Andrei Beley (born Boris Nikolaevich Bugaev) was born 26 October 1880. Beley was educated
at Moscow University where he studied science and philosophy, before turning his focus to
literature. In 1904 he published his first collection of poems, Gold in Azure, which
was followed in 1909 by his first novel, The Silver Dove. Beley's most famous novel,
Petersburg, was pubilshed in 1916. His work is considered to have heavily influenced several
literary schools, most notably Symbolism, and his impact on Russian writing has been
compared to that of James Joyce on the English speaking world.