Iakushkin, Pavel Ivanovich

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Iakushkin, Pavel Ivanovich


Born Jan. 14 (26), 1822, in the village of Saburovo, in what is now Pokrovskoe Raion, Orel Oblast; died Jan. 8 (20), 1872, in Samara, now Kuibyshev. Russian writer, folklorist, and ethnographer.

In the early 1840’s Iakushkin undertook the collection of works of folklore and began an extensive study of the life of the people. During his travels about Russia, which were made partly on foot, he conducted revolutionary propaganda; arrested several times, he was subjected to exile.

In 1860, Iakushkin published Russian Songs Collected by Pavel Iakushkin (fascs. 1–2). He wrote a number of literary sketches and short stories drawn from the life of the people. Profoundly democratic in their truthful portrayal of life and in their social relevance, these works brought him considerable fame. lakushkin’s collections of stories and sketches include Travel Letters From Novgorod and Pskov Provinces (1859), Great Is the God of the Russian Land! (1863), From Stories About the Crimean War (1864), and Rebellions in Rus’ (1866).


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