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Famous Writers from Romania

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.

List features Gabriel Liiceanu, Virgil Madgearu and more.

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.
  • 1
    Dec. at 69 (1813-1883)

    BirthplaceLeipzig, Germany


    WorksTannhäuser, Richard to Minna Wagner, Götterdämmerung, Lohengrin, Parsifal

    Richard Wagner is a film score composer.  ...more

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  • 2
    Dec. at 79 (1907-1986)

    BirthplaceBucharest, Romania

    NationalityUnited States of America, Romania

    WorksThe Bengali Night, Le Sacré et le Profane, Bengal nights, At the Gypsies, Die großen Mythen der Menschheit

    Mircea Eliade (Romanian: [ˈmirt͡ʃe̯a eliˈade]; March 9 [O.S. February 24] 1907 – April 22, 1986) was a Romanian historian of religion, fiction writer, philosopher, and professor at the University of  ...more
  • 3

    BirthplaceSighetu Marmației, Romania

    NationalityUnited States of America, Romania

    WorksNight, The Night Trilogy, Zalmen or the Madness of God, Wise Men and Their Tales, The Jews of silence

    Eliezer Wiesel (, Hebrew: אֱלִיעֶזֶר וִיזֶל‎ ʾĔlîʿezer Vîzel; September 30, 1928 – July 2, 2016) was a Romanian-born American writer, professor, political activist, Nobel Laureate, and Holocaust  ...more
  • 4
    Dec. at 86 (1902-1988)

    BirthplaceBucharest, Romania

    NationalityUnited States of America, United Kingdom, Romania

    WorksCitizen Kane, Jane Eyre, Entertainers and the entertained, Final dress, Front and center

    John Houseman (born Jacques Haussmann; September 22, 1902 – October 31, 1988) was a British-American-Romanian actor and producer who became known for his highly publicized collaboration with director  ...more
  • 5
    Dec. at 93 (1900-1993)

    BirthplaceSud-Vest, Craiova, Romania

    NationalityUnited States of America, Romania

    Jean Negulesco (born Ioan Negulescu; 29 February 1900 (O.S.) – 18 July 1993) was a Romanian-American film director and screenwriter.He was called "the first real master of CinemaScope".  ...more
  • 6

    BirthplaceMoldavia, Soroca

    NationalityUkraine, Romania

    WorksAmong Grey Stones, The Tuner, The Asthenic Syndrome, Melody for a Street Organ, Brief Encounters

    Kira Heorhiyivna Muratova (Ukrainian: Кіра Георгіївна Мура́това; née Korotkova, 5 November 1934 – 6 June 2018) was a Ukrainian award-winning film director, screenwriter and actress, known for her  ...more
  • 7

    BirthplaceBucharest, Romania

    NationalityFrance, Romania

    Marin Karmitz (born 7 October 1938) is a French businessman whose career has spanned the French film industry, including director, producer, film distributor, and operator of a chain of  ...more
  • 8
    Dec. at 84 (1909-1994)

    BirthplaceSlatina, Sud-Vest, Romania

    NationalityFrance, Romania

    WorksRhinoceros, The Seven Deadly Sins, Exit the King, The Bald Soprano, The Lesson

    Eugène Ionesco (born Eugen Ionescu, Romanian: [e.uˈd͡ʒen i.oˈnesku] (listen); 26 November 1909 – 28 March 1994) was a Romanian-French playwright who wrote mostly in French, and one of the foremost  ...more
  • 9
    Dec. at 95 (1894-1989)

    BirthplaceSibiu, Romania

    NationalityHungary, Austria-Hungary, Germany, Romania

    WorksWoman in the Moon, The Moon Car, Man Into Space, The Electric Spaceship, Primer for Those Who Would Govern

    Hermann Julius Oberth (German: [ˈhɛrman ˈjuːli̯ʊs ˈoːbɛrt]; 25 June 1894 – 28 December 1989) was an Austro-Hungarian-born German physicist and engineer. He is considered one of the founding fathers  ...more
  • 10

    BirthplaceNord-Est, Iași, Romania


    Works4 Months, 3 Weeks and 2 Days, Beyond the Hills, Tales from the Golden Age, Lost and Found - Six Glances of a Generation

    Cristian Mungiu (Romanian: [kristiˈan munˈd͡ʒi.u]; born 27 April 1968) is a Romanian filmmaker. He won the Palme d'Or at the 2007 Cannes Film Festival for his film 4 Months, 3 Weeks and 2 Days, which  ...more
  • 11
    Dec. at 67 (1896-1963)

    BirthplaceMoinești, Romania

    NationalityFrance, Romania

    WorksChanson Dada, L'antitête, vol. II: Minuits pour géants, L'antitête, vol. III: Le Désespéranto

    Tristan Tzara (French: [tʁistɑ̃ dzaʁa]; Romanian: [trisˈtan ˈt͡sara]; born Samuel or Samy Rosenstock, also known as S. Samyro; 16 April [O.S. 4 April] 1896 – 25 December 1963) was a Romanian and  ...more
  • 12
    Dec. at 65 (1895-1961)



    WorksVersuri (Cele mai frumoase poezii), Poems of light, Poezii, Gîndirea românească în Transilvania în secolul al XVIII-lea, Trilogia culturii

    Lucian Blaga (Romanian: [lut͡ʃiˈan ˈblaɡa] (listen); 9 May 1895 – 6 May 1961) was a Romanian philosopher, poet, playwright and novelist.  ...more
  • 13

