Nikolai Leskov

Nikolai Leskov

Birth
Oryol Oblast, Russia
Death 5 Mar 1895 (aged 64)
Saint Petersburg, Saint Petersburg Federal City, Russia
Burial Saint Petersburg, Saint Petersburg Federal City, Russia
Plot Literatorskie Mostki Section
Memorial ID 10173045 · View Source
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Author. A native of Russia's Orel province, he held odd jobs throughout the country until 1860, when he left his wife to become a writer in St. Petersburg. Although liberal-minded, Leskov's books attacking what he saw as the rigidity of Russian life and religion infuriated progressives as well as conservatives. He is most famous for the novella "Lady Macbeth of Mtsensk" (1865), in which social restrictions drive an illiterate woman to murder. It was adapted into an opera by Dimitri Shostakovich in 1934. Anton Chekhov considered Leskov his teacher, and Maxim Gorky saw him as the Russian writer "most deeply rooted in the people". The communists viewed Leskov's work with suspicion and it was not until the 1950's that his reputation began to rise as one of Russia's great 19th Century authors.

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  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Nikolai Leskov (16 Feb 1831–5 Mar 1895), Find A Grave Memorial no. 10173045, citing Literatorskie Mostki, Saint Petersburg, Saint Petersburg Federal City, Russia ; Maintained by Find A Grave .