Mikhail Aleksandrovich Sholokhov, Tikhii Don [The Quiet Don]

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The history of writing of

The Quiet Don


Tikhii Don

] goes back to the autumn of 1925. The author intended to show the role of the Don Cossacks in the Revolution, especially in the march on Petrograd lead by General Lavr Kornilov in September 1917 against the Bolsheviks. In the process of working on his book, it occurred to Sholokhov that the average reader knew little about the Cossacks and would wonder why they sided with the counterrevolution. Thus, in November 1926 he embarked upon a new version of

The Quiet Don

which opened with the description of the Don Cossacks’ prerevolutionary life. In October 1927 the author brought the manuscript of volume 1 to the publishing house The Moscow Worker [Moskovskii rabochii]. From there, the manuscript was transferred to the literary journal

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Citation: Ermolaev, Herman. "Tikhii Don". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 04 October 2006 [https://www.litencyc.com/php/sworks.php?rec=true&UID=16925, accessed 22 June 2024.]

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