Ivan Goncharov

1812 - 1891

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Ivan Aleksandrovich Goncharov (,also US: ; Russian: Ива́н Алекса́ндрович Гончаро́в, romanized: Iván Aleksándrovich Goncharóv, IPA: [ɪˈvan ɐlʲɪkˈsandrəvʲɪdʑ ɡənʲtɕɪˈrof]; 18 June [O.S. 6 June] 1812 – 27 September [O.S. 15 September] 1891) was a Russian novelist best known for his novels The Same Old Story (1847, also translated as A Common Story), Oblomov (1859), and The Precipice (1869, also translated as Malinovka Heights). He also served in many official capacities, including the position of censor. Goncharov was born in Simbirsk into the family of a wealthy merchant; as a reward for his grandfather's military service, they were elevated to Russian nobility status. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Ivan Goncharov has received more than 300,886 page views. His biography is available in 57 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 54 in 2019). Ivan Goncharov is the 664th most popular writer (up from 669th in 2019), the 217th most popular biography from Russia (up from 233rd in 2019) and the 25th most popular Russian Writer.

Ivan Goncharov is most famous for his novel "Oblomov," which tells the story of a Russian nobleman who is too lazy to do anything.

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The Same Old Story (1847) tells the story of Alexander Aduyev who leaves the idyllic setting of his home in the country to seek his fortune and make a career in St. Petersburg under the guidance and protection of his uncle, a government official. Such is the beginning of this "ordinary story". Alexander Aduyev, a "romantic three times over" (to quote Vissarion Belinsky) gradually sheds his idyllic notions and develops into a heartless and calculating climber.
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Among writers, Ivan Goncharov ranks 664 out of 7,302Before him are Washington Irving, Frontinus, Ian McEwan, Isabelle de Charrière, Aratus, and Giambattista Basile. After him are Irwin Shaw, Eduardo Galeano, Sugawara no Michizane, Theodore the Studite, Matilde Camus, and H. L. Mencken.

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Among people born in 1812, Ivan Goncharov ranks 8Before him are Kaspar Hauser, Théodore Rousseau, Johann Gottfried Galle, Truganini, Alexander Herzen, and Louise of Orléans. After him are Moses Hess, Sigismond Thalberg, Amélie of Leuchtenberg, Mirza Fatali Akhundov, Ascanio Sobrero, and Maria Cristina of Savoy. Among people deceased in 1891, Ivan Goncharov ranks 17Before him are Léo Delibes, Wilhelm Eduard Weber, Theo van Gogh, Leopold Kronecker, Prince Napoléon Bonaparte, and Albert Pike. After him are Jules Grévy, Jan Neruda, Charles I of Württemberg, Georges Ernest Boulanger, Edmond Becquerel, and Grand Duke Nicholas Nikolaevich of Russia.

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In Russia

Among people born in Russia, Ivan Goncharov ranks 217 out of 3,761Before him are Igor Tamm (1895), Nicholas Roerich (1874), Alexander Rodchenko (1891), Gennady Zyuganov (1944), Fritz Albert Lipmann (1899), and Raisa Gorbacheva (1932). After him are Nikolai Vatutin (1901), Gustav Bauer (1870), Maya Plisetskaya (1925), Grand Duke Sergei Alexandrovich of Russia (1857), Alexander Oparin (1894), and Grand Duke Konstantin Nikolayevich of Russia (1827).

Among WRITERS In Russia

Among writers born in Russia, Ivan Goncharov ranks 25Before him are Vladimir Vysotsky (1938), Yevgeny Zamyatin (1884), Ivan Bunin (1870), Marina Tsvetaeva (1892), Alexander Herzen (1812), and Nikolay Chernyshevsky (1828). After him are Aleksey Nikolayevich Tolstoy (1883), Ivan Krylov (1769), Arthur Adamov (1908), Alexander Blok (1880), Alexander Litvinenko (1962), and Colmar Freiherr von der Goltz (1843).