Alexander Pushkin (1799-1837) was a Russian author who was prominent during the Romantic era. Commonly referred to as the Father of Russian Literature, one of his most famous works was Boris Godunov, which formed the basis for the libretto of the opera of the same name.
Pushkin was exiled to Siberia by Tsar Alexander I, but due to his growing popularity as a poet and a writer of books-in-verse, was permitted to return to the capital by Tsar Nicholas I. Dissatisfaction with his life there contributed to the anxiety that led Pushkin to challenge one of his lover's suitors to a duel, where he lost his life before the age of 40.
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