Lavrenev Boris Andreevich (real name – Sergeev) (1891-1959) prose writer, playwright.
Born July 5 (17 N. s.) In Kherson in the family of a teacher of literature. He escaped from the parents’ home, got a job on a ship and went on a flight abroad. Floated for two months, until it was removed from the deck of the Italian carabinieri (later these events will be described in the story “Marina”).
The first stories, poems, reviews appeared in Kherson and Moscow newspapers and magazines. In 1912, while a student at the Faculty of Law of Moscow University, for the first time under the pseudonym “Boris Lavrenev” published a poetic legend about red poppies in the almanac of Moscow Symbolists “Harvest”.
During the First World War fought in the royal army. The October Revolution was adopted; when the civil war began, he moved to the Red Army, was the commander of an armored train, fought in Turkestan, worked in a front-line newspaper.
In 1924 there were three stories – “Wind”, “Star color” and “Forty-first”, immediately made their author known. For the finale of the story “Forty-first” Lavreneva began to be called a “fellow traveler” (is it worth crying over a white officer?), Constantly reminding his non-proletarian origin and the insufficiency of class instinct.
The novella The Seventh Satellite (1927) and The Engraving on the Tree (1928) were devoted to the problems of the intelligentsia and culture.
In 1928 the drama “Razlom” was published, which was a great success and for thirty years did not descend from the stage of theaters. Lavrenev became together with K. Trenev and Vs. Ivanov is one of the creators of a new type of heroic-revolutionary drama. This theme was further developed in the writer’s further work: the heroic drama “The Song of the Black Sea” (1943), the drama “For those at sea” (1945).
Lavrenevu owns journalistic articles, pamphlets, satirical articles. In 1950 the political drama “Voice of America” was written.
January 7, 1959 in Moscow B. Lavrenev died.
A short biography from the book: Russian writers and poets. A short biographical dictionary. Moscow, 2000.