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Famous Authors from Ukraine

List of the most popular authors from Ukraine, 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 Ukrainian 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 Ukrainian writers, such as when they were born and where their place of birth was.

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  • 1

    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 origin.Although Gogol was considered by his contemporaries to be one of the preeminent figures of the  ...more

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  • 2

    Yevgeniy Yevtushenko

    Yevgeny Yevtushenko, Ne umiraĭ prezhde smerti

    BirthplaceZima, Russia


    NationalityRussia, Soviet Union

    Yevgeny Aleksandrovich Yevtushenko (Russian: Евгений Александрович Евтушенко; 18 July 1933 – 1 April 2017) was a Soviet and Russian poet. He was also a novelist, essayist, dramatist, screenwriter,  ...more
  • 3

    Kazimir Malevich

    Lenʹ kak deĭstvitelʹnai︠a︡ istina chelovechestva, Suprematismus

    BirthplaceKiev, Ukraine


    NationalityUkraine, Russian Empire, Soviet Union

    Kazimir Severinovich Malevich (February 23 [O.S. 11] 1879 – May 15, 1935) was a Russian avant-garde artist and art theorist, whose pioneering work and writing had a profound influence on the  ...more
  • 4

    Vladimir Korolenko

    Slepoĭ muzykant, Les shumit

    BirthplaceZhytomyr, Ukraine



    Vladimir Galaktionovich Korolenko (Russian: Влади́мир Галактио́нович Короле́нко, Ukrainian: Володи́мир Галактіо́нович Короле́нко, 27 July 1853 – 25 December 1921) was a Ukrainian-born Russian writer,  ...more
  • 5
    Wings or Tales of the Psychic, The Thief of Bagdad

    BirthplaceAutonomous Republic of Crimea



    Series WrittenGod of the Invincibly Strong Arms

    Achmed Abdullah (12 May 1881 – 12 May 1945) was an American writer. He is most noted for his pulp stories of crime, mystery and adventure. He wrote screenplays for some successful films. He was the  ...more
  • 6
    Collective Family, Problems of Soviet School Education

    BirthplaceBilopillia, Ukraine


    NationalityUkraine, Russian Empire, Soviet Union

    Anton Semyonovich Makarenko (Russian: Анто́н Семёнович Мака́ренко, 13 January 1888 – 1 April 1939) was a Russian and Soviet educator, social worker and writer, the most influential educational  ...more
  • 7

    Sophie Tucker

    Some of these days



    NationalityUkraine, United States of America, Russian Empire

    Sophie Tucker (January 13, 1886 – February 9, 1966) was a Ukrainian-born American singer, comedian, actress, and radio personality. Known for her powerful delivery of comical and risqué songs, she  ...more
  • 8

    Sy Bartlett

    Twelve O'Clock High

    BirthplaceMykolaiv, Ukraine


    NationalityUkraine, United States of America

    Sy Bartlett (July 10, 1900 – May 29, 1978) was an American author and screenwriter/producer of Hollywood films. Born Sacha Baraniev in Ukraine, he immigrated to the United States at the age of four  ...more
  • 9

    Stephen Timoshenko

    Mecanica de Materiales - 4b, Vibration problems in engineering

    BirthplaceUkraine, Poltavskyi Raion, Poltava, Eurasia, Poltava Oblast


    NationalityUkraine, United States of America, Russia, Russian Empire

    Stepan Prokofyevich Timoshenko (Russian: Степан Прокофьевич Тимошенко, IPA: [sʲtʲɪˈpan prɐˈkofʲɪ̯ɪvʲɪt͡ɕ tʲɪmɐˈʂɛnkə], Ukrainian: Степан Прокопович Тимошенко) (December 23, 1878 – May 29, 1972), was  ...more
  • 10

    Leo Birinski

    Leo Birinski (June 8, 1884 – October 23, 1951) was a playwright, screenwriter and director. He worked in Austria-Hungary, Germany and in the United States. As a playwright in Europe he gained his  ...more
  • 11

    Alex Gottlieb

    Susan Slept Here

    BirthplaceZhytomyr, Ukraine



    Alex Gottlieb was a film producer, television producer, writer and screenwriter.  ...more
  • 12

    Ivan Franko

    Boa constrictor, and other stories

    BirthplaceKingdom of Galicia and Lodomeria



    Ivan Yakovych Franko (Ukrainian: Іван Якович Франко, pronounced [iˈvɑn ˈjɑkovɪtʃ frɐnˈkɔ]) (August 27 [O.S. August 15] 1856 – May 28 [O.S. May 15] 1916) was a Ukrainian poet, writer, social and  ...more
  • 13

