Famous Uruguayan Writers

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Eduardo Galeano
(Journalist)

Eduardo Galeano
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Birthdate: September 3, 1940
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Montevideo, Uruguay
Died: April 13, 2015

Eduardo Galeano was a Uruguayan novelist, journalist, and writer. Regarded as one of the most respected writers of Uruguay, Galeano was honored by the Global Exchange with the prestigious International Human Rights Award in 2006. In 2010, he was awarded the Stig Dagerman Prize.

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Mario Benedetti
(Journalist, Novelist and Poet)

Mario Benedetti
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Birthdate: September 14, 1920
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Paso de los Toros, Uruguay
Died: May 17, 2009

Mario Benedetti was a Uruguayan novelist, journalist, and poet. Widely regarded as one of the 20th century's most important writers in the Spanish-speaking world, Benedetti was a key member of the Generation '45. Benedetti's works were published in 20 languages and he also contributed to the weekly newspaper, Marcha, where he served as the literary director from 1954 to 1973.  

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Horacio Quiroga
(Uruguayan Playwright, Poet and Short Story Writer)

Horacio Quiroga
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Birthdate: December 31, 1878
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Salto, Uruguay
Died: February 19, 1937

Horacio Quiroga was a Uruguayan poet, playwright, and short story writer. He is best remembered for depicting jungles and characters with mental illnesses in his stories. Horacio Quiroga is credited with influencing the works of Gabriel García Márquez and Julio Cortázar.

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Fede Alvarez
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Birthdate: February 9, 1978
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Montevideo

Fede Alvarez is a Uruguayan filmmaker best known for directing American films like Evil Dead and Don't Breathe. Alvarez achieved international prominence after the release of Evil Dead, which grossed $97 million against a budget of $17 million. Fede Álvarez is also known for directing popular short films like Ataque de pánico!

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Carlos Páez Rodríguez
(Writer, Motivational speaker, Businessperson)

Carlos Páez Rodríguez
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Birthdate: October 31, 1953
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Montevideo

Carlos Páez Rodríguez is a Uruguayan motivational speaker and writer. Nicknamed the man of the iron spirit, Rodríguez is best known for surviving a plane crash and spending 72 days in the Andes, during which the survivors resorted to cannibalism to keep themselves alive. The story inspired a film titled Alive where Carlos Páez Rodríguez was played by Bruce Ramsay.

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Mauricio Rosencof
(Playwright)

Mauricio Rosencof
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Birthdate: June 30, 1933
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Florida, Uruguay

Mauricio Rosencof is a Uruguayan poet, playwright, and journalist. He is best known for his book El regreso del Gran Tuleque, which inspired a 1999 film titled El chevrolé. Mauricio Rosencof's life and career, including his 12-year tenure in prison, were the basis for the 2018 drama film A Twelve-Year Night.

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Juan Carlos Onetti
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Birthdate: July 1, 1909
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Montevideo, Uruguay
Died: May 30, 1994

Juan Carlos Onetti was a Uruguayan novelist and short story writer. Counted among Latin America's most eminent writers, Onetti was the recipient of several prestigious honors including the Uruguay National Literature Prize. He was also an important member of the Generation '45, a group of writers who had a significant influence in the cultural and literary life of their country.

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Jules Laforgue
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Birthdate: August 16, 1860
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Montevideo, Uruguay
Died: August 20, 1887
Jules Laforgue was a Franco-Uruguayan poet whose poetry has been referred to as part-symbolist, part-impressionist. Apart from being a poet, Jules Laforgue also served as a model for a French artist named Pierre-Auguste Renoir.

Carlos Páez Vilaró
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Birthdate: November 1, 1923
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Montevideo
Died: February 24, 2014

Carlos Páez Vilaró was a Uruguayan abstract artist, potter, sculptor, painter, muralist, composer, writer, and constructor. He began his career as a printing apprentice and then began composing music as well. He was part of the "Grupo de los 8", a movement of Uruguayan artists formed in the 1950s. He enjoyed a successful career but had a troubled personal life. 

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Juana de Ibarbourou
(Uruguayan poet)

Juana de Ibarbourou
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Birthdate: March 8, 1892
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Melo, Uruguay
Died: July 15, 1979

Juana de Ibarbourou was a Uruguayan poet whose literary work earned her four nominations for the prestigious Nobel Prize in Literature. An early Latin American feminist, Ibarbourou is also regarded as one of the most famous poets of Spanish America. Throughout her life, Juana de Ibarbourou was honored with prestigious awards including the National Academy of Letters.

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Cristina Peri Rossi
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Birthdate: November 12, 1941
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Montevideo

Cristina Peri Rossi is a Uruguayan poet, novelist, short story writer, and translator. Peri Rossi has also contributed immensely to several media agencies and newspapers such as Diario 16, Agencia EFE, and El Periódico. In 2021, she was honored with the prestigious Miguel de Cervantes Prize for her contributions to literature.

