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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
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
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Anton Chekhov is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous Authors from Russia
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
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E.T.A. Hoffmann is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous Authors from Russia
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
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Sergei Prokofiev is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous Authors from Russia
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
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Dmitri Shostakovich is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous Authors from Russia
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
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Joseph Conrad is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous Authors from Russia
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
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Maxim Gorky is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous Authors from Russia
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
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Leon Trotsky is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous Authors from Russia
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
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Marina Tsvetaeva is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Famous Authors from Russia
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
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Fyodor Dostoyevsky is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Famous Authors from Russia
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
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Sergei Rachmaninoff is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Famous Authors from Russia
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
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Yuri German is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Famous Authors from Russia
Yuri Pavlovich German was a Soviet Russian writer, playwright, screenwriter, and journalist.
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Leo Tolstoy is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Famous Authors from Russia
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
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Igor Stravinsky is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Famous Authors from Russia
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
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Max Weber is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Famous Authors from Russia
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
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Wassily Kandinsky is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Famous Authors from Russia
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
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Alexey Novikov-Priboy is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Famous Authors from Russia
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.
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Ivan Turgenev is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Famous Authors from Russia
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
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Grand Duchess Anastasia Nikola... is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Famous Authors from 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
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P. D. Ouspensky is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Famous Authors from Russia
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
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Mikhail Kuzmin is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Famous Authors from Russia
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.
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George Sanders is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Famous Authors from Russia
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
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Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Famous Authors from Russia
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
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Vladimir Vladimirovich Nabokov is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Famous Authors from Russia
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
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Nikolai Gogol is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Famous Authors from Russia
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