Welcome to the website of Alexandra Popoff, author of literary biographies SOPHIA TOLSTOY, THE WIVES, and TOLSTOY’S FALSE DISCIPLE. My current project is a biography of a major twentieth-century Jewish and Soviet dissident writer Vasily Grossman, the author of Life and Fate.

I began my career as a journalist working in Moscow. As 1991 Alfred Friendly Press Fellow, I wrote for The Philadelphia Inquirer and its Sunday magazine. After immigrating to Canada, I taught Russian literature and history at the University of Saskatchewan before turning to literary biography.

My expertise is in world literature: I was educated in Moscow’s Gorky Literary Institute, the University of Toronto, and the University of Saskatchewan where I studied English literature by women.