Ivan Turgenev, Dvorianskoe gnezdo [A Nest of Gentlefolk; Home of the Gentry; A Nest of Nobles; A House of Gentlefolk, A Nest of the Gentry, A Nest of Hereditary Legislators]

Nora Malone (Independent Scholar - North America)
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Published in 1859,

Dvorianskoe gnezdo


Home of the Gentry

, in the Penguin edition, being just one of a number of titles this novel has received in translation] is one of Turgenev’s earlier novels, written just after


and before



On the Eve

]. Turgenev wrote

Home of the Gentry

in the summer of 1858 at his childhood home, Spasskoe-Lutovinovo, in the province of Orel, Russia. By 1858, Turgenev had been meditating on his ideas for the novel for several years. He started work on it while in France visiting his long-term lover, the married Pauline Viardot, in 1856, but abandoned progress. Inspiration for the novel continued to form while Turgenev travelled in Europe, tormented by rejection at the hands of Viardot. Upon returning to Russia after a two-year hiatus in 1858, Turgenev…

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Citation: Malone, Nora. "Dvorianskoe gnezdo". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 21 January 2007 [https://www.litencyc.com/php/sworks.php?rec=true&UID=11250, accessed 22 June 2024.]

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