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Welcome to the website of Alexandra Popoff, author of several literary biographies, including SOPHIA TOLSTOY. My latest book, a biography of Vasily Grossman (the author of Life and Fate), will be released by Yale University Press, Trade Division.

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. Over the years I’ve contributed to The Wall Street Journal, Huffington Post, The Globe and Mail, National Post, and The Boston Globe.

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 also taught Russian literature and history.