Ivan Turgenev

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Date of Birth November 9, 1818
Place of Birth Russia
Date of Death Sep 3, 1883 (64)
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Ivan Turgenev

Ivan Sergeyevich Turgenev was a Russian novelist, short story writer, poet, playwright, translator and popularizer of Russian literature in the West. His first major publication, a short story collection entitled A Sportsman's Sketches, was a milestone of Russian realism, and his novel Fathers and Sons is regarded as one of the major works of 19th-century fiction.

Born: Ivan Sergeyevich Turgenev, November 9, 1818, Oryol, Oryol Governorate, Russian Empire
Died: September 3, 1883, Bougival, Seine-et-Oise, France
Occupation: Writer, poet, translator
Genre: Novel, play, short story
Literary movement: Realism
Notable works: A Sportsman's Sketches • Fathers and Sons • A Month in the Country
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About Ivan Turgenev

Notable for his 1862 novel Fathers and Sons and for his 1852 short story collection A Sportsman's Sketches, Turgenev was a key figure in late 19th-century Russia's literary realism movement.

Before Fame

He was educated at the University of Moscow, the University of Saint Petersburg, and the University of Berlin.


During the early 1840s, he was a civil servant with the Russian Ministry of Interior.

Family Life

Born into a troubled upper-class family, Turgenev and his brother Nicolas were the sons of military man Sergei Nikolaevich Turgenev and the wealthy, physically abusive Varvara Petrovna Lutovinova. Through his relationship with a serf bound to his family's land, he fathered an illegitimate child named Paulinette.


Turgenev and 19th-century playwright and fiction writer Anton Chekhov both penned important works of Russian Realism.

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