Notable Hispanic Authors

Hispanic authors have been quite famous for their writings since inception. Most of them received several awards for their contribution to Literation. Gabriel García Márquez acclaimed for his non-fiction works and short stories received Nobel Prize in Literature. His novels with One Hundred Years of Solitude and Love in the Time of Cholera are quite famous and revolve around solitude. He talks about real experiences in his novels and set them in an imaginary place called Macondo. Paulo Coelho, famous for his novel, The Alchemist has won millions of hearts. The House on Mango Street, Sandra Cisneros first novel that made her famous is a story of a Latin girl. Her writings towards cultural hybridity and economic inequality are quite famous. Junot Díaz, Benjamin Alire Sáenz, Carlos Ruiz Zafón, Yuri Herrera are a few renowned Hispanic authors of all time. Continue reading to know more about the famous Hispanic authors.
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Gabriel Garcia Marquez
(Nobel Prize Winner in Literature)
Gabriel Garcia Marquez
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Birthdate: March 6, 1927
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Aracataca, Colombia
Died: April 17, 2014

Nobel Prize-winning Colombian author Gabriel Garcia Marquez, also known as “Gabo,” is remembered as one of the most prominent figures of the magic realism literary style. His novels One Hundred Years of Solitude and Love in the Time of Cholera have achieved cult status. He previously worked as a journalist.

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Sandra Cisneros
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Birthdate: December 20, 1954
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Chicago
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Octavio Paz
(Writer, Poet, Diplomat and Noble Prize Laureate)
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Birthdate: March 31, 1914
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Mexico City, Mexico
Died: April 19, 1998
Born into a family of intellectuals, Nobel Prize-winning Mexican poet Octavio Paz had been introduced to literature through his grandfather’s library. Apart from poetry, he had also written essays on art, politics, and culture. As a Mexican diplomat, he had been to countries such as India and France.
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Reinaldo Arenas
(Cuban Poet, Novelist and Playwright Known for His Work ‘Pentagonia’ and ‘Before Night Falls’)
Reinaldo Arenas
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Birthdate: July 16, 1943
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Holguin, Cuba
Died: December 7, 1990

Reinaldo Arenas was a Cuban poet, novelist, and playwright. As a young man, he supported revolutionary Fidel Castro but later became a local critic of Castro’s ideology. He was openly gay and often wrote about his life as a homosexual man. He was diagnosed with AIDS in 1987 and died by suicide in 1990. 

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Alexander Ostrovsky
(Russian Playwright)
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Birthdate: April 12, 1823
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Moscow, Russia
Died: June 14, 1886

One of the greatest Russian playwrights to have ever lived, Alexander Ostrovsky represented the realistic period. A law school graduate, he initially worked as a law clerk. His play Bankrot was banned because of its controversial topic. He was also associated with the Maly Theatre of Moscow.

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Alejo Carpentier
(Writer, Journalist, Essayist, Musicologist, Literary critic)
Alejo Carpentier
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Birthdate: December 26, 1904
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Lausanne
Died: April 24, 1980

Swiss-born Cuban author Alejo Carpentier is regarded as one of the greatest Latin American literary personalities. The Cervantes Prize-winning writer was one of the pioneers of magic realism. Known for novels such as The Lost Steps, he also contributed to the Afro-Cuban movement and was the Cuban ambassador to France.

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Cherríe Moraga
(Writer, Poet)
Cherríe Moraga
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Birthdate: September 25, 1952
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Whittier

Internationally renowned poet, playwright, and essayist Cherríe Moraga is also a true-blue feminist, who is openly lesbian. A founder-member of La Red Chicana Indígena, she works to preserve indigenous rights. She co-edited the feminist anthology This Bridge Called My Back and also teaches dramatic arts and writing.

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Manuel Puig
(Argentine Author Famous for His Novel 'La traición de Rita Hayworth')
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Birthdate: December 28, 1932
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: General Villegas, Argentina
Died: July 22, 1990

Argentine author and scriptwriter Manuel Puig soared to fame with his novel Kiss of the Spider Woman, which was later made into a film and a Broadway musical. Many of his scripts won major awards. Some of his books showcased homosexuality as a theme, as he was himself a closet gay.

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Carmen Martín Gaite
(Spanish Author Known for Her Short Novel 'The Nightmarish El Balneario' (The Spa))
Carmen Martín Gaite
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Birthdate: December 8, 1925
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Salamanca, Spain
Died: July 22, 2000

Carmen Martín Gaite graduated with romance philology when it was rare for women to attend universities. The Premio Nadal-winning author is best remembered for her iconic works such as Entre visillos and El balneario. She was also one of only two female Spanish Royal Academy members back in her time.

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Roberto Valero
(Cuban Poet, Novelist, and Educator)
Roberto Valero
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Birthdate: 1955 AD
Birthplace: Matanzas, Cuba
Died: September 23, 1994

Roberto Valero was a Cuban novelist, poet, and educator. He is credited with co-creating a journal called Mariel along with Reinaldo Garcia Ramos and Reinaldo Arenas. Apart from writing novels and poems, Roberto Valero also contributed as a teacher at the George Washington University.