Prose writer and poet
Born in Saratov district, 31 August 1749. Family was well‐ to-do, cultured, "progressive". Educated first at home, then sent to relatives in Moscow, 1756. Page in Imperial household, 1762, followed Court to St Petersburg, 1764. Sent as part of select group to study law in Leipzig, 1767-71. Joined Masonic lodge "Urania" and the English Club, 1773. Entered College of Commerce, 1777; assistant director of Customs and Excise Department, 1780; director in 1790. Stripped of rank, title, privileges and arrested for sedition by Catherine II for the publication of Puteshestvie iz Peterburga v Moskvu ( A Journey from St Petersburg to Moscow), 1790. Death sentence commuted to Siberian exile, 1790. Permitted move to Kaluga, 1797; remained in exile at Nemtsovo until 1801. Commited suicide, 24 September 1802.
Sobranie ostavshikhsia sochinenii. Moscow, 1806-II.
Sochineniia. St Petersburg, 1872.
Polnoe sobranie sochinenii. Moscow, 1907.
Polnoe sobranie sochinenii, 3 vols. Moscow and Leningrad, 1938-52.
Izbrannoe. Moscow, 1976.
Puteshestvie iz Peterburga v Moskvu. St Petersburg, 1790; Leningrad, 1974; translated as A Journey from St Petersburg to Moscow, by L. Wiener, edited and with an introduction by R. P. Thaler. Cambridge, Massachusetts, Harvard University Press, 1958.
"Dnevnik odnoi nedeli". 1811; translated as "Diary of One Week", by Tanya Page, Russian Literature Triquarterly, 20 ( 1987), 133-38.
Vol'nost' [ Liberty]. St Petersburg, 1906.
Polnoe sobranie stikhotvorenii. Leningrad, 1940.
Stikhotvoreniia. "Biblioteka poeta", Leningrad. 1975.
Zhitie Fedora Vasil'evicha Ushakova, s priobshcheniem nekotorykh ego sochinenii [ The Life of Fedor Vasil'evich Ushakov . . . ]. St Petersburg, 1789.
Razmyshleniia o grecheskoi istorii, ili O prichinakh blagodenstviia i neschastiia grekov [ Reflections on Greek History, or On the Reasons for the Prosperity and Misfortune of the Greeks] by Mably, St Petersburg, 1773.
Lessepsovo Puteshestvie po Kamchatke i po iuzhnoi storone Sibiri [ Lesseps' Journey via Kamchatka and Southern Siberia] by Lesseps, Moscow, 1801-02.
Alexander Radishchev. A Russian Humanist of the I8th Century, by Boris Sergeevich Evgeniev, London, Hutchinson, 1946.
Aleksandr Radishchev (1799-1949), by D. D. Blagoi, Moscow, 1949.
A.N. Radishchev.(Ocherk zhizni i tvorchestva), by G. P. Makogonenko , Moscow, 1949.
Radishchev. Stat'i i materialy. Leningrad, 1950.
A.N. Radishchev. ( Zhizn' i tvorchestvo), by D. D. Blagoi, Moscow, 1952.
Radishchev i russkaia literatura, by V. N. Orlov, Leningrad, 1952.
Radishchev i ego vremia, by G. P. Makogonenko, Moscow, 1956.
A.N. Radishchev. (Kritiko-biograficheskii ocherk), by L. B. Svetlov , Moscow, 1958.
The First Russian Radical: Alexander Radishchev (1749-1802), by David M. Lang, London, Allen and Unwin, 1959.
The Philosphical Ideas of Alexander Radishchev, by Jesse V. Clardy , New York, Astra Books, 1964.
A Russian Philosophe: Alexander Radishchev 1749-1802, by Allen McConnell, The Hague, Nijhoff, 1964.
Potaennyi Radishchev, by G. Shtorm, Moscow, 1974.
"Kommentarii", edited by L. I. Kulakova and V. A. Zapadov, in Radishchev's Puteshestvie iz Peterburga v Moskvu, Leningrad, 1974.
A History of I8th Century Russian Literature, by William Edward Brown , Ann Arbor, Ardis, 1980.
Aleksandr Nikolaevich Radishchev: ego zhizn' i sochineniia (facsimile), edited by V. I. Pokrovskii, Oxford, Meeuws, 1985.
"The Diary of One Week: Radishchev's Record of Suicidal Despair", by Tanya Page, Russian Literature Triquarterly, 21 ( 1988), 117-27.