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Famous Authors from Russia

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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.

List features authors like S. Ansky and D. S. Mirsky.

This list answers the questions, "Which famous authors are from Russia?" and "Who are the best Russian authors?"

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  • 1

    Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky

    Eugene Onegin, The Seasons and Other Works for Solo Piano

    BirthplaceVotkinsk, Russia



    Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky (English: chy-KOF-skee; Russian: Пётр Ильи́ч Чайко́вский, tr. Pyótr...  more

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  • 2

    Anton Chekhov

    Three Sisters, The Bear

    BirthplaceTaganrog, Russia


    NationalityRussian Empire

    Series WrittenTales of Chekhov

    Anton Pavlovich Chekhov (Russian: Антон Павлович Чехов, tr. Antón Pávlovič Čéhov, IPA: [ɐnˈton...  more
  • 3

    E.T.A. Hoffmann

    The Golden Pot, The Life and Opinions of the Tomcat Murr

    BirthplaceKönigsberg, Germany


    NationalityKingdom of Prussia

    Ernst Theodor Amadeus Hoffmann (commonly abbreviated as E. T. A. Hoffmann; born Ernst Theodor...  more
  • 4

    Sergei Prokofiev

    Veshch' v sebe, A

    BirthplaceDonetsk Oblast, Ukraine


    NationalityRussian Empire, Soviet Union

    Sergei Sergeyevich Prokofiev (; Russian: Серге́й Серге́евич Проко́фьев, tr. Sergej Sergejevič...  more

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    #72 of 155 The Greatest Pianists Ever#4 of 41 The Best Russian Composers of All Time

  • 5

    Dmitri Shostakovich

    Testimony, Katerina Ismailova

    BirthplaceSaint Petersburg, Russia


    NationalityRussian Empire, Soviet Union

    Dmitri Dmitriyevich Shostakovich (Russian: Дми́трий Дми́триевич Шостако́вич , tr. Dmitriy...  more

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  • 6

    Joseph Conrad

    Heart of Darkness, Lord Jim

    BirthplaceBerdychiv, Ukraine


    NationalityUnited Kingdom, Russian Empire

    Joseph Conrad (born Józef Teodor Konrad Korzeniowski, Polish: [ˈjuzɛf tɛˈɔdɔr ˈkɔnrat...  more


    The Best Joseph Conrad Quotes#46 of 171 The Best Short Story Writers of All Time

  • 7

    Maxim Gorky

    The Mother, Orloff and His Wife

    BirthplaceNizhny Novgorod, Russia


    NationalityRussia, Soviet Union

    Alexei Maximovich Peshkov (Russian: Алексе́й Макси́мович Пешко́в or Пе́шков; 28 March [O.S. 16...  more
  • 8

    Leon Trotsky

    History of the Russian Revolution, The Permanent Revolution

    BirthplaceKirovohrad, Ukraine


    NationalityRussian Empire

    Lev Davidovich Bronstein (7 November [O.S. 26 October] 1879 – 21 August 1940), better known as...  more

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  • 9

    Marina Tsvetaeva

    The Demesne of the Swans, The Poem of the End

    BirthplaceMoscow, Russia


    NationalityRussian Empire, Soviet Union

    Marina Ivanovna Tsvetaeva (Russian: Мари́на Ива́новна Цвета́ева; 8 October [O.S. 26 September]...  more


    #96 of 127 The Best Russian Authors#74 of 233 The Best Female Authors of All Time

  • 10

    Fyodor Dostoyevsky

    The Brothers Karamazov, Crime and Punishment

    BirthplaceMoscow, Russia


    NationalityRussian Empire

    Fyodor Mikhailovich Dostoevsky (; Russian: Фёдор Михайлович Достоевский, tr. Fyódor...  more

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    #2 of 1,172 The Best Writers of All Time#212 of 2,443 The Most Influential People of All Time

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    Sergei Rachmaninoff

    The Isle of the Dead, Op. 29

    BirthplaceSemyonov, Nizhny Novgorod Oblast, Russia



    Sergei Vasilyevich Rachmaninoff (Серге́й Васи́льевич Рахма́нинов) (1 April [O.S. 20 March]...  more

