In 1888, Vladimir Feofilovich graduated from the 1st Zhytomyr Gymnasium and became a student at Saint Petersburg Institute of History and Philology. In 1891, he moved to the historical department of the historical and philological faculty of Saint Petersburg University, graduating in 1892.
Vladimir Feofilovich published his first literary works in the Zhytomyr newspaper Volyn. After graduation, he worked as a teacher and mentor in gymnasiums.
From 1896 to 1906 and between 1910 and 1917 Vladimir Feofilovich served in the Imperial office of accepting petitions. He hid this fact from colleague writers (and a job, he preferred not to talk about literary activities). In the 1890s, he collaborated with the magazines Istoricheskiy vestnik, Russkaya antichnost', Bibliograf, Novoye slovo, and also wrote for the "Brockhaus and Efron encyclopedic dictionary", as well as "Vengerov's dictionary".
In 1896, Vladimir Feofilovich presented a Historical Essay on the Activities of the Russian Red Cross Society. He became one of the founders of the Russian Bibliographic Society in 1899.
In the 1900s, Vladimir Feofilovich took up journalism. In the period from 1903 to 1908, he was in charge of the criticism department of the newspaper Rus', and in 1907-1908 he was the actual editor of the magazine Seryy volk. In 1911, he also published the book The God-seekers, where he examined the history of Russian literature and social thought from the 14-15th centuries until the beginning of the 20th century.
After the October Revolution of 1917, Vladimir Feofilovich was engaged in teaching and was also an employee of the library of the USSR Academy of Sciences.