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Sollogub V.A. (1813-1882), writer

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SOLLOGUB Vladimir Alexandrovich (1813, St. Petersburg - 1882), count, writer, chamberlain (1856), civil counsellor (1852). He was born in a house at 41 Mokhovaya Street, and spent his childhood and youth at a house at 20/2 Palace Embankment. He was primarily educated at home (by tutor P.A. Pletnev). After graduating from Derpt University in 1834, Sollogub was attached to Ministry of Internal Affairs (1835-42, 1850-56), and State Chancellery (1842-49). From 1856 he held the position of Officer for Special Commissions of the imperial court. He took an interest in the organisation of prison reform, and from 1875 he was сhair of the Commission for the Reorganisation of Prisons in Russia. In 1877, during the Russo-Turkish War, he was attached the Emperor's Chief Quarters as official historian (The Journal of the Imperial Sojourn at the Other Side of Danube, St. Petersburg, 1878). Sollogub was one of the best connoisseurs of theatrical life in Russia and Europe. His prose was mostly focused on the criticism of St. Petersburg society (High Society, 1840, where he portrayed M.Y. Lermontov under the guise of Leonin, and other narratives). Sollogub was the first to invent the literary type of "St. Petersburg society lion". He hosted a well-known literary and musical salon. Sollogub succeeded in conveying the atmosphere of St. Petersburg of that time in his Memoirs. He lived in the house of his father-in-law, Count M.Y. Vielgorsky (see the Vielgorsky Family), at 3, 4, and 5 Mikhaylovskaya Square (present-day Iskusstv Square).

Works: Extracts on St. Petersburg from Count Sollogub's Memoirs, St. Petersburg, 1993.

I. E. Vasilyeva.

Lermontov Mikhail Yurievich
Pletnev Peter Alexandrovich
Sollogub Vladimir Alexandrovich
Vielgorsky Mikhail Yurievich

Dvortsovaya Embankment/Saint Petersburg, city, house 20/2
Iskusstv Square/Saint Petersburg, city, house 4
Iskusstv Square/Saint Petersburg, city, house 3
Iskusstv Square/Saint Petersburg, city, house 5
Mokhovaya St./Saint Petersburg, city, house 41

Соллогуб В. А. Петербургские страницы воспоминаний графа Соллогуба. СПб., 1993

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