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    #155 of 1,891 The Greatest Musical Artists of All Time#4 of 368 The Best Classical Composers

  • 12
    Yuri Pavlovich German (Russian: Ю́рий Па́влович Ге́рман) (April 4 [O.S. March 22] 1910 –...  more
  • 13

    Leo Tolstoy

    War and Peace, Anna Karenina

    BirthplaceYasnaya Polyana, Russia


    NationalityRussian Empire

    Count Lev Nikolayevich Tolstoy (; Russian: Лев Николаевич Толстой, tr. Lev Nikoláyevich...  more

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  • 14

    Igor Stravinsky

    An Autobiography, Twentieth-Century Piano Classics

    BirthplaceLomonosov, Russia


    NationalityFrance, United States of America, Russia

    Igor Fyodorovich Stravinsky (; Russian: И́горь Фёдорович Страви́нский, IPA: [ˈiɡərʲ...  more

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    #141 of 525 Which Artist Would You Bring Back From The Dead To Write One More Song?#108 of 152 The Greatest Classical Pianists of All Time

  • 15

    Max Weber

    The Religion of China: Confucianism and Taoism, Ancient Judaism

    BirthplaceErfurt, Germany


    NationalityKingdom of Prussia, German Empire

    Maximilian Karl Emil Weber (21 April 1864 – 14 June 1920) was a German sociologist,...  more
  • 16

    Wassily Kandinsky

    Kandinsky drawings, Kandinsky: Parisian period

    BirthplaceMoscow, Russia


    NationalityFrance, Russia

    Wassily Wassilyevich Kandinsky (; Russian: Васи́лий Васи́льевич Канди́нский, tr. Vasíliy...  more

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  • 17

    Alexey Novikov-Priboy

    The captain, Tsushima

    BirthplaceTambov Oblast, Russia


    Aleksey Silych Novikov-Priboi (Russian: Алексей Силыч Новиков-Прибой 12 March 1877 – 29 April...  more
  • 18

    Ivan Turgenev

    Fathers and Sons, On the Eve

    BirthplaceOryol, Russia


    NationalityRussian Empire

    Ivan Sergeyevich Turgenev (English: ; Russian: Иван Сергеевич Тургенев, tr. Iván Sergéyevich...  more
  • 19

    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 (Russian: Анастаси́я Никола́евна Рома́нова, tr....  more
  • 20

    P. D. Ouspensky

    A further record, Letters from Russia 1919

    BirthplaceMoscow, Russia



    Pyotr Demianovich Ouspenskii (known in English as Peter D. Ouspensky, Пётр Демьянович...  more
  • 21

    Mikhail Kuzmin

    Wings, Wings; prose and poetry

    BirthplaceYaroslavl, Russia



    Mikhail Alekseevich Kuzmin (Russian: Михаи́л Алексе́евич Кузми́н) (October 18 [O.S. October 6]...  more
  • 22

    George Sanders

    Stranger At Home, Seeking the Spirit

    BirthplaceSaint Petersburg, Russia


    NationalityEngland, Russian Empire

    George Henry Sanders (3 July 1906 – 25 April 1972) was a British film and television actor,...  more

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  • 23

    Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov

    Antar; Ili︠a︡ simfonii︠a︡ dli︠a︡ orkestra, Le coq d'or

    BirthplaceTikhvin, Russia



    Nikolai Andreyevich Rimsky-Korsakov (Russian: Николай Андреевич Римский-Корсаков, IPA:...  more
  • 24

    BirthplaceSaint Petersburg, Russia


    NationalityUnited States of America, Russian Empire

    Vladimir Vladimirovich Nabokov (; Russian: Влади́мир Влади́мирович Набо́ков [vɫɐˈdʲimʲɪr...  more
  • 25

    Nikolai Gogol

    Dead Souls, The Government Inspector

    BirthplaceVelyki Sorochyntsi, Ukraine


    NationalityRussian Empire

    Nikolai Vasilievich Gogol (31 March 1809 – 4 March 1852) was a Russian dramatist of Ukrainian...  more