(1813 – 1882)
Sollogub Vladimir Alexandrovich, Count (1813 – 1882), writer. He was born on August 8 (20th century) in St. Petersburg in a noble aristocratic family. He received a wonderful home education, whose program was determined by his father, a well-known art lover.
In 1829 – 34 he studied at the University of Dorpat, after which he returned to St. Petersburg, served in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, then as an official of special assignments under the Tver governor.
The proximity to the salon of Karamzin, with whose son he studied at the university, enables Sollogub to expand and strengthen his literary connections. Acquainted with Pushkin, Gogol, Zhukovsky, Lermontov and other famous writers of the time.
Sollogub’s literary debut
After experiencing some influence of Gogol, noticeable in the “History of two galoshes,” Sollogub soon finds his theme: the life of a secular society. Belinsky welcomed Sologub’s prose, seeing in it new features: “Count Sollogub occupies one of the first places among the writers of the new school: this talent is determined and definite, the talent is strong and brilliant.”
In 1841 left the story “The Lion”, then “Apothecary” – one of the best things of the writer.
In 1845 Tarantas, the most famous work of Sollogub, was published, which became an outstanding phenomenon in Russian literature.
After 1845 he wrote mainly vaudevilles and articles about the musical and theatrical life. In 1856 he was awarded the title of court historiographer.
In 1858 he was sent abroad to study European theaters and wrote there the comedy “Proof of Friendship”, staged in 1859 in Paris.
In 1865, Sollogub was elected a member of the Society of Lovers of Russian Literature, at the introduction into which he read a report on acquaintance with the best writers of his time. Later he will write a whole series of memories of them.
V. Sollogub died in Hamburg on June 5 (17th century). 1882.
A short biography from the book: Russian writers and poets. A short biographical dictionary. Moscow, 2000.