Literature: 1933

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Bunin, Ivan, pronounced BOO nyihn, ih VAHN (1870-1953), was the first Russian to receive the Nobel Prize for literature. He won the award in 1933. Bunin began his career as a poet and translator of verse, but became famous for his short stories and novels. "The Gentleman from San Francisco" (1915) is his best-known story. The novel The Village (1909-1910), Bunin's first international success, is a grim tale about the misery of Russian village life during the early 1900's. The Well of Days (1930) is a fictionalized autobiography. Ivan Alexeyevich Bunin was born in Voronezh. He immigrated to France in 1919 and lived there for the rest of his life.

Contributor: Anna Lisa Crone, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Slavic Languages and Literatures, University of Chicago.


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