Alexei Zhemchuzhinov

Alexei Zhemchuzhinov (1821-1908) was a poet, dramatist, essayist and literary critic, a cousin to Alexei Tolstoy and co-creator of Kozma Prutkov, the famous mid-nineteenth century comical literary character whose aphorisms appeared in Chtenia 16. Trained as a lawyer, Zhemchuzhnikov became a civil servant first at the Senate and then at the Ministry of Justice, but, bored with the “stupid mechanical routine” of these services, in 1858 he abandoned his career in order to write.


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