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Famous Writers from Spain

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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 Lorca1

    Federico García Lorca

    Dec. at 38 (1898-1936)

    BirthplaceFuente Vaqueros, Spain

    NationalitySpain

    WorksThe Open Balcony, Viaje a la luna, Blind Grace, Eto nachinalos tak..., Jerma

    Federico del Sagrado Corazón de Jesús García Lorca (Spanish pronunciation: [feðeˈɾiko ðel...  more
  • Miguel de Cervantes2

    Miguel de Cervantes

    Dec. at 69 (1547-1616)

    BirthplaceAlcalá de Henares, Spain

    NationalitySpain

    WorksDon Quijote de la Mancha, Ḍāna Kvigjoṭa, El gallardo español, Spark Notes Don Quixote, Die Geschichtentruhe. Klassische Erzählungen

    Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra (; US: ; Spanish: [miˈɣel de θeɾˈβantes saaˈβeðɾa]; 29 September...  more

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    #217 of 2,443 The Most Influential People of All Time#12 of 303 The Best Novelists of All Time

  • Pedro Calderón de la Barca3

    Pedro Calderón de la Barca

    Dec. at 81 (1600-1681)

    BirthplaceMadrid, Spain

    NationalitySpain

    WorksAndrómeda y Perseo, Fieras Afemina Amor, La nave del mercader, Six tales from Calderón, El divino Jasón

    Pedro Calderón de la Barca y Barreda González de Henao Ruiz de Blasco y Riaño (17 January 1600...  more
  • Benito Pérez Galdós4

    Benito Pérez Galdós

    Dec. at 77 (1843-1920)

    BirthplaceLas Palmas, Spain

    NationalitySpain

    WorksThe Grandfather, Un voluntario realista, Recuerdos y memorias, Napoleón en Chamartín, El tacano Salomon

    Benito Pérez Galdós (May 10, 1843 – January 4, 1920) was a Spanish realist novelist. Some...  more
  • Arturo Pérez-Reverte5

    BirthplaceCartagena, Spain, Spain

    NationalitySpain

    WorksComanche Territory, The Fencing Master, The Club Dumas, La Tabla De Flandes, The Painter of Battles

    Arturo Pérez-Reverte Gutiérrez (born 25 November 1951 in Cartagena) is a Spanish novelist and...  more
  • Jesús Franco6

    Jesús Franco

    Dec. at 83 (1930-2013)

    BirthplaceMadrid, Spain

    NationalitySpain

    WorksVenus in Furs, Vampyros Lesbos, Zombie Lake, Oasis of the Zombies, Female Vampire

    Jesús Franco (born Jesús Franco Manera; 12 May 1930 – 2 April 2013) was a Spanish filmmaker,...  more
  • Juan Ramón Jiménez7

    Juan Ramón Jiménez

    Dec. at 77 (1881-1958)

    BirthplaceMoguer, Spain

    NationalitySpain

    WorksCancion, Piedra y Cielo, Poesía (en verso), Tres poemas, Three hundred poems

    Juan Ramón Jiménez Mantecón (23 December 1881 – 29 May 1958) was a Spanish poet, a prolific...  more
  • José Ortega y Gasset8

    José Ortega y Gasset

    Dec. at 72 (1883-1955)

    BirthplaceMadrid, Spain

    NationalitySpain

    WorksThe Revolt of the Masses, Stern und unstern, Escritos políticos, Unas lecciones de metafísica, Personas

    José Ortega y Gasset (Spanish: [xoˈse oɾˈteɣa i ɣaˈset]; 9 May 1883 – 18 October 1955) was a...  more
  • Javier Marías9

    BirthplaceMadrid, Spain

    NationalitySpain

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

    Javier Marías (born 20 September 1951) is a Spanish novelist, translator, and columnist. He is...  more
  • Francisco de Quevedo10

    Francisco de Quevedo

    Dec. at 65 (1580-1645)

    BirthplaceMadrid, Spain

    NationalitySpain

    WorksEl Buscón, Sonetos de, Vida de Marco Bruto, Obras jocosas, Los suenos

    Francisco Gómez de Quevedo y Santibáñez Villegas, KOS (Spanish pronunciation: [fɾanˈθisko ðe...  more
  • Antonio Machado11

    Antonio Machado

    Dec. at 64 (1875-1939)

    BirthplaceSeville, Spain

    NationalitySpain

    WorksPáginas escogidas, Antologia Apocrifa, Border of a dream, Poesías escogidas, Valencia a Machado

    Antonio Machado, in full Antonio Cipriano José María y Francisco de Santa Ana Machado y Ruiz...  more
  • Gustavo Adolfo Bécquer12

    Gustavo Adolfo Bécquer

    Dec. at 34 (1836-1870)

    BirthplaceSeville, Spain

    NationalitySpain

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

    Gustavo Adolfo Claudio Domínguez Bastida, better known as Gustavo Adolfo Bécquer (February...  more
  • Miguel de Unamuno13

    Miguel de Unamuno

    Dec. at 72 (1864-1936)

    BirthplaceBilbao, Spain

    NationalitySpain

    WorksTragic Sense of Life, Abel Sánchez: The History of a Passion, La Vida Literaria, San Manuel Bueno, Mártir