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José Enrique Rodó
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Birthdate: July 15, 1871
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Montevideo, Uruguay
Died: May 1, 1917

José Enrique Rodó was a Uruguayan essayist best remembered for his 1900 essay Ariel, which has been a significant influence in Latin American culture and letters for over a century now. Thanks to his refined prose style, José Enrique Rodó is widely regarded as the greatest theorist of the modernista literary school.

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Delmira Agustini
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Birthdate: October 24, 1886
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Montevideo, Uruguay
Died: July 6, 1914

Delmira Agustini was a Uruguayan poet who popularized the topic of female sexuality at a time when men dominated the literary world. Eros, the Greek god of love, served as an inspiration to many of Delmira Agustini's poems about carnal pleasures. Her works have been translated into English and Nepali.

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Jorge Majfud
(Writer)

Jorge Majfud
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Birthdate: September 10, 1969
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Tacuarembo, Uruguay

Jorge Majfud is a Uruguayan American writer and intellectual who has served as a professor in many prestigious institutions like the Lincoln University in Pennsylvania and Jacksonville University. His essays and novels are under study in various universities in Europe, Latin America, and the USA. Majfud's works have been translated into many languages, including English, Italian, French, Portuguese, and German.

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Mateo Chiarino
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Birthdate: October 1, 1983
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Montevideo, Uruguay

Mateo Chiarino is a Uruguayan writer, actor, and filmmaker. He also directs stage plays and TV series in addition to appearing in them. His performance in a stage play titled Nüremberg earned him a nomination at the Asociación de Cronistas del Espectáculo Awards. Mateo Chiarino also teaches screenwriting to aspiring writers and filmmakers.

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Alfredo Zitarrosa
(Singer-songwriter)

Alfredo Zitarrosa
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Birthdate: March 10, 1936
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Montevideo, Uruguay
Died: January 17, 1989

Alfredo Zitarrosa was a Uruguayan poet, singer-songwriter, and journalist. Counted among the most influential and popular singer-songwriters of Latin America, Alfredo Zitarrosa specialized in Argentinean and Uruguayan folk genres such as milonga and zamba.

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Victor Hugo Morales
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Birthdate: December 26, 1947
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Cardona, Uruguay

Victor Hugo Morales is a Uruguayan writer, journalist, and pundit. He is best known as a football commentator and is often counted among the best commentators in the Spanish-speaking world. Victor Hugo Morales is the recipient of the prestigious Rodolfo Walsh Prize.

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Ángel Rama
(Writer)

Ángel Rama
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Birthdate: April 30, 1926
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Montevideo, Uruguay
Died: November 27, 1983

Ángel Rama was a Uruguayan writer, literary critic, and academic. He is best remembered for his work on modernismo. He also held professorships at many universities in the Americas and is credited with founding a couple of publishing houses, namely Editorial Galerna and Editorial Arca. Ángel Rama was also an important member of the Generation '45.

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Adelia Silva
(Educator)

Adelia Silva
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Birthdate: April 3, 1925
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Artigas, Uruguay
Died: July 10, 2004

Adelia Silva was a Uruguayan writer, educator, and social activist. The first Afro-Uruguayan to receive a teaching degree, Silva taught in rural schools despite being subjected to sexist and racial discrimination. Adelia Silva is best remembered for playing an important role in changing the perception of equality and freedom in Uruguay.

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Idea Vilariño
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Birthdate: August 18, 1920
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Montevideo, Uruguay
Died: April 28, 2009

Michelle Suárez Bértora
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Birthdate: February 21, 1983
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Salinas, Canelones Department, Uruguay

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Ida Vitale
(Writer)

Ida Vitale
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Birthdate: November 2, 1923
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Montevideo, Uruguay

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Horacio Ferrer
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Birthdate: June 2, 1933
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Montevideo, Uruguay
Died: December 21, 2014

Horacio Ferrer was a Uruguayan-Argentine poet, reciter, broadcaster, and tango lyricist. He is best remembered for his collaboration with tango composer Astor Piazzolla; Ferrer contributed by composing the lyrics for many of Piazzolla's tangos, such as Chiquilín de Bachín and Balada para un loco.

Juan Zorrilla de San Martín
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Birthdate: December 28, 1855
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Montevideo, Uruguay
Died: November 3, 1931

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Villanueva Cosse
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Birthdate: November 9, 1933
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Melo, Uruguay Melo, Uruguay

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Carmen Posadas
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Birthdate: August 13, 1953
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Montevideo, Uruguay

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Felisberto Hernández
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Birthdate: October 20, 1902
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Montevideo, Uruguay
Died: January 13, 1964

Francisco Acuña de Figueroa
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Birthdate: September 3, 1791
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Montevideo, Uruguay
Died: October 6, 1862

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Fabio Zerpa
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Birthdate: December 4, 1928
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Rosario, Uruguay
Died: August 7, 2019

Carlos Maria Dominguez
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Birthdate: April 23, 1955
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Buenos Aires, Argentina

Carlos Maria Dominguez is an Argentine journalist and writer who specializes in literary criticism. Apart from writing novels, biographies, plays, travel chronicles, and short stories, Dominguez has also contributed to the success of popular newspapers like Búsqueda and Brecha. Carlos Maria Dominguez has received several prestigious awards, including the National Essay Prize for his 2002 chronicle Escritos en el agua.

