Born in Kazan district, 7 May 1903. Grew up in remote Viatka province.Father was an agronomist; mother was a schoolteacher. Attended Urzhum secondary school; studied medicine in Moscow; studied literature at the Herzen Institute in Petrograd, graduated in 1925. Associated with Leningrad avant-garde artistic groupings. Worked for the children's publishing house, OGIZ, under Samuil Marshak.Began to publish in 1927. Arrested in 1938; spent six and a half years in prison and two in exile. Began to re-establish literary career in Moscow, 1946. Rehabilitated after the death of Stalin.Died of a heart attack in Moscow, 14 October 1958.
Stikhotvoreniia. Washington, DC, Inter-Language Literary Associates, 1965.
Stikhotvoreniia i poemy. "Biblioteka poeta", Moscow and Leningrad, 1965.
Izbrannye proizvedeniia, 2 vols. Moscow, 1972.
Sobranie sochinenii, 3 vols. Moscow, 1983-84.
"Ogon', mertsaiushchii v sosude . . . " ["A Light Flickering in the Vessel . . . "], edited by N. N. Zabolotskii. Moscow, 1995.
Stolbtsy. Leningrad, 1929; translated as Scrolls: Selected Poems, by Daniel Weissbort, London, Jonathan Cape, 1971.
"Torzhestvo zemledeliia" [ The Triumph of Agriculture], Zvezda, 2-3 ( 1933).
Vtoraia kniga [ The Second Book]. Leningrad, 1937.
Stikhotvoreniia. Moscow, 1948.
Stikhotvoreniia. Moscow, 1957.
Poems in Post-War Russian Poetry, edited by Daniel Weissbort. Harmondsworth, Penguin, 1974, 45-60.
" The Story of My Imprisonment", edited and translated by Robin Milner-Gulland, Times Literary Supplement ( 9 October 1981); as " Istoriia moego zakliucheniia", Chistye prudy, 2 ( 1988).
" N.A. Zabolockij 1903-1958", by V. Sandomirsky, Russian Review ( 1960).
" Surrealism in Twentieth-Century Russian Poetry: Churilin, Zabolotskii, Poplavsky", by Simon Karlinsky, Slavic Review, 26 ( 1967).
Nikolai Zabolotskii.Zhizn'. Tvorchestvo. Metamorfozy, by A. Makedonov , Leningrad, 1968.
" Zabolotsky: Philosopher-Poet", by Robin Milner-Gulland, Soviet Studies ( April 1971).
" Stolbcy" by Nikolai Zabolotsky: Analyses, by F. Björling, Stockholm, Almqvist & Wiksell, 1973.
"Some Themes and Motifs in N. Zabolockij's Stolbcy", by I. Masing-Delic , Scando-Slavica, 20 ( 1974).
" Zabolotsky and the Reader: Problems of Approach", by Robin Milner-Gulland , Russian Literature Triquarterly, 8 ( 1974).
"Ofort by Nikolaj Zabolockij.The Poem and the Title", by F. Björling , Scando-Slavica, 23 ( 1975).
Vospominaniia o N. Zabolotskom. Moscow, 1977; 2nd edition, Moscow, 1984.
"Zabolotsky's Vremya", by Robin Milner-Gulland, Essays in Poetics, 6/I ( 1981).
Nikolai Zabolotskii, by A. M. Turkov, Moscow, 1981.
" Zabolotsky's 'The Triumph of Agriculture': Satire or Utopia?", by I. Masing-Delic, 42 ( 1983).
" Antithesis and Completion: Zabolockij responds to Tiutcev", by Sarah Pratt, Slavic and East European Journal, 27/2 ( 1983).
Nikolai Zabolotskii, by I. I. Rostovtseva, Moscow, 1984.
" 'The Chickens also Want to Live': A Motif in Zabolockij's Columns", by I. Masing-Delic, Slavic and East European Journal, 3I/3 ( 1987).
Nikolai Zabolotsky: Play for Mortal Stakes, by Darra Goldstein , Cambridge, Cambridge University Press, 1993.
The Life of Zabolotsky, by N. N. Zabolotsky, edited and translated by Robin Milner-Gulland, Cardiff, University of Wales Press, 1994.
The life and work of Nikolai Zabolotskii provide a remarkable example of the power of the literary — specifically poetic ‐ vocation. He emerged not from the Moscow or St Petersburg literary intelligentsia, but from a family that had only just risen above its peasant origins, in what was even for Russia the exceptionally out-of-the-way and rural Viatka province.There were books in the house, and by the age of seven, apparently, Zabolotskii had chosen his future career. He got a good but unremarkable rural secondary education, and became an indigent student in Moscow, then in Petrograd, during the famine-stricken years immediately after the Revolution. Though