Mikhail Saltykov-Shchedrin

Mikhail Yevgrafovich Saltykov-Shchedrin (Russian: Михаи́л Евгра́фович Салтыко́в-Щедри́н; 27 January [O.S. 15 January] 1826 in Spas-Ugol village, Tver Gubernia  – 10 May [O.S. 28 April] 1889 in Saint Petersburg), better known by his pseudonym Shchedrin (Щедрин), was a major Russian satirist of the 19th century. At one time, after the death of the poet Nikolai Nekrasov, he acted as editor of the well-known Russian magazine, Otechestvenniye Zapiski, until it was banned by the government in 1884. His best known work is the novel The Golovlyov Family (1876). Mikhail Saltykov was born on January 27, 1826, in Spas-Ugol village of Tver governorate, one of eight children (five brothers, three sisters) in a large family of Evgraf Vasilievich Saltykov, scion of the ancient Saltykov family, and Olga Mikhailovna Zabelina, heir to a rich merchants' line. The year their sixth child was born, Evgraf turned fifty, and Olga tventy five. His early years Mikhail spent in his parents's rich estate in the Spasskoye on the border of Tver and Yaroslavl governorates, in the far-out part of the region known as Poshekhonye. "In my childhood and teenage years I witnessed the serfdom at its worst.


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