Aleksandr Sergeevich Griboedov

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Although he is often thought of as a homo unius libri, a one-book wonder, Aleksandr Sergeevich Griboedov did a great deal more in his short life than write his masterpiece Gore ot uma [Woe from Wit, also known as The Misfortune of Being Clever]. He was born on 4 (15) January 1795 (other sources give 1790 or 1794] in Moscow, the city with which he is always associated. His father, Sergei Ivanovich, was a retired army officer. A heavy gambler, he played little part in the upbringing of his children. Griboedov’s mother, on the other hand, Anastasiia Fedorovna, born a Griboedov, was a forceful, well-connected woman. One of her sisters was married to the …

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Pursglove, Michael. "Aleksandr Sergeevich Griboedov ". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 14 July 2007
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