Nikolay Gretsch

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Nikolay Gretsch, 1856

Nikolay Ivanovich Gretsch (Russian: Николай Иванович Греч; 1787 – 1867) was a leading Russian grammarian of the 19th century. Although he was primarily interested in philology, it is as a journalist that he is primarily remembered.

Gretsch came from a noble Baltic German family. Peter Clodt von Jürgensburg was his wife's nephew. He attended the Imperial School of Jurisprudence and travelled widely in Europe, producing no less than five volumes of travel writings as well as several novels. His memoirs were published in 1886.

At the time of Napoleon's invasion of Russia Gretsch started publishing The Son of the Fatherland, a periodical that expressed liberal views that had much in common with those of the Decembrists.[1] During Nicholas I's reactionary reign he crossed over to the conservative camp and joined forces with Faddei Bulgarin in feuding with Pushkin's circle.[1]

A 19th-century edition of Gretch's memoirs: the censored text is replaced by dots

Gretch and Bulgarin were the editors of Northern Bee, a popular political and literary newspaper that championed the Official Nationality theory. According to Nicholas V. Riasanovsky, the newspaper "strikes a modern reader as deficient in interpretation, weak intellectually, and devoted almost entirely to factual, quasi-official summaries of events".[2]

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  1. ^ a b Русские писатели. 1800—1917. Биографический словарь. Т. 2: Г — К. Москва: Большая российская энциклопедия, 1992. С. 18—21.
  2. ^ Quoted from: N. V. Riasanovsky. Nicholas I and Official Nationality in Russia, 1825-1855. University of California Press, 1959. ISBN 978-0-520-01065-9. Page 275.

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