Mikhaíl Bulgakov was a Russian writer and playwright active in the first half of the 20th century. He wrote a brilliant biography, highly original in form, of his literary hero, Molière, but The Master and Margarita, a fantasy novel about the devil and his henchmen set in modern Moscow, is his masterpiece.
Bulgakov's prose works include Great Soviet Short Stories, Notes on the Cuff, The Diaboliad and Other Stories, A Country Doctor's Notebook, Heart of a Dog, and Black Snow: A Theatrical Novel, The Life of Monsieur de Molière, and The Fatal Eggs and Other Soviet Satire, 1918-1963.
His Broadway produced plays include Zoya's Apartment (Circle in the Square Theatre) and The White Guard/The Days of the Turbins (Majestic Theatre). His other successful plays include The Royal Comedians (Soulpepper Theatre), and The Crimson Island, A Cabal of Hypocrites, The Last Days/Pushkin, and Flight (Moscow Art Theatre).