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…
Chandler, Robert. "Kapitanskaia dochka". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 23 February 2008; last revised 30 November -1.
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