Ivan Nechuy-Levytsky

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Ivan Nechuy-Levytsky
Іван Семенович Нечуй-Левицький
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Born 25 November 1838
Stebliv, Kyiv Governorate, Russian Empire
Died 15 April 1918
Kyiv, Ukrainian People's Republic
Pen name Nechuy
Occupation Writer
Period Nineteenth century – beginning of twentieth century

Ivan Nechuy-Levytsky (25 November 1838 – 15 April 1918) was a well-known Ukrainian writer.


Ivan Nechuy-Levytsky was born on 25 November 1838 to a family of a peasant priest in Stebliv (Cherkasy region of central Ukraine). In 1847 entered the Boguslav religious school. Upon graduating from the Kyiv Theological Academy (1865) he taught Russian language, history, and geography in the Poltava Theological Seminary (1865–1866) and, later, in different gymnasiums in Kalisz (Congress Poland), Siedlce (Congress Poland, 1867–1872), and Kyshyniv (Bessarabia, 1873–1874). He started writing in 1865, but due to Russian imperial censorship his works appeared only in Galician periodicals, such as the journals Pravda, Dilo, and Zoria (Lviv).

He died of hunger in 1918 in one of almshouses of Kyiv.


  • ‘Zhyttiepys’ Ivana Levyts’koho (Nechuia), napysana nym samym,’ S’vit, no. 7 (1888)
  • Iefremov, Serhii. Nechui-Levyts’kyi (Kyiv 1924)
  • Mezhenko, Iurii. ‘Ivan Semenovych Nechui-Levyts’kyi,’ Tvory, 1 (Kyiv 1926)
  • Bilets’kyi, Oleksander. ‘Ivan Semenovych Levyts’kyi (Nechui),’ Tvory v chotyr’okh tomakh, 1 (Kyiv 1956)
  • Pokhodzilo, M. Ivan Nechui-Levyts’kyi (Kyiv 1960)
  • Krutikova, N. Tvorchist’ I.S. Nechuia-Levyts’koho (Kyiv 1961)
  • Ivanchenko, R. Ivan Nechui-Levyts’kyi: Narys zhyttia i tvorchosti (Kyiv 1980)
  • Tarnawsky Maxim, The all-encompassing eye of Ukraine: Ivan Nechui-Levyts'kyi’s realist prose, Toronto, University of Toronto Press, 2015, 384 pp., ISBN 9781442650084 (in English)

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