    Sheilah Graham Westbrook

    Confessions of a Hollywood columnist, Hinh anh mo t nguo i di =

    BirthplaceEngland, Leeds


    NationalityUkraine, United States of America, England

    Sheilah Graham (born Lily Shiel; 15 September 1904 – 17 November 1988) was a British-born, nationally syndicated American gossip columnist during Hollywood's "Golden Age". Along with Louella Parsons  ...more
  • 14

    Hryhorii Skovoroda

    Fables and aphorisms, Virshi



    NationalityRussian Empire

    Gregory Skovoroda, also Hryhorii Skovoroda, or Grigory Skovoroda (Latin: Gregorius Scovoroda, Ukrainian: Григорій Савич Сковорода, Hryhorii Savych Skovoroda; Russian: Григо́рий Са́ввич Сковорода́,  ...more
  • 15

    Sam Spewack

    Kiss Me, Kate




    Samuel (September 16, 1899 - October 14, 1971) and Bella Spewack (March 25, 1899 - April 27, 1990) were a Tony Award-winning husband-and-wife writing team. Samuel, who also directed many of their  ...more
  • 16

    Sever Gansovsky

    The Day of Wrath

    BirthplaceEastern Europe, Rus', Europe, Ukraine, Kiev


    NationalityUkraine, Soviet Union

    Sever Gansovsky was an author and screenwriter.  ...more
  • 17

    Ivan Drach

    Svitylnyky sadu, Sontse i slovo

    BirthplaceTelizhyntsi, Ukraine


    NationalityUkraine, Soviet Union

    Ivan Fedorovych Drach (Ukrainian: Іва́н Фе́дорович Драч, 17 October 1936 – 19 June 2018) was a Ukrainian poet, screenwriter, literary critic, politician, and political activist.Drach played an  ...more
  • 18

    Volodymyr Sosyura

    Zhuravli pryletily, Tretia rota

    BirthplaceDebaltseve, Ukraine


    NationalityRussian Empire, Soviet Union

    Volodymyr Sosiura (Ukrainian: Володимир Сосюра; born January 6, 1898 in Debaltseve, Yekaterinoslav Governorate (today Donbas region) of the Russian Empire - died January 8, 1965 in Kyiv, Ukrainian  ...more
  • 19

    Karl Emil Franzos

    Leib Weihnachtskuchen and his child

    BirthplaceChortkiv, Ukraine


    NationalityUkraine, Austria, Germany

    Karl Emil Franzos (October 25, 1848 – January 28, 1904) was a popular Austrian novelist of the late 19th century. His works, both reportage and fiction, concentrate on the multi-ethnic corner of  ...more
  • 20

    Jacobo Timerman

    Prisoner without a name, cell without a number

    BirthplaceBar, Ukraine



    Jacobo Timerman (6 January 1923 – 11 November 1999), was a Soviet-born Argentine publisher, journalist, and author, who is most noted for his confronting and reporting the atrocities of the Argentine  ...more
  • 21
    The Poster Art of A. M. Cass

    BirthplaceKharkiv, Soviet Union


    NationalityUkraine, France

    Cassandre, pseudonym of Adolphe Jean-Marie Mouron (24 January 1901 – 17 June 1968) was a French painter, commercial poster artist, and typeface designer.  ...more
  • 22

    Fridrikh Gorenshtein

    Dom s bashenkoi

    BirthplaceEastern Europe, Rus', Europe, Ukraine, Kiev



    Friedrich Naumovich Gorenstein, or Fridrikh Gorenshtein was a Russian author and screenwriter. His works primarily deal with Stalinism, anti-Semitism, and the philosophical-religious view of a  ...more
  • 23

    Andrey Kurkov

    A Matter of Death and Life, Penguin Lost

    BirthplaceLeningrad Oblast, Russia



    Andrey Yuryevich Kurkov (Ukrainian: Андрій Юрійович Курков; Russian: Андре́й Ю́рьевич Курко́в; born 23 April 1961 in Leningrad, USSR) is a Ukrainian novelist and an independent thinker who writes in  ...more
  • 24
    Bertha Kalich (also spelled Kalish, born Beylke Kalakh; 17 May 1874 – 18 April 1939) was a Jewish American actress, born in Lemberg, Galicia (now Lviv, Ukraine). Though she was well-established as an  ...more
  • 25

    Yevhen Hutsalo

    Mentalnost ordy, Vybrani tvory u dvokh tomakh

    BirthplaceUkraine, Vinnytsia Oblast, Eurasia



    Yevhen Hutsalo (14 January 1937 – 4 July 1995 ) was a Ukrainian writer and journalist.  ...more