(1913 – 1968)
Yashin (real name – Popov) Alexander Yakovlevich (1913 – 1968), a poet, a prose writer.
Born March 14 (27 N. s.) In the village of Bludnovo, Vologda region in a peasant family.
In 1931 he graduated from the pedagogical college in the city of Nikolsk, taught in the village, read a lot, wrote poetry, collaborated in the Vologda and Arkhangelsk newspapers, began to print in 1928. The first collection of poems “Songs to the North” was published in 1934 in Arkhangelsk.
Since 1935 he lived in Moscow, where in 1938 he published a book of poems “Severyanka.” In 1941 he graduated from the Literary Institute. M. Gorky.
During the Patriotic War he volunteered for the front and as a war correspondent and political worker took part in the defense of Leningrad and Stalingrad, in the liberation of the Crimea. In 1942 – 43 published his collections of poems “The Baltic was” and “City of Anger”.
In the postwar years, many travels around the country: trips to the North, the Altai, the construction of hydroelectric power stations, to the virgin land. Impressions from what he saw were reflected in the collections of poems “Countrymen” (1946), “Soviet Man” (1951), in the poem “Alena Fomina” (1949).
In the 1960s, poetry collections “Barefoot on the Ground”, “Day of Creation”, “Insomnia” are published.
Peru Yashina belong to such prose works: the story “The Orphan” (1962) and “Vologda wedding” (1965),
Many works remained unfinished. Posthumously, in 1972, there were two volumes of “Selected Works” by A. Yashin.
He died June 11, 1968 in Moscow. He was buried in Bludnov.
A short biography from the book: Russian writers and poets. A short biographical dictionary. Moscow, 2000.