Vissarion Grigoryevich Belinsky (June 11, 1811 – June 7, 1848) was a Russian literary critic of Westernizing tendency. He was an associate of Alexander Herzen, Mikhail Bakunin (he at one time courted one of his sisters), and other critical intellectuals. Belinsky played one of the key roles in the career of poet and publisher Nikolay Nekrasov and his popular magazine Sovremennik.


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Vissarion Belinsky Quotes

Do not worry about the incarnation of ideas. If you are a poet, your works will contain them without your knowledge—they will be both moral and national if you follow your inspiration freely.
Vissarion Belinsky (1810-1848), Russian revolutionary writer. Quoted in Nadine Gordimer, "The Essential Gesture," The Essential Gesture, ed. Stephen Clingman (1988).

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