    BirthplaceNițchidorf, Romania

    NationalityGermany, Romania

    WorksThe Fox Has Always Been The Hunter, Nadirs, The Appointment, The Land of Green Plums, The King Bows and Kills

    Herta Müller (born 17 August 1953) is a Romanian-born German novelist, poet, essayist and recipient of the 2009 Nobel Prize in Literature. Born in Nițchidorf, Timiș County in Romania, her native  ...more
  • 14

    BirthplaceUkraine, Tarutyne


    WorksToo Late, Last Stop Paradise, An Unforgettable Summer, The Oak, The Reenactment

    Lucian Pintilie (Romanian pronunciation: [lut͡ʃiˈan pintiˈli.e]; 9 November 1933 – 16 May 2018) was a Romanian film director and screenwriter.  ...more
  • 15

    BirthplaceSibiu, Romania

    NationalityUnited States of America, Romania

    WorksNew Orleans, Mon Amour: Twenty Years of Writings from the City, Road Scholar, Christopher Felver: The Importance of Being, Jealous witness

    Andrei Codrescu (Romanian pronunciation: [anˈdrej koˈdresku]; born December 20, 1946) is a Romanian-American poet, novelist, essayist, screenwriter, and commentator for National Public Radio. He was  ...more
  • 16
    Dec. at 83 (1914-1998)

    BirthplaceUkraine, Chernivtsi


    WorksThe death of my brother Abel, Geliebte Hochstaplerin, A Degree of Murder, Der Schwan, Der arbeitslose König

    Gregor von Rezzori (German pronunciation: [ʁɛˈtsoːʁi]; May 13, 1914 – April 23, 1998), born Gregor Arnulph Hilarius d'Arezzo, was an Austrian-born, Romanian, German-language novelist, memoirist,  ...more
  • 17

    János Mattis-Teutsch

    Dec. at 75 (1884-1960)

    BirthplaceSoutheast Europe, Europe, Transylvania, Brașov County, Brașov

    NationalityHungary, Austria-Hungary, Romania

    János Mattis-Teutsch or Máttis-Teutsch, Mátis-Teutsch (IPA: [ˈjaːnoʃ ˈmɒtːiʃ ˈtʰɔʏ̯t͡ʃ]; the most common Hungarian-language versions of his name, all of which have also been spelled without the  ...more
  • 18

    BirthplaceGăești, Romania


    WorksTraitė Du Naï Roumain: méthode de flûte de pan, Drum de spini și de glorii, Naiul - geneză, evoluție și semnificație, În inima întristată a barocului

    Gheorghe Zamfir (Romanian pronunciation: [ˈɡe̯orɡe zamˈfir] (listen); born April 6, 1941) is a Romanian nai (pan flute) musician. Zamfir is known for playing an expanded version of normally 20-pipe  ...more
  • 19

    BirthplaceNord-Est, Vaslui, Romania


    WorksPolice, Adjective, 12:08 East of Bucharest, Liviu's Dream, A Trip to the City

    Corneliu Porumboiu (Romanian pronunciation: [korˈnelju porumˈboju]; born 14 September 1975) is a Romanian film director and screenwriter. His 2006 feature 12:08 East of Bucharest won him the Caméra  ...more
  • 20
    Dec. at 88 (1895-1984)

    BirthplaceBucharest, Romania

    NationalityIsrael, Romania

    WorksMarcel Janco

    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
  • 21
    Dec. at 39 (1850-1889)

    BirthplaceBotoșani, Nord-Est, Romania


    WorksArticole şi traduceri, Scrieri de criticǎ teatralǎ, Puizii, Românii din afara granițelor țǎrii, Poesii

    Mihai Eminescu (Romanian pronunciation: [miˈhaj emiˈnesku] (listen); born Mihail Eminovici; 15 January 1850 – 15 June 1889) was a Romantic poet, novelist, and journalist, generally regarded as the  ...more
  • 22

    BirthplaceKula, Serbia

    NationalitySerbia, Romania

    WorksIf The Seed Doesn't Die, 9:06, Everyday God Kisses Us on the Mouth, The Pharaoh, Tuning

    Sinișa Dragin (Serbian: Siniša Dragin) is a Serbian-Romanian film director. In 2002, his movie Everyday God Kisses Us On The Mouth (In Fiecare Zi Dumnezeu Ne Saruta Pe Gura) won the 'Aleksandar Sasa  ...more
  • 23

    BirthplaceSoutheast Europe, Bucharest, Romania

    NationalityAustria, Romania

    WorksEnd-to-end fault containment in scalable shared-memory multiprocessors

  • 24
    Dec. at 54 (1901-1956)

    BirthplaceȘimleu Silvaniei, Romania

    NationalityHungary, Austria-Hungary, Romania


    Miklós Nyiszli (17 June 1901, Szilágysomlyó, Austria-Hungary – 5 May 1956, Oradea, Romania) was a Jewish prisoner at the Auschwitz concentration camp. Nyiszli, his wife, and young daughter, were  ...more
  • 25

    BirthplaceVoluntari, Romania


    WorksThe Way I Spent the End of the World, Loverboy, If I Want to Whistle, I Whistle, Trafic

    Cătălin Mitulescu (Romanian pronunciation: [kətəˈlin mituˈlesku]; born January 13, 1972 in Bucharest) is a Romanian film director. He graduated from the UNATC in Bucharest in 2001. He is best known  ...more