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Famous Playwrights from Russia

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List of notable or famous playwrights from Russia, with bios and photos, including the top playwrights born in Russia and even some popular playwrights who immigrated to Russia. If you're trying to find out the names of famous Russian playwrights then this list is the perfect resource for you. These playwrights are among the most prominent in their field, and information about each well-known playwright from Russia is included when available.

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This historic playwrights from Russia list can help answer the questions "Who are some Russian playwrights of note?" and "Who are the most famous playwrights from Russia?" These prominent playwrights of Russia may or may not be currently alive, but what they all have in common is that they're all respected Russian playwrights.

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    Aleksander Griboyedov

    Alexander Sergeyevich Griboyedov (Russian: Алекса́ндр Серге́евич Грибое́дов, Aleksándr Sergeyevich Griboyedov or Sergéevich Griboédov; 15 January 1795 – 11 February 1829), formerly romanized as Alexander Sergueevich Griboyedoff, was a Russian diplomat, playwright, poet, and composer. He is recognized as homo unius libri, a writer of one book, whose fame rests on the verse comedy Woe from Wit or The Woes of Wit. He was Russia's ambassador to Qajar Persia, where he and all the embassy staff were massacred by an angry mob as a result of the rampant anti-Russian sentiment that existed through Russia's imposing of the Treaty of Gulistan (1813) and Treaty of Turkmenchay (1828), which had...  more
    • Age: Dec. at 34 (1795-1829)
    • Birthplace: Moscow, Russia
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    Alexander Sergeyevich Pushkin (English: ; Russian: Александр Сергеевич Пушкин, tr. Aleksándr Sergéyevich Púshkin, IPA: [ɐlʲɪˈksandr sʲɪrˈɡʲe(j)ɪvʲɪtɕ ˈpuʂkʲɪn] (listen); 6 June [O.S. 26 May] 1799 – 10 February [O.S. 29 January] 1837) was a Russian poet, playwright, and novelist of the Romantic era who is considered by many to be the greatest Russian poet and the founder of modern Russian literature.Pushkin was born into Russian nobility in Moscow. His father, Sergey Lvovich Pushkin, belonged to Pushkin noble families. A maternal great-grandfather was African-born general Abram Petrovich Gannibal. He published his first poem at the age of 15, and was widely recognized by the literary...  more
    • Age: Dec. at 37 (1799-1837)
    • Birthplace: Moscow, Russia

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    Count Aleksey Konstantinovich Tolstoy, often referred to as A. K. Tolstoy (Russian: Алексе́й Константи́нович Толсто́й) (September 5 [O.S. August 24] 1817 – October 10 [O.S. September 28] 1875), was a Russian poet, novelist and playwright, considered to be the most important nineteenth-century Russian historical dramatist, primarily on the strength of his dramatic trilogy The Death of Ivan the Terrible (1866), Tsar Fyodor Ioannovich (1868), and Tsar Boris (1870). He also gained fame for his satirical works, published under his own name (History of the Russian State from Gostomysl to Timashev, The Dream of Councillor Popov) and under the collaborational pen name of Kozma Prutkov. His...  more
    • Age: Dec. at 58 (1817-1875)
    • Birthplace: Saint Petersburg, Russia
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    Alexander Nikolayevich Afinogenov (Russian: Алекса́ндр Никола́евич Афиноге́нов) (4 April [O.S. 22 March] 1904, Skopin - 29 October 1941, Moscow) was a Russian playwright....  more
    • Age: Dec. at 37 (1904-1941)
    • Birthplace: Skopin, Russia