Boris Pasternak

1890 - 1960

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Boris Leonidovich Pasternak (; Russian: Борис Леонидович Пастернак, IPA: [bɐˈrʲis lʲɪɐˈnʲidəvʲɪtɕ pəstɨrˈnak]; 10 February [O.S. 29 January] 1890 – 30 May 1960) was a Russian poet, novelist, composer, and literary translator. Composed in 1917, Pasternak's first book of poems, My Sister, Life, was published in Berlin in 1922 and soon became an important collection in the Russian language. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Boris Pasternak has received more than 2,321,374 page views. His biography is available in 105 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 101 in 2019). Boris Pasternak is the 139th most popular writer (down from 107th in 2019), the 49th most popular biography from Russia (down from 44th in 2019) and the 11th most popular Russian Writer.

Boris Pasternak is most famous for his novel Doctor Zhivago, which was published in 1957 and then banned in the Soviet Union.

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Notable Works

Slepai͡a︡ krasavit͡s︡a
I remember
Author's reminiscences of infancy and youth, impressions of outstanding Russian artists, musicians and writers from the 1890's through the 1930's, and critical comments on Shakespeare's plays.
Doctor Zhivago
Doktor Zhivago
Safe conduct


Among writers, Boris Pasternak ranks 139 out of 7,302Before him are Hafez, Samuel Beckett, Günter Grass, Adam Mickiewicz, Yukio Mishima, and Carlo Collodi. After him are Mary Shelley, Petronius, Rudyard Kipling, Robert Louis Stevenson, Walter Scott, and Dr. Seuss.

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Among people born in 1890, Boris Pasternak ranks 8Before him are Agatha Christie, H. P. Lovecraft, Dwight D. Eisenhower, Ho Chi Minh, Friedrich Paulus, and Vyacheslav Molotov. After him are Egon Schiele, Karel Čapek, Alfred Jodl, Fritz Lang, Kurt Lewin, and George II of Greece. Among people deceased in 1960, Boris Pasternak ranks 2Before him is Albert Camus. After him are Max von Laue, Clark Gable, Erich Raeder, Paula Hitler, Albert Kesselring, Wilhelm Pieck, Melanie Klein, Walther Funk, Amanullah Khan, and Fausto Coppi.

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In Russia

Among people born in Russia, Boris Pasternak ranks 49 out of 3,761Before him are Turhan Hatice Sultan (1627), Vyacheslav Molotov (1890), Elizabeth of Russia (1709), Paul I of Russia (1754), Gustav Kirchhoff (1824), and Modest Mussorgsky (1839). After him are Mikhail Kalashnikov (1919), Andrei Sakharov (1921), Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov (1844), Georgy Malenkov (1902), Andrei Tarkovsky (1932), and Grand Duchess Olga Nikolaevna of Russia (1895).

Among WRITERS In Russia

Among writers born in Russia, Boris Pasternak ranks 11Before him are Ayn Rand (1905), Maxim Gorky (1868), Isaac Asimov (1920), Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn (1918), E. T. A. Hoffmann (1776), and Vladimir Nabokov (1899). After him are Ivan Turgenev (1818), Lou Andreas-Salomé (1861), Svetlana Alliluyeva (1926), Mikhail Sholokhov (1905), Joseph Brodsky (1940), and Mikhail Lermontov (1814).