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The Journal of Literary History and Theory
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COMPARATIVE BIOGRAPHIES: N.A. NEKRASOV AND A.N. OSTROVSKY

Yedoshina I.A.

Abstract

Abstract. The article compares the biographies of two writers of the 19th century – N.A. Nekrasov and A.N. Ostrovsky. The experience of such comparison is used in Plutarch’s classic work «Comparative Biographies», where the spirit of time is revealed through the fates of famous historical figures. The article discovers similarities and differences in the lives of both writers, from childhood to the time when they have already become personalities and got recognition. It is noted that the role of V.G. Belinsky in the formation of Nekrasov’s views was similar to the one of A.A. Grigoriev for A.N. Ostrovsky. The analysis traces how the views of the two writers are revealed in their texts. The author concludes that the biographies of N.A. Nekrasov and A.N. Ostrovsky reflect two ways of understanding the essence of being: revolutionary and organic.

Keywords

Keywords: N.A. Nekrasov; A.N. Ostrovsky; biography; comparative biography; ideologems of time; artistic images.

DOI: 10.31249/litzhur/2021.52.01

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