Aleksandr Pushkin, Pikovaia dama [The Queen of Spades]

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Pushkin enjoys a world-wide reputation as the most famous Russian poet, but he was also a leading figure in dramatic writing and in the development of Russian prose – to say nothing of his “verse novel”,

Evgenii Onegin


Eugene Onegin

, 1833]. In the category of fiction, he is known for his historical novel

Kapitanskaia dochka


The Captain's Daughter

, 1836] and his story cycle

Povesti Belkina


The Tales of Belkin

, 1831]. However, his best, and most influential, work in the prose fiction mode is, by general consent and acclamation, his tale

Pikovaia dama


The Queen of Spades

, 1834], written during his famously productive “Boldino autumn” of 1833. Tightly condensed into some twenty-five pages,

The Queen of Spades

was hailed by Dostoevsky as “the epitome of the art of the…

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Citation: Cornwell, Neil. "Pikovaia dama". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 03 April 2006 [, accessed 22 June 2024.]

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