Pushkin Continued - 20 September 2013 Pushkin contd-Recap...

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20 September 2013Pushkin cont’d.-Recap: Pushkin was the first Russian to write permanent fiction at a time when poetry was much higher valued; he was the original Russian novelist-Tsar Nicholas “patronized” Pushkin and helped him to publish his work, when actually, his patronage put Pushkin under greater literary censorship and surveillance-1830: Second proposal to Natalya Goncharovna finally accepted; due to an outbreak of cholera, the wedding was postponed and Pushkin forced to stay in the village Boldino at his father’s estate for two months –this became his most productive period and is known as the “Boldin Autumn-At Boldino, Pushkin finished Eugene Onegin, Little Tragedies(four mini poetic dramas, dedicated to human passions and vices), The Tales of the Late Ivan Petrovich Belkin (five short stories by a fictional collector of tales, Belkin; both Romantic and anti-Romantic at the same time) * “Queen of Spades” was also written in Boldino-Eugene Onegin(published in serial, 1825-32): a novel in verse, hugely successful upon publication; invented a new poetic form known as the Onegin stanza or Pushkin sonnet and started a long gallery of Russian literary heroes the strong, true, loyal woman – a departure from the coquette portrayed in other works; the superfluous man – a dandy poisoned by society, bored, rich, preoccupied by the trappings of high society-In the story: the titular character goes to his uncle’s estate in the countryside where there is no one to socialize with save for a young poet whom Onegin befriends; the poet introduces him to

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