James E. Falen's verse translation consists of 'Boris Godunov', A Scene from Faust', the four 'Little Tragedies' and 'Rusalka. The text features an introduction on Russia's most cosmopolitan playwright.
Aleksandr Sergeyevich Pushkin, one of Russian's greatest poets, was born in Moscow on June 6, 1799. He studied Latin and French literature at the Lyceum. Pushkin was often in conflict with the government and was kept under surveillance for much of his later life. He was also exiled for a period of time. His works include Eugene Onegin and Ruslan and Ludmila. Pushkin died on February 10, 1837 in St. Petersburg of a wound received during a duel protecting the honor of his wife.