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List of the most popular authors from Russia, listed alphabetically with photos when available. For centuries authors have been among the world's most important people, helping chronicle history and keep us entertained with one of the earliest forms of storytelling. Whether they're known for fiction, non-fiction, poetry or even technical writing, the famous Russian authors on this list have kept that tradition alive by writing renowned works that have been praised around the world. You can find useful information below about these notable Russian writers, such as when they were born and where their place of birth was.

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Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous Authors from Russia
Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky Eugene Onegin, The Seasons and Other Works for Solo Piano, Serenade in C Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky, often anglicised as Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky, was a Russian composer whose works included symphonies, concertos, operas, ballets, chamber music, and a choral setting of ...more

Anton Chekhov is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous Authors from Russia
Anton Chekhov Three Sisters, The Bear, The Kiss 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

E.T.A. Hoffmann is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous Authors from Russia
E.T.A. Hoffmann The Golden Pot, The Life and Opinions of the Tomcat Murr, The Sandman Ernst Theodor Amadeus Hoffmann, who was born Ernst Theodor Wilhelm Hoffmann, was a German Romantic author of fantasy and horror, a jurist, composer, music critic, draftsman and caricaturist. His ...more

Sergei Prokofiev is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous Authors from Russia
Sergei Prokofiev Veshch' v sebe, A, dlia f-p Sergei Sergeyevich Prokofiev was a Russian composer, pianist and conductor. As the creator of acknowledged masterpieces across numerous musical genres, he is regarded as one of the major ...more

Dmitri Shostakovich is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous Authors from Russia
Dmitri Shostakovich Testimony, Katerina Ismailova Dmitri Dmitriyevich Shostakovich was a Russian composer and pianist, and a prominent figure of 20th-century music. Shostakovich achieved fame in the Soviet Union under the patronage of Soviet ...more

Joseph Conrad is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous Authors from Russia
Joseph Conrad Heart of Darkness, Lord Jim, The Secret Agent Joseph Conrad was a Polish author who wrote in English after settling in England. He was granted British nationality in 1886, but always considered himself a Pole. Conrad is regarded as one of ...more

Maxim Gorky is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous Authors from Russia
Maxim Gorky The Mother, Orloff and His Wife, The life of a useless man 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

Leon Trotsky is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous Authors from Russia
Leon Trotsky History of the Russian Revolution, The Permanent Revolution, Lenin Leon Trotsky was a Marxist revolutionary and theorist, Soviet politician, and the founder and first leader of the Red Army. Trotsky initially supported the Menshevik Internationalists faction of ...more

Marina Tsvetaeva is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Famous Authors from Russia
Marina Tsvetaeva The Demesne of the Swans, The Poem of the End, Svodnye tetradi 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

Fyodor Dostoyevsky is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Famous Authors from Russia
Fyodor Dostoyevsky The Brothers Karamazov, Crime and Punishment, 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

Sergei Rachmaninoff is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Famous Authors from Russia
Sergei Rachmaninoff The Isle of the Dead, Op. 29, in Full Score Sergei Vasilievich Rachmaninoff was a Russian composer, pianist, and conductor. Rachmaninoff is widely considered as one of the finest pianists of his day and, as a composer, one of the last ...more

Yuri German is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Famous Authors from Russia
Yuri German Yuri Pavlovich German was a Soviet Russian writer, playwright, screenwriter, and journalist.

Leo Tolstoy is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Famous Authors from Russia
Leo Tolstoy War and Peace, Anna Karenina, Resurrection 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

Igor Stravinsky is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Famous Authors from Russia
Igor Stravinsky An Autobiography, Twentieth-Century Piano Classics, Oedipus Rex Igor Fyodorovich Stravinsky was a Russian composer, pianist and conductor. He is widely considered to be one of the most important and influential composers of the 20th century. Stravinsky's ...more

Max Weber is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Famous Authors from Russia
Max Weber The Religion of China: Confucianism and Taoism, Ancient Judaism, The Protestant Ethic and the Spirit of Capitalism Karl Emil Maximilian "Max" Weber was a German sociologist, philosopher, and political economist whose ideas profoundly influenced social theory and social research. Weber is often ...more

Wassily Kandinsky is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Famous Authors from Russia
Wassily Kandinsky Kandinsky drawings, Kandinsky: Parisian period, 1934-1944 Wassily Wassilyevich Kandinsky was an influential Russian painter and art theorist. He is credited with painting one of the first purely abstract works. Born in Moscow, Kandinsky spent his ...more

Alexey Novikov-Priboy is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Famous Authors from Russia
Alexey Novikov-Priboy The captain, Tsushima Aleksey Silych Novikov-Priboi was the pen-name of A. S. Novikov, an ethnic Russian writer in the Soviet Union, noted for his stories with a nautical theme.

