Famous Mexican Authors

Find out more about the greatest Mexican Writers, including Dulce María, Guillermo del Toro, Luis Buñuel, Cesar Millan and Juana Inés de la Cruz.

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 1 Guillermo del Toro

Guillermo del Toro
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Famous As: Filmmaker, Screenwriter
Birthdate: October 9, 1964
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Guadalajara, Jalisco

Guillermo del Toro is one of the most popular Mexican filmmakers of all time. Along with Alejandro Iñárritu and Alfonso Cuarón, he is known as one of the Three Amigos of Cinema. He also played a major role as a former special effects makeup artist. In 2018, he was named in Time's 100 most influential people in the world list.

 2 Juana Inés de la Cruz

Juana Inés de la Cruz
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Famous As: Poet, Nun, Writer, Mathematician, Philosopher, Feminist, Composer
Birthdate: November 12, 1651
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Tepetlixpa
Died: April 17, 1695

 3 Joan Sebastian

Joan Sebastian
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Famous As: Singer-songwriter, Actor, Poet, Record producer
Birthdate: April 8, 1951
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Guerrero
Died: July 13, 2015
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 4 Richard Cabral

Richard Cabral
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: August 28, 1984
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Los Angeles, California

Richard Cabral is an American actor, writer, and occasional producer. Cabral is best known for playing Hector Tontz in the anthology crime drama TV series American Crime, for which he received nominations at the 67th Primetime Emmy Awards and 19th OFTA Television Awards. He also won an award at the 20th Satellite Awards for his performance in the series.

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 5 Don Miguel Ruiz

Don Miguel Ruiz
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Famous As: Writer
Birthdate: August 26, 1952
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Mexico

 6 Jorge Ramos

Jorge Ramos
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Famous As: Journalist
Birthdate: March 16, 1958
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Mexico City, Mexico

 7 Leonora Carrington

Leonora Carrington
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Famous As: Mexican Artist & Surrealist Painter
Birthdate: April 6, 1917
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Clayton-le-Woods, Lancashire, England, UK
Died: May 25, 2011

Leonora Carrington was a Mexican artist, novelist, and surrealist painter. During the 1970s, Carrington played an important role in Mexico's women's liberation movement as she was one of the founding members of the movement. Carrington, who was fascinated by symbolism and myth, studied alchemy, Popol Vuh, post-classic Mayan mystical writings, and the kabbalah.

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 8 Octavio Paz

Octavio Paz
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Famous As: Writer, Poet, Diplomat and Noble Prize Laureate
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.

 9 Aarón Sanchez

Aarón Sanchez
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Famous As: Chef, Restaurateur
Birthdate: February 12, 1976
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Chihuahua, Mexico

Aarón Sanchez is a Mexican restaurateur, celebrity chef, and television personality. He co-owns the New Orleans-based restaurant, Johnny Sánchez. Apart from hosting the Emmy-nominated show Taco Trip, Sanchez has also appeared on other popular cooking shows like Iron Chef America. He is also credited with founding the Aarón Sánchez Scholarship Fund which aims at empowering chefs from the Latin community.

 10 Carlos Fuentes

Carlos Fuentes
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Famous As: Mexican novelist
Birthdate: November 11, 1928
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Panama City, Panama
Died: May 15, 2012

Carlos Fuentes was a Mexican essayist and novelist. Widely regarded as Mexico's most celebrated novelist, Fuentes won several honors, including the Miguel de Cervantes Prize and the Belisario Domínguez Medal of Honor. A prolific writer, Carlos Fuentes' works achieved international recognition as they were translated into 24 languages. 

 11 Juan Rulfo

Juan Rulfo
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Famous As: Writer, Screenwriter
Birthdate: May 16, 1917
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: San Gabriel, Jalisco, Mexico
Died: January 7, 1986

 12 Elena Poniatowska

Elena Poniatowska
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Famous As: Journalist, Writer
Birthdate: May 19, 1932
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Paris

Born in Paris, to a Polish-French father and a mother with Mexican origins, author Elena Poniatowska had begun her career as a journalist. Her iconic work Massacre in Mexico won her an award, which she refused to accept. She also became the first female to win Mexico’s National Journalism Prize.

 13 Rosario Castellanos

Rosario Castellanos
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Famous As: Poet, Diplomat, Writer, Screenwriter, University teacher
Birthdate: May 25, 1925
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Mexico City
Died: August 7, 1974

 14 Laura Esquivel

Laura Esquivel
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Famous As: Screenwriter, Novelist, Writer
Birthdate: September 30, 1950
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Mexico City

 15 José Vasconcelos

José Vasconcelos
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Famous As: Writer, Philosopher, Politician, University teacher, Lawyer
Birthdate: February 28, 1882
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Oaxaca
Died: June 30, 1959

 16 Roberta Colindrez

Roberta Colindrez
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Famous As: actress and writer known for originating the role of Joan in the musical Fun Home
Birthdate: April 30, 1986
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Monterrey, Mexico

 17 Guillermo Arriaga

Guillermo Arriaga
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Famous As: Writer, Screenwriter, Film director, University teacher
Birthdate: March 13, 1958
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Mexico City, Mexico

 18 Rudolfo Anaya

Rudolfo Anaya
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Famous As: Author
Birthdate: October 30, 1937
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Pastura, New Mexico

 19 Dr. Atl

Dr. Atl
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Famous As: Painter and writer
Birthdate: October 3, 1875
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Guadalajara, Mexico
Died: August 15, 1964

 20 Gregorio López y Fuentes

Gregorio López y Fuentes
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Famous As: Novelist
Birthdate: November 17, 1895
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Huasteca, Veracruz, Mexico
Died: December 10, 1966

 21 Cherríe Moraga

Cherríe Moraga
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Famous As: Writer, Poet
Birthdate: September 25, 1952
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Whittier

