Aleksandr Pushkin | Critical Essay by John Mersereau, Jr.

This literature criticism consists of approximately 35 pages of analysis & critique of Aleksandr Pushkin.
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Critical Essay by John Mersereau, Jr.

SOURCE: "Pushkin's Belkin Tales," in Russian Romantic Fiction, Ardis, 1983, 336 p.

In the following essay, Mersereau investigates the stories of Pushkin's The Tales of Ivan Belkin.

The best authors of the Romantic period began their careers as poets, and among them only Perovsky-Pogorelsky was exclusively a prose fictionist. Not surprisingly, Alexander Pushkin displayed an extraordinary gift for prose, although his talent in that area was hardly recognized during his lifetime—Marlinsky was more to the public taste. It was in the later twenties that Pushkin turned to prose with The Negro of Peter the Great [Arap Petra Velikogo], a fictionalized biography of the author's African great grandfather, Abraham Hannibal. The piece, which breaks off in the middle of the seventh chapter, displays from its first lines that laconicism so typical of all his prose:

Among the young people...

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