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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 L... is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous Writers from Spain
Dec. at 38 (1898-1936)

Birthplace: Fuente Vaqueros, Spain

Nationality: Spain

Works: The Open Balcony, Viaje a la luna, Blind Grace, Eto nachinalos tak..., Jerma, + more

Federico del Sagrado Corazón de Jesús García Lorca (Spanish pronunciation: [feðeˈɾiko ðel saˈɣɾaðo koɾaˈθon de xeˈsuz ɣaɾˈθi.a ˈloɾka]; 5 June 1898 – 19 August ...more

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Miguel de Cervantes is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous Writers from Spain
Dec. at 69 (1547-1616)

Birthplace: Alcalá de Henares, Spain

Nationality: Spain

Works: Don Quijote de la Mancha, Ḍāna Kvigjoṭa, El gallardo español, Spark Notes Don Quixote, Die Geschichtentruhe. Klassische Erzählungen, + more

Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra (; US: ; Spanish: [miˈɣel de θeɾˈβantes saaˈβeðɾa]; 29 September 1547 (assumed) – 22 April 1616 NS) was a Spanish writer who is widely regarded as the greatest ...more

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Pedro Calderón de... is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous Writers from Spain
Dec. at 81 (1600-1681)

Birthplace: Madrid, Spain

Nationality: Spain

Works: Andrómeda y Perseo, Fieras Afemina Amor, La nave del mercader, Six tales from Calderón, El divino Jasón, + more

Pedro Calderón de la Barca y Barreda González de Henao Ruiz de Blasco y Riaño (17 January 1600 – 25 May 1681), usually referred as Pedro Calderón de la Barca (UK: , ...more

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Benito Pérez Gald... is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous Writers from Spain
Dec. at 77 (1843-1920)

Birthplace: Las Palmas, Spain

Nationality: Spain

Works: The Grandfather, Un voluntario realista, Recuerdos y memorias, Napoleón en Chamartín, El tacano Salomon, + more

Benito Pérez Galdós (May 10, 1843 – January 4, 1920) was a Spanish realist novelist. Some authorities consider him second only to Cervantes in stature as a Spanish novelist. He was ...more
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Arturo Pérez-Reve... is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous Writers from Spain
Age: 68

Birthplace: Cartagena, Spain, Spain

Nationality: Spain

Works: Comanche Territory, The Fencing Master, The Club Dumas, La Tabla De Flandes, The Painter of Battles, + more

Arturo Pérez-Reverte Gutiérrez (born 25 November 1951 in Cartagena) is a Spanish novelist and journalist. He worked as a war correspondent for RTVE and was a war correspondent for ...more
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Jesús Franco is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous Writers from Spain
Dec. at 83 (1930-2013)

Birthplace: Madrid, Spain

Nationality: Spain

Works: Venus in Furs, Vampyros Lesbos, Zombie Lake, Oasis of the Zombies, Female Vampire, + more

Jesús Franco (born Jesús Franco Manera; 12 May 1930 – 2 April 2013) was a Spanish filmmaker, composer, and actor, best known for his stylish exploitation films, directing around
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Juan Ramón Jim&ea... is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous Writers from Spain
Dec. at 77 (1881-1958)

Birthplace: Moguer, Spain

Nationality: Spain

Works: Cancion, Piedra y Cielo, Poesía (en verso), Tres poemas, Three hundred poems, + more

Juan Ramón Jiménez Mantecón (23 December 1881 – 29 May 1958) was a Spanish poet, a prolific writer who received the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1956 "for his lyrical ...more

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José Ortega y Gas... is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous Writers from Spain
Dec. at 72 (1883-1955)

Birthplace: Madrid, Spain

Nationality: Spain

Works: The Revolt of the Masses, Stern und unstern, Escritos políticos, Unas lecciones de metafísica, Personas, + more

José Ortega y Gasset (Spanish: [xoˈse oɾˈteɣa i ɣaˈset]; 9 May 1883 – 18 October 1955) was a Spanish philosopher and essayist. He worked during the first half of the 20th century, while ...more
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Javier Marías is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Famous Writers from Spain
Age: 68

