A duel between her husband and d'Anthès on January 27 1837 ended with Pushkin mortally wounded
Abram Petrovich Gannibal [1696 – 1781] Voltaire called Hannibal [Pushkin's great grandfather] the "dark star of the Enlightenment"
My Negro great-grandfather hid Where having forgotten Elizabeth And the court and magnificent promise Under the canopy of lime-blossom lanes He thought in cool summers About his distant Africa I wait for you . Pushkin 133 3
Pushkin [1799- 1837]the founder of modern Russian literature. Pushkin pioneered the use of vernacular speech in his poems and plays