Nikolay Sherbina
Nikolay Fyodorovich Shcherbina - Russia
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n poet of 19th century.

Nikolay Shcherbina was born on December 2, 1821 in Mius district of Don Cossack Host in the mansion of his mother. His father was of Ukrainian
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 descent, and his mother of Greek
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 descent. The parents of Shcherbina moved into the city of Taganrog
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, populated by Greek and Italian colonists. This influenced his aesthetic feelings and acquainted him with Greek way of life and popular legends. Nikolay Shcherbina studied at the Taganrog Boys Gymnasium (Chekhov Gymnasium
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), where he fell in love with Greek language
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 lessons and wrote the poem Sappho at the age of thirteen.

In 1838, his work To the Sea was published for the first time at the magazine Sin Otechestva (Motherland's Son). In 1850, the collection of his poems The Greek Verses was published in Odessa
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, which was very well received by public. Shcherbina moved to Moscow
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 the same year, where he worked as assistant to the chief editor of Moskovskie Vedomosti
Moskovskie Vedomosti
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and published poems in various journals of Moscow and Saint Petersburg
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. In 1854, he moved to Saint Petersburg
Saint Petersburg
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, where he was appointed official for special missions at the Ministry of Public Education. In the capital, he published Pchela (Bee), a collection of verses for popular reading, which was approved by the Ministry and thus improved his financial means. In 1857, complete works of Nikolay Shcherbina in two volumes and Collection of the Best Russian Poems were published. In 1860-1869, he served at the Ministry of Internal Affairs.

Nikolay Shcherbina died on April 10, 1869.
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