism, one of the most influential sculptors of the ...more

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Alexandru Macedonski is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list Famous Writers from Romania
Died at 66 (1854-1920) Alexandru Macedonski was a Wallachian-born Romanian poet, novelist, dramatist and literary critic, known especially for having promoted French Symbolism in his native country, and for leading ...more

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Jean Aurel is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list Famous Writers from Romania
Died at 71 (1925-1996) Jean Aurel was a French film director and scriptwriter.

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Dan Pița is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list Famous Writers from Romania
Dan Pița age 80 Dan Pița is a Romanian film director and screenwriter.

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Mircea Daneliuc is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list Famous Writers from Romania
age 75 Mircea Daneliuc is a film director, screenwriter and actor.

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Károly Kós is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list Famous Writers from Romania
Died at 94 (1883-1977) Károly Kós was a Hungarian architect, writer, illustrator, ethnologist and politician of Austria-Hungary and Romania.

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Gherasim Luca is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list Famous Writers from Romania
Died at 81 (1913-1994) Gherasim Luca was a French-speaking Surrealist theorist and poet. Born in Romania, he regarded himself as an apatrid. His entire post-Second World War work is written in French. He is frequently ...more

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Simion Bărnuțiu is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list Famous Writers from Romania
Died at 56 (1808-1864) Simion Bărnuțiu was a Transylvanian-born Romanian historian, academic, philosopher, jurist, and liberal politician. A leader of the 1848 revolutionary movement of Transylvanian Romanians, he ...more

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Arthur Caesar is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list Famous Writers from Romania
Died at 61 (1892-1953) Arthur Caesar was a screenwriter. Romanian by birth, and brother of the songwriter Irving Caesar, Caesar first started writing Hollywood movies in 1924. Most of his movies were in the B-movie ...more

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Emil Cioran is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list Famous Writers from Romania
Died at 84 (1911-1995) Emil Michel Cioran was a Romanian philosopher and essayist, who published works in both Romanian and French. Cioran was born in Rășinari, Sibiu County, which was part of Austria-Hungary at the ...more

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Marin Preda is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list Famous Writers from Romania
Marin Preda Died at 58 (1922-1980) Marin Preda was a Romanian novelist, one of the best-known post-WWII Romanian writers. Preda was born in Teleorman county, in a village called Siliştea-Gumeşti, into a family of peasants. He ...more

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Camil Petrescu is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list Famous Writers from Romania
Died at 63 (1894-1957) Camil Petrescu was a Romanian playwright, novelist, philosopher and poet. He marked the end of the traditional novel era and laid the foundation of the modern novel era.