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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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    Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky

    Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky

    Eugene Onegin, The Seasons and Other Works for Solo Piano

    BirthplaceVotkinsk, Russia

    Birthdate1840-05-07

    NationalityRussia

    Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky (English: chy-KOF-skee; Russian: Пётр Ильи́ч Чайко́вский, tr. Pyótr... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
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    Anton Chekhov

    Anton Chekhov

    Three Sisters, The Bear

    BirthplaceTaganrog, Russia

    Birthdate1860-01-29

    NationalityRussia

    Series WrittenTales of Chekhov

    Anton Pavlovich Chekhov (Russian: Антон Павлович Чехов, tr. Antón Pávlovič Čéhov, IPA: [ɐnˈton... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
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    E.T.A. Hoffmann

    E.T.A. Hoffmann

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

    BirthplaceKönigsberg, Germany

    Birthdate1776

    NationalityKingdom of Prussia

    Ernst Theodor Amadeus Hoffmann (commonly abbreviated as E. T. A. Hoffmann; born Ernst Theodor... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
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    Sergei Prokofiev

    Sergei Prokofiev

    Veshch' v sebe, A

    BirthplaceDonetsk Oblast, Ukraine

    Birthdate1891-04-23

    NationalityRussia

    Sergei Sergeyevich Prokofiev (; Russian: Серге́й Серге́евич Проко́фьев, tr. Sergej Sergejevič... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
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    Dmitri Shostakovich

    Dmitri Shostakovich

    Testimony, Katerina Ismailova

    BirthplaceSaint Petersburg, Russia

    Birthdate1906-09-25

    NationalityRussian Empire, Soviet Union

    Dmitri Dmitriyevich Shostakovich (Russian: Дми́трий Дми́триевич Шостако́вич , tr. Dmitriy... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
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    Joseph Conrad

    Joseph Conrad

    Heart of Darkness, Lord Jim

    BirthplaceBerdychiv, Ukraine

    Birthdate1857-12-03

    NationalityUnited Kingdom, Russian Empire

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

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    Maxim Gorky

    Maxim Gorky

    The Mother, Orloff and His Wife

    BirthplaceEurasia, Nizhny Novgorod Oblast, Russia, Nizhny Novgorod

    Birthdate1868

    NationalityRussia, Soviet Union

    Alexei Maximovich Peshkov (Russian: Алексе́й Макси́мович Пешко́в or Пе́шков; 28 March [O.S. 16... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
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    Leon Trotsky

    Leon Trotsky

    History of the Russian Revolution, The Permanent Revolution

    BirthplaceKirovohrad, Ukraine

    Birthdate1879-11-07

    NationalityRussian Empire

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

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  • 9
    Marina Tsvetaeva

    Marina Tsvetaeva

    The Demesne of the Swans, The Poem of the End

    BirthplaceMoscow, Russia

    Birthdate1892

    NationalityRussian Empire, Soviet Union

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

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    #73 of 233 The Best Female Authors of All Time#106 of 369 The Greatest Poets of All Time

  • 10
    Fyodor Dostoyevsky

    Fyodor Dostoyevsky

    The Brothers Karamazov, Crime and Punishment

    BirthplaceMoscow, Russia

    Birthdate1821-11-11

    NationalityRussian Empire

    Fyodor Mikhailovich Dostoevsky (; Russian: Фёдор Михайлович Достоевский, tr. Fyódor... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button

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    #3 of 1,172 The Best Writers of All Time#177 of 2,443 The Most Influential People of All Time

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    Sergei Rachmaninoff

    Sergei Rachmaninoff

    The Isle of the Dead, Op. 29

    BirthplaceEurasia, Veliky Novgorod, Novgorod Oblast, Russia

    Birthdate1873-04-01

    NationalityUnited States of America, Russia

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

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    #312 of 1,357 The Greatest Minds of All Time#185 of 1,891 The Greatest Musical Artists of All Time

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    Yuri German
    Yuri Pavlovich German (Russian: Ю́рий Па́влович Ге́рман) (April 4 [O.S. March 22] 1910 –... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
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    Leo Tolstoy

    Leo Tolstoy

    War and Peace, Anna Karenina

    BirthplaceYasnaya Polyana, Russia

    Birthdate1828-09-09

    NationalityRussian Empire

    Count Lev Nikolayevich Tolstoy (; Russian: Лев Николаевич Толстой, tr. Lev Nikoláyevich... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
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    Igor Stravinsky

