Theofan Stilian Noli, better known as Fan Noli (January 6, 1882 – March 13, 1965) was an Albanian-American writer, scholar, diplomat, politician, orator, and founder of the Albanian Orthodox Church, who served as prime minister and regent of Albania in 1924. Fan Noli is venerated in Albania as a champion of literature, history, theology, diplomacy, journalism, music and national unity.
Ismail Kadare (born January 28, 1936) is an Albanian writer/novelist. In 1996 he became a lifetime member of the French Académie des Sciences morales et Politiques, where he replaced the famous philosopher Karl Popper. In 1992, he was awarded the Prix mondial Cino Del Duca; in 2005, he won the inaugural Man Booker International Prize and in 2009 the Prince of Asturias Award of Arts. He has divided his time between Albania and France since 1990. He is a Nobel Prize in Literature candidate.
Naim Frashëri (25 May 1846 – 20 October 1900) was an ethnic Albanian romantic poet and, together with his brothers Sami and Abdyl, a prominent figure of the National Renaissance of Albania (Rilindja Kombëtare).
Musine Kokalari (February 10, 1917 Adana, Turkey - August 14, 1983) of Gjirokastër, Albania was probably the most interesting figure among the minor prose writers of Albania's pre-communist period, both as an individual and as an author. Kokalari was the first female writer of Albania, and the only one up until the 1960s.
Ndre Mjeda was an Albanian Gheg poet. He was influenced by the Jesuit writer Anton Xanoni and the Franciscan poet Leonardo De Martino. From 1880 until 1887, Mjeda studied literature at the Carthusian monastery of Porta Coeli, in Valencia, Spain, rhetoric, Latin and Italian in Croatia at a Jesuit institution, at the Gregorian University in Rome, and at another Gregorian college in Chieri, Italy. During these studies, Mjeda began to write Albanian poetry.
Faik Konica, born in Konitsa, he was one of the greatest figures of Albanian culture in the early decades of the twentieth century. Prewar Albanian minister to Washington, his literary review, Albania, became the focal publication of Albanian writers living abroad. Faik Konica wrote little in the way of literature, but as a stylist, critic, publicist and political figure he had a tremendous impact on Albanian writing and on Albanian culture at the time.
Baron Franz Nopcsa von Felső-Szilvás (also Baron Nopcsa von Felsö-Szilvás, Baron Nopcsa, Ferenc Nopcsa, Nopcsa Ferenc, Baron Franz Nopcsa, and Franz Baron Nopcsa) (May 3, 1877 to April 25, 1933) was a Hungarian-born aristocrat, adventurer, scholar, and paleontologist. He is widely regarded as one of the founders of paleobiology and Albanian studies.
Filip Shiroka (1859-1935) was a classical Rilindja (Renaissance in Albanian) poet whose verse was first to become known in later years. He was born and raised in Shkodër and educated there by the Franciscans. Among his teachers was poet Leonardo De Martino (1830-1923), whose influence is omnipresent in Shiroka's verse.
Irhan Jubica (born 1973 in Shkodra) is an Albanian writer and poet. Jubica was editor-in-chief of Thyerje newspaper in 1994-95. He was also editor-in-chief of Orana Review, and co-ordinator of Pen-Club ORANA, an association of young Shkodra writers, since 1997. He was a cultural journalist for the 55 newspaper from 1997 to 1999, and has also edited Fjala e Shkodres newspaper.
Besnik Bajram Mustafaj (born 1958) is an Albanian writer and diplomat. He became foreign minister of Albania on September 11, 2005, when the government of Prime Minister Sali Berisha took office. He resigned on April 24, 2007 and was replaced by Lulzim Basha on April 25. His resignation came after strong disagreements with Berisha. . Further disagreements with the prime minister led to Mustafaj's withdrawal from politics in May, 2009. . Mustafaj is a former Albanian ambassador to France.
Muhammad Nasiruddin al-Albani (1914–October 2, 1999) was an influential Islamic scholar of the 20th Century; he specialised in the fields of hadith and fiqh and was a prodigious writer and speaker. He was lauded by admirers as Muhaddith al-asr--the "hadith specialist of the era."
Ilir Kadia is well known for being one of the most respected journalists in Albania. He has been working for the BBC World Service since 1993. His book Wet Hair (Floke te Lagur), a collection of short stories, came as a surprise to the Albanian public in 2004. The book was highly praised by the literary world as well as the public; Balla says the stories "have by now become part of the reader's patrimony.
Pjetër Bogdani (ca. 1630 - 1689), known in Italian as Pietro Bogdano, is the most original writer of early literature in Albania. He is author of the Cuneus Prophetarum (The Band of the Prophets), 1685, the first prose work of substance written originally in Albanian (i.e. not a translation).
Vorea Ujko (1918-1989), pseudonym of Domenico Bellizzi, is among the most popular and respected of the Arbëresh poets. Ujko was a modest priest from Frascineto (Alb. Frasnita) in Calabria who taught modern literature in Firmo (Alb. Firma) where his memory has been cherished since his death in a car accident in January 1989.
Mirko Gashi (1939-1995), was an Albanian writer of the 20th century. He was born in Kraljevo in Serbia, attended elementary school in Preshevo and secondary school in Gjilan. He studied journalism in Belgrade and worked subsequently as a reporter for the newspaper Flaka e vëllazërimit (Flame of Brotherhood) in Skopje, Macedonia and for Radio Prishtina, Kosovo.