Aleksandr Sergeevich Griboedov

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Although he is often thought of as a

homo unius libri

, a one-book wonder, Aleksandr Sergeevich Griboedov did a great deal more in his short life than write his masterpiece

Gore ot uma


Woe from Wit

, also known as

The Misfortune of Being Clever

]. He was born on 4 (15) January 1795 (other sources give 1790 or 1794] in Moscow, the city with which he is always associated. His father, Sergei Ivanovich, was a retired army officer. A heavy gambler, he played little part in the upbringing of his children. Griboedov’s mother, on the other hand, Anastasiia Fedorovna, born a Griboedov, was a forceful, well-connected woman. One of her sisters was married to the Minister of Education, Count A. K. Razumovsky, and her brother, Aleksei Fedorovich, married an Odoevsky: they had as a son-in-law the…

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Citation: Pursglove, Michael. "Aleksandr Sergeevich Griboedov". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 14 July 2007 [, accessed 22 June 2024.]

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