Boris Pasternak

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Date of Birth February 10, 1890
Place of Birth Russia
Date of Death May 30, 1960 (70)
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Boris Pasternak

Boris Leonidovich Pasternak was a Russian poet, novelist, 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. Pasternak's translations of stage plays by Goethe, Schiller, Calderón de la Barca and Shakespeare remain very popular with Russian audiences. Pasternak is the author of Doctor Zhivago, a novel that takes place between the Russian Revolution of 1905 and the Second World War. Doctor Zhivago was rejected for publication in the USSR, but the manuscript was smuggled to Italy for publication. Pasternak was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1958, an event that enraged the Communist Party of the Soviet Union, which forced him to decline the prize, though his descendants were able to accept it in his name in 1988. Doctor Zhivago has been part of the main Russian school curriculum since 2003.

Born: Boris Leonidovich Pasternak, 10 February [O.S. 29 January]1890, Moscow, Russian Empire
Died: May 30, 1960, Peredelkino, Russian SFSR, Soviet Union
Occupation: Poet, writer
Citizenship: Russian Empire (1890–1917), Soviet Russia (1917–1922), Soviet Union (1922–1960)
Notable works: My Sister, Life, The Second Birth, Doctor Zhivago
Notable awards: Nobel Prize in Literature, (1958)
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About Boris Pasternak

Russian novelist, poet, and translator who famously wrote Doctor Zhivago and was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1958. His other notable works include My Sister, Life, and The Second Birth.

Before Fame

He originally aspired to be a musician and studied briefly at the Moscow Conservatory. He published his first poetry collection, Twin in the Clouds, in 1914.


His novel, Doctor Zhivago, was banned in the USSR.

Family Life

His parents were Rosa Kaufman and Leonid Pasternak. He had several unsuccessful love affairs before having a high profile romance with Olga Ivinskaya.


Like author Lois Lowry, whose novel, The Giver, was banned in U.S. schools, Pasternak was the writer of a censored book.

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