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List of the best Russian authors of both nonfiction and fiction literature, along with some authors of poetry. Russian authors have contributed to almost all genres of literature, including children's literature, mysteries and science fiction. Famous authors like Vladimir Nabokov have given us classics such as Lolita and Leo Tolstoy with Anna Karenina.

Although Russia has gone through political turmoils and two world wars, the writers of the time were still able to produce classic novels that help with social conditions and soul-searching. This will pose the question of who was able to do these things and "who are some of the best Russian authors?"

The list can be voted on for who is the best Russian author as well as suggestions to be added to the list for those obscure, but still the best, authors.
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Aleksandr Pushkin is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Russian Authors
Eugene Onegin Alexander Sergeyevich Pushkin was a Russian author of the Romantic era who is considered by many to be the greatest Russian poet and the founder of modern Russian literature. Pushkin was born ...more

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Nikolai Gogol is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Russian Authors
The Nose, The Overcoat, Diary of a Madman Nikolai Vasilievich Gogol was a Russian dramatist, novelist and short story writer of Ukrainian ethnicity. Russian and Ukrainian scholars debate whether or not Gogol was of their respective ...more

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Anton Chekhov is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Russian Authors
KC Decker added Three Sisters, Uncle Vanya, The Lady with the Dog Anton Pavlovich Chekhov was a Russian physician, playwright and author who is considered to be among the greatest writers of short stories in history. His career as a playwright produced four ...more

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Fyodor Dostoyevsky is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Russian Authors
Crime and Punishment, The Brothers Karamazov, The Idiot Fyodor Mikhailovich Dostoyevsky, sometimes transliterated Dostoevsky, was a Russian novelist, short story writer, essayist, journalist and philosopher. Dostoyevsky's literary works explore human ...more

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Leo Tolstoy is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Russian Authors
War and Peace, Anna Karenina, The Death of Ivan Ilych Count Lev Nikolayevich Tolstoy, commonly referred to as Leo Tolstoy, was a Russian novelist, short story writer, essayist, playwright and philosopher who primarily wrote novels and short ...more

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Mikhail Bulgakov is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Russian Authors
The Master and Margarita Mikhaíl Afanasyevich Bulgakov was a Russian writer and playwright active in the first half of the 20th century. He is best known for his novel The Master and Margarita, which has been ...more

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Vladimir Mayakovsky is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Russian Authors
A Cloud in Trousers, Mystery-Bouffe Vladimir Vladimirovich Mayakovsky was a Russian and Soviet poet, playwright, artist and stage and film actor. 1913-1917 saw Mayakovsky's rise to fame as a leader of the Russian Futurist ...more

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Mikhail Lermontov is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Russian Authors
A Hero of Our Time Mikhail Yuryevich Lermontov, a Russian Romantic writer, poet and painter, the most important Russian poet after Alexander Pushkin's death in 1837 and the greatest figure in Russian Romanticism. ...more

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Ilf and Petrov is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Russian Authors
Alex Gaginsky added The Twelve Chairs , The Little Golden Calf, The Twelve Chairs Ilya Ilf Yevgeniy Petrovich Kataev or Katayev (Russian: Евгений Петрович Катаев, Ukrainian: Євген Петрович Катаєв; 1903–1942) were two Soviet prose authors of the 1920s and 1930s. They did much ...more

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Strugatsky Brothers is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Russian Authors
Alex Gaginsky added Monday Begins on Saturday, Hard to be God, Roadside Picnic The brothers Arkady and Boris Strugatsky were Soviet-Russian science fiction authors who collaborated on their fiction.

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Vladimir Vladimirovich Nabokov is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Russian Authors
Alex Gaginsky added Lolita, Pale Fire, Speak Memory Vladimir Vladimirovich Nabokov was a Russian-American novelist. While Nabokov's first nine novels were in Russian, he later rose to international prominence as a writer of English prose. He also ...more

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Sergei Yesenin is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Russian Authors
Alex Gaginsky added Land of Scoundrels Sergei Alexandrovich Yesenin was a Russian lyrical poet. He was one of the most popular and well-known Russian poets of the 20th century.

