Nikolai Kurochkin

Kurochkin, Nikolai Stepanovich


Born June 2 (14), 1830, in St. Petersburg; died there Dec. 2 (14), 1884. Russian journalist, social figure, and poet. Brother of V. S. Kurochkin.

Kurochkin graduated from the Academy of Medicine and Surgery (1854) and served as an army doctor in the Crimean War of 1853–56. Abandoning medicine in 1860, he helped his brother publish Iskra. He was a prominent member of Land and Liberty. From 1865 to 1867 he edited the journal Knizhnyi vestnik, which acquired a revolutionary democratic orientation in those years. From 1868 to 1874 he was on the editorial board of Otechestvennye zapiski. Kurochkin’s articles, criticism, and reviews were frequently published. As a poet, he gravitated to the genre of topical social satire and to translations (of such poets as A. Barbier, C. Baudelaire, V. Hugo, and G. Giusti).


[“Stikhotvoreniia.”] In Poety 1860-kh gg. Leningrad, 1968.


Amfiteatrov, A. “N. S. Kurochkin.” In his book Zabytyi smekh. Moscow, 1914.
Istoriia russkoi literatury XIX v.: Bibliograficheskii ukazatel’. Moscow-Leningrad, 1962.