Nikolai Leskov


Russia (1831 - 1895)

Nikolai Semyonovich Leskov  was a Russian novelist, short story writer, playwright, and journalist who also wrote under the pseudonym M. Stebnitsky.

Leskov received his formal education at the Oryol Lyceum. In 1847 He joined the Oryol criminal court office, later transferring to Kiev where he worked as a clerk, attended university lectures, mixed with local people, and took part in various student circles. In 1857 He quit his job as a clerk and went to work for the private trading company Scott & Wilkins owned by Alexander Scott, his aunt's English husband.

His literary career began in the early 1860s with the publication of his short story The Extinguished Flame (1862), and his novellas Musk-Ox (May 1863) and The Life of a Peasant Woman (September, 1863). His first novel No Way Out was published under the pseudonym M. Stebnitsky in 1864. From the mid-1860s to the mid-1880s Leskov published a wide range of works, including journalism, sketches, short stories, and novels. Leskov's major works, many of which continue to be published in modern versions, were written during this time.

Genres: Literary Fiction