Alexander Herzen


Biography of Alexander Herzen

Alexander Ivanovich Herzen (April 6 [O.S. 25 March] 1812 – January 21 [O.S. 9 January] 1870) was a Russian pro-Western writer and thinker known as the "father of Russian socialism" and one of the main fathers of agrarian populism (being an ideological ancestor of the Narodniki, Socialist-Revolutionaries, Trudoviks and the agrarian American Populist Party). He is held responsible for creating a political climate leading to the emancipation of the serfs in 1861. His autobiography My Past and Thoughts, written with grace, energy, and ease, is often considered the best specimen of that genre in Russian literature. He also published the important social novel Who is to Blame? (1845–46).

Alexander Herzen's Works:

Legend (Легенда, 1836)
Elena (Елена, 1838)
Notes of a Young Man (1840)
Diletantism in Science (1843)
Who is to Blame? (Кто виноват?, 1846)
Mimoezdom (Мимоездом, 1846)
Dr. Krupa (Доктор Крупов, 1847)
Thieving Magpie (Сорока-воровка, 1848)
The Russian People and Socialism (Русский народ и социализм, 1848)
From the Other Shore (1848–1850)
Letters from France and Italy (1852)
Selected Philosophical Works 1956
My Past and Thoughts: The Memoirs of Alexander Herzen

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