Birthplace: Madrid, Spain

Nationality: Spain

Works: Your Face Tomorrow Volume 1: Fever and Spear, A Heart So White, Tomorrow in the Battle Think on Me, El hombre sentimental, Demasiada nieve alrededor, + more

Javier Marías (born 20 September 1951) is a Spanish novelist, translator, and columnist. He is one of Spain's most celebrated novelists, and his work has been translated into 42
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Francisco de Quevedo is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Famous Writers from Spain
Dec. at 65 (1580-1645)

Birthplace: Madrid, Spain

Nationality: Spain

Works: El Buscón, Sonetos de, Vida de Marco Bruto, Obras jocosas, Los suenos, + more

Francisco Gómez de Quevedo y Santibáñez Villegas, KOS (Spanish pronunciation: [fɾanˈθisko ðe keˈβeðo]; 14 September 1580 – 8 September 1645) was a Spanish nobleman, ...more
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Antonio Machado is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Famous Writers from Spain
Dec. at 64 (1875-1939)

Birthplace: Seville, Spain

Nationality: Spain

Works: Páginas escogidas, Antologia Apocrifa, Border of a dream, Poesías escogidas, Valencia a Machado, + more

Antonio Machado, in full Antonio Cipriano José María y Francisco de Santa Ana Machado y Ruiz (26 July 1875 – 22 February 1939), was a Spanish poet and one of the leading figures of ...more
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Gustavo Adolfo Bé... is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Famous Writers from Spain
Dec. at 34 (1836-1870)

Birthplace: Seville, Spain

Nationality: Spain

Works: Obras de Gustavo A. Becquer, Clasicos de Amor, Siete leyendas y una carta, Obras de Becquer in 2 Volumes, The poems of Gustavo Adolfo Bécquer, + more

Gustavo Adolfo Claudio Domínguez Bastida, better known as Gustavo Adolfo Bécquer (February 17, 1836, Seville – December 22, 1870, Madrid), was a Spanish Romanticist poet and writer ...more
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Miguel de Unamuno is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Famous Writers from Spain
Dec. at 72 (1864-1936)

Birthplace: Bilbao, Spain

Nationality: Spain

Works: Tragic Sense of Life, Abel Sánchez: The History of a Passion, La Vida Literaria, San Manuel Bueno, Mártir, + more

Miguel de Unamuno y Jugo (29 September 1864 – 31 December 1936) was a Spanish essayist, novelist, poet, playwright, philosopher, professor of Greek and Classics, and later rector at the ...more
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Jacinto Benavente is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Famous Writers from Spain
Dec. at 88 (1866-1954)

Birthplace: Europe, Madrid, Madrid, Southern Europe, Madrid metropolitan area, + more

Nationality: Spain

Works: Campo de armiño, El alfiler en la boca, Lecciones de buen amor, La honradez de la cerradura, Ha llegado Don Juan, + more

Jacinto Benavente y Martínez (12 August 1866 – 14 July 1954) was one of the foremost Spanish dramatists of the 20th century. He was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1922 ...more
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Julio Llamazares is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Famous Writers from Spain
Julio Llamazares Age: 64

Birthplace: Castile and León, Spain

Nationality: Spain

Works: Flowers from Another World, El Rio Del Olvido, La lluvia amarilla, En babia, Escenas de cine mudo, + more

Julio Llamazares (born March 28, 1955) is a Spanish author born in Vegamián, León Province.
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Rosa Montero is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Famous Writers from Spain
Age: 68

Birthplace: Madrid, Spain

Nationality: Spain

Works: La Funcion Delta, Historias de mujeres, Pasiones\/passions, The delta function =, Cronica del Desamor, + more

Rosa Montero Gayo (Spanish pronunciation: [ˈrosa monˈteɾo 'gaʝo]; born 3 January 1951 in Madrid) is a Spanish journalist and 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: 71

Birthplace: Barcelona, Spain

Nationality: Spain

Works: Doctor Pasavento, Al sur de los párpados, Montano, LA Asesina Ilustrada, Une maison pour toujours, + more

