Alexander Pushkin's place in Russian culture is similar to that of Shakespeare in England and Goethe in Germany. Universally acknowledged as Russia's greatest poet, he set standards and provided models which have formed and directed the national literature ever since his death. Although he died at thirty-seven, he left a prolific legacy extending over many genres, with a masterpiece in each of them, and even works which created new ones. His lyric and narrative poetry, drama, novels in verse and prose, stories, historical and critical articles, along with his collected letters, comprise the richest single treasure trove in Russian culture.
Pushkin was born in Moscow on 26th May (6th June, New Style) 1799. Neglected by his …
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