Modern Languages and Literatures, Department of


Date of this Version

September 1998


Published in Reference Guide to Russian Literature, Fitzroy Dearborn Publishers (1998), pp. 465-466. Copyright © 1998 Fitzroy Dearborn Publishers, Division of Springer-Verlag. Used by permission.


Vladimir Galaktionovich Korolenko is well known not only as a publicist and a humanitarian, but also as a writer. His voluminous publicistic writing, based on his service to the people, championed truth and justice. It ranges from exposing activities of the local gentry in their manipulation of the city’s bank, court, and local zemstvo, to condemning the revolutionaries openly, after they took over power, for not complying with the law and for forcing changes too rapidly. As a writer of fiction, Korolenko’s contribution to Russian narrative prose is in the form of short stories.