Ivan Turgenev is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Famous Authors from Russia
Ivan Turgenev Fathers and Sons, On the Eve, Virgin soil 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

Grand Duchess Anastasia Nikola... is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Famous Authors from Russia
Grand Duchess Anastasia Nikolaevna of Russia Anastasia: The Autobiography of H.I.H. The Grand Duchess Anastasia Nicholaevna of Russia, Volume 1 Grand Duchess Anastasia Nikolaevna of Russia was the youngest daughter of Tsar Nicholas II, the last sovereign of Imperial Russia, and his wife, Tsarina Alexandra Fyodorovna. Anastasia was a ...more

P. D. Ouspensky is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Famous Authors from Russia
P. D. Ouspensky A further record, Letters from Russia 1919, The Theosophy Of Max Müller Peter D. Ouspensky was a Russian mathematician and esotericist known for his expositions of the early work of the Greek-Armenian teacher of esoteric doctrine George Gurdjieff, whom he met in ...more

Mikhail Kuzmin is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Famous Authors from Russia
Mikhail Kuzmin Wings, Wings; prose and poetry, Selected writings Mikhail Alekseevich Kuzmin was a Russian poet, musician and novelist, a prominent contributor to the Silver Age of Russian Poetry.

George Sanders is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Famous Authors from Russia
George Sanders Stranger At Home, Seeking the Spirit, Crime on my hands George Henry Sanders was an English film and television actor, singer-songwriter, music composer, and author. His career as an actor spanned more than 40 years. His upper-class English accent ...more

Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Famous Authors from Russia
Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov Antar; Ili︠a︡ simfonii︠a︡ dli︠a︡ orkestra, Le coq d'or, Nicolas Rimsky-Korsakov Nikolai Andreyevich Rimsky-Korsakov was a Russian composer, and a member of the group of composers known as The Five. He was a master of orchestration. His best-known orchestral ...more

Vladimir Vladimirovich Nabokov is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Famous Authors from Russia
Vladimir Vladimirovich Nabokov Lolita, Pale Fire, Speak 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

Nikolai Gogol is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Famous Authors from Russia
Nikolai Gogol Dead Souls, The Government Inspector, Nevsky Prospekt 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

Vladimir Mayakovsky is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list Famous Authors from Russia
Vladimir Mayakovsky Eĭ i mne, Mayakovsky, 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

Samuil Marshak is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list Famous Authors from Russia
Samuil Marshak The Twelve Months, Angliĭskie narodnye pesenki, Waxie-Daxie 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

Boris Pasternak is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list Famous Authors from Russia
Boris Pasternak Doctor Zhivago, L'an 1905, Récit 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

Andrei Tarkovsky is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list Famous Authors from Russia
Andrei Tarkovsky Time Within Time: The Diaries 1970–1986, Andrei Rublëv, Instant light Andrei Arsenyevich Tarkovsky was a Soviet and Russian film-maker, writer, film editor, film theorist, theatre and opera director. Tarkovsky's films include Ivan's Childhood, Andrei Rublev, ...more

Yevgeniy Yevtushenko is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list Famous Authors from Russia
Yevgeniy Yevtushenko Yevgeny Yevtushenko, Ne umiraĭ prezhde smerti, Stolen Apples 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.

Vladimir Lenin is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list Famous Authors from Russia
Vladimir Lenin Imperialism, the Highest Stage of Capitalism, "Left-Wing" Communism: An Infantile Disorder Vladimir Ilyich Ulyanov, alias Lenin was a Russian communist revolutionary, politician and political theorist. He served as head of government of the Russian Soviet Federative Socialist Republic ...more

Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list Famous Authors from Russia
Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich, The Gulag Archipelago, In the First Circle Aleksandr Isayevich Solzhenitsyn was a Russian novelist, historian, and critic of Soviet totalitarianism. He helped to raise global awareness of the gulag and the Soviet Union's forced labor ...more

Bulat Okudzhava is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list Famous Authors from Russia
Bulat Okudzhava Bednyĭ Avrosimov, Svidanie s Bonapartom, Budʹ zdorov Bulat Shalvovich Okudzhava was a Russian poet, writer, musician, novelist, and singer-songwriter of Georgian-Armenian ancestry. He was one of the founders of the Russian genre called ...more

Dmitry Merezhkovsky is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list Famous Authors from Russia
Dmitry Merezhkovsky The Death of the Gods, Pavel I, The Romance of Leonardo da Vinci Dmitry Sergeyevich Merezhkovsky was a Russian novelist, poet, religious thinker, and literary critic. A seminal figure of the Silver Age of Russian Poetry, regarded as a co-founder of the ...more

Vladimir Vysotsky is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list Famous Authors from Russia
Vladimir Vysotsky Songs and poems of Vladimir Vysotsky, Hamlet With a Guitar, I Love Vladimir Semyonovich Vysotsky was a Russian singer-songwriter, poet, and actor whose career had an immense and enduring effect on Soviet and Russian culture. He became widely known for his ...more

