(1924 – 1997)
Soloukhin Vladimir Alekseevich (1924 – 1997), the poet, the prose writer. He was born on June 14 in the village of Alepino, Vladimir Region, in a peasant family. After graduating from school, in 1938 – 42 he studied at the engineering school in Vladimir, received the specialty of a mechanic-instrumentalist. During the war, Soloukhin served in special forces guarding the Kremlin. In 1946, having published his first poems in Komsomolskaya Pravda and realizing his vocation, he entered the Literary Institute. M. Gorky, who graduated in 1951. The first collection of poems “Rain in the Steppe” appeared in 1953. Then followed the poetry collections “Zhuravlicha (1959),” In Flowers (1962), “Live on Earth (1965), in which In the course of time, the author’s aspiration to philosophical comprehension of life intensified: from 1951 he traveled extensively throughout the country and abroad, publishing reports in various publications. The first separate book of sketch prose “The Birth of Zernograd” was published in 1955; next – “The Gold Bottom” – in 1956. The book “Vladimirskie Proselyki” (1957) attracted serious attention of readers and critics, receiving the most approving responses. In 1964 he published the autobiographical novel “Mother-stepmother”. A special place in Soloukhin’s work is occupied by his artistic and journalistic books “Letters
A short biography from the book: Russian writers and poets. A short biographical dictionary. Moscow, 2000.