Vissarion Grigor'evich Belinskii (1811-1848)

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One of the most influential Westernizer critics of the nineteenth century, highly influenced by German romantic/idealist thought and responsible for introducing a laudatory concept of the 'natural school' (used with particular reference to the works of Nikolai Gogol') to Russian intellectual life. Worked as a critic for many of the leading newspapers, including Teleskop, Otechestevnnye zapiski and Sovremennik, before his premature death from tuberculosis in 1848.

'A Speech on Criticism'