Among all his correspondents, Alexander Pushkin wrote the largest number of letters (76) to his wife, Natal′ia Nikolaevna Pushkina (née Goncharova), and that over a short seven-year span. Second to her is his closest friend Petr Viazemskii, with whom Pushkin corresponded for a period of nearly twenty years. My task in this article is to interpret Pushkin’s letters to Natal′ia Nikolaevna in relation to his other literary works and the cultural and social history of Nicholas I’s Russia in order to understand better Pushkin’s acts of self-fashioning in the last decade of his life.


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Horowitz, Brian. "A.S. Pushkin's Self-Projection in the 1830s: "Letters to His Wife." Pushkin Review 3 (2000): 65-80.