(1908 – 1981)
Field (real name – Kampov) Boris Nikolayevich (1908 – 1981), a prose writer.
Born March 4 (17 N. s.) In Moscow in the family of a lawyer. Children’s and teenage years passed in Tver, in the factory yard of the huge textile combine owned by Morozov. At home there was a good library left by the father (died in 1916), where all the Russian and the best foreign classics were collected. His mother, a doctor by profession, directed his reading, and among the first books he read were Gogol, Pushkin, Lermontov, Nekrasov, Pomyalovsky, later Turgenev, Goncharov, Nikitin and Chekhov. The most favorite writer was M. Gorky.
Even in his school years he became interested in journalism, the first article appeared in the provincial newspaper Tverskaya
In 1927 the first book of essays “Memoirs of a lousy person”, marked by Gorky, was published.
From 1928 he became a professional journalist.
Literary fame Polevoy brought the story “Hot shop”, published before the war in the journal “October”.
Since the beginning of the Great Patriotic War, he works as a military correspondent on the Kalinin Front, being in the hottest spots. Military events, which he witnessed, are reflected in his essays, combined later in the book “
In 1946, the famous “A Tale of a Real Man”, written in nineteen days (when he was present as a military correspondent at the Nuremberg Trials), is published.
The collection of stories “We are Soviet people” (1948) and the novel “Gold” (1949-50) are devoted to military themes.
In 1952 he published a collection of short stories and essays on the builders of the Volga-Don – “Contemporaries.”
In 1956, after a trip to different countries, he wrote book-reports “American Diaries”, “Over the End of the World”.
In 1958 – 62 published novels “Deep rear” and “On the wild shore…”
In 1966, the novel “Doctor Vera”. For many years he was the editor-in-chief of the journal Yunost.
B. Polevoy died in 1981 in Moscow.
A short biography from the book: Russian writers and poets. A short biographical dictionary. Moscow, 2000.