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 education, gave …
Wigzell, Faith. "Nikolai Semenovich Leskov". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 04 February 2007
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