Julio Herrera y Reissig
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Birthdate: January 9, 1875
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Montevideo, Uruguay
Died: March 9, 1910

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Florencio Sánchez
(Playwright)

Florencio Sánchez
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Birthdate: January 17, 1875
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Montevideo, Uruguay
Died: November 7, 1910

Florencio Sánchez was a Uruguayan playwright, political figure, and journalist. He is best remembered for his immense contibution to theater in the River Plate area of Uruguay and Argentina; he is counted among the founding fathers of theater in the region. Florencio Sánchez is considered Uruguay's leading playwright. 

Alcira Soust Scaffo
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Birthdate: March 4, 1924
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Durazno Department, Uruguay
Died: June 30, 1997

Alcira Soust Scaffo was a Uruguayan poet and teacher who lived in Mexico for over 20 years. She is best remembered for her plight during the Mexican Army's occupation of a public research university called National Autonomous University of Mexico in 1968; Alcira Soust Scaffo was stationed at the university and remained hidden in a bathroom for 15 days!

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Jacobo Langsner
(Playwright)

Jacobo Langsner
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Birthdate: June 23, 1927
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Romuli, Romania
Died: August 10, 2020

Jacobo Langsner was a Uruguayan playwright who made immense contributions to the Uruguayan theatre from 1950 until his death in 2020. Langsner, whose work focused on depicting the middle-class hypocrisy, was also successful in Argentina. He is perhaps best remembered for his 1962 play Waiting for the Hearse, which was adapted into an Argentine film in 1985.

Virginia Brindis de Salas
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Birthdate: September 18, 1908
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Montevideo, Uruguay
Died: April 6, 1958

Considered the most militant among the Afro-Uruguayan writers, Virginia Brindis de Salas was also amongst the first published black woman writers of Uruguay. Her prominent works are two collections of poetry Pregón de Marimoren and Cien Cárceles de Amor. She was a regular contributor to the black artistic journal Nuestra Raza and also co-founded the political party Partido Autoctono Negro.

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Armonia Somers
(Uruguayan Novelist Best Remembered for Her Debut Novel 'The Naked Woman')

Armonia Somers
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Birthdate: October 7, 1914
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Pando, Uruguay
Died: March 1, 1994

Armonia Somers was a Uruguayan novelist, feminist, pedagogue, and short story writer. A member of the Generation '45, Somers is best remembered for her debut novel The Naked Woman. Published in 1950, the novel caught the attention of many due to its high erotic content. Prior to her literary career, Somers worked as a teacher and taught in different schools.

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Marosa di Giorgio
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Birthdate: June 17, 1932
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Salto, Uruguay
Died: August 17, 2004

A prominent Uruguayan poet of the 20th century, Marosa di Giorgio wrote a total of 14 books of poetry, 3 collections of short stories and one novel. She published her first book of poetry Poemas in 1953 at the age of 22. Also an actress, she was associated with a professional theatre company (1950s-1960s) and appeared in almost thirty productions.

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Circe Maia
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Birthdate: June 29, 1932
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Montevideo, Uruguay

Circe Maia is a Uruguayan essayist, poet, translator, and teacher. She achieved prominence as a poet despite facing difficulties brought on by the civil-military dictatorship of Uruguay. Although her career was affected by the political unrest in her country, Circe Maia managed to receive several prestigious awards such as the Premio Nacional de Poesía de Uruguay. 

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Selva Casal
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Birthdate: January 11, 1927
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Montevideo, Uruguay
Died: November 27, 2020

Selva Casal was a Uruguayan poet who published several important works. Her poetry won her numerous prizes, such as the National Culture Awards and Premio del Ministerio de Instrucción Pública. Selva Casal is perhaps best remembered for her debut collection Arpa, which was published in 1958.

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Enrique Amorim
(Novelist)

Enrique Amorim
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Birthdate: July 25, 1900
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Salto, Uruguay
Died: July 28, 1960

Enrique Amorim was an Uruguayan writer and novelist best remembered for his work Las quitanderas which deals with rural prostitution. He also contributed as a writer for an Argentine leftist magazine named Los Pensadores. Enrique Amorim also played a major role in erecting a monument to commemorate Federico García Lorca in Salto, Uruguay.

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Eduardo Acevedo Díaz
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Birthdate: April 20, 1851
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Villa de la Union, Uruguay
Died: June 18, 1921

Eduardo Acevedo Díaz was a Uruguayan writer, journalist, and politician. An influential politician, Diaz is credited with militarizing the National Party. Eduardo Acevedo Díaz was also a prolific writer and is credited with founding the Uruguayan Magazine in 1875.

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Emir Rodríguez Monegal
(Literary critic)

Emir Rodríguez Monegal
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Birthdate: July 28, 1921
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Melo, Uruguay
Died: November 14, 1985

Emir Rodríguez Monegal was a Uruguayan literary critic and scholar. Regarded as one of the 20th century's most influential and important Latin American literary critics, Monegal was also a key member of the Generation '45. He is also credited with founding an influential magazine called Mundo Nuevo and served as its editor from 1966 to 1968.