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

List is made up of many different writers, including Javier Rebollo and Antonio Onetti.

This list answers the questions, "Who are popular Spanish writers?" and "Which writers are from Spain?"

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

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Federico García Lorca is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous Writers from Spain
Died at 38 (1898-1936) Federico del Sagrado Corazón de Jesús García Lorca, known as Federico García Lorca was a Spanish poet, playwright, and theatre director. García Lorca achieved ...more

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Miguel de Cervantes is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous Writers from Spain
Died at 69 (1547-1616) Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra, often known mononymously as Cervantes, was a Spanish novelist, poet, and playwright. His magnum opus, Don Quixote, considered to be the first modern European novel, ...more

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Pedro Calderón de la Barca is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous Writers from Spain
Died at 81 (1600-1681) Pedro Calderón de la Barca y Barreda González de Henao Ruiz de Blasco y Riaño, usually referred as Pedro Calderón de la Barca, was a dramatist, poet and writer of the ...more

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Benito Pérez Galdós is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous Writers from Spain
Died at 77 (1843-1920) Benito Pérez Galdós was a Spanish realist novelist. Some authorities consider him second only to Cervantes in stature as a Spanish novelist. He was the leading literary figure in ...more

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Arturo Pérez-Reverte is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous Writers from Spain
age 67 Arturo Pérez-Reverte Gutiérrez is a Spanish novelist and journalist. His first novel, El húsar, set in the Napoleonic Wars, was released in 1986. He is well known outside ...more

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Jesús Franco is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous Writers from Spain
Died at 83 (1930-2013) Jesús "Jess" Franco was a Spanish film director, writer, composer, cinematographer and actor. Franco started out in 1954 as an assistant director in the Spanish film industry, ...more

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Juan Ramón Jiménez is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous Writers from Spain
Died at 77 (1881-1958) Juan Ramón Jiménez Mantecón was a Spanish poet, a prolific writer who received the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1956 "for his lyrical poetry, which in the Spanish ...more

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José Ortega y Gasset is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous Writers from Spain
Died at 72 (1883-1955) José Ortega y Gasset was a Spanish liberal philosopher and essayist working during the first half of the 20th century while Spain oscillated between monarchy, republicanism and ...more

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Javier Marías is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Famous Writers from Spain
age 67 Javier Marías is a Spanish novelist, translator, and columnist.

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Francisco de Quevedo is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Famous Writers from Spain
Died at 65 (1580-1645) Francisco Gómez de Quevedo y Santibáñez Villegas was a Spanish nobleman, politician and writer of the Baroque era. Along with his lifelong rival, Luis de Góngora, ...more

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Antonio Machado is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Famous Writers from Spain
Died at 64 (1875-1939) Antonio Machado, in full Antonio Cipriano José María y Francisco de Santa Ana Machado y Ruiz, was a Spanish poet and one of the leading figures of the Spanish literary movement ...more

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Gustavo Adolfo Bécquer is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Famous Writers from Spain
Died at 34 (1836-1870) Gustavo Adolfo Claudio Domínguez Bastida, better known as Gustavo Adolfo Bécquer, was a Spanish post-romanticist poet and writer, also a playwright, literary columnist, and ...more

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Miguel de Unamuno is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Famous Writers from Spain
Died at 72 (1864-1936) Miguel de Unamuno y Jugo was a Spanish essayist, novelist, poet, playwright, philosopher, and Greek professor and later rector at the University of Salamanca. His major philosophical essay was ...more

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Jacinto Benavente is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Famous Writers from Spain
Died at 88 (1866-1954) Jacinto Benavente y Martínez was one of the foremost Spanish dramatists of the 20th century. He was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1922 "for the happy manner in which he ...more

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Julio Llamazares is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Famous Writers from Spain
Julio Llamazares age 63 Julio Llamazares is a Spanish author born in Vegamián, León Province. He is a law graduate but left law for journalism including radio and TV and literature. His first works were ...more

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Rosa Montero is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Famous Writers from Spain
age 67 Rosa Montero is an award-winning journalist for the Spanish newspaper El País and an author of contemporary fiction.

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Enrique Vila-Matas is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Famous Writers from Spain
Enrique Vila-Matas age 70 Enrique Vila-Matas is a Spanish novelist who has had a long and outstanding literary career and is one of the most prestigious and original writers in contemporary Spanish fiction. He is the ...more

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Camilo José Cela is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Famous Writers from Spain
Died at 86 (1916-2002) Camilo José Cela y Trulock, 1st Marquis of Iria Flavia was a Spanish novelist, short story writer and essayist associated with the Generation of '36 movement. He was awarded the 1989 ...more

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Louis de Funès is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Famous Writers from Spain
Died at 69 (1914-1983) Louis de Funès, born Louis Germain David de Funès de Galarza, was a popular French actor of Spanish origin and one of the giants of French comedy alongside André Bourvil and ...more

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Quim Monzó is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Famous Writers from Spain
age 66 Joaquim Monzó i Gómez, also known as Quim Monzó, is a contemporary Spanish writer of novels, short stories and discursive prose, mostly in Catalan. In the early 1970s, ...more

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Lope de Vega is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Famous Writers from Spain
Died at 73 (1562-1635) Félix Lope de Vega y Carpio was a Spanish playwright and poet. He was one of the key figures in the Spanish Golden Century of Baroque literature. His reputation in the world of Spanish ...more

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Antonio Muñoz Molina is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Famous Writers from Spain
Antonio Muñoz Molina age 62 Antonio Muñoz Molina is a Spanish writer and, since 8 June 1995, a full member of the Royal Spanish Academy. In 2013 he received the Prince of Asturias Award for literature.

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Plácido Domingo is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Famous Writers from Spain
age 77 José Plácido Domingo Embil, known as Plácido Domingo, is a Spanish tenor, conductor and arts administrator. As of the end of 2013, he has sung 144 different roles. One of ...more

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José Echegaray is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Famous Writers from Spain
Died at 84 (1832-1916) José Echegaray y Eizaguirre was a Spanish civil engineer, mathematician, statesman, and one of the leading Spanish dramatists of the last quarter of the 19th century. He was awarded the ...more

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Pedro Antonio de Alarcón is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Famous Writers from Spain
Died at 58 (1833-1891) Pedro Antonio de Alarcón y Ariza was a nineteenth-century Spanish novelist, author of the novel El Sombrero de Tres Picos. The story is an adaptation of a popular tradition and provides a ...more