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 …
Chandler, Robert. "Ledi Makbet mtsenskogo uezda". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 23 February 2008; last revised 30 November -1.
[http://www.litencyc.com/php/sworks.php?rec=true&UID=21812, accessed 28 April 2015.]