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Ivan Turgenev is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Russian Authors
Fathers and Sons, The Diary of a Superfluous Man Ivan Sergeyevich Turgenev was a Russian novelist, short story writer, and playwright. His first major publication, a short story collection entitled A Sportsman's Sketches, was a milestone of ...more

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Maxim Gorky is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Russian Authors
Alex Gaginsky added Twenty-Six Men and a Girl, The Mother, The Song of the Stormy Petrel Alexei Maximovich Peshkov, primarily known as Maxim Gorky, was a Russian and Soviet writer, a founder of the Socialist realism literary method and a political activist. Around fifteen years ...more

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Alexander Blok is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Russian Authors
kotbayun added The Twelve, Pisʹma, Tsṿelf Alexander Alexandrovich Blok was a Russian lyrical poet.

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Yevgeniy Yevtushenko is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Russian Authors
Alex Gaginsky added I am Cuba, Stolen Apples, Pre-Morning Yevgeny Aleksandrovich Yevtushenko is a Soviet and Russian poet. He is also a novelist, essayist, dramatist, screenwriter, actor, and editor, and a director of several films.

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Boris Pasternak is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Russian Authors
Alex Gaginsky added Doctor Zhivago, The Second Birth, Life Boris Leonidovich Pasternak was a Russian poet, novelist, and literary translator. In his native Russian, Pasternak's first book of poems, My Sister, Life, is one of the most influential ...more

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Eduard Uspensky is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Russian Authors
Alex Gaginsky added Shapoklyak, Gena the Crocodile, Cheburashka Goes to School Eduard Nikolayevich Uspensky is a Russian writer and author of several children's books. Among his most beloved characters are a serious but adventurous boy known, for his serious disposition, ...more

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Marina Tsvetaeva is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Russian Authors
kotbayun added Poem of the End, The Train of Life, The Floorcleaners' Song Marina Ivanovna Tsvetaeva was a Russian and Soviet poet. Her work is considered among some of the greatest in twentieth century Russian literature. She lived through and wrote of the Russian ...more

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Kir Bulychov is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Russian Authors
Alex Gaginsky added Alisa Selezneva, Great Guslar, Guest from the Future Kir Bulychov or Bulychev was a pen name of Igor Vsevolodovich Mozheiko, a Soviet Russian science fiction writer and historian. His magnum opus is a children's science fiction series Alisa ...more

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Nikolai Alekseevich Nekrasov is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Russian Authors
kotbayun added Nikolai Alekseevich Nekrasov Pisma, Kritika, publitsistika (kollektivnoe i dubia) 1840-1865 Nikolay Alexeyevich Nekrasov was a Russian poet, writer, critic and publisher, whose deeply compassionate poems about peasant Russia won him Fyodor Dostoyevsky's admiration and made him the hero ...more

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Ivan Krylov is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Russian Authors
Alex Gaginsky added Ivan Krylov Krylov's Fables, Russian fables of Ivan Krylov Ivan Andreyevich Krylov is Russia's best known fabulist and probably the most epigrammatic of all Russian authors. Formerly a dramatist and journalist, he only discovered his true genre at the ...more

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Anna Akhmatova is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Russian Authors
kotbayun added Requiem, Evening, Poem without a Hero Anna Andreyevna Gorenko, better known by the pen name Anna Akhmatova, was a Russian modernist poet, one of the most acclaimed writers in the Russian canon. Akhmatova's work ranges from short ...more

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Korney Chukovsky is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Russian Authors
Alex Gaginsky added Doctor Aybolit, Monster Cockroach, Crocodile Korney Ivanovich Chukovsky was one of the most popular children's poets in the Russian language. His catchy rhythms, inventive rhymes and absurd characters have invited comparisons with the ...more

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Agniya Barto is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Russian Authors
Alex Gaginsky added Agnia Barto An Elephant and a Rope, Find a Person, Alyosha Ptitsyn builds his character Agniya Lvovna Barto, was a Russian Soviet poet and children's writer of Jewish origin.

