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Nikolai Semyonovich Leskov (, — ) was a Russian journalist, novelist and short story writer, who also wrote under the pseudonym M. Stebnitsky.

Born in Gorokhovo, Oryol, he began his education at the Oryol lycée. His father's death and the subsequent loss of his inherited property in an 1846 fire forced the young Nikolai to suspend his studies at the age of 15. Leskov served two years as a clerk in Oryol criminal court and then was transferred to Kiev as assistant clerk in the army recruiting bureau. There he lived at the house of his uncle, who was a professor of medicine. He read widely in the fields of philosophy and economics, studied Polish and Ukrainian, and joined the liberal-minded circles of the old city.

In 1853 he married Olga Smirnova; they had one son and one daughter. Between the years 1857 and 1860 he worked in estate management for an English firm and travelled in remote regions of Russia. Later Leskov considered these years crucial for his development as a writer. After moving to Moscow he separated from his wife and started to publish articles in magazines. His literary career began in 1861 when he began working for a journal in Saint Petersburg. His first prose work, Pogassee Delo, was published the following year, and his first novel, Nekuda, in 1864.

His main works include The Enchanted Wanderer (1873), Lady Macbeth of Mtsensk (1865) (which was later made into an opera), The Tale of Cross-eyed Lefty from Tula and the Steel Flea (1881), and the novel Cathedral Folk (1872).

As a writer and journalist in the turbulent 1860s, he quickly established a reputation for being anti-nihilist. At the same time he was not clearly a conservative, and this apparent refusal to take sides caused him economic difficulty, since he could find few journals willing to publish his works. When liberal magazines closed their doors, he started to publish writings in conservative papers, but his criticism of civil servants and Orthodox clerics and laymen also caused anger in conservative circles.

Leskov served on the Scholarly Committee of the Ministry of Education from 1874. He was dismissed in 1883 due to his too liberal views. After a religious crisis in the mid-1870s he published several stories which questioned Orthodox Christianity. In the summer of 1872 he travelled in Karelia and visited the Valamo monastery in Lake Ladoga.

By the late 1880s Leskov's growing criticism of the doctrines of the church started to arouse the attention of censors. Under the influence of Lev Tolstoy he wrote several stories dealing with ancient church legends. During his last years Leskov suffered from angina pectoris and breast cancer. He died on March 5, 1895, aged 64, and is interred at the Literatorskiye Mostki necropolis at Volkovo Cemetery in Saint Petersburg.

His collected works were published for the first time in 1902-03. After the Revolution his work was viewed with suspicion, although Maxim Gorky had defended him earlier, stating that Leskov "is the writer most deeply rooted in the people and is completely untouched by any foreign influences".

Anton Chekhov considered Leskov in some respects his teacher. For decades Leskov did not gain official approval, partly due to his religious themes. In the 1940s two scholarly monographs on his work appeared. With the publication of his collected works in the 1950s and new printings and translations of his stories Leskov has secured his position among the major classic Russian writers of the 19th century.

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Total Books: 25
The Enchanted Wanderer And Other Stories
2014 - The Enchanted Wanderer and Other Stories [Vintage Classics] (Paperback)Hardcover
ISBN-13: 9780307388872
ISBN-10: 0307388875
Genre: Literature & Fiction

The Enchanted Wanderer
2012 - The Enchanted Wanderer [The Art of the Novella] (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9781612191034
ISBN-10: 1612191037
Genre: Literature & Fiction

2009 - Soboriane (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9785998500084
ISBN-10: 5998500083

The Priest Who Was Never Baptized Stories Factual and Fictional of Russian Life in the Nineteenth Century
Lady Macbeth of Mtsensk
2003 - Lady Macbeth of Mtsensk [Hesperus Classics] (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9781843910688
ISBN-10: 1843910683
Genre: Literature & Fiction

Great Russian Short Stories
2003 - Great Russian Short Stories [Dover Thrift Editions] (Paperback)Paperback
ISBN-13: 9780486429922
ISBN-10: 048642992X
Genre: Literature & Fiction

Lady Macbeth De Mtsensk
2003 - Lady Macbeth De Mtsensk [Clasica - Spanish Edition] (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9788484281764
ISBN-10: 8484281760
Genre: Literature & Fiction

The Enchanted Wanderer  Selected Tales
2003 - The Enchanted Wanderer Selected Tales [Modern Library Classics] (Paperback)Paperback
ISBN-13: 9780812966961
ISBN-10: 0812966961
Genre: Literature & Fiction

Le Paon
2002 - Le Paon (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9782876787445
ISBN-10: 287678744X

On the Edge of the World
1993 - On the Edge of the World (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9780881411188
ISBN-10: 0881411183
Genres: Literature & Fiction, Christian Books & Bibles
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Lady Macbeth of Mtsensk and Other Stories
1988 - Lady Macbeth of Mtsensk and Other Stories [Penguin Classics] (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9780140444919
ISBN-10: 0140444912
Genre: Literature & Fiction

Selected Tales
Selected Tales (Paperback)Hardcover
ISBN-13: 9780374502089
ISBN-10: 0374502080

Five Tales
Five Tales (Paperback)Hardcover
ISBN-13: 9780946162130
ISBN-10: 0946162131
Genre: Literature & Fiction

Hugo Pectoralis ou une volont de fer
Hugo Pectoralis Ou Une Volont De Fer (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9782845451025
ISBN-10: 2845451024

Short Stories
Short Stories [Classiques Russes - Russian Edition] (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9782877142731
ISBN-10: 2877142736
Genre: Literature & Fiction

The Enchanted Wanderer 1873
The Enchanted Wanderer 1873 [IN RUSSIAN LANGUAGE] (Hardcover)
ISBN-13: 9785170141036
ISBN-10: 5170141033

The Enchanted Wanderer / Ocharovannyi strannik /
The Enchanted Wanderer / Ocharovannyi Strannik / [1873] (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9785170270736
ISBN-10: 5170270739

Iron Will Zheleznaya volya
Iron Will Zheleznaya Volya (Hardcover)
ISBN-13: 9785815907362
ISBN-10: 5815907367

A Fraude e Outras Histrias
A Fraude E Outras Histrias [Em Portuguese do Brasil] (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9788573264968
ISBN-10: 8573264969