Sergey Semyonov (writer)
March 28, 1868|
Moscow Governorate, Russia
|Died||December 3, 1922
Moscow Governorate, Soviet Union
Semyonov was born in the village of Andreyevskoy, in Moscow Governorate, where his parents were peasants. He left the village because of poverty and worked as an errand boy, salesman, plumber, laborer, and even as a guide for a blind merchant. These experiences gave him material for his writings. His first story Two Brothers (1887) was praised by Leo Tolstoy, who supported and encouraged Semyonov throughout their long acquaintance. He published poetry, six volumes of stories, his memoirs Twenty-Five Years in the Village, and a volume of essays.
In 1906 he was exiled for his revolutionary connections. After the Revolution of 1917, he took an active part in reorganization efforts. In 1922 Semyonov was murdered by bandits, an event that shook his friend Maxim Gorky very deeply. Gorky said that the great significance of Semyonov's works had been recognized, and that nothing could be more precious to a man.
- The Servant, (Short story), from Best Russian Short Stories, Thomas Seltzer, Boni and Liveright, 1917.
- Gluttons, (Short story), from The Salt Pit, Raduga Publishers, 1988.
- Introduction to Gluttons, The Salt Pit, Raduga Publishers, 1988.
- Orlando Figes, A People's Tragedy: The Russian Revolution, (London, 2017), pg 234
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