Ivan Goncharov

Goncharov, Ivan Aleksandrovich

Ivan Aleksandrovich Goncharov (ēvän´ əlyĬksän´drəvĬch gənchərôf´), 1812–91, Russian novelist. Goncharov was a government official from 1835 to 1867. His realistic and satirical novel Oblomov (1858, tr. 1929, 2010) is a portrayal of the indolent nobleman common in Russia c.1860. The word Oblomovism was coined to describe the lassitude the protagonist of the novel typified. Goncharov's other novels, A Common Story (1847, tr. 1894) and The Precipice (1869, tr. 1915), are variations on the same theme. He also wrote The Frigate Pallas (1858), based on his voyage to England, Africa, and Japan.

See biographies by M. Ehre (1971) and A. and S. Lyngstad (1971); study by M. Ehre (1973) and G. Diment (1998).

The Columbia Encyclopedia, 6th ed. Copyright© 2015, The Columbia University Press.

Ivan Goncharov: Selected full-text books and articles

Goncharov By Janko Lavrin Russell & Russell, 1969
Oblomov By David Magarshack; Ivan Aleksandrovich Goncharov Penguin Books, 1954
FREE! Anthology of Russian Literature from the Earliest Period to the Present Time By Leo Wiener G. P. Putnam's Sons, vol.2, 1903
Librarian’s tip: "Ivan Aleksandrovich Goncharov. (1812-1891)" begins on p. 259
Russian Views of Japan, 1792-1913: An Anthology of Russian Travel Writing By David N. Wells RoutledgeCurzon, 2004
Librarian’s tip: Chap. 4 "Ivan Goncharov: The Frigate Pallada (Nagasaki, 1853)"
Russian Writers: Their Lives and Literature By Janko Lavrin D. Van Nostrand, 1954
Librarian’s tip: Chap. Ten "Goncharov"
Russia Discovered: Nineteenth-Century Fiction from Pushkin to Chekhov By Angus Calder Heinemann, 1976
Librarian’s tip: Chap. 2 "Literature and Serfdom: Gogol, Lermontov and Goncharov"
Russia's Japan Expedition of 1852 to 1855 By George Alexander Lensen University of Florida Press, 1955
Librarian’s tip: Chap. 2 "Nagasaki: First Visit" and Chap. 3 "Nagasaki: Second Visit"
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