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List of famous writers from Ukraine, listed alphabetically with photos when available. Ukraine is home to many prolific writers, including those who write fiction, non-fiction, poetry, biographies and more. These are some of the best Ukrainian writers that have ever lived, so if you're a native of Ukraine and an aspiring writer then use this list as inspiration to achieve your own writing goals.

Igor Voloshin and Ivan Mykolaychuk are only the beginning of the writers on this list.

This list answers the questions, "Who are popular Ukrainian writers?" and "Which writers are from Ukraine?"

You can click on the names of these renowned writers of Ukraine in order to get more information about each one. Some of these historic writers may no longer be living in Ukraine, but they're all of Ukraine descent.

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Nikolai Gogol is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous Writers from Ukraine
Died at 43 (1809-1852) 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

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Olga Kurylenko is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous Writers from Ukraine
age 39 Olga Kostantinivna Kurylenko is a French actress and model. She was discovered as a model at the age of 13 and at the age of 16 moved from Ukraine to Paris to pursue a modeling career. Kurylenko ...more

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Kira Muratova is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous Writers from Ukraine
age 84 Kira Heorhiyivna Muratova, née Korotkova is a Ukrainian award-winning film director, screenwriter and actress, known for her unusual directorial style. Her films underwent a great deal of ...more

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Yevgeniy Yevtushenko is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous Writers from Ukraine
age 85 Yevgeny Aleksandrovich Yevtushenko is a Soviet and Russian poet. He is also a novelist, essayist, dramatist, screenwriter, actor, and editor, and a director of several films.

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Alexander Dovzhenko is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous Writers from Ukraine
Died at 62 (1894-1956) Alexander Petrovich Dovzhenko, was a Soviet screenwriter, film producer and director of Ukrainian origin. He is often cited as one of the most important early Soviet filmmakers, alongside Sergei ...more

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Grigori Kozintsev is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous Writers from Ukraine
Died at 68 (1905-1973) Grigori Mikhaylovich Kozintsev was a Soviet theatre and film director. He was named People's Artist of the USSR in 1964. In 1965 he was a member of the jury at the 4th Moscow International Film ...more

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Kazimir Malevich is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous Writers from Ukraine
Died at 56 (1879-1935) Kazimir Severinovich Malevich was a Polish-Russian painter and art theoretician. He was a pioneer of geometric abstract art and the originator of the avant-garde Suprematist movement.

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Sergei Bondarchuk is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous Writers from Ukraine
Died at 74 (1920-1994) Sergei Fedorovich Bondarchuk was a Soviet film director, screenwriter and actor.

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Leonid Trauberg is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Famous Writers from Ukraine
Died at 88 (1902-1990) Leonid Zakharovich Trauberg (Russian: Леонид Захарович Трауберг, 17 January 1902 – 14 November 1990) was an Ukrainian Soviet film director and screenwriter. He directed 17 films between 1924 and ...more

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Clarice Lispector is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Famous Writers from Ukraine
Died at 57 (1920-1977) Clarice Lispector was a Brazilian writer who has been described as the most important Jewish writer since Franz Kafka. Acclaimed internationally for her innovative novels and short stories, she ...more

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Sam Spewack is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Famous Writers from Ukraine
Died at 72 (1899-1971) 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 ...more

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Anton Makarenko is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Famous Writers from Ukraine
Died at 51 (1888-1939) Anton Semenovych Makarenko was a Russian and Soviet educator and writer, who promoted democratic ideas and principles in educational theory and practice. As one of the founders of Soviet ...more

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Lucian Pintilie is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Famous Writers from Ukraine
age 85 Lucian Pintilie is a Romanian film director and screenwriter.

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Gene Stupnitsky is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Famous Writers from Ukraine
age 41 Gene Stupnitsky is a film and television writer and producer. He usually works with Lee Eisenberg, with whom he founded Quantity Entertainment.