    Miguel de Unamuno y Jugo (29 September 1864 – 31 December 1936) was a Spanish essayist,...  more
  • Jacinto Benavente14

    Jacinto Benavente

    Dec. at 88 (1866-1954)

    BirthplaceEurope, Madrid, Madrid, Southern Europe, Madrid metropolitan area

    NationalitySpain

    WorksCampo de armiño, El alfiler en la boca, Lecciones de buen amor, La honradez de la cerradura, Ha llegado Don Juan

    Jacinto Benavente y Martínez (12 August 1866 – 14 July 1954) was one of the foremost Spanish...  more
  • Julio Llamazares15

    Julio Llamazares

    Age: 64

    BirthplaceCastile and León, Spain

    NationalitySpain

    WorksFlowers from Another World, El Rio Del Olvido, La lluvia amarilla, En babia, Escenas de cine mudo

    Julio Llamazares (born March 28, 1955) is a Spanish author born in Vegamián, León Province....  more
  • Rosa Montero16

    BirthplaceMadrid, Spain

    NationalitySpain

    WorksLa Funcion Delta, Historias de mujeres, Pasiones\/passions, The delta function =, Cronica del Desamor

    Rosa Montero Gayo (Spanish pronunciation: [ˈrosa monˈteɾo 'gaʝo]; born 3 January 1951 in...  more
  • Enrique Vila-Matas17

    Enrique Vila-Matas

    Age: 71

    BirthplaceBarcelona, Spain

    NationalitySpain

    WorksDoctor Pasavento, Al sur de los párpados, Montano, LA Asesina Ilustrada, Une maison pour toujours

    Enrique Vila-Matas (born March 31, 1948 in Barcelona) is a Spanish author. He has written...  more
  • Camilo José Cela18

    Camilo José Cela

    Dec. at 86 (1916-2002)

    BirthplaceIria Flavia

    NationalitySpain

    WorksThe Family of Pascual Duarte, The Hive, Maria Sabina - Con CD, LOVELESS FABLES, El Gallego y Su Cuadrilla

    Camilo José Cela y Trulock, 1st Marquis of Iria Flavia (Spanish: [kamilo xoˈse ˈθela]; 11 May...  more
  • Louis de Funès19

    Louis de Funès

    Dec. at 69 (1914-1983)

    BirthplaceFrance, Courbevoie

    NationalityFrance

    WorksThe Big Restaurant, Hibernatus, Oscar, Le gendarme et les extra-terrestres, La Soupe aux choux

    Louis Germain David de Funès de Galarza (French pronunciation: ​[lwi də fy.nɛs]; 31 July 1914...  more
  • Quim Monzó20

    BirthplaceEurope, Catalonia, Province of Barcelona, Southern Europe, Spain

    NationalitySpain

    WorksJamón Jamón, El Porque de las Cosas, Der Grund der Dinge, O'clock, Ochenta y Seis Cuentos

    Joaquim Monzó i Gómez, also known as Quim Monzó (Catalan pronunciation: [ˈkim munˈso]) (born...  more
  • Lope de Vega21

    Lope de Vega

    Dec. at 73 (1562-1635)

    BirthplaceMadrid, Spain

    NationalitySpain

    WorksFuenteovejuna, Viuda, Casada Y Doncella, Duchess of Amalfi's Steward, Madness in Valencia & Peribanez

    Lope Félix de Vega y Carpio ( LOH-pay dee VAY-gə, Spanish: [ˈlope ˈfeliɣz ðe ˈβeɣa i...  more

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    #228 of 1,172 The Best Writers of All Time#541 of 1,355 The Greatest Minds of All Time

  • Antonio Muñoz Molina22

    Antonio Muñoz Molina

    Age: 63

    BirthplaceÚbeda, Spain

    NationalitySpain

    WorksDie Augen eines Mörders, Carlotas Liebhaber, Deckname Beltenebros, La Colina De Los Sacrificios, En Ausencia de Blanca

    Antonio Muñoz Molina (born 10 January 1956) is a Spanish writer and, since 8 June 1995, a full...  more
  • Plácido Domingo23

    BirthplaceRetiro

    NationalitySpain

    WorksMy 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

    José Plácido Domingo Embil (born 21 January 1941) is a Spanish opera singer, conductor and...  more

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    #250 of 269 The Most Trustworthy Celebrities in the World#394 of 739 The Best Singers of All Time

  • José Echegaray24

    José Echegaray

    Dec. at 84 (1832-1916)

    BirthplaceMadrid, Spain

    NationalitySpain

    WorksThe son of Don Juan, The great Galeoto, Mariana

    José Echegaray y Eizaguirre (19 April 1832 – 4 September 1916) was a Spanish civil engineer,...  more
  • Pedro Antonio de Alarcón25

    Pedro Antonio de Alarcón

    Dec. at 58 (1833-1891)

    BirthplaceGuadix, Spain

    NationalitySpain

    WorksThe scandal, Tales from the Spanish, El clavo, Historietas Nacionales, The three cornered hat

    Pedro Antonio de Alarcón y Ariza (10 March 1833 – 19 July 1891) was a nineteenth-century...  more