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Nikolay Mikhailovitch Karamzin (1766–1826)

Karamzin, Nikolay Mikhailovitch (kä-räm-zin’). A celebrated Russian historian; born at Mikhailovka, near Simbirsk, Dec. 12, 1766; died near St. Petersburg, June 3, 1826. His great work, ‘History of Russia’ (11 vols., 1816–29), created a sensation. “He appeared,” in Pushkin’s words, “to have discovered old Russia, as Columbus discovered America.” The tone of the work was ultraconservative. ‘Letters of a Russian Traveler’ (1797–1801), in the style of Sterne, met with great favor. Of several novels, ‘Poor Lisa’ was much imitated, and with others of his writings, translated into German by Richter. With Lomonossov he was the creator of Russian prose.