Nikolai Semenovich Leskov

(2161 words)
  • Faith Wigzell (School of Slavonic and East European Studies, University College London)

A prolific writer of short stories (both the shorter “rasskaz” and the longer “povest’ ” or Novelle), as well as of sketches, novels, a play, memoirs, and criticism, Nikolai Leskov’s distinction is to be regarded as the most Russian of nineteenth-century writers. The reputation is based on his linguistic virtuosity, colourful narrative, creative use of Russian folklore and breadth of subject matter.

Leskov’s childhood in Orel Province in southern central Russia familiarised him with a broad spectrum of Russian society. Both grandmothers came from the merchant class, while his father, with his clerical background and seminary …

Please log in to consult the article in its entirety. If you are not a subscriber, please click here to read about membership. All our articles have been written recently by experts in their field, more than 95% of them university professors.

Citation:
Wigzell, Faith. "Nikolai Semenovich Leskov". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 04 February 2007
[http://www.litencyc.com/php/speople.php?rec=true&UID=2700, accessed 28 July 2014.]

Articles on Leskov's works

  1. Ledi Makbet mtsenskogo uezda [Lady Macbeth of Mtsensk]