Aleksandr Pushkin: Pikovaia dama [The Queen of Spades]

(1819 words)

Pushkin enjoys a world-wide reputation as the most famous Russian poet, but he was also a leading figure in dramatic writing and in the development of Russian prose – to say nothing of his “verse novel”, Evgenii Onegin [Eugene Onegin, 1833]. In the category of fiction, he is known for his historical novel Kapitanskaia dochka [The Captain's Daughter, 1836] and his story cycle Povesti Belkina [The Tales of Belkin, 1831]. However, his best, and most influential, work in the prose fiction mode is, by general consent and acclamation, his tale Pikovaia dama [The Queen of Spades, 1…

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Cornwell, Neil. "Pikovaia dama". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 03 April 2006
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