Samoilov (real name – Kaufman) David Samuilovich (1920 – 1990), a poet. He was born on June 1 in Moscow to the family of a military doctor, who had a great influence on him, and worked much on his education. Poems began to write early, but the poet did not consider himself for a long time.
In 1938 he graduated with honors from the school and without exams enrolled in IFLI (Institute of Philosophy, Literature and History), intending to specialize in French literature. In those years there he taught the whole color of philological science. Then I met Selvinsky, who identified him in a poetic seminar at Goslitizdat, went to the Literary Institute for seminars of Aseev and Lugovsky. In 1941 he graduated from IFLI, then publishes his first poems.
At the end of November 1945, with an echelon of demobilized people, he returned to Moscow. Decides to live literary work, that is, interrupted by random orders, moonlighting on the radio, writing songs, literary compositions.
Only in 1958 the first book of poems “Nearest Countries” was published. Since that time, his poetic collections have appeared regularly: “The Second Pass” (1963); “Days” (1970); “Looking over our dates…”. D. Samoilov participated in the creation of several performances at the Taganka Theater, in Sovremennik, and wrote songs for performances and films.
In the 1970s there were collections “Wave and Stone”, “News”; in 1981 – the “Gulf”.
Since 1976 he lived in the city of Pärnu, he translated a lot from Polish, Czech, Hungarian and the languages of the peoples of the USSR. D. Samoylov died March 23, 1990 in Moscow.
A short biography from the book: Russian writers and poets. A short biographical dictionary. Moscow, 2000.