Compiled by Anne O. Fisher

Benediktov, Vladimir (1807-1855) was a Russian poet and a representative of late Russian Romanticism.

Blok, Aleksandr (1880-1921) was a major Russian poet and critic prominent among the Russian Symbolists and other early twentieth-century modernists.

Bulgarin, Faddei (1789-1859) was a journalist and publisher of a series of journals, including The Northern Bee and Son of the Fatherland. Bulgarin was also the author of very popular didactic-moralistic novels such as Ivan Vyzhigin, 1829, Peter Ivanovich Vyzhigin, 1831, and others.

Čiurlionis, Mikalojus Konstantinas (1875-1911) was a fin-de-siècle painter, composer and writer from Lithuania and Poland.

Cottin, Marie Sophie Ristaud (1770-1807) was a French writer and author of historical romances.

Derzhavin, Gavrila (1743-1816) was a major poet and statesman whose innovative work bridged the eighteenth- and nineteenth-century Russian poetic traditions. During the elderly Derzhavin’s 1815 visit to the young Pushkin’s school, the Tsarskoye Selo Lyceum, Pushkin recited his own poetry, making an enormous impression on the elder poet.

Dmitriev, Ivan (1760-1837) was a sentimentalist writer.

Fet, Afanasii (1820-1892) was a major lyric poet of the late nineteenth century.

Ganin, Egor (1755-1830) was an amateur playwright whose work was frequently mocked by contemporaries.

Genlis, Madame de (pseudonym of Stéphanie-Felicité Ducrest de Saint-Aubin; 1746-1830) was a French author of sentimental, didactic novels about high-society life that were popular in Russia.

Gottfried von Straßburg (late 12th-early 13th century) was a German poet, author of a long, unfinished poem about Tristan and Isolde.

​​Izmailov, Aleksandr (1779-1831) was a fabulist, poet, and novelist.

Karamzin, Nikolai (1766-1826) was a renowned historian of Russia, sentimental writer, poet, and critic.

Kaznacheev, Aleksandr (1788-1880) was a Russian statesman and later governor of Taurida Province.

Khvostov, Count Dmitrii (1757-1835) wrote classically inspired poetry; his prolific, flowery work was frequently mocked by contemporaries.

Konashevich, Vladimir (1888-1963) was one of the best-known illustrators of the early Soviet period.

von Krüdener, Barbara Juliane (1764-1824) was a German-born, French-language author of sentimental works of a mystical nature.

Krylov, Ivan (1769-1844) was a dramatist and journalist, most revered for his fables, which hold a place of pride in Russian culture.

Kustodiev, Boris (1878-1927) was a painter, set designer and illustrator.

Leskov, Nikolai (1831-1895) wrote numerous short stories as well as several novels and novellas. He is known for his tales of provincial and village life, and for his dense, colloquial storytelling style.

Marlinskii, A. A. (a pseudonym of Aleksandr Aleksandrovich Bestuzhev, 1797-1837) was a Russian writer, Decembrist, and author of popular romantic historical tales and novels.

Nekrasov, Nikolai (1821-1878) was a poet and publisher renowned for his poems about Russian peasant life, as well as his radically liberal views.

Olenin, Aleksei (1763-1843) was a statesman and archaeologist who launched a successful sideline in book illustration at the end of the eighteenth century.

Ovsiannikov, Nikolai (dates unknown) was a prominent St. Petersburg bookseller whose shop operated from 1832 to 1868.

Pletnev, Petr (1792-1866) was a literary scholar, critic and editor who was friends with Pushkin.

Pogodin, Mikhail (1800-1875) was a historian and editor of The Moscow Herald and later the Slavophile The Muscovite, which he co-edited with Stepan Shevyrev.

Polevoi, Nikolai (1796-1846) was a writer and critic. From 1825 to 1834, Polevoi published the popular Moscow Telegraph. He later moved to St. Petersburg, where he wrote for and edited a number of other publications, including The Northern Bee and Son of the Fatherland.

Rozanov, Vasilii (1856-1919) was a philosopher, journalist and literary critic, at times loosely affiliated with the Russian Symbolist movement. His openness about sexual, religious and political matters made him a controversial figure in his lifetime.

Senkovskii, Osip (pseudonym: Baron Brambeus; 1800-1858) was a Russian writer and journalist, author of popular tales, sketches, essays, etc.

Shevyrev, Stepan (1806-1864) was an adherent of Slavophilism and hostile toward pro-Western intellectuals like Belinskii. He co-edited The Muscovite with Mikhail Pogodin.

Viazemskii, Petr (1792-1878) was a romantic poet and one of Pushkin’s closest friends.

Zagoskin, Mikhail (1789-1852) was a commercially successful comedic writer and playwright.

Zhukovskii, Vasilii (1787-1852) was a leading romantic poet in Russia who served as tutor to the wife of Nicholas I and later his son, the future Alexander II.

Cite: Anne O. Fisher (comp.), “List of Names,” Lingua Franca, Issue 8, Parts I and II (2022),