Famous Brazilian Writers

Find out more about the greatest Brazilian Writers, including Monteiro Lobato, Paulo Coelho, Caetano Veloso, Clarice Lispector and Fernando Henrique Cardoso.

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 1 Paulo Coelho

Paulo Coelho
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Famous As: Brazilian lyricist
Birthdate: August 24, 1947
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Brazilian novelist Paulo Coelho is best known for his iconic novel The Alchemist, which has been translated into about 70 languages. He was once sent to a mental institution by his parents for not following the usual career path. He dropped out of law school and became a hippie later.

 2 Jennifer O'Neill

Jennifer O'Neill
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: February 20, 1948
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Born to an English mother and a Brazilian father, actor Jennifer O'Neill had begun modeling at 15. She later became part of films such as Summer of '42. She had attempted suicide at 14 and had later got married nine times to eight men. She was also a promising equestrienne.

 3 Caetano Veloso

Caetano Veloso
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Famous As: Writer, Politician, Singer, Guitarist, Jazz guitarist, Songwriter
Birthdate: August 7, 1942
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Santo Amaro, Bahia
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 4 Clarice Lispector

Clarice Lispector
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Famous As: Writer, Screenwriter, Translator, Journalist, Novelist
Birthdate: December 10, 1920
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Chechelnyk
Died: December 9, 1977
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 5 Edir Macedo

Edir Macedo
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Famous As: Theologian, Writer
Birthdate: February 18, 1945
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Rio das Flores

 6 Fernando Collor de Mello

Fernando Collor de Mello
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Famous As: Politician, Writer
Birthdate: August 12, 1949
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Rio de Janeiro

 7 Augusto Boal

Augusto Boal
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Famous As: Theatre director, Writer, Politician, Playwright
Birthdate: March 16, 1931
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Rio de Janeiro
Died: May 2, 2009
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 8 Vinicius de Moraes

Vinicius de Moraes
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Famous As: Poet, Singer, Composer, Journalist, Diplomat, Reporter, Writer, Jazz musician, Screenwriter, Songwriter
Birthdate: October 19, 1913
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Gávea
Died: July 9, 1980

 9 Joaquim Maria Machado de Assis

Joaquim Maria Machado de Assis
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Famous As: Brazilian novelist
Birthdate: June 21, 1839
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Rio de Janeiro
Died: September 29, 1908

 10 Chico Buarque

Chico Buarque
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Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: June 19, 1944
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

 11 Fernando Henrique Cardoso

Fernando Henrique Cardoso
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Famous As: Politician, Diplomat, Sociologist, Writer
Birthdate: June 18, 1931
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Rio de Janeiro

 12 Chico Xavier

Chico Xavier
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Famous As: Psychic, Writer
Birthdate: April 2, 1910
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Minas Gerais
Died: June 30, 2002

 13 Jorge Amado

Jorge Amado
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Famous As: Writer, Journalist, Poet, Novelist, Lawyer, Science fiction writer
Birthdate: August 10, 1912
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Bahia
Died: August 6, 2001

 14 Cazuza

Cazuza
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Famous As: Singer-songwriter, Singer, Composer, Songwriter, Poet, Writer
Birthdate: April 4, 1958
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Rio de JaneiroRio de Janeiro, State of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Died: July 7, 1990

 15 Monteiro Lobato

Monteiro Lobato
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Famous As: Writer
Birthdate: April 18, 1882
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Taubaté, State of São Paulo, Brazil
Died: July 4, 1948

 16 José Sarney

José Sarney
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Famous As: Lawyer, Journalist, Politician, Writer, Poet, Novelist
Birthdate: April 24, 1930
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Pinheiro

 17 Carlos Drummond de Andrade

Carlos Drummond de Andrade
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Famous As: Poet, Journalist, Writer, Screenwriter, Children's writer
Birthdate: October 31, 1902
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Itabira
Died: August 17, 1987

 18 Leonardo Boff

Leonardo Boff
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Famous As: Catholic priest, Theologian, Writer
Birthdate: December 14, 1938
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Concórdia

 19 Mário de Andrade

Mário de Andrade
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Famous As: Poet
Birthdate: October 9, 1893
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: São Paulo
Died: February 25, 1945

One of the pioneers of the Brazilian modernist movement, Mário de Andrade introduced a signature prose style that mirrored colloquial Brazilian language. Apart from writing poems and novels, he influenced ethnomusicology. He was a skilled photographer, too. Hallucinated City remains one of his most celebrated works.

