Alexandra Alekseevna was home schooled and learned a university course by herself.
Her first book got Fyodor Ivanovich Buslaev's attention. In 1891 Alexandra Alekseevna travelled across Norway and met Henrik Johan Ibsen who inspired her to write a number of works dedicated to his career.
Starting from 1904 Alexandra Alekseevna was a trustee in two primary schools. After 1917 she became a teacher and started translating books to French.