Ivan Nechui-Levyts'kyi (1724 words)

Maxim Tarnawsky (University of Toronto)
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The most important figure in the development of Ukrainian realist writing was Ivan Levytskyi (1838–1918), who used the pen-name Nechui-Levytskyi. He was the most popular and prolific Ukrainian writer of the last third of the nineteenth century. Born to a clerical family in Stebliv, a village in Right-Bank Ukraine south of Kyiv and not too far from the birthplace of Taras Shevchenko, Nechui-Levytskyi was educated in religious schools and later at the Theological Academy in Kyiv, the former Mohyla Academy, reduced by that time to an Orthodox Seminary. But Levytskyi did not become a clergyman—he pursued, instead, a career as a schoolteacher. Upon finishing the academy in 1865, he took a teaching assignment in Poltava. The pay was poor, …

Citation: Tarnawsky, Maxim. "Ivan Nechui-Levyts'kyi". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 31 January 2016 [https://www.litencyc.com/php/speople.php?rec=true&UID=13565, accessed 22 June 2021.]

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