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Pyotr Gnedich

Russian author

1855   -   1925

genre: short story
country of citizenship: Russian Empire, Soviet Union
languages spoken, written or signed: Russian
educated at: The First Saint-Petersburg Gymnasium, Imperial Academy of Arts
occupation: writer, playwright, translator, linguist

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Pyotr Petrovich Gnedich (Russian: Пётр Петро́вич Гне́дич, IPA: [ˈpʲɵtr pʲɪˈtrovʲɪtɕ ˈɡnʲedʲɪtɕ] (listen); 18 October [O.S. 30 October] 1855 – July 16, 1925), also known as Gnedich-Smolensky, was a Russian writer, poet, dramatist, translator, theatre entrepreneur and art history scholar. He was a grandnephew of Russian poet and translator Nikolay Gnedich. He is considered one of the founders of art history. Gnedich wrote more than 40 plays (7 of them historical) and several novels (Chinese Shadows, 1884, The Burden of this World, 1897). Anton Chekhov praised Gnedich's talent; the two authors have often been linked together by contemporary critics who also noted Gnedich's erudition and artfulness as a stylist. Pyotr Gnedich's best known non-fiction works were the History of Art from Ancient Times (1885), arguably the first popular Russian treatise of this kind, and his memoirs Book of Life (1929).
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