Culture 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.