Alexander Sergeyevich Pushkin (Russian: Алекса́ндр Серге́евич Пу́шкин) (1799-1837) was a Russian author of the Romantic era who is considered by many to be the greatest Russian poet and the founder of modern Russian literature. Pushkin pioneered the use of vernacular speech in his poems and plays, creating a style of storytelling – mixing drama, romance, and satire – associated with Russian literature ever since and greatly influencing later Russian writers. He also wrote historical fiction. His The Captain’s Daughter provides insight into Russia during the reign of Catherine the Great.
– from the Wikipedia article http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alexander_Pushkin