Interesting facts about Saltykov-Shchedrin

The writer Saltykov-Shchedrin gave Russian literature a sharp satire on human vices. The complex character and emotionality of the prose writer found a way out in his work. Being a well-to-do man himself, he did not hesitate to ridicule those in power.

15 interesting facts from the life of Saltykov-Shchedrin

  1. Saltykov-Shchedrin's mother, married at the age of 15 to a poor forty-year-old nobleman. She gave birth to 9 children, whom she raised in severity, gave them a good education.
  2. Young Saltykov from childhood showed a craving for knowledge, at the age of 10 he entered the Noble Institute, and after 2 years he was transferred to the Tsarskoye Selo Lyceum at public expense.
  3. The real surname of the writer is "Saltykov", and he added the postscript "Shchedrin" later as a pseudonym.
  4. Saltykov was the namesake of the famous noble family of the Saltykovs, but he himself was one of the impoverished nobles. For this he was teased at the Lyceum.
  5. The writer had a bad temper, in everyday life he behaved hot-tempered and very emotional.
  6. Like many nobles of those years, Shchedrin loved gambling, in which, not knowing how to bluff, he often lost, making scandals about it.
  7. For the first publications, Saltykov-Shchedrin was exiled to the provincial authorities. And only the new emperor Alexander II was forgiven and even appointed vice-governor of the Tver province.
  8. Interestingly, it was he who invented the word "softness".
  9. Schelrin was a tyrant at work. Occupying a high position, he often behaved rudely and arrogantly. He was dismissed from public service after a scandal that erupted after he published an insulting feuilleton against the Tula governor Shidlovsky.
  10. One of the best works of the writer, Lord Golovlyov, is a satirical image of his own family, in which he was born and raised.
  11. Already in adulthood, Saltykov-Shchedrin married the 15-year-old daughter of a provincial vice-governor. Subsequently, his wife openly cheated on him throughout his life. They had two children.
  12. In the last years of her life, a teenage daughter publicly bullied her sick father along with her mother. The son behaved with restraint, but in adulthood wrote dismissive memories of his father.
  13. The writer passed away due to complications from the common cold.
  14. When Nekrasov was buried, carriages drove behind the hearse, in one of which Saltykov was sitting with friends. Laughing, Saltykov suggested that the neighbors, for the time being, play cards in memory of the deceased. Played.
  15. Several dozen streets in different cities of Russia are named in honor of Saltykov-Shchedrin.