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Nikolai Kostomarov (1817–1885)

Kostomarov, Nikolai Ivanovich (kos-tō’mä-rōv). A Russian historian, novelist, and poet; born at Ostrogosz, in 1817; died on April 19, 1885. His efforts while instructor at the University of Kharkov to develop the Little Russian tongue led to his arrest and temporary banishment. His best-known works are: ‘The Cossack War with Poland’ (1856); ‘The Commerce of Moscow in the Sixteenth and Seventeenth Centuries’ (1858); ‘Ancient Memorials of Russian Literature’ (1861–62); ‘History of the Polish Republic’ (1870); ‘Russian History in Biographies’ (1873–76); ‘Mazeppa’ (1882), a tragedy. Under the pseudonym “Jeremija Halka” he wrote several historical novels, besides dramas and ballads.