 20 João Guimarães Rosa

João Guimarães Rosa
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Famous As: Novelist
Birthdate: June 27, 1908
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Cordisburgo, State of Minas Gerais, Brazil
Died: November 19, 1967

 21 Enéas Carneiro

Enéas Carneiro
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Famous As: Cardiologist
Birthdate: November 5, 1938
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Rio Branco, State of Acre, Brazil
Died: May 6, 2007

 22 Diane, Duchess of Württemberg

Diane, Duchess of Württemberg
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Famous As: Painter
Birthdate: March 24, 1940
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Petrópolis, Brazil

 23 Ivan Tors

Ivan Tors
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Famous As: Playwright
Birthdate: June 12, 1916
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Budapest, Austria-Hungary
Died: June 4, 1983

 24 Marcos Pontes

Marcos Pontes
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Famous As: Engineer
Birthdate: March 11, 1963
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Bauru, State of São Paulo, Brazil

 25 Ariano Suassuna

Ariano Suassuna
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Famous As: Playwright
Birthdate: June 16, 1927
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: João Pessoa, State of Paraíba, Brazil
Died: July 23, 2014

 26 José Bonifácio de Andrada

José Bonifácio de Andrada
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Famous As: Statesman
Birthdate: June 13, 1763
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Santos, State of São Paulo, Brazil
Died: April 6, 1838

 27 Oswald de Andrade

Oswald de Andrade
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Famous As: Poet
Birthdate: January 11, 1890
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: São Paulo, State of São Paulo, Brazil
Died: October 22, 1954

 28 Gonçalves Dias

Gonçalves Dias
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Famous As: Poet
Birthdate: August 10, 1823
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Caxias, State of Maranhão, Brazil
Died: November 3, 1864

 29 Ruy Barbosa

Ruy Barbosa
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Famous As: Polymath
Birthdate: November 5, 1849
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Salvador, State of Bahia, Brazil
Died: March 1, 1923

 30 João Cabral de Melo Neto

João Cabral de Melo Neto
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Famous As: Poet
Birthdate: January 9, 1920
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Recife, Brazil
Died: October 9, 1999

 31 Castro Alves

Castro Alves
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Famous As: Poet
Birthdate: March 14, 1847
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Castro Alves, State of Bahia, Brazil
Died: July 6, 1871

 32 Graciliano Ramos

Graciliano Ramos
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Famous As: Writer
Birthdate: October 27, 1892
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Quebrangulo, State of Alagoas, Brazil
Died: January 26, 1953

 33 Manuel Bandeira

Manuel Bandeira
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Famous As: Poet
Birthdate: April 19, 1886
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Recife, State of Pernambuco, Brazil
Died: October 13, 1968

 34 Cecília Meireles

Cecília Meireles
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Famous As: Writer
Birthdate: November 7, 1901
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Died: November 9, 1964

 35 Joaquim Nabuco

Joaquim Nabuco
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Famous As: Writer
Birthdate: August 19, 1849
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Recife, State of Pernambuco, Brazil
Died: January 17, 1910

 36 Rubem Fonseca

Rubem Fonseca
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Famous As: Writer
Birthdate: May 11, 1925
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Juiz de Fora, State of Minas Gerais, Brazil
Died: April 15, 2020

 37 Afonso Henriques de Lima Barreto

Afonso Henriques de Lima Barreto
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Famous As: Novelist
Birthdate: May 13, 1881
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Died: November 1, 1922

 38 Rachel de Queiroz

Rachel de Queiroz
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Famous As: Novelist
Birthdate: November 17, 1910
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Fortaleza, Brazil
Died: November 4, 2003

 39 Abdias do Nascimento

Abdias do Nascimento
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Famous As: Scholar
Birthdate: March 14, 1914
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Franca, Brazil
Died: May 23, 2011

 40 Moacyr Scliar

Moacyr Scliar
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Famous As: Author
Birthdate: March 23, 1937
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Porto Alegre, State of Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil
Died: February 27, 2011

 41 Antônio José da Silva

Antônio José da Silva
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Famous As: Dramatist
Birthdate: May 8, 1705
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Brazil
Died: October 18, 1739

 42 Rui Ribeiro Couto

Rui Ribeiro Couto
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Famous As: Writer
Birthdate: March 12, 1898
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Santos, Brazil
Died: May 30, 1963

 43 Erico Verissimo

Erico Verissimo
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Famous As: Author
Birthdate: December 17, 1905
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Cruz Alta, Brazil
Died: November 28, 1975

 44 Aluízio Azevedo

Aluízio Azevedo
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Famous As: Novelist
Birthdate: April 14, 1857
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: São Luís, Brazil
Died: January 21, 1913

 45 Gregório de Matos

Gregório de Matos
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Famous As: Poet
Birthdate: December 23, 1636
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Salvador, State of Bahia, Brazil
Died: November 26, 1696

 46 Nélida Piñon

Nélida Piñon
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Famous As: Author
Birthdate: May 3, 1937
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Rio de Janeiro, State of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

 47 Antonio Bivar

Antonio Bivar
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Famous As: Writer
Birthdate: April 25, 1939
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: São Paulo, Brazil
Died: July 5, 2020

 48 Haroldo de Campos

Haroldo de Campos
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Famous As: Poet
Birthdate: August 19, 1929
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: São Paulo, State of São Paulo, Brazil
Died: August 16, 2003

 49 Augusto de Campos

Augusto de Campos
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Famous As: Author
Birthdate: February 14, 1931
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: São Paulo, State of São Paulo, Brazil

 50 João da Cruz e Sousa

João da Cruz e Sousa
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Famous As: Poet
Birthdate: November 24, 1861
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Florianópolis, State of Santa Catarina, Brazil
Died: March 19, 1898