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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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201 50
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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323 95
Fyodor Dostoyevsky is listed (or ranked) 3 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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236 65
Leo Tolstoy is listed (or ranked) 4 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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154 31
Anton Chekhov is listed (or ranked) 5 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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116 40
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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81 27
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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85 34
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 in 1837 and the greatest figure in Russian Romanticism. His ...more

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39 11
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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44 15
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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70 28
Sergei Yesenin is listed (or ranked) 11 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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108 66
Vladimir Vladimirovich Nabokov is listed (or ranked) 12 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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77 42
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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74 34
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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27 5
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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15 1
Nikolai Alekseevich Nekrasov is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Russian Authors
kotbayun added 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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31 6
Yevgeniy Yevtushenko is listed (or ranked) 17 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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8 0
Vladimir Korolenko is listed (or ranked) 18 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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23 6
Kir Bulychov is listed (or ranked) 19 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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60 34
Boris Pasternak is listed (or ranked) 20 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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40 18
Marina Tsvetaeva is listed (or ranked) 21 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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43 23
Anna Akhmatova is listed (or ranked) 22 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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20 3
Ivan Krylov is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Russian Authors
Alex Gaginsky added 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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20 5
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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17 3
Eduard Uspensky is listed (or ranked) 25 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