Pushkin is one of literature's most romantic and intriguing figures and his life and writings have inspired and influenced generations of devotees. This important and long-awaited biography by a leading Russian scholar is the first full length and authoritative account of Pushkin’s life and times since 1937. It is the most detailed account of the poet's life and times yet published. Binyon tells us his story with perfectly-judged pace, elegant wit, exacting scholarship and deep compassion. After reading Modern Languages at Oxford, T.J.Binyon, aged 63, spent some time in the Soviet Union and taught at Leeds University before returning to Oxford, where he lectures on Russian literature. He is Senior Research Fellow at Wadham College, Oxford. T. J. Binyon is also the author of two crime novels and is currently working on a biography of Lermantov.