In 1854, Dmitry Vasilyevich graduated from the Saint Petersburg commercial school, and in 1859 - from the physics and mathematics Department of the Saint Petersburg University (natural Sciences Department).
Initially, he translated books on natural science from foreign languages. in 1866, he began working as a novelist and playwright. Collaborated with the magazine "Epoha" ("the Age"), newspaper "Moscovskie vedomosti" ("Moscow news", "Novoye Vremya" ("The new age"). In 1869-1871, he was head of the literary Department of the "world illustration". In 1863-1865, together with A. N. Serov, he wrote the libretto of the Opera "Rogneda". In addition to numerous dramas, Averkiev wrote novels, short stories, poems, publicistic and critical articles about literature and theater.