Alexander Herzen


Born
in Moscow, Russian Federation
April 06, 1812

Died
January 21, 1870


Alexander Ivanovich Herzen (Russian: Александр Иванович Герцен) was a Russian pro-Western writer and thinker known as the "father of Russian socialism", and one of the main fathers of agrarian populism (being an ideological ancestor of the Narodniki, Socialist-Revolutionaries, Trudoviks and the agrarian American Populist Party). He is held responsible for creating a political climate leading to the emancipation of the serfs in 1861. His autobiography My Past and Thoughts, written with grace, energy, and ease, is often considered the best specimen of that genre in Russian literature. He also published the important social novel Who is to Blame? (1845–46).

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My Past and Thoughts: The M...

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Who Is to Blame?: A Novel i...

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Childhood, Youth and Exile

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From Other Shore & Russian ...

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Doctor Krupov

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Былое и думы (Часть 2)

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Ends and Beginnings

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Crónica de un drama familiar

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“Compassionate love may be strong. It sobs, it burns, then it wipes away its tears – and it does nothing.”
Alexander Herzen

“We think the purpose of a child is to grow up because it does grow up. But its purpose is to play, to enjoy itself, to be a child. If we merely look to the end of the process, the purpose of life is death”
Alexander Herzen, From Other Shore & Russian People & Socialism

“History is the autobiography of a madman.”
Alexander Herzen