May 26, 2014

On this day May 26th

DARC Ethiophile Chronicles

On this day

May 26, 1799 Aleksandr Sergeevich Pushkin was born in Moscow on May 26, 1799. Pushkin started to write poems from an early age. His first published poem can be found in the journal The Messenger of Europe in 1814 and was written when he was only 14. Pushkin today is regarded as the Father of Russian Literature.  

Aleksandr Pushkin was born in into a cultured but poor aristocratic family. On his father's side he was descended from an ancient noble family and on his mother's side he was a great-great-grandson of a black Ethiopian, Gannibal, who served under Peter the Great. Pushkin himself had black hair and swarthy complexion. In his childhood the future poet was entrusted to nursemaids, French tutors, and governesses.

He learned Russian from household serfs and from his nanny, Arina Rodionovna.

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