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Nikolai Leskov

1831 - 1895

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Nikolai Semyonovich Leskov (Russian: Никола́й Семёнович Леско́в; 16 February [O.S. 4 February] 1831 – 5 March [O.S. 21 February] 1895) was a Russian novelist, short-story writer, playwright, and journalist, who also wrote under the pseudonym M. Stebnitsky. Praised for his unique writing style and innovative experiments in form, and held in high esteem by Leo Tolstoy, Anton Chekhov and Maxim Gorky among others, Leskov is credited with creating a comprehensive picture of contemporary Russian society using mostly short literary forms. His major works include Lady Macbeth of Mtsensk (1865) (which was later made into an opera by Shostakovich), The Cathedral Folk (1872), The Enchanted Wanderer (1873), and "The Tale of Cross-eyed Lefty from Tula and the Steel Flea" (1881).Leskov received his formal education at the Oryol Lyceum. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Nikolai Leskov has received more than 226,895 page views. His biography is available in 43 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 38 in 2019). Nikolai Leskov is the 1,138th most popular writer (down from 1,063rd in 2019), the 414th most popular biography from Russia (down from 354th in 2019) and the 46th most popular Russian Writer.

Nikolai Leskov is most famous for his novel "The Enchanted Wanderer" and the short story "Lady Macbeth of the Mtsensk District."

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Among writers, Nikolai Leskov ranks 1,138 out of 5,755Before him are Grand Duke Konstantin Konstantinovich of Russia, Joachim du Bellay, Rigas Feraios, Polyaenus, Rex Stout, and Yakub Kolas. After him are Joseph Bédier, Raymond Radiguet, Catherine de Bourbon, Ivan Cankar, Cosmas of Prague, and Fernando Arrabal.

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Among people born in 1831, Nikolai Leskov ranks 21Before him are Joseph Joachim, Archduchess Elisabeth Franziska of Austria, Grand Duke Nicholas Nikolaevich of Russia, Johann Martin Schleyer, Adelaide of Löwenstein-Wertheim-Rosenberg, and Albert Anker. After him are Princess Maria Amélia of Brazil, Maximilian Anton, Hereditary Prince of Thurn and Taxis, Victorien Sardou, Ilya Ulyanov, Isabella Bird, and Constantin Meunier. Among people deceased in 1895, Nikolai Leskov ranks 19Before him are Franz von Suppé, Archduke Albrecht, Duke of Teschen, Arthur Cayley, Julia, Princess of Battenberg, Frederick Douglass, and Johann Josef Loschmidt. After him are Lord Randolph Churchill, Karl Heinrich Ulrichs, John Russell Hind, Sir Henry Rawlinson, 1st Baronet, Princess Marie Luise Charlotte of Hesse-Kassel, and Charles Frederick Worth.

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In Russia

Among people born in Russia, Nikolai Leskov ranks 414 out of 3,262Before him are Pyotr Krasnov (1869), Mehmed I Giray (1465), Grand Duke Alexander Alexandrovich of Russia (1869), Andre Geim (1958), Grand Duke Konstantin Konstantinovich of Russia (1858), and Patriarch Filaret of Moscow (1553). After him are Tsarevna Catherine Ivanovna of Russia (1691), Vasily Zhukovsky (1783), Nathalie Sarraute (1900), George Ostrogorsky (1902), Vsevolod the Big Nest (1154), and Rinat Dasayev (1957).

Among WRITERS In Russia

Among writers born in Russia, Nikolai Leskov ranks 46Before him are Velimir Khlebnikov (1885), Leonid Andreyev (1871), Sergey Mikhalkov (1913), Andrei Bely (1880), Lyudmila Ulitskaya (1943), and Grand Duke Konstantin Konstantinovich of Russia (1858). After him are Vasily Zhukovsky (1783), Nathalie Sarraute (1900), Elsa Triolet (1896), Sophia Tolstaya (1844), Edith Södergran (1892), and Alexander Ostrovsky (1823).