    Igor Stravinsky

    An Autobiography, Twentieth-Century Piano Classics

    BirthplaceLomonosov, Russia

    Birthdate1882-06-17

    NationalityFrance, United States of America, Russia

    Igor Fyodorovich Stravinsky (; Russian: И́горь Фёдорович Страви́нский, IPA: [ˈiɡərʲ... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
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    Max Weber

    Max Weber

    The Religion of China: Confucianism and Taoism, Ancient Judaism

    BirthplaceErfurt, Germany

    Birthdate1864-04-21

    NationalityKingdom of Prussia, German Empire

    Maximilian Karl Emil Weber (21 April 1864 – 14 June 1920) was a German sociologist,... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
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    Wassily Kandinsky

    Wassily Kandinsky

    Kandinsky drawings, Kandinsky: Parisian period

    BirthplaceMoscow, Russia

    Birthdate1866-12-16

    NationalityFrance, Russia

    Wassily Wassilyevich Kandinsky (; Russian: Васи́лий Васи́льевич Канди́нский, tr. Vasíliy... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button

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    #11 of 22 Weird Personal Quirks of Historical Artists#26 of 31 The Greatest Painters Of All Time

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    Alexey Novikov-Priboy

    The captain, Tsushima

    BirthplaceTambov Oblast, Russia

    Birthdate1877

    Aleksey Silych Novikov-Priboi (Russian: Алексей Силыч Новиков-Прибой 12 March 1877 – 29 April... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
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    Ivan Turgenev

    Ivan Turgenev

    Fathers and Sons, On the Eve

    BirthplaceOryol, Russia

    Birthdate1818-11-09

    NationalityRussian Empire

    Ivan Sergeyevich Turgenev (English: ; Russian: Иван Сергеевич Тургенев, tr. Iván Sergéyevich... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
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    Grand Duchess Anastasia Nikolaevna of Russia

    Grand Duchess Anastasia Nikolaevna of Russia

    Anastasia: The Autobiography of H.I.H. The Grand Duchess Anastasia Nicholaevna of Russia, Volume 1

    BirthplacePetergof

    Birthdate1901-06-18

    NationalityRussia

    Grand Duchess Anastasia Nikolaevna of Russia (Russian: Анастаси́я Никола́евна Рома́нова, tr.... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
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    P. D. Ouspensky

    P. D. Ouspensky

    A further record, Letters from Russia 1919

    BirthplaceMoscow, Russia

    Birthdate1878-03-17

    NationalityRussia

    Pyotr Demianovich Ouspenskii (known in English as Peter D. Ouspensky, Пётр Демьянович... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
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    Mikhail Kuzmin

    Mikhail Kuzmin

    Wings, Wings; prose and poetry

    BirthplaceYaroslavl Oblast, Yaroslavl, Eurasia, Russia

    Birthdate1875

    NationalityRussia

    Mikhail Alekseevich Kuzmin (Russian: Михаи́л Алексе́евич Кузми́н) (October 18 [O.S. October 6]... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
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    George Sanders

    George Sanders

    Stranger At Home, Seeking the Spirit

    BirthplaceSaint Petersburg, Russia

    Birthdate1906-07-03

    NationalityEngland

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

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    #309 of 310 The Coolest Actors Ever#465 of 1,019 The Best Actors in Film History

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    Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov

    Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov

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

    BirthplaceTikhvin, Russia

    Birthdate1844-03-18

    NationalityRussia

    Nikolai Andreyevich Rimsky-Korsakov (Russian: Николай Андреевич Римский-Корсаков, IPA:... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
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    Vladimir Vladimirovich Nabokov

    BirthplaceSaint Petersburg, Russia

    Birthdate1899-04-22

    NationalityUnited States of America, Russian Empire

    Vladimir Vladimirovich Nabokov (; Russian: Влади́мир Влади́мирович Набо́ков [vɫɐˈdʲimʲɪr... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
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    Nikolai Gogol

    Nikolai Gogol

    Dead Souls, The Government Inspector

    BirthplaceVelyki Sorochyntsi, Ukraine

    Birthdate1809-04-01

    NationalityRussian Empire

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