Chapigin Alexey Pavlovich (1870 – 1937), the prose writer.
He was born on October 5 (17 century) in the village of Bolshoi Ugol Olonets province in a peasant family. He received his primary education in the Zemstvo school.
In 1883 he came to St. Petersburg, where he began to study “painting and painting crafts”. Worked as an apprentice. I took up self-education, read a lot, tried to compose.
In 1903 he published his first essay “Visible”. Begins to write stories, the heroes of which are artisans, tramps, village people who came to the city in search of earnings. Later with gratitude write about V. Korolenko and M. Gorky, who played a big role in his literary life. In 1912 he published the first collection of his stories; in 1913 – the story “White Skit”, which was a success.
In 1918 he published the book “On the Animal Path”, a collection of hunting stories, the creation of which Chapygina was inspired by the northern village, her people well acquainted with the writer. M. Gorky saw Chapygin’s interest in history, which later manifested itself in creativity. The historical novel “Razin Stepan” (1926-27) played a significant role in the development of Soviet historical prose.
In 1935 – 37 published became very popular novel “Walking People”, written with a good knowledge of the language and way of life in Russia XVIII century.
At the age of 67 on October 21, 1937, Chapygin died in Leningrad.
A short biography from the book: Russian writers and poets. A short biographical dictionary. Moscow, 2000.