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by Ivan Turgenev

Born to a wealthy and aristocratic family in the Russian province of Orel, Ivan Sergeyevich Turgenev (1818-83) was educated in Moscow and Saint Petersburg, Russia, before going on to study philosophy at the University of Berlin in Germany. He established his literary reputation with a series of brief portraits of Russian village life published from 1847 to 1852 and collected as A Sportsman’s Sketches in 1852. After 1856 Turgenev lived primarily in Western Europe. His writings continued to focus on Russian country life, depicting the concerns of Russian nobility and peasants within their rural environment, but his outlook continued to be strongly influenced by Western European ideas. In fact, Turgenev stands out as the most Westernized of Russia’s great nineteenthcentury writers. His novels typically feature a young Russian who presents new, Western ideas to a more conservative audience, often in the setting of a...

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