Alexander Pushkin (1799-1837) was a writer, poet, and playwright of the Romantic era who pioneered the use of vernacular speech in Russian literature. He was descended from Russian nobility and from an African great-grandfather who had been raised at the court of Peter the Great. Pushkin’s commitment to social reform led to a period of exile and government censorship, during which he wrote some of his most famous works. He died after a fighting a duel at the age of thirty-seven.
About Charles Johnston
Sir Charles Johnston was educated at Winchester and at Balliol College, Oxford. He entered the diplomatic service in 1936. He was Deputy Under-Secretary of State, Foreign Office (1963—5), and High Commissioner, Australia (1965—71). With his wife he translated a volume of Turgenev, A Sportsman’s Notebook (1948). He also published several books of poems, including Towards Mozambique (1947), Estuary in Scotland (1974) and Poems and Journeys (1979), which includes a verse translation of Onegin’s Journey by Pushkin. He died in 1986.
Eugene Onegin and Other Poems by Alexander Pushkin