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Mikhail Sholokhov
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    (May 24, 1905-February 21, 1984)
    Born in Veshenskaya, Russian Federation
    Wrote 'And Quiet Flows the Don' (1926-40), 'Virgin Soil Upturned' (1932-60) and 'Fate of a Man' (1957)
    Won the Nobel Prize in Literature (1965)
    He dropped out of high school to join the Red Army during the Russian Civil War.
    He was a hardline Communist who denounced dissident writers and supported the rehabilitation of Stalin's reputation.
    Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn accused him of plagiarizing 'And Quiet Flows the Don' from a Cossack author who had died in 1920.
    The New York Times described his post-'And Quiet Flows the Don' works as 'spectacularly mediocre.'
    Despite his Communist views, 'And Quiet Flows the Don' treats the anti-Communist Cossacks sympathetically.
    He wrote to Stalin to complain about mass arrests (1938).
    He served as a war correspondent during the Battle of Stalingrad and Siege of Leningrad in WWII.
    The combination of statistical analysis of the text (1984) and the rediscovery of his original manuscript (1999) conclusively proved his authorship of 'And Quiet Flows the Don.'

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