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Achmed Abdullah is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Famous Writers from Ukraine
Died at 64 (1881-1945) Achmed Abdullah 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 author of the ...more

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Aleksander Ford is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Famous Writers from Ukraine
Died at 72 (1908-1980) Aleksander Ford was a Polish film director; and head of the Polish People's Army Film Crew in the Soviet Union during World War II. Ford became director of the nationalized Film Polski company ...more

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Aleksandr Ptushko is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Famous Writers from Ukraine
Died at 73 (1900-1973) Aleksandr Lukich Ptushko is a Soviet animation and fantasy film director, and Meritorious Artist of the RSFSR. Ptushko is frequently referred to as "the Soviet Walt Disney," due to his ...more

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Vadim Perelman is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Famous Writers from Ukraine
age 55 Vadim Perelman is a Canadian/American film director. Perelman made his feature film directorial debut in 2003 with House of Sand and Fog, following a successful career as a commercial director. ...more

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Sophie Tucker is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Famous Writers from Ukraine
Died at 79 (1887-1966) Sophie Tucker was a Ukrainian-born American singer, comedian, actress, and radio personality. Known for her stentorian delivery of comical and risqué songs, she was one of the most ...more

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Leo Birinski is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Famous Writers from Ukraine
Died at 67 (1884-1951) Leo Birinski 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 biggest popularity in 1910 – ...more

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Ivan Franko is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Famous Writers from Ukraine
Died at 60 (1856-1916) Ivan Yakovych Franko was a Ukrainian poet, writer, social and literary critic, journalist, interpreter, economist, political activist, doctor of philosophy, ethnographer, the author of the first ...more

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Sy Bartlett is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Famous Writers from Ukraine
Died at 78 (1900-1978) Sy Bartlett 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 and adopted the name Sidney ...more

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Alex Gottlieb is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Famous Writers from Ukraine
Died at 82 (1906-1988) Alex Gottlieb was a film producer, television producer, writer and screenwriter.

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Lew Brown is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Famous Writers from Ukraine
Died at 65 (1893-1958) Lew Brown was a lyricist for popular songs in the United States. Brown was born as Louis Brownstein in Odessa, Russian Empire. His family emigrated to the United States in 1898 and settled in ...more

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Jan Łomnicki is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Famous Writers from Ukraine
Died at 73 (1929-2002) Jan Lomnicki was a film director and screenwriter.

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Karl Emil Franzos is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list Famous Writers from Ukraine
Died at 56 (1848-1904) Karl Emil Franzos was a popular Austrian novelist of the late 19th century. His works, both reportage and fiction, concentrate on the multi-ethnic corner of Galicia, Podolia and Bukovina, now ...more

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Ivan Mykolaychuk is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list Famous Writers from Ukraine
Died at 46 (1941-1987) Ivan Vasylyovych Mykolaychuk was a Soviet actor, producer, and screen writer from Ukraine. He is best known for playing the Hutsul Ivan in Shadows of Forgotten Ancestors, based on Mykhailo ...more

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Lev Arnshtam is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list Famous Writers from Ukraine
Lev Arnshtam Died at 74 (1905-1979) Lev Oskarovich Arnshtam was a Soviet film director and screenwriter. He directed nine films between 1936 and 1967.

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Lev Slavin is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list Famous Writers from Ukraine
Lev Slavin Died at 88 (1896-1984) Lev Slavin was a screenwriter.

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Aleksandr Razumny is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list Famous Writers from Ukraine
Died at 81 (1891-1972) Aleksandr Razumnyj is a film director.

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John Paskievich is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list Famous Writers from Ukraine
age 70 John Paskievich is a Ukrainian-Canadian documentary filmmaker and photographer from Winnipeg, Manitoba. Paskievich's 2006 National Film Board of Canada documentary Unspeakable explores ...more

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Igor Kovalyov is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list Famous Writers from Ukraine
age 55 Igor Kovalyov is a film and television director, an animator and a screenwriter.

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Anita Doron is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list Famous Writers from Ukraine
age 44 Anita Doron is a film director, screenwriter, film producer and cinematographer.

