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The Best Russian Authors

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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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  • Three Sisters, Uncle Vanya
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    BirthplaceTaganrog, Russia

    NationalityRussian Empire

    Anton Pavlovich Chekhov (Russian: Антон Павлович Чехов, tr. Antón Pávlovič Čéhov, IPA: [ɐnˈton ˈpavɫəvʲɪtɕ ˈtɕɛxəf]; 29 January 1860 – 15 July 1904) was a Russian playwright and short-story writer,  ...more
  • War and Peace, Anna Karenina
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    90

    BirthplaceYasnaya Polyana, Russia

    NationalityRussian Empire

    Count Lev Nikolayevich Tolstoy (; Russian: Лев Николаевич Толстой, tr. Lev Nikoláyevich Tolstóy; [lʲef nʲɪkɐˈlaɪvʲɪtɕ tɐlˈstoj] (listen); 9 September [O.S. 28 August] 1828 – 20 November [O.S. 7  ...more
  • Crime and Punishment, The Brothers Karamazov
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    BirthplaceMoscow, Russia

    NationalityRussian Empire

    Fyodor Mikhailovich Dostoevsky (; Russian: Фёдор Михайлович Достоевский, tr. Fyódor Mikháylovich Dostoyévskiy, IPA: [ˈfʲɵdər mʲɪˈxajləvʲɪtɕ dəstɐˈjɛfskʲɪj] (listen); 11 November 1821 – 9 February  ...more
  • The Nose, The Overcoat
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    BirthplaceVelyki Sorochyntsi, Ukraine

    NationalityRussian Empire

    Nikolai Vasilievich Gogol (31 March 1809 – 4 March 1852) was a Russian dramatist of Ukrainian origin.Although Gogol was considered by his contemporaries to be one of the preeminent figures of the  ...more
  • Eugene Onegin
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    BirthplaceMoscow, Russia

    NationalityRussian Empire

    Alexander Sergeyevich Pushkin (English: ; Russian: Александр Сергеевич Пушкин, tr. Aleksándr Sergéyevich Púshkin, IPA: [ɐlʲɪˈksandr sʲɪrˈɡʲe(j)ɪvʲɪtɕ ˈpuʂkʲɪn] (listen); 6 June [O.S. 26 May] 1799 –  ...more
  • The Master and Margarita
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    BirthplaceKiev, Ukraine

    NationalityRussia, Russian Empire, Soviet Union

    Mikhail Afanasyevich Bulgakov (Russian: Михаи́л Афана́сьевич Булга́ков, IPA: [mʲɪxɐˈil ɐfɐˈnasʲjɪvʲɪtɕ bʊlˈɡakəf]; 15 May [O.S. 3 May] 1891 – 10 March 1940) was a Russian writer, medical doctor and  ...more
  • A Hero of Our Time
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    BirthplaceMoscow, Russia

    NationalityRussian Empire

    Mikhail Yuryevich Lermontov (; Russian: Михаи́л Ю́рьевич Ле́рмонтов, IPA: [mʲɪxɐˈil ˈjurʲjɪvʲɪtɕ ˈlʲɛrməntəf]; October 15 [O.S. October 3] 1814 – July 27 [O.S. July 15] 1841) was a Russian Romantic  ...more
  • The Storm, Enough Stupidity in Every Wise Man
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    BirthplaceZamoskvorechye District

    NationalityRussia

    Alexander Nikolayevich Ostrovsky (Russian: Алекса́ндр Никола́евич Остро́вский; 12 April [O.S. 31 March] 1823, Moscow, Russian Empire – 14 June [O.S. 2 June] 1886, Shchelykovo, Kostroma Governorate,  ...more
  • Fathers and Sons, The Diary of a Superfluous Man
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    BirthplaceOryol, Russia

    NationalityRussian Empire

    Ivan Sergeyevich Turgenev (English: ; Russian: Иван Сергеевич Тургенев, tr. Iván Sergéyevich Turgénev, IPA: [ɪˈvan sʲɪrˈɡʲeɪvʲɪtɕ tʊrˈɡʲenʲɪf]; November 9 [O.S. October 28] 1818 – September 3, 1883)  ...more
  • The Twelve, Pisʹma
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    BirthplaceSaint Petersburg, Russia

    NationalityRussia

    Alexander Alexandrovich Blok (Russian: Алекса́ндр Алекса́ндрович Бло́к, IPA: [ɐlʲɪˈksandr ɐlʲɪˈksandrəvʲɪtɕ ˈblok] (listen); 28 November [O.S. 16 November] 1880 – 7 August 1921) was a Russian lyrical  ...more
  • Silentium!, Last Love
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    BirthplaceBryansk, Russia

    NationalityRussia

    Fyodor Ivanovich Tyutchev (Russian: Фёдор Иванович Тютчев, Pre-Reform orthography: Ѳедоръ Ивановичъ Тютчевъ; December 5 [O.S. November 23] 1803 – July 27 [O.S. July 15] 1873) was a Russian poet and  ...more
  • Siberian Lady Macbeth, The cathedral folk
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    BirthplaceOryol, Russia

    Nikolai Semyonovich Leskov (Russian: Никола́й Семёнович Леско́в; 16 February [O.S. 4 February] 1831 – 5 March [O.S. 21 February] 1895) was a Russian novelist, short-story writer, playwright, and  ...more
  • A Cloud in Trousers, Mystery-Bouffe
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    BirthplaceBaghdati, Georgia

