Tatiana Shchepkina-Kupernik

Shchepkina-Kupernik, Tat’iana L’vovna


Born Jan. 12 (24), 1874, in Moscow; died there July 27, 1952. Soviet Russian writer and translator. Honored Art Worker of the RSFSR (1940). Great-granddaughter of the actor M. S. Shchepkin.

Shchepkina-Kupernik began her career as a playwright in 1892. Her prose works, such as the short-story collections Those Who Labor and Are Burdened (1903), In the Wings (1903), and That Was Yesterday (1907; destroyed by the censor), were similar in ideology to the democratic literature of the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Her poem “From the Fallen Strongholds of Port Arthur” (1905) became a folksong.

Shchepkina-Kupernik also wrote travel sketches and memoirs. The most valuable part of Shchepkina-Kupernik’s literary legacy is her translations of Western European classics, including works by E. Rostand, Lope de Vega, Molière, Goldoni, and R. B. Sheridan.


Izbrannoe: Vospominaniia i portrety, rasskazy i ocherki, dramatich. perevody. Moscow, 1954.
Izbr. perevody, vols. 1–2. [Compiled and with an introductory article by S. Mokul’skii.] Moscow, 1957–58.
Iz vospominanii. [Introductory article by I. Eventov.] Moscow, 1959. Ermolova. Moscow, 1972.