Omulevskii, Innokentii Vasil’evich
(pen name of I. V. Fedorov). Born Nov. 26 (Dec. 8), 1836, or, according to other sources, Oct. 21 (Nov. 2), 1837, in Petropavlovsk-na-Kam-chatke; died Dec. 26, 1883 (Jan. 7, 1884), in St. Petersburg. Russian author. Son of a district chief of police.
Omulevskii audited courses in the faculty of law at St. Petersburg University from 1856 to 1858. In the 1860’s he became friendly with the revolutionary democrats. He was arrested in 1873 but was soon released. His first book, Mickiewicz in Omulevskii’s Translation: Sonnets, was published in 1857. His poetry of the 1860’s to the 1880’s, which appeared in the collection Songs of Life (1883), shows Omulevskii to be a democratic poet of the Nekrasov school. His novel Step by Step (1870) became well known. Its subject matter and ideological and aesthetic orientation are close to those of N. G. Chernyshevskii’s novel What Is to Be Done?
WORKSPoln. sobr. soch., vols. 1–2. [Introductory article by P. V. Bykov.] St. Petersburg .
Shag za shagom. [Introductory article by T. A. Voitik.] Moscow, 1957.
[Poems.] In Poety-demokraty 1870–1880-x godov. Leningrad, 1968.
REFERENCEIstoriia russkoi literatury XIX v. Bibliograficheskii ukazatel’. Moscow-Leningrad, 1962.
I. A. SHCHUROV