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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?"

For further information on these historic Russian authors, click on their names. If you're a bookworm then use this list of celebrated Russian authors to discover some new books that you will enjoy reading.
  • Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky1

    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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    #89 of 816 These Poetic Geniuses Wrote Your Favorite Songs of All Time#113 of 403 Famous Role Models We'd Like to Meet In Person

  • Anton Chekhov2

    Anton Chekhov

    Three Sisters, The Bear

    BirthplaceTaganrog, Russia



    Series WrittenTales of Chekhov

    Anton Pavlovich Chekhov (Russian: Антон Павлович Чехов, tr. Antón Pávlovič Čéhov, IPA: [ɐnˈton...  more
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    The Best Anton Chekhov Short Stories#2 of 22 Historical Figures You Would Swipe Right On

  • E.T.A. Hoffmann3

    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
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  • Sergei Prokofiev4

    Sergei Prokofiev

    Veshch' v sebe, A

    BirthplaceDonetsk Oblast, Ukraine



    Sergei Sergeyevich Prokofiev (; Russian: Серге́й Серге́евич Проко́фьев, tr. Sergej Sergejevič...  more
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    #70 of 155 The Greatest Pianists Ever#4 of 41 The Best Russian Composers of All Time

  • Dmitri Shostakovich5

    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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    #74 of 143 The Greatest Pianists of All Time#93 of 150 Bygone Musicians You Most Want to See Perform as Holograms

  • Joseph Conrad6

    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
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    The Best Joseph Conrad Quotes#45 of 171 The Best Short Story Writers of All Time

  • Maxim Gorky7

    Maxim Gorky

    The Mother, Orloff and His Wife

    BirthplaceEurasia, Nizhny Novgorod Oblast, Russia, Nizhny Novgorod


    NationalityRussia, Soviet Union

    Alexei Maximovich Peshkov (Russian: Алексе́й Макси́мович Пешко́в or Пе́шков; 28 March [O.S. 16...  more
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  • Leon Trotsky8

    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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    #285 of 347 The Most Important Leaders In World History#12 of 15 Shocking Details From History's Most Significant Forgotten Assassinations

  • Marina Tsvetaeva9

    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
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    #73 of 233 The Best Female Authors of All Time#47 of 369 The Greatest Poets of All Time

  • Fyodor Dostoyevsky10

    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#193 of 2,443 The Most Influential People of All Time

  • Sergei Rachmaninoff11

    Sergei Rachmaninoff

    The Isle of the Dead, Op. 29

    BirthplaceEurasia, Veliky Novgorod, Novgorod Oblast, Russia


    NationalityUnited States of America, Russia

    Sergei Vasilyevich Rachmaninoff (Серге́й Васи́льевич Рахма́нинов) (1 April [O.S. 20 March]...  more
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    #152 of 1,891 The Greatest Musical Artists of All Time#5 of 368 The Best Classical Composers

  • Yuri German12
    Yuri Pavlovich German (Russian: Ю́рий Па́влович Ге́рман) (April 4 [O.S. March 22] 1910 –...  more
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  • Leo Tolstoy13

    Leo Tolstoy

    War and Peace, Anna Karenina

    BirthplaceEurasia, Russia, Yasnaya Polyana



    Count Lev Nikolayevich Tolstoy (; Russian: Лев Николаевич Толстой, tr. Lev Nikoláyevich...  more
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    #25 of 25 Famous People From History You Had No Idea Were Foxy#9 of 106 The Best Historical Fiction Writers of All Time

  • Igor Stravinsky14

    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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    #153 of 525 Which Artist Would You Bring Back From The Dead To Write One More Song?#111 of 152 The Greatest Classical Pianists of All Time

  • Max Weber15

    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
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  • Wassily Kandinsky16

    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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    Alexey Novikov-Priboy

    The captain, Tsushima

    BirthplaceTambov Oblast, Russia


    Aleksey Silych Novikov-Priboi (Russian: Алексей Силыч Новиков-Прибой 12 March 1877 – 29 April...  more
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  • Ivan Turgenev18

    Ivan Turgenev

    Fathers and Sons, On the Eve

    BirthplaceOryol, Russia


    NationalityRussian Empire

    Ivan Sergeyevich Turgenev (English: ; Russian: Иван Сергеевич Тургенев, tr. Iván Sergéyevich...  more
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  • Grand Duchess Anastasia Nikolaevna of Russia19

    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
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  • P. D. Ouspensky20

    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
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  • Mikhail Kuzmin21

    Mikhail Kuzmin

    Wings, Wings; prose and poetry

    BirthplaceYaroslavl Oblast, Yaroslavl, Eurasia, Russia



    Mikhail Alekseevich Kuzmin (Russian: Михаи́л Алексе́евич Кузми́н) (October 18 [O.S. October 6]...  more
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  • George Sanders22

    George Sanders

    Stranger At Home, Seeking the Spirit

    BirthplaceSaint Petersburg, Russia



    George Henry Sanders (3 July 1906 – 25 April 1972) was a British film and television actor,...  more
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    #427 of 1,017 The Best Actors in Film History#309 of 310 The Coolest Actors Ever

  • Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov23

    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
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  • Vladimir Vladimirovich Nabokov24

    BirthplaceSaint Petersburg, Russia


    NationalityUnited States of America, Russian Empire

    Vladimir Vladimirovich Nabokov (; Russian: Влади́мир Влади́мирович Набо́ков [vɫɐˈdʲimʲɪr...  more
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  • Nikolai Gogol25

    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
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