 22 Amado Nervo

Amado Nervo
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Famous As: Poet
Birthdate: August 27, 1870
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Tepic, Mexico
Died: May 24, 1919

 23 Elena Garro

Elena Garro
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Famous As: Screenwriter
Birthdate: December 11, 1916
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Puebla, Mexico
Died: August 22, 1998

 24 Alfonso Reyes

Alfonso Reyes
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Famous As: Writer
Birthdate: May 17, 1889
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Monterrey, Mexico
Died: December 27, 1959

 25 José Emilio Pacheco

José Emilio Pacheco
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Famous As: Poet
Birthdate: June 30, 1939
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Mexico City, Mexico
Died: January 26, 2014

 26 Norman O. Brown

Norman O. Brown
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Famous As: Scholar
Birthdate: September 25, 1913
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: El Oro, Mexico
Died: October 2, 2002

 27 José Rubén Romero

José Rubén Romero
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Famous As: Author
Birthdate: September 25, 1890
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Cotija de la Paz, Mexico
Died: July 4, 1952

 28 Juan José Arreola

Juan José Arreola
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Famous As: Writer
Birthdate: September 8, 1921
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Ciudad Guzmán, Mexico
Died: December 3, 2001

 29 Carlos Monsiváis

Carlos Monsiváis
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Famous As: Writer
Birthdate: May 4, 1938
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Mexico City, Mexico
Died: June 19, 2010

 30 Juan Ruiz de Alarcón

Juan Ruiz de Alarcón
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Famous As: Writer
Birthdate: 1581 AD
Birthplace: Taxco, Mexico
Died: August 4, 1639

Juan Ruiz de Alarcón was a Mexico-born Spanish dramatist, known for cultivating different variations of dramaturgy. He lived mostly in Spain, holding several governmental posts, concurrently writing plays not just for monetary gain, but also for his own enjoyment. Less prolific than his peers, he wrote around twenty-five plays, which are known for their superb plot and psychological subtlety.

 31 Lucas Alamán

Lucas Alamán
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Famous As: Scientist
Birthdate: October 18, 1792
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: New Spain
Died: June 2, 1853

 32 Mariano Azuela

Mariano Azuela
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Famous As: Author
Birthdate: January 1, 1873
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Lagos de Moreno, Mexico
Died: March 1, 1952

 33 Miguel Morayta

Miguel Morayta
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Famous As: Film director, Screenwriter
Birthdate: August 15, 1907
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Villahermosa
Died: June 19, 2013

Renowned Spanish filmmaker Miguel Morayta had fought for the Republicans during the Spanish Civil War but left Spain to move to eventually settle in Mexico, where he revolutionized filmmaking. He gathered experience as both a technician and a director and ended up directing over 80 films, such as Amor perdido.

 34 Rosaura Revueltas

Rosaura Revueltas
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: August 6, 1910
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Lerdo, Mexico
Died: April 30, 1996

 35 Fernando del Paso

Fernando del Paso
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Famous As: Novelist
Birthdate: April 1, 1935
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Mexico City, Mexico
Died: November 14, 2018

 36 José Joaquín Fernández de Lizardi

José Joaquín Fernández de Lizardi
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Famous As: Writer
Birthdate: November 15, 1776
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Mexico City, Mexico
Died: June 21, 1827

 37 Sergio Pitol

Sergio Pitol
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Famous As: Writer
Birthdate: March 18, 1933
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Puebla, Mexico
Died: April 12, 2018

 38 Ramón López Velarde

Ramón López Velarde
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Famous As: Poet
Birthdate: June 15, 1888
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Jerez de García Salinas, Mexico
Died: June 19, 1921

 39 Jaime Torres Bodet

Jaime Torres Bodet
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Famous As: Politician
Birthdate: April 17, 1902
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Mexico City, Mexico
Died: May 13, 1974

 40 Manuel Gutiérrez Nájera

Manuel Gutiérrez Nájera
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Famous As: Writer
Birthdate: December 22, 1859
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Mexico City, Mexico
Died: February 3, 1895

 41 Martín Luis Guzmán

Martín Luis Guzmán
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Famous As: Novelist
Birthdate: October 6, 1887
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Chihuahua, Mexico
Died: December 22, 1976

 42 José Revueltas

José Revueltas
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Famous As: Writer
Birthdate: November 20, 1914
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Canatlán Municipality, Mexico
Died: April 14, 1976

 43 Daniel Catán

Daniel Catán
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Famous As: Composer
Birthdate: April 3, 1949
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Mexico City, Mexico
Died: April 9, 2011

 44 Agustín Yáñez

Agustín Yáñez
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Famous As: Writer
Birthdate: May 4, 1904
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Guadalajara, Mexico
Died: January 17, 1980

 45 José Agustín

José Agustín
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Famous As: Novelist
Birthdate: August 19, 1944
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Acapulco, Mexico

 46 Juan García Ponce

Juan García Ponce
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Famous As: Novelist
Birthdate: September 22, 1932
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Mérida, Mexico
Died: December 27, 2003

 47 Enrique González Martínez

Enrique González Martínez
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Famous As: Poet
Birthdate: April 13, 1871
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Guadalajara, Mexico
Died: February 19, 1952

 48 Carlos Solórzano

Carlos Solórzano
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Famous As: Writer
Birthdate: May 6, 1919
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: San Marcos, Guatemala
Died: March 30, 2011

 49 Luis Zapata

Luis Zapata
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Famous As: Writer
Birthdate: April 27, 1951
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Chilpancingo, Mexico

 50 Ricardo Garibay

Ricardo Garibay
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Famous As: Writer
Birthdate: January 18, 1923
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Tulancingo, Mexico
Died: May 3, 1999