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Mikhail Saltykov-Shchedrin is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Russian Authors
Alex Gaginsky added Mikhail Saltykov-Shchedrin It, Der weise Gründling, Sbornik Mikhail Yevgrafovich Saltykov-Shchedrin, was a major Russian satirist of the 19th century. He spent most of his life working as a civil servant in various capacities. After the death of poet ...more

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Alexander Grin is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Russian Authors
Alex Gaginsky added The seeker of adventure, Selected short stories, She Who Runs on the Waves Aleksandr Stepanovich Grinevskii was a Russian writer, notable for his romantic novels and short stories, mostly set in an unnamed fantasy land with a European or Latin American flavor. Most of ...more

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Aleksey Nikolayevich Tolstoy is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Russian Authors
Alex Gaginsky added The lame prince, The making of Russia, The Golden Key Aleksey Nikolayevich Tolstoy, nicknamed the Comrade Count, was a Russian and Soviet writer who wrote in many genres but specialized in science fiction and historical novels. During World War II, ...more

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Osip Mandelstam is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Russian Authors
Alex Gaginsky added Topůrko pro kata, Voyage en Arménie, Moscow & Voronezh notebooks Osip Emilyevich Mandelstam was a Russian poet and essayist who lived in Russia during and after its revolution and the rise of the Soviet Union and husband of Nadezhda Mandelstam. He was one of ...more

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Vladimir Korolenko is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Russian Authors
Alex Gaginsky added Bez i͡a︡zyka, Dnevnik, pisʹma 1917-1921 Vladimir Galaktionovich Korolenko was a Russian short story writer, journalist, human rights activist and humanitarian. His short stories were known for their harsh description of nature based ...more

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Vasily Zhukovsky is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Russian Authors
Alex Gaginsky added Vasily Zhukovsky Vasily Andreyevich Zhukovsky was the foremost Russian poet of the 1810s and a leading figure in Russian literature in the first half of the 19th century. He held a high position at the Romanov ...more

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Afanasy Fet is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Russian Authors
Alex Gaginsky added Poezii fără titlu Afanasy Afanasyevich Fet, later known as Shenshin; 5 December [O.S. 23 November] 1820 — 3 December [O.S. 21 November] 1892, was a Russian poet regarded as one of the finest lyricists in Russian ...more

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Fyodor Tyutchev is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Russian Authors
Alex Gaginsky added Silentium!, Last Love Fyodor Ivanovich Tyutchev is generally considered the last of three great Romantic poets of Russia, following Alexander Pushkin and Mikhail Lermontov.

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Michail Aleksandrovich Sholokh... is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Russian Authors
kotbayun added And Quiet Flows the Don Mikhail Aleksandrovich Sholokhov was a Soviet/Russian novelist and winner of the 1965 Nobel Prize in Literature. He is known for writing about life and fate of Don Cossacks during Russian ...more

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Konstantin Simonov is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Russian Authors
Alex Gaginsky added 20 Days Without War, Moscow, On the Petsamo road Konstantin Mikhailovich Simonov, born Kirill Mikhailovich Simonov was a Soviet author and a war poet. He was a playwright and a wartime correspondent, most famous for his poem "Wait for

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Andrei Bely is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Russian Authors
ElijahKaganer added Petersburg, Glossolalia/Glossolalia Boris Nikolaevich Bugaev, better known by the pen name Andrei Bely, was a Russian novelist, poet, theorist, and literary critic. His novel Petersburg was regarded by Vladimir Nabokov as one of ...more

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Alexander Belyayev is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Russian Authors
ElijahKaganer added Amphibian Man, Bor'ba v Efire, Vechny Khleb Alexander Romanovich Belyaev was a Soviet Russian writer of science fiction. His works from the 1920s and 1930s made him a highly regarded figure in Russian science fiction, often referred to as ...more