    NationalityRussia, Russian Empire, Soviet Union

    Vladimir Vladimirovich Mayakovsky (; Russian: Влади́мир Влади́мирович Маяко́вский; 19 July [O.S. 7 July] 1893 – 14 April 1930) was a Soviet poet, playwright, artist, and actor. During his early,  ...more
  • It, Der weise Gründling
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    BirthplaceTver, Russia

    Mikhail Yevgrafovich Saltykov-Shchedrin (Russian: Михаи́л Евгра́фович Салтыко́в-Щедри́н, IPA: [mʲɪxɐˈil jɪvˈɡrafəvʲɪtɕ səltɨˈkof ɕːɪˈdrʲin]; 27 January [O.S. 15 January] 1826 – 10 May [O.S. 28 April]  ...more
  • The Twelve Chairs , The Little Golden Calf
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    NationalitySoviet Union

    Ilya Ilf (Ilya Arnoldovich Feinsilberg) (Russian: Илья Арнольдович Файнзильберг, 1897–1937) and Evgeny or Yevgeni Petrov (Yevgeniy Petrovich Kataev/Katayev or Russian: Евгений Петрович Катаев,  ...more
  • Lermontov, The Golden Rose
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    BirthplaceMoscow, Russia

    NationalitySoviet Union

    Konstantin Georgiyevich Paustovsky (Russian: Константи́н Гео́ргиевич Паусто́вский, IPA: [pəʊˈstofskʲɪj]; 31 May [O.S. 19 May] 1892 – July 14, 1968) was a Russian Soviet writer nominated for the Nobel  ...more
  • Poezii fără titlu
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    BirthplaceMtsensk, Russia

    Afanasy Afanasyevich Fet (Russian: Афана́сий Афана́сьевич Фет, IPA: [ɐfɐˈnasʲɪj ɐfɐˈnasʲjɪvʲɪtɕ ˈfʲɛt] (listen)), later known as Shenshin (Russian: Шенши́н, IPA: [ʂɨnˈʂɨn] (listen); 5 December [O.S.  ...more
  • Incidences, Sluchai
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    BirthplaceNorthwestern Federal District, Eurasia, Russia, Saint Petersburg

    NationalityRussia

    Daniil Kharms (Russian: Дании́л Ива́нович Хармс; 30 December [O.S. 17 December] 1905 – 2 February 1942) was an early Soviet-era avant-gardist and absurdist poet, writer and dramatist.  ...more
  • Burning Buildings
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    BirthplaceShuya, Ivanovo Oblast, Russia

    NationalityFrance, Russia, Russian Empire

    Konstantin Dmitriyevich Balmont (Russian: Константи́н Дми́триевич Бальмо́нт, IPA: [kənstɐnˈtʲin ˈdmʲitrʲɪjɪvʲɪtɕ bɐlʲˈmont] (listen); 15 June [O.S. 3 June] 1867 – 23 December 1942) was a Russian  ...more
  • BirthplaceNemyriv, Ukraine

    Not to be confused with Nikolai Vissarionovich Nekrasov.Nikolay Alexeyevich Nekrasov (Russian: Никола́й Алексе́евич Некра́сов, IPA: [nʲɪkɐˈlaj ɐlʲɪkˈsʲejɪvʲɪtɕ nʲɪˈkrasəf] (listen), 10 December [O.S.  ...more
  • Pisma o izuc̆avanju prirode, Zagovor 1825 goda
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    BirthplaceMoscow, Russia

    Aleksandr Ivanovich Herzen (also Aleksandr Ivanovič Gercen; Russian: Алекса́ндр Ива́нович Ге́рцен; April 6 [O.S. 25 March] 1812 – January 21 [O.S. 9 January] 1870) was a Russian writer and thinker  ...more
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    Mikhail Vasilyevich Lomonosov (; Russian: Михаи́л (Михáйло) Васи́льевич Ломоно́сов, IPA: [mʲɪxɐˈil vɐˈsʲilʲjɪvʲɪtɕ ləmɐˈnosəf] (listen); November 19 [O.S. November 8] 1711 – April 15 [O.S. April 4]  ...more
  • The pillar of fire and selected poems, Nikolai Gumilev on Russian poetry
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    BirthplaceKronstadt, Russia

    NationalityRussia

    Nikolay Stepanovich Gumilyov (Russian: Никола́й Степа́нович Гумилёв, IPA: [nʲɪkɐˈlaj sʲtʲɪˈpanəvʲɪtɕ ɡʊmʲɪˈlʲɵf] (listen); April 15 NS 1886 – August 26, 1921) was an influential Russian poet,  ...more
  • On Grief and Reason: Essays, Nativity Poems
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    BirthplaceSaint Petersburg, Russia

    NationalityUnited States of America, Soviet Union

    Iosif Aleksandrovich Brodsky (; Russian: Ио́сиф Алекса́ндрович Бро́дский [ɪˈosʲɪf ɐlʲɪˈksandrəvʲɪtɕ ˈbrotskʲɪj] (listen); 24 May 1940 – 28 January 1996) was a Russian and American poet and  ...more
  • The Gulag Archipelago, One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich
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    BirthplaceKislovodsk, Russia

    NationalityRussia, Soviet Union

    Aleksandr Isayevich Solzhenitsyn (; 11 December 1918 – 3 August 2008) was a Russian novelist, historian, and short story writer. He was an outspoken critic of the Soviet Union and communism and  ...more
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