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Hryhorii Skovoroda is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list Famous Writers from Ukraine
Died at 72 (1722-1794) Gregory Skovoroda, also Hryhorii Skovoroda, or Grigory Skovoroda was a Ukrainian and Russian philosopher, poet, teacher and composer. Skovoroda was of a Cossack background in current day ...more

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Boris de Fast is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list Famous Writers from Ukraine
Boris de Fast was an actor, screenwriter and film editor.

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Mark Donskoy is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list Famous Writers from Ukraine
Mark Donskoy Died at 80 (1901-1981) Mark Semyonovich Donskoy was a Soviet film director. His most famous work was the Gorky Trilogy, consisting of The Childhood of Maxim Gorky, My Apprenticeship, and My Universities.

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Igor Voloshin is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list Famous Writers from Ukraine
Igor Voloshin age 44 Igor Voloshin is a film director, screenwriter and film producer.

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Andrey Kurkov is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list Famous Writers from Ukraine
Andrey Kurkov age 57 Andrey Yuryevich Kurkov is a Ukrainian novelist and an independent thinker who writes in Russian. He is the author of 13 novels, including the bestselling Death and the Penguin, and 5 books for ...more

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Jacobo Timerman is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list Famous Writers from Ukraine
Died at 76 (1923-1999) Jacobo Timerman, born in the Soviet Union, was an Argentine publisher, journalist, and author of Lithuanian Jewish descent, who is most noted for his confronting and reporting the atrocities of ...more

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Jed Harris is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list Famous Writers from Ukraine
Died at 79 (1900-1979) Jed Harris was a Austrian-American theater producer and director, and writer of film. Jed Harris was born in Lviv.

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Ihor Podolchak is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list Famous Writers from Ukraine
age 56 Ihor Podolchak is a Ukrainian filmmaker and visual artist. He is a co-founder of the creative association Masoch Fund. Ihor Podolchak was voted as one of the 10 most prominent Ukrainian ...more

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Julia Davis is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list Famous Writers from Ukraine
age 44 Julia Davis is a former Customs and Border Protection officer. She has produced, directed, and acted in several television and film projects. Julia Davis became a National ...more

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Fridrikh Gorenshtein is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list Famous Writers from Ukraine
Fridrikh Gorenshtein Died at 70 (1932-2002) 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

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Jenő Janovics is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list Famous Writers from Ukraine
Died at 73 (1872-1945) Jenő Janovics was a Hungarian film director, screenwriter and actor of the silent era. He directed 33 films between 1913 and 1920. He also wrote for 30 films between 1913 and 1918. He was the ...more

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Sheilah Graham Westbrook is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list Famous Writers from Ukraine
Died at 84 (1904-1988) Sheilah Graham Westbrook was an English-born American nationally syndicated gossip columnist during Hollywood's "Golden Age," who, with Louella Parsons and Hedda Hopper, wielded power ...more

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Arthur Kober is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list Famous Writers from Ukraine
Died at 75 (1900-1975) Arthur Kober was a screenwriter.

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Bertha Kalich is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list Famous Writers from Ukraine
Died at 65 (1874-1939) Bertha Kalich, was a Jewish actress, born in Lemberg, Galicia. Though she was well-established as an entertainer in Eastern Europe, she is best remembered as one of the several ...more

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Serge Lifar is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list Famous Writers from Ukraine
Died at 81 (1905-1986) Serge Lifar – 15 December 1986, Lausanne, Switzerland was a French ballet dancer and choreographer of Ukrainian origin, famous as one of the greatest male ballet dancers of the 20th century. Not ...more

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Yuriy Moroz is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list Famous Writers from Ukraine
Yuriy Moroz age 62 Yuri Moroz is a television producer and director.

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Amvrosii Metlynsky is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list Famous Writers from Ukraine
Died at 56 (1814-1870) Amvrosii Metlynsky was a Ukrainian poet, ethnographer, and professor, and publisher. Metlynsky was a professor of Russian Literature at Kharkiv University from 1843–49, and again from 1854–58. ...more