Nikolai Semenovich Leskov: Ledi Makbet mtsenskogo uezda [Lady Macbeth of Mtsensk]

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Leskov's most famous work, Ledi Makbet Mtsenskogo Uezda [Lady Macbeth of Mtsensk], is Shakespearean both in its linguistic vitality and in its emotional intensity. Leskov was not the first writer to transport a Shakespearean hero to the Russian provinces – Turgenev had already published his story “Gamlet shchigrovskgogo uezda” [“Hamlet of the Shchigry District”] (in his Zapiski okhotnika [Tales from a Hunter's Album, or A Sportsman's Sketches, 1852]) – but none of his contemporaries, not even Dostoevsky, ever came so close to recreating the essence of Shakespearean tragedy. While writing this story, Leskov appears to …

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Citation:
Chandler, Robert. "Ledi Makbet mtsenskogo uezda". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 23 February 2008
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