Enrique Vila-Matas (born March 31, 1948 in Barcelona) is a Spanish author. He has written several award-winning books that mix genres and have been translated into more than thirty languages. He ...more
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Camilo José Cela ... is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Famous Writers from Spain
Dec. at 86 (1916-2002)

Birthplace: Iria Flavia

Nationality: Spain

Works: The Family of Pascual Duarte, The Hive, Maria Sabina - Con CD, LOVELESS FABLES, El Gallego y Su Cuadrilla, + more

Camilo José Cela y Trulock, 1st Marquis of Iria Flavia (Spanish: [kamilo xoˈse ˈθela]; 11 May 1916 – 17 January 2002) was a Spanish novelist, poet, story writer and essayist associated ...more
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Louis de Funès is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Famous Writers from Spain
Dec. at 69 (1914-1983)

Birthplace: France, Courbevoie

Nationality: France

Works: The Big Restaurant, Hibernatus, Oscar, Le gendarme et les extra-terrestres, La Soupe aux choux, + more

Louis Germain David de Funès de Galarza (French pronunciation: ​[lwi də fy.nɛs]; 31 July 1914 – 27 January 1983) was a French actor and comedian. According to several polls conducted ...more
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Quim Monzó is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Famous Writers from Spain
Age: 67

Birthplace: Europe, Catalonia, Province of Barcelona, Southern Europe, Spain, + more

Nationality: Spain

Works: Jamón Jamón, El Porque de las Cosas, Der Grund der Dinge, O'clock, Ochenta y Seis Cuentos, + more

Joaquim Monzó i Gómez, also known as Quim Monzó (Catalan pronunciation: [ˈkim munˈso]) (born 24 March 1952 in Barcelona, Catalonia, Spain), is a contemporary Spanish writer ...more
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Lope de Vega is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Famous Writers from Spain
Dec. at 73 (1562-1635)

Birthplace: Madrid, Spain

Nationality: Spain

Works: Fuenteovejuna, Viuda, Casada Y Doncella, Duchess of Amalfi's Steward, Madness in Valencia & Peribanez, + more

Lope Félix de Vega y Carpio ( LOH-pay dee VAY-gə, Spanish: [ˈlope ˈfeliɣz ðe ˈβeɣa i ˈkaɾpjo]; 25 November 1562 – 27 August 1635) was a Spanish playwright, poet, novelist and marine. ...more

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Antonio Muñoz Mol... is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Famous Writers from Spain
Antonio Muñoz Molina Age: 63

Birthplace: Úbeda, Spain

Nationality: Spain

Works: Die Augen eines Mörders, Carlotas Liebhaber, Deckname Beltenebros, La Colina De Los Sacrificios, En Ausencia de Blanca, + more

Antonio Muñoz Molina (born 10 January 1956) 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
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Plácido Domingo ... is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Famous Writers from Spain
Age: 78

Birthplace: Retiro

Nationality: Spain

Works: My operatic roles, Placido, Placido Domingo, Grecia 22 Cultura Y Religion En La Grecia Arcaica/ Greece 22 Culture and Religion in Arcaica Greece, Grecia 27 Civil, + more

José Plácido Domingo Embil (born 21 January 1941) is a Spanish opera singer, conductor and arts administrator. He has recorded over a hundred complete operas and is well known for ...more

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José Echegaray is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Famous Writers from Spain
Dec. at 84 (1832-1916)

Birthplace: Madrid, Spain

Nationality: Spain

Works: The son of Don Juan, The great Galeoto, Mariana

José Echegaray y Eizaguirre (19 April 1832 – 4 September 1916) was a Spanish civil engineer, mathematician, statesman, and one of the leading Spanish dramatists of the last quarter of the ...more

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Pedro Antonio de Alarc&o... is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Famous Writers from Spain
Dec. at 58 (1833-1891)

Birthplace: Guadix, Spain

Nationality: Spain

Works: The scandal, Tales from the Spanish, El clavo, Historietas Nacionales, The three cornered hat, + more

Pedro Antonio de Alarcón y Ariza (10 March 1833 – 19 July 1891) was a nineteenth-century Spanish novelist, best known for his novel El sombrero de tres picos (1874), an adaptation of a ...more