Vladimir Giliarovskii

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Vladimir Alekseevich Giliarovskii always maintained that he was born on 26 November (Old Style) 1853 in Vologda Province, the son of an assistant estate steward; the estate steward himself was a Zaporozhian Cossack and Giliarovskii’s father married his daughter. Giliarovskii duly celebrated his seventy-fifth birthday in 1928, while Moscow, the city with which he is most associated, marked the 150th anniversary of his birth in 2003. However, church records indicate that he was actually born in 1855 (the town of Vologda, where he lived from 1860, moved its celebration of his sesquicentennial from 2003 to 2005) and that Giliarovskii’s account of his origins is also fanciful. Writing in Soviet times in his Moi skitaniia

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Pursglove, Michael. "Vladimir Giliarovskii". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 30 June 2014
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