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On this date in 1852, Nikolai Gogol burns some of his manuscripts, including most of the second part of Dead Souls. He says that the act was the Devil playing a practical joke. Nine days later, Gogol died.
Russian author Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn born this date in 1918. He was famously expelled from the Soviet Union in 1974, but returned to Russia in 1994, after the collapse of the Soviet system. He was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature … Continue reading
Author Joseph Conrad born in the Ukraine this day in 1857; his birthplace was once part of the Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth. Before he came to England, he had a career in the merchant navy; this is reflected in the strong nautical … Continue reading
On this date in 1849, Fyodor Dostoevsky is sentenced to death for participating in socialist activities. While he stood facing a firing squad, a cart arrived with a letter from the Tsar commuting Dostoevsky’s sentence to four years of hard … Continue reading
On this date in 1896, Russian playwright Anton Chekhov’s play “The Seagull” premieres in St. Petersburg. The play is a flop, leading Chekhov to say, “Not if I live to be 700 will I write another play.”
Dressed as a peasant, Count Leo Tolstoy began a pilgrimage to Optina-Pustyn monastery on this date in 1881. He was accompanied by two bodyguards who were carrying a suitcase full of clean clothes.
On this date in 1880, Fyodor Dostoevsky took a break from writing The Brothers Karamazov to attend a centenary celebration of poet Aleksandr Pushkin’s birthday at the Moscow Society of Lovers of Russian Literature. Dostoevsky state that Pushkin was “a … Continue reading
On this date in 1861, while visiting fellow author Ivan Turgenev, Leo Tolstoy falls asleep reading the proofs of Turgenev’s latest novel, Fathers and Sons.
On this date in 1925, Russian American novelist Vladimir Nabakov married Véra Slonim. They were married for 52 years.