NADSON, SIMON YAKOVLEVICH:
Russian poet; born at St. Petersburg Dec. 26, 1862; died at Yalta Dec. 31, 1886. His father was a Jew who had entered the Greek Orthodox Church; his mother, Antonina Stepanovna, was a poetess and a member of a noble family. He studied first at the classical, then at the military high school, his studies including music. After graduating from the military academy at St. Petersburg, he was given a commission in the regiment stationed at Cronstadt. In 1883 he was stricken with tuberculosis; he went abroad in search of health, but returned to Russia, and died at Yalta, his death being hastened by the persecution to which he was subjected on account of his Jewish origin. Among his persecutors was the editor of the "Novoe Vremya." His poems, marked by somberness of tone, and his essays were published in two volumes in 1898 at St. Petersburg.