Mikhail Lermontov

(1814-1841), poet and novelist, second only to Pushkin in power. But while Pushkin had a Goethe-like classical balance, Lermontov was a romantic, whose real life matched his Byronic self image—hence its brevity. A Muscovite metamorphosis of Milton’s Satan, his poem The Demon is one of the champagne moments of Russian literature.