Peter Kropotkin is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list Famous Authors from Russia
Peter Kropotkin Mutual Aid: A Factor of Evolution, Fields, Factories and Workshops Prince Pyotr Alexeyevich Kropotkin was a Russian geographer, economist, activist, philologist, zoologist, evolutionary theorist, philosopher, writer and prominent anarchist. Kropotkin advocated ...more

Modest Petrovich Mussorgsky is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list Famous Authors from Russia
Modest Petrovich Mussorgsky Mussorgsky / Pictures at an Exhibition, Moszkowski / Spanish Dances, Boris Godounov Modest Petrovich Mussorgsky was a Russian composer, one of the group known as "The Five". He was an innovator of Russian music in the romantic period. He strove to achieve a uniquely ...more

Kazimir Malevich is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list Famous Authors from Russia
Kazimir Malevich Lenʹ kak deĭstvitelʹnai︠a︡ istina chelovechestva, Suprematismus, Les arts de la representation Kazimir Severinovich Malevich was a Polish-Russian painter and art theoretician. He was a pioneer of geometric abstract art and the originator of the avant-garde Suprematist movement.

Osip Mandelstam is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list Famous Authors from Russia
Osip Mandelstam Shum vremeni, Osip Mandelstam, The Moscow 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

Aleksandr Pushkin is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list Famous Authors from Russia
Aleksandr Pushkin Eugene Onegin, The Blizzard, The Bridegroom 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

Boris Akunin is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list Famous Authors from Russia
Boris Akunin Murder on the Leviathan, The State Counsellor, Special Assignments: The Further Adventures of Erast Fandorin Boris Akunin is the pen name of Grigory Shalvovich Chkhartishvili, a Russian writer of Georgian origin. He is best known as writer of detective and historical fiction, but he's also an essayist ...more

Leonid Leonov is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list Famous Authors from Russia
Leonid Leonov The river, La Fin d'un petit homme, The thief Leonid Maximovich Leonov was a Soviet novelist and playwright. He has been dubbed the 20th-century Dostoyevsky for the deep psychological torment of his prose.

Mikhail Baryshnikov is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list Famous Authors from Russia
Mikhail Baryshnikov Baryshnikov, Because . . Mikhail Nikolayevich Baryshnikov, nicknamed "Misha", is a Russian-American dancer, choreographer, and actor born in the Soviet Union, often cited alongside Vaslav Nijinsky and Rudolf ...more

Pitirim Sorokin is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list Famous Authors from Russia
Pitirim Sorokin Social and Cultural Dynamics, Contemporary sociological theories through the first quarter of the twentieth century, The crisis of our age Pitirim Alexandrovich Sorokin was a Russian American sociologist born in modern-day Komi. An academic and political activist in Russia, he emigrated from Russia to the United States in 1923. In ...more

Alexander Ostrovsky is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list Famous Authors from Russia
Alexander Ostrovsky The Forest, Enough Stupidity in Every Wise Man, The Storm Alexander Nikolayevich Ostrovsky was a Russian playwright, generally considered the greatest representative of the Russian realistic period. The author of 47 original plays, Ostrovsky ...more

Karl Marx is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list Famous Authors from Russia
Karl Marx The Communist Manifesto, Das Kapital, On the Jewish Question Karl Marx was a German philosopher, economist, sociologist, journalist, and revolutionary socialist. Marx's work in economics laid the basis for much of the current understanding of labour and ...more

Friedrich Engels is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list Famous Authors from Russia
Friedrich Engels The Communist Manifesto, Anti-Dühring, The Condition of the Working Class in England Friedrich Engels was a German social scientist, author, political theorist, philosopher, and father of Marxist theory, together with Karl Marx. In 1845 he published The Condition of the Working ...more

Lev Shestov is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list Famous Authors from Russia
Lev Shestov La notte di Getsemani, Dobro v uchenīi gr. Tolstogo i F. Nitshe, Chekhov and other essays Lev Isaakovich Shestov, born Yehuda Leyb Schwarzmann, was a Russian existentialist philosopher. Born in Kiev on February 13 [O.S. January 31] 1866, he emigrated to France in 1921, fleeing from ...more

Isadora Duncan is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list Famous Authors from Russia
Isadora Duncan The art of the dance, Moi︠a︡ zhiznʹ, moi︠a︡ Rossii︠a︡ Angela Isadora Duncan was an American dancer. Born in California, she lived in Western Europe and the Soviet Union from the age of 22 until her death at age 50. She performed to acclaim ...more

Mikhail Gorbachev is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list Famous Authors from Russia
Mikhail Gorbachev Memoirs, Peace Has No Alternative, Socialism Mikhail Sergeyevich Gorbachev is a former Soviet statesman. He was the eighth and last leader of the Soviet Union, having served as General Secretary of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union ...more