Writers Famous Writers from Uruguay

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

This list features writers like Magdalena Helguera and Manuel Bernárdez.

This list answers the questions, "Who are popular Uruguayan writers?" and "Which writers are from Uruguay?"

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

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Daniel Hendler is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous Writers from Uruguay
age 42 Daniel Hendler is a film director and producer, and an actor.

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Eduardo Galeano is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous Writers from Uruguay
age 78 Eduardo Hughes Galeano was a Uruguayan journalist, writer and novelist considered, among other things, "global soccer's pre-eminent man of letters" and "a literary giant of the ...more

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Juan Carlos Onetti is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous Writers from Uruguay
Died at 85 (1909-1994) Juan Carlos Onetti was an Uruguayan novelist and author of short stories.

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Mario Benedetti is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous Writers from Uruguay
Died at 89 (1920-2009) Mario Orlando Hardy Hamlet Brenno Benedetti Farrugia, known as Mario Benedetti, was an Uruguayan journalist, novelist, and poet as well as being an integral member of the Generación del ...more

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Horacio Quiroga is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous Writers from Uruguay
Died at 59 (1878-1937) Horacio Silvestre Quiroga Forteza was an Uruguayan playwright, poet, and short story writer. He wrote stories which, in their jungle settings, use the supernatural and the bizarre to show the ...more

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Adrián Caetano is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous Writers from Uruguay
age 49 Israel Adrián Caetano is an Uruguayan-Argentine film director, producer and screenplay writer.

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Rodrigo Plá is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous Writers from Uruguay
Rodrigo Plá age 50 Rodrigo Plá is a Uruguayan screenwriter and director. He is best known for his 2007 film La Zona. Plá studied photography, screenwriting and direction at the Centro de capacitacion ...more

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Jules Supervielle is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous Writers from Uruguay
Died at 76 (1884-1960) Jules Supervielle was a French poet and writer born in Uruguay. Jules Supervielle always kept away from Surrealism which was dominant in the first half of the twentieth century. Eager to propose ...more

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Pablo Stoll is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Famous Writers from Uruguay
age 44 Pablo Stoll is a Uruguayan film director and screenwriter. He attended the Catholic University of Uruguay where he studied Social communication, it was here that he started to direct short films ...more

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Juan Pablo Rebella is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Famous Writers from Uruguay
Died at 32 (1974-2006) Juan Pablo Rebella was an Uruguayan film director and screenwriter.

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Daniel Chavarria is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Famous Writers from Uruguay
age 85 Daniel Chavarria is a Uruguayan revolutionary and writer, living in Cuba.

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Mario Gas is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Famous Writers from Uruguay
age 71 Mario Gas Cabré is a Spanish actor and director. and winner of a Goya Award. Born in Montevideo, Uruguay, on February 15, 1947 while his actor parents were on tour he has Uruguayan ...more

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Ricardo Islas is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Famous Writers from Uruguay
age 49 Ricardo Islas is a film director.

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Cristina Peri Rossi is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Famous Writers from Uruguay
age 77 Cristina Peri Rossi is a Uruguayan novelist, poet, translator, and author of short stories. Considered a leading light of the post-1960s period of prominence of the Latin-American novel, she has ...more

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Federico Veiroj is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Famous Writers from Uruguay
age 42 Federico Veiroj is a film director, film producer, screenwriter,actor and film editor.

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Joaquín Torres García is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Famous Writers from Uruguay
Joaquín Torres García Died at 75 (1874-1949) Joaquín Torres García, was a Catalan Uruguayan artist, considered as the father of Latin American Constructivism. He is also known for his collaboration with Gaudi creating the ...more

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Antonio Frasconi is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Famous Writers from Uruguay
Died at 94 (1919-2013) Antonio Frasconi was an Uruguayan - American visual artist, best known for his woodcuts. He was naturalized in Uruguay from an early age and lived in the United States since 1945.

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Isabel Pisano is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Famous Writers from Uruguay
age 74 Isabel Pisano, Uruguayan actress and journalist that has lived in several countries.

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Alfredo Zitarrosa is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Famous Writers from Uruguay
Died at 53 (1936-1989) Alfredo Zitarrosa was a Uruguayan singer-songwriter, poet and journalist. He specialized in Uruguayan and Angentinean folk genres such as zamba and milonga, and he became a chief figure in the ...more

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Alicia Cano is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Famous Writers from Uruguay
age 36 Alicia Cano is a film director, film producer and screenwriter.

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Gustavo Riet is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Famous Writers from Uruguay
Gustavo Riet age 42 Gustavo Riet is a film director, editor and screenwriter.

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Carmen Posadas is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Famous Writers from Uruguay
age 65 Carmen Posadas is a prize-winning Uruguay-Spanish author of books for children. She also writes for film and television.

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Enrique Amorim is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Famous Writers from Uruguay
Died at 60 (1900-1960) Enrique Amorim was a Uruguayan novelist and writer, best known for his story Las quitanderas whose plot centres on rural prostitution; also known for his left-wing politics. Born in Salto, ...more

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Álvaro Brechner is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Famous Writers from Uruguay
Álvaro Brechner age 42 Álvaro Brechner is a film director, writer and film producer. His debut feature film, Bad day to go fishing has been exhibited in several prestigious festivals such as Critics Week of ...more

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Aldo Garay is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Famous Writers from Uruguay
Aldo Garay age 49 Aldo Garay is a film director, film producer and screenwriter.

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Gonzalo Delgado is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list Famous Writers from Uruguay
Gonzalo Delgado age 43 Gonzalo Delgado is a production designer.

