Aleksandr Pushkin, Boris Godunov

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A.D.P. Briggs (University of Bristol)

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It was inevitable that Pushkin, with his massive experience of literature and his catholic taste in genres, would turn to the stage. By his mid-twenties he had already found fame with the reading public, who waited with keen interest for each new work. He had burst upon the literary scene at the age of twenty, in the year 1820, with the publication of Ruslan i Liudmila [Ruslan and Lyudmila], a long mock-epic narrative of astonishing poetic fluency and inventiveness, following this up by a series of more serious, narrative poems in the Byronic manner, culminating in Tsygany [The Gypsies, 1824]. In full flow as a lyric poet, in 1823 he had made a start on his l…

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Citation: Briggs, A.D.P.. "Boris Godunov". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 25 January 2006 [https://www.litencyc.com/php/sworks.php?rec=true&UID=11202, accessed 07 February 2023.]

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