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Pushkin: A Biography

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Alexander Sergeevich Pushkin's preeminence as the father of Russian literature is undisputed. Lyric poet, writer of ironic fairy tales, and the author of the verse novel Evgeny Onegin, he lived a life as dramatic as any story he invented. From his banishment in southern Russia at the age of 21 to his marriage to the seventeen-year-old beauty whose flirtations resulted in h ...more
Paperback, 336 pages
Published July 1st 2000 by Ecco Press (first published October 12th 1998)
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Mar 19, 2015 Sophia rated it it was amazing
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At the very end, Elaine Feinstein’s book Pushkin: A Biography quotes the famous Russian poet Alexander Blok: “The gloomy names of Emperors, generals, inventors of weapons of murder, the torturers and the martyrs of life. And next to them – this one bright name: Pushkin.” Today, especially in Russia, many know whole blocks of his poems by heart. When I asked my mom, who is, like me, a Russian immigrant to America, to re
Nov 17, 2011 julie rated it did not like it
elaine feinstein should be stopped from writing pretend biographies - like Anna Akhmatova, Pushkin is an endlessly fascinating character and she does NOT do him justice. perhaps she should have actually learned something about him before attempting to write his biography.
Mar 06, 2016 Ian rated it it was amazing
Very impressively researched and written with a real sympathy for the poet. Essential reading for anyone who wants to understand Pushkin's life and works.
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Elaine Feinstein was educated at Newnham College, Cambridge and has been awarded an honorary doctorate from the University of Leicester. Before becoming a full-time writer, she worked as an editor for Cambridge University Press (1960-62), as Lecturer in English at Bishop's Stortford Training College (1963-6), as Assistant Lecturer in English Literature at the University of Essex (1967-70), and as ...more
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