Pushkin: A Biography
In the course of his short, dramatic life, Aleksandr Pushkin gave Russia not only its greatest poetry–including the novel-in-verse Eugene Onegin–but a new literary language. He also gave it a figure of enduring romantic allure–fiery, restless, extravagant, a prodigal gambler and inveterate seducer of women. Having forged a dazzling, controversial career that cost him the enmity of one tsar and won him the patronage of another, he died at the age of thirty-eight, following a duel with a French officer who was paying unscrupulous attention to his wife.
In his magnificent, prizewinning Pushkin, T. J. Binyon lifts the veil of the iconic poet’s myth to reveal the complexity and pathos of his life while brilliantly evoking Russia in all its nineteenth-century splendor. Combining exemplary scholarship with the pace and detail of a great novel, Pushkin elevates biography to a work of art.
What people are saying - Write a review
PUSHKIN: A BiographyUser Review - Kirkus
Russia's answer to Shakespeare and Goethe is transformed from iconic to all-too-human status in this deliberately paced biography. Descended from faded gentry—a maternal ancestor was a black slave ... Read full review
Pushkin: A BiographyUser Review - Not Available - Book Verdict
This first major biography of Russia's venerated poet in 60 years has already won Britain's 2003 Samuel Johnson Prize for nonfiction-for a good reason. Covering details of Pushkin's life with ... Read full review
I Literature and Politics
In Search of a Wife 182629
Married Life 183133
The Final Chapter 183637
A Sea of Troubles 183436