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Alexander Pushkin
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    (June 6, 1799-February 10, 1837)
    Born in Moscow, Russian Federation
    Wrote the dramas 'The Stone Guest' and 'Boris Godunov'
    Wrote the verse novel 'Eugene Onegin'
    Wrote the poems 'Ruslan and Ludmila,' 'The Gabrieliad,' 'The Gypsies,' 'Poltava' and 'The Bronze Horseman'
    Mortally wounded in a duel with Georges d'Anthes, whom he had accused of trying to seduce his wife
    A biographer described him as crude, rude, impulsive and self-centered.
    He had long, dirty fingernails.
    He gambled heavily and was always in debt.
    He was hailed as a hero by the Bolsheviks, who considered him a predecessor to Soviet literature.
    He published his first poem at age 15.
    He was exiled from St. Petersburg for his political beliefs.
    Tsar Nicholas I called him 'the cleverest man in Russia.'
    His works were the basis for operas by Tchaikovsky, Mussorgsky and Rimsky-Korsakov.
    In a poll asking Russians which of their countrymen had made the greatest contribution to world history, Pushkin came in second, between Peter the Great and Lenin (1999).

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