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Jacobo Langsner is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list Famous Writers from Uruguay
Jacobo Langsner age 91 Jacobo Langsner is a writer, playwright and screenwriter.

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Fede Alvarez is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list Famous Writers from Uruguay
Fede Alvarez age 40 Fede Alvarez is a film director, screenwriter, and film editor.

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Ana Guevara is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list Famous Writers from Uruguay
Ana Guevara age 38 Ana Guevara is a film director and screenwriter.

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Emir Rodríguez Monegal is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list Famous Writers from Uruguay
Died at 64 (1921-1985) Emir Rodríguez Monegal, born in Uruguay, was a scholar, literary critic, and editor of Latin American literature. From 1969 to 1985, Rodríguez Monegal was professor of Latin ...more

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Juana de Ibarbourou is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list Famous Writers from Uruguay
Juana de Ibarbourou Died at 87 (1892-1979) Juana Fernández Morales de Ibarbourou, also known as Juana de América, was a Uruguayan poet. She was one of the most popular poets of Spanish America. Her poetry, the earliest of ...more

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Enrique Fernández is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list Famous Writers from Uruguay
Enrique Fernández age 65 Enrique Fernández is a film director and screenwriter.

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Felisberto Hernández is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list Famous Writers from Uruguay
Felisberto Hernández Died at 62 (1902-1964) Felisberto Hernandez was an Uruguayan writer.

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Juan Zorrilla de San Martín is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list Famous Writers from Uruguay
Died at 76 (1855-1931) Juan Zorrilla de San Martín was a Catholic Uruguayan epic poet – he is referred to as the "National Poet of Uruguay" – and political figure .

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Delmira Agustini is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list Famous Writers from Uruguay
Died at 28 (1886-1914) Delmira Agustini, an Uruguayan poet, is considered one of the greatest female Latin American poets of the early 20th century.

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Circe Maia is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list Famous Writers from Uruguay
Circe Maia age 86 Circe Maia, is a Uruguayan poet, essayist, translator, and teacher.

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Manuel Bernárdez is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list Famous Writers from Uruguay
Died at 75 (1867-1942) Manuel Bernárdez was a Galician-born Uruguayan diplomat, poet, journalist, and editor, and is chiefly remembered as one of Uruguay's most important writers.

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Emilio Frugoni is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list Famous Writers from Uruguay
Died at 89 (1880-1969) Emilio Frugoni was a Uruguayan socialist politician, lawyer, poet, essayist, and journalist. He founded the Socialist Party of Uruguay in 1910 and was its first general secretary, as well as its ...more

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Florencio Sánchez is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list Famous Writers from Uruguay
Died at 35 (1875-1910) Florencio Sánchez was a Uruguayan playwright, journalist and political figure. He is considered one of the founding fathers of theater in the River Plate region of Argentina and Uruguay.

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Francisco Acuña de Figueroa is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list Famous Writers from Uruguay
Died at 72 (1790-1862) Francisco Esteban Acuña de Figueroa was an Uruguayan poet and writer. He was born in Montevideo, on September 3, 1791 and died on October 6, 1862. He was the son of the Treasurer of the ...more

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Jorge Medina Vidal is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list Famous Writers from Uruguay
age 93 Jorge Medina Vidal is a Uruguayan poet, educator and literary critic. He received his diploma at the Department of Humanities and Sciences of the Universidad de la República. As a member ...more

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Magdalena Helguera is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list Famous Writers from Uruguay
Magdalena Helguera Magdalena Helguera is a writer.

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Eduardo Acevedo Díaz is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list Famous Writers from Uruguay
Eduardo Acevedo Díaz Died at 70 (1851-1921) Eduardo Acevedo Díaz, was a Uruguayan writer, politician and journalist.

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Amanda Berenguer is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list Famous Writers from Uruguay
Died at 89 (1921-2010) Amanda Berenguer was a Uruguayan poet. She is remembered as a member of the 'Generation of 45', a Uruguayan intellectual and literary movement: Carlos Maggi, Manuel Flores Mora, Ángel ...more

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Carlos Rehermann is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list Famous Writers from Uruguay
age 57 Carlos Rehermann is a Uruguayan novelist and playwright, active since 1990. He has published four novels and staged five plays. He writes weekly columns on the arts. He won the Florencio Prize ...more

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Carlos Vaz Ferreira is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list Famous Writers from Uruguay
Carlos Vaz Ferreira Died at 86 (1872-1958) Carlos Vaz Ferreira was an Uruguayan philosopher, writer, and academic. Influenced by John Stuart Mill and Herbert Spencer, he is notable for introducing liberal, pluralistic political values ...more

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Julio Herrera y Reissig is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list Famous Writers from Uruguay
Died at 35 (1875-1910) Julio Herrera y Reissig, was a Uruguayan poet, playwright and essayist, who began his career during the late Romanticist period and later became an early proponent of Modernism.

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María Eugenia Vaz Ferreira is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list Famous Writers from Uruguay
Died at 49 (1875-1924) Maria Eugenia Vaz Ferreira was an Uruguayan teacher and poet. She was the younger sister of philosopher Carlos Vaz Ferreira and a contemporary of Delmira Agustini and Julio Herrera y Reissig. ...more

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Manuel Pérez y Curis is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list Famous Writers from Uruguay
Died at 36 (1884-1920) Manuel Pérez y Curis was an Uruguayan poet, born in Montevideo, Uruguay. The Apolo Magazine stands out between its works that appeared monthly; the writing secretary was Ovidio ...more

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Hugo Achúgar is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list Famous Writers from Uruguay
Hugo Achúgar age 74 Hugo Achugar is a Uruguayan poet, essayist, and researcher.