(pen name of Aleksei Alekseevich Perovskii). Born 1787; died July 9 (21), 1836, in Warsaw. Russian writer.
An illegitimate son of Count A. K. Razumovskii, Pogorel’skii graduated from Moscow University in 1807. He fought in the Patriotic War of 1812. In 1820 he became a member of the Free Society of Amateurs of Russian Literature. His novella The Lafertovo Poppy-seed Cake Seller (1825) was praised by Pushkin. Pogorel’skii wrote the collection of romantic novellas and short stories The Double, or My Evenings in Little Russia (1828) and the children’s fairy tale The Black Hen, or The Underground Dwellers (1829). His novel The Convent Girl (1830–33) attested to the general movement of Russian literature toward realism.
WORKSSoch., vols. 1–2. St. Petersburg, 1853.
Dvoinik, ili Moi vechera v Malorossii; Monastyrka. Moscow, 1960.