Keywords: V. A. Sollogub, A. S. Pushkin, J. Dantes, d’Arshiac, E. N. Goncharova, duel, memoirs, editions.
For citation:

Safonov, M. M. “Memoirs of V. A. Sollogub about the Prehistory of A. S. Pushkin’s Duel.” Dva veka russkoi klassiki, vol. 4, no. 3, 2022, pp. 80–95. (In Russ.)

Author: Mikhail M. Safonov
Information about the author:

Mikhail M. Safonov, PhD in History, St. Petersburg Institute of History of the Russian Academy of Sciences, Petrozavodskaya 7, 197110 St. Petersburg, Russia.


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Received: May 7, 2022
Approved after reviewing: June 11, 2022
Published: September 25, 2022
Issue: 2022 Volume 4 No. 2
Department: Russian Literature of the 18th–19th Centuries
Pages: 80–95

UDK: 821.161.1.09"19"


V. A. Sollogub’s memoirs about the failed November duel of A. S. Pushkin are valuable as a very accurate source for the history of the last years of the poet’s life. Scholars use them to recreate specific events of November 1836 and to study the psychological state of the poet on the eve of his death. There are several editions of Sologub’s memories. In an effort to recreate the most complete and specific picture of the events preceding Pushkin’s death, scholars join various fragments of various editions of memoirs to a single whole, without taking into account that they are not only not consistent with each other, but in some cases directly contradict each other. The author of the article compared the various editions of Sologub’s memoirs and came to an important conclusion that the author of the memoirs without sufficient reason, he ascribed to himself the role of Pushkin’s savior.


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