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, Mikhail Yurievich 1814–1841.

Russian writer known for his novel A Hero of Our Time (1840) and for his many poems.

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Lermontov, Mikhail Yurevich (mēkhәyēl´ yr´yĭvĭch lyĕr´mәntŭf), 1814-41, Russian poet and novelist. Given an extensive private education by his wealthy grandmother, Lermontov began writing poetry when he was 14. He first attracted public attention in 1837 with the inflammatory poem "On the Death of the Poet," written to protest the death of Pushkin in a duel. A cavalry officer in the czar's army, he was temporarily banished to the Caucasus, where he had recuperated from illness as a child, and the area's stirring landscape became a prevailing element in his work. Of his early verse, which, like his life, was greatly influenced by Byron, only the lyric "The Angel" (1830) is equal to his later work. Lermontov's poetic reputation, second in Russia only to Pushkin's, rests upon the lyric and narrative works of his last five years. The Demon (1829-41, tr. 1930), his narrative poem about th...    Continue Reading

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