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Aleksey Konstantinovich Tolsto... is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Russian Authors
ElijahKaganer added Prince Serebrenni, History of the Russian State from Gostomysl to Timashev, Vampires: Stories of the Supernatural Count Aleksey Konstantinovich Tolstoy, often referred to as A. K. Tolstoy, was a Russian poet, novelist and playwright, considered to be the most important nineteenth-century Russian historical ...more

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Nikolay Nosov is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Russian Authors
kotbayun added Nikolai Nikolaevich Nosov was a Soviet children's literature writer, the author of a number of humorous short stories, a school novel, and the popular trilogy of fairy tale novels about the ...more

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Nikolay Gumilev is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Russian Authors
kotbayun added Nikolay Gumileov The pillar of fire and selected poems, Nikolai Gumilev on Russian poetry, Selected works of Nikolai S. Gumilev Nikolay Stepanovich Gumilyov was an influential Russian poet, literary critic, traveler, and military officer. He was the first husband of Anna Akhmatova and father of historian Lev Gumilev. ...more

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Ivan Bunin is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Russian Authors
Alex Gaginsky added The Village, Dry Valley, The Life of Arseniev Ivan Alekseyevich Bunin was the first Russian writer to win the Nobel Prize for Literature. He was noted for the strict artistry with which he carried on the classical Russian traditions in the ...more

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Ivan Yefremov is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Russian Authors
Alex Gaginsky added Andromeda: A Space-Age Tale, The Heart of the Serpent, Cutty Sark Ivan Antonovich Yefremov, last sometimes spelled Efremov, was a Soviet paleontologist, science fiction author and social thinker. He originated taphonomy, the study of fossilization patterns.

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Mikhail Prishvin is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Russian Authors
Alex Gaginsky added Mikhail Prishvin The black Arab, and other stories, Nature's diary Mikhail Mikhailovich Prishvin was a Russian/Soviet writer. Mikhail Prishvin was born in the family mansion of Krutschevo in Oryol Governorate into the family of a merchant. In 1893-1897, he ...more

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Samuil Marshak is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Russian Authors
Alex Gaginsky added The Twelve Months, Waxie-Daxie, The Twelve Months Samuil Yakovlevich Marshak Russian: Самуи́л Я́ковлевич Марша́к; 3 November [O.S. 22 October] 1887 – 4 July 1964 was a Russian and Soviet writer, translator and children's poet. He translated the ...more

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Nikolai Leskov is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Russian Authors
Alex Gaginsky added Nikolai Leskov Siberian Lady Macbeth, The cathedral folk, The Tale of Cross-eyed Lefty from Tula and the Steel Flea Nikolai Semyonovich Leskov was a Russian novelist, short story writer, playwright, and journalist who also wrote under the pseudonym M. Stebnitsky. Praised for his unique writing style and ...more

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Yury Olesha is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Russian Authors
kotbayun added No Day without a Line, The conspiracy of feelings, The wayward comrade and the commissars Yury Karlovich Olesha was a Russian and Soviet novelist. He is considered one of the greatest Russian novelists of the 20th century, one of the few to have succeeded in writing works of lasting ...more

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Konstantin Paustovsky is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Russian Authors
Alex Gaginsky added Lermontov, The Golden Rose, Novye rasskazy Konstantin Georgiyevich Paustovsky was a Russian Soviet writer nominated for the Nobel Prize for literature in 1965.

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Arkady Gaidar is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Russian Authors
Alex Gaginsky added Arkady Gaidar Distant Lands Arkady Petrovich Golikov, was a Soviet writer, whose stories were very popular among Soviet children.

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Daniil Kharms is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Russian Authors
Alex Gaginsky added Daniil Kharms Incidences, Sluchai, The Man in the Black Coat Daniil Kharms was an early Soviet-era surrealist and absurdist poet, writer and dramatist. He came to be known for his children's literature.

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Vladimir Gilyarovsky is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Russian Authors
Alex Gaginsky added Vladimir Gilyarovsky