Nikolai Semenovich Leskov, Ledi Makbet mtsenskogo uezda [Lady Macbeth of Mtsensk]

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Leskov's most famous work,

Ledi Makbet Mtsenskogo Uezda


Lady Macbeth of Mtsensk

], is Shakespearean both in its linguistic vitality and in its emotional intensity. Leskov was not the first writer to transport a Shakespearean hero to the Russian provinces – Turgenev had already published his story “Gamlet shchigrovskgogo uezda” [“Hamlet of the Shchigry District”] (in his

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, 1852]) – but none of his contemporaries, not even Dostoevsky, ever came so close to recreating the essence of Shakespearean tragedy. While writing this story, Leskov appears to have frightened even himself. According to a friend, he once said:

You cannot imagine what I sometimes go through when staying up late at night. (...) While I

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Citation: Chandler, Robert. "Ledi Makbet mtsenskogo uezda". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 23 February 2008 [, accessed 15 June 2024.]

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