Lidia or Lidiya Yakovlevna Ginzburg was born into a Jewish family in Odessa. She attended the Leningrad State Institute of History of the Arts. She became a friend to the younger generation of poets and writers, including Joseph Brodsky and Alexander Kushner. Ginzburg remained in Leningrad during the German siege of the city during World War II and produced the famous survivor memoir,"The Siege of Leningrad." Her later published works included On the Lyric (1964), On Psychological Prose (1971), and On the Literary Hero (1977). Some of her work was translated into English and published posthumously as Notes from the Leningrad Blockade and Other Writings (1992).