Aleksandr Pushkin: Kapitanskaia dochka [The Captain's Daughter]

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Pushkin wrote a first outline of what later became Kapitanskaia dochka [The Captain's Daughter] in January 1833. The novel is set in the early 1770s, against the background of a peasant rebellion in south-eastern Russia led by the Cossack Emelian Pugachev [Yemelyan Pugachov]. Pushkin had been interested for a long time both in Pugachev and in Stenka Razin, the leader of an important peasant rebellion in the seventeenth century. In a letter written as early as November 1824, he had asked his brother to send him a book titled Life of Yemelka Pugachov; in another letter he asked his brother to provide him with “the historical, dry information about Stenka Razin, the only poetic figure in R…

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Chandler, Robert. "Kapitanskaia dochka". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 23 February 2008
[, accessed 07 October 2015.]

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