The study of history was of especial importance to Pushkin. From the mid 1820s he collected material about Peter the Great and his times, and during his last years he was working on a monograph about him that he hoped would be his chef-d'oeuvre; it is tragic that Pushkin died without finishing it and that much of the manuscript was lost. Peter the Great was also a central figure in Pushkin's unfinished novel, Arap Petra Velikogo (The Blackamoor of Peter the Great), and the inspiration behind the narrative poems, Poltava and Mednyi vsadnik (The Bronze Horseman). It is interesting that, when making a copy for himself of one of …
Chandler, Robert. "Istoriia Pugacheva". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 08 March 2008; last revised 30 November -1.
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