The article deals with the problem of A.S. Pushkin's (the Russian poet and writer) attempt at writing a novel based on E. Bulwer-Lytton's idea of a young man's image depicted in his novel Pelham, or the Adventure of a Gentleman. Pushkin's draft shows his creative process and search for a new hero as well as new genre for his writing. Orientation towards Bulwer-Lytton's novel could give Pushkin an opportunity to reflect all the strata of Russian society in a manner that let him deal with the moral and ethical issues of interest to him. All borrowings had passed through the Russian writer's creative process that made Bulwer-Lytton's influence rather distinctive and intermediary. Pushkin did not try to conceal the orientation towards Bulwer-Lytton. The want for it was realized by him and, hence, it was in the English novel presenting yesterday for the Russian literature where Pushkin saw tomorrow of the Russian novel.
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Language and Linguistics
- Linguistics and Language
- Literature and Literary Theory