Pushkin by T.J. Binyon
A Biography

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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.

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About T.J. Binyon

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T. J. Binyon lectures on Russian literature at Oxford University and is a senior research fellow at Wadham College. He is also the author of Murder Will Out, a history of the fictional detective, and two thrillers, Swan Song and Greek Gifts. He lives with his wife in Oxfordshire, England.From the Trade Paperback edition.
Published December 18, 2007 by Vintage. 784 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, Literature & Fiction. Non-fiction

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Descended from faded gentry—a maternal ancestor was a black slave imported from the Turkish court who rose to become a general in the Russian army—Alexander Pushkin (1799–1837) was early regarded as equally talented and troubled.

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With luck, before too long someone will publish a complementary study of "Pushkin the writer", tracing his literary roots in 18th-century Russian poetry, French literature, and not least Russian translations from the French (which began being composed in "Pushkinian" Russian decades before the po...

Oct 04 2002 | Read Full Review of Pushkin: A Biography

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