Writers Famous Writers from Ukraine

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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.