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Welcome to the website of Alexandra Popoff. I am an expert in Russian literature and culture and a biographer. My  latest book, a concise interpretive biography of AYN RAND (Yale UP, Jewish Lives), will appear on August 6, 2024.

I began my career as a journalist working in Moscow. As a 1991 Alfred Friendly Press Fellow I wrote for The Philadelphia Inquirer and its Sunday magazine. Later I contributed essays and book reviews to The Wall Street Journal, Huffington Post, Literary Hub, The Globe and Mail, National Post, Tablet Magazine, and Times Literary Supplement.

I lectured in Russian literature and history before turning to literary biography . I live in Canada.

Watch my recent presentation on Vasily Grossman at Harvard’s Davis Center: