Alexander Kuprin

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  • Name: Alexander Kuprin ( Aleksandr Kuprin )
  • Date of birth: 7 September 1870
  • Age: 67 years
  • Date of death: 25 Aug 1938
  • Place of birth: Narovchat, Penza oblast
  • Activity: writer, translator
  • Marital status: married

    Alexander Kuprin: biography

    Aleksandr Ivanovich Kuprin is a famous writer, a classic of Russian literature, the most significant works are «Juncker», «Match», «Pit», «the Garnet bracelet» and «the White poodle». High art is considered short stories Kuprin about Russian life, about emigration, about animals.

    Alexander was born in the provincial town of Narovchat, which is located in Penza region. But the childhood and youth of the writer were held in Moscow. The fact that the father Kuprin, a hereditary nobleman Ivan died a year after his birth. Mother, Lyubov Alekseevna, also comes from a noble family, had to move to the big city, where it was much easier to give my son the upbringing and education.

    In the 6 years Kuprin identified in the Moscow Razumovsky Board, which acted on the principle of the orphan’s boarding school. After 4 years, Alexander moved in the Second Moscow cadet corps, after which the young man enters the Aleksandrovskoe military school. Produced Kuprin with the rank of Lieutenant served exactly 4 years in the Dnieper infantry regiment.

    After the resignation of 24-year-old young man travels to Kiev, then to Odessa, Sevastopol and other cities of the Russian Empire. The problem was that Alexander lacked any civilian profession. Only after meeting with Ivan Bunin he manages to find a permanent job: Kuprin is sent to St. Petersburg and arranged a Magazine for all». Later, he will be in Gatchina, where during the First world war, at its expense, will contain the military hospital.

    Alexander Kuprin was encouraged by the abdication of Tsar Nicholas II. After the Bolsheviks came even personally appealed to Lenin with a proposal to publish a special newspaper for the village — «Earth». But soon, seeing that the new government is imposing on the country a dictatorship, totally disappointed in her. It belongs Kuprin disparaging name of the Soviet Union – «land of Soviets», which will firmly enter the jargon. During the civil war, joined a volunteer in the White army, and after defeat he went abroad – first to Finland and then to France.

    Until the early 30-ies of Kuprin mired in debt and could not provide for his family even the basic necessities. In addition, the writer has not found anything the best how to find a way out of the difficult situation in the bottle. In the end the only solution was the return to the homeland, which in 1937 was supported by Joseph Stalin himself.


    Write Alexander Kuprin began during the last years of the cadet corps, and first attempt at writing was in poetic genre. Unfortunately, his poetry writer never issued. And his first printed story was «the Last debut». Later magazines have published his novel «in the dark» and a number of stories on military themes. General theme of the army Kuprina take up much space, especially in early works. Suffice it to recall his famous autobiographical novel «the cadets» and antecedent to the story «At the turn», also known as «Cadets».

    Dawn Alexander as a writer came at the beginning of the 20th century. Went out late became a classic of children’s literature the story «White poodle», the memories of the journey to Odessa «Gambrinus,» and probably the most popular of his work — the story «Duel». Then saw the light and such works as «Liquid sunshine», «Garnet bracelet», stories about animals.

    Separately to say about one of the most scandalous works of Russian literature of that period – the novel «the Pit» about the life and fate of Russian prostitutes. The book was mercilessly criticized, paradoxically, for «excessive naturalism and realism.» The first edition of «the Pit» was removed from the press as pornographic.

    In exile, Alexander Kuprin, wrote a lot, almost all his works were popular with readers. In France, he created four large works — «the Dome of St. Isaac of Dalmatia», «Wheel of time», «cadets» and «Janet», and also a large number of short stories, including a philosophical parable about the beauty of the «Blue star».

    Personal life

    First wife of Alexander Ivanovich Kuprin was a young Maria Davydova, the daughter of the famous cellist Karl Davidov. The marriage lasted only five years, but during that time the couple had a daughter Lydia. The fate of this girl was tragic – she died shortly after the birth of a son at the age of 21 years.

    With his second wife Elizabeth Moriconi writer Heinrich were married in 1909, although they were living together at that time for two years. They had two daughters, Xenia, who later became an actress and model, and Zinaida, who died at three years old from complicated forms of pneumonia. The woman survived Alexander for 4 years. She committed suicide during the siege of Leningrad, unable to withstand the constant bombings and endless hunger.

    As the only grandson Kuprin, Alexey Egorov died from wounds received during world war II, the family of the famous writer was interrupted, and now his direct descendants don’t exist.


    Alexander Kuprin returned to Russia with very poor health. He had a dependence on alcohol, plus an older man was rapidly losing vision. The writer hoped that the home will be able to return to work, but her health wouldn’t allow it.

    A year later, while watching a military parade on red square Alexander took pneumonia, which is impeded in reality and even esophageal cancer. 25 Aug 1938 heart of the famous writer stayed forever.

    Kuprin’s grave is on Literatorskie jetty Volkov cemetery, near the graves of other Russian classic Ivan Turgenev.


    • 1892 — the Darkness
    • 1898 — Olesya
    • 1900 — At the turning point (Cadets)
    • 1905 — the Duel
    • 1907 — Gambrinus
    • 1910 Garnet bracelet
    • 1913 — Liquid sunshine
    • 1915 — Pit
    • 1928 — Juncker
    • 1933 — Janet


    Alexander Kuprin

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