Nikolay Dobrolyubov (Никола́й Добролю́бов) (1836-1861)

Death:  29th November 1861
Location:  Literatorskie Mostki, St Petersburg, Russia
Cause of death:  Tuberculosis
Photo taken by:  SerSem
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Russian literary critic, journalist and poet. Following the deaths of both of his parents, in 1854, he assumed responsibility for his brothers and sisters. He worked as a tutor and translator in order to support his family and continue his studies. His heavy workload and the stress of his position had a negative effect on his health.
Following his graduation from University, he joined the staff of the journal The Contemporary as head of the critical department. Over the next four years he produced several volumes of important critical essays. One of his best known works was his essay What is Oblomovism?, based on his analysis of the novel Oblomov by Ivan Goncharov.  In 1860, at the insistence of friends, he went abroad in an effort to treat his tuberculosis, returning to Russia in July 1861.  He died in November 1861, at the age of twenty five, from acute tuberculosis.