Famous Chilean Writers

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Pablo Neruda
(Chilean poet)
Pablo Neruda
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Birthdate: July 12, 1904
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Parral, Chile
Died: September 23, 1973

Chilean poet-diplomat and politician, Pablo Neruda, won the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1971. He was a versatile writer and his works include surrealist poems, historical epics, political manifestos, and love poems. He is considered the national poet of Chile. As a politician, he served a term as a senator for the Chilean Communist Party and held several diplomatic positions.

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Isabel Allende
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Birthdate: August 2, 1942
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Lima, Peru
Chilean author Isabel Allende is known for her bestselling Spanish-language novels The House of the Spirits and City of the Beasts. The Chilean National Literature Prize-winner explores women’s perspectives and includes magic realism and autobiographical aspects in her works. She has also received the Presidential Medal of Freedom.
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Víctor Jara
(Chilean Teacher and Theater Director Who Was Tortured and Killed by Dictator Augusto Pinochet’s Men)
Víctor Jara
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Birthdate: September 28, 1932
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: San Ignacio, Chile
Died: September 16, 1973
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Roberto Bolaño
(Chilean Writer Best Known for His Award-Winning Novel 'The Savage Detectives')
Roberto Bolaño
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Birthdate: April 28, 1953
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Santiago, Chile
Died: July 15, 2003
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Gabriela Mistral
(Chilean poet)
Gabriela Mistral
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Birthdate: April 7, 1889
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Vicuña, Chile
Died: January 10, 1957

Nobel Prize-winning Chilean poet and educator Lucila Godoy Alcayaga was better known by her pseudonym, Gabriela Mistral. The suicide of her first love inspired her poem Dolor. Her diplomatic assignments later took her to places such as Madrid and Lisbon. She is remembered for her emotional verses and her feminism.

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Luis Sepúlveda
(Chilean Author and Communist Milotant Who Was Also a Tortured Political Activist)
Luis Sepúlveda
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Birthdate: October 4, 1949
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Ovalle, Chile
Died: April 16, 2020
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Miguel Serrano
(Chilean Diplomat, Occultist and Nazi Sympathizer Who Wrote Extensively on Esoteric Hitlerism)
Miguel Serrano
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Birthdate: September 10, 1917
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Santiago
Died: February 28, 2009
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Ariel Dorfman
(Celebrated Argentine-Chilean-American Author and Human Rights Activist)
Ariel Dorfman
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Birthdate: June 6, 1942
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Buenos Aires
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Andrés Bello
(An Exemplary Figure in the History of Spanish American Culture Noted for His Work as a Naturalist)
Andrés Bello
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Birthdate: November 29, 1781
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Caracas
Died: October 15, 1865
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Nicanor Parra
(One of the Most Influential Chilean Poets of the Spanish Language in 20th Century)
Nicanor Parra
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Birthdate: September 5, 1914
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: San Fabian, Chile
Died: January 23, 2018
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Vicente Huidobro
(Chilean Avant-garde Poet Who Pioneered the 'Creacionismo' Literary Movement and Author of 'Altazor')
Vicente Huidobro
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Birthdate: January 10, 1893
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Santiago, Chile
Died: January 2, 1948
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Raúl Ruiz
(Chilean Filmmaker Best Known for His Films: 'Three Sad Tigers' and 'Colloque de chiens')
Raúl Ruiz
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Birthdate: July 25, 1941
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Puerto Montt, Chile
Died: August 19, 2011
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José Donoso
(Chilean Author Known for His Novels 'Hell Has No Limits' and 'The Obscene Bird of Night')
José Donoso
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Birthdate: September 25, 1925
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Santiago, Chile
Died: December 7, 1996
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Antonio Skármeta
(Chilean Novelist Whose Novel 'Burning Patience' Inspired the Oscar-Winning Movie 'The Postman')
Antonio Skármeta
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Birthdate: November 7, 1940
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Antofagasta, Chile
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María Luisa Bombal
(Chilean Author Known for Her Works on Erotic, Surrealist and Feminist Themes)
María Luisa Bombal
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Birthdate: June 8, 1910
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Viña del Mar, Chile
Died: May 6, 1980
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Jorge Edwards
(Chilean Diplomat and Author Who Is Best Known for His Memoir 'Persona Non Grata')
Jorge Edwards
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Birthdate: June 29, 1931
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Santiago, Chile
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Volodia Teitelboim
(Chilean Communist Politician and a Prolific Author from the 'Generation of '38')
Volodia Teitelboim
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Birthdate: March 17, 1916
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Chillán, Chile
Died: January 31, 2008
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Gonzalo Rojas
(Chilean Avant-garde Poet Who Was Forced into Exile by General Augusto Pinochet)
Gonzalo Rojas
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Birthdate: December 20, 1916
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Lebu, Chile
Died: April 25, 2011
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Alberto Blest Gana
(Chilean Author and Diplomat)
Alberto Blest Gana
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Birthdate: May 4, 1830
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Chile
Died: November 9, 1920
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Francisco Coloane
(Chilean Author and Short-story Writer Known for His Books on Nature)
Francisco Coloane
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Birthdate: July 19, 1910
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Quemchi, Chile
Died: August 5, 2002
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Sergio Badilla Castillo
(Chilean Poet and Founder of Poetic Transrealism in Contemporary Poetry)
Sergio Badilla Castillo
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Birthdate: November 30, 1947
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Valparaíso
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Eduardo Barrios
(Chilean Writer and Poet)
Eduardo Barrios
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Birthdate: October 25, 1884
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Valparaíso, Chile
Died: September 13, 1963
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Mariela Griffor
(Chilean Poet, Editor and Publisher )
Mariela Griffor
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Birthdate: September 29, 1961
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Concepción
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Frederick Niven
(Canadian Novelist and First Significant Literary Figure of the Kootenays)
Frederick Niven
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Birthdate: March 31, 1878
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Valparaíso, Chile
Died: January 30, 1944

Scottish-origin Canadian novelist Frederick Niven was born in Chile and later moved to Scotland with his mother. Starting his career as a journalist in Scotland, he later moved to British Columbia in Canada and penned his historical novel trilogy, The Flying Years, Mine Inheritance, and The Transplanted.

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Pedro de Oña
(First Known Poet Born in Chile Best Known for His Epic Poem ‘Primera parte de Arauco domado’)
Pedro de Oña
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Birthdate: 1570 AD
Birthplace: Los Confines, Chile
Died: 1643 AD