Nikolai Karamzin

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The career of Nikolai Karamzin falls into two distinct phases: his literary career, which ended in 1803, and his career as a major historian, which occupied the rest of his life. As a literary figure, he is chiefly associated with Russian Sentimentalism. This was not a term he used himself, preferring instead to use the almost untranslatable “chuvstvitel’nost’ ” [“sensitivity”, “sensibility”, or “sentimentality”] and the associated adjective “chuvstvitel’nyi”. The genre had its origins in France, and was brought to Russia by Karamzin and his friend the poet Ivan Dmitriev.

Nikolai Mikhailovich Karamazin was born on 1st (12th <…

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Citation:
Pursglove, Michael. "Nikolai Karamzin". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 07 November 2005
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