Dr. Sven Lindqvist is a Swedish author.

He holds a PhD in History of literature from Stockholm University (his thesis, in 1966, was on Vilhelm Ekelund) and a 1979 honorary doctorate from Uppsala University. In 1960–1961, he worked as cultural attaché at the Swedish embassy in Beijing, China. From 1956–86 he was married to Cecilia Lindqvist, with whom he had two children. He has been married to the economist Agneta Stark since 1986. He lives in the Södermalm area of central Stockholm.