Alexander Griboyedov

1795 - 1829

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Alexander Sergeyevich Griboyedov (Russian: Александр Сергеевич Грибоедов, Aleksandr Sergeevich Griboedov or Griboyedov; 15 January 1795 – 11 February 1829), formerly romanized as Alexander Sergueevich Griboyedoff, was a Russian diplomat, playwright, poet, and composer. His one notable work was the 1823 verse comedy Woe from Wit. He was Russia's ambassador to Qajar Persia, where he and all the embassy staff were massacred by an angry mob as a result of the rampant anti-Russian sentiment that existed through Russia's imposition of the Treaty of Gulistan (1813) and Treaty of Turkmenchay (1828), which had forcefully ratified the Qajar Empire's cession of its northern territories comprising Transcaucasia and parts of the North Caucasus. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Alexander Griboyedov has received more than 293,849 page views. His biography is available in 45 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 43 in 2019). Alexander Griboyedov is the 967th most popular writer (down from 725th in 2019), the 335th most popular biography from Russia (down from 255th in 2019) and the 35th most popular Russian Writer.

Alexander Griboyedov is most famous for writing the comedy Woe from Wit, which was published in 1823.

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Notable Works

The Woes of Wit
Woe from Wit
ONE OF THE MOST FAMOUS OF RUSSIAN PLAYS, the four-act comedy in verse Woe from Wit skewers staid, nineteenth century Russian society, and it positively teems with "winged phrases" that are essential colloquialisms for students of Russian and Russian culture. Presented here in bilingual format (English and accented Russian on facing pages), Griboyedov's masterpiece becomes newly accessible to Russophiles of all levels and abilities. "Winged phrases" are highlighted throughout; archaic words and important historical references are footnoted; and a thorough biographical introduction prefaces the play. You will never regret any time spent reading, learning, and understanding Woe from Wit - few works of Russian literature have had such a lasting impact on the Russian mindset and soul.
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Among writers, Alexander Griboyedov ranks 967 out of 7,302Before him are Sulpicius Severus, Chiara Lubich, Percy Fawcett, Victorien Sardou, B. Traven, and Bankim Chandra Chatterjee. After him are Imru' al-Qais, Heinrich Kramer, Nikolay Karamzin, Stephen Covey, Gustavo Adolfo Bécquer, and Kurt Eisner.

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Among people born in 1795, Alexander Griboyedov ranks 11Before him are John Keats, Thomas Carlyle, Pavel Jozef Šafárik, Antonio José de Sucre, Ary Scheffer, and Dred Scott. After him are Ernst Heinrich Weber, Christian Gottfried Ehrenberg, John William Polidori, Gabriel Lamé, Saverio Mercadante, and Friedlieb Ferdinand Runge. Among people deceased in 1829, Alexander Griboyedov ranks 12Before him are Humphry Davy, Paul Barras, Maria Anna Mozart, Friedrich Schlegel, François-Joseph Gossec, and Louis Nicolas Vauquelin. After him are Adam Albert von Neipperg, Jean-Baptiste Regnault, Mauro Giuliani, Princess Henrietta of Nassau-Weilburg, Maria Beatrice d'Este, Duchess of Massa, and Kittur Chennamma.

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In Russia

Among people born in Russia, Alexander Griboyedov ranks 335 out of 3,761Before him are Yury of Moscow (1281), Michel Fokine (1880), Dmitry of Uglich (1582), Simeon of Moscow (1316), Svetlana Savitskaya (1948), and Mikhail Khodorkovsky (1963). After him are Vasily Blokhin (1895), Valeri Polyakov (1942), Nikolay Karamzin (1766), Lev Gumilyov (1912), Tamara Karsavina (1885), and Andriyan Nikolayev (1929).

Among WRITERS In Russia

Among writers born in Russia, Alexander Griboyedov ranks 35Before him are Alexander Blok (1880), Alexander Litvinenko (1962), Colmar Freiherr von der Goltz (1843), Varlam Shalamov (1907), Viktor Shklovsky (1893), and Yevgeny Yevtushenko (1933). After him are Nikolay Karamzin (1766), Grand Duke Konstantin Konstantinovich of Russia (1858), Vasily Zhukovsky (1783), Fyodor Tyutchev (1803), Henri Troyat (1911), and Nikolai Leskov (1831).